Bring your child to a special eye-screening by Epsom-Chichester
Lions at the Epsom Public Library on: 12/3 at 3:30 p.m., 12/8 at
2:00 p.m., or 12/09 at 10.30 a.m. Details: Call Lion Judi at
5th Sunday Celebration
Gloria Beachy (from Chichester) will be giving a Christmas
Concert at Park Street Baptist Church on Sunday, November 29th at
6:00 p.m. Gloria will be performing some of her own songs, as well
as leading us in praise and worship and Christmas carols. There will
be refreshments following. Everyone is welcome! No cost, but a love
offering will be taken.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Epsom!
Santa Claus is Coming to Epsom on Saturday, December 5th
at 10:30 a.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall!
This is a Christmas Charity Event. Have your photo taken with
Santa Claus. Enjoy crafts for children. There will be a movie with
Santa at 1:00 PM.
Take a chance on winning one of our Trees in the Christmas Tree
All proceeds will immediately benefit local holiday outreach
projects. Come to the Historic Odd Fellows Lodge Hall, 1198 Short
Falls Road, Epsom on Saturday, December 5, 10:30 AM. to 1PM to
Support a Great Holiday Event! Refreshments will be served.
Proudly Sponsored by Evergreen Lodge # 53, Ivy Green Lodge #36
100% of Proceeds go to Local Outreach, raised from Digital
Photos with Santa, the Tree Raffle, and Refreshments. Suggested
Donation: $3 per Printed Photo.
For More Information, please call Gary Benner at 736 4707.
Evergreen Lodge #53 wishes to thank everyone who helped make
this yearís Variety Show such a great success. Special thanks to
Director, Elizabeth Lent, the cast and crew members, and all our
loyal advertisers and businesses who support our show each year!
To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, & Pittsfield:
week my committee voted on the bills we had retained. I was
disappointed that HB 42, the meat inspector program, was tabled
because startup costs were too high and it would take too much of
the State Veterinarianís time. Itís possible the Farm Bureau or
other interested organizations will find a way to fund the startup
costs for this worthwhile program.
The other bill I worked on, HB 410, was passed unanimously to
create a new category of health care professional who deals with
drug and alcohol abuse and the commonly co-occurring mental
illnesses. HB 268, transfers from the judicial branch to the
executive or legislative branches of state government, and HB 510,
on the director of vital records, have settled the issues that kept
them from passing during the session and were passed unanimously.
The committee voted to kill HB 617, permitting private employers
and others to join the state health insurance program, and HB 673,
on allowing towns to withdraw from the New Hampshire retirement
system. Both were interesting ideas but much too complex to
implement as a committee.
HB 401, on the retirement system board of trustees, was the only
really contentious bill. It will replace eight employee board
members (2 teachers, 2 state employees, 2 police, 2 fire fighters)
with two, one from police/fire and one other. After some debate the
committee voted 11-6 to recommend it; I voted for it because the
board needs better balance between employees and the people of the
state whose taxes largely fund these pensions.
The full House will vote on these bills in January. Anyone
interested in whatís going on at the State House is invited to email
or call me.
Representative Carol McGuire
Epsom - Bruce Lee Coutu, 73, of Epsom died
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse
Association Hospice House.
Mr. Coutu was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Haverhill, Mass., the son
of the late Paul E. and Eva M. (Dickenson) Coutu.
He was raised and educated in Manchester and was a graduate of
Central High School, Class of 1954. In 1952 he was an Eagle Scout
with Troop 94.
Mr. Coutu enlisted in the Air Force from 1954 to 1960, was
stationed at Vance Air Force Base and then served his country in
Japan for a brief period. He later worked at Grenier Field.
Mr. Coutu worked as a branch manger for the American Automobile
Association in Portsmouth, in claims and underwriting for several
companies in the Manchester area, and for the U.S. Post Office,
where he worked for 20 years until his retirement in 1992. Mr. Coutu
also owned and operated Copper House Lighting Store in Epsom.
He was a member of the American Legion of Epsom and the Edmund
Rick Society and had attended Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester.
While living in Portsmouth, he was active in community
His family includes his daughter, Michelle L. Coutu of Miami,
Fla.; two brothers, Alan B. Coutu of Londonderry, and Paul D. Coutu
of Florida; and a niece.
Bruce had been blessed with a lifetime of many friends and fond
A memorial service was held Tuesday, November 17,
2009, in the Goodwin Funeral Home, Manchester. Arthur H. Reublinger
officiated. Inurnment followed in Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester.
Memorial donations may be made to the Concord VNA, 250 Pleasant
St., P.O. Box 1797, Concord 03302-1797; or David's House, P.O. Box
660, Lebanon 03766, in memory of Todd Young.
More information at
Albert L. Grandmont
Epsom - Mr. Albert L. Grandmont, 81,
of Kingstowne Park died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at Concord Hospital.
Born on Sept. 21, 1928, in Manchester, Mr. Grandmont was the son of
Elie and Armandine (Levesque) Grandmont. He spent most of his life
in Epsom, except for about 20 years living and working in Florida.
Mr. Grandmont had been employed as a form carpenter for Perini
Bros. Construction and worked on major construction projects, such
as the Hopkinton Dam and the Hurricane Breakwater in New Bedford,
He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War
and served with the 82nd Airborne. He was a member of the John J.
Maguire American Legion Post 28.
The pastime he enjoyed the most
was the leisurely walks he took with his dog.
Members of his
family include his wife, Margaret (Childress) Grandmont of Florida;
four children, Richard Grandmont of Dunbarton, Michael Grandmont of
Bradford, David Grandmont of Barnstead and Anna Marie Bomaleer of
Clearwater, Fla.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a
sister, Rita LaFleur of Epsom.
A Mass was celebrated Tuesday,
November 17, 2009, at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown.
Burial with military honors was held Wednesday, November 18, 2009,
at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
To sign an online guestbook, visit
Merrill Gerard Harper
Merrill Gerard Harper, 83, of Epsom, died
November 14, 2009, at Concord Hospital.
He was born in Whitehall,
NY, on December 19, 1926, the son of the late Merrill C. and Rose M.
Raised in Whitehall, he was a graduate of
Whitehall High School, Class of 1944.
He enlisted in the US Navy
and was a decorated World War II Veteran, serving in the Pacific
Theatre. He attended Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and was employed
for thirty years as a radiation protection specialist at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, retiring in 1992.
enjoyed hunting and fishing, listening to classical music and
photography. He also loved playing cards, especially Contract Bridge
where he was an American Contract Bridge League Master.
members include his wife of 50 years, Thelma (Hauber) Harper; three
sons, Michael Harper of Epsom, Merrill Harper of Pembroke, and John
Harper and his wife Doreen of Concord; four granddaughters, Haley,
Kelsey, Melissa and Sarah; a brother, Norman Harper and his wife
Joan of Wolfeboro; a sister, Norma Sheehan of Hilton Head, SC; and
nephews; nieces; and cousins.
There will be a private memorial
service held at the convenience of the family.
Society of NH is in charge of arrangements.
To view an on-line
obituary, sign a guest book or for more information, go to
Kathryn E. Saltmarsh
Epsom - Kathryn "Kate" Saltmarsh, 66,
died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Concord Hospital, following a lengthy
battle with cancer.
She was born June 5, 1943, in Concord,
graduated from Concord High School in 1961 and lived all her life in
She worked for many years at the (now) Lincoln
Financial, retiring this past June.
Kate was very health
conscious with a sincere love of nature and could be seen walking,
hiking, bike riding or kayaking all over the local area. She had
been involved with a local seniors group taking many trips including
one to Ireland in 2006.
Kate had a special kindness about her.
No one ever met her who didn't immediately like her.
survived by her partner, William Schoonman of Epsom; sisters, Nancy
Woodman of Concord and Maryjane Thibodeau of Penacook; a brother,
Michael Woodman of Weare; her children, Shawna Mitchell of Henniker,
Brian Saltmarsh of Concord and Gregg Saltmarsh of Pembroke; and
grandchildren, David and Ben Saltmarsh of Concord, Tasha Desmond of
Henniker and Sarah Saltmarsh of Pembroke.
A gathering of
remembrance for friends and family was held Thursday, November 19,
2009, from 4 to 6 p.m. at West Congregational Church, Concord.
Memorial donations may be made to the International Myeloma