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August 27, 2014



Epsom Library News


The Epsom Public Library will be having a community “Touch A Truck” event on Saturday, September 6th from 10 am to 1 pm. Get on board with vehicles of all kinds. Join us for an opportunity to explore different community vehicles including a fire truck, police car, and construction vehicles from local businesses. Raffles tickets will be on sale for chances to win lego construction sets, Refreshments will be provided.


Truck drivers are invited to a complimentary breakfast beginning at 9 am.


Rick Belanger is helping coordinate this event. If you have a vehicle you would like to bring please contact Rick or call Vickie at the library for more information at 736-9920. Everyone is welcome to this fun family event!



Letter To The Editor



On Saturday, August 16th, Liberty House in Manchester was honored by the “Rolling Thunder Run for The Shelter,” that ended at the American Legion Post in Epsom.  With over 100 veterans from all branches of our armed forces arriving on motorcycles, there were over two hundred supporters of the ride and Liberty House in attendance.


The ride has been an annual event since 2001 and has raised thousands of dollars. Liberty House is a community for homeless American veterans, committed to a path of independence and self-sufficiency.  It provides the veterans a safe, respectful and substance-free transitional housing community. It offers a variety of services to homeless veterans including case management, employment and housing assistance, clothing, food and outer agency referrals.


In addition to riders from Rolling Thunder, other veteran riders were with NAM Nights, Marine Corps Riders, American Legion Riders, Combat Vets, Patriot Guard Riders, led by two Troopers the NH State Police motorcycle unit. Special thanks go to American Legion Elwood O. Wells Post 112 of Epsom for hosting this event and for serving lunch to over 200 supporters of Liberty House.  This annual event is an example of veterans coming together help other veterans. This is the American way.  As a veteran, I was honored to be part of this event to support our veterans.


David Palfrey






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

I’ve had three meetings so far this month on bills held for study. The committee on my HB1603, licensing of EMT-Intermediate, heard a report by the licensing bureau on the transition to Advanced EMT. 550 EMT-I have qualified as AEMT this year, with 712 still to go. The bureau is sponsoring both content and test-taking courses, since most of these people took their training to the 1985 curriculum! It’s just a bit out of date, and subjects such as anatomy and physiology were not even included. I expect that when the committee meets in October, hundreds more will have upgraded.


On SB315, establishing a board of building inspectors, the committee had a good discussion: small towns may not have (or need) a building inspector, since the fire department issues certificates of occupancy, while cities usually have a department of qualified inspectors. In between, you can find almost anything. I’m opposed to the state requiring licensing, because it will almost certainly raise costs for towns (and the state won’t want to pay for it!) and there are several professional organizations to certify individuals as qualified building inspectors.


HB1219, on work schedules of pharmacists, also had a useful discussion. The difficulty is that pharmacists are considered “exempt” professionals by the department of labor, so the laws requiring lunch and other breaks don’t apply. And apparently at least some of the chain stores are using that exemption to bully pharmacists into working 8, 10, 12 hours and more without any real breaks. A problem – but it’s hard to see how to fix it in law, since many pharmacists and their employers relish the flexibility.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire





Letter To The Editor


This week we come to the last of the competitive races in the Republican Primary, the Executive Council race between Jim Adams and Bob Burns. This one’s a no-brainer. Jim Adams is clearly the best choice.


Apart from Jim being a Pittsfield native, he has the ideal experience for the job. During his career in the post office he rose through the ranks from letter carrier to chief of staff to three Postmasters General in Washington, then back home to head up postal operations in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. He worked for the post office during a period when they were transitioning from being a political appendage to an independent organization. He’s had to deal with political issues, labor issues, budgets in the billions and thousands of employees.


I’ve gotten to know Jim very well because years ago I recruited him to become the president of Granite State Taxpayers, our oldest state-wide taxpayer organization. Jim is a true conservative, in the best sense of the word. The Executive Council is a check on two of the Governor’s responsibilities: appointments and contracts. If we send Jim to Concord, I know he will keep tight watch over vendors and the people we hire to run state departments.


Bob Burns simply can’t match Jim’s level of experience. He’s twelve years out of college, and is the Hillsborough County Treasurer. He’s never had to do much hiring. He is also known for questionable campaign tactics. For example, the front page of his website features a quote from long-time Councillor Ray Wieczorek, making it look like Ray endorses Bob. In reality, the quote is years old. Ray Wieczorek recruited Jim to run for this seat and is the treasurer of his campaign!


Rep. Dan McGuire



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, another busy week at our Pantry.  The fresh veggies are rolling in and are they wonderful. What an asset to our Pantry. We are having a bit of a problem getting bread as a lot of the sources are committed to other pantries in the State. Any suggestions, call me.


Cheryl Ann and I are attempting to get all the IRS forms correct, but we finally said “we surrender” and Dottie Duclos has stepped up to the plate and helping us again.


We had a nice monetary remembrance from the Werner sisters. I try and keep up with thank you notes and sometimes I slip up, so forgive me if I forget. We are getting a nice large donation again from the Elks this week and we are so, so grateful. All freezers are running just great. Keep them in your prayers.


We will be having a table at the September primary so, bring us some cans of soup, fruit, or veggies, or anything your heart desires. Do not forget to vote. It is your privilege. Cherish it. 


Until next time,




Epsom Bible Church Hosts Cancer Centers Of America


Would you like to learn what you can do to help someone who is facing a cancer diagnosis?  Rev. Phil Olson from the Cancer Centers of America will be at Epsom Bible Church in Epsom, NH at 7:00 pm on the evening of Friday, September 12th and all day on Saturday, September 13th starting at 9:00 am to help us learn  how we as Christians can come alongside those who are facing cancer.  This conference is free of charge but we ask that you register by calling 736-9354 by Aug. 31st.  There is no child care for this event.  Epsom Bible Church is located at 398 Black Hall Road in Epsom, NH.




Carol A. Neely

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Epsom – Carol A. (Kohler) Neely, 71, an Epsom resident of 38 years, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at CRVNA Hospice House in Concord after a courageous 2½ year battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.  Her family feels so blessed to have been by her side. We loved her so immensely and our lives will never be the same.


Born in Bridgeport, CT on December 31, 1942, Carol was the daughter of the late Herbert G. and Alice L. (Plude) Kohler. 


Before her retirement, she had spent 24 years as secretary with the Epsom Central School.  She loved shopping and tag sales and enjoyed antiques, running an antique business from her home for many years.  Carol also had a special weakness for abandoned animals and rescued as many as she could.


She was her grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader and her children’s biggest supporter.


Carol is survived by her husband of 53 years, William R. Neely of Epsom, with whom she would have celebrated 54 years on August 27th; two daughters, Corrine Cassavaugh and her husband Terry of Barnstead and Colleen Rousseau and her husband Gary of Hooksett; a son, William Neely of Epsom; her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Joshua, Sarah-Beth and her husband Travis, Coleton, Lilly, Conrad, Tessa, and Holly; and two great grandchildren, Max and Karlee.  In addition she leaves six siblings and their spouses, Herbert Kohler of NY, Gail (Kohler) Bunovsky and Ron, Walter Kohler and Mary, Joel Kohler and Juanita, Chris Kohler and Pam, James Kohler and Linda, all of CT; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous good friends.  She also leaves her mother-in-law, Grace Neely of NY; and brother-in-law, David Neely and his wife Edie.


Carol was predeceased by her father-in-law, Donald Neely, and sisters-in-law, Linda Neely and Eileen Kohler.


Calling hours are Friday, August 29th, from 5-8 PM at the Petit Funeral Home, 167 Main Street in Pembroke.  Services will be held Saturday, August 30th at 11 AM at the New Rye Union Congregational Church, 289 New Rye Road, Epsom.  Everyone is cordially invited to the Elks Club, 24 Old Mill Road in Epsom immediately following the church service to celebrate Carol’s life. 


Carol’s request would be to donate to the CRVNA at 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301, where she was cared for so gracefully or to the Animal Rescue League of NH at 545 NH Rte 101, Bedford, NH 03110.


The family would like to thank the CRVNA for their amazing care, Dr. Hayes and staff, Dr. Akey and staff, Lincare (especially Ryan and Nick), and Epsom Central School for their amazing support. 


Mom you earned those angel wings. We will miss you, but this is only temporary.  We will see you again for eternity.


To sign an on-line guestbook, please visit www.petitfuneralhome.com.



Shirley A. Kelley


Shirley A Kelley, 88, of Epsom, died August 5, 2014, peacefully in her home after a brief illness.


She is survived by her 6 children: Kenneth R. Kelley of Concord, Cynthia L. Dabney of Concord, Ray I Kelley of  Center.Barnstead, Elizabeth E Kelley of Epsom, William G Kelley of Epsom, and Carol Ann Burstein of North Hampton.  She is also survived by 2 brothers, Walter Beckert of South Berwick, ME and Rick Beckert of  Eliot ME; plus Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.


She was a Very Loving and Dedicated Mother to her 6 children and family. Not only did we lose our Loving Mother, we lost our Best Friend.  She was Loved by All who knew her.  She set by example, working hard and raising 6 children independently. Her life was all about her family. She will Truly be missed by All that knew and Loved her.


May she rest in peace, We Love You Mom.



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