On Wednesday, March 29
the Epsom Library will be showing the movie, “Hacksaw Ridge” at
1:30. Directed by Mel Gibson the film tells the true story of
Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of World
War II saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He
was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional
Medal of Honor according to publicity for the film. Pete
Hammond of “Deadline” said the is “a truly remarkable and moving
film about unimaginable courage in the face of impossible odds.”
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee dealt
with one last House bill, HB101. It extends the certification
schedule for solid waste operators from one year to three and
explicitly exempts volunteers from certification. As usual, the
simplest looking bills turned out to be full of problems: in this
case, broad rulemaking authority. So we discussed it for an hour,
finding more issues with every question, until we voted, 13-0, to
retain the bill and fix all (or at least, many) problems.
week’s session took two full days. On Thursday, the most attention
went to HB478, prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.
While I’m against discrimination, and have no problem with
transgendered people, I opposed the bill because it created a new
protected class, so loosely defined that it opened doors to
predators, and would probably create problems with employment. In
any event, HB478 was tabled, 187-179. Late in the day, a motion to
remove HB478 from the table failed, 168-180; it will almost
certainly stay there since a 2/3 vote is needed to take any action
after Thursday’s deadline. Twenty-six other bills with a
recommendation to not pass were also tabled, avoiding debate.
HB578, banning abortion after viability, had a committee amendment
to explicitly include the protections required by the US Supreme
Court in Roe vs Wade, and briefly – but heatedly – debated. It
failed to pass, 170-189, and the bill was tabled, 280-82. The
amendment was opposed not only by pro-abortion representatives, but
also by pro-life ones who believed that it was not protective
enough. I wouldn’t oppose stronger protections, but I voted for the
amendment because I thought we could pass the bill with it and
create at least some limitations on late term abortions.
Representative Carol McGuire
Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge
The Concord-Epsom Elks Riders’ Association #1210 is the
first Elks Riders Association in New Hampshire. The Riders’
Association was established late last winter and the members have
just celebrated their first anniversary.
Some of the events of
the past year have been several Rider Association group rides, and a
poker run which included Elks riders groups from Massachusetts and
Rhode Island. The proceeds were donated to the Elks National
Foundation, which is the entity that provides grants to individual
lodges for local charitable events. The Riders also joined the Toys
for Tots ride held last fall and donated gifts for the children.
The Riders’ Association also sponsored two large events; a pig roast
at the Concord-Epsom Elks Lodge #1210 which was open to the public,
and a ‘feather party’ which is a huge raffle held just before the
holidays for members and guests, where turkeys and small appliances
can be won! The proceeds were collected for various local needs.
Our Lodge is located just south of the Epsom traffic circle on Old
Mill Road. We would love to have you join us!
Richard Brian Demers
Richard Brian Demers, 52, of Manchester NH, passed away on March 10,
2017 after a hard battle with lung cancer. He spent his last
days under compassionate hospice care surrounded by the love of
family and friends.
Richard was born in Manchester NH on March
20, 1964 to Arthur A. Demers and Patricia J. Demers (King). He
lived his entire life in Manchester, graduating from Memorial High
School and then pursuing a trade as a flooring installer. He
eventually established his own business, TLC Flooring, which he
named with the first initials of his three sons.
He is survived
by his 3 sons, Travis Demers, Lucas Demers and Curtis Demers, all
born from his marriage to Correen (Gillan) Demers; his
father Arthur A. Demers and stepmother Mo Demers (of Epsom NH);
4 brothers - Michael Demers, Thomas Demers, Daniel Demers and John
Paul Demers (all of Manchester NH); 10 nieces and nephews and a
large extended family.
Richard’s final resting place will be St.
Joseph’s Cemetery of Manchester NH. A private family service
of interment will be held at a future date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that
memorial donations be made to the Community Hospice House of
Merrimack, who provided a level of care and comfort to Richard above
and beyond the expectations and capacity of his family, making his
final days at the end of his war with cancer warm, safe and pain
Community Hospice House
210 Naticook Road