Epsom NH News

April 23, 2014


The Epsom Public Library will have a Teen Movie Night on Friday, May 2 at 6:15 pm featuring “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The movie is rated PG-13 and pizza and drinks will be provided. Call the library at 736-9920 for more info.



Roadside Clean-Up 

Volunteers Will Receive A Sugar Maple Sapling


Finally, the snowbanks have receded and sadly the roadside litter has emerged. In honor of Earth Day the Epsom Conservation Commission is offering volunteers who assist with roadside clean-up a Sugar Maple Sapling. Since Earth Day 1990 the Commission has encouraged folks to volunteer their time to clean up some area or section of road or trail that is meaningful to them. 


Many of you volunteer each year. We encourage businesses, service organizations, families, neighborhoods, and individuals to volunteer. We hear from individuals who take on this task year-round. Some report that they notice less trash than they originally found. Some have shared their discouragement when they notice the area littered again. The rewards are many, community pride, clean roadsides and community areas. So won’t you organize your family, friends, employees to help?


How it works? Supply your own bags and do it at a time that works for you or your group.  If you would like to bring unsorted roadside trash to our BCEP Recycling Center in Pittsfield you must do it the week around Earth Day. Now through April 27th, you can bring roadside trash unsorted to BCEP, including no cost for found tires and appliances!! Yes, we have found appliances dumped on roadsides. Last year we found 12 tires dumped in the Town Forest. 


Contact the Conservation Commission with the area you cleaned-up, who volunteered and how much trash you collected and you will be eligible for a Sugar Maple Sapling. Saplings will be available at the Town Library. Information can be left at the library or emailed  to alisonparodi@metrocast.net, or mailed to the Town of Epsom Conservation Commission PO Box 10 Epsom, 03234. 


With Appreciation

The Epsom Conservation Commission



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This amazing group of students from the school counsel at Epsom Central School chose Live and Let Live Farm’s Rehabilitation Rescue and Sanctuary to fundraise for to help animals in need. This wonderful young group of students held a school dance and a wear a hat fund day at Epsom school and raised ...a whooping $469.15 for the animals of Live and Let Live Farm’s Rehabilitation  Rescue and Sanctuary, New Hampshire’s largest agricultural animal rescue “focusing on horses and at-risk pregnant dogs”. They plan on holding one more school dance in June to also help the animals of LLLF rescue. Thank you all so much for being caring and compassionate young people we can all be so proud of.  To find out more about Live and Let Live Farm Rescue visit our website at www.liveandletlivefarm.org Tours are held at the LLLF rescue every Sunday at 2:30.



Epsom Library News

Journaling Workshop


The Epsom Public Library is offering a two-session journaling workshop, “The Write Way,” on Wednesdays, April 30 and May 7, at 7:00 p.m. with Maggie Faneuf of the library staff as the presenter.


Why do we write journals? How often “must” we write? What are some ideas, themes, situations we might write about?


Come and explore such ideas as Joy and Laughter, Family Rituals, Life Transitions, as well as one’s own self in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.


Maggie wrote at one time for the Concord Monitor and for the shopper’s news, Buy Wise.  A retired English teacher, she has taught writing at both the high school and college level.


Attendees are asked to bring a notebook  and writing utensils, and be prepared for fun!  You may sign up at the front desk of the library or by calling 736-9920.



American Independence Museum Tour


The Friends of the Library will sponsor a trip to the American Independence Museum in Exeter on May 10.  Those going on the tour will meet at the library at 9:00 a.m. where volunteer drivers will be available for carpooling.


Upon arrival at the museum, participants will go on a guided tour, after which they may walk downtown for lunch.


The cost for the trip and tour is $5.00, and anyone interested in going is asked to sign up by Thursday, April 24, at the library.


The museum is managed by a not-for-profit institution whose mission is to provide a place for the study, research, education, and interpretation of the American Revolution and the role that NH, Exeter, and the Gilman family played in the founding of America.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the House met on the first few Senate bills. We started the day by passing a proclamation congratulating Rustic Crust, of Pittsfield, for getting back into production so quickly after the fire destroyed their plant, and also for keeping the employees on the payroll while rebuilding.


SB405, requiring radon system installers to register with the board of home inspectors, was briefly debated – I spoke against, one other spoke, and the vote was 172-147 in favor. I opposed this bill because it is unnecessary: we had no evidence of problems with radon installers and no demand for registration, unlike every other profession we’ve considered regulating!


Then we debated SB209, expanding the “good Samaritan” law to engineers and architects. This was opposed for several reasons: there’s no evidence that engineers who volunteer in emergencies have ever been sued; it would only apply to the 10% or so of engineers who are actually licensed; and it plays favorites because electricians, tree doctors, backhoe operators, and others who volunteer their services in emergencies are not included! So the bill failed to pass, 147-178, and was killed, 214-113.


SB295, prohibiting an employer from using credit history, was debated and passed, 192-142. I voted against because credit history is very useful, information, and many more jobs than the few exemptions in this bill have access to company or customer money. SB390, prohibiting discrimination against victims of domestic violence, was also debated and passed, 186-153. I opposed it because the law is almost unenforceable: employees in New Hampshire can be fired for any reason or no reason, so proving – or disproving - a charge of this discrimination would be almost impossible.


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


Representative Carol McGuire





Epsom Food Pantry


Well, another week has gone by and we are just bursting at the seams, with all kinds of good food such as turkey, chicken, beef and pork.


As you know, we are doing just wonderful so all you folks who are still at Loudon, come see us at your Epsom home pantry. We will be serving you twice a month so that should be of help.


Our new phone number is 736-4024. Just leave a message and phone number and someone will get back to you.


Now a few things needed that the children like, are raisins and applesauce, also baked beans, beets, and white bread.


We are located in front of the Epsom Library on Route 4.


Until next time, Priscilla.



Loudon Food Pantry Welcomes Epsom Food Pantry


After speaking with Priscilla it looks like Epsom Food Pantry is now up and running. Congratulations!  So as of April 15, 2014 Loudon Food Pantry is no longer accepting new patrons from Epsom.  For those patrons that are currently coming to Loudon Food Pantry you are invited to stay with us or go to Epsom Food Pantry.  You cannot use both pantries.  The choice is yours.


Epsom Food Pantry is located in the old town hall, in front of the Epsom Library on Route 4.  They are open Saturday 10 am – 12 pm, Wednesday 12 pm – 2 pm and by appointment.  They are a once per month pantry.  Call 603-219-3025 or 603-736-4407 for more information.


Do You Need Assistance?

If you live in Belmont, Canterbury, Chichester, or Loudon and you need assistance, please call 603-724-9731 to see if you qualify.  Even if you don’t qualify for food stamps, we may still be able to help!  Don’t wait until your cabinets, refrigerator or freezer is empty, call today.


Feinstein Challenge Update

As of April 15th our donors have helped raise a total of (insert drumroll here) $9,287.97.    Our goal this year was $6,500.  This challenge ends on April 30th.  I will publish the final results (complete with the breakdown) in the next issue.


Loudon Food Pantry Needs

Currently the items we need the most are baby food, fruit, jams, jellies, peanut butter, breakfast items, baked beans, beverages, frozen meat and canned meats, fresh produce.


When donating food, please remember that size does matter.  A lot of our single households enjoy the use of small items (around 8 oz size).  For them, there is less waste.  Our 2 – 4 household sizes get the best use out of 15 – 16 oz items. Our 5 – 11 household size loves the large items (less items to open to make one meal).  


Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:  

Loudon Food Pantry, 30 Chichester Rd., Unit D, Loudon, NH 03307 (please make checks out to Loudon Food Pantry).  Or made through our website at LoudonFoodPantry.org.


We have collection bins at the following locations:  

Business, Town, Collection Type Accepted


Elkins Library, Canterbury, Food; Care Pharmacy, Epsom, Funds; Loudon Post Office, Loudon, Food & Funds; The Hungry Buffalo, Loudon, Food & Funds; Beanstalk, Loudon, Funds; Red Roof Inn, Loudon, Food & Funds; Loudon Village Country Store, Loudon, Funds; Body & Spirit Day Spa, Concord, Funds; Yellow Submarine, N. State St., Concord, Funds


Sue, Sarah and Bill




John T. Benninghove


John “Travis” Benninghove, 36, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at his home on Blackhall Road.


The son of John F. Benninghove and the late Crystal McFetridge, John was born in Concord on August 20, 1977.  He worked as a lineman for Line-One Corporation.


In addition to his father of Wilmot, John is survived by two sons, Jacob T. Benninghove and Connor J. Benninghove, and their mother Ann Marie Clement, all of Barnstead, as well as a daughter, Ashley Henderson of VA; a sister, Miranda Atherton of Wilmot; his grandmother, Carol McFetridge of Pittsfield; girlfriend, Alyssa Connor of Epsom; many nieces and nephews; and his dog “Brady.”


Cremation, burial took  place April 19th at the Buck Street Cemetery on Batchelder Road off Rte 28 in Pembroke.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations should be made to gofundme.com under Travis Benninghove (all funds received are for Travis’s children)


Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting stilloaks.com.












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