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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to
the Town of Epsom Conservation Commission PO Box 10 Epsom, 03234.
The Epsom Conservation Commission
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
under Travis Benninghove (all funds received are for Travis’s
Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting