Epsom NH News
January 28, 2009
Kicking Off The
New Year In Style
Epsom Public Library is pleased to present a special exhibit of miniature
furniture hand-crafted by Ralph VanHorn of Pittsfield. Representing a
variety of 18th century styles, including Early American Primitive,
Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Adam, the furniture is designed on a scale of ½
inch to a foot. Crafted mostly of basswood, the pieces are stained to
reflect the types of wood used in full-scale furniture of the times.
Exquisitely detailed, down to each tiny drawer pull and hinge, the pieces
are further enhanced by Mr. VanHorn’s collection of limited-production
miniature Oriental rugs created by Pittsfield Weaving Company.
This delightful exhibit will be on display through March 14, and may be
viewed during regular library hours: Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. For further information, call 736-9920.
Another Day In
The Life Of A Road Agent…
I get a call from a new resident; from a state south of here complaining
that the wing truck puts a lot more snow in his driveway than his
I told him I would check it out. What I found was that like most of us
without thinking of why we do it, we put the snow on the right hand side of
our driveways coming out. The plow carries the snow down the ditch line not
leaving it in our driveways so we can see when we pull out, which helps both
us and the plowman.
Your Road Agent,
Town of Epsom
Athletic Association Update
Our next monthly meeting will be held in the large conference room at the
new Epsom Public Library. The meeting will commence Wednesday January 28th
at 7:00pm. We are looking for a motivated individual to take on the duties
of General Commissioner. This position is a 2 year term. The General
Commissioner will oversee inventory, equipment purchases, uniforms,
trophies, etc. He/She will also be a key player in developing and
maintaining a sponsorship program as well as performing duties of Sports
Commissioners in their absence. If you are interested in this position,
please attend our next meeting. If unable to attend, please contact Layne
Thomas. Visit our website (
www.leaguelineup.com/EYAA ) for spring sports information and other
news. We are already gearing up for the sports season of Tee Ball, Farm
Ball, Girls Softball (Rookies, Minors & Majors) and Cal Ripken Baseball
(Minors & Majors). Spring sports registration will take place very soon.
Registration dates and location will be posted on our website.
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Lewis of Epsom, New Hampshire announce the engagement of
their son, Keith, to Dawn Davis, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. William Davis
of Heidelberg, Germany.
Miss Davis graduated from Bob Jones University in South Carolina with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and will graduate in May with a
Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling.
Mr. Lewis graduated from Trinity Christian School in Concord, and earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Master of Arts Degree in Bible from Bob Jones
University. He is currently on the pastoral staff at Tri-City Baptist Church
in Independence, Missouri, and working toward a Master of Divinity Degree in
A May 15th wedding is planned.
by Meggin Dail
I believe that all of those unfinished thoughts in our thirties come back to
us in our eighties but, unfortunately, sound like gibberish then. I believe
there is always someone having a worse day than I. I believe in fairies;
they move my keys and steal socks but they also put extra change in my
pocket and fluff my pillows in the middle of the night. I believe in karma
and being nice gets you nice things. I believe iced coffee is the only way
to start the day. I believe in bringing back the elbow length glove,
especially in children’s winter wear, so that it never comes untucked from
the sleeve of the coat. I believe the best friends are those who you can
pick up with right were you left off, no matter how long it’s been. I
believe in reading to supplement our sometimes quite ordinary lives and to
quiet otherwise busy ones. I believe in not ever feeling guilty about saying
no. I believe those who can and do sew and knit are miracle workers. I
believe squirrels and Jays have just as much right to the bird feeder. I
believe in buying Girl Scout cookies no matter what kind of diet you’re on.
I believe in keeping my friends close and letting them help me keep the
enemies at bay. I believe doing laundry is therapeutic. I believe there is
no saying no to a request to snuggle. I believe toenails should be painted,
even in the winter. I believe shopping is an art form. I believe in being
blunt but tactful. I believe in ice in my drinks. I believe vanity plates
make driving fun. I believe there is an upside to everything. And I believe
three-year-old Carson when he tells me the salt-and-pepper truck just went
Les Cash I would like to thank you for your comments on the SB2. The idea to
repeal SB2 of come about after last year’s town election. Certain Selectman
were very upset that the vote did not go the way they were hoping and due to
this they thought that the town voters did not really understand what they
were voting for. That is where getting rid of the current system came about.
I have faith in the town voters. I have faith that when we vote we know what
we are voting for. I think we all realize that our decisions in the voting
booth are not always easy. Our votes have an impact on our own personal
finances as well as the needs of the wonderful town in which we live.
I have faith in our current system. And I have faith in our town residents.
And I want my vote to continue to count in the voting booth.
Once again, proponents of SB2 are trying to scare residents into thinking
they will be denied a secret vote if the Town of Epsom votes to rescind SB2.
Do not be fooled! You have the right during Town Meeting (and Deliberative
Session for that matter) to request a secret ballot vote.
In these dire economic times, do we want to be cutting back on core
services, such as POLICE? Fact: Poor economy leads to higher crime. Is this
what we want? That is what will happen if we don’t pass a budget this year.
SB2 has allowed a majority of uninformed voters to vote down a budget for
the past four years based on the bottom line. This majority has put us in a
quandary with roads, police, fire, and other departments to a somewhat
lesser degree. It has caused fully trained (at our expense!) police officers
to leave Town employment for other jobs. According to the Police Chief, it
costs us over $35,000 to train a new police officer. Because we can’t afford
to pay enough to hire people who have already been trained, we spend the
money, and time, and effort, to hire people off the street. Then, when they
are trained and realize they could make more money in the next town over,
they leave. And who can blame them? Then we start all over again with
another person and another $35,000 down the toilet!
Please vote to rescind SB2 in March. Doing so will bring some sense of
sanity back to our budget and get us back on track.
The following is a summary of calls made by the Epsom Police Department for
January 5-18, 2009. It is compiled from information provided by the
Complaints Included : Animal, 3; Suspicious Activity, 3; Motor Vehicle, 5;
Civil, 9; Juvenile, 2; Parking, 1.
Assists Included: Fire Department, 2; Disabled Motorist, 3; Rescue Squad, 6;
Agency With Service Of Paperwork, 2; Agency With Investigation, 2; Agency
With Well Being Check, 1; Other PDs, 2.
Responses Included: Suspicious Activity, 2; Accidents, 6; Alarm Activations,
5; Accident With Deer, 1; Unwanted Person, 1.
Checks Included: Suspicious Activity, 1; Suspicious Vehicles, 2.
Reports Included: Phone Harassment, 2; Theft Of Money, 1.
An Intoxicated Person was taken into Protective Custody and transported to
MC House of Corrections.
A Great Thing
Happened On The Way To An Ice Rink
Thompson, Eagle Scout Mike Verville, Lions Jim Falzone,
Denise Nadeau, Dave Joslyn, and Bruce Reynolds serving breakfast.
On January 17th, the Epsom-Chichester Lions Club held a breakfast at the
Legion Hall in Epsom on a “Yankee testing” below zero morning. The plan was
to have the Lions do all the work for the event: shopping, set-up, cooking,
serving, and cleaning up afterward.
The purpose of the breakfast was to raise funds to help the Epsom Boy Scout
Troop build an Ice Rink in Webster Park for the use of the community. This
Lions Club has as one of its missions, service to youth in the communities
of Epsom and Chichester. It was a wonderful opportunity to achieve that
There was an agreement made with Gary Perry, the Scoutmaster, for the boys
to set up the tables and chairs. Except, in addition, they put tablecloths
on them, decorated, and put placemats and cutlery at each seat.
In the morning the Boy Scouts appeared, one by one, and in little groups.
The morning started slow but by 8:30am more customers entered. Many were
young families with children of all ages. There were more Boy Scouts in
their uniforms showing up with their families and friends.
Before we knew it, they were serving the food to the guests and functioning
as waiters, replacing cutlery and placemats. We closed the doors at 10am,
ready to clean up; but the Lions only had to clean the kitchen!
The Boy Scouts thoroughly cleaned the rest of the facilities! What a fine
group of young men. It is heartwarming to know that the majority of our
young citizens are responsible and hard-working. The Epsom Boy Scout Troop
is a credit to their community and their world.
And, by the way, we managed to raise $1065 for the Ice Rink thanks to our
guests and the 16 local merchants who bought our placemat ads to fund the
food and supply purchases. Loads of thanks to all!
Charles and Ruth
Bachelder of Epsom announce the engagement of their daughter Sarah to John
Kostrzewski son of John and Rosemary Kostrzewski of Pittsfield. Bachelder is
a graduate of Pembroke Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth
State University. She is a 5th grade teacher at Epsom Central School.
Kostrzewski is a graduate of Bishop Brady High School and earned a
associate’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He works for
Allstate Septic Systems of Bangor PA as a division manager. An August
wedding is planned.
Marjorie (Fowler) Yeaton, 85, of Epsom, passed away Tuesday, January
20, 2009, at Pleasant View Health Care Center in Concord surrounded by her
Born in Concord, Marjorie was the daughter of Warren and Gladys (Rose)
Fowler and had lived most of her life in Epsom.
She was a graduate of Pembroke Academy and Concord Business College and
later worked as a bookkeeper for Agway Petroleum in Epsom. Marjorie enjoyed
traveling and especially her trips to York Beach and the Nubble.
She was the widow of Theodore Yeaton who died in 1988, and is survived by 3
sons, Steve Yeaton and his wife Audrey of York, ME, Larry Yeaton and his
wife Mary of Epsom, and Mickey Yeaton, also of Epsom; 2 daughters, Susan
Bailey of Boscawen and Jane Virgin and her husband Bill of Epsom; 9
grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dick Fowler of Epsom; a
sister, Geraldine Saturley and her husband Howard of Concord; and nieces and
Services were held Sunday, January 25, 2009, at at the New Rye Union
Congregational Church in Epsom.
Spring burial will be in the New Rye Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to CRVNA, Home Healthcare Program, PO Box
1797, Concord, NH 03302-1797.
Family and friends may sign an on-line guestbook by visiting