Epsom NH News

March 4, 2009


Forrest Ellis of Pembroke has been named to the Dean’s List at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., for the Fall 2008 semester.

The Fort Mountain Trailwinders Snowmobile Club will have the next meeting on Thursday, March 5th at 7 p.m. at Land Dimensions on Route 4 in Epsom. All are welcome to attend. Sled access from Bickford’s Field. Please contact Bruce Blye with any questions at 736-8818.


Spaghetti Dinner

On Tuesday, March 10, 2009 the Epsom Central School will be holding the third annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise additional money for a scholarship in remembrance of Officer Michael Briggs.

This scholarship will be given to high school seniors from Epsom who will be graduating and pursuing a career in public service. In order to make this scholarship a reality we need your empty stomachs and generosity. Epsom School Staff will be cooking, serving, and donating the food for the dinner in an effort to raise money for the scholarship. The dinner will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Epsom Central School. The cost will be $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. If you have any questions, please call Robin Donovan or Bobbi Paine at 736-9331.



Adventure And Intrigue In The Land Of Oz

Petit Papillon will perform, The Lost Princess of Oz, March 28, 2009 at the Concord City Auditorium with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. This ballet which premiered in March, 2000 is based on one of the twelve original stories by L. Frank Baum and is the result of a creative collaboration of multiple New Hampshire artists. The musical score was written especially for Petit Papillon by Emmy Award Nominee, Ward Dilmore of Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Choreography for the ballet is by Patricia Walker and Kelly Doremus Stuart and the costumes for this production have been created by Cynthia Capodestria with giants by Martha Lovejoy. Cast members for this production represent the communities of Concord, Bow, Hopkinton, Henniker, Pembroke, and Sanbornton

After the very successful premier of this piece, Petit Papillon traveled to London, England in April, 2001 to perform the work in theaters where it was highly acclaimed. The story has some of the same characters as the more familiar Wizard of Oz and introduces many new friends of Dorothy’s as well as the wicked magician, Ugu. The ballet is an exciting adventure, involving wizardry, and travel through the lands of giants, teddy bears, merry-go-round mountains and much more.

Members the ballet theater are joined by younger students of Petit Papillon School of Ballet to tell the story of a search for the missing princess and a magic dishpan.

The ballet will appeal to young and old alike. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children and seniors, and are on sale at Gibson’s Bookstore, 27 South Main St, Concord; at Ballard’s Novelty and Party Shop, 7 Broadway St., Concord; and the studios of Petit Papillon, in the Green Street Community Center, 39 Green St., Concord. Group rates are available.




SB2 is a small town’s version of a tax cap. It provides for a system of checks and balances between townspeople and town governments. It doesn’t mean that there is polarity between the two entities. It simply means that therein lies a healthy respect and an “agree-to-disagree” mentality.

It is commendable of the Epsom School Board to pass a budget resulting in a $.60 decrease and the Epsom Budget Committee to put forth a budget under a 10% increase. I believe this was possible because of SB2 having allowed more voters a say in how many of their dollars they wanted spent. They sent a message to their town government that they can’t live with increasingly higher taxes but want more level-funded budgets. Because of that message, the school board and budget committee have responded in kind with more favorable budgets by sharpening their pencils. SB2 voting will continue in Epsom if voters vote NO on Article 7 this year.

To be informed, one needs to attend Town and School Deliberative Sessions yearly, pick up sample ballots at the Town Hall, speak to various department heads, and go on the town website at http://www.epsomnh.org/ and read minutes of meetings, sample ballots, and tax impacts.

Because this year there will be no estimated fiscal impact statement beside each warrant article on the ballot, the estimated fiscal impact figures from the selectmen’s office are listed in this letter for the Epsom Town Budget. Please bring these figures with you when you vote on Tuesday, March 10th:

Article 1: Proposed Budget: $.41 Estimated Tax Impact Default Budget: $.07 Estimated Tax Impact; Article 2: $.03 Estimated Tax Impact; Article 3: $.34 Estimated Tax Impact; Article 5: $.22 Estimated Tax Impact.

Respectfully submitted,
Tom Langlais
Epsom, NH



I Voted For Richard Frambach

Reference is made to his Letter To The Editor under date of Wednesday, February 25, 2009, and viewed in the Suncook Valley Sun newspaper. On the surface some items appear to be reasonable with special emphasis on the raises for the Fire and Police departments. What I don’t think is reasonable is his statement : “ Remember that the Federal Stimulus Plan will put $500. to $1000. back in your pocket “ First of all I never had either amounts of money in my pocket to begin with much less place these gifts back to any pocket.

I can’t believe any Budget Committee Member had any Stimulus Plan on their mind at any point in time while working on the budget. When was the last time you believed any thing offered by our near defunct government?

Jim Breagy
Epsom, NH



In Reply To: The Letter By Dan McGuire, Re: Small Wind Energy Systems

The Planning Board is presenting an ordinance to the Citizens of Epsom that will significantly help those who would like to install Small Wind Energy Systems. What Mr. McGuire did not include in his letter is, without this ordinance in order to install this type of system, you would have to get a Variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment and then precede to the Planning Board for a Site Plan Review. This ordinance eliminates the time and expense of the Zoning Board by allowing this use in our Zoning Regulations.

The Planning Board voted by majority to place this proposal on the Ballot for Epsom residents to vote on. The members who voted in the affirmative have a combined experience in Planning and Zoning in the neighborhood of 50 years and don’t take their responsibility lightly. The goal is to allow a use that is now not allowed, that is a positive.
Mr. McGuire voted no for Small Wind Energy Systems to be placed on the ballot for consideration by the residents at the March 10, 2009, election. He chose to write a letter to the Suncook Sun critical of the proposed ordinance signed in part as Planning Board Chairman. To sign a letter as Planning Board Chairman expressing his personal opinion, a minority opinion at that, is inappropriate and may misrepresent all those who voted to let the voters have their say. When approached on this subject he said, “If you don’t like it, write a letter.” Copies of the ordinance can be reviewed  at the Epsom Town Office and may be found to be more reasonable than presented by Mr. McGuire.


John F. Hickey
Epsom, NH 



Donald E. Beardsley

Epsom -
Donald E. Beardsley, 71, of Suncook Valley Highway, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Concord Hospital.

Born in Arlington, Mass., on June 21, 1937, Mr. Beardsley was the son of George and Hazel (Barnard) Beardsley. He lived in Pembroke for 12 years before making Epsom his home in 1984.

Mr. Beardsley was employed as an administrative analyst for IBM.

A lover of golf, he had also worked in the sports shop for Dustan's Country Club in Hopkinton.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Bette (LaFleur) Beardsley of Epsom; three daughters and sons-in-law, Tracey and Paul Dube and Andrea and David Andrews, all of Epsom, and Dawna and Peter McGrath of Dudley, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Beardsley was predeceased by two sons, John and Donald; and his four brothers, Bronson, G. Richard, Roger, and C. Robert.

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












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