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.
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
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,
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.
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?
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
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.
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
John F. Hickey
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