Epsom NH News

March 16, 2011


A reminder of the weekly events open to all seniors at the Pittsfield Community Center.  On Mondays, it’s Bingo, from 10 am to 11:30 am; Tuesdays at 9:15 am, baking in the kitchen and at noon it is Café Bienvenue, which features a variety of soups, salad bar fixings and café style luncheon choices; Wednesdays, painting lessons with Betsey Keefe; Thursday, Bingo from 10 am to 11:30 am and Fridays, Gentle Yoga upstairs.  All seniors are welcome!!! 

Come participate in any of the activities and have lunch at noon.  There is a $2.00 suggested donation for lunch.  Please call ahead at 435-8482 to reserve.  On March 17th, call to reserve lunch at noon for a fun Irish meal.

Tuesday, March 22nd a special event will be a luncheon presentation by Physical Therapist, Susan Sudak, “Understanding Your Rehabilitation Options.”  She will speak of the range of rehabilitation services available to Central NH folks who experience an illness or injury.

The Pembroke Junior Spartans have begun signups for the upcoming 2011 season and are pleased to announce the addition of Cheerleading to their program.  The first round of signups for both football and cheering have been scheduled for March 17, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registrations will take place at the Pembroke Town Library and Chichester Central School on these dates.  Additional dates, times and locations will be determined.  Look forward to seeing you there.  For more information, please go to http://www.pfof.org or contact Lisa Wiggin, Treasurer, PFOF at 603-219-3179.

Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 is hosting a Scrap Book Event on Saturday, March 26th from 1-10 pm at the Epsom Public Library. Plan to join the fun for a great time of scrap booking with friends. Food and beverages will be provided. There will be raffles for some great prizes! For info and to register please call 736-8681 or 736-4707.


Loudon Food Pantry Partakes In The 14th Annual

Feinstein Challenge to Fight Hunger
See What You Can Do To Help!

 Each year, Alan Shawn Feinstein divides $1 million amongst participating hunger agencies like the Loudon Food Pantry in order to inspire the public to donate during the months where we run dangerously low on food and funds.

To be a part of this effort, donate food or funds between March 1st and April 30th and note that it’s for the Feinstein Challenge (household and clothing items are not allowed as part of this challenge).  Without noting your donation, it can not be included in this challenge. 

In 2010 (our first year with this challenge) we received $256 from Alan Shawn Feinstein.  We collected $1,120 in funds and $1,331 in food that we would not normally receive during March and April.  The more we collect towards this challenge, the bigger the check from Mr. Feinstein.

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) 

I’ve listed our drop off locations below as well.

Or donations can be made through our website at LoudonFoodPantry.org.  A separate donate button for the Feinstein Challenge will be available from March 1st through April 30th.

We have collection bins at the following locations.  Any donations in these bins will be counted towards the Feinstein Challenge.  Any food collection bins will be counted towards the Challenge as well.

The following list shows the business, the town, and collection type accepted.
• Ivory Rose, Loudon, Food & Funds.
• Boars Tavern, Loudon, Funds.
• Care Pharmacy, Epsom, Funds.
• Evans Expressmart, Epsom, Funds.
• Red Roof Inn, Loudon, Funds.
• Speedway Convenience, Loudon, Funds.
• Loudon Garage, Loudon, Funds.
• Foxy Hair Care, Loudon, Funds.

Check out our website at LoudonFoodPantry.org to see our progress for this challenge.  It will be updated daily during March and April.

Please help us to top last year’s collections for this challenge.  Remember, even small donations can add up quickly so please give whatever you can afford.

Thank you very much for your continued support!

Sarah, Sue and Billl




To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield:
This week my committee had to deal with the remaining bills assigned to us. We first heard HB390, a final report of the committee on committees that discontinued eight commissions and reinstated twenty. This bill was so clear, and we were so aware of the work done by the committee on committees, that we voted immediately to recommend it. HB350, a 43 section update on the duties of the fiscal committee was also heard: this one we immediately voted to retain, since there was barely time to read it, let alone resolve questions brought up at the hearing.

HB62, on the building code, was voted to be killed since its content was combined with HB137. HB137, on the fire code and building code, was a sad case: the subcommittee had done an excellent job of resolving the building code and fire code issues and brought in a lengthy amendment. However, the very beginning of the amendment addressed the fire marshal’s rule- making authority under existing statute – and the rule experts on the committee objected to that section! Once the problem was pointed out, we couldn’t pass the amendment along, so we voted to retain the bill.

We debated dental hygienists’ regulation, considering HB452, creating a new, separate board for hygienists, and HB565, creating a committee of the dental board which would have rule-making authority for hygienists. The hygienists have been struggling with the dental board for years, but the professions are intertwined, and my committee is resistant to creating new boards. Finally, we voted to recommend HB565, as an appropriate first step, and to kill HB452 until we can see how well HB565 works out.

Anyone interested in what is going on in the State House is invited to email or call me. Anyone who wants more information than I can fit into a letter in the Sun should email me for my newsletter.

Representative Carol McGuire












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