Epsom NH News

October 11, 2017


Come join Epsom Bible Church at our Annual Trunk or Treat event, Halloween night from 5:30-7:00PM. Candy, hot chocolate, and fun. Did I mention candy? Tailgaters will have cars set up for fun and games for small visitors. Come show off your costumes, and, well, get some candy. If you would like to participate by decorating your car please contact the church at 736-9354.



Penny Sale

Harvest Bazaar


St. John The Baptist Parish

10 School St., Allenstown


Fri., Oct. 20 • 6-8 PM

Sat., Oct. 21 10 AM-7 PM

Sun., Oct. 22 10 AM-4 PM


Door Prizes

Children’s Carnival

Drawing Sunday, October 22 at 4 PM.

Need not be in attendance to win. Unclaimed prizes will be posted on www.catholicsuncook.org





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

The decennial commission on the state retirement system has started meeting, and the first order of business is a data dump on the system: requirements, history, problems, and suggested changes or issues. Fortunately I’ve followed it for most of my time in the legislature, so the presentations were more reminders than new data. Some commission members are less familiar with it, and they’re looking a bit stunned at times!


The main problem is the massive unfunded liability that we inheirited from some very poor decisions made in the 1990s, compounded by the stock market drops in 2000 and 2008. There is a plan to pay it off over 30 years, but like a mortgage we aren’t making a dent in it in the early years. And these payments are entirely from the employers (who underfunded the system in the 90s), so we need to careful of the effect on property taxes. In fact, the whole exercise is a balancing act between the needs of the employees and the taxpayers (who are, largely, the same people!)


Unfortunately, no one has come up with a suggestion to improve funding other than to use the state general fund: unlikely, since there are so many other demands on it, most of which need a lot less money than the pension fund.


My committee has been meeting on our retained bills, and so far the result has mostly been recommendations to kill the bills. The building code and fire code bills have revealed a tangle of issues, since all the codes refer to each other and should all be adopted simultaneously. I’ve noticed a bunch of new bills for next year on these issues and expect we’ll be working on them for a while.


Representative Carol McGuire





Joyce Lemay

October Artisan Of The Month

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The artist of the month at Valley Artisans is long-time member Joyce Lemay of Chichester.  Joyce became a member back in its beginning in April, 1981.  She has been creating since her early years and always has a project going.  Over the years her craft of choice has changed.


Joyce loves celebrating the holidays and has seasonal themes in her work.  She has seasonal wall hangings, table runners, appliquéd tea towels, seasonal ornaments and fabric gift tags, cards and bags.  During the spring, summer and early fall, Joyce sells field-dug perennials from her extensive gardens.


Joyce’s raffle item is a festive Halloween Welcome Banner.  Visit the shop Wednesday through Sunday to enter the giveaway.  Come and enjoy a warm cup of cider as you browse through the shop.  We hope you will visit Valley Artisans for all your holiday shopping.


Valley Artisans in Epsom is open Wed thru Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.



Epsom Public Library October Youth Events


Story Times: Mondays 10am, Tuesdays 1:30pm, and Thursdays, 3:30pm. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sings songs and enjoy crafts. October themes include pumpkins, spiders, and Halloween.


Toddler Time: Wednesdays 10am. Children and the caregivers enjoy stories, songs, movement activities and simple crafts.


Lego Club: Thursdays at 3:30pm Plan to join the fun and build with the libraries large collection of legos.


Teen Movie Friday, October 20th 6:30pm: Transformers: The Last Knight The movie is rated PG 13 and pizza and drinks will be provided. Donations of snacks and desserts are appreciated.


American Girl “Luau” Tea Party:  Saturday, November 4th 1:30pm Girls and their guest are invited for an afternoon of fun. Wear your favorite outfit and bring your favorite doll and be prepared to “hula”. Seating is limited so sign-up is required. The sign-up sheet will be out beginning October 11th. Refreshments will be finger sandwiches, tea breads, desserts, tea and punch.  A craft activity will be included. We will have a drawing for the newest American Girl doll, “Nanea.” Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00



Epsom Library News


Movie matinee at the Epsom Public Library moves to Tuesday next week October 17 at 1:30. “The Promise” will be shown.  Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, the film follows a love triangle involving a brilliant medical student, a sophisticated and beautiful woman and a renowned journalist based in Paris.  Tensions rise with the outbreak of World War 1, as the trio struggle as the world around them crumbles. 


The library is fortunate to have received an award of funds from the “NH Humanities to Go” program.  Ms. Margo Burns will present “The Capital Crimes of Witchcraft” on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 PM.  The program focuses on the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693 when nineteen people were hanged and one was crushed to death.  Ms. Burns covers arrest warrants, indictments of formal death charges and even reversals of excommunications years afterwards.  Interestingly enough she is the 10th generation great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse who was hanged in Salem in 1692 on the charge of witchcraft.  NH Humanities is an independent nonprofit whose scope is statewide, but it is not a state agency.  NH Humanities has sponsored over 650 educational programs each year.



Epsom Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2018 Begins


The Town’s Hazard Mitigation Committee will soon be meeting to update the Epsom Hazard Mitigation Plan 2012. Every 5 years, the Plan must be updated and approved to current requirements to ensure the Town’s continued eligibility for federal disaster recovery and mitigation grant project funding. Past and potential natural disasters and other hazard events will be assessed and critical facilities and vulnerable areas and populations will be identified. The Committee will review existing mitigation capabilities and develop long-term risk reduction mitigation actions to help alleviate the impact of these events to Epsom’s people, buildings, and property.


The Committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Epsom Town Office meeting room, 940 Suncook Valley Highway, Epsom. Additional meetings will be scheduled at this time. The draft Epsom Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2018 document is anticipated to be completed in spring 2018.


All unique perspectives from stakeholders, engaged citizens, businesses, and organizations are invited to attend and participate in the Town’s hazard mitigation discussion and decision making. For more information, contact Kelly Dearborn-Luce, Hazard Mitigation Coordinator, at 603.736.9002 or via email to kelly.dearborn-luce@epsomnh.org.



Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80 Fundraising Dinner


The Epsom Boy Scouts Troop 80 will be hosting a camp fundraising dinner on October 20, 2017 at the Epsom Firehouse from 5 - 7:30 PM.  


We will be serving homemade Chicken Parmesan over spaghetti, salad, bread, a drink, dessert and coffee. Tickets will be sold at the door and are $3.00 for children under 10 and $5.00 for adults & children 10 and over. Take out dinners will be available for those who wish to support our Troop but cannot stay. 


Once again we have some fantastic door prizes that you can enter to win - every dinner purchased also includes a prize entry! So come join us for a delicious dinner and say hi to your local Boy Scouts and their leaders. 


If you have any questions please email Kelly Nericcio at knericcio@yahoo.com.  Thank you for your support - we hope to see you on October 20th! 




Pauline D. (Lemay) MacArthur

Mrs. Pauline D. (LeMay) MacArthur, 63, of Epsom, passed away unexpectedly after a sudden illness on September 28, 2017.


Born in Concord, Pauline was the daughter of the late Armand and Claire (Cloutier) Lemay.  She was raised and educated in Concord and was a graduate of Bishop Brady High School.


Pauline spent the last 20 years as a special needs bus driver most recently for Caring Hands of New Boston.  She enjoyed shopping and cruising with her daughter, coloring, animal rescue, and puzzles with her husband.  She will be lovingly remembered for her intelligence and devotion to those around her.


She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years, Eugene P. MacArthur, Jr.; her daughter, Crystal Southerton and her husband Matthew of Center Barnstead; her brothers, Paul Lemay of Concord, Richard Lemay of Manchester, Rev. Jean Lemay of Manchester; and her sister, Marie Lemay of Peterborough.


A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, October 5th in St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown.  Burial followed in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers and in honor of Pauline’s devotion to animals, donations in her memory may be sent to Feline Friends, PO Box 2452, Salem, NH 03079.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.petitroan.com.












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