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.
John The Baptist Parish
Oct. 20 • 6-8 PM
10 AM-7 PM
10 AM-4 PM
Drawing Sunday, October 22 at 4 PM.
not be in attendance to win. Unclaimed prizes will be posted on
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
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
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.
October Artisan Of The
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
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
Epsom Boy Scout Troop 80
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
If you have any questions
please email Kelly Nericcio at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support - we hope to see you on October 20th!
Pauline D. (Lemay)
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
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