Epsom NH News

October 18, 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.,



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




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.  


If you have any questions please email Kelly Nericcio at knericcio@yahoo.com.



“The Capital Crimes of Witchcraft” is the program being presented at the Epsom Public Library October 18 at 7:00 PM.  NH Humanities To Go awarded a grant  to the library to have Margo Burns offer her program about  the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693.  The program is free and open to the public.



The movie matinee on Wednesday, October 25 at 1:30 is “Going in Style.”  This comedy stars Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine.  Desperate to pay their bills and support their families,  three lifelong friends risk it all by conspiring to make a plan to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.



Benefit Concert for “Breast Cancer Awareness” on Saturday, November 4th at 7pm. Evergreen Lodge #53 (Odd Fellows Hall), 1198 Short Falls Road, Epsom, NH. Donations gratefully accepted. Featuring Walter George and Friends Bluegrass/Country Band. Also, Jimbo Pero and Jim Pero. Refreshments provided. For information call Gary or Vickie at 736-4707.



Epsom Food Pantry

Good Morning,  Everyone!


All is well at the pantry. I want to send out a special thanks to all our gardeners for the bounty of wonderful veggies we received at the pantry. It was so appreciated by all.


Now to my special subject, TURKEYS. We need a count by October 21st as we have a deadline for reporting. If you are having a problem getting to the pantry, call me at 219-3025 and I shall direct it to the proper folks. 


Until next time,




Epsom Public Library Youth Events


Toddler Time: New Time! Wednesdays 10pm. Join us for stories, songs, movement activities and a craft.


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


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. For more info about any of these events call Vickie at 736-9920.



Letter To The Editor


It’s been a funny fall!  Three frosts downtown and none on the mountains. Lots of geese and turkeys and coydogs!


We will be doing some grading and paving on hills to take care of some of the drainage issues.


By the time you read this letter, we should have already poured the floor in the garage. Just can’t describe how wonderful!


Things around Town – the American Legion will be putting on a free lunch for Veterans and their families on Veterans Day!


The farmers have had great weather for chopping corn this fall.  The banking protection on the river is in full swing which will make the water cleaner downstream.  The water line project at the Library is just about complete.


Bless You.

Your Road Agent,

Gordon Ellis



Letter To The Editor


The Trump administration aided by Republican Congress is doing all they can to sabotage the Affordable Health Care Act aka “Obamacare.” The worst damage is creating “uncertainty” for health insurance companies. For all insurance coverages, “uncertainty” equals higher risk, higher risk is synonymous with higher premiums.


Other dirty tricks are: 1. Major budget cuts for navigating and implementing the 2018 marketplace, which will make all those good things we all like, fail  2. Sept 30 Congress did not reauthorize Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP)  3. By fiat, Trump reversed policy which will now allow the employers to deny some birth control methods, including intrauterine devices, essentially declaring employer’s religious values more important than the employee’s.


For a chronological listing of sabotage actions (January to date) go to: https://www.cbpp.org/sabotage-watch-tracking-efforts-to-undermine-the-aca


Nancy Heath




Epsom Old Home Day


Epsom Old Home Day was held on Aug 12-13. Congratulations to 2017 Citizen of the Year Donald Harty.


Woodsmen Competition winners: 1st place Mike & Derek Carignan, 2nd place Julie & John Carignan, 3rd place Team Fire Dept. Tree ID Team Davis Fuels.


Classic Cars winners: 1st place & Cruisers Choice Leon Scarlett, 2nd place Don Drew, 3rd place Leon Miller; Oldest Vehicle: Norm Yeaton; People’s Choice: Doug Yeaton. 


Parade vehicle winners: 1st place Epsom Fire truck 56FI,  2nd place Epsom Fire truck 1934 Ford, 3rd place Davis Fuels truck.


Congratulations to all the Delta Dental Runners Race winners (8 age categories).


Special thanks to the following businesses, organizations and individuals for their support: Tim’s Truck Capital & Auto Sales, Northeast Delta Dental, Griggs Enterprises & Concord Homes, Davis Fuels of Epsom Inc., Keeler Family Realtors, Suncook River Veterinary Clinic, PLLC, Circle Child Care, LLC, Epsom Family Dental Care, Hilltop Pizza, Complete Auction Service George Foster III,  A. W. Perry Timberworks, Barton Lumber Co.,  Elwood O Wells Post #112, Granite Image, Bartlett Tree Experts, Dance Steps, etc., The Suncook Valley Sun, Epsom Fire Department, Epsom Police Department, Epsom Public Library, Tri Eagle Firearms, LLC, Town of Epsom, Rebekah Lodge #36, Odd Fellows 100F #53, Fort Mountain Timber Co.,  Dairy Farmers of America, Village Idiotz Party Rentals, Unkomin Grafx,  Wayne Enterprises, Gingerbread Cat Studio, Sully’s, Saymore Trophies, Taylor Rental,   Beauchesne & Associates, Nancy & Gordon Wheeler, Dan & Carol McGuire, John & Ann Moulton, Linwood Marden Sr.(SSC), Dennis Volpe, Barbara Smith,  and Herb Bartlett.


Thank you to everyone who made EOHD fun and a success. Next year’s Epsom Old Home Day events will be on August 11 & 12, 2018 Epsom Old Home Day Association: contact Gary Perry 496-7485 or 736-8802 




James Jackson “Jack” Aikins

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James Jackson “Jack” Aikins passed away peacefully on October 1st, 2017 at the age of 84. Jack will be lovingly remembered by his family and friends for his independent spirit and wonderful sense of humor.


Jack was born March 29, 1933 to Edith (McLaughlin) and Jackson Aikins in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur Aikins, and his sister, Cynthia Whalen.


Jack graduated from Lynn Vocational High School in 1951 and joined the National Guard before marrying Patricia Darsney in 1957. They lived in Kingston, NH until 1971 when the family moved to Epsom, NH. Jack worked as the head mechanic for Edmunds’ Trucking Co. from 1958 to 1983.  He was an active member of both the Fort Mountain Trailwinder’s Snowmobile Club, where he worked to maintain trails, and the local 4-H club, where he taught woodworking skills. Jack and Pat divorced in 1989, and he moved to Pembroke, NH.  Jack worked for D.J. Salyer’s Trucking Company, and then spent 13 years hauling heavy equipment for the R.C. Hazelton Trucking Company until his retirement in 1998.


In retirement, Jack renewed many interests. He joined a candlepin bowling league and enjoyed bowling competitively again.  He bought a 1997 Harley Davidson Road King and joined the Concord HOG Chapter, where he served as Road Captain for several years.  He also became a member of the Plausawa Valley Country Club in Pembroke, where he enjoyed golfing with friends regularly.  


Jack is survived by his loving companion of 16 years, Lydia Henderson, as well as his three daughters, Dawn Kim (and husband Tae), Laura Hatfield (and husband Ben), and Melissa Potter (and husband Bob Jr.). Jack was a proud and loving grandfather to eight grandchildren: Katie Martin (and husband Mike), Carl Potter (and wife Julia), Samuel Potter, Eric Potter, Hadriane Hatfield, Myah Hatfield, Ethan Kim, and Justin Kim. He recently welcomed his first great grandchild, Abigail Martin.


A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm, Sunday, October 22nd at Gilmanton Corners Church in Gilmanton, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Concord HOG Chapter’s Charity Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Online condolences can be expressed at www.bennettfuneral.com












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