Epsom NH News

October 10, 2018



Please Join Our

Masonic Open House

Corinthian Lodge #82

Free & Accepted Masons

Saturday, October 20

9:00 – 3:00

5 Park Street, Pittsfield


Have you ever wanted to know about Freemasonry or had a family member who was part of the fraternity?  Come and visit us to learn more – all are welcome!



Evergreen Lodge #53 and Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 are sponsoring another great Dinner Show “Wishes, Hopes and Dreams” on Friday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 13 at the American Legion Hall. The dinner/show begins at 6 pm and includes appetizers, beverages, salad, turkey, roast beef, vegetables and homemade dessert.  The show is directed by Elizabeth Lent and features all local talent!


Tickets are $25.00 per person or a table of 6 for $125.00. Call Vickie 736-4707 for reservations or for more info. Plan to join us for a fun night of great food and entertainment. Proceeds from the Dinner Show support continued improvements to the Historic Odd Fellows Hall and other Lodge projects.



ENGAGING COMMUNITY CONVERSATION! Join Epsom DICE for our first TEDTalk Tuesday! October 23rd, 7-8:30 pm at the Epsom Public Library, 1606 Dover Rd., Epsom


Facilitators Aron DiBacco and Garrett Walker, from the Granite State Organizing Project, will lead the group in round table discussions after watching a short TEDTalk by Dr. Camara Jones. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of our nation. Expect lively and thought-provoking conversation and come away with new insights and an understanding of race and racism in America and your own community. There is no cost for the event and everyone is welcome to attend! Refreshments will be provided.



Cheryl Geerdes – Valley  Artisan Of The Month

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For many years, Cheryl Geerdes has enjoyed learning many things in the “crafty world”, from dried florals to stained glass and lead cane glass, stenciling on walls, fabric and floor rugs... learning to knit from her Grandmother, making Christmas ornaments, wreath making, sewing all sorts of items (especially painting with various mediums). Cheryl has attended classes in jewelry design at Manchester School of Art and learned how to make Shaker Boxes with her husband in Vermont at Fletcher Farms.


Now she is creating her own design in jewelry into earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Always unique and most often one of a kind. Cheryl is always discovering new ideas and designs as she travels. One of the nice things about making jewelry is it’s portability. Whether home in New Hampshire or Florida or RVing cross country, she’s able to continue to craft anytime and anywhere, finding inspiration wherever she goes. 


Making jewelry is not only relaxing but a lot of fun. Cheryl is constantly looking for interesting and unusual beads, as well as vintage jewelry to create that “one of a kind” piece.


Cheryl has been a long time member of Valley Artisans and she invites everyone to come and see her designs and to peruse the three rooms of craft items by the many local talented members and consignors of Valley Artisans.


Cheryl has donated one of her popular designs for our monthly drawing...a lovely necklace with matching earrings.


Valley Artisans is located at 10 Goboro Road in Epsom. The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.



Epsom Food Pantry


Good Afternoon.  Well, another busy week. Our folks like hamburg and there was good sale at Market Basket and those good people ground the roast and put it one pound packages for me. Thank you, thank you!!  Also, many thanks to LaValley Farm Veggie Stand for the fresh vegetables they have been sending us, a treat!


On this past Monday night, Liz and I were invited to the meeting of the Concord Epsom Elk Lodge #1210 where we were presented with a hefty check for our Pantry. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Much appreciated and will be put to good use. Also, we received a nice donation from a group called Benevity. Not quite sure where from, but I shall find out and report back.


We are now getting ready for Thanksgiving. Members, if you want a turkey and all the fixings, you must get in touch with us, either at the Pantry, by phone, 736-4024, or call me at 219-3025. 


Until next time,




Letter To The Editor


At a recent meeting the Epsom Board of Selectmen voted to resume using the PA-28 Tax Inventory form next year. This is the form that was discontinued five years ago when it was determined that the cost of using it outweighed any benefit derived from it.


I am concerned about this decision, not only because of the cost to Epsom taxpayers, but more importantly, the risk it poses to our residents. The form requires all property owners to list the names and ages of anyone living at that property.


With all the scams and fraudulent calls to elderly people nationwide, I feel that it is very unfortunate that our Selectmen would require, under penalty of perjury and a significant fine, our senior citizens to provide these details on a public document that can be accessed by anybody.


Even more concerning is that under the same penalties, they will require parents to list the names and ages of their children. How many stories of child molestation do we need to read before we realize that every safeguard possible should be used to protect our kids? With at least 7 registered sex offenders living in Epsom and hundreds more in surrounding cities and towns, providing this sensitive information is a potential tragedy waiting to happen.


If you share these concerns, please contact the Selectmen to ask them to reconsider this unfortunate decision. Their contact information is listed on the town website.


Don Harty




Epsom Public Library Youth Events


American Girl Tea Party “Sparkles & Stars” Saturday, November 3rd 1:30pm Girls and their guest are invited for an afternoon of fun. Wear your favorite “sparkly” outfit and bring your favorite doll. Seating is limited. Please sign-up at the circulation desk or call 736-9920. Refreshments will be finger sandwiches, tea breads, desserts, tea and punch.  A craft activity will be included. We will have a drawing to win the newest American Girl doll, “Luciana. ”Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00


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 spiders, pumpkins 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.



Epsom Public Library News


Monday, October 15, Dan McGuire will be at  the Epsom Library for those interested in learning and/or playing bridge.  At least four people will be needed.  If anyone is interested, please call the library at 736-9920.


On October 16 at 7:00 PM, the Epsom Library will host the Dump Run Gang, a musical band.  It plays regularly at the Community Church in Gilmanton on Wednesday mornings after the members go to  the dump.  The band started with only three players but now consists of fifteen playing instruments including autoharps, saxophone, ukuleles, harmonica, spoons and washboard to name a few.  The music is primarily old time favorites and the band encourages the audience to participate.  They provide folders with song lyrics so all may join and sing.  This sounds like a fun evening for all to enjoy.


The movie matinee at the library on Wednesday, October 17 at 1:30 is “Life of the Party”.  Melissa McCarthy stars as a longtime dedicated housewife whose husband suddenly dumps her.  She turns her regret into determination by going back to college.  But she lands in the same class as her daughter which leads to hilarious antics. 


The Concord Regional VNA will hold a flu clinic at the library on Wednesday, October 17 from 4 to 6 pm.  Immunizations cost $30 each (cash or check).  However, if you have Medicare Part B, Medicaid, Harvard Pilgrim, Anthem, Tufts or a Medicare Advantage plan, the VNA will bill your insurance company.  It is necessary for each person to bring his/her insurance card to the clinic.



Letter To The Editor


I attended the Epsom School Board meeting on October 2, 2018, at which a group of dedicated, hardworking residents presented compelling data regarding the proposition of the town providing full day kindergarten at Epsom Central School. As the process moves forward I would ask the School Board and Budget Committee to consider the ancient Greek proverb:  “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”


I am 65 years old. The benefit that Epsom children accrue from full day kindergarten will matter not a whit to me. I will likely be dead and gone by the time they are the young adults who are running our country. That does not mean I should ignore them. The town, the state, the nation benefit from an informed, educated, and productive populace. To say that full day kindergarten is not important or worthwhile to me is short sighted. I want the best for the next generations not what was “good enough for me.”


I do understand the constraints on the town budget, but the state will offset a very large portion of any additional cost. And, really, can we put a price tag on our children’s wellbeing?


Brian O’Sullivan, MD




Epsom Old Meeting House Revitalization Committee Update  

Submitted By The Old Meeting House Committee


The results are in and we want to share them.  The Epsom Old Meeting House Revitalization Committee is having Information Sessions to share the results of the Survey and Listening Sessions concerning future plans for the Old Meeting House located next to the Library.  Sessions have been planned for Wednesday, October 24 (6:30pm-8:00pm), Wednesday, November 14 (4:30pm-6:00pm) and Saturday, November 17 (10:00am-11:30am).  All sessions will be held at the Epsom Library.  Though not required, the Committee is requesting that participants RSVP in order to facilitate planning.  Please contact Cheryl Gilpatrick at cgilpat567@gmail.com or Deb Sargent at lookout412@aol.com or (603)496-2528 to let us know which session you are planning to attend.  Thanks for your participation.



Terry Riel 2018 Highest Point Total Among NH Association Of Realtors Honor Society

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The New Hampshire Association of REALTORS Honor Society has been in successful operation since 1980. It is overseen by an Honor Society Working Group of local board vice presidents as appointed by the NHAR President and chaired by the NHAR President-Elect.


The primary purpose of the New Hampshire REALTORS Honor Society is to encourage board participation among members in order that they might be better educated, active members to serve their customers/clients and in return bring credit to themselves and the real estate industry. The program is designed for both the newer REALTOR as well as those who have held NHAR membership for a number of years – it is intended to recognize those members who are actively participating in REALTOR functions.


The 2018 winner for highest points total among Honor Society members was Terry Riel (pictured) of Century 21 Thompson Real Estate in Epsom and the Capitol Region Board of REALTORS.




Natalie Barton


Natalie Barton, 78, of Barton Road, Epsom, died at her home following a long illness.


She was born in Concord, the daughter of Daniel and Mina (Kellom) Reardon on June 11th, 1940. She grew up in Loudon and was a graduate of Concord High School. She married David Barton on June 27th, 1959 and made her home in Epsom where she became a devoted Wife, Mother and Grandmother. She was a member of the South Pittsfield Community Club. She was an active member of the 4H Club and raised  and showed sheep at many state and county fairs. She also sold Avon products.


She is survived by her husband David Barton of Epsom; two children, Kevin Barton and wife Sandra of Epsom, and Kim Barton-Wells and husband Allen of Londonderry; six grandchildren: Nicole, Diane, Christina, Jessica, Kelly, and Katherine; and a great grandson Kyle. She was predeceased by two children, Diane Lynn and David Lee who died in a house fire in 1961.


A Graveside Service was held in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon on Monday,Oct. 8th. The Rev Henry Frost officiated.


In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to CRVNA Hospice Program 33 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301. The Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.



Michelle L. Ames

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EPSOM- Michelle L. Ames, 46, of Epsom, passed away at the Jack Byrne Hospice Center in Lebanon after a lengthy illness on September 30, 2018.


Born in Concord, Michelle was the daughter of Donna (Baker) Frost of Epsom and the late Michael Ames.  She was a resident of Epsom for most of her life.


Michelle was employed as a hairdresser at Classic U in Epsom for over 17 years.  Above all else, she cherished the time she spent with her children and grandchildren. She also had enjoyed listening to Johnny Cash and sitting outside catching up with her family. 


In addition to her mother, Michelle is survived by her three children: Krickett Melvin of Concord, Michael Melvin of Epsom and Nina Melvin of Epsom; her two grandchildren: Addison Michelle Carter and Brayden Scott Carter; and her three siblings, Tammy LaRoche and her husband Michael of Epsom, Tom Yeaton and his wife Melissa of Hooksett and Harold Ames and his companion Mabelynn of Northwood.


Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations to assist the family would be greatly appreciated.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com












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