Please Join Our
Masonic Open House
Corinthian Lodge #82
& Accepted Masons
Saturday, October 20
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
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
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
Valley Artisans is
located at 10 Goboro Road in Epsom. The shop is open Wednesday
through Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.
Epsom Food Pantry
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
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
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.
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
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 email@example.com or Deb
Sargent at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
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