Epsom NH News

November 21, 2018




On Friday night, December 7th, from 6:00-7:30 pm, the Epsom Bible Church youth group will be holding a kids’ Christmas Mini-Mall at 398 Black Hall Rd. in Epsom.  Children ages 3-11 will be able to shop for their parents, siblings, and other family and friends.  The children will pick out their gifts and wrap them while their parents enjoy refreshments.  All gifts are $1.00.  We hope to see you there for this fun Christmas event!  For more information, please call the church at 736-9354.



Epsom Public Library is having their annual “Polar Express Event” on Friday, December 7th at 6 pm.  Come decorate cookies, enjoy the Hot Chocolate/Coffee bar courtesy of “White Mountain Coffee,” and watch the movie! Join us for the fun, wear your pajamas, and don’t forget your pillow/blanket. Please call the library at 736-9920 to make a reservation!



Evergreen Lodge #53, Ivy Green Lodge #36 and friends are offering digital photos with Santa on Saturday, December 1st at the Epsom Public Library from 10:30 am to 1 pm. There will be crafts for the children, cookie decorating, refreshments and a Christmas tree raffle. Suggested donation of $5.00 for a picture. Plan to join the fun and help with local holiday outreach! For info call the Benner’s at 736-4707.



Ocean’s 8 is the movie for the November 28 matinee at the Epsom Library at 1:30.  Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchette and Anne Hathaway star as a team of unstoppable crooks who plan to pull off the heist of the century.  Their goal is New York City’s annual Met Gala and a necklace worth more than 150 million dollars.





Dear Epsom Residents,

As Epsom residents and parents of one child, we believe that the best education for our daughter and the rest of the youth in our town includes full day kindergarten.  So much more is expected of the curriculum than when we were children and we should provide the children the best chance possible to succeed.  


For my husband and I, we work with our 2 year old daughter frequently by reading, doing puzzles, flash cards, building blocks, etc and also have her enrolled in a play based learning program.  We do want her to be able to have the best possible educational outcome and also have that come from the community we live in.  We are fortunate and have worked hard to have the means to provide a full day education for her even if that means sending her outside our community for kindergarten.  However, every family is different and as a community we should consider our children to be our future and we believe in providing the best opportunity to all children in our community, not just our daughter.


Let’s level the playing field for all children.  Please consider casting your vote to support full day kindergarten.


Megan and Trent



Granite State Brotherhood MC Food Drive

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The Granite State Brotherhood MC Food Drive held on Saturday, November 10th, to support the Epsom, New Hampshire Food Pantry was a great success. Just about 800 pounds of food as well as $570.00 in cash was raised. As promised, 100% of everything collected was delivered directly to the Food Pantry by end of day. Those volunteering at the Food Pantry explained that this was a “huge” contribution when compared to others they often receive. 


Granite State Brotherhood MC would like to thank the Cook’In At the Circle restaurant for allowing us to use their location to host the Food Drive. We would also like to thank the greater Epsom community for coming out and supporting this event on a very cold and windy day. Many thanks to The Suncook Valley Sun newspaper for including announcements of the Food Drive in editions leading up to the event as well as the New Hampshire MC community for coming out and supporting this effort. 


Thank you to all who worked together to help those in the community who may be in need of a helping hand over this upcoming holiday season. Granite State Brotherhood MC will always do all we can to support our neighbors in the greater Epsom, NH community.





To the voters of Epsom and Pittsfield:

Thank you for listening to me and considering my platform. Thank you for voting and congratulations on a stupendous turnout!


To my opponents: thank you both for running a civil campaign and good luck in your endeavors to represent your constituents.


Miriam Cahill-Yeaton




Epsom Food Pantry


Good Morning! Well, by the time you read this our wonderful Thanksgiving Baskets will be in the hands of our members. We have been some busy this week, but at this time I want to thank a whole bunch of wonderful people who have contributed to the success of this endeavor: Miriam Cahill Yeaton, Armand Claris, Davis Fuels of Epsom, Pembroke Friends of Football, the American Legion Post of Epsom, the folks of Chichester Massage, Ms. Patty Mitchell, the group from the Concord Hospital facility in Epsom, those super guys from the Granite State Brotherhood, Boy Scouts of America from Concord, and the Hackleboro Orchards.  Many of the above  not only gave us food, but money, too. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


I want to publically thank all the volunteers who run our Pantry you are the BEST!


Until next time,




Epsom Resident Celebrates 95 Years!

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Mary Orff, of Epsom, recently celebrated her 95th birthday surrounded by her family, at the home of her son Eric Orff in Epsom.  The joyful celebration was filled with laughter and food – two common themes of Orff gatherings. Much of the food was prepared and provided by Mary as always! Mary’s great and enviable memory was a catalyst for much of the laughter as she shared stories from her long life. This included the story of how she followed her older sister to school at age 4 and became a first grader. Hence, she graduated, with honors, from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine, at age 16.


In addition to Eric and his wife Janice, also attending were Mary’s daughter Nancy and other son, Alan with his wife Cathy, as well as the families of all three of Mary’s children, including adult grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Mary even had a surprise visit from her nephew Bill Dunn and his wife Gail from Augusta, Mary’s birthplace on November 8, 1923.


Mary remains the center of this close-knit family and although we gather frequently, Mary declared this to be her “best party ever!” 




Alfred G. Bickford

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EPSOM- Mr. Alfred G. Bickford, 85, of Epsom, passed away at home on November 11, 2018 after a period of declining health.


Born in Concord, Al was the son of the late Alfred and Helen (Brown) Bickford.  A lifelong resident of Epsom, he was a graduate of Pembroke Academy Class of 1951 and later graduated from the New Hampshire Technical Institute in Manchester.


Mr. Bickford was a Veteran of the United States Navy and proudly served his country for eight years during the Korean Conflict and beyond.


He was employed as a production engineer for Sprague Electric and Aerotronic and later founded his own business, Bickford & Son.  He later went on to work in the maintenance division of General Electric from which he retired.


Mr. Bickford was the twice past master of the Corinthian Lodge No. 82 F&AM in Pittsfield.  He was also recognized in 1974 as Epsom’s Citizen of the Year and was a past Captain of the Epsom Volunteer Fire Department.


He was predeceased by his son, Howard Bickford, who passed away earlier this year.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Joyce (Allen) Bickford; his daughter, Mary-Jane Bickford of Epsom; and his son, Mark Bickford of Loudon.  He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.


A Funeral Service was held on Friday, November 16th  in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Dr. #110 Bedford, NH 03110.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com












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