Epsom NH News

February 14, 2018


On Wednesday, February 21, the Epsom Library will show the film, “The Glass Castle” at 1:30.  Based on the best-selling novel by Jeannette Walls, the film follows her poor but wildly adventurous childhood, raised by her free-spirited father (Woody Harrelson) and her mother (Naomi Watts), an eccentric artist. The family lived away from mainstream society in abandoned homes and unpopulated areas but when her father’s behavior becomes erratic, Jeannette must find the courage to live on her own terms.



Epsom Food Pantry


Good Morning everyone-  Well, I missed a week. Just did not have anything newsy to report.  We, indeed, have been busy. Sent a nice box of goodies to Epsom Central Backpack project which Rita did appreciate.  Remember my last article, I asked for things for the kids to eat and to also handle on their own?


We have just been gifted with some food from a member who has passed away and her daughter is bringing to us.  Our thanks and sympathy goes out to the family of Claire Wheadon.  Also, we are still receiving donations in memory of Bob Hahn. Finally, a donation from the Dorcas Guild of the Congregational Church of Pittsfield. As I have said, Pittsfield folks have been so kind to us.


I want to end this article with our heartfelt sympathy to Reverend Young and his children in the loss of their wife/mother this past week. Reverend Young and his church family have been so supportive of our Pantry and we want all to know we are thinking of them. 


Well keep warm and...   


Until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee continued with public hearings. HB 1556, on licensing requirements for barbers, cosmetologists, and licensed nursing assistants, brought out the barbers in force to oppose it. The intent of the bill was to coordinate training in the prison system with license requirements, and forbid these boards from denying a license simply because of a criminal record. The nurses’ associations opposed the bill as well; among other things, LNAs are vital for home care of the elderly, infirm, and demented, and so are frequently alone with vulnerable individuals. The bill went to subcommittee to examine the exemptions and requirements. HB 1456, requiring the state to accept the “lowest reasonable bid” rather than the “lowest qualified bid” was opposed as assuming that anyone can confidently identify an “unreasonable” bid.


HB 1665, on the allied health boards, was a housekeeping bill to add “certifications” throughout their statutes since we’d recently added a certified profession, speech-language assistants, to their authority. HB 1818 was a bill to delete the criminal penalties from 10 licensing statutes, since the sponsor believed that by making operating a barber shop, for example, without a license a felony, we deprecated actual felonies. It was opposed by the barbers and the court reporters, but ignored by the septic system evaluators, landscape architects, auctioneers, etc. If nothing else, I intend to get review of these penalties added to the duties of the commission reviewing professional licensing; they’re added as boilerplate in the statutes and my committee is not familiar with criminal law.


HB 1759, on drones, is a simplified version of the bill approved last year, and focuses on controlling government use of drones: However, it didn’t address the Highway Department’s current use of drones in culvert inspection, so the bill went to subcommittee as well.


Representative Carol McGuire





Letter To The Editor


In recent years, I have noticed positions on our town ballot with no candidates listed to vote for. Recently the Select Board of Epsom wrote a letter to the editor of this paper asking residents who wanted to be part of the democratic process to sign up.


I am sorry to say that upon deciding to add my name, I missed the deadline to have my name added to the ballot. Therefore, I am asking Epsom voters to write my name in on the town ballot for Cemetery Trustee (for 1 year) when voting this March 13th.


I am a 20-year Epsom resident, and in the past I have served on the Budget Committee and feel that it is now a good time for me to serve the local community in this way. Thank you in advance for your support.



Tom Langlais



Epsom Public Library Youth

School Vacation Week Activities


Children’s Movie: Tuesday, February 27th 1:30 pm “Blaze and the Monster Machines” snacks and drinks provided.


Family Movie: Tuesday, February 27th 6:30 pm. “Wonder” rated PG popcorn and drinks provided.


Teen Exercise Program: Monday, February 26th & Wednesday, 28th at 6 pm. Join us for the fun. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. We will have sandwich wraps Monday night for supper and tacos/burritos Wednesday night. Drinks and snacks included. Please sign up at the library or contact Mrs. Benner.





Are you a left leaning Independent, liberal or progressive Democrat? Relieve your frustrations with positive action. Please join us at the next Epsom Democrats meeting Friday Feb 16th at 6pm. For more info email: ribbon432@aol.com or call 603-736-9428.


Nancy Heath, Secretary



Meet The Candidates Forum

Submitted By Pat Curley, Friends Of The Epsom Library


The Epsom Friends of the Library are hosting the Meet the Candidates Forum at the Epsom Public Library on Sunday March 4th at 2 pm at the Library.


This is a great opportunity for citizens to meet the people running for office in our community.  This is your chance to hear from them and ask questions.


We are also seeking bakers for the upcoming March 13th Election and hope to have homemade pies and breads from our wonderful Epsom chefs!  Election will be held at the Epsom Central School and baked goods can be dropped off at the library on Monday or at the gym at ECS.   Thank  you all for your support of the Friends of the Library!


As always the Friends of the Library events are Free and open to the public!




Claire Ellen (Lundrigan) Wheadon


Claire Ellen (Lundrigan) Wheadon of Epsom, New Hampshire, died peacefully on Sunday, February 4, 2018 surrounded by loving family at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice House.  Claire succumbed to acute respiratory failure due to onset of influenza virus infection. Claire was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, November 28, 1937, the fifth of twelve children to Harold and Anna (Fraser) Lundrigan. 


As a child, Claire was proud to have won the Boston Globe spelling bee in third grade and has the ribboned pin to prove it!  Later, in 1955, Claire graduated from Lynn Classical High School, Lynn MA.


During her career, Claire worked as a bookkeeper for Hoyt & Worthen Leather and Tanning Company, as an administrative assistant for a Concord legal firm, and for many years as an administrative assistant to the Director of the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association.


Claire was a gifted artist, trying her hand at many forms of handiwork and media.  She was a talented quilter and shared her ideas and art pieces with quilters around the world through HGTV.  She joined local quilting exhibitions and won a few local quilting competitions.  Many family members were gifted with a quilted piece lovingly stitched by Claire.  Claire’s artwork did not stop at quilting.  For years she toll painted, oil painted, sketched, embroidered, knitted, needle pointed, crocheted, built doll houses, and decorated wedding cakes.


She was an avid reader and often visited the local library to borrow books and movies. She donated her time to writing to a young boy, a pen pal with whom she had been acquainted through the library.  Claire was also a giving woman, helping out the less fortunate when she could, giving to local charities and even supplying chips and salsa to a local teen night program.  Claire loved music and often listened to her favorite artists.  Claire was a women’s bowling league member, enjoyed couples card games, camping, and gardening.  Claire collected depression red glassware, tea cups and even tried her hand at coin collecting.  Claire had a love for nature and enjoyed bird watching and identification of the avian species that frequented her feeders.  


Claire was an honest, opinionated, self-reliant, sometimes stubborn, independent woman who never took “no” for an answer!  She loved to cook and, in later years, preferred enjoying television cooking shows over the actual cooking!  Claire loved to play online word games with her sister and hated to lose!  


Claire quietly praised her Lord and was a daily devotional reader of the bible.  For years she kept a daily journal of the local weather events, her delights, her illnesses, and general happenings.  Claire also kept a journal of delightful passages that spoke to her in many different ways.  Some were rhymes or motivational thoughts clipped from magazines and newspapers, some she found in books, others were quoted lines from movies or songs.  


Claire’s greatest joy was her family.  She loved to watch her grandsons grow and mature into fine young adults.  She took great delight in spending time with Matthew and Michael as young children, watching them play sports and racing XMod cars, taking them fishing, skating, go-carting, hiking, on zoo adventures, even making snow angels with the boys.  Her grandsons adore and admire her so very much. Her one regret was to have been robbed the chance at having a relationship with her great grandson.  


Claire is survived by her loving daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Scott Cairns of Manchester NH; grandson Matthew Davis and great grandson Chase Davis of Weare NH; grandson Michael Davis (girlfriend Suzanne Kleinberg) of Concord NH; her estranged son Robert Wheadon Jr, and wife Janet of Raymond NH.  She is also survived by her siblings Robert Lundrigan of Laconia NH, Arleen Goreham of Kingston NH; Charles (Carole) Lundrigan of Beverly MA; Daniel Lundrigan; Nancy (Ray) Jackson of Kingston NH; David (Janet) Lundrigan of Middleton NH; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Claire is also survived by her sweet Granddog, Sophie.  Claire is pre-deceased by her parents, her former husband Robert Wheadon Sr; her son-in-law Corporal N. Bruce McKay of the Franconia NH Police Department, and siblings Harold Lundrigan Jr; Allen Lundrigan; and Barbara (Monschein/LeBlanc) Lynch.


At the request of the deceased, no funeral or memorial services will occur.  Claire requests that a private summer family gathering take place to leave her remains at their final resting place “above the flowers.”      



Dorene F. (Wells) Young

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EPSOM- Dorene F. (Wells) Young, 68, of Epsom, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family in the care of the Concord Hospice House on February 2, 2018.


Born in New London, Dorene was the daughter of the late Neal Wells and Dorothy (Young) Wells (Bean). She was a graduate of Pembroke Academy and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from St. Anselm’s College.


Dorene worked at the Beth-Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as well as the Joslin Clinic and later served as nursing director at Clinton Hospital. After moving back to New Hampshire in 1985, she worked for Intracorp and later co-operated Medi-STRAT, which investigated medical insurance fraud (work that she always said made her feel like Quincy, M.E.). 


A dedicated member of New Rye Congregational Church, Dorene taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, acted as church secretary for many years, and served on the Deacon’s Board. She sponsored children through the Child Fund and was an active volunteer at Epsom Central School while her kids attended.


Christmastime was the highlight of the year for Dorene and she cherished her Christmas decorating. She was an avid bird-watcher, horse-lover, and Patriots fan, and she treasured time spent visiting her aunt and uncle on Lake Winnipesaukee.


She is survived by her husband, Rev. James R. Young, Sr., Pastor of New Rye Congregational Church; her children, James R. Young, Jr. and his wife Cara of Worcester, MA, and Alicia M. Young of Brighton, MA; and three brothers, Neal Wells, Jr. of Lancaster, Carson “Pete” Wells of Canterbury, and Daniel Wells of Palm Bay, FL.


A celebration of her life was held on Saturday, February 10th at New Rye Congregational Church in Epsom. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorene’s memory may be sent to the CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury St. Concord, NH 03301, or the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com.












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