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
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.
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.
Epsom Public Library Youth
School Vacation Week Activities
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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