The movie matinee at the
Epsom Library on Wednesday, February 28 at 1:30 is “Abundant
Acreage Available.” After the death of her father, on a small
tobacco farm in North Carolina, a woman wrestles with letting-go of
the past, her memories and the legacy that has defined her.
She finds three old men camped out on the edges of her property.
After 50 years away, these brothers have returned to see about
buying back the land their family had farmed for generations.
John Fink of “The Film Stage” says this is “a quiet, powerful
portrait of two families at a crossroads.”
Epsom Central School ~ Incoming 2018-19 Kindergarten/New
Grade One Students
Epsom Central School will
be holding a registration/screening for the 2018-2019 incoming
kindergarten students. The screening will be held April 3,
April 4, and April 5 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.,
as well as extended hours on April 4 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. If
your child will be an incoming first grader (new to Epsom Central
School), literacy screenings will be held on Wednesday, April 4,
from 8:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Please call the main office,
736-9331, to schedule your child’s 45-minute block for either of
these screenings. Please remember to bring a copy of your
child’s immunization record, birth certificate, most recent physical
exam, and two proofs of residency, including a purchase/sales or
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
This week, my committee
continued with public hearings and subcommittee work. As part of the
subcommittee on HB 1565, accrediting the Secure Psychiatric Unit, a
group of us visited both the SPU and New Hampshire Hospital. We were
impressed by the quality of the staff and un-impressed by the
physical plant at both; the most important take-away for me was that
about a third of the patients at NHH no longer need acute
psychiatric care: they’re ready to be released except there’s no
place for them to go.
I presented HB 1823, my
bill on layered amortization for the retirement system, to my
committee; no opposition but a lot of questions about the concept.
HB 1805, creating a committee to study level dollar amortization,
rather than the current fixed percentage, also raised questions,
primarily how to fund the change. HB 1803, on payroll deductions for
state employees, was presented as a cost avoidance measure for the
state by not processing deductions for non-government entities.
Thoughtful of the sponsor, but with modern payroll systems the cost
savings would be negligible.
HB 1767, creating a
public multi-employer pension plan, would essentially require the
state treasurer to set up and run a defined contribution pension
plan, complying with all the federal regulations and reporting
requirements. With all due concern for the half of Americans who
don’t save enough for retirement, there are a large number of plans
available now, and experience has shown that unless the employer
matches employee contributions generously, participation remains low
(except when employee contributions are a condition of employment,
as with the state pension system). We also heard that the federal
government spent millions setting up and promoting their version of
this plan with minimal effect.
Century 21 Thompson Real
Estate and Century 21 Circa 72, Inc. are the proud sponsors of C21
Gives Program! Century 21 Thompson Real Estate is pleased to make a
donation of $325.00 to Catamount Womenaid, a charitable organization
in Deerfield, NH that provides short-term financial assistance to
neighbors in need in Strafford, Pittsfield, Epsom, and Deerfield.
They were chosen by Priscilla Thompson. CONGRATULATIONS!
Epsom Public Library Youth Events
School Vacation Week Activities
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.
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
Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner
On Tuesday, March 13,
2018, the Epsom Central School will be holding the 12th annual
Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for an award in remembrance of
Officer Michael Briggs and money towards the Michael Briggs
Community Center in Manchester.
The award will be given
to a graduating eighth grade student from Epsom. This will
then be distributed upon the end of high school as this student
pursues his/her post secondary education or enters a public service
In order to make this
award a reality we need your empty stomachs and generosity. Epsom
School Staff will be cooking and serving the dinner in an effort to
raise money for the award. The dinner will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
in the Multipurpose Room. The cost will be $5.00 for adults and
$3.00 for children. Tickets will be available in the office
ahead of time or you may purchase them the night of the dinner.
We will once again be offering “take out” dinners. We will
make it fresh for you when you come in to pick it up.
With your support we can
make this award a reality. Any questions please call Mrs.
Donovan or Mrs. Brodeur at 736-9331. Thank you.
Letter to the Editor
Ice is nice in a glass,
but it is truly not nice on the roads and walkways and driveways!
Lots of people have
slipped and fallen in their yards. It has been a strange winter.
Highway departments have used huge amounts of product trying to keep
the roadways drivable.
Now it looks like we are
getting an early mud season. Which is a nightmare because hardly
anyone believes or cares that one heavy truck does more damage to
the roads than 30,000 cars.
Believe me, no one wants
to post weight limits on the roads, but the damage from not posting
far outweighs the inconvenience we all encounter.
The trucking companies
all know it happens every year from some time in February to maybe
sometime in April. Major trucking companies plan for it. Like some
fuel companies top-off customer’s fuel tanks just before mud season
so they can attempt to stay off Town roads and, if they do have to
drive their trucks, they are less than half full with fuel.
Last year was a good year
and looks like this year is going to be even better!
Your Road Agent
Seeking your support in
the upcoming Epsom Town vote!
I love Epsom and have
been active in this town since the early 1980s! I regularly
attend the Selectmen meetings and keep up to date on our town
I am asking for your
support to elect me to the Board of Selectmen. I will listen
to Epsom citizens and base my decisions on what is best for our
I would like to ensure
that our community will continue to grow and increase opportunities
for business in our town. I am an advocate of public
engagement and look forward to hearing from the wonderful citizens
of our town! I enjoy public service and would continue to
serve our town in the best possible way.
I bring experience, an
open mind, and love of our community. Please Vote Virginia Drew for