Epsom NH News

February 21, 2018


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 rental agreement.





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.


Representative Carol McGuire





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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.


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.



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 career.


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

February 2018


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!


Bless You,

Gordon Ellis,

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 government. 


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 town. 


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 Selectman!


Virginia Drew












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