Epsom NH News

February 28, 2018


Michael Briggs

Spaghetti Dinner


Please join us on Tuesday, March 13th to support this worthy cause. It will be held at Epsom Central School from 5 to 7 PM. Cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. We also offer take out dinners. Questions please contact Mrs. Donovan or Mrs. Brodeur at 736-9331.



“Stronger” is the movie scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at the Epsom Public Library at 1:30.  Inspired by the true story of Jeff Bauman, played by Jake Gyllehhaal, who lost both legs when the bomb blast occurred at the 2013 Boston Marathon. This is a story of courage, resilience, and a battle that tested family bonds and defines a community’s pride as he overcomes adversity to become the symbol of “Boston Strong.”  This movie is rated R for violence, language and depictions of extreme trauma.



Letter To The Editor


Virginia Drew is running for a position on Epsom’s Select Board. I have seen her at work and know some of the duties she is responsible for. I know she is involved in town politics, and has served on several budget committees, as well as School Boards. I know her to be attentive, knowledgeable and responsible, as well as honest, ethical and competent. Her time at the State House has provided her with a wealth of knowledge and experience.


Other credentials include: founding member of Epsom Youth Athletic Association, Library Trustee as well as member of the Friends of the library, former secretary to the Planning Board, she’s been active in the PTO and has been both Girl Scout leader and Boy Scout leader.


I believe she will listen to Epsom voters, will fulfill her duties in an honest and above-board manner.  Please join me as I support Virginia in her bid for the office of Selectman.


Thank you for your consideration,

Bruce Graham 




Letter To The Editor


Every late winter, towns need to post their roads in order to save the pavement from very costly damage done by heavy vehicles, mostly trucks.  One pass of a truck can do up to 38,000 times the damage of a car or pick-up.


That being said, I’ll try to paint a picture that I’m not very good at. When the weather warms or the sun shines hard on the black surface of a road, the gravel or dirt under the pavement starts to unfreeze leaving a squsshy (sic) layer between the pavement and the frozen ground under the squsshy layer.  Then when a heavy vehicle drives on the pavement, the squsshy gravel moves aside allowing the pavement under the tires to move downward.  All the squsshy gravel doesn’t move back leaving a weak area under the pavement.


Besides the school building, your roads are the most costly for the tax payers to replace.  I don’t want to give a dollar number because it could cause an unnecessary debate which would be an unnecessary distraction.  The object is to save the roads – not whether it costs 10, 20, or 30 million to repair properly.


Bless You

Your Road Agent

Gordon Ellis



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, I do have some great news this week.  Our Food Pantry Manager, Ken Brown, has recovered from his accident and is now back at the helm. Yeah ! He has been there since we opened the doors, so we are all thankful to have him back.


I want to thank the staff from Armand to June and everybody along the way for stepping up to the plate to keep our Pantry running smoothly.  Ken had always.shared the running of the Pantry, so when he was not there, they carried on nicely. 


We had a contribution from Steve Lombard, in memory of his Mom, Eris. 


June said we could use some ketchup, mayo, mustard, jam, and baking goods. We like to put in brownie and cake mixes for the kids.


We have been busy at the Pantry and have welcomed some new families that need a helping hand. Remember people, we are there for you. If your job goes away and you need us for a short time, please call me and I will set you up. Also remember to vote on the 13th of March. Many men and women have made sacrifices so that you could. 


Until next time, Stay safe.





Stuart O. “Stu” Merrill

EPSOM- Mr. Stuart O. “Stu” Merrill, 67, of Epsom, passed away at Concord Hospital on February 16, 2018 surrounded by family and friends.


Born in York, Maine, Stu was the son of Therese M.R. (Houle) Merrill of South Berwick, ME and the late Osmond Merrill.  He was raised and educated in South Berwick and had been a resident of Epsom for the past 17 years.


Prior to his retirement last year, Stu had been employed as a Maintenance Supervisor for Sanmina-SCI in Manchester.  He was a past member of the Dover Lodge of Elks.


Stu enjoyed horseshoes, fishing, camping, riding his motorcycle, playing darts, bowling, playing cards, and his many trips to Mohegan Sun.  Above all, he cherished the time spent sitting on his porch talking with family and friends.


In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 18 years, Cindy F. (Gates) Merrill; his children, Stacie Merrill of NY, Lauren Merrill of Kittery, ME and Thomas Merrill and wife Angela of Northwood; his stepsons, Keith McFetridge of Concord, Kevin McFetridge of Epsom and Tim McFetridge of Pittsfield; siblings, Brett Merrill of Eliot, ME, Dianne Buttrick and husband Danny of Berwick, ME and David Merrill of Eliot, ME; grandson, Clifford LeClair and stepgrandchildren, Kevin McFetridge, Jr., Keith McFetridge IV and Kaylee McFetridge; as well as many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.


Stu was a remarkable man who will forever be remembered for his sharp sense of humor, kindness and generosity to all.


Burial will take place in the spring at McClary Cemetery in Epsom.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com



Robert F. Clark

Robert F. Clark, 49, of Bozeman, MT, formerly of Epsom and Chichester, passed away while traveling in Bogota, Colombia following a sudden illness on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.


Born on March 30, 1968 in Nashua, NH, he was the son of Richard and Margaret (Sanford) Clark of Epsom.


Robert was a graduate of Pembroke Academy Class of 1986 and moved to Montana in 2000. In 2007, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Montana State University. He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying running, hiking, fishing, hunting, birdwatching and mountain climbing on many mountains, most notably the Himalayan Mountain Range. He embodied the title of a true New England Sports Fan even when living in Montana, holding true to his New England Red Sox and Patriots roots.


Besides his parents, Rob is survived by his siblings, Richard Clark, Jr. and his wife Linda of Epsom, Kathy Piper and her husband Corey of Gilmanton Ironworks; nieces and nephews, Nicole and Nathan Clark, Ashley and Emily Piper; his special friend, Trudy Healy as well as numerous other friends and acquaintances.


A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 24th in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rob’s memory to the New Hampshire Audubon Society, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301. To share a memory or offer a condolence please visit www.stilloaks.com












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