Epsom NH News

February 7, 2018


Shannon Garland of Epsom was recognized for achieving the Dean’s Honor List at Cedarville University. This recognition required Garland to maintain above a 3.75 GPA for the semester.


Congratulations, Shannon!



On Wednesday, February 14 the library will be showing the film “The Mountain Between Us” at 1:30 PM.  Kate Winslet and Idris Elba star as two strangers, stranded after a plane crash, who must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain.



Springfield College has named Marissa Kibbee of Epsom, NH (03234) to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the fall 2017 term. Kibbee is studying Health Science and Pre-Physical Therapy.


Criteria for selection to the dean’s list requires that the student must have a minimum semester grade point average of 3.500 for the semester.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, my committee spent some time voting most of its bills out of committee. Among the more important ones was HB 1565, requiring the Secure Psychiatric Unit to be certified as a psychiatric hospital, since it serves civil patients transferred from New Hampshire Hospital as well as prisoners. This has been an increasing problem since the 1980’s when the state moved to de-institutionalize mental patients but neglected to provide for the few who needed to be kept in a secure environment. After extensive testimony, we agreed that accreditation was a reasonable first step and recommended the bill, 20-0.


HB 636, creating a department of veterans’ affairs, was debated after vehement testimony from veterans in favor and opposed. We finally decided there was no real consensus that the change needed to be made, and voted 15-2 to continue to study it. In contrast, HB 1738, moving the department of film from Natural & Cultural Resources to Travel and Tourism was supported by both giving and receiving organizations, and the staff (one person only!), and opposed by none. We voted 19-1 to make it happen.


HB 1817, adding a state demographer, was amended to eliminate most of the costs while getting nearly all the benefits, and recommended to pass, 19-0. More controversially, HB 1771, adding a state toxicologist, was argued and finally killed, 11-8, since several agencies stepped up to provide services when needed. I expect some debate in the House on this one.


HB 1676, repealing some ancient, unenforced statutes about street entertainers and licensing pool tables, was debated despite a legal report that towns’ ability to require permits for parades and public shows was unimpaired. It passed, 12-7. HB 1441, establishing an ombudsman to investigate citizen complaints, was also debated, but passed 15-4.


Representative Carol McGuire





Epsom Public Library Youth Programs


Celebrate “Bring Your Child to the Library” with an “Elephant & Piggie” Story Time/Breakfast: Saturday, February 10th at 9:30 am. Join us for this fun family event including stories, breakfast, a craft, bookmarks and stickers featuring “Mo Willems” favorite book characters, Elephant & Piggie. Space is limited so sign up at the library or call 736-9920.


Story Times: Mondays 10am, Tuesdays 1:30pm, and Thursdays, 3:30pm. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sings songs and enjoy crafts. February Themes include groundhogs, and Valentine’s Day.


Toddler Time: Wednesdays 10am. Children and the caregivers enjoy stories, songs, movement activities and simple crafts.


Lego Club: Thursdays at 3:30pm Plan to join the fun and build with the libraries large collection of legos.




Sylvia Nickerson

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EPSOM – Sylvia Nickerson, 75, of Epsom, passed away following a lengthy illness on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Concord Hospice House surrounded by her loving family.


Born in Barnstead, she was the daughter of the late Harland Mandigo, Sr. and Della (Rowe) Mandigo.


Sylvia worked for many years as a bus driver for special needs children, where she received many awards for her services; but the gifts from her students meant the most to her. She also spent some time as a pizza delivery driver before her retirement.


She enjoyed playing bingo, going on road trips with her husband George and her unplanned trips to Foxwoods along with anytime she was able to spend with family.


Besides her parents, Sylvia was predeceased by a son, Richard Currier, Jr; her brothers, Elwin Mandigo, Warren Mandigo and Rhoda Palmer.


She is survived by her husband, George “Babycakes” Nickerson of Epsom, with whom she spent 20 years, the last 9 of them in wedded bliss; her son, Robert Currier and his wife Holly of Epping, daughter, Anita Frost and her husband Albert, Sr. of Epsom; brothers Harland Mandigo of Epsom,  Leonard Mandigo of Deerfield; sister, Evelyn Fenstermaker of Raymond; ten grandchildren, Scott, Darryl, Ashley, Richard, Christopher and Travis Currier, Cassie and Joey Currier, Albert, Jr., Shane and Robbie Frost, Robert, Jr. and Richelle Currier; five great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


At her request, services will be held at a later date. The Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations in her memory may be made to the CRVNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com












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