Epsom NH News

March 28, 2018






Per Vote Of The District Committee



“Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House” is the movie scheduled for 1:30 on Wednesday, April 4, at the Epsom Public Library.  Inspired by true events, Liam Neeson stars as the secret informant known as “Deep Throat,” the notorious whistleblower of the Watergate scandal. His identity remained a mystery for over 30 years until he identified himself as the tipster. He risked everything in the name of justice.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the Merrimack County delegation (all the state representatives from the county) met on the county budget. As usual, we discussed a $10,000 cut in one budget line at length, then approved the budget with almost no further debate. I did determine that the amount raised by taxes went up by 0.45%, which is close enough to flat for me; the budget passed, 29-1.


My committee met to hear the first of our senate bills. SB 372, creating positions for three licensing clerks in the office of professional licensure, was something we’ve talked about in the past, since there have been problems with efficient processing. And since the license fees more than cover the cost of the boards and these new positions, we voted to recommend it to the House. SB 531, giving the director of professional licensing rule making authority on fees, licensing procedures, and other standard operations, raised a lot of questions in the committee: I sent it to subcommittee to answer them. SB 470, retitling and reclassifying two positions in the insurance department, also raised questions. SB 534, classifying certain state positions and increasing salaries for some positions (medical examiners for one; when the previous medical examiner retired the department found out he’d been working for about half the going wage!) was also immediately recommended to pass, as was SB 390, establishing the position of solicitor general.


The House met as well, and we finally voted on bills from two weeks ago. HB 1541, creating a registration fee for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, was debated at length, with opposition from both energy saving enthusiasts and anti-tax activists (including me). It failed to pass, 158-178, and was killed on a voice vote.


Representative Carol McGuire






Howard J. Bickford


DANBURY- Mr. Howard J. Bickford, 64, of Danbury formerly of Epsom, passed away on March 5, 2018.


Born in Exeter, he was the son of Alfred and Joyce (Allen) Bickford.  He was raised and educated in Epsom and resided there for most of his life before moving to Danbury 22 years ago. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country for six years.


Prior to his retirement, Howard was employed as a custodian for the Merrimack Valley School District. He was also a longtime supervisor for Polyclad Laminates in Franklin.


He enjoyed reading and was an avid sports fan.


In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Aaron Bickford of Swanzey; his sister, Mary-Jane Bickford of Epsom; and his brother, Mark Bickford of Loudon.  He is also survived by two grandchildren.


A Funeral Service was held on Monday, March 26th in the Still Oaks Funeral & Memorial Home in Epsom.  Spring burial will take place at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Howard’s memory may be sent to the Pope Memorial SPCA of Concord, 94 Silk Farm Rd. Concord, NH 03301.  To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com



Nicole Labrie


ALLENSTOWN – Nicole Labrie, 78, of Allenstown, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA following a stroke.


Nicole was born on July 4, 1939 in Trois-Rivières, Province of Québec, Canada to the late Richard and Marie-Ange (Perron) Champagne.


Nicole was known for her sense of humor and quick wit, and for being a people person. She worked as a greeter and home décor associate for Walmart in Hooksett for over 10 years. Her personality was larger than life, and she will be greatly missed. Nicole enjoyed sitting out by her fire in the backyard and talking with friends and relatives while drinking her coffee. Her three grandchildren fondly remember her as the Queen of Yard Sales, and so many more “adopted” grandchildren will forever remember her as The Best Mémère in Town.


Besides her parents, Nicole was predeceased by a son, Michael Labrie, in 1990 as well as her siblings, Gabrielle St. Jean, Nil Hormidas “Neil” Champagne, Charles Domina “Charlie” Champagne, Achille Édouard Champagne, Rose Beauchemin, Raymond Trefflé “Tom” Champagne, Ida Houle, Rémonne Dostie, Alphonsine Marchand, Armand Champagne, and Danielle Champagne.


She is survived by the love of her life, her husband Jean Labrie, with whom she shared over 57 years; a son, Steven Labrie, and his wife Chantelle of Pembroke; and daughter, Charlene Harris of Candia. She was the beloved Mémère to Adam Labrie, Caleb Harris, and Moriah Harris. She is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Lea Touchette, of Manchester, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, March 25th at the Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association, 2 Wall Street, #104, Manchester, NH 03101. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com












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