Epsom NH News

March 7, 2018




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.



The Epsom Public Library hopes that the third time is a charm.  We scheduled the movie Victoria and Abdul in January and February only to have snow storms those two planned days thus closing the Library.  So we are going to try again and show the acclaimed film on Wednesday, March 14 at 1:30.  Dame Judith Dench stars as Queen Victoria.  Keeping our fingers crossed.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,


This week my committee finished most of its work on House bills. Weunanimously recommended to the House HB 1273, allowing VA doctors towork in New Hampshire facilities without getting a NH license, on VApatients only; HB 1571, creating an impaired nurse program similar tothe existing ones for doctors and dentists; HB 1421, clarifyinginspection requirements for event tents; HB 1684, simplifyingbackground checks for EMT licenses; HB 1530, clarifying criminalbackground checks for allied health professionals; and HB 1603, addingan employee representative to the pension system investment committee.


More contentious bills included HB 1623, debarring vendors for wagetheft, safety violations, or misclassifying employees, which passed15-3; HB 1315, prohibiting university funds from being spent opposingunions, passed 12-6; and HB 1818, which changed various licensingcrimes from a misdemeanor or felony to a violation. A motion to passfailed, 8-8, and then we voted 14-2 to send it to interim study. I hadan amendment to HB 1685, which created a commission to reviewoccupational licensing, to simplify the process; it was not adopted,8-9, with Representatives Brewster and Schuett opposed, and then thebill was killed, 9-8.


HB 1757, which would delay the 10% drop in pensions from age 65 to 67,to correspond with the age for full Social Security, cost $45 millionfrom the pension system, which would be paid by employers (taxpayers.)The committee amendment changed the payout plan so that the pensionwould be unchanged throughout retirement, giving an equivalent lumpsum instead. This was felt to be preferable to the drop in thepension. It was passed, 15-4, with me in the minority.


Representative Carol McGuire





Letter To The Editor


I believe Virginia Drew is the best candidate to be the next Epsom Select-person. She has worked tirelessly on many other town boards and committees over the years and, having gained valuable insight into town processes, is ready and able to take on this role.


She is a very positive person, easily engaged with an open ear for all concerns presented by her constituents.  Perhaps most importantly, she does not have a personal agenda which can be so counterproductive in small town politics. 


Please join me in voting for Virginia on March 13 and help Epsom continue to be a great town to live in.


Thank you,

Glenn Horner



Letter To The Editor


This letter is in support of Virginia Drew for Epsom Selectman. I feel Virginia’s involvement in the community, past and present, will make her an asset to one of the most important political positions in our town.


If elected, Virginia has vowed to do her part in making discussions and decisions of the Selectmen as transparent as possible and will welcome input from the citizens of the town. I feel Virginia will make her decisions based on what is best for the town as a whole. Please join me in supporting Virginia. 


Also on the 2018 Epsom Warrant Articles, Article #5 shows that the Highway Department is requesting “$75,000 to purchase a used heavy duty truck with equipment.” I would encourage a “NO” vote on this article.


Three years ago, the Highway Department received a great deal on a 50 year old grader, the taxpayers paid only $4000. To date, the taxpayers have spent in excess of $45,000 in repairs and maintenance on this one piece of equipment. Also, it should be noted, since this grader was purchased, the majority of road grading is still being performed by a private contractor using a privately owned grader.


The Epsom Highway Department consists of one employee. It would make more sense to hire a private contractor with a, “heavy duty truck,” for the few times one would be needed. This would also leave the fuel, maintenance and repair costs to the owner of the vehicle.


The taxpayers of Epsom cannot afford another “great deal.” Vote “NO” on Article 5. 


Thank you,

Rick Belanger



Epsom Public Library March Youth Programs


Story Times: Mondays 10am, Tuesdays 1:30pm, and Thursdays, 3:30pm. Children and their caregivers listen to stories, sings songs and enjoy crafts. March Themes include St. Patrick’s Day, Rainbows, Lions and Lambs.


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.


Family Movie: Saturday, March 10th 10:30am: “The Lego Ninjago Movie” Rated PG with snacks and drinks included.


Family Movie: Monday, March 19th 2:30pm: “Ferdinand” Rated PG with popcorn and drinks.  (No Classes ECS)



Thank you, Shawn Middleton, storyteller, for sharing your fantastic stories with your friends at Circle Child Care again this year.





To the Residents of Epsom:

As a former Selectman I take my time understanding issues and getting to know those who are running for the position. After much deliberation, I have made the decision to support John Klose for Epsom Selectman. 


I have had the pleasure of serving on the Budget Committee with John’s opponent, Virginia Drew. Virginia is smart, creative, and open to new ideas. At any other time, I would be supporting her run for this position. However, our town is in a precarious position. There are many things going on within departments of Epsom that go back many years and involve numerous departments. Much of these issues is coming to a head soon. John Klose has served with me on the Board of Selectmen and he knows the history of the departments in town. 


John’s experience as a Selectman, NH State Representative, an HR Director, and a Police Officer give him the expertise and experience we will need in the next few years to properly deal with the issues and make changes that will keep everything in line. 


Please get out and vote for John Klose. 


Joanne Randall






Dear Residents of Epsom: 

As you may know, I am running for Selectman in Epsom. Since I am retired, I have the opportunity to spend most of my time in the community listening to the concerns of residents. The number one issue on everyone’s mind is TAXES. 


My leadership skills, partly gained through my experience as a Human Resource Director for Audley Construction, will help Epsom’s need for strong leadership through the challenges that lie ahead of us. 


We must also focus on Planning and Zoning to bring in new economic development. 


I have served as a Selectman in Epsom, a State Legislator for six years, and a Police Officer for 27 years. I understand the law and am not afraid to enforce rules and policy. Managing taxes takes experience, accountability, and discipline, of which I have all three. Residents should know what their taxes pay for. Being in the Legislature for six years, I understand the importance of transparency. 


If you believe in these values, I would like your vote and your friend’s vote. Election Day is March 13, from 8:00 AM -7:00 PM. I look forward to working with the other Selectmen. See you at the polls. 


John Klose



Letter To The Editor


On election day, March 13, I shall be voting for Virginia Drew to be a member of the Board of Selectmen. As a long time Epsom resident Virginia has been involved in many aspects of town and school affairs. She has ably served as a member of the budget committee, as a the school board member and as a library trustee.


At the state level she is the director of the Visitors Center. In this position she is knowledgeable in the workings of the state government. She conducts tours for children from all over the state, as well as those from all over the country and the world.


I hope that Epsom voters will join me in electing this caring and capable person as a selectwoman.


Charles B Yeaton





Epsom Residents!  Election Day is Tuesday, March 13th from 8 am to 7 pm at ECS gymnasium.  I would appreciate your vote for me, Virginia Drew, for Selectman.   


My husband and I chose to make Epsom our home 34 years ago and raised our children here.  I have attended every annual town and school meeting since moving here and have always kept up on the issues that face our residents. I am dedicated to public service and have always been willing to give my time to work for our community.  I have served on town and school boards, building committees, town improvement plans, worked on the creation of the Jeremy Charron Baseball Field, the Cutter Athletic field, and a founding member of the Friends of the Library and EYAA.


I believe in community involvement and want to continue to serve Epsom.  I am proud to be a part of this wonderful town!


Virginia Drew




Letter To The Editor


Next Tuesday, Election Day, will be my last day as an Epsom Selectman. As I step away from this position after over six years, I feel that it is important to express my gratitude to many people.


First, and foremost, are my fellow Selectmen, Hugh Curley and Chris Bowes. Never, in my opinion, has Epsom had two better public servants than these two men directing the affairs of our town. Neither has a personal agenda other than doing what is best for the residents of our great community.


It is also important for me to thank the wonderful employees who day after day do what is needed to keep the wheels of government turning to the benefit of our residents.


Finally, I want to thank all the people in Epsom who have entrusted me to this important office. Your support and advice over the years has been a blessing and I have really appreciated it. As the town moves forward after the election with a new Selectman in place, it is my hope that residents will continue to step forward to help keep this town one of the best towns in New Hampshire.


Don Harty












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