Epsom NH News

May 30, 2018


Congratulations to Danielle Roberts of Epsom, who received a bachelor’s degree from Lasell College during its 164th commencement ceremony on May 12. The College granted 398 bachelor’s and 125 master’s degrees. Roberts majored in Communication during their time at Lasell.



On Friday, June 1, at the Epsom Library at 7 p.m., Tim Patterson will discuss the everyday life of the Civil War soldier. This program will cover such things as clothing, food, equipment, weapons and the like. At the end of the program Tim will be available to answer questions.


The movie matinee at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, June 6 at 1:30 is “The Commuter”.  Liam Neeson stars as an insurance salesman whose train commute home takes a dangerous turn.  He must race against time to uncover the identity of a passenger on his train as he is swept conspiracy with life-and-death stakes for himself and his fellow passengers. (from the container).



Melissa Allen of Epsom was recently named to the Emmanuel College Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, Emmanuel students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester. Congratulations, Melissa!



Evergreen Lodge #53 and American Legion Post #112 are sponsoring a Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 2nd from 8-11. This event is free to youth ages 15 and under. Bring your favorite fishing pole and bait. Some loaner poles and bait will be available. Prizes will be given to the top 3 in each age group. Refreshments will be available.  Location is Center Hill Road, watch for signs. For more info call Gary Benner 736-4707.



Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 will be hosting a Baby Shower/Tea to benefit the Concord Hospital Family Health Center Baby Infant Layette Program on Sunday, June 3rd at 2pm at the Epsom Public Library. Items needed include new baby clothing 0-6 months, onesies, pajamas, bibs, toiletries, receiving blankets, sweaters, socks, etc.  Everyone is welcome to attend this worthwhile event. Tea refreshments will be provided. Items may be dropped off at the library if you can’t attend.  Please call Vickie for more information at 736-4707.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the House had its last session day, to vote on the committee of conference reports. It was a little easier than most sessions, because these reports cannot be amended, only voted yes or no.


HB 317, requiring legislative approval to the systems benefit charge, was debated as a partisan issue, with the opponents emphatically opposed to anything that might delay or interfere with their planned transition to 100% renewable power. It was not tabled, 158-180, then passed on a voice vote. I spoke in support of the committee of conference report on HB 1565, accrediting the secure psychiatric unit as a behavioral health facility. The opposition was the sponsor, who argued that this continued to criminalize mental illness; my main point was that we weren’t considering building a secure psychiatric hospital in this bill (no money, no plan – we don’t even know how big it should be!) and that accreditation would assure that the treatment given was appropriate and that patients were well treated. The House agreed with me on a voice vote.


My committee’s HB 1415, which the committee of conference had amended to include both the House line of duty death benefit for school employees and the Senate $10 million appropriation for school emergency readiness, was not debated but passed, 262-76. I spoke for our HB 1254, a study committee on code adoption, which was debated on the grounds that the moratorium on code changes impaired the committee’s work; it passed, 173-155.


Only two conference reports failed: HB 1614, which had been amended to include the non-governmental registration of non-resident semi-trailers, and SB 438, postponing local elections. Both were strongly opposed by local officials, and the votes showed it: 150-187 and 118-225. 


Representative Carol McGuire





Michael Briggs Spaghetti Dinner Thank You!!


We would like to extend our thanks to everyone involved with making our night a success.


We would like to start with the staff of Epsom Central school for volunteering their time and monies selflessly. Thank you Epsom Circle Market for your hard work in baking the Italian bread used for our garlic bread and the yummy cookies. Both were a great hit!  McBride’s Advantage was key in helping us get the word out that yet again, a blizzard changed our date. Much appreciation to them for changing their sign  for all onlookers and passers by at the traffic circle. And finally, a HUGE SHOUT OUT goes to Nam Knights, Manchester Police Department, Flowers For All Seasons, Davis Fuels of Epsom and the countless others who donated food, time, or funds to make this annual event the huge success that it was. We raised close to $2,000.00 and served 258 people! We truly appreciate the entire Epsom community,  and we couldn’t have done it without you.



Mrs. Brodeur and Mrs. Donovan



Princess And Pirates Show At Prospect Mountain High School


Ballet North will be presenting a dance performance of Sleeping Beauty and Pirates of the Caribbean on Saturday, June 2nd at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton with 1 pm and 6 pm shows.  The production will be complete with beautiful fairies, exciting lifts and partnering, sword fights, and fun for all in a show full of Princesses and Pirates. 


Dancers from the towns of Epsom, Northwood, Barnstead, Pittsfield, Gilmanton, Chichester, Deerfield, Strafford, Alton, Nottingham, Pembroke, Concord and Epping have worked for months on this production and are excited to perform.  Act I will be Sleeping Beauty, with Princess Aurora played by Lexi Carignan of Epsom, Maleficent played by Kirsten Gunderson of Nottingham, and the Lilac Fairy played by Eva Roy of Northwood.  Act II will be Pirates of the Caribbean, with Elizabeth Swan played by Megan Lawrence of Epsom, Jack Sparrow played by Logan Hales of Barnstead, and the Lead Siren played by Abigail Giuda of Barnstead and Epsom. 


Both the 1pm and 6pm shows are the same and will have both Sleeping Beauty and Pirates of the Caribbean.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.BalletNorthNH.com. Adults are $13 and kids up to and including age 16 are just $6.



SNHU Announces Winter 2018 Dean's List


It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following local students on being named to the winter 2018 Dean's List.


Eligibility for the Dean's List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.699 and earn 12 credits for the semester.


Jessica Massey of Epsom


Collin Ramsdell of Epsom



Letter To The Editor

Guns Don’t Kill People, People Do

Seems simple, but is it?


I am a retired Air Force officer with a ribbon as a small arms expert.  My husband is a retired pilot, fighter pilot, educator, former hunter, and owner of many guns, including handguns, shot guns, and rifles.  I do not advocate taking guns away from him or any sensible, careful gun owner. 


But, I am sickened by the ongoing outbreaks of gun violence in schools and other gathering places.  There are too many young people dying at the hands of their peers.  It is an epidemic.  When faced with an epidemic of any type, action is mandatory.  This epidemic is no different. I am calling for action from our leaders.  I am calling for common sense actions. I guess I’m asking what can be done to prevent those “People who kill people” from doing so.  


In my mind, the first things that need to happen are communication and a readiness to compromise.  Let’s tone down the rhetoric and begin to consider options that both sides could accept. The pro-gun lobby and the anti-gun advocates need to work together and craft solutions.


Even conservative Justice Scalia did not feel the second amendment prevents laws from possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill or carrying firearms in sensitive places. We can support the second amendment and enact gun reform.


Some suggestions: universal background checks, 48H waiting period for gun purchases/transfers, permits for concealed carry, temporarily restrict certain people from owning a gun if signs of potential violence are present.  * Notice these are all aimed at control of people, not guns.


I for one am looking to our leaders to initiate the necessary conversations and I think we cannot wait. Governor Sununu, Senator Reagan, Representatives Klose, McQuire, and Brewster, are you listening?


Miriam Cahill-Yeaton,





Carole Flanders

Carole Flanders, 75 of Epsom, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 5, 2018 at her residence. 


Born on February 14, 1942 she was the daughter of the late Gus and Helen (Bednarzyk) Santinelli. 


Carole enjoyed cooking, camping and trips to Maine, she also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was also known for spoiling her dog Buddy. 


Carole is survived by her husband of 31 years, Roger Flanders of Epsom, her brothers, Joseph Janowiec and his wife Charlotte of Milford, Paul Santinelli and his wife Penny of Hernando, Fl, and her children, Suzanne Troyer and her husband Ron of Alton, Brenda Kelley and her husband Ray of Barnstead, Stanley Williams and his fiance Susan Bailey of Hopkinton, Bette Pinto and her husband Gregory of W. Stewartstown and Walter Williams and his wife Shaina of Colebrook, a step-daughter, Stephanie Flanders and her fiance Dustin Morman of Wilson, NC, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 


A Celebration of Life will be held on June 9, 2018 from 1-5pm at the Epsom Valley Campground, 990 Suncook Valley Hwy, Epsom, NH 03234 .. Donations in Carole’s memory may be made to Pope Memorial SPCA, 94 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105T he Still Oaks Funeral and Memorial Home in Epsom is assisting the family with arrangements. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.stilloaks.com.












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