Epsom NH News

July 11, 2018


Roger Williams University is proud to announce that Abigail MacCallum, of Epsom, graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Public Relations in May as part of the Class of 2018.



The movie matinee at the Epsom Library on Wednesday, July 18  at 1:30 is “Tulip Fever”.  In 17th century Amsterdam an orphaned girl is forcibly married to a rich and powerful merchant.  She begins a passionate affair with an artist and they risk everything and enter the frenzied tulip-bulb market in hopes that the right bulb will make them a fortune and buy them their freedom.  This film is rated R.



Epsom Food Pantry


Hi Everybody! Boy, it sure has been a scorcher.  We are grateful for the two air conditioners at the Pantry.  It keeps the area cool and our food safe. And the freezers do their duty at keeping our meats frozen.


Speaking of meat, they had a good sale at Shaw’s this week and I was able to get 100 pounds in 1 pound packages. Thank you so much for your work to help us at the Pantry. By meat I mean hamburg. Right now we have a good variety for our members. Along with beef we have fish, pork, and chicken. We try to have healthy choices for the families, as it is important for the kids to have healthy food.


I can hardly wait for the fresh veggies. The staff is having a meeting this week to keep us all up to date on the rules and regulations we must follow.  Remember, if you know of a family or a person going without and too proud to come to the Pantry, call and let me know so that I can help.


Until next time,




Brenda Marston Named Volunteer Of The Month

By Girl Scouts Of The Green And White Mountains

Epsom Woman Helps Girls Build Courage, Confidence And Character

For 13 years, Brenda Marston of Epsom has given her all for Girl Scouts in her hometown. She has been either a leader or co-leader for every troop in Epsom, along with coordinating the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, helping girls take an active role to discover who they are, what they care about and take action to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains have named her Volunteer of the Month for July.


Brenda first got involved with Girl Scouts when her daughter was in second grade, and it wasn’t long before she started volunteering her help. She started with Girl Scout fall product sales and helped with Troop 20406’s field trips. There are about 45 girls in the troop, from Daisies to Ambassadors. Girls have built confidence in themselves and learned entrepreneurial skills by earning money selling Girl Scout Cookies, which allows them to go to camp.


“It’s a very rewarding experience,” she said of her involvement with Girl Scouts. “A parent wrote this thing about how great it was, how her daughter is now outgoing, excited to come to meetings. Seeing the girls grow is exciting. One girl said that when she grows up, she wants to be a leader just like me!”


While noting that there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything she wants to with the girls, Brenda has managed to pack in a lot of activities for her troop.


She’s taken the girls camping and done an overnight badge blast with the older girls, where they stay at the Epsom town library and do a journey overnight. “We’re pretty fortunate. The library is our home,” she said. This summer, she is planning to do something once a month, such as a one-day hike. They have done a birthday celebration for Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts; World Thinking Day; a Superhero Night; holiday crafts; cookie swaps; a Powder Puff Derby; and a corn maze in the fall at Beech Hill Farms in Hopkinton.


“Brenda is an amazing leader and is truly in it for the girls,” said Kristin Bingham in her nomination. “She plans and organizes everything for every troop and doesn’t ask for a lot of help. Not only is she a leader, she is also the Cookie and Fall Product Coordinator for our town. Even though her daughter is now in college, Brenda continues to lead our troop and provide every girl with a positive learning, growing, educated, leading, caring experience. Without her, I am sure our program would suffer greatly. There is nothing Brenda would not do for any of the girls.”


Brenda’s best advice to girls: Be true to yourselves. “You can be anything you want to be.”


When girls succeed, so does society. Girl Scouts provides the tools girls need to not only dream big, but to achieve those dreams. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is proud of Brenda Marston for promoting G.I.R.L. (Go-Getter, Risk-Taker, Innovator, Leader)™ experiences.



Epsom Public Library Youth Events 


Wednesday, July 11th 6pm: “Wild About Turtles” featuring Mary “The Turtle Lady” Doane. Includes storytelling, singing, movement and creative arts! Enjoy seeing live box turtles, aquatic turtles and our most popular NH turtle, the Common Snapper! Educational and great fun!  Sign up for this event!


Saturday, July 14th through Saturday, July 21st: Giant “Tyrannosaurus Rex” skeleton will be on display! Plan to visit the library and view this amazing dinosaur courtesy of our Gum Drop Book reps. Chuck and Melanie. The library will have many dinosaur themed activities planned during the week and new dinosaur books on display too!


Monday, July 16th 1:30pm Children’s Movie: The Land before Time: Invasion of the Tinysauruses rated G. Snacks and drinks provided.


Monday, July 16th 6:30pm Family Movie: Early Man rated PG. Popcorn and drinks provided.


Wednesday, July 18th 12 Noon “Dinosaur Event” Join us for dinosaur stories, songs and crafts including “Dig it Up Dinosaur” eggs! . Includes lunch! Donations of desserts and drinks are appreciated! Sign up at the library.



Joyce Lemay - Artisan of the Month


Artisan of the Month is our longtime member, Joyce Lemay of Chichester.  Joyce loves celebrating holidays and her theme is “Christmas in July”.  It is never too early to think of Christmas! 


Joyce has been working on holiday ornaments all year and has some new designs as well as old favorites.


One lucky winner will receive a patriotic Santa, which she is donating for the monthly raffle, so make sure to stop by and fill out a form.  Joyce also sews seasonal wall hangings, tea towels, table runners and creates fabric gift tags, bags and cards.  During the spring, summer and early fall she sells field-dug perennials from her many gardens.


Valley Artisans is located at 10 Goboro Rd., Epsom, just east of the Epsom traffic circle.  Shop hours are presently Wednesday thru Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM.  Stop by to browse the fine selection of quality hand crafted items made by many local and area artisans.  We hope to see you there.



Epsom Town Band


The Epsom Town Band will present its next concert on Friday evening, July 20th, at 7:00 p.m. at Webster Park. Additional concerts are scheduled for July 27th at 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m.  August 3rd at 7:00 p.m. is a rain date for any of the July concerts.


The band will perform a variety of music including Broadway selections, marches, light classical, patriotic, and “pop” tunes under the leadership of Jim Lukeman.  The band draws musicians from several local towns and is celebrating its 127th year! Mark your calendars, invite your friends and family, and plan to attend on Friday evening.  For more information please contact Penny Graham at 736-9044.





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

There’s no legislative activity this week, except some discussion and planning on out of state sales taxes; but the governor’s been busy. I attended a bill signing for two of the regulatory reform bills I worked on: HB 1104, setting time limits for agency approvals, and SB 334, creating a uniform process for new state residents to get a professional license quickly.


The governor has also vetoed at least six bills. The Senate bills have gotten a lot of attention from the press: SB 593, repealing the death penalty; SB 365, requiring electric companies to buy biomass fueled power at above market prices; and SB 446, increasing the cap for net metering from one to five megawatts. I voted against the last two, so I’m going to support the vetoes despite the press. Yes, the wood-fired power plants are shutting down, harming the economy in the North Country: but you don’t see the electricity-using businesses in all parts of the state prospering, nor the people better able to pay their electric bills.


HB 143, allowing the parole board to recommit a parole violator for less than 90 days after completing a substance abuse program, was vetoed for technical problems, including not differentiating between crimes of substance abuse and others; I’ll support the veto. HB 1736, increasing the threshold for governor and council approval of dam maintenance expenditures, passed the House on consent so I wasn’t aware of it, but reading the veto message inclines me to support the veto. I had supported HB 314, on autonomous vehicles, because I was convinced by the debate; the governor vetoed it because it specified “level 5” vehicles. I hadn’t noticed the distinction and will have to read up on it! 


Representative Carol McGuire














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