Epsom NH News

August 1, 2018




The Epsom Town Committee To Elect Democrats will be hosting a forum of Democratic Candidates who will be running for election in the primary (9/6/2018), general election (11/6/2018). Forum will be held Friday August 10, 2018 from 6 pm to 8 pm, doors open 5:45 pm. Location is American Legion Post 112, 1044 Short Falls Road, Epsom, NH 03234.


Candidates who will be speaking are:

Governor race - Molly Kelly and Steve Marchand

Executive Council District 4 - Gray Chynowerth and Garth Courriveau

State Senate District 17 - Chris Roundy

State Rep Merrimack District 21 - Miriam Cahill-Yeaton and Mary Frambach

State Rep Merrimack District 29 - Erin Canterbury



Ivy Green Rebekah Lodge #36 is looking for pie donations for this year’s Old Home Day supper on Sat. August 11th at Webster Park.  If you would like to donate, please call Vickie at 736-4707 or Jeanne at 736-9240. Double crust fruit pies (homemade or store bought) can be left at the small building by the Pavilion on Sat. August 11th. Thank you very much for your help!



On Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00, the Epsom Library will host Mr. Robert Azzi who will present his program “Ask a Muslim Anything.”  An Arab American Muslim, he speaks on issues of identity, conflict and Islam.  He welcomes questions on Islam, on being a Muslim and issues related to terrorism as he has experienced and understands them.  Born in New Hampshire, he has lived in Beirut, Cairo, Athens, Jeddah and New York. 


Wednesday, August 8, the matinee at 1:30 is “Journey’s End.”  From the container, The Great War – March 1918 – Led by war weary Captain Stanhope, C-Company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches of northern France. With a German offensive imminently a[[roaching, the company anxiously awaits their unknown fate. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, calls this “an emotional powerhouse you will not forget.”





To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

This week, the legislature was called in for a special session to address the Supreme Court decision on Wayfarer vs South Dakota, which threatens that all internet sellers would have to collect and pay sales taxes to all taxing jurisdictions (something over 10,000, including counties and cities). That’s a major burden on small sellers, especially since New Hampshire only businesses don’t currently collect any sales taxes. So the governor created a task force and called a special session.


The first debate was on the rules. The issues were, first, allowing the special session to extend beyond one day and creating a committee of conference procedure if the House and Senate disagreed, and second, allowing the House as well as the Senate to introduce bills and resolutions. Amendments to change these failed, 125-188 and 98-216.


The Senate passed the special committee’s bill (SS SB 1) without amendment, and sent it over. It included a list of findings, a study commission on sales taxes, and a new law that required any attempt at collecting such taxes to register with the Attorney General and meet a number of criteria. The first action was an amendment to delete everything except the study commission. I was one of three speakers in favor of this amendment, since I believe that the New Hampshire Advantage of no sales tax requires stronger action than registration with the Attorney General, and I am not convinced that a 5-4 Supreme Court decision to send a case back to South Dakota requires immediate action. Rather to my surprise, the amendment passed, 164-151, and the bill, as amended, passed 258-57.


The Senate refused to concur with the amended bill and the special session ended with no action taken. 


Representative Carol McGuire





Hand Spinning Exhibit And Demonstration At The Epsom Public Library


To kick off our exciting new exhibit, Joyce Heck will be demonstrating hand spinning at the library on Saturday, August 4, from 10 am to noon.  If you’ve ever wanted to try spinning, come in and give it a whirl.  Children and adults alike are welcome to be guided by Joyce through the basics of this fascinating and classic craft.


Joyce is a member of the NH Spinners and Dyers Guild, a statewide organization of people who enjoy spinning and creating a wide variety of items made from handspun yarn. Some members of the guild raise sheep, rabbits and goats for their spinnable fibers, while others enjoy using cotton and flax.  Vests, sweaters, shawls and scarves made from wool, alpaca, mohair, cotton and other plant fibers are among the knit or woven articles that will be on display at the library.  Work by Joyce Heck, Emily Skofield, Fran Emory and Beckie Hanson are included in this exhibit of fiber items created much as they would have been two hundred years ago.  The show runs through September 15 and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information, call the library at 736-9920 or visit www.epsomlibrary.com.



Epsom Public Library Youth Events


Tuesday, August 7th 12:30pm “Teddy Bear Picnic” Please note time change for this special story time!  Bring your favorite teddy, blanket and sandwich and join us for bear stories, songs and a craft! Drinks and dessert will be provided. Donations of snacks and drinks is greatly appreciated.


Wednesday, August 8th 6:30pm “Summer Reading Program Finale” “Treasure Island” presented by the Hampstead Stage Company Please join us for a fun evening to celebrate all our youth readers. This wonderful theatre production is for all ages and includes audience participation. Refreshments will be served. Signups are encouraged!  


Monday, August 6th at 6pm: “Teen Exercise program. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a water bottle. Pizza and drinks for supper after the workout. Please sign up at the library circulation desk or call Vickie at 736-9920.



Friends Of The Epsom Library 

Submitted By Virginia J. Drew


The Friends of the Epsom Library are once again hosting their Lemonade and Cookie stand at Old Home Day!  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 11th, at Webster Park! 


New this year! We will have FREE books for children who stop by our booth!  Friends of the Library are able to provide many great community perks for Epsom residents, such as FREE passes to great venues in the area!  Stop by the library before you take your family out to any of these great NH attractions: The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center/Planetarium in Concord, Exeter’s American Independence Museum,  Portsmouth’s Strawberry Banke and our newest pass to Warner’s NH Telephone museum! 


We are able to offer these wonderful passes through our fund raising efforts, such as our yearly Mums Sale. We are now taking orders for mums!  Don’t forget to order your mums by August 13th! We will be taking orders at Old Home Day and at the Library. Our prices are remaining the same- $8 for one and $35 for five, which is an amazing bargain, especially considering how big and beautiful they are each year!












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