Epsom Public Library Youth Event
Movie: Friday, September 14th 6:30 pm Avengers: Infinity War rated
PG-13 includes pizza and drinks.
The movie matinee at the
Epsom Public Library on Wednesday, Sept. 19 is “Finding Your Feet.”
The Hollywood Reporter calls this a “feel-good romantic comedy –
it’s never too late to find true love.” A cast of familiar British
actors tell the story of quiet and reserved “Lady” Sandra Abbott who
is devastated to discover her husband’s infidelity. She seeks
refuge in London with her nutty free spirited sister who drags her
along to a community dance class where Sandra starts finding her
To my constituents in
Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,
I’m on two legislative
study committees; the first, switching the retirement system to
constant dollar amortization of its unfunded liability, was a
recommendation of the decennial commission. Constant dollar, rather
than constant percentage, pays more in the early years and less
overall, while being less sensitive to the actuarial assumptions
(part of the increased payment this biennium is due to teacher
payrolls growing more slowly than anticipated, while retired
teachers have been living longer.) Everyone on the committee agreed
that it is theoretically better than constant percentage, but
there’s always the problem of how to fund the higher payments in the
first years. Especially since 80% of the payments are made by towns
and school districts...
This year, the state has
a surplus, and revenue looks rosy for the next budget, but there are
always calls to spend all the revenue. The committee’s next meeting
is with the House and Senate Finance committees and the Governor’s
budget staff, to see how much support we can generate for this idea.
Without that, and a funding approach, there’s no way we can
recommend the change.
My other study committee
is on the process of adopting building codes, which has been an
issue for years. The trouble is that building and other codes have
frequent updates, and often contain nice-to-have requirements that
increase the cost of building with very little improvement in
quality or safety. Incorporating various updates into our existing
housing stock (the oldest in the nation, I understand) is also
expensive and full of unintended consequences. On the other hand,
the new codes also explain how to properly build with new materials,
and incorporate new findings for safety. I’ll keep you informed of
Thank you for your vote
in the primary!
Valley Artisans’ Artisan Of The Month, Debbie Fine - Jewelry
Deborah Fine of Henniker, NH, has always had a deep love
for working and creating with her hands. While raising her two
daughters with her husband Steve, she worked as a preschool teacher,
was a part time puppeteer and started to make jewelry for friends
and family after studying at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts.
After retiring from
teaching, she decided to take her passion for creating jewelry to a
new level. She sold in many boutiques across New Hampshire and
Florida and at the Currier Museum of Art.
Her custom wire jewelry
has a unique and distinctive style. The sensitive integration of
form, texture and color plays an integral part in her fresh jewelry
designs. Her use of wire is inspired by her love and appreciation of
nature and its flowing lines found throughout.
Her signature style piece
was featured in the November 2007 issue of Living Well Magazine. One
of her styles is named in honor of the famous elephant, Modoc, whose
story inspired her to reach out to help orphaned baby elephants. As
a result, a percentage of her sales are donated to a non-profit, The
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, located in Kenya, Africa.
She has scaled back her
business and now currently only sells at Valley Artisans in
Epsom, where she has been a member since 2008.
Debbie has donated an
exquisite pair of earrings for our September raffle. So drop by and
enter the drawing and check out her other pieces of jewelry.
Debbie and all the
members of Valley Artisans welcome you to stop by the store and
check out our three rooms of locally crafted items.
Valley Artisans is open
Wed. thru Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.
Friends of the Library Field Trip to Saint-Gaudens! Saturday
Sept. 15th! Everyone welcome to join us!
Virginia J. Drew ~ Friends of the Epsom Library
The Friends of the
Library are going on a Field Trip! You are invited to join us
on a visit to Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site on Saturday,
September 15th for a guided tour of this wonderful park in Cornish,
NH. Discover the home, studios and gardens of Augustus
Saint-Gaudens, one of America’s greatest sculptors. See over 100 of
his artworks in the galleries and on the grounds, from heroic public
monuments to expressive portrait reliefs, and the gold coins which
changed the look of American coinage.
We will meet at the Epsom
Library by 8:15 am and plan to carpool to Saint-Gaudens. It is
a 90 minute drive to the site and everyone should plan to bring a
picnic lunch as there are no restaurants on site. They do have
a lovely picnic area. We plan to arrive back in Epsom at 4:00
If you plan to join us on
this trip, please sign up at the library or email me. Let us
know if you will be able to drive or would prefer to ride with one
Admission cost is $10 to
the site. (National Park passes cannot be used for group guided
For more information,
contact the library(736-9920)or Virginia J.Drew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The White Mountain Chapter of the Nam Knights of America , a
military and law enforcement motorcycle club, combined a great
riding day on Friday with a visit to the New Hampshire Veterans Home
to present a donation of $500.00 to the Home’s Resident Benefit
Fund. NHVH Commandant Margaret “Peggy” LaBrecque, center, accepts
the check from Chapter President Henry Farren
Epsom Food Pantry
Good Morning! All
is well at the Pantry. I want to apologize for our Pantry
phone being out of order. It will be up and running soon (I
hope). Also, I want to thank Mike from Mike’s Meat Shoppe in
Pittsfield for helping Alice this past week in cutting and
re-packaging some rather large cuts of meat that we received for the
Pantry. Not only did he cut and repackage, but he wouldn’t
take any money for doing it. That is just so appreciated.
I remember when we first
started the Pantry your wonderful lady, Ruth, from the Pittsfield
Pantry shared her knowledge with us at that time.
School has started.
We are starting to get busy again. We have been very fortunate
to.have been given two big boxes of peaches and they are delicious.
They come from Merrimack County Conservation District, Gleason
Program.Thank you so much.
Also, a nice contribution
from a couple here in Epsom. Thank you.
We will be helping Epsom
Central with their backpack program, so when shopping easy to handle
goodies for the children will be appreciated. Our folks who have
been giving us veggies from their garden have made a lot of families
happy. Nothing like veggies from the garden.
Again, my personal thanks
to all our volunteers who do such a splendid job managing the Epsom
Food Pantry. All of you should be proud of yourselves. I know I am.
Until next time,
Epsom Old Home Day Roundup
Submitted By Georgia Perry, Epsom Old Home Day Event Committee
Old Home Day was held on Aug 11-12.
Congratulations to 2018
Citizen of the Year, Georgia Perry. Woodsmen Competition winners:
1st place Team Davis Fuels, Matthew Burnham and Nathan Davis; 2nd
place Team River Road, Erica Eames and Robin Davis; 3rd place Team
Bear, Ashley Gatchell and Patrick Murray.
done by Kevin Gelinas of Gelinas Woodworking & Unique gifts for the
carved Bear gifted to the Town of Epsom.
Classic Cars winners: 1st
place, Chuck and Frankie Scheys; 2nd place, Scott Hahn; 3rd place,
Tulio Pontacoloni; Oldest Vehicle, Norm Yeaton; Cruiser’s Choice,
Chuck and Frankie Scheys; People’s Choice, Doug Yeaton.
Parade vehicle winners:
1st place, Tim’s Truck Capital; 2nd place, Epsom Fire Engine #1; 3rd
place, Epsom Fire Forestry #56FI Unimog; and Best Decorated,
Congratulations to all
the Delta Dental Runners Race winners. 127+ registered runners
medals for 8 age categories.
Special thanks to the
following businesses, organizations and individuals for their
support: Tim’s Truck Capital & Auto Sales, Northeast Delta Dental,
Beeze Tees, Griggs Enterprises & Concord Homes, Davis Fuels of
Epsom, Inc., Keeler Family Realtors, Suncook River Veterinary
Clinic, PLLC, Circle Child Care, LLC, Epsom Family Dental Care,
Complete Auction Service George Foster III, A. W. Perry,
Timberworks, Granite Image, Bartlett Tree Experts, The Suncook
Valley SUN, Epsom Fire Department, Epsom Police Department, Epsom
Public Library, The Town of Epsom, Rebekah Lodge #36, Odd Fellows
100F #53, Fort Mountain Timber Co., Dairy Farmers of America,
Village Idiotz Party Rentals, Unkommon Graffix, Wayne Enterprises,
Gingerbread Cat Studio, Sully’s, Saymore Trophies, Taylor Rental,
Beauchesne & Associates, Runners Alley, Hannaford, Red’s Shoe Barn,
and NE Party Rentals. Jessica Griebler singing the National Anthem,
Ruth Sawyer, Robert and Donna May, Nancy and Gordon Wheeler,
Dan and Carol McGuire, John and Ann Moulton, Linwood Marden
Sr.(SSC), Dennis Volpe, Barbara Smith, Herb Bartlett.Fireworks
Sponsors: Buckeye Blasting Co., MacCallum’s Boathouse, NH
Pyrotechnics Club, Doug Blackwell, Joe Davis, Debbie and Leon
Sargent, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gelinas, Hugh Curley, Chris Bowes, Dave
Fiorentino, and two anonymous donors. EYAA, for selling ice cream
during the Fireworks display. Thank you to everyone who made EOHD
fun and a success. Next year’s Epsom Old Home Day events will be on
August 10 and 11, 2019. Epsom Old Home Day Association: contact Gary
Perry 496-7485 or 736-8802.
Edward Francis Girard
ALLENSTOWN – Mr. Edward Francis Girard, 80, of Allenstown,
passed away unexpectedly on August 23, 2018.
Born in Concord, NH he
was the son of the late Henry and Beatrice (Lavallee) Girard.
He was raised and educated in both Epsom and Pembroke NH, he lived
in the Suncook Valley area for most of his life. He enlisted
in the United States Army and proudly served his Country during the
Prior to his retirement
he worked for R.C. Foss and Son in Pittsfield NH and Trapper Brown
Corporation. He later was self employed as a General
Contractor; many homes in the Pembroke and Epsom area were built by
Francis. He owned and operated the Snow Safari Shop in Epsom,
NH. He loved serving his customers and was known to them as
being available anytime they needed him. Later in his career he
worked for Greenlands Power Equipment, T&T Power Equipment and Care
Francis loved gardening.
He easily transformed patches of land with beautiful flowers,
vegetables and decorative plants. He loved animals of any
kind; he once was given a turkey meant for Thanksgiving dinner who
10 years later was still happily enjoying life in the gardens.
He was a social man who always had a smile or a kind word for
friends and strangers alike.
He is survived by his
beloved wife, Dorothy A. (Garand) Girard; his three children, Sheryl
Gauthier and her husband Paul of Laconia, Cynthia Robbins and her
husband George of Dunbarton and Ronald Girard and his wife Lisa of
Cape Cod, MA. His grandchildren, Jon Rook, Danielle Belair and Jacob
Belair, Caitlin Robbins and Eric Bragg and his wife Elise; two
great-grandchildren, Henry Bragg and Gweneth Bragg; his siblings,
Leo Girard and his significant other Susan Gilman of Hopkinton and
Cecile Connor and her husband Charles of Pembroke; his sister-in-law
Betty Audet and her significant other Art Pearson of Epsom; and many
nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his sister Jean
Paquette of Epsom.
A Mass of Christian
Burial was held t St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown on
August 30th. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be sent
to the Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s Disease Program, C/O The
Downtown Gym, 171 Fair Street, Laconia, NH 03246.
Assisting the family with arrangements is the Petit-Roan Funeral
Home in Pembroke. To share a memory or offer a condolence,
please visit www.petitroan.com.