Epsom NH News

September 12, 2018


Epsom Public Library Youth Event

Teen 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 feet.





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 our progress.


Thank you for your vote in the primary!

Representative Carol McGuire





Valley Artisans’ Artisan Of The Month, Debbie Fine - Jewelry

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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!

Submitted By 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 pm.


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 of us.


Admission cost is $10 to the site. (National Park passes cannot be used for group guided tours.)


For more information, contact the library(736-9920)or Virginia J.Drew (zekecat2000@yahoo.com).



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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 Chairperson

Epsom 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.


Carving demonstration 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, MacCallum’s Boathouse.


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

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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 Korean Conflict.


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 Pharmacy.


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.












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