Good Day everyone. Well I am full of good news and also orders
from the Boss, Ken Brown. First many thanks to Tim Stickney
and his company for a very generous donation to our Pantry and also
to Evergreen Lodge #53 over on Short Falls for their wonderful
Now down to business. Ken will be going Saturday, the 21st, early to
pick up the turkeys. By the time he and Armand get them loaded
and drive back to Epsom, it will be around 10:45, so we will be
opening at 11:00 AM to start the pick up.
If you have signed up for a turkey, you must make arrangements
to pick up your basket. If you cannot pick up, you need to let me
know and I will find someone to deliver it to you.
Now you folks who usually come on
Saturday, we will be asking you to come Sunday, the 22nd (next day)
When you drive up to the Pantry and after you pick up, you MUST
drive up the hill into the Library yard and then down the hill to
egress. This is a must from the Chief of Police for safety
reasons. Last year I explained this and a few folks drove
right out on to Route 4 from Pantry yard and nearly had an accident.
The baskets look just delicious and we do hope this will brighten
Ken said we could use some gravy mixes,
canned yams or sweet potatoes, and pie crust mix.
Until next time,
Artisan of the Month
Valley Artisans November Artisan of the month is Bill Boudreau of
Pittsfield. He and his wife Sandy maintain a home-based studio
making beautiful stained glass and mosaic objects since 2002.
Bill is a retired
Master Floral Designer which allows him the time now to pursue his
other creative talents and interests.
Bill has been a
member of Valley Artisans for several years now. He has worn many
hats helping keep Valley Artisans running smoothly. He is also
a member of our Board of Directors.
His glass creations
have not only received many ooh’s and aah’s but have won numerous
1st, 2nd and Best in Show awards at local art shows. His works
have been purchased by folks from the U.S. and even Russia, Italy
Bill has kindly
donated 3 of his stunning glass Christmas ornaments for our monthly
drawing. Wouldn’t they look lovely on your tree or window?
So drop in for some
mulled cider, fill out a slip for the drawing and enjoy shopping our
3 rooms of quality locally crafted items.
We are now open 7 days a week til Christmas for your shopping
convenience. Hours are 10-6.
We also offer boxes
and gift wrapping for a reasonable fee.
Letter To The
While Cheryl Dean is
technically correct (SVS 11-04-15) “women already have legal
recourse if they find their employer is breaking The Equal Pay LAW”,
compliance and enforcement are far from guaranteed. In the Lilly
Ledbetter v Goodyear case, Ms Ledbetter was near retirement when a
co-worker in payroll anonymously informed her she was being paid
about 25% less than male counterparts for doing the same (and often
more productive) work than the men.
Over decades, such
pay disparity adds up, not to mention benefits lost in reduced
social security and retirement funds. Ledbetter sued Goodyear and a
jury of her peers awarded her over 3 million dollars which the Judge
reduced to $360,000.00. She appealed all the way to the US Supreme
Court where she lost in 5-4 decision. The Court interpreted the 180
day statute of limitations to file, only included the paycheck after
which she discovered the unequal pay. The “dirty little secret” to
this form of pay discrimination is that if a Goodyear employee told
another employee how much they were paid, that person was subject to
In my personal
experience, an airline I worked for was taken over by a corporate
raider who immediately cut wages and benefits to flight attendants
(only) by 44%; in the 1980s, that was basically “the women”. He did
it because he knew he could get away with it. Neither labor law nor
any kind of discrimination law was being “enforced”.
does not just affect women. It affects husbands and children. It
Thank you, everyone,
for coming to my 90th Birthday Party at the Epsom Fire Station on
October 10, 2015. It was wonderful to see all of my neighbors,
family, and friends.
Joan C. Fowler
Epsom – Mrs. Joan C.
(Crosbie) Fowler, 82, of New Rye Road, died Wednesday, November 11,
2015, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Born in Framingham, MA on January 19,
1933, Joan was the daughter of Spencer and Katherine (Davis)
After receiving her degree from the
Forsythe Dental School, Joan worked as a dental hygienist for
several practices, including many years at the office of Dr. Emile
Samaha in Concord. She was a leader in Girl Scouts and 4-H and
enjoyed volunteering at the Audubon Society. She was a voluntary
participant in the Framingham Heart Study. She was one of the
founders of the Bear Brook Girl Scout Day Camp.
Mrs. Fowler is survived by her husband
Richard “Dick” Fowler of Epsom; 4 daughters and their husbands,
Katherine Becker and Robert of Boxborough, MA, Katrina Fowler of
Berlin, Kathleen Griffin and John of Framingham, MA, and Karen
Gunterman and John of Memphis, TN; 6 grandchildren; 2 great
grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her brother, William
Crosbie of Baton Rouge, LA predeceased her.
A gathering to share memories was held Monday, November 16th at the
Still Oaks Funeral in Epsom. Services by Rev. James Young were held
at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 17th.
In lieu of flowers please consider supporting either St. Jude’s
Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN
38101-9908 or Friends of Framingham Heart Study, c/o Boston
University School of Medicine, Office of Development, 72 East
Concord Street, L-219, Boston, MA 02118.
An on-line guestbook is available at