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Epsom NH News

November 18, 2015

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Epsom Food Pantry


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 donation.


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) between 10-12.


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  your Thanksgiving.


Ken said we could use some gravy mixes, canned yams or sweet potatoes, and pie crust mix.


Until next time,




November 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 and Iraq.


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 Editor


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 being fired.


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”.


Pay discrimination does not just affect women. It affects husbands and children. It affects communities.


Nancy Heath




Thank You


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.



Ella Clark




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) Crosbie.


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.


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