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Epsom NH News

January 21, 2015

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Torin Judd’s Domestic Creatures/Wild Landscapes

At Epsom Public Library


The Epsom Public Library is pleased to present Domestic Creatures/Wild Landscapes, an exhibit by Deerfield artist, Torin Judd.  With breathtaking mastery, the artist well conveys her love of both the animals we live with and of the world which surrounds us.  Of her subjects, she says. “Animals are our teachers.  They reflect us, give to us unconditionally and fill our lives with joy. “Each landscape is a glimpse of the beautiful earth at a moment in time” – but, truly, this exquisite selection of oil and pastel paintings speaks for itself.  


The show runs through February 21st, and may be viewed during regular library hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 1 pm.  For more information, call 736-9920 or visit



Epsom Food Pantry


Boy, hasn’t it been cold? But I remember back years ago, when I was raising chickens, it would go down to 30 below and it was a challenge keeping the waterers running and the girls up and doing their job. 


Enough reminiscing. We are doing well at the Pantry.  Our volunteers  are always ready to step in at  a moment’s notice to help Ken with anything.  A young lady named Kate Wessell has started volunteering.  It is so nice to see the young people stepping up to the plate.


Also, a special thanks to the family of Bev Stevens who passed away this past week for remembering the Epsom Food Pantry as a recipient of a donation along with Hospice. Both worthwhile organizations.


Again thanks to all who support us. Without your support, we would not function as well as we do. 


Until next time,




Letter To The Editor


Government workers may dutifully show up for work every day.


They may spend 8 hours a day at their jobs.


They may even expend a considerable amount of energy while they are at their jobs.


But government workers do not create wealth.


Unlike their private counterparts, at the end of the day, government workers have not added any new wealth to the economy.


First of all, in order to fund their various operations, government workers must go out among the citizenry and collect “taxes.”


In effect, government workers must use force or threats of force to take wealth which has already been created from those who created it and to whom it rightfully belongs.


Government workers, in turn, then give some of that wealth to others to whom it does not belong in the form of transfer payments and subsidies.


Not surprisingly, government workers also give some of the wealth they have taken from others by force to themselves in the form of a paycheck.


Government workers may also use some of the wealth they have obtained by force to pay for things like travel, seminars, professional enrichment courses, as well as to pay for the buildings, vehicles, and supplies they use in the course of “doing their job,” whatever that may be.


Government workers also transform some of the wealth they have obtained into other things; some useful, others a complete waste of money. 


No matter what, when all is said and done, and the lights go out in the government’s buildings, not a single bit of new wealth has been added to the economy.


But a huge amount of wealth has been consumed. 


Government is a gigantic drag on the economy.


Government is the biggest single obstacle standing between the American people and prosperity.


Jack Kelleher




Beverly “Ma” Stevens

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Epsom - Beverly “Ma” Stevens, born on April 9, 1926, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Hospice House in Concord. She was 88 years old.


Born in Concord, Beverly was the daughter of Walter Carlson and Mildred (Pierce) (Carlson) Steele.  She started working at Newberry’s at the soda fountain and grill, and then worked at Blue Cross – Blue Shield.  Beverly started taking in foster children in 1949 and, between foster and day care children, cared for as many as 150,


She was always the happiest when people came to have popcorn from the wood stove and cookies.


Beverly was the widow of Carroll D. Stevens, who died in 2010 and to whom she had been married 63 years.  She was also predeceased by two brothers, Lawrence and Richard Carlson.


She is survived by three children and their spouses, Sharon Fifield and Richard, Albert Stevens and Kathy, and William Stevens and Diane, all of Epsom; 5 grandchildren, Dustin Fifield and Sarah of Pembroke, Shannon and Derek Carignan of Epsom, Bruce Stevens and Becca of Epsom, Luke Stevens and Mallory of Chichester, and Dave Stevens and Megan of Epsom; 7 great grandchildren, Danny, Riley, Charlie, and Olivia Carignan, Emma Fifield, and Tyler and Penny Stevens; a sister, Dorothy Clark of Concord; and nieces and nephews.


Many of her foster children have stayed in touch locally and from all over the country.  She was “Ma” to many, including Pearl Day of MO, Diane Turner of FL, Wanda Downer of Epsom, and Savana Currier and Michael Blasco of Northwood.  Beverly was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all.


Flowers are welcome, but for those who wish, memorial donations may be made to CRVNA Hospice House, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301 or the Epsom Food Pantry, PO Box 333, Epsom, NH 03234.


Services were held Sunday, January 18th at the New Rye Union Congregational Church.  Spring burial will be in the New Rye Cemetery.


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