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October 15, 2014



Epsom Library News


Why is Sherlock Holmes so popular these days?  Come to the Epsom Public Library on Tuesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. to hear Professor Ann McClellan of Plymouth College discuss “(Not So) Elementary, My Dear Watson.”


The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st Century. In fact, Sherlock Holmes, according to Professor McClellan, is now a multi-million dollar industry. 


Ann McClellan’s presentation  will explore the origins of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective and track his incarnations in literature, film, advertising, and modern media in order to crack the case of the most popular detective.


This program is presented through a grant from the NH Humanities Council.



Letter To The Editor

Raise Minimum Wage


If elected State Rep, I will vote “YES” to raise NH minimum wage to $10.10 over next 3 years. My opponent, Carol McGuire, voted against raising NH minimum wage. Further, she believes the minimum wage should be eliminated entirely. Easy enough for her to say.


During the past month, I have made over 500 telephone calls to Allenstown/Epsom/Pittsfield residents, asking for their votes. Re raising minimum wage, one lady told me “flipping burgers was never meant to be a career job...suppose to be supplemental income”.


During my “hay day”, middle class workers earned living wages shoveling coal into steel smelters, cleaning airplanes and working in highway construction. Skill levels/education were about the same as for flipping burgers, running a cash register or carrying hod. Back then, CEOs were paid 35 times the wage of average employee. Today fast food CEOs are paid 1300 times the wage of a “burger flipper”.  But our fortunes are changing.


Recently on CNBC, Subway CEO Fred DeLuca said “I’m not concerned about minimum wage hikes...I personally think that if I were in charge of the government, I would index the minimum wage to inflation so that everybody knows what they can count on...”.


Commit to vote. Vote Democrat.


Nancy Heath

(Nancy Heath is candidate for State Rep District 29)



Epsom Food Pantry


Well, Fall is upon us and we are getting ready for the Holidays as well as keeping up with our everyday business. Before I go on let me tell you a sweet story.


A little gal in our town had a birthday party and instead of gifts she had her friends bring a food item for the pantry. I just wish I knew who she was so I could thank her personally. Now on to business. As I said last week we are going to need a count on the Turkeys for Thanksgiving so if you will not be going to the Pantry call 736-4024 and leave your name or call me at 219-3025 and I will give your name to Ken or Liz.


Now, to my readers, if you could pick up some desert fixings for our Thanksgiving baskets, that would be a big help. Items such as pumpkin pie cans, pecans, apples, or extra cake mixes, nuts, oranges are some ideas. You use your imagination.


Now it has been brought to my attention that some Epsom folks are still using other Pantries for their extra help. Now people, please remember we can see you by appointment, and perhaps put your mind at ease as to how we operate. Discretion is always used and we are all considered members both volunteers and the folks who need some extra help. 


Again, let me thank all you folks who brought us the wonderful fresh veggies. They were such an asset to the Pantry.  I had my lesson on the hens.  Eggs will soon be with us again. They just needed a little R&R.


Until next time,






To my constituents in Allenstown, Epsom, and Pittsfield,

The state budget has gotten a lot of press lately, because the midterm numbers are finally available. Actually, it’s just the spending numbers that are now open; revenue is reported monthly, and total revenue is within 1% of the plan. The governor complained that business taxes are down, which is true, but other sources of revenue are making up for them. New Hampshire is fortunate that its state revenues are so diverse that a dip in one tax doesn’t necessarily affect overall revenue: we have the interest & dividends tax, meals & rooms, tobacco, liquor and others to pay for our government.


This budget spent every penny of the revenue available, plus almost $30 million in surplus from the 2012/2013 budget. However, before the legislature ended in June, we knew that Health & Human Services (HHS) was overspending its budget: partly due to a legal settlement on mental health, partly due to increased Medicaid caseloads (old Medicaid, not the expansion, so the state pays half the expenses), and other areas as well. Despite the hiring and travel freezes imposed this summer, the state government spent $20M more than budgeted in 2014, and much of this overspending will continue in the next year. Since the total, two year budget has no surplus – and the previous years’ surplus that should have gone into the rainy day fund was spent instead – something has to give. The governor cannot raise taxes by herself, and revenues are right on plan, so spending must be cut. Where, I don’t know, and based on this year’s experience, nobody outside the executive branch will know until the end of the year.


Interested readers can email me for my newsletter, with more details than fit here.


Representative Carol McGuire





Valley Artisans Artists Of The Month


Valley Artisans is proud to have three New Hampshire Artisans in the spotlight this month. Each has generously donated an item for a drawing.


Joyce Lemay of Chichester has been involved with Valley Artisans since its beginnings in April of 1981. Over the years her craft of choice has changed. She has always done folk art ornaments and is now sewing beautiful seasonal ornaments, wall hangings, table runners and tea towels, seasonal ornaments, penny rug ornaments and creating fabric gift tags, cards and bags. During the spring and summer she sells field dug perennials from her many gardens.


Holly Baum is a fiber artist from Henniker who works with a wide variety of fabrics, trims and embellishments to create both unique and functional items.   Over the years, her sewing has focused on clothing, home décor and quilting. Most recently, her focus has been on creating one-of-a-kind items for women. These items include handbags, purses, jewelry cases, cosmetic bags, beaded flower pins, ribbon lace scarves and eReader cases.   This month she has a seasonal selection of woven fabric baskets, unique decorative pumpkins and festive table runners.


Donna Tracy, Dear Me Suds, from Deerfield makes a line of Gentle Soaps using  Aloe Vera, Olive Oil, Glycerin, Goat’s Milk, Hemp Seed Oil, Honey, Shea Butter, Natural Herbs and essential oils and fragrances. In addition, she makes Stress Relieving Dead Sea Bath Salts, Herbal Tea Bags, hand and body lotions, dream pillows, lip butters and massage oils. Donna loves making products that are all natural like her Bug-OFF Spray, Laundry Sachets and recently she has added decorative Beeswax Ornaments.


Their work is on display at Valley Artisans in Epsom, Wednesday through Sunday from 10A to 6p. Please stop is and see all the new Fall Creations and unique New Hampshire made gifts.



Letter To The Editor


Reading Mrs. Heath’s letter entitled “Accomplishments of Democratic Governor/House Majority, you would think government was the best thing since sliced bread.


Government, however, is nothing more nor less than the apparatus of compulsion and coercion.


As George Washington put it, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence -it is force!”


The principal function of government today is to use force or threats of force to take money from those to whom it belongs and give it to those to whom it does not belong, in either direct payments or subsidies of one kind or another.


No great “accomplishment” in that . . . even if some of the stolen loot is spent the way Mrs. Heath touts in her letter.


After all, what is the difference in principal between forcing a man to pick cotton for the benefit of a plantation owner and forcing a man to work to provide someone else with a subsidy of some sort?


And if you resist being forced into slavery by the government and try to protect what property is rightfully yours, i.e., your money . . . be honest . . .  what will the government do?


It will send you a few notices, threaten legal action in its Courts, send men with guns to arrest you, try to put you in a cage somewhere out of sight, and if you, the victim, dares threaten or use force in return, government thugs will kill you. Period.


Think of that the next time some candidate running for office tries to tell you how wonderful the government is. 


Jack Kelleher

Epsom, NH


As for the alleged “services” provided by government with some the stolen loot, few of the most ardent proponents of government, left to their own devices, would not voluntarily pay for such services.



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