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Laconia native Peter Hildreth trying to save his job at hearing before Exec. Council BY MICHAEL KITCH THE LACONIA DAILY SUN

CONCORD — No more than a dozen onlookers were scattered around the hearing room on the third floor of the Legislative Office Building when, with Governor John Lynch presiding, the Governor and Executive Council yesterday opened its hearing on the petition to remove Bank Commissioner Peter Hildreth from office, for failing to properly oversee Financial Resources Mortgage, Inc. (FRM), the Meredith firm that bilked clients of tens of millions of dollars. The first day of testimony left the impression that while examiners repeatedly reported deficiencies in FRM’s operations, including indications see FRM page 7


Much to the delight and amazement of Violet Rohelia and Cole Johnson, Essie Corrow chats with Santa Claus while onboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad on Sunday  afternoon. The train rides with Santa, from Laconia’s historic downtown railway station,  followed the city’s annual Holiday Parade up Main Street to Veterans Square.   (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)

Legion now making bid to host circus in Gilford Village

3-2 majority of town’s rec committee balked for same reasons Laconia gave but selectmen will have last word BY GAIL OBER


GILFORD — Three of the five-members Recreation Committee have recommended against hosting the Kelly-Miller Circus at the Gilford Village Field over the 2011 July 4 weekend. The request came from the American Legion Post 1 of Laconia after their bid to the

Laconia Parks and Recreation Department for the use of Opechee Park was denied. “With no direct financial benefit to the town or the department, the commission did not feel that the opportunity that having a circus in town would offer to community members would outweighed the potential negative impacts,” wrote Parks and Recreation Director Herb Greene in a

Nov. 9 memorandum to selectmen. Greene said yesterday that the commission “really wrestled” with the circus proposal but chose not to recommend it to selectmen. The reasons given mirrored the Laconia Parks and Recreation Department’s concerns with hosting the two-day circus at see CIRCUS page 10

looking to buy real estate nearby might be traveling on his property. Versions differ over what happened when the woman, Christine Harris, stopped and asked Bird for directions. A jury believed

Harris when she testified that the Moultonborough man swore and pointed a gun at her. The state Supreme Court upheld Bird’s conviction — and his mandatory minimum see BIRD page 8

UNH law professor labels Bird’s use of gun to threaten as ‘overkill’ BY MICHAEL COUSINEAU NEW HAMPSHIRE SUNDAY NEWS

MOULTONBOROUGH — On a late March day in 2006, Ward Bird learned in a phone call from his niece that a woman


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PARIS (AP) — Pablo Picasso almost never stopped creating, leaving thousands of drawings, paintings and sculptures that lure crowds to museums and mansions worldwide. Now, a retired electrician says that 271 of the master’s creations have been sitting for decades in his garage. Picasso’s heirs are claiming theft, the art world is savoring what appears to be an authentic find, and the workman, who installed burglar alarms for Picasso, is defending what he calls a gift from the most renowned artist of the 20th century. Picasso’s son and other heirs say they were approached by electrician Pierre Le Guennec in September to authenticate the undocumented art from Picasso’s signature Cubist period. Instead, they filed a suit for illegal possession of the works — all but alleging theft by a man not known to be among the artist’s friends. Police raided the electrician’s French Riviera home last month, questioned him and his wife and confiscated the disputed artworks. Le Guennec and his wife say Picasso’s second wife gave them a trunk full of art that they kept virtually untouched until they decided to put their affairs in order for their children. The Picasso estate describes that account as ridiculous.


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Obama administration brands WikiLeaks as crime WASHINGTON (AP) — Striking back, the Obama administration branded the leak of more than a quarter-million sensitive files an attack on the United States Monday and raised the prospect of criminal prosecution against the online site WikiLeaks. The Pentagon detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. The young Army Pfc. suspected of stealing the diplomatic memos, many of them classified, and feeding them to WikiLeaks

may have defeated Pentagon security systems using little more than a Lady Gaga CD and a portable computer memory stick. The soldier, Bradley Manning has not been charged in the latest release of internal U.S. government documents. But officials said he is the prime suspect partly because of his own description of how he pulled off a staggering heist of classified and restricted material. “No one suspected a thing,” Manning told a confidant afterward, according to a log of his computer chat published by “I didn’t even have to hide anything.”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asserted Monday that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the material. She said the administration was taking “aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information.” Attorney General Eric Holder said the government was mounting a criminal investigation, and the Pentagon was tightening access to information, including restricting the use of computer storage devices such as CDs and flash drives. “This is not saber-rattling,” Holder said. see next page

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has announced a two-year pay freeze for federal employees, saying the step is necessary to help bring the federal deficit under control. The freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees but would exclude military personnel.

Obama says the sacrifices of limiting government spending must be shared by government workers. The White House says the freeze would save $5 billion over two years. By delaying wage increases, the freeze would save $28 billion over the next five years, the White

House says. The chairmen of Obama’s bipartisan deficit commission proposed a three-year freeze in pay for most federal employees as part of its plan to reduce the nation’s growing deficit. The commission’s final report is due to be released later this week.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP — An Afghan border policeman killed six American servicemen during a training mission Monday, underscoring one of the risks in a U.S.-led program to educate enough recruits to turn over the lead for security to Afghan forces by 2014. The shooting in a remote area near the Pakistani border appeared to be the deadliest attack of its kind in at least two years.

Attacks on NATO troops by Afghan policemen or soldiers, although still rare, have increased as the coalition has accelerated the program. Other problems with the rapidly growing security forces include drug use, widespread illiteracy and high rates of attrition. A spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, Zemeri Bashary, confirmed that the gunman in Monday’s attack was a

border police officer rather than an insurgent who donned the uniform for a day. The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying the gunman joined the border police to kill foreign soldiers. “Today he found this opportunity and he killed six invaders,” Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement e-mailed to the media.

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PORTSMOUTH (AP) — Already criticized for failing to adequately fund maintenance at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine, the Navy plans to provide even less funding than it currently does through 2016. Paul O’Connor, president of the Metal Trades Council, tells the Portsmouth Herald that word came down last week from Vice Admiral Kevin McCoy. O’Connor says McCoy made it clear jobs won’t be eliminated. O’Connor says a bigger concern is a discussion by congressional Republicans of eliminating earmarks. Senate Republicans, including Maine Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, have taken a no-earmark pledge O’Connor notes that the first phase of a new dry dock to support Virginia-class submarines was funded through an earmark. That leaves the remainder in limbo.

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SALEM (AP) — A Hampstead, N.H., man is facing numerous charges after police say he bit an officer during an arrest. Salem Police say officers were trying to arrest two men spotted smoking marijuana in a parked car late Wednesday night when one of the men tried to kick an officer in the groin. After being jolted with a stun gun, the man allegedly bit one of the officers in the hand. Twenty-six-year-old David Edmunds was charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault and resisting arrest. Twenty-three-year-old John Hatcher of Windham was charged with marijuana possession.

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Portlanders condemn bomb plot, criticize FBI PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Some residents of this famously liberal city are unnerved, not only by a plot to bomb an annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony last week but also by the police tactics in the case. They questioned whether federal agents crossed the line by training 19-year-old Somali-American Mohamed O. Mohamud to blow up a bomb, giving him $3,000 cash to rent an apartment and providing him with a fake bomb. The FBI affidavit “was a picture painted to make the suspect sound like a dangerous terrorist,” said Portland photographer Rich Burroughs. “I don’t think it’s clear at all that this person would have ever had access to even a fake bomb if not for the FBI.” Mohamud’s defense lawyer said in court on Monday that agents groomed his client and timed his arrest for publicity’s sake. Public defender Stephen Sady focused on the FBI’s failed attempt to record a first conversation between Mohamud and an FBI undercover operative. “In the cases involving potential entrapment, it’s the initial meeting that matters,” Sady said. Attorney General Eric Holder defended the agents on Monday, rejecting entrapment accusations.

Once the undercover operation began, Mohamud, who officials said had no formal ties to foreign terror groups, “chose at every step to continue” with the bombing plot, Holder said. To be sure, many Portlanders were unsettled that a terror plot could unfold in their backyard — in Pioneer Courthouse Square, as thousands cheered the tree lighting — and not in much higher-profile cities such as New York or Los Angeles. At a time when people are focused on body scans and intrusive pat-downs to prevent terrorist attacks, some Portlanders wondered if the FBI had gone too far and unnecessarily scared residents. “What is distressing about the incident is not so much that the FBI arrested or otherwise intervened,” said resident Joe Clement, 24, “but that the FBI used him to create a scenario that scared a lot of people.” It is not unusual in Portland for actions by federal agents to be met with skepticism and criticism. Portland was the first city in the nation to pull its officers from the FBI’s terrorism task force in 2005. The move came after the FBI wrongfully arrested a Portland attorney as a suspect in the 2004 Madrid train bombings — a mistake that prompted an FBI apology.

from preceding page Anyone found to have broken American law “will be held responsible.” Holder said the latest disclosure, involving classified and sensitive State Department documents, jeopardized the security of the nation, its diplomats, intelligence assets and relationships with foreign governments. A weary-looking Clinton agreed. “I want you to know that we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information,” Clinton said. She spoke in between calls to foreign capitals to make amends for scathing and gossipy memos never meant for foreign eyes. Manning is charged in military court with taking

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U.S. a Christian nation? Numerous people have referred to the United States as a Christian nation but the historical record questions this assumption. Along with this assumption is the belief that the U.S. is a shining example of religious tolerance. This too may constitute hyperbole given recent events. According to Kenneth C. Davis, in his article, “God and Country”, “from the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel used to discriminate, suppress, and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever” – including the “heathen” natives already here.” History classes go to great lengths talking about the Holocaust but quickly gloss over the decimation of native American Indians in this country. It seems that it’s always about someone else and never us. In Matthew 7 it states, “Why do you look at the spot of dust in your brother’s eye? But you do not see a big stick in your own eye! The admission of fault or guilt is the first step to forgiveness and reconciliation with healing, change and growth as outcomes. This is as true for the alcoholic who stands up in front of others and admits he’s an alcoholic as it is for a country that should not want to repeat the mistakes of the past. The early settlers were indeed Christians but to suggest that there was this great unity between Catholics and Protestants is pure folly. It is likewise silly to assume that because the U.S. has a lot of Christians in it that it is a Christian nation. Although the Pilgrims and Puritans left England to avoid religious persecution, when they arrived on the shores of this country, they became just as intolerant of those who did not share their beliefs. Catholics were banned from the colonies and a group of Quakers were hanged in Boston between 1659 and 1661. George Washington was quite aware of the need for religious restraint when he tried to get French Catholics in Canada to support the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson made sure to provide equality for all citizens of Virginia despite their lack of religious belief or affiliation. He once wrote, “But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither licks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Today he would probably say the same about gay marriage the opposition of which is fueled by the religious right. In an essay entitled “Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments”, James Madison made a strong case against the state’s support of religious instruction. One of his points was that “the religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every…man to exercise as these may dictate”. He believed that the

government sanction of religion had a negative impact on religion itself. This is validated by the fact that early Christians were pacifists and suffered immensely under Roman rule. They were persecuted because they refused to serve in the army. However, when Constantine became Roman emperor, he made Christianity the official religion of Rome and that ushered in Christian participation in war. To this day we have priests and ministers wearing military uniforms who wittingly and unwittingly support violence. We also have U.S. flags inside and outside churches and the word, “under God” in the pledge of allegiance. Such an unholy alliance gives aid and comfort to the institution of war and the dehumanization on which war depends for its perpetuation. If God created every person, what justification is there for any group to claim divine privilege? Article 6 of the Constitution says that “all executive and judicial Officers…shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support the constitution but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” The Constitution itself has very few references to God. The intention of the founding fathers was to have a secular state because they felt that the union of religion and government would corrupt both religion and government. They were very afraid of theocracy and for good reason given the holy wars that went on during the dark ages. James Madison stated this emphatically when he said that “I have no doubt that every new example, will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion and government, will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.” Michael Lind, who wrote, “America is Not a Christian Nation” noted that the Treaty of Tripoli, ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1797. Article 11 states: “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility [sic], of Mussulmen [Muslims]; and, as the said States never have entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.” Instead of crawling in bed with the government, an authentic, peace-loving church/synogogue/ mosque should be the major force in the struggle for peace and social justice. In doing so, it should be an opposition church speaking out against war. It should be on the side see next page

LETTERS Mr. Allard prefers the ‘equal sharing of miseries’ approach To the editor, Ed Allard’s letter in the Nov. 27 issue of The Daily Sun went to great lengths to try and convince us that we should want to penalize the top 2-percent of taxpayers, by raising their taxes. What he didn’t say is that those 750,000 businesses/people contribute 50-percent, a half a trillion dollars, to the tax base. Apparently, he wants to see to it that their incentives to succeed and to earn are diminished. And, to make it even better, he wants to do it while the economy is in the doldrums. We might conclude he thinks it’s okay to spread the pain down to the working level as long as we penalize those rich folks. Mr. Allard acknowledged that the bottom 50-percent of wage earners don’t pay much, if any, income tax, but then cites the “payroll taxes” (ie Social Security) that they pay. Of course he failed to mention the “Earned Income

Tax Credit that many of those folks get, which is, essentially, a refund of their contributions. Allard also claims that a nurse pays more in income taxes than does GE, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffet. I don’t know where he gets his “facts” and I don’t know who would divulge the tax returns of those people. However, instead of being petty, perhaps Allard could acknowledge the tens of billions of their honestly earned fortunes that those two men have freely given, and are continuing to give, to medical research, education, and other charities. I’m reminded of Sir Winston Churchill’s famous quote: “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” Mr. Allard seems to favor the latter. Bob Meade Laconia

Statisticians are found on list right after liars and damn liars To the editor, This is in response to Nov. 27 total nonsense letter from Ed Allard. Ed has convinced me many times that he has no respect for truth or facts, and just makes up “statistics” to suit his latest adventure of deviousness. Now he has out done himself. I’m not sure what he has been drinking or smoking, but based on results I don’t want any of that! My mother specialized in mathematics in college. Relative to statistics, she often quoted her favorite professor “there are liars, damn liars, and statisticians”. Add to that those like Ed Allard who make up their own totally false statistics!

Rereading his letter three times, I still can’t find a shred of truth or accuracy in it. Maybe Ed should get an award for the worst fiction writer? I could go on and try to correct each of Ed’s falsehoods, but it’s much easier to refer to Tony Boutin’s letter of Nov. 24 as a very accurate rebut to Ed Allard’s weird nightmare. Ed Allard’s letter earns the all-time high award for totally wrong, totally unnecessary, a waste of paper and ink! Maybe to put that in context, Sandy’s letters rate about 6, while Ed Allard’s rate less than 1. Jack Stephenson Gilford

The people of N.H. have had enough of their loss of freedom To the editor, An open letter to Gov. John Lynch: I’m writing this letter because of the unjust incarceration of Mr. Ward Bird. Ward Bird was defending his property from a trespasser who ignored his keep out and no trespassing signs. What we have here is a bad law which needs changing (criminal threatening)

and over zealous police and prosecutor two tries to convict). This gentleman should be released by pardon. The people of New Hampshire have had enough of their loss of FREEDOM, i.e. the results of this last election. All politicians should take notice. George Horne Meredith


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LETTERS Silent Auction Gala sold out but tickets on sale for Festival of Trees To the editor, I am writing this letter on behalf of the Meredith Altrusa Club. Our 5th Annual Silent Auction Gala has been sold out due to overwhelming advance ticket purchasing. We feel this is a double edged sword: on one hand this event should be very successful and we will reach our goal of being able to help many, more folks in need this year just when the need is even more acute, but on the other hand we are not able to accommodate all who may wish to attend. The Festival of Trees has not been effected by this and all are welcome to attend over the three days starting Friday, Dec. 3rd through Sunday, Dec. 5th. We have over 50 trees for viewing each one unique, beautiful, whimsical, colorful, inspiring and all delightful. These trees have been decorated by individuals, area businesses and other non-profit clubs. Be sure to come and see this wonderful display. It is only $3 per person and kids five and younger are free. In addition to the trees there is a fabulous raffle with three or four of

these decorated trees going to some lucky winners. There are many other raffle items available as well like a “Dining Around the Lakes Basket” imagine going to some of your favorite restaurants for free and able to try many others that you may have not had a chance to. There are raffles for kids, such as creating their own fort, passes to skiing, Funspot, Storyland and Santa’s Village. There’s lots for adults too, like; gift certificates for golf, the Wright Museum, Squam Lakes Science Center, a Sam Adams basket, basket of goodies from Northwest in Washington and so much more. We have the Noel Shoppe filled with hand made items for those special people on your list as well. This is open all hours of the Festival of Trees so come on down and shop while enjoying cider, cookies and the beautiful trees. Stop in at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor this weekend you and the whole family will be glad you did. Susan Amiss & Paula Trombi, Co-Chairs The Silent Auction Gala /Festival of Trees Committee



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are still open. And due to the rash of bankruptcies ... ( which in truth a way for the top executives to leave with a satchel of cash) and will end in a massive sale of everything — giving the corporate officers enough time to get out of town. Or until supplies run out — whichever comes first. And you have the right to remain silent, unless, of course, you are asked a specific question — at which time you are expected to give a reasonable answer — or any answer (to demonstrate that you are coherent.) And guaranteed for 36,000 miles or 12 months, whichever comes first. And you will be presumed innocent until proven guilty, which of course means, they’ll lock you up just in case. Which may not be that bad after all, because ... This place is closed till further notice. Leon R Albushies Gilford

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Two-way traffic could restore downtown Laconia to glory days To the editor, I believe the proposed Laconia Main Street bridge project is a great idea! I read the story about the proposed plan to make everything two-way again. That will bring more traffic into the downtown area.One of the reasons businesses don’t want to start up a business in the downtown is because the lack of traffic through the downtown. This is the modern-day Urban Renewal project that has to happen from preceding page of the poor and oppressed and should follow the example of people like Mother Teresa. As Harvey Cox, American Baptist theologian at Harvard Divinity School, said, “A church which cannot take a firm stand against war is a church which does not deserve to

in order to get the downtown to again become the once-vibrant area it once was. I think if the can get more traffic into the downtown, stores will want to open there. Laconia is a great city,and even though the weather isn’t always the greatest, I don’t think I would ever move. I would love to see it be the vibrant city it was before. Derek Morrissette Laconia be believed.” The United States is moving from a melting pot of uniformity to a garden salad of diversity. Vive le difference! (Leo R. Sandy is professor of counselor education at Plymouth State University and a consulting school psychologist.)

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LETTERS How is our immune system affected by lifelong flu shots? To the editor, I’m still trying to figure out why my conservative, liberty-loving patriots seemingly pay no attention to a deadly enemy that has infiltrated our borders. This is not about Marxist/ Leninist types or Muslim Jihadists though there are plenty of them running around loose as well. Lest you think I have taken leave of my senses and entered the land of the paranoid, allow me to present a few prescient facts for your perusal. It has now been verified that the World Health Organization (WHO) was secretly working with the makers of the H1N1 vaccine and that the swine flu “pandemic” was totally concocted. The Council of Europe says the WHO wasted large sums of public money and needlessly engaged in shameless fear mongering. Their report warned of health problems from vaccine side effects linked from nerve disorders to death. That report came out a year ago and has proven to be prophetic. A report in the British Medical Journal written by the Bureau of Investigative Journalists reported that WHO’s 2004 pandemic guidelines were based

on the advice of a panel that included three experts who were bought and paid for by the leading manufacturers of flu drugs and representatives from two major drug companies. Last year, they created a 16 member emergency swine flu committee. So far, nobody has been able to find out even one of the members, so shrouded in secrecy is this gang of influenza investigators. Yes folks, several comprehensive studies confirmed that there was no credible evidence of effectiveness for the H1N1 vaccine. Furthermore, it was reported that there was a tenfold increase in fevers, vomiting and seizures in children under age four who received the H1N1 vaccine in Australia where the winter flu season has ended. Extensive research has concluded that there is no significant, scientific agreement, based upon disinterested clinical trials, that any vaccine is either safe or effective despite massive dis-information to the contrary. Oh, and is it just a coincidence that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised against testing for the H1N1 flu in July 2009. How else to coax our family

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foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues; (4) altered t-cell function which can lead to chronic illness. Just perchance I haven’t got your attention yet, flu vaccines have now been officially listed as a Category C drug. This means that insufficient human and animal studies have been done to establish safety or adverse fetal effects have been seen in animal studies, but there is little human data. Finnish health authorities have suspended the H1N1 vaccine because six vaccinated children developed narcolepsy soon after getting the shot. Also noted, were a dramatic increase in seizures and permanent changes in the brains of some children. Dr. Russell Blaylock has published papers in medical journals for some time now detailing how vaccines are causing brain injury and even rewiring the brain. In my humble, yet highly researched opinion, the enemy within is the pharmaceutical/industrial complex aided and abetted by our governmental agencies, the pharmaceutically-conflicted mainstream media and the World Health Organization. Oh, and the other enemy within, that would be us. Until people become educated about the risks of diseases, drugs, antibiotics and vaccines and have access to a trusted health care professional, we will continue to be led like clueless sheep and treated like uneducated peasants. Just because some doctor on the Fox News Channel tells you that the flu shot may prevent a heart attack, please don’t take that pronouncement as gospel. I didn’t. This came from a British study which was found to be terribly flawed and contained no real cause and effect analysis. We should demand accurate, impartial information about vaccines so that we can make an informed choice about them. I urge you to check out: Alliance for Natural Health USA and the National Vaccine see next page


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LETTERS Ward Bird’s punishment is disproportionate to the crime To the editor, An open letter to Governor Lynch: As a member and trustee of Ward Bird’s church (Center Harbor Congregational Church UCC) I am writing to ask you to pardon Ward. The punishment, as required by law, is disproportionate to the crime. He has been a trustee of the church, and has participated and contributed to the church programs over many years. All the members who know him are terribly distressed by this

punishment of him, and his family. His daughters have gone through church school and confirmation classes. The entire family reflects his values, which we all admire. The background of his encounter with a woman with very questionable history of involvement with the police must be taken into account. She has a known history of lying to authorities. Kent Warner Center Harbor

Sparkling diamonds on display right outside my window To the editor, I look out at a little tree, where the birds come to eat, but on Black Friday morning there was snow that turned to rain. Suddenly the sun came out and the rain changed to sparkling diamonds. In awe of what I saw, I rang for the nurse. She came in and stood beside from preceding page Information Center as great places to get you started on becoming an educated consumer/advocate for you and your children. Let me encourage all who haven’t already done so to consider the following tips to keep your immune system healthy whether or not you have been vaccinated. Make sure you are getting plenty of B and C vitamins through food and supplements. Get your vitamin D levels checked to find out how much Vitamin D3 you will need to supplement with in the winter months. More studies are showing that those with optimum vitamin D levels ( 50 - 65 ng/ml) just don’t get colds or the flu. Check for much more on Vitamin D and tips on staying healthy this winter. If you hope to get vitamin D3 from milk, you will have to find a resource for fresh, raw, unpasteurized milk and not that nutrient deficient, antibiotic treated stuff sold at your supermarket. Also, consider holistic options such as chi-

my chair. She also looked out the window at the little tree. She said, “Wow! It looks like diamonds with all colors.” I said, “Thank you, God, the nurse saw it to.” Liz O’Neil Belknap County Nursing Home ropractic, homeopathic, naturopathic, acupuncture, massage/bodywork, yoga, pilates etc. These offer great, non-toxic ways to boost your immune system and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Finally, there are some in my circle of family and friends who think I am the one being stubborn, narrowminded and fanatical due to my healthy skepticism about vaccines, especially flu shots. I guess that I didn’t realize being educated so as to make an informed choice about what I put in my body would place me in such a negative light. You know, that just seems really weird and oxymoronic to me. Regardless, I do love irony, it keeps me on my toes. Sadly though, what Benjamin Franklin noted so long ago is still apropos today — “You will observe with concern how long a useful truth may be known, and exist, before it is generally received and practiced on”. Russ Wiles Tilton

FRM from page one that it was insolvent, during the eight years before its collapse in November 2009, their findings never aroused the suspicions or captured the attention of the highest officials in the Banking Department. Calling for Hildreth’s removal from office, special counsel Peter Krupp of Lurie & Krupp. LLP of Boston, began by noting that the Bank Department, which licensed, regulated and examined FRM, found the firm operating outside the law for nearly a decade, but failed to take appropriate enforcement action. Despite claiming to have recused himself from oversight of FRM, in which his brother was invested, Krupp alleged that Hildreth not only failed to formally designate anyone to act in his place but also sporadically intervened in the regulatory process bearing on the firm. The commissioner’s conduct, he said, constituted “inefficiency, neglect of duty or malfeasance in office” warranting dismissal. “There is enough blame to spread around. Peter has accepted that, but not the others,” attorney David Nixon began in Hildreth’s defense, echoing the report of the New Hampshire Attorney General, which held the Bureau of Securities Regulation and

the Department of Justice as well as the Bank Department responsible. “Peter Hildreth is the last man standing. Should he be the only one terminated in disgrace?” he asked. In a lengthy, digressive opening statement, Nixon pictured Hildreth, a Laconia native, as an exemplary public official with 25 years of service and “the best Bank Commissioner New Hampshire has had at least in recent years.” The oldest of seven children, whose father was a Laconia police officer and firefighter, he served five terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives before attending law school. After a spell as a hearings officer at the Department of Safety, in 1992 he was named Director of the Bureau of Securities Regulation where he served until 2001 when he became Bank Commissioner following the sudden death of Roland Roberge. According to Nixon, Hildreth found the department “in disarray” and quickly set about strengthening the organization with what he called “the first improvements in 20 years.” In particular, he said Hildreth ensured that licensees were examined at least once every 18 months as the law requires. Krupp opened his case by reminding the councilors of the statutes requirsee next page

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from preceding page requiring the commissioner to expressly delegate his authority, when because of his absence from office or a conflict of interest, he cannot exercise it. He stressed that Hildreth has repeatedly claimed that he recused himself from the regulation of FRM since 2001 when, as the Director of the Bureau of Securities Regulation, he first learned of his brother’s interest in the Meredith firm that typically brokered high interest, “hard money” loans to people who could not not qualify for conventional bank financing. However, Krupp said, Hildreth neither affirmed his recusal in writing nor designated a subordinate to act for him as the law prescribes, leaving the Bank Department unable to bring its regulatory powers to bear on FRM. Questioned by Krupp, Deputy Bank Commissioner Robert Fleury said that he had “no memory or information” that Hildreth had recused himself. Nixon countered that Hildreth has acknowledged his failure to put his recusal in writing, but added that “he did in his mind recuse himself,” even though “nothing required him to recuse himself.” He noted that the Bank Department had no formal policy of recusal until after the collapse of FRM, when at Hildreth’s initiative it became one of the first state agencies to adopt one. In questioning first Fleury and later Kim Griffin, administrator of the consumer credit division of the Bank Department, Krupp sought explanations of why, on several occasions, the department contemplated enforcement action only to shrink from it. For instance, after an examination in 2004 found repeated violations, Mary Jurta, who heads the consumer credit division which regulated FRM, asked Fleury “is this something we can hang our hat on?” Fleury replied “that’s exactly what I’m thinking.” Although Fleury agreed the exchange expressed an intent to take steps against FRM, he had no expla-

nation for why nothing was done. In January 2006 , after another unsatisfactory examination, Fleury himself signed an order asking FRM to show why its license should not be revoked. But, he could not recall the circumstances leading to the order or why nothing came of it while conceding that it was unusual for him to sign such orders. Asked by Nixon how FRM eluded sanctions, Fleury remarked “they ran through the raindrops of regulation” and pointed to the Bureau of Securities Regulation as well as the Bank Department. Questioned by Lynch, Fleury described the extent of FRM’s failure to comply with laws and regulations as “unusual,” but said while he met daily with Hildreth the two never discussed FRM. When Councilor Ray Wieczorek of Manchester asked Fleury why no action was taken against FRM, he replied “I have no answer, none that would be acceptable,” moving Councilor Ray Burton of Bath to declare “a lot of people’s lives were ruined in the district I represent.” Nor was Griffin able to shed light on the lack of enforcement action by the department. Krupp reminded him that in April 2006 the Concord Monitor reported that Scott Farah, the principal of FRM, was charged with fraud in a civil suit, suggesting that the article caused a “flurry” of activity at the Banking Department. Griffin, who displayed scant memory of the article, called “flurry” an exaggeration, but acknowledged that he was pressed to schedule an examination of FRM, because nearly 18 months had passed since the firm was last examined. Asked if Jurta, his supervisor, brought the allegations of fraud to Hildreth’s attention, Griffin said “I never gave any thought to what Ms. Jurta was communicating to the commissioner.” The proceedings will resume today. Lynch said that he expects to conduct the hearings efficiently and conclude the process by the close of the week, which appears to be an ambitious goal.

BIRD from page one three- to six-year sentence -- sparking debate over the role of property and gun rights. “If you have someone unarmed coming to his property and he knows it, that’s what put it over the edge for us,” said Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon, the person who decided to prosecute Bird on the felony criminal threatening charge. “She wasn’t there with any intent to do him harm and do anything about his property,” Gordon said Saturday. Bird later rejected an offer to plead to a lesser misdemeanor offense. Former public defender Albert Scherr, a law professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law who wasn’t part of the case, called Bird’s actions “pretty much a case of overkill on his part.” Bird supporters have conducted rallies — including six Saturday in four Lakes Region towns — to pressure officials to free Bird from prison, where he reported Nov. 17. “There’s a bunch of Ward Birds out there, but you haven’t heard about them,” said Penny Dean, general counsel to the Gun Owners of New Hampshire. “Ward Bird is not the first, and he’s not going to be the last unless New Hampshire changes the law.” Dean said Bird posted many “No Trespassing”

signs to keep people off his land. “It was Mr. Bird’s property. He had a right to exclude everyone,” Dean said. “She (Harris) continued to pester him for directions. How many times do you have to say, ‘You’re not wanted, leave’?” Bird’s wife, Ginny, told the New Hampshire Sunday News last week that her husband was working on paperwork asking for a pardon and doesn’t regret rejecting a plea bargain offer that would have kept him out of jail. “Honestly, he’d do the same thing all over again,” she said. “In hindsight, he didn’t do anything wrong and wouldn’t change anything but maybe the curse words.” She and her husband spent their first Thanksgiving apart in 31 years — a “bittersweet” day in which the family maintained its tradition of listening to the Arlo Guthrie song “Alice’s Restaurant.” “We reserved a seat for him at the (dinner) table,” she said. Scherr said RSA 627:4 provides a basic context within which a person might not be breaking the law by waving a gun at another. A person is justified in using deadly force when he reasonably believes another person is about to see next page

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from preceding page use unlawful, deadly force against him or a third person; when another person is likely to use any unlawful force in the commission of a felony against him within his dwelling; when another person is likely to use any unlawful force against a person present while committing or attempting to commit a burglary; or when another person is committing or about to commit kidnapping or a forcible sex offense. “We want people to be able to defend their property when a burglar breaks in to rob them, but we don’t want to allow people to threaten a baby sitter with a gun who knocks on the wrong door,” Scherr wrote in an e-mail. “There are a host of cases in between those two extremes that may require a prosecutor via a charging decision or judge or jury via a trial to decide whether it’s an appropriate use of a gun.” Dean said the Legislature needs to provide residents more rights to allow them to protect their homes and property. Asked how one can defend his property with a firearm and not run afoul of the law, Dean said: “No damn way in New Hampshire. You’re taking a huge risk even if you’re 100 percent in the right.” She said people elect county attorneys who have absolute discretion on whether to bring criminal charges. “A county attorney that cares about self-defense just flat looks at it (the Bird case) and says, ‘I’m not bringing these charges.’ People need to look at the county attorneys they’re electing.” Gordon said she wasn’t the only one who thought Bird was guilty. “It’s really difficult to get 12 people to agree on anything,” Gordon said of the jurors in the Bird case. “When they come back with a conviction, it’s

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Meredith Altrusa Club’s Festival of Trees, now in its 15th year, has become a season fixture By AdAm drApcho MEREDITH — When the Meredith Altrusa Club started its “Festival of Trees” 15 years ago, the intention of the service organization was to find a new way to raise its visibility within the community. In the years since, the event has successfully achieved that goal, as well as becoming the non-profit organization’s single greatest fundraiser. The 15th Annual Festival of Trees will feature about 50 decorated holiday trees and will take place again this year at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor. The event will open with a sold out Silent Auction Gala on Thursday, December 2, and will be open for the general public on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Leslie Sturgeon, one of the founders of the event, the Festival of Trees was initially conceived of to coincide with a Christmas production of the Lakes Region Summer Theatre at the InterLakes High School auditorium. As such, the event was first held in the school’s gymnasium, which, said Sturgeon, “presented a huge problem aesthetically.” It proved to be a logistical problem, too, as one of the first two years saw a 12-inch snowstorm with widespread power outages and the school’s driveway wasn’t plowed. “It was disastrous,” she said. Charging $1 admission for the first years, the festival was clearly not designed to generate revenue for the club, but rather to provide residents and families a low-cost opportunity to spend time together and for the Meredith Altrusa Club to introduce itself to members of the community who might not be familiar with the club’s work in community service and advancement of literacy. “It’s just a lovely way to open the holiday season,” said Carol Gerken.

The Festival of Trees invites local individuals, businesses and organizations to choose a theme and decorate a tree in keeping with that theme. The end result is dozens of Christmas trees, from table-top size to ten footers, each one adorned in its own distinct way. While that aspect of the festival has remained central to the event, much else has changed over the years. After a couple of years in the high school auditorium, the festival moved to space offered at the Annalee Doll campus in Meredith, then to its current home at the Waukewan Golf Club. The event was held for just one day the first year, then a weekend, then two weekends and finally back to one weekend. Admission went from $1 to $2, and is now $3 per person with children five and younger are free. Although proceeds were initially not headline-worthy, the revenues have always been shared with the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, while the Moultonborough Christmas Fund has since been added as a beneficiary. The Altrusa Club also added itself as recipient of some of the revenues, considering how many hours its members were putting into the event. “We have tried everything... children’s corner, gift collection, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, boutique, gala, cookie and fudge sales, live entertainment,” recalled Sturgeon, listing all the ancillary activities the club has used to build the event. Some turned out to be hits, other attempts left the club members wondering what they were going to do with dozens upon dozens of vegetable kabobs. Of all the added features, the most significant came five years ago when an opening night gala. It offered a new, larger revenue source for the event and since then, said Gerken, has been the organization’s biggest fundraiser. Last year, the most lucrative yet, raised about see next page

CIRCUS from page one Opechee Park — primarily worries over potential damage to the playing fields. Greene said the fields in the village are “pretty well booked” from when the fields are first open in the spring until winter. He said it was not necessarily the damage the circus could cause but the time it may take to repair the damage, should there be and and the potential “interference with regularly scheduled recreational and community programs.” He also said concerns over parking, adequate

water and sanitation and the potential disruption to the neighborhood — houses lining Belknap Mountain Road are nearby — because of the late-night and early-morning set up and tear down factored into the recommendation against Kelly-Miller and the American Legion request. According to Greene, the Parks and Recreation Commission is advisory and the final decision will be made by selectmen at Wednesday’s meeting. Don Vachon of the American Legion Post 1 is spearheading the circus fundraiser and could not be reached Monday night.


from preceding page and friend of the Bird family. “Just to continue the public outcry and keep everybody aware and keep it in everybody’s mind,” Tolman said. Bird’s wife said she wants the law changed. “Some people think it’s about gun rights. It’s not. It’s about the right to defend your property,” Ginny Bird said. “It’s shocking to find out the way the law

is written.” Asked why her husband didn’t simply point Harris in the right direction, Mrs. Bird said the woman was told by the niece, Laura Heald-Keyser, not to travel so far onto the Bird property, yet drove for a mile, ignoring eight or nine “No Trespassing” signs. “They have no respect for your property,” Ginny Bird said.

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from preceding page $8,000. In addition to the Inter-Lakes and Moultonborough Christmas funds, which benefit underprivileged local students, the proceeds will also further Altrusa’s regular charitable efforts, such as promoting literacy locally and abroad and offering scholarships designed to allow local women to pursue higher education. Last year, the Meredith Altrusa Club was able to award seven scholarships totaling more than $6,000. For people such as Gerken and Sturgeon, and the scores of other volunteers who have worked over the years to put the festival on, the reward isn’t measured in dollars, but in the knowledge that their work helped to make the holidays a little more special for many local residents. As Sturgeon noted,

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23 Democratic state lawmakers have switched to GOP since election ATLANTA (AP) — Staggering Election Day losses are not the Democratic Party’s final indignity this year. At least 13 state lawmakers in five states have defected to Republican ranks since the Nov. 2 election, adding to already huge GOP gains in state legislatures. And that number could grow as next year’s legislative sessions draw near. The defections underscore dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party — particularly in the South — and will give Republicans a stronger hand in everything from pushing a conservative fiscal and social agenda to redrawing political maps. In Alabama, four Democrats announced last week they were joining the GOP, giving Republicans a supermajority in the House that allows them to pass legislation without any support from the other party. The party switch of a Democratic lawmaker from New Orleans handed control of Louisiana’s House to Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction. In Georgia, six rural Democratic state legislators — five from the House and one in the Senate — have switched allegiance to the GOP since Nov. 2. In Maine, a House Democrat flipped; in South Dakota, a Democratic state senator. Most of the party swaps are in the South, where

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GOP rule is becoming more entrenched and Democrats — many of them already more conservative than their counterparts elsewhere — are facing what looks like a long exile in the minority. In Georgia, the GOP swept every statewide office this year and brought, in the words of state Rep. Alan Powell, “an effective end, at least for the foreseeable future, to the two-party system in state government.” Powell, who served in the House for two decades as a Democrat from a rural district in North Georgia, joined the Republican caucus this month after concluding it would allow him to get off the sidelines and again be a player on key issues. The 58-year-old real estate agent has been outspoken in his criticism of both Republicans and Democrats and expects to maintain an independent streak in the GOP. Twenty-one state legislative chambers in 16 states moved into GOP hands this year, and for some Democrats keeping a seat at the table means trading a “D’’ for an “R.” Others, like Mike Millican of Alabama, one of those who joined the GOP last week, say that as the national Democratic Party has moved to the left, they’ve found themselves more in line with the Republican Party’s political ideology.

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Roadshow Starts Today in Laconia! By Jason Delong

Treasure Hunters Roadshow STAFF WRITER

Got Gold? This week, visitors can cash in on antiques, collectibles, gold, silver, coins or just about anything that is old.

Roadshow and for good reason. Record gold prices have Roadshow guests cashing in on broken jewelry or jewelry they don’t wear anymore with our “fair and honest” purchase offers. The Roadshow encourages anyone planning a visit to take a minute and examine their jewelry box or their lock box at the bank and gather anything that’s gold. If a guest is not sure if something is gold, bring it anyway and the Roadshow staff will test it for free. Other gold items of interest include gold coins, gold ounces, gold proof sets and dental gold. Other types of items Roadshow “U.S. coins dated 1964 and experts hope to see include old before are most sought after toys and train sets. Archie Davis, roadshow toy expert spoke about by collectors. Coins made some of the top toys getting great before 1964 are 90% silver offers. “Old tin windup toys from the and valuable because of late 1800’s through the 1960’s are the silver content or could in great demand now.” said Davis, “Especially those that are character be worth even more if one related. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, happens to be a rare date.” the Flintstones or any character toys are sought. Old Buddy L toys from Expert buyers for the Roadshow the 1920’s to 1960’s are in demand.” have noticed a tremendous increase Basically any toys made before 1965 in the amount of gold coming to the are wanted. Train sets made by Lionel, Clean out your attics, closets and lock boxes, because the Roadshow starts today in Laconia. Roadshow experts will be in town examining antiques, collectibles, gold and silver. While the Roadshow will accept anything that’s old, they will be focusing on gold and silver coins dated 1964 and before, military items, toys and trains, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches. Scrap gold is expected to be a popular category this week due to soaring gold prices.

American Flyer, Marklin and others have the potential to fetch high prices. Davis also stressed, “Toys with boxes and in mint condition bring sensational prices. Most of the toys that come to the Roadshow are not in perfect shape but can still bring good prices from

Our International Collectors Association members are looking for the following types of items. • COINS Any and all coins dated 1964 and before. This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! • GOLD, SILVER & JEWELRY PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGHS! for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken Jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold Bars Canadian Maple Leafs, Gold, Silver, Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals, etc. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including broken jewelry. Early costume jewelry wanted. • WATCHES & POCKET WATCHES Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Hamilton, all others. • TOYS, TRAINS & DOLLS All types of toys made before 1965 including: Hot Wheels, Tonka, Buddy L, Smith Miller, Nylint, Robots, battery toys, Mickey Mouse, all other toys - Train sets, all gauges, accessories, individual cars, Marklin, American Flyer, Lionel, Hafner, all other trains - Barbie Dolls, GI Joe, Shirley Temple, Characters,German, all makers accepted. • MILITARY ITEMS & SWORDS Civil, Revolutionary, WWI, WWII, etc. Items of interest include swords, badges, clothes, photos, medals, knives, gear, letters, etc. • ADVERTISING ITEMS Metal and Porcelain signs, gas companies, beer and liquor makers, automobile, implements, etc.

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collectors.” When expert Tom Fuller was asked what he enjoyed most about working at the Roadshow, he was quick to answer “Old coins and paper currency. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with collecting coins.

I would go through the change in my parents grocery store looking for rare dates and errors. Once, I found a silver quarter that I sold for $300.00. Not bad for an 8 year old.” Fuller went on to explain that any U.S. coins dated 1964 and before are most sought after by collectors. Coins made before 1964 are 90% silver and valuable because of the silver content or could be worth even more if one happens to be a rare date. “We help people sort through their coins for unique dates. We buy all types of coins at the Roadshow from wheat pennies to buffalo nickels, which

“If you go to the Roadshow, you can cash-in your items for top dollar. Roadshow representatives will be available to assess and purchase your items at the Landmark Inn, Tuesday through Saturday in Laconia.” Above • These guests cashed in large bags of broken and unwanted gold and jewelry at a previous show.

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MEREDITH — Frank R. Amand, 87, of Meredith, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2010, at the Golden View Health Care Center, of Meredith. Born on September 2, 1923 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of John P. and Marian (Klossman) Amand. Frank was raised in Philadelphia, and graduated from the South Philadelphia High School for Boys, Class of 1941. Frank joined the Army after the start of WWII. As a First Lieutenant he flew a transport C-46 carrying the wounded and dignitaries to and from Nigeria, England, India, Egypt and the Persian Gulf. He was also sent to Alaska and China from Iran. When he returned from the war, he attended Drexel Institute of Technology where he received bachelors and master’s degrees in engineering. Frank worked for RCA in Camden, NJ, and in 1962 was transferred to the newly opened plant in Burlington, MA. He and his family resided in Arlington, MA for 42 years. Beginning in 1977, Frank and his family spent their spare time building a home in the Sands of Brookhurst in Meredith, having fallen in love with the area. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Meredith Bay Village.

Frank was a communicant at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, in Meredith. He is predeceased by his sister, Dorothy A. Junkin, of Philadelphia, PA. Frank is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Ora (Garretson) Amand, of Meredith; two sons, Robert E. Amand, of Cary, NC, and Richard W. Amand and wife Lorna, of Marshfield, MA; two daughters, Dianne M. Amand, of Moultonborough, and Denise A. Gallagher and husband Gregory, of Hampton, NH; four grandchildren, Justin Kamora, of Cary, NC, Shawn and Alyssa Amand, of Marshfield, MA, and Gregory Gallagher, of Hampton, NH. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 and 104), Meredith, from 7 thru 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, December 3, 2010 at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Rte. 25, Meredith. The Very Rev. Dennis J. Audet V.F., pastor, will officiate. Interment will be held following the service at the Meredith Village Cemetery. Mayhew Funeral Homes of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements.

ALTON — The Historical Society will hold an Open House on “Light-Up Night” from 4:30 — 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. All are invited to stop by and sign up for door prizes including a Hannaford gift card, A Hampshire Pewter ornament, and a copy of “Alton: A Town

To Remember,” which is filled with vintage photographs of Alton and Alton Bay. The Museum will be open with the latest Altonrelated donations on display. In addition, the Historical Society will serve sandwiches, coffee, cider, and cookies.

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NORTHFIELD — David Curtis Schofield, 73, a longtime resident of Northfield died suddenly, November 27, 2010 in Gunnison, Colorado. He and his wife were visiting, readying for a return trip home after enjoying a family Thanksgiving reunion with children, grandchildren and extended family members. David was born in Pawtucket, RI, May 11, 1937 son of the late Carl and Edith (Brown) Schofield of Cumberland, RI. He moved to Northfield in 1961. David and his wife moved to Kennebunk, ME in 1998 and wintered in Northport, Florida. He was a graduate of Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI, the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors Degree in Education and University of New Hampshire with a Masters Degree in Education. Mr. Schofield was a 30 year teacher of Vocational Agriculture at the TiltonNorthfield High School, later Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton. He was affectionately known as “Doc” in the school community for surgery he performed on a rooster many years ago. Some of Mr. Schofield’s most rewarding positions were serving the Town of Northfield in many capacities, 13 years of which he served as selectman. In 1992 David was honored with the Northfield “Citizen of the Year” Award. A Mason, David was a member of the Doric Lodge # 78, (now Doric-Centre Lodge # 20) serving as Past Master, and also served as Past Patron of the Peabody-Mt. Washington Chapter, # 35, Order of the Eastern Star. He also held a variety of offices in York Rite Masonry. He was a longtime active member


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GILFORD — Gunstock Mountain Resort will host a Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours networking event on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Members are invited to kick off the 2010 ski season by enjoying delicious appetizers from Centerplate and Gunstock from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Powder Keg pub in the Gunstock Main Lodge. Network and see snowmaking in action, as Gunstock’s opening day is scheduled for Friday, December 3. Gunstock has invested another 1.5-million dollars in its operation and now boasts a 100-percent energy efficient snowmaking system. All attendees will get a “Buy One Get One Free” coupon for opening day. Gunstock Mountain Resort winter truly is our passion! With 55 trails providing great skiing or riding for beginners to experts that are groomed nightly to perfection, NH’s longest tubing run, and over 30 kilometers of cross country and snowshoeing tracks, winter is truly a passion at Gunstock. The resort’s moonlight ridge snowshoe tour has to be experienced! Special Gunstock Mountain events include, Wall to Wall Wednesday Nights, Gunstock Rocks Saturday Nights Telefest, Snowshoe hikes and Sunday S’Mores by the fire-pit for the enjoyment of its guests. The historic Main Lodge, built with timbers and granite from the county-owned recreation area’s own 2400 acres, offers the perfect place to warm up between runs by the massive stone fireplace. There are two pubs at the base of the mountain — offering food,

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Janet Breton for the senior center, along with warm refreshments. Outside the mill, volunteers will again assemble swags of freshly cut greens, decorated with bright red ribbons to dress Town buildings and landmarks for the season, cut and delivered with help from Timothy Hayes, among others. For detailed schedule information check or e-mail

MEREDITH — Meredith Village Savings Bank (MVSB) invites you to help them as they continue their annual holiday tradition to keep hands and hearts warm by giving new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to people in the community. Now through December 24, MVSB customers and community members can drop off their handmade or purchased mittens and other winter items at their nearest MVSB office. The items will be displayed on

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Organizers of the December 5 “Deck the Village: 3rd Annual Belmont Christmas Festival” are working to make this holiday brighter for others, by encouraging and collecting donations for several community needs. Non-perishable food items for St. Joseph’s Church Food Pantry, a treat for animals sheltered by the New Hampshire Humane Society and the Toys for Tots campaign, supported by the Belmont Fire Department for nearly 10 years, may all be brought to the Belmont Mill on the day of the event. Additionally, Santa’s Lil Helpers (Police Cadets) of the Belmont Police Department, hope to “Fill the Ford” with toys and other donations. All charitable efforts will be on display in front of the historic Belmont Mill for the Sunday festival which opens at 2 p.m. (L to R) Firefighter Thomas Murphy and Village Revitalization Committee member Alyce Jewell (smiling in her seasonal attire) remind us of community needs, along with their four-footed friend Morgan, a former shelter dog, who relocated to Belmont from Lexington, Kentucky. (Courtesy photo)

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GILFORD — Preparations are in full swing for the 29th Annual WLNH Children’s Auction which is December 7 – 11 live on 98.3 WLNH-radio and Lakes Region Public Access (LRPA) television (MetroCast channel 25) from the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn and Spa. Around 2,300 items are auctioned off during the five day event, and donations are currently needed. “The shelves are bare” said Jim Adams, general manager and WLNH Children’s Auction Chair. “At last count, we had only enough items to get us through maybe one day of the auction. No donation is too big and no donation is too small”. Donations can be dropped off during business hours at the WLNH Studios, Monday through Friday, at 25 Country Club Road in Gilford or at the MetroCast offices at 9 Apple Road in Belmont. Again this year, the WLNH Children’s Auction will offer live online bidding at ChildrensAuction. com, and this year, the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion will give every online bidder a $10 gift card to use for the 2011 concert series! You can register now at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery in Gilford is hosting the second “Pub Mania” event starting Thursday, December 9 to support the WLNH Children’s Auction efforts, after having raised $47,000 for the cause last year. Billed as the ‘Funnest Fundraiser Ever’, this 24-hour barstool challenge begins at 9 a.m. and runs for 24

hours continuously. Every barstool is reserved for ‘Culinary Athletes’ during the event, and the public is welcome to join in the fun. Food, entertainment, good drink and good company contribute to the success of the event, and shouldn’t be missed! “Every year, we encourage the community to visit us at Auction Headquarters to take part in the excitement” said Molly King program director at WLNH, “and we see a large group of visitors on Friday night. This year, we decided to embrace those supporters with a new, exciting and entertaining fundraiser — a Rockin’ Holiday Bash!” On Friday, December 10, for the price of a $25 a ticket, you can get in the spirit of giving this holiday season and treat yourself to a night of amazing cuisine from O Steak and Seafood, then dance the night away with The Eric Grant Band at the Conference Center at the Lake Opechee Inn and Spa. Purchase a ticket to the Rockin’ Holiday Bash at any of the following locations: Laconia Savings Bank, O Steak and Seafood and the Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion box office. It’s a great night out that let’s you contribute to a great cause; proceeds go to the WLNH Children’s Auction. For more details about the WLNH Children’s Auction and donating an item, visit In 2009, the WLNH Children’s Auction raised over $251,000 for local organizations that provide basic necessities and assistance to local children in need throughout the year.

LACONIA — Light for Rights events are taking place on every continent this World AIDS Day, Wednesday, Dec. 1! As part of the local campaign here in the Lakes Region area, our local clergy, through the LRGHealthcare Spiritual Care Advisory Committee and in collaboration with Laconia Village Bakery, will once again be sponsoring a series of events starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. at the Laconia Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. The highlight will be a luncheon between noon and 1:30 p.m., during which time, renowned speaker Denise Rondeau, of the New Hampshire Program Manager for HIV and STD will give a brief talk. Proceeds from a $5 donation from each participant for the luncheon will go towards food gift certificates for clients in the local area living with HIV and AIDS through the Merrimack Valley Assistance Program (MVAP). World AIDS Day aims to raise awareness in communities all over the world regarding the state of the AIDS pandemic and the steps that are being taken to curb its speed. World AIDS Day honors the victims of the AIDS pandemic and focuses attention on issues such as the prevention and treatment of HIV

and AIDS related conditions by fighting prejudice, improving education and inspiring positive action. This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Universal Access and Human Rights”, working to promote the Light for Rights campaign. To underscore the importance of human rights in the response to AIDS, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reported to the UN General Assembly that reduced access to essential HIV information, prevention tools, treatments, and services is occurring in many countries as a result of laws and policies that are inconsistent with their commitments to human rights. He stresses that where human rights are promoted to protect people living with HIV and other vulnerable groups, there are fewer infections, less demand for antiretroviral treatment and most importantly, fewer deaths. All Lakes Region community members are invited to participate in these events. For a reservation, please RSVP by Monday, November 29, 2010 to LRGHealthcare Spiritual Care Coordinator Rev. Dr. Festus K. Kavale, 527-2862 or LRGHealthcare Community Care Manager Beverly Hammond, 524-3211 ext. 6564 bhammand@lrgh. org.

from preceding page the MVSB Mitten Tree Program donated nearly $3,500 to organizations in the Lakes Region. To participate in the Mitten Tree program, bring your handmade or store-bought mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves to any one of the bank’s 11 offices and select which local organization you would like us to donate to.

In addition, beginning in the 2011-2012 holiday season, MVSB will be improving the program to ensure maximum benefit to the communities by asking those donating winter items to select from just a few local agencies. This will ensure a greater benefit to those receiving funds. When customers donate this season, they will be alerted to the change for next year — and encouraged to share their suggestions.

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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The deal may still go through. Win or lose, you have to keep trying. As you do your best, you’ll bring people together, and new ideas are generated because of your intention and actions. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll be in a position to influence others. Talk simply. Use words that a first grader could understand. Jargon and insiders’ terms are a turn off to those who do not understand the meaning. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You are mastering the art of communication these days. You talk to people and listen to them. You recognize the huge difference between talking to people and talking at them, or worse, talking over them. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If something is wrong, you fix it. This prevents future worry. Whether or not it’s your job to fix it is irrelevant, as long as you’re sure you won’t be stepping on anyone’s toes. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). People care about what’s theirs. That’s why even though you may get help on your projects, you can’t expect that others will do the same kind of job you would do. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Nov. 30). You will no longer need to look outside yourself for confidence and power. You recognize that it is already in you. You’ll acquire an interesting treasure in December. January brings intellectual rewards, and your studies will lead you to interesting relationships. February brings a lifestyle upgrade. Taurus and Aquarius people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 1, 22, 39, 17 and 50.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You know what is keeping you from the success you want, and you are willing to take on this hurdle. There will be a fight. You’ll win because you are willing to change. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). As every hour passes, you grow more accepting of others and yourself. Your perception of “normal” is shifting to include new circumstances, habits and behaviors. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will soon be giving an important gift. The thought you put into it now will make all the difference in how well this is received. Your creativity swells to meet the challenge. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You feel so connected to a certain person that it is as though, without your knowing, your souls made a pact to intertwine. Even so, stay powerful and independent in this relationship. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You have your own set of biases, and it’s sometimes difficult for you to keep them to yourself. You’ll be helping someone in an important way. The greatest help you could give will be judgment free. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You can’t totally control whether you succeed or fail. It’s not all in your power. You have much more control over how often you try and how hard -- and also at what point you quit. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You are determined to make a difference. It doesn’t mean you have to get your way completely. It will be satisfying to know that you’ve been a part of putting something great into the world.

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2010; with 31 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. On this date: In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States. In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Mo. In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace. In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46. In 1936, London’s famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire. In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.) In 1960, the last DeSoto was built by Chrysler, which had decided to retire the brand after 32 years. In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term. In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent. In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. One year ago: Retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk went on trial in Munich, Germany, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard. In Geneva, the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest atom smasher, broke a world record for proton acceleration. Today’s Birthdays: Historian Jacques Barzun is 103. Actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. is 92. Actor Robert Guillaume is 83. TV personality and producer Dick Clark is 81. Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy is 80. Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 73. Movie director Ridley Scott is 73. Singer Rob Grill (The Grassroots) is 67. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 67. Rock musician Roger Glover (Deep Purple) is 65. Playwright David Mamet (MA’-meht) is 63. Actress Margaret Whitton is 60. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 58. Musician Shuggie Otis is 57. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 56. Singer Billy Idol is 55. Historian Michael Beschloss is 55. Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 53. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 53. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 48. Rapper Jalil (Whodini) is 47. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 45. Rock musician Mike Stone is 41. Actress Sandra Oh is 40. Country singer Mindy McCready is 35. Singer Clay Aiken is 32. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 28.




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CALENDAR TODAY’S EVENTS “A Short Course in Islam for Non-Muslims” at the Meredith Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Featuring Charles A. Kennedy, PhD, Yale University Divinity School and professor emeritus at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech). A N.H. Humanities Council program. RESPECT Teen Clinic at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. Walk-in for teens only, 2 to 6 p.m. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing. Boy Scout Troop 143 meets at the Congregational Church of Laconia (across from Laconia Savings Bank). 6:30 each Tuesday. All boys 11-17 are welcome. For information call 527-1716.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1 Free Chamber Players concert at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University. 7 p.m. Featuring students in the Flute Choir, Clarinet, Choir, Trumpet Ensemble and the Woodwind Quintet. Free “Mom & Me” screening of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” at Smitty’s Cinema in Tilton. 11:30 a.m. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/HIV testing on walk-in basis from 4 to 6 p.m. Sliding fee scale. Cub Scout Pack 143 meets at the Congregational Church of Laconia (across from Laconia Savings Bank). 6:30 each Wednesday. All boys 6-10 are welcome. For information call 527-1716. Check out a computer expert at the Gilford Public Library. 9:15 to 11 a.m. Library volunteer Mike Marshall offers help on a first-come, first-served basis. Preschool Story Time at the Meredith Public Library. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Sign-up is helpful. Lego Club meeting at the Meredith Public Library. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Laconia Elders Friendship Club meeting. 1:30 p.m. at the Leavitt Park Clubhouse. People 55 and older meet each Wednesday for fun, entertainment and education. Meetings provide an opportunity for older citizens to to meet for pure social enjoyment and the club helps the community with philanthropic work. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) group meeting. 5:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Meredith. Duplicate bridge at the Weirs Beach Community Center. 7:15 p.m. All levels welcome. Snacks.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 Plymouth State University Jazz Combos and Jazz Band in classic to contemporary concert at the Silver Center for the Arts. 7 p.m. $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and youth. For tickets visit “Penguins on Parade” at the Goss Reading Room at 188 Elm Street in Lakeport (Laconia). Noon to 5 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday in December. Kirk Dougal’s collection of penguins includes brass, wood, ceramic, stuffed, great and small. Each young reader who visit the exhibit will receive a penguin gift, while supplies last. 524-7683, “Financing Energy Projects” workshop at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. 1 p.m. in room 216 of the Center for Arts & Technology building. The public in cordially invited to attend this presentation by the college’s Energy Services Department. Knotty Knitters meeting at the Meredith Public Library. 10 a.m. to noon. All levels of experience welcome. Preschool Story Time at the Meredith Public Library. 1 to 2 p.m. Stories and crafts for ages 3-5. Sign-up is helpful.

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“Seeking the truth and printing it” THE LACONIA DAILY SUN is published Tuesday through Saturday by Lakes Region News Club, Inc. Edward Engler, Mark Guerringue, Adam Hirshan, Founders Offices: 65 Water St., Laconia, NH 03246 Business Office 737-2020, Newsroom 737-2026, Fax: 527-0056 News E-mail: CIRCULATION: 17,000 distributed FREE Tues. through Sat. in Laconia, Weirs Beach, Gilford, Meredith, Center Harbor, Belmont, Moultonborough, Winnisquam, Sanbornton, Tilton, Gilmanton, Alton, New Hampton, Plymouth, Bristol, Ashland, Holderness.

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Dear Annie: I’ve known my wife for two years. We’ve been living together for five months and married for one. I love her a ton. I pull my share of the load around here, including paying half the bills and buying the groceries. I cook, clean and do all of the yard work and home maintenance. The problem is, my wife is a slob. I’m not a perfectionist, but I like things tidy and organized. My wife has no problem making a snack in the kitchen and leaving the mess for me to clean up. She never makes the bed. She drops things all over the house, and I end up picking up after her constantly. She says I’m “such a sweetheart,” but I’d gladly give up the moniker for a little more help. This sloppiness is a side of her I didn’t know. She sometimes goes two or three days without a shower, and it is noticeable. How do I approach her about these things without upsetting her and starting a fight? -- Eating on Me Dear Eating: We are continually amazed that people can be so blind to the bad habits of a loved one when they have been living with them for months. You may need to tell your wife that she has a strong aroma that others may notice. But you also can encourage her to bathe more often by showering together as part of foreplay, telling her how much you love her clean scent. You can remind her to pick up after herself or, if you can afford it, hire someone to clean your place. You can “train” her, but it will take time and loving patience. If she is unwilling to work on this, get professional counseling before throwing in the (clean) towel. Dear Annie: I am a retired married woman in my 50s and try to go to bed before 11 p.m. every night. For a combination of reasons, I can’t get comfortable falling asleep. Sometimes I will read awhile, but either the nightstand light bothers me or

my arthritis does. So I toss and turn. My husband is up until the wee hours. If by some miracle I have fallen asleep, he wakes me up fiddling with his iPod. Then my cat wakes me by scratching the mattress for an early morning feeding. So on a good night, I average five hours of sleep. It not only feels lonely lying in bed by myself, but this regimen has got to be taking a toll on my body. How do I cope? -- Not Counting Sheep or Blessings Dear Not Counting: It is not unusual for husbands and wives to have different sleep schedules. Try some relaxation techniques. Don’t read in bed, and turn off the nightstand lights. Take a hot shower or bath. Make the room as dark as possible, or wear a sleep mask and earplugs. Invest in a fan or white-noise machine. Keep the bedroom door closed so the cat cannot get in. Explain to your husband that you need him to be sensitive to your sleep problems. Also, get a complete checkup, and talk to your doctor about medication and a referral to a sleep clinic. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Can’t Help Being Concerned,” whose boyfriend has rape fantasies. You said this was fairly common and suggested she consider role-playing. However, you left out an absolutely vital piece of advice. Rape fantasies can too easily become actual rape if she becomes frightened during the role-play and wants to quit. Usual protestations like “Stop!” could be mistaken as part of the role-play. To be protected, they must first agree on a safe word (unrelated to the activity) that will end the role-play immediately. -- Safety First Dear Safety: You are absolutely correct, and we were remiss not to mention the necessity of a safe word. (We suspect yelling out “Annie’s Mailbox!” would get the message across.)

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to:, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.




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BELMONT: Large 1-bedroom ground floor apartment in 2-family home, just remodeled, washer/dryer hookup, no pets/smokers, $675/month, heat included. 603-387-6490. BELMONT: 1 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry and storage space in basement. $195/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234. CUTE one bedroom in Tilton, just updated, heat included, near all. Also downstairs unit. $660/mo. 603-393-9693, 916-214-7733

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GILFORD- 3 BEDROOM. Large yard for kids, walk to beach/ shopping, pet friendly, $1,250 +utilities. Available December 15th. call 603-393-5756. GILFORD: Like new, 5 room condo, 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths and full basement. Top of the line kitchen appliances, along with washer and dryer. 2 zone gas, forced hot water baseboard heat. Attached 1-car garage that any car would love to be stored in. This is an exceptionally nice condo located in a great neighborhood. Some furnishings could be included. Available December 1st. No smoking and no pets allowed. First months rent and security deposit due at signing a one year lease, after favorable credit check. $1,200/month plus utilties. Contact Tom, 603-387-7177 or 603-293-2388

References Required.

$105-$125 weekly 524-1884 Gilford condo- 2 bedroom, 1 bath. $800/Month + utilities. Call 978-774-6674

GILFORD: Winter/6-Months Condo Rental, 2-bedroom, kitchen & livingroom newly renovated. Finished laundryroom with full washer/dryer. $825/month +utilities. Contact Matthew Roy, 491-0061.

GILFORD– FIRST MONTH FREE - 2 Bedroom house with yard near Glendale Docks. $1,100 month, security deposit and utilities. Wood stove. Washer/Dryer. No smokers, no pets. 603-548-2551

GILFORD: Cute, updated, clean, private one bedroom HOUSE. Private yard, close to all area attractions. Completely painted inside, new bathroom floor and vanity. Pets considered, $595/month. 566-6815

GILFORD ON Winnipesaukee. Large 1 bedroom w/loft directly on water. 2-years new, fully furnished/applianced. Split utilities includes cable/Wifi. Ready now until summer. Affordable

LACONIA - MOUNTAIN VIEW: 2-bedroom apartment, $700 + utilities; 2-bedroom townhouse apartment, 1.5 bath, large deck, $775 + utilities; 3-Bedroom townhouse apartment, 1.5 bath, large deck $850 + utilities. Quiet loca-

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Laconia 1 Bedroom- Washer/dryer hookup, storage, no pets. Security Deposit & references. $600/mo. + utilities. 520-4353

LACONIA: 26 Dartmouth St. 1/2 of a Duplex; 7 Rooms, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath. Walkout Basement w/Laundry Hookups. Very clean, hardwood floors, private off street parking. Convenient location, walk to library, churches, downtown, Opechee Park & schools. Available November 1st $1,000/month plus utilities. Owner/broker 524-2999.

LACONIA Awesome in town 2 bedroom. Garage, Porch, hook-ups, no pets. $700 + utilities. 455-0874 Laconia –Large 2 bedroom townhouse style unit, clean and ready for move in! $845/mo. Heat/Hot water included. New England Family Housing 603-744-3551 LACONIA Waterfront- 2-Bedroom condo, cheap heat, no pets, hardwood, new paint, furnished optional. Very clean, $895/month. 603-998-9694. Laconia, Brand New 2 bedroom, 2 bath house. Washer/dryer hookups, 2 car garage under, efficient propane heat, on quiet cul-de-sac. $1,100 per month, security deposit, references, no dogs. Call Mark 387-7349 LACONIA, Large 1bedroom, $160/week. Includes parking, heat and hot water. No pets. References & security. 455-6662 LACONIA- 1 bedroom next to LRGH. Quiet building, heat/hot water included. $695/month 508-217-8469 LACONIA- Large Sunny 1-bedroom. 2nd floor, off street parking, Washer/Dryer on-site. $675/Month includes heat/hot water. Security/References. No dogs/No smoking. 387-4885 Laconia- Meredith Line, Parade Road: Studio Apartment suitable for one person. First Floor. $550/Month, heat included. No smoking, no pets. Security deposit & references required. Call 603-524-2575 after 5pm. LACONIA-South Down, Golf Village: 3 bedroom 2 bath townhouse; Cathedral ceiling, gas heat, central air, gas fireplace, all appliances, washer & dryer, beach, trails, tennis and all SD amenities. No smoking, no pets. Snow removal & lawn care included. $1,200 Month. Garage available. 603-387-2954 LACONIA: 1-bedroom, near downtown, $600 +utilities. References & deposit required. Call 387-3864. LACONIA: 2 bedroom, 2nd floor, private parking, laundry area, heat and snow removal included. $885/month. Available Jan. 15. Security, credit and background check required. No pets. 603-267-6114. LACONIA: 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom in duplex building, 1st & 2nd floors plus access to attic and basement with laundry hook-ups, $1,270/month plus utilities, 524-1234. LACONIA: Nice & quiet one bedroom, 2nd floor, good neighborhood, lots of attic storage, laundry hookups, parking, $700/month includes heat. Accepts Section 8. 455-8789. LACONIA: Very nice 1-bedroom apartments in clean, quiet, secure downtown building. $175/week, includes heat, hot water and electricity. 524-3892. LACONIA: Free Rent til 1/1/11. L arge 2-bedroom 2nd floor, washer-dryer hookups, nice yard w/porch. No dogs, $775/month, Large private attic for storage. well-maintained. 455-8789.

Laconia: 3 bedroom, $235/week, utilities included. Security deposit required. 524-4428 LACONIA: Close to downtown, 5 room 2BR, 1.5 baths, first floor, includes 2-car parking, snow removal, landscaping, deck, washer/dryer, 2-weeks free rent w/one year lease, Includes heat. $215/week. 4-week security deposit, first week in advance, references and credit check a must. No pets. Leave message for Bob, 781-283-0783 LACONIA: Gilbert Apartments. Efficiency, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments available. 524-4428. Laconia: large 2 bedroom,small porch, $235/Week, utilities included. Security deposit required. 524-4428 LACONIA: Small 2-bedroom house near LRGH. Washer/Dryer, heat & snow removal included. $975/month. No pets. No smoking. 524-5455. LACONIA: 1-Bedroom, $150/ week; Includes heat, HW, electric. Security, references. 455-4495. LAKEPORT: 2nd floor, 2BR, 1.5 baths. Garage parking, washer/dryer hookup, heat included. $950/month. Security deposit & references required. 524-7419. LAKEPORT: One bedroom apt. $725/month or $175 weekly. Heat, hot water & electric included. Off-street parking. No smoking. Deposit & references. 387-9575. Meredith 1-2 bedroom apartments & mobile homes. $650-$750/month + utilities. No pets. 279-5846 MEREDITH- Parade Road- 2 bed room duplex, $800/Month, heat included. No smoking, no pets. Security deposit & references required. Call 524-2575 after 5:00 pm. MEREDITH: Lakefront loft style 1BR. Full kitchen with DW, heat and water. Deck with views and beach. Walk to town. No pets. $850. 603-279-2580 days. MEREDITH: Large 2BR second floor. Main St, newly painted, off-street parking, no pets/ smoking, first mon. and security, references required. $825 + heat/ utilities. 603-630-2381. MOULTONBOROUGH furnished 2 bedroom waterfront winter rental $800/mon plus utilities Available 12/1 to 5/15. Security deposit /references required. 253-8438. NEW Hampton - stunning quality! Immaculate 2+bedroom/ 2 bath exclusive Condo. $1195/ mo. Astonishing open stairwell extending up to the 3rd floor lighted by the skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Brazilian wood floors, W/D hook up. Less than 3 minutes from I-93. Call today 603-744-3551. NEFH...Come on Home!! New Hampton: 2-bedroom apartment. Close to Rt. 93. Heat & Hot water included. $750/mo. 279-5577.

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For Rent NORTHFIELD Are you tired of living in run down, dirty housing, then call us we have the absolute best, spotlessly clean and everything works. We include heat & hot water and all appliances, Townhouses & apartments, in Northfield one block from I-93 Call 630-3700 for affordable Clean living.

NORTHFIELD: 2 bedroom, 3rd floor, coin-op laundry in basement, $190/week including heat, electric & hot water, 524-1234. NORTHFIELD: 3 bedroom, 2nd floor, coin-op laundry in basement. $255/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. NORTHFIELD: 1 bedroom, 1st floor, separate entrance, coin-op laundry in basement. $200/week including heat, electric & hot water. 524-1234. PLYMOUTH Cottage or motel room, microwave and fridge, cable and high-speed Internet, all util incl, local transportation provided. $199 weekly. 536-1319

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RUMNEY –Spacious 1 bedroom! Heat included, large yard, plenty of parking! Close to PSU $595/month. New England Family Housing 603-744-3551

Laconia: 687 Union Ave. $700/Month plus utilities. Approximately 1,000 sq ft. retail, plus 1,500 sq. ft. storage, Security deposit required. 524-4428

MAPLE/ Antique white and cherry cabinets, never installed, solid wood, dovetail soft close drawers. Inventory reduction! Cost $7250, sacrifice $1775. 235-1695.

New Hampshire Aikido -Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Barn, Wadliegh Rd. Sanbornton. 998-1419

TILTON- 3 Bedroom house, 2-car garage; near Exit 20. $1,500/Month + utilities & security. 290-9200 WATERFRONT Townhouse Southdown Shores. 2 bedroom, 2-1/2 bath, $1,150/ month, + Utilities. (617) 254-3395. WEIRS Beach 2nd-floor 2-bed room furnished apartment. $800+ utilities. Beautivul view. No-pets. Security. Available 12/1-5/15. 603-630-5986/603-366-5005 WINNISQUAM: Small efficiency apartment and a cottage including heat, hot water and lights. No pets. $150-$175/week. $400 deposit. 528-2757 or 387-3864.

For Rent-Vacation MARCO Island, Florida Lovely 1BR WF condo/ amentities. Low special monthly rates/ st. Owner 603-393-7077

LACONIA Prime retail. 750 sf., parking, includes heat. $550 per month. Security deposit & references. 455-6662. RETAIL Space for Lease: 450 square feet, $800 (util. included). Route 3, Tilton (539 Laconia Road). Located in building occupied by Northeast Metal Roofing and Fire and Stove Stove Shop, 630-2332.

For Sale 10” radial arm saw, 2.5 hp, Craftsman on roll around table, asking $200. 528-3828 leave message for Dave 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford tractor w/bucket $3500, 5hp air compressor $250, 400 amp electric panel, all fuses $250, 286-8020. Between 4-7 pm. 3 TVs: 26 inch $50, 20 inch $35 & 13 inch $35. 630-7942 Antique gray enamel kitchen range. Wood or Coal $175 or B.O. 1979 Toyota Camper, 60K original miles, good tires. $650 or B.O. 344-4504 Beautiful enameled woodstove, work of art, rare. 2 ft. logs. You move. $250 BO. 267-8880


The Profile GM Store is looking to expand our service team. We are looking for Qualfied Technicians

DRY firewood, cut, split delivered, $265/ cord, green $200/ cord, will do half cords, John Peverly 528-2803 and no calls after 8 pm. EARLYBIRD FARM



• Competitive wages commensurate with experience • Paid holidays and vacation • 401K retirement program • On going factory training • A chance to grow with a company committed to quality repairs and customer satisfaction.

12 or 16 inch, cut and split $275 a cord or $175 half cord with 2 free bags of kindling and free delivery. Extra kindling $5 a bag at our farm stand.


FIREWOOD Caldwells Firewood. Green $200. Seasoned $260. 524-9146

• Positive and team oriented attitude • GM experience preferred but will train right individual • Motivated to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Call or stop by today and see Peter (603)447-3361

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JAZZY 600 Power Chair, wheeled walker w/seat and brakes. All in excellent condition. Call 934-5671. BED Orthopedic 10” thick pillowtop mattress & box, new in plastic cost $900, sell Queen $285, King $395, Full $260. Can deliver. 235-1695 BEDROOM 6 piece solid cherry wood Sleigh bed, all dovetail drawers, new in boxes, cost $2100, sell $750. 235-1773 HOT tub Mp3/ ipod dock, speakers, led lights, 5/6 person. All options with cover. New in wrapper. Cost $8200, sell $4200. Will deliver 235-5218.


Lost WHITE sewing machine in cabinet, Lift recliner, stereo cabinet. All good condition. Best offer. 393-4595.

Furniture BEAUTIFUL, Queen Luxury Support Pillowtop Mattress Set. New in plastic. Cost $1095, Sell $249. Can deliver. 603-305-9763 MATTRESS sale! Overstocks and Closeouts! Buy Mattress get Foundation FREE! Free Frame or Delivery! Plush Firm or Pillowtop! Memory Foam, Latex, Pocket Coil all Beds $199-$999! Call Art 603-996-1555 or email for remaining inventory and details... PROMOTIONAL New mattresses starting; King set complete $395, queen set $239. 603-524-1430. STOREWIDE SALE! New Mattress sets as low as $150/twin. Twin Euro Matt only $100. Shop Jeffs Discount Furniture & Bedding & Save Big! Route 3, Laconia, NH. (across from Funspot). 603-366-4000.

SMALL black & white dog. Lost in West Alton. Missing 11/18. Purple collar. Call 520-7705

Motorcycles Buy • Sell • Trade

(603)447-1198. Olson’s Moto Works, RT16 Albany, NH.

Roommate Wanted ADULT person to share house in Laconia. $140/wk. includes everything. Pets okay. Female preferred. 524-1976 LACONIA off north Main, Share one woman, $450/ Mon. includes heat. Non-smoker, call 527-1474. LACONIA Responisble person to share home. $110 a week, all included. 455-2642 LACONIA 3-roomates wantedClean, quiet, sober environment. All inclusive, must see, will go fast. $129/week. 455-2014 SEEKING female roommate for Pleasant St. apartment. $450/month. Heat/Hot Water included. Call for details: 566-3831

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All Trades Landscaping

Award-winning affordable housing agency seeks skilled person for program management, group education, and individual counseling. Responsibilities include conducting first-time homebuyer seminars, financial management workshops, other educational programs, providing individual preand post-purchase counseling including foreclosure counseling, and developing strategies to make successful homeownership possible for low to moderate income households. This full-time position offers a flexible schedule with some Saturday and evening hours. Some out of state travel is required to meet education/certification requirements. Competitive compensation package. EOE. Letter and resume to Laconia Area Community Land Trust, 658 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH 03246 or email Kidworks Learning Center Now accepting applications for Full Time Toddler Teacher. Applicants must have at least 18 Early Childhood Credits. Call 279-6633 or fax resume to 677-1009 or e-mail EOE

Construction • Irrigation Excavation • Maintenance Spring and Fall • Clean up's. Free estimates and fully insured

603-524-3969 Bills Small Engine Repair- Snowmobiles, Snowblowers, Generators, ATVs and more. Free pick-up & delivery. 267-8766.


HANDYMAN SERVICES Small Jobs Are My Speciality

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528-3531 CALL Mike for fall clean-ups, snowblowing, scrapping and light hauling. Very reasonably priced. 603-455-0214 FALL-CLEANUPS & Mowing: 15 years experience. Call Rob, serving Laconia Gilford area. 393-4470.

Justice of the Peace Notary Public I make house calls, have stamp will travel! Documents, weddings, etc. 293-8237


Stone & brick, all tyes of masonry. Free estimates. Call John Morris. (603)539-6736.

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Michael Percy

677-2540 NEED FINANCIAL HELP with the spaying, altering of your dog or cat? 224-1361 Before 2pm.

Snowmobiles 2002 MXZ 600 Sport, 1900 miles, recent skis, good shape. $2600. 848-0014.

Storage Space LACONIA: 2-story barn for rent. 15 ft.x 20ft., 600 sq ft. $175/month including electric. 524-1234. STORE your car-boat-motorcycle in a clean and secure brick building. Low prices. (603)524-1430 WELDING SERVICES- No job too small. Mobile unit or at shop. 34 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford. 603-293-0378

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Wednesday evening candle lighting service in Laconia will commemorate World AIDS Day LACONIA — The Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia will hold a Candle Lighting Service of Remembrance and Vigil to commemorate World AIDS Day on Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in its sanctuary on 172 Pleasant Street in Laconia. Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been held on December 1st and dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic and to remembering those who have died from HIV/AIDS. Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died of HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that more than 33 million people worldwide

are living with this disease. The theme for 2010 is Universal Access and Human Rights. The service will be led by UUSL minister Kent McKusick. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome to attend. The service will include music, readings, meditation, and a time of candle lighting during which memories of family and friends may be shared. Parking is available behind the church in the Wilkinson-Beane parking lot. For additional information, please contact Kent McKusick at the church: 524-6488.

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University program is offering an online course that leads to a graduate-level Certificate in Historic Preservation from January 7 — February 17, 2011. “The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape” uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape, tracing the impact of natural, cultural, economic, and tech-

nological forces on the human environment. Topics addressed include the evolution of architectural styles and construction techniques, town planning and land division, the evolution of transportation, and the harnessing of water power. The course is worth 3 graduate-level credits. Two self-directed field trips are required. Benoni Amsden, PhD, a research assistant professor who is dually appointed to the PSU’s Department of Social Science and the Center for Rural Partnerships, is the instructor. At a time when many adults are returning to the classroom to enhance their professional skills, the graduate-level Certificate in Historic Preservation program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of preservation issues and challenges while providing basic skills and training for those who work for community preservation organizations and agencies or in aligned fields such as planning, law, or architecture. For more information about the Certificate in Historic Preservation program, call Dr. Stacey Yap, program coordinator, at 535-2333 or e-mail staceyy@

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This Weeks Activities

Children: Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, December 1st @ 10:00 Thursday, December 2nd @ 9:30 & 10:30 Stories and crafts in the Selig Storytime Room. For more information, call 524-4775 x13.

Teens: YU-GI-OH!

Future Activities

Children: Preschool Storytime

Wednesday, December 8th @ 10:00 Thursday, December 9th @ 9:30 & 10:30 Stories and crafts in the Selig Storytime Room. For more information, call 524-4775 x13.

Booktalks for Kids

Monday, November 29th @ 3:30 Laconia Rotary Hall Teens in grades 6-12 meet to play this popular card game. For more information, call 524-4775.

Thursday, December 9th @ 3:30 Laconia Rotary Hall Grades 3-8 participants and their families meet for a movie and snacks. For more information, call 524-4775 x13.

Tuesday, November 30th @ 3:30 Laconia Rotary Hall “The Sorcerer’s Stone” PG Balthazar Blake is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath. Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler, a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. For more information, call 524-4775.

Friday, December 10th @ 3:45 Laconia Rotary Hall “A Charlie Brown Christmas” G & “Rudolph, the Rednosed Reindeer” G Children under 10 must be accompanied by a responsible caretaker 14 years or older. Admission is free. For more information, call 524-4775 x13.

Teen Movie

Special upcoming program And Now… Mark Twain!

Monday, December 13th at 7:00 PM Laconia Rotary Hall Join us for a delightful look at the life and work of America’s foremost humorist. This one-person play is full of wit and wisdom and the special brand of storytelling that made him a legend in his time. Richard Clark has spent several years in New York theater as well as television. Co-sponsored by the Laconia Public Library and the Laconia Historical & Museum Society. For more information, please call Deann at 524-4775 x 11, or Jenna at 527-1278.

Movies & More for Kids Double Holiday Feature!

Teens: YU-GI-OH!

Monday, December 6th @ 3:30 Laconia Rotary Hall Teens in grades 6-12 meet to play this popular card game. For more information, call 524-4775.

Adult: NH Humanities Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 7th @ 7:00 Laconia Rotary Hall “The Human Stain” by Philip Roth Discussion led by Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 8pm • Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 9am - 4pm For more information, call 524-4775. We have wireless ... inside & out!!

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2 Tales for Tails story time at the Gilford Public Library. 3:15 to 4 p.m. Ben the golden retreiver will be in the Storytime Room. Bring your favorite book to read to him or pick one out when you get here. Foreign Movie Night at the Gilford Public Library. 7 p.m. The first movie produced by Afghan filmmakers after the fall of the Taliban (“Osama”, 2004 PG-13) is a searing portrait of life under the oppressive, fundamentalist regime. Knit Wits meeting at the Gilford Public Library. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Knitting and conversation. Al-Anon Meeting at the Congregational Church Parish House (18 Veterans Square) in Laconia. 8 to 9:15 p.m. each Thursday. Al-Anon offers hope and help to families of alcoholics. No dues or fees. All are welcome. Call 6459518. Affordable Health Care at Laconia Family Planning and Prenatal. 4 to 6 p.m. at 121 Belmont Road (Rte. 106 South). 524-5453. GYN and reproductive services. STD/ HIV testing. Sliding fee scale. Free hot meal and great company brought to the Bristol community by Food for Friends. 5 to 6 p.m. at the Tapply Community Center on the first Thursday of every month. Weight Watchers meeting. 6:30 p.m. at the Center Harbor Christian Church.

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Ring in the season at Canterbury Shaker Village on December 4 & 11 CANTERBURY — The third annual “Christmas at Canterbury” event, celebrating the season in the style of a simpler era, will be held at Shaker Village from 3 — 8 p.m. on two Saturdays — December 4 and 11. The theme of this year’s program is “Christmas in Many Lands” and will be echoed in the performances and activities throughout the Village. The Village itself will be magically transformed with festive lights and votive candles. Visitors can stroll among the decorated historic buildings and stop in to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and hands-on activities for the entire family. In the North Shop, visitors can warm up with a hot cup of cider and enjoy traditional music and dance by some of the area’s most popular entertainers including Gary Sredzienski with Polish accordion music; Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki with Irish fiddle music;

Donna Hebert with French fiddle music; and traditional New England music by Dudley & Jackie Laufman, Two Fiddles, and Sugar River String Band. In the Dwelling House Chapel, magician Robert Olson will conjure up a real 19th-century magician, “Richard Potter,” with magic shows on both Saturdays at 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30 p.m. Olson’s unique magic is done with recreated and original props, 19th-century costume, and the early language that appeared in the magic books of Potter’s time. Following the last performance, the Canterbury Shaker singers will lead a sing-along with music from many different cultures. Visitors will also have the chance to experience true 19th-century Shaker life by stopping at the Infirmary to talk with the Village’s resident physician, “Dr. Seth Miller,” and at the School House to meet with a visiting

Area wildlife, flora, and scenery featured “Through Cherrie’s Eyes” at Busiel Mill

LACONIA — “Through Cherrie’s Eyes,” an exhibit of photographs taken by Cherrie Durgin of Sanbornton, are currently on display at Busiel Mill, with an open house to be held from 1 — 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. Images of area wildlife, flora, and scenery, mostly captured in the Sanbornton/Laconia area, are the subject matter of the exhibit, which will continue through December 31. Durgin’s artwork, as well as cards and calendars, will be available for purchase. A retired office assistant, Durgin has previously exhibited at local area businesses including the Crab Apple “My Snow Birds” by Cherrie Durgin. Café, the Taylor Home, and the Laconia City Clerk’s Office. Gallery is open to visitors weekdays The Busiel Community Room and from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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school teacher. The Meeting House will feature “The Shaker Sisters’ Entertainment,” a play that reenacts the rehearsal of a 1912 Shaker pageant. The play will feature two prominent New Hampshire actors — Daniel Gerstein and Genevieve Aichele, executive director of the NH Theatre Project. Other offerings will include horsedrawn wagon and sleigh rides, traditional craft demonstrations, wreaths and decorations for sale, and many hands-on activities including gingerbread decorations that will be added to a Giving Tree to be donated after the event. Greenwood’s Restaurant will be open both Saturdays for lunch and dinner and the Farm Stand will be open for light fare and warm beverages. In keeping with the Shaker spirit of giving, donation bins will be placed at Admissions where visitors can drop

off non-perishable food items and clean, gently-worn clothing. Canterbury Shaker Village Executive Director Funi Burdick remarked, “Christmas at Canterbury showcases 200 years of Shaker inspired seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s historic landscape while providing a charming intergenerational return to the values and traditions of one of America’s most favorite holidays of the year.” “Christmas at Canterbury” is sponsored by Merrimack Country Savings Bank along with The NH State Council on the Arts, Lincoln Financial, and Laconia Savings Bank. Admission is $17 for adults, $8 for children age 6 — 17, and free for children age 5 and under. Family rate is $42. Members are free. For a complete “Christmas at Canterbury” schedule, visit www.shakers. org.

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Jets coach says he & Brady have a Ireland’s international bailout boosts bank lot in common: supermodel wives stocks but outrages island’s taxpayers FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tom Brady has Gisele, and Rex Ryan has Michelle. They’re two of a kind. At least that’s how the New York Jets coach sees it. “I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady,” Ryan said Monday. “I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he’s married to a supermodel? Hello?” A smiling Ryan then held up a copy of the December issue of InStyle magazine, which includes an advertisement for women’s apparel at featuring his wife, Michelle. “Yeah,” Ryan said, grinning. “I’m also married to a supermodel.” Brady, the New England Patriots’ star quarterback is, of course, married to model Gisele Bundchen. “I just happened to turn the page of InStyle magazine, page 329,” Ryan said, showing off the picture of his wife. “I just realized that we are very similar in that way.” In the ad, a smiling Michelle Ryan is wearing a green and white Jets top, along with a green, white and black jacket while holding a black purse. The ad includes four one-sentence responses to random items such as her fashion finds: “I look for something new and green every week! Like black jeans with green jewelry.” But wait, hold on, Rex. You “just happened” to be reading InStyle magazine? “Well, you know, you just try to

broaden your things,” Ryan said, trying to keep a straight face. “And, obviously, with the wardrobe that I have, I’m one of those kind of guys. I was just thumbing through there and just happened to notice that. Page 329.” New York began preparations for its game at New England next Monday night in a meaty matchup of teams with 9-2 records and the AFC East division lead on the line. “This is huge,” Ryan said. “You can’t deny the fact that it’s two excellent football teams going at it.” Ryan famously said he “didn’t come here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings” when he was hired by the Jets in January 2009. He wanted to set the record straight as to how he feels about New England’s coach. “I admire Bill Belichick,” Ryan said. “The reason I do is because I think he’s the No. 1 coach in this league, and that’s indisputable.” Ryan praised Belichick’s coaching ability, how he motivates his team and how impressive he is at evaluating talent. “Do I want to be like him? No, I want to be like myself,” Ryan said, “but I want to have the success that he’s had though the years. You like to compete against the best and that’s why I like going against him.” One of New England’s two losses this season came against Cleveland, where Ryan’s twin brother, Rob, is the defensive coordinator. The other one came against New York in Week 2.



DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland’s international bailout boosted its bank stocks Monday but outraged many hard-pressed taxpayers, who questioned why the government’s pension reserves must be ravaged as part of a deal that burdens the whole country with the mistakes of a rich elite. Shares in Ireland’s banks rose sharply as markets were encouraged by the bailout’s immediate focus on injecting €10 billion into the cashstrapped lenders out of a total of €67.5 billion ($89 billion) in loans. But the Irish were shocked by a key condition for the rescue — that the government use €17.5 billion of its own cash and pension reserves to shore up its public finances, which have been overwhelmed by recession and exceptional costs of a runaway bank-bailout effort. Opposition leaders and economists warned that the EU-IMF credit line’s average interest rate of 5.8 percent would be too high to repay. They also questioned why senior bondholders of Ireland’s struggling banks — chiefly other banks in Britain, Germany and the U.S. — still weren’t being asked to bear some costs. “This is not a rescue plan. It is the

longest ransom note in history: Do what we tell you and you may, in time, get your country back,” said Fintan O’Toole, a commentator and author who led a weekend protest by laborunion activists in central Dublin against the imminent bailout. He called the average interest rate being demanded “viciously extortionate.” The mood on Dublin’s snow-covered streets was just as icy. “We’ve been screwed by the IMF. It’s going to be years and years until we’re free of this,” said Paul Flood, an unemployed 53-year-old Dubliner sheltering from the cold in a pub doorway. “We have to use our own pension reserve, and we’re still being stung with a 5.8 percent interest rate. It sounds ridiculously high.” But the government’s transport minister, Noel Dempsey, said the EU-IMF credit line “has taken us out of the situation where we’re at the absolute mercy of the markets.” The high rate on the loans is also to discourage other countries from looking for cheap financing, said Patrick Honohan, the independent governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.


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