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Pats Peak in Henniker is celebrating fifty years as a family run business. Weirs Times’ own outdoor columnist, Amy Patenaude, whose father was one of the four Patenaude brothers who opened the ski resort in 1963, tells the story as well as sharing some of her memories. Pictured here is the Pats Peak Ski Club from 1970. Back Row: Jeannie Krantz, Dicky Hanson, Sherill Sanderson, Joey Patenaude. Front row: Peter Manseau, Susie Patenaude, Donnie Manning, Amy Patenaude, Susie Manning.

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but I can’t remember not knowing how to ski. Better yet, I always remember wanting to go skiing. My father is Stuart Patenaude, the youngest of the four Patenaude brothers. My grandparents had four sons before getting it


Pats Peak will be fifty years old on January 5th this year. I know this is a fact because in my grandmother’s diary she made note of it and also that she had a busy time in

the kitchen selling food to hungry skiers. My family has a lot of fun memories and it probably isn’t a surprise after all this time that we have a few rusty memories. I am Cousin Amy and I am fifty years old too. I wasn’t quite born on skis,


by Amy Patenaude


Pats Peak Is Fifty Years Old — And So Am I!

As the New Year begins, many of us have made our New Year’s Resolutions. Statistics show that losing weight and staying fit and healthy are always in the top five resolutions. Statistics also show that only about ten percent of those who make resolutions actually keep them. Seems like we can use all the help we can get. That is why this month, the Weirs Times will be expanding its once a month Healthy Living section for the entire month of January. We will be providing you with tips and information on the best ways to keep fit and healthy and also introduce to you some of the folks that are helping in achieving those goals, including our valued advertisers So, even if you didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions, you can still find out how to enjoy a Happy and Healthy New Year all this month. It all starts this week on page 8. Happy New Year!

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Jan Thursday 3rd Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord. 7pm. 225-1111

Story Telling Dinner

The Corner House Inn, Center Sandwich. 6:30pm. $19.95 pp plus tax and gratuity. 284-6219

Friday 4th Marley

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7pm. 536-2551

Arthur James Blues Band

Pitman’s Freight Room, Laconia. 8pm. $10 at the door. BYOB. 494-3334

Saturday 5th Winter Market

Danbury Grange, Across from the fire station in the center of Danbury. 9am1pm. Breakfast and lunch available.

Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo

Rockingham Park, Rockingham Park Blvd, Salem. 10am-7pm. $8/adult, $3/ kids. Free Parking.

Pot Luck Supper

Trinity Church, Meredith. 5pm.

Winter Bird Banding Open House

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 9am-12pm. Drop in to learn why birds are banded and get a first-hand look at some common winter birds. Adults must accompany children. 968-7194

Sunday 6th Windborne – Live Music

Music in Bass Hall, Peterborough Historical Society, Peterborough. 3pm. 924-3235

Rockingham Fishing and Hunting Expo

Rockingham Park, Rockingham Park Blvd, Salem. 10am-5pm. $8/adult, $3/ kids. Free Parking.

Meet Soldiers of the American Revolution

Colonel Paul Wentworth House, Rollinsford. 10-4pm. Introduce the public to soldiers from the time of the Revolutionary War, complete with uniforms, weapons, equipment and demonstrations of all sorts. 534-6162

Monday 7th Joyeux Noel

Laconia Public Library, Laconia. 6:30pm. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday 8th True Stories from New Hampshire’s Black History

Hampstead Public Library, 9 Mary E. Clark Drive, Hampstead. 7pm. Presented by Valerie Cunningham. 329-6411.

Old Time Rules will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in NH and New England

Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter. 7:30pm. Presented by Adam Boyce. 778-2335

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7:30pm. Using Photoshop Lightroom 4. 340-2359

Thursday 10th Admission Open House

Sant Bani School, 19 Ashram Road, Sanbornton. 8:30-10:30am. Parents who would like to explore Sant Bani for their children are encouraged to attend. 934-4240

Genealogy Workshop

Wolfeboro Public Library, Wolfeboro. 6:30pm. Richard Cote will present a program on “Researching Our French Canadian Ancestors”. Free and open to all. 569-2428

Story Telling Dinner

The Corner House Inn, Center Sandwich. 6:30pm. $19.95 pp plus tax and gratuity. 284-6219

Silent Film Series – “Sally of the Sawdust”

The Flying Monkey, Plymouth. 6:30pm. $10pp. 536-2551

Friday 11th Headliner’s Comedy Night

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551

Saturday 12th Johnny Winter with Michael Vincent Band

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551

Family Snowshoe Hike

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 10am-12pm. Join an exploration hike to Mount Fayal to experience the magic of the outdoors in the winter. $7/member, $9/nonmember. 968-7194


The Bridgewater Inn, 367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater. 9pm.

Celebrity Bartender Benefit

Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, Rt. 3, Weirs Beach. 7pm.

Sunday 13th Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 1-3pm. $8/member, $10/ non-member. Adults must accompany children. 968-7194

Monday 14th A House on the Bay: Life on 17th Century NH’s Costal Frontier

Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicutt Road, Stratham. 7pm. 772-4118

Wednesday 16th Matt Langley – Live Music

Patrick’s Pub, Gilford. 7pm. 293-0841

Kenny Werner Trio – Live Jazz

The Margate, Laconia. 8pm. $12. 1-800-MARGATE

Thurs. 17th – Feb. 2nd All Shook Up – Elvis Musical

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 335-1992

Saturday 19th 3rd Annual Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off

Courtyard Marriot, Concord. Doors open at 2pm. 271-3696

The Wailers with Roots of Creation

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551

Lakes Region Big Band Franklin Opera House, 7:30pm. 934-1901


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Community Celebrates Epiphany With Music The Christmas season in the church ends with the coming of the wise men to the infant Jesus. Called Epiphany, it is celebrated on January 6. Local choirs will join together on Sunday evening, January 6 to share music they have sung over the season in their own churches. The festival will be at First United Methodist Church of Gilford on Rt 11A at 7pm on Sunday, January 6. Musicians will be coming from the Gilford Community Church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran, the Unitarian-Universalist Society ,First United Methodist Church and other churches. Two churches are bringing hand bell choirs, and there will also be instrumental accompaniment to the “Hallelujah Chorus – flutes, brass, and strings. There may even be surprises as other churches come unannounced!

Dover Police Department To Present Free Fraud Prevention Seminar Maple Suites is hosting a free fraud prevention seminar on Wednesday, January 9 at 11am at Maple Suites, 30 Holiday Drive, Dover. The seminar will be conducted by Detective Pat Kilbreth & Detective Ed Pike of the Dover Police Department. The public is invited to attend. The detectives will discuss how seniors can protect their bank accounts, social security numbers, how to maintain their sensitive information and how to avoid being a victim of fraud and identity theft. They will also highlight any current scams that are being perpetrated on seniors. The seminar will begin at 11am, but attendees who RSVP in advance, are invited to stay for dinner at Maple Suites immediately following the seminar at 12:30pm. Please RSVP to 603-742-8820. If you have any question, please call Maple Suites at 603-742-8820.

State Ballet Theatre Of Russia To Perform Cinderella The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s new, fully-staged production of Cinderella comes to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord for two performances on Wednesday, February 6, and Thursday, February 7, at 7:30pm With more than 50 magnificent dancers onstage this internationally acclaimed company brings to life this timeless fairy tale in a swirl of sumptuous spectacle, majestic music and breathtaking choreography. The State Ballet Theatre’s production of the world’s favorite rags-to-riches story premiered in 2006 to critical acclaim and was heralded by the New York Times which wrote: “As an overall production Cinderella was full of enchantment … this fairy tale came to life (with) lovely scenery (and) graceful costumes.” Tickets are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at, and at the box office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11am. to 6pm, and Saturday 11am. to 2pm. Ticket prices: $58 Gold Circle, $48 Orchestra/ Mezzanine, $38 Balcony, & $28 Rear Balcony.

Indigo Girls in Portsmouth The Indigo Girls will be at the Portsmouth Music Hall on Saturday, February 23rd at 8pm. Tickets are $40; $32 and are on sale to Music Hall members Saturday, January 5th and non-members Saturday, January, 12th. With 12 million copies sold of their 20 albums over their 25 years together, this Grammy Award winning (Best Contemporary Folk Album) folk rock duo returns to The Music Hall stage, accompanied by their band, band equally adept at taut three-part harmonies, deep gut grooves and sophisticated songcraft. Don’t miss Amy Ray and Emily Saliers on their return visit. For more info go to

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Memory Lane With Joe Gunther Entertainment Correspondent

o u r high school was located, to Northampton and check out Greene Street for the most “in” pocketbooks and Christmas presents. That was fun, but I think my biggest thrill was prowling the stacks of the Northampton public library, Forbes Library. Though not a resident of Northampton I was able to hold a library card thanks to the acre of Northampton land that my parents owned. Imagine, all those books, and the bonus was that I could check out LPs – Beethoven, Man of LaMancha, Gilbert & Sullivan. In Paradise City Northampton is more crowded and much busier than it used to be. This didn’t come as a

big surprise to me since I visit my mom every few weeks and we often have lunch “in town” at the Hotel Northampton or take a little shopping spree at Thorne’s. What did unsettle me a bit was seeing Northampton as the scene of the crime, and I suspect that Joe was a little unsettled as well. Granted I haven’t read all his reports, but from those I have read it seems that Joe is busy enough in Brattleboro and elsewhere in Vermont without plying his skills in Northampton. Joe probably wishes he had been able to stay in Vermont but a series of burglaries with ties to Boston as well as Northampton bring him and his team south of the border to team up with the local police while they pursue the buyer of the stolen goods. Joe has a good rapport with the local police chief, Dan Siegel, and his team, Willy Kunkle, Sammie Martens and Lester Spinney, particularly Willy, are ready See montague on 30



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I’ve been getting to know Joe Gunther, hero of Archer Mayor’s Joe Gunther police procedurals, for six months or so. I met Joe in Open Season, and I decided he was a pretty interesting guy. So I hung out with Joe in Brattleboro (Scent Of Evil), followed him to the Northeast Kingdom (Borderlines) and reminisced about my ski bum days when I read about Joe’s case at Tucker Peak. The report that struck close to home, my childhood home that is, was Paradise City. Paradise City or Hamp, Northampton, Massachusetts – “ ‘Hamp,’ Siegel explained, ‘is what the local old-timers call the town, as opposed to NoHo, which is one of the groovy new labels.’ “– was the big city next to my home town of Westhampton, MA. We went “to town” to buy groceries, do the banking, and shop. The fancy restaurants and the hospital where everybody you knew was born, cured, or died were in Hamp. I knew before reading Paradise City that the Northampton of my past and Paradise City were two different places. Hamp was a sleepy city, home to Smith College, and more importantly to a kid, the Calvin Theater, where my parents took us once a year to see the latest Disney movie. As a fourteen year-old the fancy college held a bit more fascination for me,

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Stick To The Issues To The Editor: I am not a democrat, liberal, republican, left or right winger. I am an American whom over the past 60 years has seen individual freedoms stripped from us, in the name of what’s good for us. I recently read about a well-known bakery in the town I grew up in, Chelsea, MA, being hounded by the government, because of trans fat. When I drove a taxi back in the 70’s, this bakery was a godsend being open at late hours of the night. I wasn’t under the illusion that I was purchasing health food, but having a pizza bagel at 11:00 P.M. hit the spot and kept me going. It seems now the good citizens of the Chelsea area (and soon other areas) will be denied their special treats, thanks to mother government. To all our federal, state, and local officials, please get out of the kitchen. You were not elected to be our dietitians. Before you ban trans fats from our diets, shouldn’t you ban real killers like tobacco and alcohol? (Oh right, you’ve solved those health problems by putting a “sin� tax on them.) Maybe you can solve this new health problem with a “fat� tax (to be politically correct you can call it a “trans challenged� tax.) How about protecting us from things we have no control over, like banning motorists from using hand held cell phones or worse, texting. We can choose what we eat, but we can’t choose whether or not we will have an encounter with

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a distracted driver. I am and always have been quite capable deciding what foods I will or will not consume or how much soda to drink. To all food establishment owners, please stand up and do not let the government dictate what you can serve or what your customers can eat or not eat. This is or was America, home of the free! To our representatives in government, please cut the “fat� and stick to issues that really need legislative intervention. Dennis Robitaille Laconia, NH.

In Common To The Editor: So, exactly what do most mass-murderers have in common? Gender; virtually all are male. Age; most are between the ages of 11 and 30. Mental illness; most have been clinically diagnosed, or strongly suspected of suffering from ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum, Asperger’s Syndrome, Atypical Behavior (odd, peculiar), Delusional Disorder, Schizophrenia, Antisocial Personality Disorder, etc. This has been true throughout history and has appeared in every corner of the earth. This was proved to be the case in Newtown CT as well. The shooter had been clinically diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. His condition had advanced over the years to a point where his mother felt it

This newspaper was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert as Calvert’s Weirs Times and Tourists’ Gazette and continued until Mr. Calvert’s death in 1902. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain the patriotic spirit of its predecessor as well as his devotion to the interests of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Cocheco Valley area with the new Cocheco Times. Our newspaper’s masthead and the map of Lake Winnipesaukee in the center spread are elements in today’s paper which are taken from Calvert’s historic publication.

necessary to plan to have him committed to an institution. He had become increasingly violent and she could no longer control him. So why didn’t she lock up the guns and why did she continue to allow him to play the most violent video games for endless hours? We will never know. What we do know is that, if she had survived, she would certainly be doing serious time for “Criminally Negligent Homicide�. If you are still asking “Why�, look no further. So, in light of the empirical evidence, polite society and the media decides to ignore the logic and blame the guns. How predictable is it that they want to ban legally obtained guns; a non sequitur “solution�. Using their logic, why don’t we lock up all males between the ages of 11 and 30 who suffer from ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, “Odd Behavior� or any other mental illness? As absurd as that sounds, it would be more effective than banning legal “Assault Weapons�. Let’s face it, we need to better protect the public from potentially dangerous people with mental disorders and do our best to prevent them from obtaining firearms. The shooter in Newtown had been turned down when he tried to buy a gun. His mother’s “legal� guns became “illegal� when he shot his mom and stole her weapons. Bob King Laconia, NH.

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Live Free or Die.


Weather Report

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Every winter brings some new recruits into F.A.T.S.O. This is a winter support group I started years ago for helping new transplants to the state survive their first winters here. It stands for Flatlanders Adjusting To Solitary Oblivion. We had a pretty snowless winter last year and many of these new transplants have been fooled into a false sense of security. I knew this year might sneak up on them and catch them unprepared so I have done what I can to help them get ready for the inevitable. Along with my friend, Vinnie, we’ve produced a mock production of a typical newscast they will see on the local station when the threat of a snowstorm is upon us. Our hope is that if we desensitize them a little to the fake panic the stations like to promote before a storm, it might help ease their fears when they see the real thing. Though I can’t show you the video here, I have supplied the script. Weatherman: (Salivating)We are watching this storm closely as it has the potential to maybe pack a punch here in the Granite State. How much will we get and when will it start? We’ll tell you a little later on in the broadcast.� Video Narrator: Now that the weatherman has our attention and knows we will hang around to hear what his prediction is, we

stay tuned. The stories that follow this teaser are usually a series of small on the scene reports about the approaching storm by station reporters that are designed to cause as much small panic as possible. Anchorman: Let’s begin our exclusive storm coverage with our reporters in the field. Reporter: I’m standing in front of the Public Works Department in Hooksett where, as you can see behind me, many of the plow trucks, though sitting idly now, might soon be busy cleaning up New Hampshire roadways. Just how prepared are the crews for this impending, possibly monstrous storm? (Cut to extreme close shot of Public Works Official’s Head) PW Official: We are tracking the storm carefully and we expect to be very busy if the snow starts to fall. Show file video. An old shot of plow trucks engulfed in blizzard like conditions from a freak snowstorm in the Midwest many years ago. Reporter: (Concerned look and voice) So it appears the crews are ready for the possible storm. Let’s pray to God that they are. Now back to the studio, Anchorman in Studio: Thank you for that terrifying report, now we go to our man in Dover. Reporter: I’m standing here in front of the Dover Public Works. Behind me you can see the mountains of salt and sand that are ready to be used on the roads if we get a storm. But is it enough to meet the possible massive strength of the coming storm? (Cut to extreme close shot of different Public Works Official’s head) PW Official: We think we have plenty of sand and salt ready and we will be out on the roads if and when the storm hits. Reporter: So, it appears

that the crews are ready for the storm. All we can do at this point is wait and see. That’s all we can do. Anchorman: Unnerving. It seems the crews are ready, but are you? We go to our reporter in Tilton. Reporter: People here have been flocking to stores all day and are buying up snow shovels, batteries, food and flashlights ahead of the possible storm. Cut to file video of shoppers at Macy’s in New York seconds after the doors open for their Black Friday sale. Reporter: The local supermarkets are also seeing a lot of business as shoppers are stocking up on water and other life-saving essentials basically cleaning the shelves. But is there really enough to take care of the demand? We just don’t know. We just don’t know! Anchorman: (Turns to coanchor) I know I have plenty of food stocked up. How about you? Co-Anchor: Let’s just hope everyone does. (A moment of silence.) Anchorman: Now for the latest on the storm let’s go to the weather desk. Weatherman: We’ve been tracking this storm all day and there are a lot of different models to look at. As far as we can tell, the front will be approaching sometime late this evening into early morning and it might or might not make for a messy commute, so driving could be rough and maybe dangerous. At this point, as best as we can tell, we should be seeing anywhere from a dusting to 24 inches with some areas receiving more or less, depending on where you live. Even though the exact path and amounts are still uncertain, there is one thing we do know. We will get something..or not. Anchorman: Frightening! Keep it right here for the latest on what may or may not be anything. Good night.

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Happy New Year 2013 WASHINGTON -It’s “Auld Lang Syne” time again. Robert Burns is credited with “collecting” the lyrics for the old Scottish drinking and dancing ballad by Oliver North that’s become a Syndicated Columnist traditional part of New Year’s festivities. The most memorable verses -- “should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” and the chorus, “for auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne” -- are often described as reminders of “the good old times” amid new beginnings. That’s a tough task this year. Saying goodbye to 2012 won’t be hard. But looking forward with hope for a better year in 2013 is a real challenge. Peering into a chasm from the edge of the “fiscal cliff” isn’t the way most of us wanted to end the first dozen years of the 21st century. We all know it’s the nature of

government to grow in size, power and expense. But how many of us really expected that the fools in Washington would drown our progeny in a sea of deficits, debt and ever-higher taxes? Nobody I know expected the Internal Revenue Service to become the dominant fixture in our lives.As 2012 began, did anyone anticipate it would become “The Year of the Cover-up”? Who believed the year would end with more emphasis on banning personally owned firearms than deterring our adversaries from acquiring nuclear weapons? Did anyone anticipate that our constitutionally protected freedoms would fall under the purview of the United Nations? A year ago, who among us expected we still would face the prospect of prolonged global recession, radical Islamic chaos in the Middle East, and endless genocide in Syria? But as we ring out 2012 and welcome 2013, that’s where we are. So as we “take a cup o’ kindness yet for auld lang syne,” what should we expect in the new year ahead -- apprehension or anticipation?

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These simple commonsense steps are adapted from a post I published on my blog after the horrific Newtown, Conn., masby Michelle Malkin s a c r e . O u r Syndicated Columnist hearts ache, but we are not completely helpless or hopeless in the face of evil and the unknown. And we are not alone. This Christmas, cherish life, keep faith and practice selfempowerment. 7. Teach our kids about the acts of heroes in times of crisis. Tell them about Newtown teacher Vicki Soto’s self-sacrifice and bravery. Tell them about Clackamas mall shopper Nick Meli, a concealed-carry permit-holder whose quick action may have prevented additional deaths. Tell them about Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson, who protected workers from a crazed gunman. Tell them about the heroic men in the Aurora movie theater who gave their lives taking bullets for their loved ones. Tell them about armed Holocaust Museum security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns, who died fighting back against the museum’s nutball attacker. Tell them about armed private citizen Jeanne Assam, who gunned down the New Life Church attacker in Colorado Springs and saved untold lives. 6. Train our kids. When they see something troublesome or wrong, say something. Students, teachers and parents, if a young classmate exhibits bizarre or violent behavior toward himself or herself, report it right away. If it gets ignored, say it

louder. Don’t give up. Don’t just shrug off the “weirdo” saying or doing dangerous things, and don’t just hope someone else will act. 5. Limit our kids’ time online, and control their exposure to desensitizing cultural influences. Turn off the TV. Get them off the bloody video games. Protect them from age-inappropriate Hollywood violence. Make sure they are active and engaged with us and the world, and not pent up in a room online every waking moment. 4. If you see a parent struggling with an out-of-control child, don’t look the other way. If you are able to offer any kind of help (your time, resources, wisdom), do it. Don’t wait. 3. We still don’t know the medical condition of the Newtown shooter. But we do know that social stigmas are strong. We don’t need government to take immediate, individual action to break those stigmas. There are millions of children, teens and young adults suffering from very real mental illnesses. Be silent no more about your family’s experiences, your struggles, your pains and your fears. Speak up. 2. Prepare and protect your community. Joe Cascarelli of Westcliffe, Colo., wrote me about how he and other citizens took their children’s safety into their own hands. “It was 10 years ago that our sheriff put an ad in the local paper to initiate the formation of the Sheriff’s Posse. About 40 of us volunteered; today we have about 20 active Posse members. Eight years ago, the Posse command staff offered to provide the local school district with daily security patrols when the school was in session, at school athletic events

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Looking at the New Year Ahead—2013 NEW YORK—

It’s time once again to look at the crystal ball, or snow globe, and attempt to peer ahead at the global political by John J. Metzler and economic Syndicated Columnist horizon as we enter the New Year. The political landscape offers both promise and peril but so many of the outcomes of each and every situation will fall to the judgments of leadership. Herein lies much of the problem. Let’s review some key concerns: Afghanistan: the Obama Administration has publicly signaled an end to U.S. combat operations. Whether Hamid Karzai’s Afghan government is up to the heavy lifting and rigorous reform needed to fight off Taliban insurgents remains doubtful beyond the medium term. Moreover Pakistan’s double-game in supporting Afghan cross border militants will keep the pot boiling. Sadly after so much American blood spilled, this will not end well. Africa: In the Sub-Saharan state of Mali, an Islamic takeover in May allowed a Al Qaida regime to take hold, trashing legendary Timbuktu. France, the former colonial power and still power broker did shamefully little to reverse it. Six months later the UN Security Council has authorized an African peacekeeping force to presumably retake the north from the fundamentalists. East Asia: The region holds much promise after some significant elections. Taiwan re-elected Nationalist party (KMT) President Ma Ying-jeou, in Japan the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) returned to power with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and South Korea elected its first female president, Ms. Park Geun-hye. In each country, more nationalist and conservative choices were chosen. In the People’s Republic of China, the ruling Communist party selected its new leader Xi Jinping, who must steer the regime between simmering territorial disputes with Japan and a domestic economic down-

turn. As a political ploy, Beijing may continue to stir territorial tensions with Japan over the disputed Daoyutai/Senkaku islands and far more ominously reassert its spurious claims to the South China Sea, a threat to maritime states. Japan’s Abe, after a landslide LDP parliamentary win, has called for strengthening ties with the USA and promoting long-overdue economic revitalization. North Korea’s dictatorship of chosen heir Kim Jong-un faces a widening food crisis as the regime chooses neutrons and missiles over nutrition and meals for its population, a large minority of which depends on UN humanitarian aid. But don’t expect the new South Korean government to play patsy to Pyongyang’s perpetual crisis and offer a humanitarian lifeline to its cousins in the North unless Kim’s communists show some overdue quid pro quo. Europe: The deep economic crisis continues as debt burdens in many European Union states serve as the deadweight to economic growth and an albatross to the Euro currency. (Nor can the USA lecture the Europeans given Obama’s dismal record). In Germany, one of Europe’s still strong economies, there’s resentment over near perpetual monetary bailouts. As national elections approach, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) may face a strong challenge to power. Latin America: Hello, we are right here; Brazil, Argentina, Chile. The Obama Administration hasn’t noticed, South America has received scandalously little attention. It’s time for Washington to take heed. The Middle East: the promise of the Arab Spring which swept the region like a sandstorm has turned into the Arab Winter. The much heralded Egyptian revolution has gone through predicable phases and seems to be listing towards a dour entrenched Muslim brotherhood regime. Though elected, President Morsi has moved this pivotal country from a secular and secure friend of the USA to budding authoritarian rule. A new hard-line Islamic constitu-

tion, though narrowly passed, puts Egypt on the contentious path to conflict with its minority Christian community and possibly Israel in the longer run. The extraordinary events in Egypt over the past two years

have signaled a major setback for American regional interests; few in Washington wish to acknowledge this reality. The carnage in Syria continues and approaches its second year;

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Random Thoughts R a n d o m thoughts on the passing scene: When I was growing up, an older member of the family used to say, “What you don’t know would make by Thomas Sowell a big book.” Syndicated Columnist Now that I am an older member of the family, I would say to anyone, “What you don’t know would fill more books than the Encyclopedia Britannica.” At least half of our society’s troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of all. Some people seem to think that, if life is not fair, then the answer is to turn more of the nation’s resources over to politicians -- who will, of course, then spend these resources in ways that increase the politicians’ chances of getting reelected. The annual outbursts of intolerance toward any display of traditional Christmas scenes, or even

daring to call a Christmas tree by its name, show that today’s liberals are by no means liberal. Behind the mist of their lofty words, the totalitarian mindset shows through. If you don’t want to have a gun in your home or in your school, that’s your choice. But don’t be such a damn fool as to advertise to the whole world that you are in “a gun-free environment” where you are a helpless target for any homicidal fiend who is armed. Is it worth a human life to be a politically correct moral exhibitionist? The more I study the history of intellectuals, the more they seem like a wrecking crew, dismantling civilization bit by bit -- replacing what works with what sounds good. Some people are wondering what takes so long for the negotiations about the “fiscal cliff.” Maybe both sides are waiting for supplies. Democrats may be waiting for more cans to kick down the road. Republicans may be waiting for more white flags to See Sowell on 28


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The Time Is Now: Stop Obamaism! New Year resolutions need careful reflection before implementation. Take a week, or more. by Niel Young Advocates Columnist Don’t embarrass yourself. One of your resolutions cannot be that all resolutions will be met. Would this be one resolution to be considered? I will continue to support my Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein Obama! Though he is a socialist, with a goal of breaking my country and remaking it from the ground up, I will remain loyal to the man who has promised to take care of me forever. Lord Obama expects nothing from me in return. My children and grandchildren will suffer from what we have wrought upon us. Not to worry, when they are broke, and their spirit of America is broken, they too will enjoy the fruits of others still working. One day we will all be equal. Some will be more equal than others; what the hell, it will be a time to remember. Rejoice in the demise of what once was our country- a great country. Remember when we believed in our CONSTITUTION, BILL OF RIGHTS, FREEDOM, RULE OF LAW, EQUALITY, OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED, and celebrate when an American does? ******** According to The Weekly Standard, Barack Hussein Obama issued an executive order which ends the pay freeze AND now means some will receive a raise. One of our valued employees is VP Joe Biden, and he will go from $225,521 to

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John Ganong, heart transplant recipient will be the celebrity bartender at the Lobster Pound on Saturday Jan. 12, at 7pm. All proceeds will benefit the Tuftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Center Cardiac Transplant Division. ond year of this new life and would like you to join him. It all started on March 13, 2003 when congestive heart failure hit John and open heart surgery was performed at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester NH. It consisted of two value replacements and repair of an aneurism on the aorta. A few days later, the hospital installed a pacemaker to adjust the actual heartbeat. The next six and a half yea rs wen t by pretty smoothly until the left side of Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart got so weak it pretty much collapsed. This was December 2009. John went to Catholic Medical Center again where they shipped him by ambulance to Tuftâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medical Center in Boston, MA. They installed a heart pump to the left side of his heart which was run by batteries and a computer, all on a vest, which he wore 24/7. The same pump, the Heart Mate, used by former VicePresident Dick Cheney.

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32 Rabbits available for adoption at Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter Rabbits will be available for adoption at Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter (FMAS) beginning this weekend. A number of the rabbits will be seen by the Shelterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s veterinarian, sterilized, and vaccinated today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fortunately, most of the rabbits were in really good shape,â&#x20AC;? says Shelter Manager, Shelley Greenglass. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very friendly, and those in foster homes are doing well with cats, dogs and children, so we are optimistic that they will all adjust just fine in new homes.â&#x20AC;? All rabbits must go to homes that will keep them as indoor pets. Applications are only being accepted at FMAS, and are not based on first come-first served, but on the best home for the rabbit. The adoption fee is $60 or two for $100. The rabbits were surrendered to FMAS as part of a Manchester Police Department Animal Control Division investigation. On Saturday, December 22, 49 rabbits were brought to the shelter and 6 deceased rabbits were brought to the Veterinary Emergency

Center for determination of cause of death. A dozen of the rabbits were transferred to the care of another local rescue group. FMAS is providing the daily and medical care for the rabbits, which were discovered living in deplorable living conditions. Donations of food,

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AG New England Names Robichaud Supply Chain Projects Manager

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Flying Monkey To Screen Rare Silent Film Starring W.C. Fields He was a performer who could be recognized just by the sound of his voice. But prior to reaching iconic fame in talking pictures, comedian W.C. Fields starred successfully in a popular series of silent feature films for Paramount Pictures and other studios in the 1920s. S e e t h e no n-ta lkin g W.C. Fields for yourself in ‘Sally of the Sawdust’ (1925), one of Fields’ most highly regarded silent pictures, in a screening on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Flying Monkey, 39 South Main St., Plymouth, N.H. General admission is $10 per person. Live music will be provided by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis, a resident of Bedford, N.H. and one of the nation’s leading silent film musicians. W.C. Fields remains famous for his comic persona as a misanthropic and hard-drinking egotist who remained a sympathetic character despite his snarling contempt for dogs, children and women. Although Fields achieved lasting fame as a movie star in talking pictures of the 1930s, his long career encompassed decades on the vaudeville stage as well as a series of silent film roles. “People find it hard to think of W.C. Fields in silent films, but he was actually quite successful in them,” Rapsis said. “As a vaudeville performer and juggler, Fields cultivated a form of visual comedy and pantomime that transferred well to the silent screen. Also, as a middle-aged man, he was able to play a family father figure—the kind of role that wasn’t open to younger comic stars such as Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton. In all, Fields starred in 10 silent features in the mid-1920s. Several of these films are lost; in

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Joe and Uncle David and fifty years ago they were egg farming partners running Pats Poultry Place. Uncle David was the one who wanted to build a ski area and convinced his brother Joe that it was a good idea. Aunt Bev recalls Joe coming home and telling her: “We’re going into the ski business” and all she could think was “Oh No.”

Imagine taking on such a huge risky project and so early in your life! In 1963, brothers Joe, David, Wayne and Stuart ages ranged from 29 to 22 years old. There were no experts, well there was one and they did hire him. but thankfully they didn’t pay any attention to his recommendation. Uncle Joe said that they had Sel Hannah (Dartmouth and Olympic

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The base lodge was moved down the hill in 1968. skier and founder of Snow Engineering) come down only to have him tell them that their hill wasn’t any good. “Waste of a good hundred dollars” said Uncle Joe when reflecting about Hannah’s fee. The young men did everything and they hired very little out. They laid out trails, cut the trees, bullSee patenaude on 21

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dozed the stumps, built a lodge (all the boards and beams were cut at Patenaude Lumber), graded a parking lot and installed lifts. They groomed, they plowed and they shoveled snow. Other family and friends were hired to work in the ski shop, run the kitchen and operate the lifts. To get people to come the first year my father said he stood on the side of the road and offered free lift tickets to skiers on their way to ski Mount Sunapee and he was most often turned down. Jump ahead six or seven years. Pats Peak (luckily not called My-Ski-Tow, maybe my grandmother was just teasing me about that name being considered) began a major expansion and made more improvements. The lodge was moved down the hill, the chairlift was extended and the beginning of the installation of this new technology called snowmaking was all happening at once. This was also about the time David and Stuart quit the

ski business and Joe the chicken business. David bought Joe out and continued running Pats Poultry Place. Stuart went on to drill wells and eventually started a few businesses of his own (see Joe and Wayne remained partners until Joe decided to retire and take up apple farming starting Peak Orchards. Wayne Patenaude still owns the ski area. Uncle Joe’s kids, my cousins Joey and Susie are just a few years older than me and they were good fast ski racers often making the state team (I was in awe of Susie’s collection of ski trophies she had lined up on her dresser). We all were members of the Pats Peak Ski Club and we raced around real bamboo poles. The Club had wonderful ski coaches; many a good Dartmouth grad came to coach at Pats Peak. We proudly wore our ski club’s brown wool sweaters with a red and a yellow stripe across the chest. We raced in time trails to make the Pats Peak A or B Teams. I remember our team traveling to Mount Sunap-

ee, Whaleback, Crotched Mountain, Waterville Valley and to championships at Mount Cranmore. All these resorts back then were much smaller too. Parents would drive us; I liked riding in the way back of Aunt Bev’s huge station wagon. One of the reasons they owned a station wagon was that it could be used as an ambulance to ferry injured skiers to Concord Hospital. Ski racing awards were given out in the lodge on the main floor and the winners would line up in front of the stone fireplace to receive their trophies. By some miracle I still have my first trophy, I was eight years old. On the real wood and metal trophy is engraved “Pats Peak Ski Club 1970 Killy Slalom Races 1st”. The fireplace is still hot and looks the same but you’ll have to look very closely to notice they’re not burning wood anymore. My first skis were wood with cable bindings, black leather lace up boots and leather safety straps with a

Some of Amy Patenaude’s season ski passes for Pats Peak over the years.

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metal clip at the end. Edges on skis were screwed on and it wasn’t uncommon to lose a piece. I remember the agony of the rope tow. I wore out mittens trying



to grab the coarse yellow rope. I’d beg adults to carry me up. Another time I was riding the Valley Tee bar with my Aunt Caroline and I got my boot lace hooked on







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Amy Patenaude and her niece, Rachel. Passing the ski-gene down to the next generation. Many of the Patenaude cousins kids are skiers and snowboarders. With any luck one of Wayne’s grandchildren will one day watch over Pats Peak’s slopes. her new boot’s buckle and we became three legged skiers. That didn’t end well. Near the top we fell and the lift dragged us until they stopped it and then we needed help to get untangled. My Uncle Bob Pearson (Aunt Bev’s brother-in-law)

and Phil Whitney worked the ski shop. They would let me hang out in the back of the repair shop and I would often eat my lunch with them. Phil taught me that someone else’s French

stairs! The little mountain that could was among the first to put in snow making and ended up hosting the 1974 United States National Slalom Championships

Amy Patenaude in front of the same fireplace as the ski club photo featured on this week’s cover. fries always taste better. Uncle Bob always made sure that my skis were waxed so I would be fast. Marsha who worked in the ski shop was also wonderful to me and often would give me rides home so I could stay and night ski. Pats Peak even then was a hub of social activity. The Pats Peak Ski Club would host spaghetti suppers and dances and the Sled Pub always made me wish I was 18 years old so I would be allowed inside. Ugh, now I remember that the cigarette smoke used to stink up the whole up-

when the other eastern resorts couldn’t. I remember skipping school and watching one of our own club members, Jeannie Krantz who qualified to race. Now the mountain boasts trails that are 100% lit for night skiing and have 100% snowmaking (they’re known to even blow snow in their glades). Every year Pats Peak is either first or near the top of the list for having their trails 100% open for the season. Even though I thought I was too good (hey, I was in the ski club), I gladly See patenaude on 23


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Pats Peakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration

Ski instructors at Pats Peak in the 1970s pose for a photo.

The Peak Chair, a 1961 Model, was built in the Fall of 1962 and was ready for the opening on January 5th, 1963. patenaude from 22

signed up to take school lessons because they let us out early! Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d ride the yellow school bus up to the ski area and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d run out of the bus to get our skis or rentals on as quickly as possible. Now I know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re never too good or too old to be coached. Pats Peak now has thousands of kids in their snowsports programs from more than a hundred local schools. I stopped ski racing after elementary school and took up cross-country skiing at the new ski center in Henniker, the Pole & Pedal. During my high school and college years I no longer spent every minute I had at Pats Peak but I still went often with friends. New England College students could ski free with their student IDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Pats Peak began hosting

adult racing on Thursday nights, way back in 1989. That first year there were only seven or eight teams. One of my girlfriends signed me up on her team and I think I have only missed one or two years back in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s. I have been a member of S&W Sportsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; team for more than a decade. I look forward to Thursday nights because ski racing is still fun. I also race on Monday nights with a great group of Pats Peak employees. The series has grown to host over 70 teams every week. The league welcomes teams made up of skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. On the same course it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unusual to see a novice skidding turns followed by a smooth former US Ski Team member. Race results are scored using NASTAR, the National

Standard Race, handicaps are a method used to compare race results fairly between genders, age and equipment type. This means a good 68 year-old skier has a fighting chance of scoring more points than a good 21 year-old snowboarder! And now that I am 50, I have moved into a new age group. I am going to get an even bigger handicap that will allow me more time to win big points for the team. I think it is fitting that I ended up telling you about race league. You still have time to join a team! Come celebrate Pats Peakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golden anniversary with me! I have a million more stories I can tell you (including the tale of the Pats Peak Cookie, Matt to the Bar and the avalanche). Have Fun.


Saturday, January 5, 2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of Pats Peak. To commemorate this day Pats Peak will be celebrating with a Birthday Party Celebration. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events include: WGIR Rock 101.1 DJ playing music from 10am-2pm in the Base Area; Snap Candy free giveaways from 10am-2pm; a Birthday Celebration at 2pm in the Main Lodge with a 50 foot cake, speeches and contests for the Oldest Pats Peak Season Pass and Most Pats Peak Season Passes-only 1 pass will be counted per ski season; an Après-Ski Party in the Sled Pub with a Harpoon Beer Promo, Live Music by Nickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Other Band and contests for Best Retro Outfit, Oldest Pats Peak Trail Map and Oldest Pats Peak Brochure. Hannaford of Concord, NH is making and decorating the 50-foot long cake, which will feature photos of Pats Peakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history from its groundbreaking to the newest improvements. Wayne and Sally Patenaude, the owners of Pats Peak, will be there to cut the cake. Guests will also sing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy Birthdayâ&#x20AC;? to Pats Peak during the party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is perfect that the birthday celebration is during the ski day so that all our guests have a chance to join the party and eat cake! Family is what we have been all about for fifty yearsâ&#x20AC;?, says Kris Blomback, General Manager of Pats Peak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Patenaude brothers had a vision 50 years ago and we are excited to continue the traditions of Pats Peak. We look forward to welcoming our skiers and riders during this 50th Anniversary season,â&#x20AC;? says Blomback. For more information visit

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Trinity Episcopal Church, Rt. 25, Meredith. 7:30pm. First and third Tuesdays of the month. Persons of any experience level are welcome. or 340-2359

Free Movie Matinee

Dover Public Library. Every Saturday at 2pm. Free screening of a family movie. Bring your own popcorn!

Reiki Classes

Meredith Senior Center. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Free. 279-5631 for times and to schedule an appointment.

Preschool Storytime

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Knotty Knitters

Meredith Public Library, Main St. 10:30am - Noon. Every Thursday. All levels of experience welcome. 2794303.

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Trivia Night

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Ladies Night!

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Newfound Memorial Middle School. Sundays, 6-8pm. $1 per night. 7442713.

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Frequent readers of this column know I suffer from a severe case of chronic optimism. Clip and save this column until next year so you can rate my powers of prognostication: --Fiscal Cliff. The potentates of pork on the Potomac will kick the can down the road without breaking their toes. Taxes will go up for all of us, and Warren Buffett will pronounce it to be a good thing. The incredibly selfish baby boomers will demand that their “entitlements” and “benefits” not be cut -- but they will be anyway. Small businesses, the engine of our economy, will sputter -- and find new ways to survive but not prosper. Washington’s political class will be glad 2013 is not an election year. Many will regret not following

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Sen. Jim DeMint into more productive endeavors. --The cover-ups. Hillary Clinton will recover from her concussion, but she won’t recall what she did or didn’t know about abysmal security at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. John Kerry, the most antiU.S. military secretary of state in history will try to sweep the mess under the rug while promising reforms -- and dreaming up new ways to punish Israel. Attorney General Eric Holder will continue to cover up White House complicity in his “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation. --U.S. Military. Personnel reductions, cuts in benefits and delays in replacing worn-out weapons and equipment will degrade the finest fighting force in the history of the world.

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Many combat-experienced troops who defended us and offered others the hope of freedom will join private companies to “backfill” current commitments in Afghanistan and Africa. Thanks to organizations such as Freedom Alliance, the American people will be reminded to keep our commitments to the men and women of our armed forces and their families and honor their service and sacrifice. --The Ayatollahs. A failing Iranian economy and the collapse of Bashar Assad’s sanguinary regime in Syria will put increasing pressure on the hagiocracy ruling in Tehran. Though the Obama administration lacks the will to support a second “Green Revolution” in Iran, others will do so. It will be the last chance to prevent the ayatollahs

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from acquiring -- and using -- nuclear weapons. --The Second Amendment. Vice President Joe Biden’s “task force” will ignore the National Rifle Association’s advice to protect our children with armed security guards in our schools. Instead, the B-Team will recommend banning certain firearms based on cosmetics. America’s parents will respond with a dramatic increase in families opting to homeschool. As we sing “Auld Lang Syne” this year, I will recall 2012 as the year the good Lord blessed Betsy and me with our 13th and 14th grandchildren. I’ll remember being welcomed home from difficult and dangerous places by loving family members who prayed for my safe return. I will be reminded of friends from

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and during school dances including the annual prom.” Law enforcement conducted emergency drills, training to prepare for mass shootings and joint sessions with first responders. “The Posse has continued its patrols at school events and during the school day. Posse patrols have become a visible, accepted part of our community,” Cascarelli told me. “Anyone intent on harm would see armed

uniformed personnel at the school daily. The Posse even has an Amber Alert at the local rodeo. When an atrocity like Columbine, Virginia Tech and most recently in Newtown, Conn., happens, all we hear is carefully crafted words of grief, heartrending interviews with parents, and TV’s talking heads with kneejerk ‘solutions.’ Well, our little community has implemented a local solution. Trained, armed volunteers daily protect

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our children. What is the matter with the rest of the country? Where are concerned parents and citizens willing to carve out some time to provide similar security?” 1. Teach our kids to value and respect life by valuing and respecting them always. And in loving and valuing life, teach them also not to fear death. The Catholic hymn “Be Not Afraid” offers time-tested solace and sage advice: If you pass through raging waters, in the sea, you shall not drown. If you walk amidst the burning flames, you shall not be harmed. If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side, know that I am with you, through it all. Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow Me and I shall give you rest. Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


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hold up in surrender. If I were rich, I would have a plaque made up, and sent to every judge in America, bearing a statement made by Adam Smith more than two and a half centuries ago: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” If someone wrote a novel about a man who was raised from childhood to resent the successful and despise the basic values of America -- and who then went on to become President of the United States -- that novel would be considered too unbelievable, even for a work of fiction. Yet that is what has happened in real life. Many people say, “War should be a last resort.” Of course it should be a last resort. So should heart surgery, divorce and many other things. But that does not mean that we should just continue to hope against hope indefinitely that things will work out, somehow, until catastrophe suddenly overtakes us. Everybody is talking about how we are going to pay for the huge national debt, but nobody seems to be talking about the runaway spending which created that record-breaking debt. In other words, the big spenders get political benefits from handing out goodies, while those who resist giving them more money to spend will be blamed for sending the country off the “fiscal cliff.” When Barack Obama refused to agree to a requested meeting with Israeli Prime Minister

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Bristol will discuss his candidacy for NH GOP Chairman. ******** If the Republicans in the Congress and Senate fold on stating the spending cuts right now, they will have failed our country. RULE ONE: Never, ever, trust the word of Obama. He does not consider reducing spending as part of his plan to “change Amer-

Benjamin Netanyahu -the leader of a country publicly and repeatedly threatened with annihilation by Iran’s leaders, as the Iranians move toward creating nuclear bombs -- I thought of a line from the old movie classic “Citizen Kane”: “Charlie wasn’t cruel. He just did cruel things.” There must be something liberating about ignorance. Back when most members of Congress had served in the military, there was a reluctance of politicians to try to tell military leaders how to run the military services. But, now that few members of Congress have ever served in the military, they are ready to impose all sorts of fashionable notions on the military. After watching a documentary about the tragic story of Jonestown, I was struck by the utterly unthinking way that so many people put themselves completely at the mercy of a glib and warped man, who led them to degradation and destruction. And I could not help thinking of the parallel with the way we put a glib and warped man in the White House. There are people calling for the banning of assault weapons who could not define an “assault weapon” if their life depended on it. Yet the ignorant expect others to take them seriously. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is

ica”. Obama knows he cannot bring the change to Communism/Socialism if there are not enough true Americans brought to their knees with a bad economy, greater debt than $16 TRILLION, and a loss of many freedoms.


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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Shutting people out to avoid distractions, even under a deadline, can cause hurt feelings. Instead, return calls and emails, and explain why you need a zone of privacy for now. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Although your keen Bull’s eyes usually can discern what’s fact from what’s faux, that upcoming decision will need really solid data before you can risk a commitment. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) As your confidence grows, you should be able to work toward your goals with more enthusiasm. Open your mind to suggestions. Some of them might even work for you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Reconnecting with someone from your past stirs up that old sense of adventure. But before you do anything else, be sure to get answers to those still-lingering questions. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Some people might resent the way you plan to resolve

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a difficult situation. But your commitment to making tough but fair decisions soon wins you their respect and support. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Mixed signals could be causing that vexing workplace problem. Before you choose to leave the project, ask for a meeting so you can get things out in the open. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your good intentions could backfire if you’re not careful with other people’s feelings. Try using persuasion, not pressure, to get others to see your side of the situation. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your dedication to finishing the task at hand is laudable. But be careful not to overdo the midnight oil bit. Take time for relaxation with someone very special. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Although your intuition will help you make some tough choices in the first half of the month, you’ll need more facts to back up your

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) All that hard work and research in the workplace finally pays off as you hoped it would. Ignore comments from jealous types who are out to get the Goat riled up.

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AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An unfair decision creates unnecessary problems. But avoid anger and move carefully as you work this out. Expect to get support from an unlikely source. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A fuzzy financial vista persists until midmonth, when things begin to clear up. You’ll also gain a better perspective on how to handle those pesky personal problems. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a wonderful way of being there for those who need your help in difficult times.

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Even on Sadie Hawkin’s Day the seven Flapper sisters still had a tough time getting a date. -John Calvin, Laconia, NH.

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over 50,000 people have died. Though the Assad family dictatorship seems doomed despite Russian help, the oft unspoken tragedy here remains the fate of Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christian minorities. No matter what the eventual outcome, extremist fundamentalist operatives may be part of a future regime. Syriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humanitarian crisis will be the story. With the onset of a brutal winter, UN humanitarian sources estimate that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well over 2.5 million people have fled their homes seeking montague from 3

and willing to pursue their Vermont leads in Northampton. Joe and the rest of the group get more than they expected when they are confronted with super high-tech procedures from the baddies, a group of illegal aliens in a sweat shop, and the meddling of one of the victimsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relatives. As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to expect when reading a Joe Gunther mystery thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a superfast-paced chase, several hold-your-breath moments, and a scene that looks like it will turn out really bad for our heroes. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan to do anything but keep your eyes glued to the last fifty pages or so. I knew before I started reading Paradise City that I was predisposed to like it. Here was my almost hometown featured in a book by a best-selling author with characters I liked, a mystery to solve, and the

her results, but the implications go beyond a smaller waist line. Her father suffers from Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, which looms large in her mind. The steps she is taking now she hopes will prevent a dependence on medication later. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know what may be ahead of me as I get older, and I know I need to start doing things to improve my overall health and fitness to help counter any disease I may develop later in life.â&#x20AC;?

safety both inside and outside the country. Â The number of those in need of assistance inside Syria has quadrupled from 1 million in March to 4 million in December 2012.â&#x20AC;? Moreover the world may confront a nuclear Iran, the tragic price of diplomatic dithering. Let me wish my readers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year 2013! John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues.

pace and style that make excellent reading. I enjoyed walking down Main Street with Joe, having a cup of coffee with him in the Coolidge Park CafĂŠ. I was thrilled (in more ways than one) to be reacquainted with Skinner House, a place I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thought about since I was a kid, and it was interesting to ride through Florence looking at the place with new eyes. When I lived next door Florence was the â&#x20AC;&#x153;make-doâ&#x20AC;? place for groceries and shopping, a small little hamlet compared with â&#x20AC;&#x153;town.â&#x20AC;? It sure wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t considered a treasure, though I admit it seems to have perked up in the past 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 years. One thing bothers me though, those mills in Leeds. Someday Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to have to figure out which one harbors a guillotine. Paradise City, Archer Mayor, Minotaur Books, October 2012


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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, January 3, 2013

Popovich Pet Theater At The Rochester Opera House Saturday, February 9th, 7pm

The famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will be at the Rochester Opera House os Saturday, February 9th at 7pm. With international award winning circus performer Gregory Popovich, twenty-six extraordinary talented dogs and cats wow audiences with their clever tricks and comical skits. This extravaganza of amazing performing pets, unique comedy and astounding juggling skills of Gregory Popovich delights kids, teens, families and adults. Popovich rescues all of his pet stars from animal shelters across the country. When asked how he trains his dogs and cats, he explains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each animal has a special quirky thing they naturally like to do. I figure out what this trick or talent is, and then I just encourage them to do it in my show. When my pets are performing, they are showing off their favorite tricks! This show is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Tickets are $25-$32. Tickets can be purchased online at The

Box Office at 31 Wakefield Street in Rochester is also open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am5pm and also two hours before the show. You can drop by or call 603335-1992. Upcoming shows at the Rochester Opera House will be: The Musical â&#x20AC;&#x153;All Shook Upâ&#x20AC;? which will open on Thursday, January 17th at 7:30pm with other performances throughout the weekend. Tickets are $8 The Stafford Wind Symphony will be back at the Opera House on Friday, February 8th at 7pm. Tickets are $7 and $12. R-rated Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr., brings his hilarious show to the stage on Saturday, February 16th at 8pm. Tickets are $22 and $24. The Family Theatre will present a gripping presentation of â&#x20AC;&#x153;To Kill A Mockingbirdâ&#x20AC;? beginning on Thursday, February 28th and continuing for the following three weekends. Tickets are $14 and $16. Coming in March will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Spirit of Johnny Cashâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dueling Pianos.â&#x20AC;?

Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been in Vegas and on many television programs and now the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will be at the Rochester Opera House on Saturday, February 9th at 7pm.

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