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Winter Events Are In Full Swing Across State

The Fourth Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic is back on Meredith Bay this weekend. With a good dose of winter weather over the past weeks, this event, and some others around the state, are set to bring some much-needed relief to cabin fever. In Tamworth, The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm will be holding their Annual Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival on Saturday, February 9th. from 11am-3pm. Bring the

family and learn how to score, grid, cut and stack ice properly. See the 4-H Yankee Teamsters Oxen Club bring the giant blocks of ice to the ice house like in the old days. Take a tree-identification walk and make a birdhouse with UNH Cooperative Extension and an animal-tracking walk with Chris Conrod. Play frisbee golf with folks from the Sandwich Parks & Recreation Dept. Enjoy chili, hot dogs and Mac & Cheese See winter on 16

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This young man is learning all about the history of Ice Harvesting at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth. This great winter event returns on Sunday, February 9th. The recent batch of solid winter weather which has embraced New Hampshire has set the stage for a flurry of cabin fever relievers. courtesy Photo

Friday, February 8th at 7pm, the Stafford Wind Symphony returns to the Rochester Opera House. Take a tour of the musical interpretations of the visual arts. Norman Della Joio’s Emmy Award winning Scenes From The Louvre is mysterious and breath-taking. Strafford Wind Symphony’s world-renowned composer, Morton Gold, will showcase a premier piece written for SWS Artistic Direc-


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All Shook Up – Elvis Musical

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

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Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, Laconia. Pre-registration is required as the class is limited to 8 students. $30. 279-9099 The Corner House Inn, Center Sandwich. 6:30pm. $19.95 pp plus tax and gratuity. 284-6219

The Paul Bourgelais Jazz Quartet

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. 527-0043

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

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

“6x6” Art Exhibit

The Gallery at Artstream, 56 North Main Street, Rochester. 5-7pm. 3300333

Santa Croce

Franklin Opera House, 7:30pm. 934-1901

Franklin.

Fitness Edge, Rt. 3 Meredith. 7-10pm. $10pp. 937-0113

Sunday 3rd 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

Cabin Fever Lecture Series

Friday 1st Blue Oyster Cult

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

CASA Snow Fest & On-Snow Golf Tournament

Loon Mountain, Lincoln. www.loonmtn. com or 1-800-LOON

The Rackey Thomas Blues Band

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. 527-0043

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PSU Dance Premiere Gala

Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, Plymouth. 7:30pm. $11/adults, $8/youth. 535-2787

Sheddlane

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

“Finding the First Granite Staters”

Community Room, Hopkinton Town Library, Contoocook. 1:30pm. Presented by Dr. Richard Boisvert. 746-6121

Danbury Grange Winter Market

Danbury Grange Hall, across from the

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Ballroom Dance

Story Telling Dinner

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Fire station in the center of Danbury. 9am-1pm.

Story Telling Dinner

Friday 8th Strafford Wind Symphony

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

A Chorus Line

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

Father & Daughter Valentines Dance

Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. 6:30-9:30pm. $15 per couple and $5 each additional child. Preregistration is required. 744-2713

Saturday 9th Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre

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

The Wright Museum, Wolfeboro. 2pm. “Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map; Women and Map Making in WWII”. Presented by Betsy Reese. RSVP encouraged. 569-1212

Let’s Go Fishing – Free Kid’s Ice Fishing Clinic

Monday 4th

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

MMRG’s Annual Dinner Meeting and Silent Auction

Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro. 6-9pm. It’s a festive affair with cocktail hour, silent auction, served dinner, MMRG awards, short business meeting and a guest speaker. RSVP to 473-2020

Breast Cancer and Beyond Social

Women’s Imaging Center at Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia. 4:30pm. Relax and visit among other women to share stories and discuss experiences. 527-2940.

Raising Back Yard Chickens

Boscawen Town Office, 116 North Main Street, Boscawen. 6:30pm. This program will discuss both layers and broilers and will be for anyone interested in raising their own chickens for eggs or meat. 753-9188

Tokyo Sonata Laconia 6:30pm.

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Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 10am-12pm. $8/member, $10/non-member. Adults must accompany children. 968-7194

PBVRC Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

Woodstock Inn, North Woodstock. 5pm. $45pp. For tickets call 536-3880.

“Flying the Idaho Back Country”

The Aviation Museum of NH, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry. 11am. Presented by Bob Hough. Seating is limited. 669-4877

Ice Harvest and Winter Carnival

The Remick Museum, Tamworth. 11am-3pm. www.remickmuseum.org

Plymouth Blues Summit

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

Comedy Night Library,

Laconia.

Tuesday 5th

Central NH Amateur Radio Club Meeting

Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 7pm. 677-7013

Wednesday 6th “Bonheoffer”

Sanbornton Town Public Library, Sanbornton. 6:30-8:30pm. 286-3018

Cinderella

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

Thursday 7th Tax Credit Application Workshop for Nonprofits

Church Landing, Rt. 3 Meredith. To register call 226-2170. Space is limited.

Cinderella

Meredith Bay at the Meredith Rotary Headquarters. 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. 279-7600

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main

Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Dinner reservations required. $15pp for comedy show. 569-3016

Annual Winter Auction for North Country Center for the Arts

Governor Adams Lodge at Loon Mountain, Lincoln. 6:30pm. Kicks off with cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner and live auction. $55 at the door. 745-2141

Sunday 10th “All That Jazz”

Brewster Academy’s Anderson Hall, Wolfeboro. 2pm. $20 at the door. 5692151

Cabin Fever Lecture Series

The Wright Museum, Wolfeboro. 2pm. “Honor Flight: New England, Transporting American Veterans to Washington, D.C. Memorials”. Presented by Joe Byron. RSVP encouraged. 569-1212

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Franklin Community Talent Show Calling all singers, musicians, dancers, magicians and jugglers! The 12th annual Franklin Community Talent Show hits the Franklin Opera House stage on Saturday, February 16th, and they are looking for performers with all kinds of talent to show their stuff. If you can sing a tune, tap dance or play an instrument please come out to the open auditions, to be held on Monday and Tuesday, February 11th and 12th at the Opera House. Maybe you’re a talented magician. Maybe you can juggle. Whatever your talent, they want to see you in action! Here’s your opportunity to entertain your family, your friends and the community at large in a fun-filled, festive evening that’s a great time for the entire family and the whole community. Entry forms are available by contacting the Opera House at 934-1901 or on the website at www.franklinoperahouse.org. Or stop by the Opera House office Monday-Friday between 10 am and 2 pm to pick one up. But remember, you have to audition in order to perform.

Dave Barry In Portsmouth Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry takes the stage at The Portsmouth Music Hall’s Historic Theater on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30pm in the celebrated author series Writers on a New England Stage. Dave Barry will discuss his new novel, Insane City which is a return to the comic suspense genre of which Barry is a master. Following his presentation and reading, the bestselling author will be interviewed by Virginia Prescott, host of NHPR’s noontime show “Word of Mouth.” Tickets to Writers on a New England Stage: Dave Barry are $13 ($11 for members of The Music Hall and NH Public Radio). Autographed copies of Insane City, a novel, are $24.25 (hardcover) when reserved in advance through the purchase of a voucher through The Music Hall box office. Signed books can be purchased on the evening for the full retail price of $26.95. Event tickets and vouchers can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth or over the phone at 603-436-2400.

Rackey Thomas Blues in Laconia Pitman’s Freight Room at 94 New Salem Street in Laconia is pleased to present The Rackey Thomas Blues Band Friday Evening February 1st. at 8pm. The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo CD, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Racky Thomas has a vast repertoire of tunes – blues from world-class bluesmen, plantation gospel (the original blues), rocking electric blues, classic and obscure blues, and Racky Thomas blues! including “Matchbox Blues”, “Biscuit-Bakin’ Woman”, “Mona”, “Sugar-coated Love”, “Big Road Blues”, “Hoochie-Coochie Man”, and “Mojo Workin’” (to name a few). Gutsy vocals, down and dirty harmonica, smoking guitar, a killer rhythm section delivering pure unadulterated blues, and you’ve got the Racky Thomas Band. Twice nominated for Boston Music Awards, and winners of the 1997 Battle of the Blues bands you’ve only got to experience them once to become a believer. Admission is $10, doors open at 7:15pm and we are a BYO Venue. pitmansfreightroom.com 527-0043.

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There Ought To Be A Law

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of the new bills that were being introduced in both the New Hampshire House and Senate. I did get quite a bit of feedback from some readers who came to realize, maybe for the first time, that besides the appearance of a stoic place of political reverence that the state house exudes upon entering and gazing upon its beautiful architecture and tributes to famous lawmakers who came before; inside, many times, people are just acting stupid. Representatives are affectionately known as “lawmakers.� That designation in itself should be enough to make even a strong man cringe. Having such a designation only goes to people’s heads. Especially here in New Hampshire where “lawmakers� are only paid two hundred dollars a year plus however many mileage dollars they can squeeze out of the piggy bank. So, it is obvious that no one is really in it for the money. That to me is frightening. Every two years, when I run for Governor, I make it clear that I really am only doing it for the money. A little over one hundred thousand a year is, in my mind, a good chunk of change. Even if I did a lousy job, I still am guaranteed to get paid for two years. So, why rock the boat?

Just sit there day after day, do nothing and hope that you can stay under the radar enough to confuse people and keep getting reelected. John Lynch was very successful doing this for eight years. That’s over $800,000. Pretty sweet deal. House members however, have no such impetus to just sit back and do nothing, which would be the best thing they could do. Some others would like nothing to happen, but they know that there are too many others who will be there trying to pass another stupid law or tax, so they have to show up just to stop them. Some people run for office because something happened to them personally so they want to create a law to see that it never happens again. I am told one legislator was somehow injured while watching a child on a small kiddie ride, so she proposed a bill that included having attendants at all kiddie rides, large and small across the state. These are the kinds of things going on while some of us are worried about the next mortgage payment. (I understand that as a result of this bill a committee will now have to go around the state looking at kiddie rides closely in an attempt to save us all from this terrible scourge on humanity.) This is just one example of some of the madness. When you hear about things like this you understand why we have over 400 legislators. There needs to be a good-sized contingency to be there to stop silliness like this. Of course, it would be economically unwise to pay legislators more money, making it an actual job that they would be afraid of losing by introducing silly bills, so we are stuck

with the current system. Years ago, the legislature only met in session every other year, so a lot of the silliness was cast aside since there wasn’t a lot of time to waste on it like there is today. They have even resisted putting air-conditioning in the house chambers to discourage people from being there in the summer, thus, hopefully eliminating frivolous bills. But that hasn’t always worked. (Maybe turning off the heat in the winter should be considered.) Someone has suggested going back to those days of biennial sessions, which would take a bill itself, but too many “lawmakers� don’t want to see that happen. After all, they feel they need to make more laws. I do have a couple of ideas. Each bill costs about five hundred dollars to introduce. Everything from making copies of the bills for legislators, to paying someone to write the incomprehensible legal language for each one to make it as confusing as possible. Maybe if each legislator had to chip in two hundred bucks for each bill they introduce it might slow things down a bit. They might even try the idea of the losing side in a court case sometimes paying legal fees: if your bill fails, you pay for the whole thing. If it is so stupid that it doesn’t even make it for a vote, you pay double. This might kill two birds with one stone; eliminating a lot of these foolish bills and contributing to the state treasury and maybe helping the economy a little bit. Oh yeah, the economy... not sure what they are doing to try and help with that. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at brendan@ weirs.com. He also is on Twitter at @weirsbrendan.

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To The Editor: Since the first of the year, many people have opened their paychecks and been shocked to discover that there has been a significant increase in the amount of taxes they pay. Many of these people were naïve enough to believe that, because Obama and the Democrats were successful in causing the “Bush Tax Cuts” to expire for the so-called rich that their own taxes would not go up. Never mind that this tax increase will ultimately generate less money then it takes to run the Federal behemoth for a week. The simple fact is that national debt is our debt and, the larger it becomes the more we (meaning all of us who pay taxes) will be expected to pay on it. Now that Mr. Obama has been re-elected, most taxes are likely to continue the upward trajectory. “Obamacare” contains a wealth of hidden taxes and fees that were not scheduled to go into effect until after the election. President Obama has repeatedly succeeded in frightening the American people and Congress into agreeing to go further into debt without making meaningful cuts in government spending. He has done this by predicting that an economic catastrophe will befall us and that he will need to suspend social security payments, veterans’ benefits, payments to our troops, etc. if the debt ceiling is not raised. I believe that Mr. Obama

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covets both your wealth and your liberty and will stop at nothing to relieve you of both. He wants government to be the most important and powerful thing in our lives and seeks to have the maximum number of people dependent upon the government for their safety and security. Russell T. Cumbee Franconia, NH.

Gun Free Zones To The Editor: Until recently I believed that “gun free zone” supporters were just misguided, blinded by their ideology to facts, history and human nature. Then these anti-gun people demonstrated that they know that “gun free zones” are dangerous, that they invite criminals. Various liberal journalists and commentators condemned gun owners and defended the identification of pistol permit holders in New York by “The Journal News.” “Citizens’ Against Senseless Violence” approached “The Journal News” publisher, editors, columnists, and some other anti-gun commentators and asked them to demonstrate their anti-gun commitment by putting a sign in front of their house saying, “This Home is Proudly Gun Free.” No one would post the sign. One home owner even said that such a sign might be an “invitation to people with guns”, other homes had armed guards. Apparently these people,

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.

like me, have found no evidence that “gun free zones” save lives, and that what they actually do is invite criminals. This conclusion is supported by much experience including the high murder rates in our big cities with strict gun control laws, and in England with its nation-wide strict gun control laws which has a violent crime rate that is three and one-half times the US rate. President Obama and many rich “elites” send their children to schools with armed guards. But they force the children of the rest of us into school “gun free zones” which they know are a dangerous invitation to wannabe mass killers. If President Obama really wanted to protect our children, he would start by eliminating “gun free zones” so murderers cannot be sure of finding easy victims in our schools, but he is not even considering this. Instead his actions will create more innocent victims, men, women, and children, by creating obstacles for law-abiding citizens who need guns to defend themselves from criminals…and President Obama is too intelligent not to know it. Decide for yourselves why President Obama is willing to unnecessarily expose your family members to danger. Whatever his reason, President Obama’s willingness to sacrifice law abiding Americans is reprehensible. Don Ewing Meredith, NH.

Locally owned for over 20 years, this publication is devoted to printing the stories of the people and places that make New Hampshire the best place in the world to live. No, none of the daily grind news will PO Box 5458 be found in these pages, just the good stuff. Weirs, NH 03247 Published year round on Thursdays, we distribute 32,000 copies of the Weirs Times TheWeirsTimes.com and Cocheco Times weekly to the Lakes info@weirs.com Region/Concord/Seacoast area. An independent circulation audit estimates facebook.com/weirstimes that over 66,000 people read our @weirstimes newspaper every week. To find out how your business or service can 603-366-8463 benefit from advertising with us please call Fax 603-366-7301 1-888-308-8463. ©2013 Weirs Publishing Company, Inc.


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(With A Good Dose Of Conservatism, Of Course…) As a newly elected member of the NH House of Representatives, (Belknap District 8 including the towns of Alton, Barnstead, and by Rep. Jane Gilmanton), Cormier I would like Belknap District 8 to introduce myself to you, the readers of the Weirs Times. I have long loved this local newspaper for its honesty and integrity. Each week, the Weirs Times offers a conservative platform which is reminiscent of former President Reagan and his definition of conservatism: “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less

government interference or less centralized authority and more individual freedom…” How true. But, as a dedicated conservative, I also know personal honor is central in true conservatism. Without honor and integrity, especially from those who serve us in political office, our republic is doomed to fail. Honor is what makes us better as a nation and a people. Together, conservatism and honor are an unbeatable team. In my humble opinion, Republicans will start winning elections again when we embrace these two ideals. But, that is a discussion for another day. In any case, entering the political arena was quite a change for me. Wife, mom of two, forSee cormier on 21

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Rotten to the Core: Obama’s War on Academic Standards America’s downfall doesn’t begin with the “low-information voter.” It starts with the no-knowledge student. For decades, by Michelle Malkin collectivist agitators in our Syndicated Columnist schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity and social justice. “Progressive” reformers denounced Western civilization requirements, the Founding Fathers and the Great Books as racist. They attacked traditional grammar classes as irrelevant in modern life. They deemed ability grouping of students (tracking) bad for self-esteem. They replaced time-tested rote techniques and standard algorithms with fuzzy math, inventive spelling and multicultural claptrap. Under President Obama, these top-down mal-formers -- empowered by Washington education bureaucrats and backed by misguided liberal philanthropists led by billionaire Bill Gates -- are now presiding over a radical makeover of your children’s school curriculum. It’s being done in the name of federal “Common Core” standards that do anything but raise achievement standards. Common Core was enabled by Obama’s federal stimulus law and his Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” gimmickry. The administration bribed cashstarved states into adopting unseen instructional standards as a condition of winning billions of dollars in grants. Even states that lost their bids for Race to the Top money were required to commit to a dumbed-down and amorphous curricular “alignment.” In practice, Common Core’s du-

bious “college- and career”-ready standards undermine local control of education, usurp state autonomy over curricular materials, and foist untested, mediocre and incoherent pedagogical theories on America’s schoolchildren. Over the next several weeks and months, I’ll use this column space to expose who’s behind this disastrous scheme in D.C. backrooms. I’ll tell you who’s fighting it in grassroots tea party and parental revolts across the country from Massachusetts to Indiana, Texas, Georgia and Utah. And most importantly, I’ll explain how this unprecedented federal meddling is corrupting our children’s classrooms and textbooks. There’s no better illustration of Common Core’s duplicitous talk of higher standards than to start with its math “reforms.” While Common Core promoters assert their standards are “internationally benchmarked,” independent members of the expert panel in charge of validating the standards refute the claim. Panel member Dr. Sandra Stotsky of the University of Arkansas reported, “No material was ever provided to the Validation Committee or to the public on the specific college readiness expectations of other leading nations in mathematics” or other subjects. In fact, Stanford University professor James Milgram, the only mathematician on the validation panel, concluded that the Common Core math scheme would place American students two years behind their peers in other highachieving countries. In protest, Milgram refused to sign off on the standards. He’s not alone. Professor Jonathan Goodman of New York University found that the Common Core math standards imposed “significantly lower expectations with respect to algebra and geometry than the published

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after the Security Council unanimously condemned the recent North Korean missile launch and deby John J. Metzler manded that Syndicated Columnist the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea abandon nuclear testing, Pyongyang’s rulers decided to up the political ante. They announced that they are on the verge of a third nuclear test and for good measure, threatened that both their missile and nuclear technology is aimed at the United States! While the North Korean communists do not shy from hurling political bombast and backing their threats with the occasional pyrotechnic show, the timing of this entire sequence is set to probe the reactions of key neighboring governments in a game of high-stakes poker. The December intercontinental ballistic missile test came at the sensitive time of elections in both South Korea and Japan. Equally, the period mirrored the new leadership transition in Mainland China as well as the aftermath of the American presidential elections. Thus while North Korea is testing missiles, Pyongyang’s secretive political leadership is taking the regional pulse and most especially reactions. The most recent UN Security Council resolution was noteworthy. Sponsored by the United States, it gained the support of all fifteen Council members, most especially and importantly People’s China and Russia. Significantly South Korea, who just joined the Council for a two year term, predictably backed the action which as mentioned both condemns the missile launches and demands that the DPRK “Abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner.” The resolution also calls for an end to further launches “that use ballistic missile technology, nuclear tests or any other further provocation, ” and slaps some additional sanctions on North Korean technology firms as well

as banks who have had dealing with financial institutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now to the regional angle. In presidential elections, South Korea voters elected a new conservative government of Ms. Park Geun-hye. While Park, the daughter of the late 1960’s-70’s strongman President Park Chung hee, remains an unapologetic nationalist who pines for peaceful reunification of the divided peninsula, she is above all a steely realist not prone to pander to Pyongyang’s dictates. With her inauguration in Seoul is planned for February 25th , there’s rife speculation as to whether she may wish to test the frozen political waters between both Korean governments. Would a nuclear test derail any diplomatic dialogue and humanitarian thaw between both states? Interestingly, in a New Year’s address, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un stated that his regime is open to inter-Korean reengagement, urging that “the great national cause of reunifying the country…by holding fast to the ideals of independence, peace and friendship.” Then there’s Japan. Elections in December returned the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power in a political landslide. The new nationalist but pro-American Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is focused first and foremost at revitalization of Japan’s sluggish economy. Equally Tokyo is embroiled with Beijing in dangerous territorial rift over the disputed Daoyutai or Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Prime Minister Abe is forced to deal with North Korea’s provocations which are dangerously close to Japan, and let’s face it, could have Japan as a target. China too is nervous over its erstwhile comrades in the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Though Beijing has ideologically offered lip service to the Pyongyang regime, China’s trade and commerce is overwhelmingly with prosperous capitalist South Korea. The North Korean nuclear antics are a dangerous reminder of instability on Mainland China’s doorstep. While Beijing regularly urges the DPRK rulers to show restraint, the fact is that North Korea sees

a nuclear option as getting Korea out of the traditional “big brother” shadow of China as much as it presumably makes Pyongyang an independent political player. This is one reason that Beijing, along with Washington supports

a resumption of the multilateral but moribund Six Party Talks which bring together all the regional players; South and North Korea, China, Japan, Russia and the USA into a diplomatic process

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Do Gun Control Laws Control Guns? The gun control controversy is only the latest of many issues to be debated almost solely in terms of fixed preconceptions, with little or no examination by Thomas Sowell of hard facts. Syndicated Columnist Media discussions of gun control are dominated by two factors: the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment. But the over-riding factual question is whether gun control laws actually reduce gun crimes in general or murder rates in particular. If, as gun control advocates claim, gun control laws really do control guns and save lives, there is nothing to prevent repealing the Second Amendment, any more than there was anything to prevent repealing the Eighteenth Amendment that created Prohibition. But, if the hard facts show that gun control laws do not actually control guns, but instead lead to

more armed robberies and higher murder rates after law-abiding citizens are disarmed, then gun control laws would be a bad idea, even if there were no Second Amendment and no National Rifle Association. The central issue boils down to the question: What are the facts? Yet there are many zealots who seem utterly unconcerned about facts or about their own lack of knowledge of facts. There are people who have never fired a shot in their life who do not hesitate to declare how many bullets should be the limit to put into a firearm’s clip or magazine. Some say ten bullets but New York state’s recent gun control law specifies seven. Virtually all gun control advocates say that 30 bullets in a magazine is far too many for self-defense or hunting -- even if they have never gone hunting and never had to defend themselves with a gun. This uninformed and self-righteous dogmatism is what makes the gun control debate so See Sowell on 22


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non-membership to any individual church is not such a bad idea. WAGER: Betty and I speak with God more than Feinstein and Hall do. ******** Do you recall when Gov. Jeanne Shaheen appointed a “Blue Ribbon Committee� on acceptable tax revenue streams that were acceptable to the taxpayers of NH. Jeanne may call it anything she would like, but it was a group of learned men. Locally, the group chose Inter Lakes High School Meredith for their presentation. We were there and addressed the committee with our opposition to a NH sales or personal income tax. Interesting, we never learned of their findings. Now our new Governor, Maggie Hassan, has decided she needs outside help again, this time to tell us how much taxpayer revenue can be found; and, predict what the Governor will have to spend on, who knows what, for the next two years. “House Republican Leader Gene Chandler: “We appreciate the Governor’s initiative in creating this panel, but estimating revenue has traditionally been in the purview of the legislature. We will not cede our legislative responsibility to develop reasonable and sound revenue estimates. We are elected by and accountable to the taxpayers of New Hampshire, but appointed members of the Governor’s panel could be viewed as having other interests. We look forward to hearing what the panel has to say, but we intend on continuing to produce our own reasonable revenue estimates, drawing upon

the years of experience House members have in this very important process.� I recall watching Close-Up NH a few years back where Rep. Norm Major warned the Democrats in charge that the revenue was not there for their spending plan. They refused to listen, and I’m sure you recall the Gov. Lynch $800 million deficit, Thanks to the Republicans who were defeated two months ago, the amount was substantially reduced. Now watch out-the Democrats are back, and they looking for more money! HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER GENE CHANDLER (R-Bartlett) gave the following comment in reaction to Gov. Hassan’s executive order creating a Consensus Revenue Estimating Panel: “We appreciate the Governor’s initiative in creating this panel, but estimating revenue has traditionally been in the purview of the legislature. We will not cede our legislative responsibility to develop reasonable and sound revenue estimates. We are elected by and accountable to the taxpayers of New Hampshire, but appointed members of the Governor’s panel could be viewed as having other interests. We look forward to hearing what the panel has to say, but we intend on continuing to produce our own reasonable revenue estimates, drawing upon the years of experience House members have in this very important process.� Rep. Chandler was a radio guest last Thursday. He has our support, because he is correct! ******** MORE OBAMA BALONEY: (Fox News) A federal appeals court ruled Friday See advocates on 22


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At a recent National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) NH Chapter 1694 (Lakes Region-Mount Washington Valley) meeting Shirley Gordon was invited to speak. Gordon is a Director at the Mass/NH Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Rita Pelland, who is totally committed to Alzheimer’s, serves as Chapter chairperson for fund raising and awareness of Alzheimer’s. The following is excerpts from Gordon’s presentation. “Alzheimer’s and Dementia has become an epidemic in our society today. This disease does not discriminate and is a very long, painful, and heartbreaking journey. My husband Mike was diagnosed almost 5 years ago with FTD/ Frontal Temporal De-

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Your Health is in Your Hands by Dr. Graham Moneysmith, DC. Contributing Writer

February is here, the month of love. I believe that one of the best ways you can show your family and friends how much you care about them is by taking care of your health. Words are words, but the action of keeping yourself healthy to be there for them, to care for them, and enjoy life with them…. that’s real love. February isn’t only Valentine’s Day time, it is also American Heart Health month. So if we are going to care for ourselves, our hearts are a great place to start (especially because many heart healthy tips will benefit your whole body). Here are your heart healthy strategies: 1) Maintain a healthy weight. You don’t need to be a rail. But clearly having a lower body mass index (BMI) is a good choice. Here is a simple way to check if your build is increasing your heart disease risk: measure around your waist. Easy, right? If you are male your risks are increased if the number measured is greater than 40 inches and if you are a female you are in danger of increased risks if your measurement is greater than 35 inches. Don’t get too overwhelmed, even a small loss of 5-10% of your bodyweight can improve your blood pressure and cholesterol. 2) Eat a healthy diet. This one clearly links to the prior step, but it goes deeper than eating less. There are easy choices that you can change to improve your risk factors: decrease your trans fats (fried foods, packaged

foods, margarine, etc), decrease your saturated fats (mostly from animal products) and increase your Omega 3 fatty acids. According to Mayo Clinic. com , “Eating one to two servings a week of fish, particularly fish that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, particularly sudden cardiac death.” You can get these fatty acids from certain fish, as mentioned, but also supplementation. If you do choose the supplement route make sure its mercury free and has been purified. Another good option is eat more berries and fruit. A study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that: “eating at least three servings a week of red, purple, or blue fruits that are rich in the falconoid anthocyanin is associated with a 32% decreased heart attack in younger women….” (Bostonglobe.com). 3) Quit smoking. Seriously, there are a million reasons to stop smoking. Forget health for a minute and think economically, it is a very expensive habit. Outside all of the other health reasons to quit, here is one more: smoking makes you more susceptible to heart disease. According to WebMD.com, “ Almost 20% of all deaths from heart disease in the U.S. are directly related to cigarette smoking. That’s because smoking is a major cause of coronary artery disease.” Further, if you want to take care of your loved ones around you, quitting mat be key as the article continues by stating that, “It is estimated that nearly 70,000 nonsmokers die from heart disease each year as a result of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke.” 4) Exercise. This one is so obvious and so simple, but still people don’t do it. The most common excuse, I hear is time and money. Meaning : people believe that don’t have enough time and they don’t have money to buy expensive

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Chase Away Those Winter Blues... Cabin Fever Lecture Series Returns Sunday Afternoons at the Wright! Shirley Gordon addressing the NARFE meeting. alzheimers from 9

days each week and loves it. This has never been done before - someone leaving Long Term Care and attending a day program. We have broken records. We have a routine and we tweak as we need to and it works, and he is very happy. We just crossed another milestone and went to Florida for Christmas and spent it with my in-laws. Yes, Mike did awesome. I believe if you want something bad enough that you can do it if you believe. The second time around and yes I am successful with managing this disease. It is very unpredictable and you always have to be on your guard. I have Caregivers as I need them to sit with Mike so I have respite time. This was the mistake I made two years ago. I also take care of myself and I am very active in advocacy work for Alzheimer’s. I am a Board Member for The Alzheimer’s Association NH/Mass. Chapters. I do some consulting work with Home Care Agencies and Elder Care Attorney’s. I meet with families regularly who are just starting out with this process. I facilitate two Support Groups in NH and I also facilitate The Memory Lane Café in NH. I do lots of public speaking engagements and tell our story when asked. My hope, dream and goal are that someday we will have a world without Alzheimer’s. In the meantime the researchers are working diligently round the clock to find

a cure. Advocacy and getting the word out to the public and education about this disease is the key. You can never know enough about this disease. It is like riding a roller coaster every day. There are good days and bad days. I take it a day at a time because every day with my Mike is precious and moments we will never have again. I am the voice for my Mike and for those who cannot speak for themselves about Alzheimer’s/Dementia. We are not alone on this journey. Hope is a good thing. The key to successful care giving is routine, patience education, awareness and lots of love. I am very passionate about this work and mission. It is my life now and I am committed to this and in it for the long haul”. Hosting Shirley Gordon an Alzheimer’s Caregiver, Advocate, and Consultant was a revealing occasion to hear what it means to be all of the descriptive above to a spouse, and together, challenged with this illness. Love must be lived to the fullest. If you missed meeting her, you will have an opportunity at your future chapter meetings. If you are not free to attend, but would with help, call Rita or Larry Pelland at 603225-4350 and they will return your call with the best solution.

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(603) 323-7591 for more information or go to www. remickmuseum.org. On Friday, February 1st, Loon Mountain Resort in Lincoln will join forces with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire (CASA) for CASA SnowFest, a snowgolf tournament to benefit abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. Loon will also host CASA volunteers and their families for a day of fun on the mountain as a small thank you for the time and energy they devote to helping children get on the path to a better life. During CASA Snow Fest, golfers will ski or snowboard a nine-hole course on the intermediate Blue Ox trail on Loon Peak, which will be filled with fun

and interesting hazards to make for a challenging round. After golfing, competitors will enjoy a lunch catered by The Common Man Restaurant. Later that day, plenty of raffles, prizes and awards will be given out during an après ski party at Babe’s Blue Ox Lounge All proceeds from CASA SnowFest will benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. The entry fee for CASA Snow Fest is $105 for individuals, or $400 for teams of four and includes one all-day lift ticket per person, plus breakfast, lunch,

The Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby takes place on Saturday and Sunday, February 9th and 10th. après ski party, prizes and giveaways. To register, visit www.casanh.org/snowfest or call 800/626-0622. Loon Mountain is located at 60 Loon Mountain Road

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standards of other countries.â&#x20AC;? Under Common Core, as the American Principles Project and Pioneer Institute point out, algebra I instruction is pushed to 9th grade, instead of 8th grade, as commonly taught. Division is postponed from 5th to 6th grade. Prime factorization, common denominators, conversions of fractions and decimals, and algebraic manipulation are de-emphasized or eschewed. Traditional Euclidean geometry is replaced with an experimental approach that had not been previously pilot-tested in the U.S. Zeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ev Wurman, a prominent software architect, electrical engineer and longtime math advisory expert in California and Washington, D.C., points out that Common Core delays proficiency with addition and subtraction until 4th grade and proficiency with basic multiplication until 5th grade, and skimps on logarithms, mathematical induction, cormier from 6

mer opera singer, and Director of a small nonprofit organization are not necessarily the skill set required to join the world of politics. But, feeling rather disgusted with the politics at my county and local level, I decided to push ahead and throw my hat into the proverbial ring. And what a journey it has been. Considering myself more conservative than Republican, I campaigned with a sign which said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conservative.â&#x20AC;? I was rather dismayed when my party chairman asked me to take â&#x20AC;&#x153;Conservativeâ&#x20AC;? off my sign. The reason was that â&#x20AC;&#x153;no other Republican has that on their sign.â&#x20AC;? Ah, well - I decided to keep Conservative on my sign, as it seemed the honorable thing to do. Conservative describes who I am. I freely admit to being a Republican by default. But, I also know there are many, many people out there who

parametric equations and trigonometry at the high school level. I cannot sum up the stakes any more clearly than Wurman did in his critique of this mess and the vested interests behind it: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe the Common Core marks the cessation of educational standards improvement in the United States. No state has any reason left to aspire for first-rate standards, as all states will be judged by the same mediocre national benchmark enforced by the federal government. Moreover, there are organizations that have reasons to work for lower and less-demanding standards, specifically teachers unions and professional teacher organizations. While they may not admit it, they have a vested interest in lowering the accountability bar for their members. ...This will be done in the name of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;critical thinkingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;21st-centuryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; skills, and in faraway Washington, D.C., well beyond the reach of parents and most states

and employers.â&#x20AC;? This is all in keeping with my own experience as a parent of elementary- and middle-school age kids who were exposed to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyday Mathâ&#x20AC;? nonsense. This and other fads abandon â&#x20AC;&#x153;drill and killâ&#x20AC;? memorization techniques for fuzzy â&#x20AC;&#x153;critical thinkingâ&#x20AC;? methods that put the cart of â&#x20AC;&#x153;whyâ&#x20AC;? in front of the horse of â&#x20AC;&#x153;how.â&#x20AC;? In other words: Instead of doing the grunt work of hammering times tables and basic functions into kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; heads first, the faddists have turned to wacky, wordy non-math alternatives to encourage â&#x20AC;&#x153;conceptualâ&#x20AC;? understanding -- without any mastery of the fundamentals of math. Common Core is rotten to the core. The corruption of math education is just the beginning.

feel just the same way. Maybe it is not the politically correct thing to admit, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t become involved to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;political.â&#x20AC;? Telling the truth is difficult enough. Being only a â&#x20AC;&#x153;freshmanâ&#x20AC;? who has already been told by a member of my own party, I â&#x20AC;&#x153;should keep my mouth shut and learnâ&#x20AC;? (hmmm â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I am too old to change now), I am absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to write a column for the Weirs Times detailing some informative and interesting stories for you to read each week. While I have no desire to be a cowardly bomb thrower, I do think we are desperately in need of honest dialogue without fear. We need to talk in unabashed truth to each other about what is happening here in New Hampshire and beyond. Consider me a â&#x20AC;&#x153;TownCrierâ&#x20AC;? of sorts. I like that much better than politician. I look forward to offering some important

information regarding upcoming bills in the NH House as well as happenings in our local government. Many will not relish what I will offer, but perhaps others will be motivated to be active in their own arena of politics. If I can do it, YOU can too! After all, it is OUR government and we have to be involved to keep others from taking our government from us. That is the only reason I am now active within this daunting world of politics. And, who knows how long this adventure will last? Being a â&#x20AC;&#x153;TownCrierâ&#x20AC;? can be a lonely task. But, I look forward to sharing my journey with you!

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futile and so polarizing. Anyone who faces three home invaders, jeopardizing himself or his family, might find 30 bullets barely adequate. After all, not every bullet hits, even at close range, and not every hit incapacitates. You can get killed by a wounded man. These plain life-anddeath realities have been ignored for years by people who go ballistic when they hear about how many shots were fired by the police in some encounter with a criminal. As someone who once taught pistol shooting in the Marine Corps, I am not the least bit surprised by the number of shots fired. I have seen people miss a stationary target at close range, even in the safety and calm of a pistol range. We cannot expect everybody to know that. But we can expect them to know that they don’t know -- and to stop spouting off about life-and-death issues when they don’t have the facts. The central question as to whether gun control laws

save lives or cost lives has generated many factual studies over the years. But these studies have been like the proverbial tree that falls in an empty forest, and has been heard by no one -- certainly not by zealots who have made up their minds and don’t want to be confused by the facts. Most factual studies show no reduction in gun crimes, including murder, under gun control laws. A significant number of studies show higher rates of murder and other gun crimes under gun control laws. How can this be? It seems obvious to some gun control zealots that, if no one had guns, there would be fewer armed robberies and fewer people shot to death. But nothing is easier than to disarm peaceful, lawabiding people. And nothing is harder than to disarm people who are neither -- especially in a country with hundreds of millions of guns already out there, that are not going to rust away for centuries. When it was legal to buy a shotgun in London in the

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middle of the 20th century, there were very few armed robberies there. But, after British gun control zealots managed over the years to disarm virtually the entire law-abiding population, armed robberies became literally a hundred times more common. And murder rates rose. One can cherry-pick the factual studies, or cite some studies that have subsequently been discredited, but the great bulk of the studies show that gun control laws do not in fact control guns. On net balance, they do not save lives but cost lives. Gun control laws allow some people to vent their emotions, politicians to grandstand and self-righteous people to “make a statement” -- but all at the cost of other people’s lives. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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aimed at DPRK denuclearization. And what about the USA, treaty bound to defend South Korea? President Barack Obama’s inauguration speech spelled out painfully little about foreign and security policy. Yet as the President stated, “We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully. Not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.” While such admirable sentiments would work well in a Model UN setting, somehow I feel Kim Jong-un’s Korea misses the point and is searching for signs of weakness and strategic indifference. Clearly South Korea, Japan, China and the USA are being tested by Pyongyang’s pugnacious probes. Will they call North Korea’s bluff?

that President Obama violated the Constitution when he sidestepped the Senate to fill open spots on a labor relations panel, in a major setback for the president. The suit had been brought by a local business in Washington state challenging the National Labor Relations Board. Supported by dozens of Senate Republicans, the case argued the president didn’t have the power to make three appointments to the NLRB. ******** PEMI-BAKER VALLEY REPUBLICAN LINCOLNREAGAN COMMITTEE: Annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner, Saturday Feb. 9 at Woodstock Inn, North Woodstock. A social hour 5-6 and Dinner begins at 6. For availability of tickets and more info: 536-8880 or cindy@hdatech.com.

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Do you have a clever caption for this photograph? Send your captions with your name, phone number and home town to us by mail to: Attn: Caption This, The Weirs Times, P.O. Box 5458, Weirs, NH 03247, online at www.TheWeirsTimes.com or by email to contest@weirs.com or by fax to 603-3667301. Weekly winners will be chosen by our editorial staff and will be entered into a prize drawing for a new Digital Camera courtesy of Spectrum Photo. For all your digital photo needs stop by their store in Wolfeboro, call phone 877-FILM PRO or visit them online at www.SpectrumPhotoOnline.com. The prize winner for the 01/03/13 - 06/27/13 contest period will be selected by random drawing. All captions become property of The Weirs Times and may be used for marketing and promotional purposes. Photo #423 - 01/31/13 - entry deadline 02/14/13

Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel bolder as each new success falls into place. But caution is still advised through the end of the week. Until then, a step-by-step approach is best. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) That cooperation you request could come at too high a price. Since few can beat the Bovine at being clever and resourceful, why not see what you can do on your own? GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Aspects favor a quieter time spent getting closer to the people who are especially important to you. There’s always much more to learn and appreciate about each other. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The concerned Crab will act to resolve workplace misunderstandings before they get out of hand and cause more-serious problems. Co-workers rally to support your efforts. LEO (July 23 to August 22) What the Big Cat might see as a disturbing act of disloy-

ACROSS 1 Soda brand since 1905 7 Tree yielding gum arabic 13 Sun visors and parasols 20 Light particle 21 Gondolas’ “roads” 22 Amount that fits in a fist 23 Hasbro is its parent 25 African country 26 Meal maker 27 1983 Barbra Streisand musical 28 Baseballer Combs 30 Toronto and Ottawa’s loc. 31 Opposite of near 32 “Indubitably!” 33 What insults may result in 36 Stored, as a rŽsumŽ 39 “For - jolly good fellow” 40 Spring flower 41 Courteney Cox sitcom 44 - Mawr College 46 Egyptian snakes 50 Bit of land in the sea 51 Suffix with direct 52 “Alice in Wonderland” star Wasikowska 53 “Enough!” 55 “The Birds” star Hedren 57 Hammy brunch dish 60 Feminist Gloria 63 “- pro nobis” 64 Les - -Unis (America, in Paris) 65 Quantity: Abbr.

alty might just be a failure of communication on both sides. Take time for mediation rather than confrontation. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be more patient with those who seem unwilling to accept your version of what’s right. The fact is, there’s a lot more to learn on all sides of this issue. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) It should be easier to assess the facts you’ll need to make an important decision. But don’t commit if you still have doubts. There could be more you need to know. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your excitement level remains high as you continue working on that new project. Expect some setbacks. But on the whole, all will move pretty much on schedule. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) It might be wise to be more prudent with expenses right now. But your financial situation should soon clear up, and you could be

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You might prefer sticking with your current schedule. But some newly emerging information could persuade you to consider a change. Keep an open mind. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You might want to reject a suggested change. But it could be wise to go with the flow, at least for a while. You can always return to your first plan if you like. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You’re bolstered by both the practical and poetic sides of your nature as you maneuver through some unsettled emotional situations. Things ease up by week’s end. BORN THIS WEEK: People reach out to your generosity and wisdom, and consider you a trusted and treasured friend.

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Runners Up Captions: Everybody go home, we advertised “Bass Masters Convention, not gas maskers convention.” -Jack Ryan, Woburn, Mass. The Boy Scout Jamboree turned into a fiasco when the toilets backed up. -Tom Hopwood, Meredith, NH.

Entering Washington, D.C., citizens dress accordingly. -Marisol D. Hyatt, Manchester, NH.

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Valentine Lunch for Seniors

Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. Noon. There will be Bingo following the luncheon. 744-2713

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Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 10am-12pm. $8/member, $10/non-member. Adults must accompany children. 968-7194

Very, Very Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dance

Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Museum of NH, 6 Washington Street, Dover. 6-8:30pm. $10/members and $15/non-members. 742-2002

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Rockingham Ballroom, Newmarket. 6:30pm. All night dinner buffet. $25pp. 659-4410 Reservations required.

Icebreaker & Silent Auction

Gilmanton Academy, Gilmanton Corners. 6:30-9:30pm. Food, music and auction items of all kinds. To benefit the Gilmanton Year Round Library. $15pp or 2 for $25. 267-1905

12th Annual Community Talent Show

Franklin Opera House, Franklin. 9341901

Peter Ferber Art Show

The Art Place, 9 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. Unveiling at 9:30am. Artist Reception to follow. Snow date Feb. 17th at 11am. Show continues through March 2nd. 569-6159 Sunday 17th

â&#x20AC;&#x153;One-Man Star Wars Trilogyâ&#x20AC;?

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord. 1 and 4pm. 2251111

Alton Winter Carnival

NH Rt. 11, Alton Bay. 8am -4pm. Many events going on through out the day! 875-4100 ext. 104

Cabin Fever Lecture Series

The Wright Museum, Wolfeboro. 2pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Sawed Up a Storm- Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sawmill at Turkey Pond, NHâ&#x20AC;?. Presented by Sarah Smith. RSVP encouraged. 569-1212

Friday 22nd Aladdin Mantle Lamp Special!

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Ryan Montbleau Band & Rustic Overtones

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

Parkington Sisters

By chance or appointment.

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

Kero & Electric Lamps, Shades and Supplies.

Fri. 22nd - Sat. 23rd

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The Vagina Monologues

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

New Hampshire Now!

Saturday 23rd Monkey Goes Country

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

Sunday 24th 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

84th Academy Awards Live

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

Cabin Fever Lecture Series

The Wright Museum, Wolfeboro. 2pm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Carlsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Raiders; 2nd Marine Raiders Battalionâ&#x20AC;?. Presented by Harold Sheffield. RSVP encouraged. 569-1212

Monday 25th Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia. 7-8:30pm. $7/non-member or $5/member. Call to reserve your spot. 366-5695

Thurs. 28th - March 9th To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Ongoing Senior Ten Pin Bowling League

Funspot, Rt. 3 Weirs Beach. 10am every Monday morning. 50 years and older welcomed! Call Gail 569-1974 or Marie 494-8405

Laconia Indoor Winter Market

Skate Escape, Court Street, Laconia. Every Thursday from 3pm-6pm Oct. 4th through May 30th.

Live Monday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Friday 10-11a.m. Call in at 224-1450. Listen live on 1450AM â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 103.9FM or on-line at ConcordNewsRadio.com

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

Woodside Carvers Club

Woodside Building at the Taylor Community, Laconia. Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30am. Beginners welcome. 934-4265

Trivia Night

The Barley House, 132 North Main Street, Concord. Wednesdays at 7pm. 228-6363

Ladies Night!

Lilise, 113 Storrs Street. Concord. Third Thursday of every month from 4-7pm. During Ladies Night you can enjoy a beverage and appetizers while you shop and receive 15% off your entire purchase. 715-2009

30+ League Basketball

Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. 6pm. $1 per night. 744-2713.

Adult Pick-Up Basketball

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

Virtual Golf on the PGA Tour Simulators

Pease Golf Course, 200 Grafton Road, Portsmouth. Simulators are open and reservations can be made by calling the golf shop at 433-1331.

T.O.P.S. Meeting

Congregational Church, Meredith. 5:30pm every Wednesday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Take Off Pounds Sensibly.â&#x20AC;?

Toastmasters

Moultonborough Library. 6pm. Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Get over your fear of public speaking. Everyone welcome. 476-5760 or email bobgoff@msn.com.

Bible Study

Rotating Art Exhibits and Unique Shop

Open Door Bible Church, 2324 Rt. 16, next to West Ossipee Post Office. Every Wednesday at 6:30pm. 508380-0471

The Studio, 84 Union Ave, Laconia. Wed.-Fri. 10am-5pm and Sat. 10am3pm. Fun, unusual gift ideas that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cost a fortune! 455-8008

Singles Dance

Middle Eastern Expressive Dance & Yoga

Danielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall, Rt 4, Nottingham. Fridays from 8pm-12am. Casual dress. BYOB, free light buffet and drink set-ups. Smoking outside on the patio. $12. 942-8525

Acoustic Country Pickin Party

Tilton Senior Center from 7pm-9pm every Wednesday.

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

The only program that talks about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening in all of The Granite State.

Knotty Knitters

Trinity Episcopal Church, Rt. 25, Meredith. 7:30pm. First and third Tuesdays of the month. Persons of any experience level are welcome. www.lrcameraclub.com 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

Meredith Public Library, Main St. Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30am and Thursdays, 1-2pm. Ages 3-5. 2794303.

Stone Gardens, Meredith. Wednesdays at 6:30pm. 744-9761.

Tot Time

Meredith Public Library, Main St. Fridays 9:30-10:20am. Ages 3-5. 2794303.

Art Classes and Workshops

Imagine Gallery, 624 Main Street, Laconia. Open Tues-Sat. 10am-5pm or by appointment. Ongoing classes for all ages, art exhibits and art work of local artists for sale. Call 528-1706 or 235-2777. imaginegallerynh.com.

Tai Chi

Center Harbor Congregational Church, Center Harbor. 9am Mondays. 6pm Thursdays and a beginners class at 7pm Thursdays. 968-7986

Complimentary Wine Tasting

Wolfeboro Wine Cellar, 51 North Main Street. Fridays 3-6pm. Saturdays 3-6pm and Sundays 2-5pm. 5693321.

Weirs Community Association Meeting

Park

Community Hall above the fire station. 7pm. Second Monday of every month. All are welcome. 366-5185.


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Rochester Opera House Receives $20,000 Grant From NH Charitable Foundation

The Rochester Opera House Board of Directors is pleased to announce the award of a $20,000 grant for operations support for the 2012/2013 season from the Charles & Aroline B. Greenfield Fund and the Kevin S. Burbank Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The Rochester Opera House has been chosen for three consecutive years as an NHCF grant recipient of this competitive and prestigious award. According to NHCF Senior Program Officer Celina Adams, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The regional advisory board of the Piscataqua Region approved this grant to the Rochester Opera House in acknowledgment of the good work the volunteers and staff of the organization have done over the past few years to stabilize and strengthen this important community resource. We recognize the value of art and cultural institutions to the health, well being, and economic vitality of our communities.â&#x20AC;? During the past three seasons, NHCF grant awards have greatly impacted funding necessary to establish operations stability

education for area youth, we offer four two week sessions of Summer Theatre Camp for ages four through teen. Built and designed within the Rochester City Hall by architect George Gilman Adams in 1908, the Rochester Opera House is the only theatre remaining in the country today with a mechanism that raises or levels the auditorium floor. With the floor leveled and the orchestra seats removed, the theatre stages flat floor events such as dance parties and dinner theatre with cocktail seating and live music in the pit. For concerts and plays, the floor is raised and the seats are replaced. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. To learn more about this historic theatre, please visit RochesterOperaHouse.com. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and businesses. It awards $30 million annually in grants and scholarships.

The Rochester Opera House has been chosen for three straight years as a New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grant recipient. and to enhance programming. Rochester Opera House has seen tremendous growth in ticket sales, sponsorship and programming since reorganization in December 2007. Rochester Opera House Productions, established in 2010, employs talented area directors, actors and technicians

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