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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, March 19, 2015




The 6th Annual Great Northeast Boat Show This Weekend

Mal Fuller (R) with Bob Lawton at Funspot in the early 1980s. Mal, a longtime columnist for The Weirs Times, passed away on March 9th. Bob Lawton, publisher of this paper and owner of Funspot recounts how he met Mal and the friendship that followed.

Remembering Mal Fuller

by Bob Lawton Publisher and Founder

Everyone here at The Weirs Times was saddened to hear of the passing of our longtime columnist and good friend, Mal Fuller on March 9th. Since 1996 Mal entertained our audience with his informative stories on different car makes and models in “Motoring Through History”

and later writing about just about anything that struck his fancy in “Rambling Through History.” All his columns were written in his unique style that had us thinking, laughing and always wanting more. My relationship with Mal goes back much further than that. His influence not only helped enhance this publication, which I

had started in 1992, but it also was a big factor in affecting my other business, the Funspot Family Entertainment Center in Weirs Beach, which I started in 1952. Let me tell you the story. In the 1970s we used to hold Pinball tournaments at Funspot. Mal and his son Ed, who lived in Wolfe-

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Believe it or not, spring is really here and it’s a great time to get the best deals on a new boat or watercraft. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 2022, the Great Northeast Boat Show is back at the 100,000 square foot Hampshire Dome in Milford for its sixth great year. With over twenty-five dealers showing over seventy-five brands and



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over 150 boats, this is the largest spring boat show in New England and north of Boston. Check out our special pull-out section in the center of this newspaper for all of the details on dealers and other boat show information. For more information on the Great Northeast Boat Show visit them on the web at www.greatnortheastboatshow.com.


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March Thursday 19th Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith. 7-9pm. Scavenger Hunt Photos. Persons of any experience level are welcomed.www.lrcameraclub. com

Strength and Balance Program for Active Seniors – 8 Week Class

Meredith Community Center, Meredith. 11:15am-Noon. Norma Kortz, a licensed physical therapist, will be the instructor for the course which will help participants improve their strength, balance and flexibility at moderate and comfortable pace. $40/ Meredith residents, $45/non-residents. 279-8197

Storytelling Dinner – Matt Krug

The Corner House Inn, Center Sandwich. Dinner begins at 6:30pm. $19.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. 284-6219 for reservations.

Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association Corned Beef Dinner

Belknap Sportsmen’s Association Club House, Lily Pond Road, Gilford. 6pm. Avid diver, Hans Hug Jr. will present a program “The Underwater History of Lake Winnipesaukee”. Admission is $10pp, water and soda provided.

Friday 20th Spybird Theatre’s “Eye of the Storm”

Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill. “Eye of the Storm” is a fairy tale told with rod and hand puppets, shadows and original music that unfolds a visual world that explores community and staying connected. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. $8/adults, $4/kids. 989-5500

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Sanbornton Congregational Church/ UCC, 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sanbornton. 6pm. $8/adults, $4/ children. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 286-3018

Elton John Tribute

Anderson Hall, Wolfeboro. 7:30pm. Full concert tribute, complete with an incredible light show and sound system. Every detail of an actual Elton John concert is presented in such a way that will have Elton John fans screaming for more! Tickets are $12-$25. www.greatwaters.org or 5697710

Dance Night with the Brickyard Blues Band

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. $15pp. Catered dinner buffet available before the show for $10pp. BYOB venue. 527-0043

Fri. 20th – Sat. 28th Dearly Beloved – Live Performance

Scenic Theatre, 6 Depot Street, Pittsfield. Tickets are available by calling 435-8852 or on the web at www.pittsfieldplayers.com

Saturday 21st Dave Roberts Historic Photos and Postcards Showing

Minot Sleeper Library, Bristol. 1pm. Dave has amassed an extensive collection containing many rare photos and postcards previously not available in the Historical Society collection. Orders may be placed for prints of your favorite photos. 744-2751

Rhythm In the Night

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 335-1992 or www. rochesteroperahouse.com

Bob Marley

Flying Monkey, 39 South Main Street, Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh.com 536-2551

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra – Winter Classical Concert

Inter-Lakes High School, Rt. 25, Meredith. 7:30pm. LRSO will perform “Lyric Quartet” by American Composer William Grant Still. $15/adults, $8/ students. www.lrso.org

Tech Talk: Smart Phone 101

Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 1-2pm. This dropin workshop will give you a brief orientation to Smartphones and go over some popular phones and applications on the market. 524-6042

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. 6pm. Corned beef and cabbage; potatoes, onions, carrots, homemade Irish soda bread and homemade carrot cake. Coffee and tea will be provided or bring your own beverage. Reservations and pre-payment required. $12pp. 986-6723

Annual Pond Skim Contest

Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker. 8:30am11:30am. Entry is free with a season pass or at least a Bluster Area Lift Ticket. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Splash and Best Skim. www.patspeak.com or 428-3245

Free Gardening Workshop: “Getting Ready to Grow”

Moulton Farm, Quarry Road, Meredith. 10am-Noon. Learn how to care for your soil to have a great garden and prevent problems later in the season. 279-3915

God’s Not Dead

Kingswood Arts Center, Wolfeboro. 2pm. Free showing.

Character Breakfast - Clifford

The Theatre In the Woods, Observatory Way, Intervale. 10am. The event starts with an assortment of healthy breakfast options, followed by story time, with a guest reader. After the story, the larger-than-life storybook character will come out and visit with the children. $5 suggested donation. 356-9980

Benefit Dance for the Hampshire Soap Box Derby

Rollinsford American Legion, 551 Foundry Street, Rollinsford. 8pm11:30pm. Featuring the awesome 80’s band “Gazpacho”. Door and raffle prizes and a cash bar. 742-5833

Lunch and Book Sale

Raymond Methodist Church, 51 Main Street, Raymond. 11am2pm. Vegetable beef soup, cold cut sandwiches, chips, drinks, desserts, DVD’s, magazines, books and more! Proceeds will go to erecting a French and Indian War Monument on the Raymond Town Common.

St. Patrick’s Dinner

St. Agnes Church Hall, Hill Ave, Ashland. A traditional St. Patrick’s Dinner with all the accompaniments, including Irish Soda Bread and home baked desserts. $7/adult, $3/children 12 and under or $18/family.

Cabin Fever Carnival

Paul Smith Elementary School, Franklin. 1-4pm. Bring your children and let them enjoy a variety of make and take craft activities, face painting and gym games. There will be several vendor tables and raffles for the adults too! $5 registration fee for children over 2 with a maximum fee of $20 per family. 934-4144 ext. 211

Sat. 21st & Sun. 22nd Spring Craft & Specialty Food Fair

Rockingham Racetrack, Salem. Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4. Over 150 craftsmen and women will display and sell their American made works. $7pp, children under 14 are free. For the list of exhibitors and/or to print out a discount admission coupon got to www.castleberryfairs.com

Sunday 22nd Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra – Youth Concert

Inter Lakes High School Community Auditorium, Meredith. 3pm. This concert is free to all children and students, $10/adults. www.lrso.org

Voice of the Soprano Sax Concert

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia. 2pm. A concert of the great art songs of the 20th and 21st century reinterpreted on soprano saxophone and accompanied on piano. $10 at the door. 848-2469

Tuesday 24th Youth Nutrition & Cooking Class – 6 Week Series

Whole Village Family Resource Center, 258 Highland Street, Plymouth. 5:307:30pm. This class teaches nutrition and healthy eating, while parents and youth prepare dishes together. Space is limited, advanced registration required. 536-3720 ext 103.

All New England Jazz Festival

Hanaway Theatre at Silver Center for the Arts, Main Street, Plymouth. 6pm. Top high school jazz musicians from 20 New England Schools will gather at Plymouth State University for a daylong program of workshops, rehearsals and an evening concert. $10/adults, $7/youth and $6/seniors. 800-779-3869

Wednesday 25th Cribbage Tournament

Patrick’s Pub, Gilford. Registration 6:30-7pm. Games start at 7:15pm. Weekly cash prizes. Fundraiser to benefit the Café Déjà vu Pub Mania team for the NH1 Children’s Auction. Every Wednesday until June. 9981418

12-Hour Radio-thon to Benefit Veterans Count

The Radio-thon, hosted by NH radio legend Jack Heath, will be broadcast live on Manchester’s WGIR-AM 610 and Rochester’s News Radio 96-7.

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12-Hour Radio-thon to Benefit Veterans Count Wednesday, March 25th

The Radio-thon, hosted by NH radio legend Jack Heath, will be broadcast live on Manchester’s WGIR-AM 610 and Rochester’s News Radio 96-7. Listeners not in the coverage area will be able to access the broadcast online at iHeartRadio.com. The Radio-thon will feature 12 hours of compelling content about the challenges faced by Military families and how Veterans Count and other organizations provide support. Additionally, the Radio-thon will include testimonials from clients, sponsor recognition, celebrity endorsements and check presentations. www.vetscount.org

Sock Hop At Rochester Opera House Jump, jive and rock to all your favorite 50s to 80s tunes with Gary James, the number one Oldies DJ in the region. Get out your poodle skirt and saddle shoes for a fantastic night with dance contests, requests and lots of fun. With the floor leveled and the orchestra seats removed, the theatre transforms into a gymnasium for you and your dancing feet. Meet all your friends at the Sock Hop Dance Party at the Rochester Opera House on Saturday, April 11 at 7pm. Reserve tickets for $10 and $15 online at Rochester Opera House.com or call/stop by the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from 10-5 and two hours before the show. Cash bar. Patrons under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. This show is sponsored by TD Bank, Eastern Propane and Oil, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. and Norman Vetter Foundations. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester.

Karen Grenier To Perform in Dover Singer/songwriter Karen Grenier will perform in Dover on Friday, March 20th at 7pm at First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., Dover, NH as part of the Friday LIVE at the First concert series. Karen is a gifted songwriter and singer who regularly performs throughout the Northeast. Her most recent CD release, “Crazy Love” showcases her smooth, penetrating voice, rhythmic acoustic style and positive emotional energy. Her performances weave together a melodic and lyrical tapestry of celebration, gratitude, love, loss and longing. She will be featuring new material that she is currently working on for a new CD. Karen’s music has been featured on the LGBT documentary “Driving Equality Across America” by Massachusetts filmmaker and activist Christopher Mason. The concert will be Friday, March 20th at 7 p.m. at First Parish Church, 218 Central Ave., Dover, NH. Donations are $12.00 for adults, children under 12 are free and a special family price of $25.00. For more information please contact fridayliveatthefirst@gmail.com or call 603 312-0771.

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I realize there are still a few weeks to go but now is really the time to start thinking about doing your taxes. To those of you who have already done your taxes, good for you, but we are all tired of hearing about it, so please just go away for a little while. For those who haven’t even thought about them yet, I am once again here to help. There are a lot of changes to the tax code this year. With things like the fine, uh, tax you have to pay if you don’t have health insurance, there are a lot of other things as well you might not be aware of; some good, some bad. I happen to know a few CPAs (Certain People to Ask) who know people who help you with taxes for a living (though their title escapes me at the moment). They have overheard these people talking at cocktail parties about some of the things people might not know about new deductions and stuff. They wrote them down on soggy cocktail napkins and have given them to me to pass on to you. Have you got a piece of paper (or soggy cocktail napkin) ready? Here we go. First the bad news. Starting this year it is mandatory that all computers now have virus protection. If you don’t you have to pay a fine, uh, tax. It will only be a

few dollars this year but it will be more in 2016. The government has its own virus protection you can install on your computer. It is all part of the ACA (All Computer Act) otherwise known as Obamaware and you can get it even if you can’t afford it. Of course, the government will have complete access to all of your files and emails once it is installed but, hey, it’s cheap and it’s the law. For all of you who have been taking advantage of the Buy One Get One Free sales incentives that have become a big part of retail, the new BoGo Tax might catch you unaware. The government, lacking ways to get money from taxpayers, now consider each item you get for free as income since it has value and you didn’t have to pay for it. I really hope you have been keeping track. The audits can be ugly on this one. There are a few new deductions this year you might not know about. Scratch Ticket Deduction – Any avid gambler knows that you can deduct how much you spent on losing tickets if you happen to be one of those rare types who actually wins something. This will not change. But for those of you who continue to buy scratch tickets without a significant winner, you can now get an energy tax credit of up to $3,000 if you have enough losing tickets to insulate a room in your home. So don’t throw them away. Facebook Deduction – You can now take a deduction for friends on Facebook who you can count as a dependent. A dependent being someone who can not get through a normal day without commenting on or “liking� one of your posts. This is

a tricky one to prove but if you have Obamaware it will be easy. There are also a couple of new deductions based on television programs. The HGTV Deduction – This deduction can be taken if you were led to believe that you could accomplish the same home improvement projects as efficiently as the people on any HGTV show. The deduction would be based on fifty percent of the cost of a professional contractor to clean up your mess. (Of course if you were under the impression you could actually accomplish the complete renovation in a half-hour, just like on the show, the deduction will be voided.) The Weather Channel Deduction – This deduction is related to the amount of money you had to spend to prepare for another “Storm Of The Century� that was hammered into you by 24/7 Weather Channel reporting but never appeared. All that money you spent on the last canned food on the shelf at the supermarket that would help keep you alive while civilization crumbled around you but now sits on your shelf never to be actually eaten, you can deduct that. Just make sure you don’t actually eat the anchovy stuffed pimentos in BBQ sauce and other items for at least three years in case of an audit (like when they come to check your BoGo purchases). I hope some of this helps you. I realize you might turn to this column for some humor but every once in a while I like to provide some public service. Good luck.

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Our Story

Tuesday (3/3/2015) 257 Congressmen joined 68 Senators and President Obama in stabbing most Americans in the back. To curry favor with their supporters and to benefit themselves, Congress and President Obama are enacting legislation that will make our lives, and the lives of family members and future generations, much more difficult. If you have a job, this legislation will increase the number of people who can legally compete for your job; that means fewer and lower pay raises and possibly replacement of current employees with people willing to work for lower wages. If you are looking for a job, this legislation will increase the number of people competing for the job you need to have a shot at your American dream; it will be harder for you to get a job and the pay will be less. If you have children in public school, this legislation will put more poorly educated, non-English speaking children in our public schools where they will divert teacher attention from your children. And, some of these newcomers will bring contagious, rare, and potentially lethal diseases into the classrooms with your children (they have already and more are coming). If you require and are scraping by on public assistance, don’t expect an increase because this legislation adds millions more people to the public assistance rolls.

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.

If you struggle financially, your taxes may increase because this legislation increases the cost of government by at least $50 -100 billion. If you are waiting for a loved one to immigrate legally, this legislation will probably increase your wait time. If you use risky roads or bridges, you’ll probably wait longer for repairs; this legislation prioritizes rewarding illegal aliens ahead of infrastructure repairs. You or a family member are more likely to become a crime, accident or terrorist victim because this legislation allows even convicted violent criminals to stay in this country legally, and it encourages millions more foreigners, including violent criminals and terrorists, to come here illegally. This legislation makes a mockery of our laws by generously rewarding law breakers (illegal aliens). This legislation makes a mockery of our Constitution by financing implementation of President Obama’s rewrite of our immigration laws, which is a usurpation of an exclusive authority of Congress. The President’s new immigration “law” (his amnesty plan) legalizes 4.5 million illegal aliens, gives them work permits and social security numbers, authorizes welfare, and enables rewarding low-income illegal aliens with up to $24,000 (or more) per head of household. By threatening to shut down the Homeland Security Department unless the See mail boat on 22

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. ©2015 Weirs Publishing Company, Inc.


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— OFF THE SHELF — Sand Instead of Snow by Debby Montague Book Reviewer

Dead Sand, Brendan DuBois, Otto Penzler Books, 1994 “To me, though, the printed page was a mysterious machine that could place me in the future or in the past, flying past the rings of Saturn or breaking bread with Oliver Cromwell, and it was hard to see how basketball could beat that.” A year or two back my editor mentioned a meet & greet for New Hampshire mystery author Brendan DuBois. I thanked him, promised myself that I’d read one of DuBois books and maybe get myself to the meet & greet. I think DuBois’ name stayed on my “To Read” list for quite a while until that list along with many others before and since went into the trash undone and ignored. However, when I saw the name “Brendan DuBois” on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine a bell rang in my head so I read his story, “Leap of Faith,” liked it and decided to try and stir my memory to find out why DuBois was ringing the bell. It didn’t take long. A little bit of Googling reminded me of that conversation with my editor and my unfulfilled promise to myself. Brendan DuBois conveniently had a nice website www.brendandubois.com with links to his works and a list of those books my editor had been talking about: eight murder mysteries set on the New Hampshire coast in the fictional town of Tyler Beach. That made it easy. I hit the link to the Barnes and Noble Nook edition of Dead Sand and got a fine introduction to

Lewis Cole, former government employee and current magazine writer, who is not who he seems and who does a lot more snooping into murders in and around the small tourist spot than he does writing about the grandeurs of New England coastline. Lewis Cole is nicely settled in an old home for-

merly owned by the U.S. government set above Tyler Beach. He writes his monthly columns there for “Shoreline” magazine, watches the skies at night and the ocean and the beach during the day. It’s a small place “just another typical summer residence” as Lewis describes it except for the conveniently placed arsenal. It sounds like a peaceful enough setting for a magazine writer, but that convenient arsenal and Lewis’s secretiveness about his past indicate that writing articles about Kennebunkport or Cape Cod aren’t the only thing that fills Lewis’s days and nights. In this series opener Lewis’ curiosity is piqued by the ostensible suicide of a teenage waitress. Sometimes his

friend, local detective Diane Woods, is disposed to Lewis’s inquires, since she’s the only detective on the small town police force and can use his discoveries. Sometimes his friend Paula Quinn, reporter for the Tyler “Chronicle,” is willing to share her resources in return for a little sharing from Lewis. And sometimes Lewis’s acquaintance, Felix Tinios, a freelancer for an organized crime group, offers Lewis assistance and information about the subjects of Lewis’s curiosity. All three are helpful as Lewis pursues the agent of Lynn Germano’s death even though he puts them all at risk to one degree or another though not nearly as much as he puts himself. The quiet writer’s life in a New Hampshire tourist spot is in jeopardy as Lewis peels back layer after layer of deceit and secrets to get at the truth. Dead Sand was a fine choice for a mid-winter read, especially this particular mid-winter. Outside my window there were huge piles of snow and more of it steadily spilling down. Outside Lewis’s window were the sand and the ocean with the stars to light them. The book brought back memories of my own waitress days in Weirs Beach, with fresh water outside instead of salt, and motorcycle gangs instead of organized crime, but the impression was comparable – except for the murder part. I enjoyed getting to know Lewis and his friends, and I’m looking forward to more travels with Lewis in the “mysterious machine” to see what other messes he may get into and out of at that tourist resort to our south.

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Obamacare’s 1095A Nightmare Tax season is stressful enough. But if you are like countless miserable Americans trapped in the Obamacare 1095-A abyss, it’s hell by Michelle Malkin on stilts on a Syndicated Columnist Segway teetering over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The screw-ups, incompetence and bureaucratic blame avoidance over the health insurance exchange tax forms make the healthcare.gov website fiasco look like a flawless product launch. How do I know? My family inexplicably got ensnared in the 1095-A paperwork pit. It’s a government roach motel: Taxpayers check in, but they can never check out. In 2013, our private high-deductible PPO from Anthem Blue Cross got canceled because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA).” Millions of others like us in the individual market for health insurance -- including selfemployed people, small-business owners, writers, artists and homebased entrepreneurs -- suffered the same fate. My husband reluctantly contacted Colorado’s state health insurance exchange, “Connect for Health Colorado,” just to see what our options were. Months later, we settled on purchasing a new non-Obamacare plan directly from a different private insurer, Rocky Mountain Health. The provider network is much narrower than the Anthem plan we had before the feds intervened. Our two kids’ dental care is no longer covered, and we’ve had our insurance turned down at an urgent care clinic -- something that had never

happened before. Better off? Bullcrap. But wait, it gets worse. Somewhere along the way, the worker bees at Connect for Health Colorado dragooned us into an Obamacare exchange plan offered by Rocky Mountain Health without our knowledge or consent. (How else has the White House inflated Obamacare enrollment figures? Things that make you go “hmm.”) Last month, we received an IRS 1095-A form, which, much to our shock and chagrin, indicated that we had paid Obamacare premiums every month during 2014. It took hours of time on the phone and Internet to receive an explanation from Connect for Health Colorado on how exactly this happened. Here was the government’s response, word for incomprehensible word: “We apologize for the delay in responding to your email. After checking your account we are showing you might have had coverage from October 2014 to June 2014. Please call the number below to speak with a Customer Service Representative if this information is incorrect.” “Might” have had coverage? From “October 2014 to June 2014”? The saga continues. We were finally able to un-enroll after being auto-enrolled in the Obamacare plan. Then, after being bounced around by the state government health exchange to various voicemail dead ends and back, with hours of migraine-inducing, onhold music in between, we were told there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the 1095-A form -which shows payment of premiums we didn’t pay to an Obamacare plan we never enrolled in and didn’t want in the first place! This is just one little horror story. In Minnesota, thousands are still

Bills, Bills, And More Bills

This past week was one busy week at the NH State House. There were over 230 bills which went through the NH House, not counting by Jane Cormier the Senate bills. Hooksett, NH. Here is a highlight of just a few of these bills: SB 113 a bill to legalize casino gambling here in NH narrowly passed the Senate by a 13-11 vote. Evidently, there was not much debate about the bill, but supporters talked about jobs while dissenters say NH does not need casino gambling. The bill will now travel to the NH House of Representatives. It is anyone’s guess if this will pass the NH House of Representatives. HB 403 - repeal of the Abortion Buffer Zone law (which has been found unconstitutional in Massachusetts by the Supreme Court) passed by a vote of 170 – 159. This was a freedom of speech issue with See malkin on 26 the virtual guarantee of a lawsuit if

the law was not repealed. HB 560 which would make killing a fetus (baby) as a result of an accident or criminal action a CRIME. Dissenters did NOT want a legal entity for a pre-born baby on the books. Supporters believe the baby has a legal status and if killed in criminal activity, deserved a legal entity separate of the mother. Currently, 48 states have a fetal homicide bill on the books. This bill passed the House by a vote of 208 – 155. Both of these bills travel to the Senate and then on to the Governor. Both of these bills are common sense legislation and need to be in NH state statute. HB 593 passed the NH House when the House overturned an ITL committee recommendation and voted to allow medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis. HB 658, Right to Work legislation, prohibiting collective bargaining agreements requiring employees to join a labor union, passed the NH House. This bill has a See cormier on 22


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Minority Rule While serving as a Navy officer in Hawaii, a friend told me that I’d be happier and healthier if I lived the “aloha spirit” for which by Ken Gorrell the islands Northfield, NH. are famous. He could see that I was letting my natural Irish pessimism and temper influence my leadership style (my officers had nicknamed me “Red Haired Devil”). The aloha spirit of acceptance and tolerance just isn’t in me. I woke up each morning on that ship convinced that if I wasn’t outraged by 0700, I hadn’t been paying attention. Not a healthy attitude, but that touch of paranoia saved me on quite a few occasions.

Twenty years later, New Hampshire conservatives would do well to apply that sense of distrust to the leadership of our House Republican majority: If you aren’t outraged, you haven’t been paying attention. What part of “mandate” eludes Speaker of the House Jasper (D’RINO) and his “leadership” team? Voters handed the NH GOP a huge victory last year, but were rewarded by watching the minority Democrats effectively choose the Speaker, along with a handful of disgruntled Republicans. The Speaker owes his job to the opposition party and the least conservative members of the caucus. House leaders seem determined to buoy the spirits of the opposition party and position them to re-gain the majority in 2016. They certainly aren’t giving conservative voters reasons to want this bunch back in power. Here are a few

Barbarians Inside the Gates: IS Destruction Sweeps Ancient Sites

UNITED NATIONS--The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being by John J. Metzler p l u n d e r e d , Syndicated Columnist pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State (IS). The destruction of Nimrud, a city dating from 900 BC follows the planned and systematic smashing of priceless Mesopotamian statues and artifacts in the Mosul Museum weeks earlier. The bulldozing and blasting of some of civilization’s most ancient places continues. I glance at the calendar to remind myself this is 2015. These archaeological sites are being deliberately destroyed by the Islamic State fanatics who assert ancient art is idolatry. In parallel to our prideful and seemingly tolerant modern world, we are now witnessing the vengeful universe of white heat hatred and intolerance which fanaticism breeds.

UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon called the ISIL attacks Iraq’s cultural heritage a “war crime.” Islamic State bulldozers began a systematic assault on the ancient city of Nimrud, not far from Mosul which has been under IS occupation since last summer. The fabled city of Nimrud was founded 3,300 years ago and became one of the capitals of the Assyrian Empire. Its majestic stone winged bulls and frescos are renown throughout the world. Then IS attacked another ancient site, the city of Hatra, a key center in the Parthian empire dating from 250 BC. “The destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in the appalling strategy of cultural cleansing underway in Iraq,” warned Irina Bokova the Director of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She added, “With this latest act of barbarism against Hatra, Daesh (ISIL) shows the contempt in which it holds the history and heritage of Arab people, which had been rightfully recognized as a World Heritage site.” Besides using the sledgehammer See Metzler on 16

numbers to back up my opinion: With a nearly 3-2 advantage (238-161), the Republicans have lost half – half – of the roll call votes to date. Thanks to poor committee chairman assignments and a rule requiring his leadership team to vote in accordance with committee recommendations, Speaker Jasper seems intent on mocking GOP voters. Incredibly, five of Jasper’s handpicked team have voted with the

Democrats more than the Republicans, with one committee chairman voting nearly three times as often with the minority party. Pinning names to the wall of shame: Representatives Andrew Christie, Carolyn Gargasz, David Hess, David Kidder, and Karen Umberger have sided with the opposition party more often than the majority Republicans. Luckily, this idiocy doesn’t exSee gorrell on 24

The ‘Disparate Impact’ Racket The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first by Thomas Sowell report, about Syndicated Columnist “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown’s body -- by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown -- by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson’s gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown died and by a medical report on officer Wilson, from the hospital where he went for treatment. The bottom line is that all this hard evidence, and more, show what a complete lie was behind all the stories of Michael Brown being shot in the back or being shot while raising his hands in surrender. Yet that lie was repeated, and dramatized in demonstrations and riots from coast to coast, as well as in the media and even in the halls of Congress. The other Justice Department report, issued the same day -“Investigation of the Ferguson

Police Department” -- was a complete contrast. Sweeping assumptions take the place of facts, and misleading statistics are thrown around recklessly. This second report is worth reading, just to get a sense of the contrast with the first. According to the second report, law enforcement in Ferguson has a “disparate impact” on blacks and is “motivated” by “discriminatory intent.” “Disparate impact” statistics have for decades been used, in many different contexts, to claim that discrimination was the reason why different groups are not equally represented as employees or in desirable positions or -- as in this case -- in undesirable positions as people arrested or fined. Like many other uses of “disparate impact” statistics, the Justice Department’s evidence against the Ferguson police department consists of numbers showing that the percentage of people stopped by police or fined in court is larger than the percentage of blacks in the local population. The implicit assumption is that such statistics about particular outcomes would normally reflect the percentage of people in the population. But, no matter how plausible this might seem on the surface, it is seldom found in real life, and those who use that standard are seldom, if ever, asked to produce hard evidence that it is factually correct, as distinct from politically correct. See Sowell on 21


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“Mother I am Made Of� by Eleanor LaBranche. involves drawing, painting, layering and constructing. Her mixed media works include fabric and handmade paper in conjunction with acrylic paint and drawing. With all these materials at hand, LaBranche explores themes abstractly – making visual the concepts that are difficult to put into words. Her most recent body of work is titled The Wild Divine. In this, she explores life and death in connection with energy and the soul. Visually, you will see growth rising and featured by light juxtaposed by bones and earth featured by darkness. As all artists will tell you, LaBranche also has a list of artists who serve as her inspiration. They are the much loved Georgia O’Keeffe, the introspective photography of Francesca Woodman and the intellectually chal-

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CUBAN CONNECTIONS NEWS ITEM—The Boston Red Sox recently awarded teen-aged Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada a record $31.5million signing bonus. Reportedly, the actual total cost was $63 million, as there is a Major League Baseball tax of 100% for excessive spending on international free agents. Sixty-three million dollars to sign an unproven Cuban 19-year-old. Aye carumba! According to Prensa Libre/Associated Press, BoSox legend Luis Tiant, also a Cuban, played a role in wooing Yoan. “Big kid, very strong,” Tiant said. “I think he’s a third baseman. We talked a little and I told him to work hard.” So El Tiant “thinks” Yoan is a third baseman. Hmmmm. How much are we paying El Tiant for his help? I ask that because to help secure the deal, the Red Sox earlier signed Carlos Mesa, a 27-yearold third baseman and FOY—Friend of Yoan. A Moncada mentor, Mesa was released by the Pirates organization in 2013 and played independent ball last season. So the cost of bringing Moncada to Boston is much higher than we realize. But didn’t BoSox General Manager Ben Cherrington already spend almost $100 million to sign Pablo Sandoval to play third base? Double “Aye carumba!!”

What did Luis Tiant have to do with the signing of Yoan Moncado by the Red Sox? As that Illinois Senator Everett Dirkson might have said, “A hundred million here, a hundred million there. Pretty soon you’re talking real money.” The good news is that the BoSox outbid the Yankees for Yoan. Or IS that good news? I wonder. How much money do the Sox have to throw around? We’re talking about a team that’s finished in last place two out of the past three seasons. The Red Sox earlier paid $72 million dollars to sign Cuban defector Rusney Castillo. But Yoan was NOT a defector. Moncada was given a passport and visa and allowed to leave by the Cuban government. So obviously the teen sensation’s status was blessed by the Castro brothers, Fidel and Raoul—Cuba’s Communist dictators. So I ask, is any of Moncada’s money going to go back to the Cuban government, i.e. the Castros? A lot of people probably don’t care, just so long as Moncada can play. But I care. I’m not sure that I want to pay big bucks at Fenway Park, knowing that some of it will support Communist dictators. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s how I feel.

Consider what happened to Miami Marlin manager Ozzie Guillen in 2012. For some reason, Guillen declared that he was a fan of Fidel, the elder of the Castro tyrants, who is supposedly now a “retired” dictator. As south Florida is largely populated by anti-Communist Cuban refugees, Guillen’s statements were an epic example of insensitive stupidity which utterly alienated the team’s fan base. It was akin to a BoSox manager bad-mouthing the Irish, clam chowder, and Dunkin’ Donuts. The Marlins actually suspended Guillen for his comments, and the team never recovered. In the musical comedy DAMN YANKEES, Joe Boyd sold his soul to the Devil so that his Washington Senators could beat out the New York Yankees. It didn’t turn out well. I hope I’m overthinking re: Boston baseball money going to the Communist government in Cuba. It won’t turn out well. Call me old-fashioned. FIDEL’S ZFASTBALL—NOT! Speaking of Fidel Castro and Washington, I recalled an internet story about Fidel once having See moffett on 22


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Everything That Is Wrong With The Republican Party DIOGENES: “We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and by Niel Young talk less.� Advocates Columnist ******** F o x News: “Veteran-Photographer Bashed for Picture of Baby Wrapped in Flag�. On my way to WEZS and caught this photo on TV. Immediately commented that is a wonderful picture that can be interpreted in several ways. The baby asleep within our American flag made to give one the thought of a military person holding a flag like a hammock, while protecting one of our newest citizens, OR depicts our military providing a cradle of freedom for the future. Perhaps this picture reminds new parents that our military, and law enforcement, in America, will keep the bad people away. Vanessa Hicks the photographer of “the picture� has served in the Navy and her husband is currently deployed. Vanessa reports that some folks on Face Book are not pleased with her picture. When the picture popped upon the TV screen my first thought was that is what my Dad was doing as he gave his life for oppressed people, including the United States of America, and me yet to be born, on that Christmas Day, 1944. My guess is that those complaining are Lib-Loons, people who would be critical of a person or object created to have Americans proud of our country, and the deepest respect and admiration for those who watch over us. Too many of my fellow Americans just “P� me off! ********* Being an activist can be

tiring, pulled in so many directions. Since the days of truly representing one’s constituents have nearly been forgotten, how did this get out of committee with a unanimous vote 17-0? HB 263, prohibiting residency restrictions on sex offenders: OUGHT TO PASS. Rep. John F. Martin for Criminal Justice and Public Safety: The purpose of this bill is to prohibit municipalities from enacting residency restrictions on sex offenders. These restrictions tend to limit opportunities to decent housing, job opportunities and financial support. These restrictions often cause offenders to fail to accurately register their residency, making supervision more difficult and increasing the possibility of either reoffending or association with other offenders prohibited under the terms of their release.� I see some good as far as the individual, but let’s consider a class of offender. Was a teen-age young man the boyfriend of a 15 year old girl, and they become intimate at some point, as often happens, is that rape, is it child molestation? Or was it consensual with both young people? A life should NOT be altered for what may be a non-violent crime of teenage love? If the case was an 18 year old girl and a 15 year old boy, do we ruin her life? What are the teens to think IF the education indoctrination teacher or staff, are handing out contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, isn’t that a double standard? NH The House, should take a long look at what the legislation really does and amend it appropriately. Dangerous men and women who are sexual predators who are assaulting minors is the problem. Not ruin the lives a young people because of

“puppy love�. ******** How many times have you read that in my opinion the ELITE/ ESTABLISHMENT Republicans really have no use for principled, independent thinking, common sense fiscal and social conservatives – with one exception; election day! Here is the short version of remarks made last week by former NH GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen: “Ted Cruz represents “everything that is wrong with the Republican Party.� “Ted Cruz is someone who will not darken our doorstep. He doesn’t seem to be very interested in campaigning to all Americans but only seems to be interested in appealing to a fringe,�. “I think he has been irresponsible in Washington and I think he is sort of everything that is wrong with the Republican Party in Washington these days — so he’s not welcome.� That must be why candidates Scott Brown, Walt Havenstein, and Sen. Ayotte stay clear of any help (this column/radio) from me. ******** NH READER/LISTENER referring to Obama: “He can bring it anywhere his Islam loving heart desires he can’t get around the treaty approval role played by the Senate. The Constitution has many dead provisions, but it ain’t that dead. The UN is about as useful as the House of Lords.� ******** READER/LISTENER FROM SAN FRANCISCO: “I do not like that Loretta Lynch complies with presidential overreach. I expect another nominee would upset me in the same way. ‘Yes’ people fill all positions within this administration.�

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Malcolm “Mal” Reid Fuller, Jr. 1945-2015 On Monday, March 9, 2015, Malcolm Reid Fuller Jr, died of Congestive Heart Failure at Genesis Keene Center, located in Keene, New Hampshire. Malcolm was born at Massachusetts Lying Inn in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 26, 1945, son of Malcolm Reid Fuller Sr. and Francis (Symonds) Fuller of Lexington, Mass. Mal first came to New Hampshire as a boy when his mother and father vacationed in Wolfeboro, and he then went to Northwoods Camp in Tuftonboro. Later, he served as assistant grounds keeper at Shore Acres in Tuftonboro. He moved to Wolfeboro in 1966, where he was a well known community member. He owned Mal’s Lakeside TV, Operated Funspot’s Wolfeboro location in the Wolfeboro Shopping Canter, before it moved to Clarke Plaza and eventually became Fullers’ Bowling and Games. After that, Mal opened Robomotive, an automotive repair garage in Melvin Village. He was probably best known for driving around in his green 1951 Hudson Hornet around the area in the summertime. Mal was also an area author. He started “Happy Motoring” in the Wolfeboro Times, which turned into “About your Car” when he moved to the Granite State News. These articles focused on car maintenance. Simultaneously, he wrote Motoring/Rambling Through History for the Weirs Times. In this bi-weekly column, Mal talked about automotive history, old radios, as well as other topics he felt interesting or would be interesting to his loyal readers. Malcolm is survived by his sister Beverly Parsons of Wolfeboro, His ex-wife Rena E Fuller of Hampton Beach, as well as his children: Ronald L. Fuller of Wakefield, James A. Fuller of Yigo, Guam, Edwin A. Fuller of Palmyra, Maine, Betty Jane Fuller of Wildwood, Florida, and Malcolm R. Fuller III of Keene. He is also survived by scads of grandchildren and great grandchildren. There will be no calling hours, and no memorial services are planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to March of Dimes, Attention: DRFR, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, New York 10605.

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in about fifteen. That wasn’t enough to fill up the place and I told him that he’d have to do better than that. He then filled the room with forty games. We did a lot of work before the opening including adjusting all the machines so they would take tokens instead of quarters. It was the first time we ever did that. Even Funspot in Weirs Beach was still using quarters in all the games at that time. Our chief

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technician, Randy Lawton, who is the son of my late brother John who owned Funspot with me, spent several weeks before the opening getting the games ready. This was January of 1980 and the next morning Mal opened the doors and there was a line of people waiting to get in. It was an exciting

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Blacks are far more statistically “over-represented� among basketball stars in the NBA than among people stopped by police in Ferguson. Hispanics are similarly far more “over-represented� among baseball stars than in the general population. Asian Americans are likewise far more “over-represented� among students at leading engineering schools like M.I.T. and Cal Tech than in the population as a whole. None of this is peculiar to the United States. You can find innumerable examples of such group disparities in countries around the world and throughout recorded history. In 1802, for example, czarist Russia established a university in Estonia. For most of the 19th century, members of one ethnic group provided more of the students -- and a majority of the professors -- than any other. This was neither the local majority (Estonians) nor the national majority (Russians), but Germans. An international study of the ethnic makeup of military forces around the world found that “militaries fall far short of mir-

21 roring, even roughly, the multi-ethnic societies� from which they come. Even with things whose outcomes are not in human hands, “disparate impact� is common. Men are struck by lightning several times as often as women. Most of the tornadoes in the entire world occur in the middle of the United States. Since the population of Ferguson is 67 percent black, the greatest possible “over-representation� of blacks among those stopped by police or fined by courts is 50 percent. That would not make the top 100 disparities in the United States or the top 1,000 in the world. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.


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very uncertain future in the Senate as Republicans Sen. David Boutin and Sen. Sharon Carson are on record of not supporting Right to Work legislation. If you support Right to Work, you should contact these state senators and let them know RTW would be good for the Granite State as it would strengthen NH’s economic future. (After the Senate, it goes to Gov. Hassan whom we know is union supporter. Oh, well – one battle at a time.) HB 426 would have repealed the law set last session of banning handheld cell phones and other communication devices while driving. This bill goes into effect July 1, 2015 and it includes a ban of using devices at stop signs or when stopped in traffic. The repeal of the cell phone ban law was defeated 214 – 136. So, just put down

that phone, folks, because Big Daddy Government is looking out for you. (UGH) There was some very good news on educations bills in the NH House. HB 603, which would put into statute, the ability of parents to opt their children out of statewide assessments was passed on a VOICE VOTE! This bill was a powerful message to the NHDOE that parental rights are not to be usurped by federal or state mandates. HB 332 passed the House and requires school districts to post objectionable course material on websites, two weeks prior to use in instruction. This bill is another parental rights bill which passed the NH State House. I love it when our State House gets it right! For more information, visit http://www.gencourt. state.nh.us/. Stay informed and let your voice be heard!

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under 18 years of age, while killing bills that would have prohibited the use of public funds for abortion services, permitted defendants to inform juries of their right to apply the facts of law in relation to the facts in controversy (jury nullification), and would have allowed landlords to better protect themselves by collecting first and last month’s rent in addition to a security deposit. Perhaps the most egregious example of a departure from principles is embodied in HB 263, which passed committee 17-0. This bill would have preemptively prohibited municipalities from imposing residency restrictions on sex offenders. Though the House eventually tabled the bill, the fact it unanimously passed a Republican-chaired committee shows just how out of sync this leadership team is. Why Republicans in Concord think it is right to prevent voters in, say, Northfield, from limiting

housing options for child sex offenders to areas away from our Union-Sanborn Elementary School beggars belief. It certainly isn’t a conservative position. Conservatives believe that governmental decisions should be made at the lowest level of government possible – the level closest to the people – provided the laws pass constitutional muster. While sex offender residency restrictions are controversial and have been challenged in courts across the country, a state-wide ban is something supported by liberal groups like the Civil Liberties Union. The bill’s lead sponsor was a Keene Democrat. This bill never should have made it out of committee with the “Ought to Pass� stamp. If Jasper and his House leaders don’t understand that, they don’t deserve to lead a Republican majority.

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and Old Orchard Beach, Maine in 1955, neither of which lasted too long. Over the next couple of years we opened Funspots in Concord, Dover, South Portland, Amherst and Port Richie, Florida. They all did extremely well during the video game boom era. We have since sold or closed all of those locations but I can’t help but wonder if we ever would have taken that chance back then to expand if it wasn’t for Mal opening Funspot that Thanksgiving night and what it led to. He really was the spark that set all of that in motion. But that’s not the end of the story. We eventually moved the Wolfeboro location to a bowling alley in town because we needed more space. It had ten lanes and we took one out and installed video games there. Eventually Mal took over the business and called it Fullers’ Bowling and Games. He even had tokens made for it that had his image on each one. After a few years he closed up that business to open Robomotive, an automotive repair garage in Melvin Village. We bought the bowling lanes from him and stored them in a trailer until 1988 when we used them to open our own bowling center. I don’t know if we ever would have opened the bowling center at Funspot if we hadn’t had that connection through Mal.

Mal and I remained great friends over the years and when he suggested that he start contributing a column to The Weirs Times every other week I was thrilled. It became one of, if not, the most popular column in the paper over the years and I’m sure it was one of the big reasons we have grown to 30,000 copies a week today. Mal went through a lot of struggles with his health over the past several years but continued to produce his amazing column. In 2012 those struggles finally forced him to stop writing. After his last column appeared the phone calls and emails at the Weirs Times never stopped coming as his readers wanted to know what happened to Mal. His column was widely loved by not just our readers but everyone at The Weirs Times and Funspot as well. We always held out hope that Mal might recover enough to write again but that was not to be. I feel very fortunate to have known Mal Fuller and appreciate all that came from that friendship. I will miss him greatly. The Fuller Family ask that any cards and condolences be sent to: Malcolm Fuller 169 Castle Street Keene, NH 03431


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Rhythm In The Night Irish Dance Spectacular At The Rochester Opera House The Rhythm In The Night Irish Dance Spectacular will be at The Rochester Opera House on Saturday, March 21st at 8pm. Captivating Celebration of Irish Dance Created by former Lord of the Dance performer Justin Boros and his artistic partner Gregg Senko, this Irish Dance Spectacular captures the imagination and transforms an age-old art form into a grand and glorious adventure for audiences of all ages. Derived from an epic tale of good versus evil, Rhythm in the Night tells of the gallant journey through exquisitely powerful stepdancing that stars a world class troupe of eighteen dancers. Drama and excitement builds throughout the production that features original tracks of a new genre of Celtic music. Audiences across the country agree that

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