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New Hampshire’s “Mr. Lilac” Plans To Keep Growing In Retirement by Larry Pelland Contributing Writer

job in New Hampshire in 1988 as the first and only employee for the Governor’s Lilac Commission which was started by Governor Sununu in 1984. “The position lasted for six months until they ran out of funds,” said Guinta. “After that I was fortunate to be hired on as part of

Roadside Development for the state.” In 1990, Guy became a member of the Lilac Commission, a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote Lilacs and to educate the public on its significance to the state as well as how to grow and See guinta on 24

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sor for the New Hampshire Department of Public Works. This year, Guy has retired from that position but his love for wildflowers and especially the New Hampshire state flower, the Lilac, will never fade. Guy moved from Massachusetts and got his first


Guy Guinta, Chairman of the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission, recently retired as the Landscape Specialist Supervisor for the state. Guinta’s dedication for the last 25 years to the beautification of New Hampshire roadways and courtesy Photo towns with New Hampshire’s state flower, has earned him the nickname “Mr. Lilac.”

Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy will be appearing at The Portsmouth Music Hall on Tuesday, April 1st at 7:30pm. As Jim Belushi says, this improvised sketch comedy show is “less a ‘show’ and more a party. At least it feels like one to me. This group of actors brings me right back to how I started out in comedy – maybe that’s why we have so much fun doing it.” Accompanying Belushi are Robert Belushi, Larry Joe Campbell, Jon Barinholtz, and Brad Morris. Tickets are $46; $36; $20 and you can buy them online at www. or by phone at 603-436-2400. A benefit of Music Hall Membership at the $500 level and above, is the intimacy of the Loft bar and lobby prior to bigname acts at the Historic Theater. For this show the Loft bar opens at 6:30pm. To find out more contact Lorianne Saniuk (603) 766-2176.


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March Thursday 20th Blues Summit feat. The Robert Cray Band

Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord. 225-1111 or

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Competition. ‘Scavenger Hunt’. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

Guys Night Out

Gilford Communiy Church. 6pm social jour. 7pm dinner. Guest speaker is Dave Dutton from Kellerhaus. $11. Call 524-6057 to reserve.

Overview of NH Taxation for Small Business Owners

Enterprise Center, Plymouth. Justin Vartanian, of the legal firm Devine Millimet, will provide an overview of the NH taxes which may be applicable to your small business and discuss tax planning and compliance strategies. Free seminar, but reservations required. 535-3222

Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Belknap County Sportsmen’s Association, Lilly Pond Road, Gilford. 6pm. BYOB. The menu will consist of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions, turnip and homemade Irish soda bread. $10pp.

John Funkhauser Jazz Quartet

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. BYOB. $12pp. 527-0043

Thurs. 20th – Sun. 23rd “Arsenic and Old Lace” Comedy

Robert Randolph & the Family Band

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

Fri. 21st – Sun. 23rd Lilac Mall Coin & Collectibles Show

Lilac Mall, Rochester. Three day show of buying and selling coins, collections, bullion, stamps, supplies and collectibles. 886-7290

Richard III

Town Hall Theatre, Sandwich. Fri. and Sat. 7:30pm, Sun. 2pm. Advice to the Players production. 986-6253 for tickets Saturday 22nd

Little Feat Duo w/ Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett

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

Good Gardening Workshop

Moulton Farm, Meredith. What you shouldn’t skip when getting your garden ready for planting, Care for the soil and limit diseases. Free. 2793915.

Luau Bike Week Countdown Party

Laconia Harley Davidson, 239 Daniel Webster Hwy. Noon to 2pm. 2794526.

Young Birders Club: Owl Prowl at Willard Pond

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holdreness. 7-8:30pm/ A short walk in the woods outside of Hancock, NH. Meet in the Willard Pond parking lot at 7pm. All Young Birders Club activities free with membership of $25. Call 525-3572 to register.

Blueberry & Tree Fruit Pruning Demonstration

Joe Downey Fruit Orchard, 1004 Lane Epsom. 10am-noon. $5pp. Pay at event. 796-2151

Franklin Opera House, 316 Central Street, Franklin. Thurs. – Fri. 7:30pm and Sun. at 2pm. $14-$16pp. 9341901

Friday 21st Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord. 225-1111 or

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Public Breakfast and Bake Sale

Masonic Building, 410 West Main Street, Tilton. 7-9:30am. $7pp. Proceeds benefit various charities the Lodge supports. 524-8268

“Music for Life” - Concert

Laconia Middle School’s Multi Purpose Room, Laconia. 6pm. Collaboration between the New Horizons Bands of the Lakes Region and that of Portsmouth Music and Arts Center. The program will consist of a wide variety of musical genres including The Beatles, various songs taken from Broadway musicals, toe-tapping marches and classical selections. Donations appreciated.

Cabin Fever Reliever Dinner

First Congregational Church, Meredith. 5:30-7pm. Chicken and biscuits, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, baked beans salad and much more. $8/adult, $4/children. Reservations appreciated. 253-6845

Seed Swap and Contra Dance

Ossipee Town Hall, 55 Main Street, Center Ossipee. Seed Swap from 5:30-6:45pm, Contra Dance to follow at 7pm. The band The Fiddling Thomsons will provide the music for the evening. $3-$7. 539-6460

St. Patrick’s Dinner

St. Agnes Church Hall, Ashland. Traditional St. Patrick’s Dinner of corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings. Home made desserts. $7/ adults, $3/kids 12 and under, $18/ family. 744-0105

Annual Pond Skim Contest

Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker. Registration is from 8:30am-11:30am. Contest starts at 1pm on the Gusty Slope. Entry fee is but the purchase of at least a Bluster Area lift ticket (or Pats Peak season pass) AND a costume is required to enter. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Splash and Best Skim. 428-3245

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. BYOB. $12pp. 527-0043

Fresh Produce, Prepared Foods, Meats, Baked Goods & Dairy Live Music & Family Entertainment

Spider Web Gardens, 252 Middle Road, Tuftonboro. 1pm. 569-5056.

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Sat. 22nd – Sun. 23rd Loyalist Soldiers of the American Revolution – Living History Weekend

Colonel Paul Wentworth House, 47 Water Street, Rollinsford. Sat. 12-4, Sun. 12-3. This two day living history event will feature historians in period clothing to demonstrate musket firing, military drills, equipment and uniforms of the “King’s own” soldiers, along with period cooking and displays of everyday life in the 18th century. $5 House tours for adults, free for children.

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F.O.O.L. Columnist in Tuftonboro Brendan Smith, editor of the Weirs Times and Cochecho Times, as well as columnist of the weekly “F.O.O.L In New Hampshire” will be reading from his new book “The Flatlander Chronicles” on Saturday, March 22nd at The Tuftonboro Free Library at 11am followed by a book signing and lunch. Tickets are Required and Free. Pick yours up at the library located at 221 Middle Road (Rte 109A), Center Tuftonboro or call 603-569-4256.

Red Sox World Series Trophies In Concord And Weirs Beach The 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series trophies will visit fans in New Hampshire this month, making stops in Concord and Weirs Beach on Friday, March 28th. New Hampshire is the home of Red Sox General Manager Ben Cherington who is a graduate of Lebanon High School. The visit to New Hampshire is part of an effort to share the 2013 World Series trophy with fans throughout New England, the U.S., and the globe. The three trophies will be in Concord from Noon to 2pm at The State House, located in the Executive Council Chamber on the second floor. This appearance will be co-hosted by WTPL 107.7FM, a Red Sox Radio Affiliate. The trophy tour will wrap up with another visit co-hosted by WZEI 101.5 FM in Weirs Beach from 4pm to 6pm at The Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach . All stops are open to the public.

Music For Life Concert Brings Laconia and Portsmouth Together The fourth annual “Music For Life Concert,” a collaboration between the New Horizons Bands of the Lakes Region and that of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, March 22, in the Laconia Middle School Multi-Purpose Room at 6pm. Each band will play uplifting selections individually, as well as jointly. Also performing with the same format will be the Brewery Lane Big Band and the LakeTones Jazz Band, featuring trombone soloist, David Bresnahan, during the joint performance. Mr. Bresnahan is an award winning music educator who also plays trombone with the Freeze Brothers Orchestra in Concord. Portsmouth saxophonist, Russ Grazier, Jr. will conduct the New Horizons Band of the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, as well as the Brewery Lane Big Band. Music instructor and band founder, Mary Divers, will conduct the New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, and woodwinds specialist Lisa Noordergraf will lead the LakeTones Jazz Band. The program will consist of a wide variety of musical genres including The Beatles, various songs taken from Broadway musicals, toe-tapping marches, and classical selections. A free will offering will be taken to also help offset costs. The New Horizons Band of the Lakes Region, with the belief that music is for life, is open to musicians of all levels and those wishing to learn an instrument. Band rehearsals are Tuesday evening from 7-8:30pm and Saturday afternoon from 1:30-3:00pm with Jazz Band to follow.

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Pete Cofran Personifies Plymouth Playoffs Remember 1972? A new Ford Pinto was around $2000 and you could put a gallon of gas in it for 35 cents. The Dow Jones hit 1000 for the first time ever. “American Pie” was playing on the radio. “The Godfather” was tops at the box office while “All in the Family” was number one on TV. Jackie Robinson died and Shaquille O’Neal was born. And in 1972 the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association began playing Class M and S boys’ basketball tournament games at Plymouth State College’s Foley Gymnasium. That first day of Class M play at Plymouth included a 51-49 Pittsfield High School victory over Groveton High School. I was there, playing for the GHS Purple Eagles. Pete Cofran was also there. A 1969 Pembroke Academy grad, Cofran was a Plymouth State student with a passion for sports who helped with game management. Fast forward 42 years. A fellow Groveton grad—renowned sports official Larry Frizzell—and I journeyed to Plymouth’s Foley Gym to watch the GHS girls lose a Division IV semifinal to Sunapee High School. And whom did we see running the show but Pete Cofran— looking pretty much as he did during the 1970s. N.H.’s “HOOSIERS” After graduating from Plymouth State in 1974,

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Pete Cofran Cofran remained in the greater Plymouth area, serving as a high school coach, volunteer fireman and—most prominently— as an athletic administrator at the Home of the Panthers, where he helped run the annual NHIAA hoop playoffs. Every February Cofran transformed the Foley Gym into a magical destination venue for small school teams with dreams of basketball glory. As in the movie “Hoosiers,” entire communities followed their hoop heroes to Plymouth from little towns like Colebrook, Hinsdale, and Newmarket.

Cofran remained at Plymouth State until 2007, when he took the job of Athletics Director at Newfound Regional High School. But he still helped run those hoop playoffs in Plymouth. Some years as many as 15,000 fans would pay to see the action in as many as 28 games. I asked Pete if it was true that he’d seen every high school basketball tournament game played at Plymouth State. “Just about,” he laughed. Cofran remembered See moffett on 13

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went. Many of the girls on her team did, risking their lives. Those who use indoor tanning facilities before age 35 increase their chance of getting melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 percent. This year in Concord,

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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. 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 be found in these pages, just the good stuff. Published year round on Thursdays, we

a bill is being considered that would protect kids from skin cancer by prohibiting all kids under 18 from UV indoor tanning. As a society, we already protect kids from cancer by not letting them purchase tobacco products. Even though teens could still tan outdoors in warm weather, I think it is important to send the message that UV damage is unhealthy. I urge my state representatives to support this bill when it is being debated in the House. It could save a life! Gloria S. Andrews Chichester, NH.

Conservatives To The Editor: Conservatives want the very best for everyone. We want people to be free, happy, healthy, independent, safe, financially secure, and to feel they are leading lives of accomplishment by providing for their families and contributing to others. These blessings are enabled and fostered by Conservative policies. Everyone applauds Bono’s humanitarian efforts in Africa. Bono realized that only capitalism can end poverty. “Aid is just a stop-gap, commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid.� This is true everywhere. Conservative policies encourage investment, commerce, and a growing economy because they create jobs allowing people to escape poverty and See mail boat on 28

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When Does It End? To The Editor: I am in awe of recent battles for government funding. People who receive government assistance called “welfare� are vilified while I hardly hear negativity about government assistance for healthcare, schools, grants, or the like. People have spoken out against corporations getting bailouts, but even that is more accepted than those who are “on welfare.� Why do these people get shunned but it’s ok to put one’s hand out for other programs, some believe is a right? Government isn’t a business and doesn’t make a profit – it gets deeper in debt and taxes go up. Taxes are theft according to Bastiat, the author of “The Law�. I agree. Money is taken from one and given to another with the threat of jail or losing their property, if not paid. What would schools, healthcare, and other “services� the government is trying to monopolize look like if it was voluntary and folks paid into as they saw fit, allowing for competition? Money would follow good service and sound business models. I would not give a dime to public schools, if I wasn’t forced to. How is it that the budget for Plaistow schools goes up but enrollment is way down? I have donated money for the past two years to support a NH organization that awards scholarships to children so they can See mORA on 26

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Live Free or Die.


Serious Thoughts

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

This long stretch of cold weather, snow and Cabin Fever has given me plenty of time to think about things. Earlier today, I had been pacing up and down in my living room trying to count off the seconds and minutes until spring finally gets here. “Nine days, six hours, eight minutes and fifty-two seconds; nine days, six hours, eight minutes and fifty-one seconds‌.â€? Strange? No. It’s been going on in living rooms all over New England since about February 25th of this year, but most people won’t admit it; afraid to have others think that you may have gone off the deep end. Don’t worry. I am here to tell you, you are definitely not alone and there is nothing to be concerned about. If you learn how to use this time wisely you can do some deep thinking. I was deeply involved in one of these nightly countdowns when my mind suddenly wandered to an interesting thought. How come no one cares about the wind chill factor in the summer? I’ve never heard the weatherman say “It will be eighty degrees today but with the wind it will feel like seventy-two.â€? “Nine days, five hours, fifty-eight minutes and twenty-one seconds; Nine days, five hours, fifty-eight minutes and twenty sec-

onds‌.â€? Another thought. Would I be able to use a 3-D copier to make another 3-D copier? If so, we would really only need to build one 3-D copier. “Nine days, five hours, fifty-four minutes and eight seconds; Nine days, five hours, fifty-four minutes and seven seconds‌..â€? There are not a lot of other words you can make out of Mississippi. My mind drifted back to my immediate concern. “Nine days, five hours, thirty-three minutes and eleven seconds; Nine days, five hours, thirty-three minutes and ten seconds‌..â€? Another thought. If you think about it long enough the answer to “How much wood can a woodchuck chuckâ€? is really very simple. “Nine days, five hours, twenty-two minutes and twelve seconds; Nine days, five hours, twenty-two minutes and eleven seconds ‌..â€? Soon another thought entered my head. I noticed it was almost six o’clock and it was still light outside. Then I remembered in the upcoming weekend we were to put out clocks up an hour and it would stay lighter longer. I wondered which came first, putting clocks back or putting them ahead? If we never did it, what time would it really be and would it still be light right now at six o’clock? I’d have to look it up later. “Nine days, five hours, eighteen minutes and twenty-one seconds; Nine days, five hours, eighteen minutes and twenty seconds‌.â€? My mind drifted again. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year and 31,622,400 seconds in a leap year. I’d need to write this down to have some-

thing interesting to talk about if I ever have to go to a Business After Hours event anytime soon. “Nine days, four hours, fifty-four minutes and eight seconds; Nine days, four hours, fifty-four minutes and seven seconds‌..â€? Another thought. A great name for a new social media site could be called “Getouttamyfacebookâ€?. I’d imagine it would be very popular in Brooklyn. “Nine days, four hours, forty-eight minutes and three seconds; Nine days, four hours, forty-eight minutes and two seconds‌..â€? Another thought. I noticed the indoor/outdoor thermometer in the dining room. Maybe I could invent an outdoor/indoor thermometer so I could know what the temperature is inside when I’m outside. I’d have to look into that later. “Nine days, four hours, ten minutes and eleven seconds; Nine days, four hours, ten minutes and nine seconds ‌..â€? I started to think that it seemed like I had plenty of time to come up with an idea for a column this week. What could I write about? I was thinking I had used up just about every tired old long winter idea I could think of. No one wanted another same old FATSO column. But what else was there? I guess this is it. “Nine days, two hours, fifty-one minutes and eighteen seconds; Nine days, two hours, fifty-one minutes and seventeen seconds‌.â€? So, as you can see, using your time wisely while fighting Cabin Fever can sometimes be very productive.

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From The State House The Conundrum of NH Minimum Wage

HB 1403FN establishing a state minimum hourly wage was passed by the NH House on March 12 on a 173 - 118 vote. This by Rep. Jane bill raises Cormier the miniBelknap District 8 mum wage in January 2015 from $7.25 to $8.25. In 2016, the minimum raises to $9.00 per hour. Bad for small business. Bad for New Hampshire. And here is why: Teri Norelli, NH Speaker of the House writes that the “average” minimum wage earner is “an adult, at least 20 years old who works full time….” But

the Pew Research Center calculated last year that 64 percent of minimum-wage earners work part time. Slightly more than half (50.6 percent) are younger than 24, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) being between 16 and 19. So, this clearly demonstrates her “average” is not so average. Many of these workers making minimum wage are just entering the workforce. Norelli also claims, “While some will claim that raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment, studies have shown the opposite to be true.” But, just last month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a federal minimum wage hike “would reduce total employment by about 500,000.” See cormier on 27

My Message to Girls: Be Bossy!

A bunch of aggrieved women led by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg launched a high-profile “public service camby Michelle Malkin p a i g n ” t h i s Syndicated Columnist week to “ban” the word “bossy.” Sandberg, Beyonce, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham and first lady Michelle Obama have joined femme forces to combat this phantom menace. In their rarefied world, it’s a “very negative experience” and a crippling act of gender discrimination to be called bossy. “This isn’t a word we should use,” Sandberg complained on National Public Radio. To which I say: Oh, buck up. The key to female empowerment doesn’t lie with wheedling word police. It lies with girls and women finding the courage to speak and act on their beliefs and principles without regard to their detractors’ opinions. My message to girls, including my own 13-year-old daughter, is not: “Ban Bossy.” My message is: Be Bossy. And that means first being the boss of you. Here is my own little story. Over the past 20 years, I have gained a reputation as mouthy, aggressive, overbearing and, yes, bossy. I’ve barreled my way through interviews on “The View” and the “Today” show, arguing over Joy Behar and Matt Lauer. I’ve battled with some of the biggest blowhards in politics, media and Hollywood. But I wasn’t always this way. In grade school, I was shy to the point of verbal paralysis. I failed a speech class because I was terrified to stand up in class with

30 sets of eyes staring at me. I was a doormat and a wallflower, not because I was afraid of being labeled “pushy” or “bossy,” but because I was afraid of owning my own thoughts, beliefs and work. What changed? In college, I got sick of other people -- especially, ahem, of bossy liberal white women -- pretending to speak for me. I learned to say “no” when everyone around me expected and demanded “yes.” I learned to cut my own path and not give a damn whether anyone followed. I wasn’t held back by how others perceived me. I was held back by how I perceived myself. Sandberg and her friends think “bossy” (which she calls “the other b-word”) is worth ginning up an entire media campaign over -- even enlisting White House officials and cabinet members. But women with unpopular ideas and opinions face a daily barrage of unprintable c-words, f-words, s-words and w-words that are far worse. If we launched media campaigns to ban every ugly word that comes our way, we wouldn’t have time to get anything else done. It is a blessing to be able to make a living exercising the First Amendment. It would be an absolute waste of those precious free speech rights for any woman to pull her punches for fear of, gasp, an adjective. Girls, here’s the truth about the Ban Bossy campaign: It’s being spearheaded by a privileged group of elite feminists who have a very vested interest in stoking victim politics and exacerbating the gender divide. They actually encourage dependency and groupthink while paying lip service to empowerment and selfdetermination. They traffic in bogus wage disparity statistics,

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Ukraine’s Dangerous Dependency On Russian Energy… And Goodwill U N I T E D NATIONS—A dangerous and deteriorating diplomatic showdown continues over Ukraine as the by John J. Metzler United States Syndicated Columnist and European Union rhetorically push back against Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea. In an emergency Security Council meeting, Ukraine’s embattled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk made an impassioned plea for his country’s sovereign right “to remain independent and free.” Ukraine’s fledgling government nonetheless, realizes both its vulnerability to neighboring Russia’s political policies as well as its energy supplies. Ukraine and Europe in general face a dangerous dependency on Russian energy; especially the free and unhindered flow of natural gas to heat its homes and power its factories. Ukraine has already seen the chilling results of Moscow turning off the gas tap on two occasions in 2006 and 2009. There’s nothing like a big freeze to concentrate thoughts. Back in 1981 America’s new President Ronald Reagan, warned West Germany and the Europeans in general of the geopolitical dangers resulting from a trans-Siberian pipeline then being built to swish cheap Russian energy to Europe. I recall being in Germany and hearing the pious rationalizations by both big business and politicians how the “Americans are overreacting” and how Soviet energy exports were “all business.” A generation later, and after the fall of the Soviet Union, the political palaver in both Washington and the European Union about Putin’s resurgent Russia, seems to overlook the glaring reality that Eastern and some West European states, are overly dependent not only on the Russian natural gas supply, but let’s add, the Kremlin’s callous use of energy as a political tool

to effect change. In 2006, the Bush Administration sharply criticized Russia for using energy supplies as a weapon to politically influence countries and urged the Europeans to diversify energy supply sources. Without question Ukraine, as an integral part of the former Soviet system and despite its sovereignty since 1991, is grafted into the Russian energy grid. While not surprising, this is a cause for concern given the current crisis. We may also add that the three Baltic states, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania, though now independent from Moscow and thankfully members of NATO and the European Union are 100 percent dependent on Russian energy. Add Finland an Sweden too, in the 100 percent club. The Central European countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland while free of Moscow’s formal embrace, and also NATO and EU members, are highly dependent, may we add with a wry smile, on Russian largesse? Now to Europe’s core countries. Germany, without question Europe’s economic powerhouse, depends on Russia for one third of its oil and gas needs. This dependence has widened given Germany’s ongoing phaseout of nuclear power. Belgium depends on Russia for 43% and Austria stands at 52%. Importantly neither the United Kingdom nor the Netherlands have any significant Russian dependence given alternative sources from North Sea and Norway. Much of the current latter day wisdom coming out of Washington points to growing natural gas production in the USA which can be sold and shipped to Europe. This is a prudent medium term plan which sounds reassuring on paper until you realize that building natural gas terminals to ship the energy are mostly on the drawing boards. Then there’s all the talk about new pipelines. According to a Congressional

Research Service report, “Europe’s Energy Security,” “As Europe’s natural gas production has declined in re-

cent years, its dependence on imported natural gas has increased. This has left it more

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The Left Vs. Minorities If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it by Thomas Sowell would be now Syndicated Columnist -- and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics exams, compared to 30 percent of the students in the city as a whole. Why would anybody who has any concern at all about minority young people -- or even com-

mon decency -- want to destroy what progress has already been made? One big reason, of course, is the teachers’ union, one of Mayor de Blasio’s biggest supporters. But it may be more than that. For many of the true believers on the left, their ideology overrides any concern about the actual fate of flesh-andblood human beings. Something similar happened on the west coast last year. The American Indian Model Schools in Oakland have been ranked among the top schools in the nation, based on their students’ test scores. This is, again, a special achievement for minority students who need all the help they can get. But, last spring, the California State Board of Education announced plans to shut this school down! Why? The excuse given was that there had been suspicious financial dealings by the former -- repeat, former -- head of the institution. If this was the real See Sowell on 26


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Searching For Owners Of Unclaimed Photographs

The photos shown here were left in a store in Rochester in the 1960s. It was called The Canteen. Muriel Hussey worked there and when it closed, she took all of the developed pictures that were going to be thrown away because they were never picked up. Over the last few decades she has managed to find a home for most all of them. She is now 91 years old and has re-

cently passed on the last 3 packages to her son Matt. Matt has sent us some of these photos in the hopes of finding their owners. The ones shown here are believed to be in the Lakes Region. The envelope containing these photos that were never picked up only had the name of “Cate� on it. The band pictures “Paul’s Melodiers� are believed to be taken either at Merrymeeting Lake

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meeting then-NHIAA Executive Director Walter Smith before that first-ever PSC tournament game in 1972. “Walter rolled a ball down the floor and decreed that it seemed level and to let the games begin,” recalled Cofran. Many Memories Cofran has many memories from his 42 years experiencing the excitement of high school playoff basketball. •Ed Parr was our longtime scoreboard operator. One game the ball and two players came flying over the scorers table and took him to the floor. But he stopped the clock and missed no time. •The John Stark girls came to the games in bikini tops to cheer for their team on the top row of bleachers. Late in a close game they moved to the front row. While they were cheering, an opposing player stared at them, and the ball bounced off his head and out of bounds. The crowd roared. •We had many great workers, like Tracy (Bronson) Fillion. Sometimes they’d run off 50 extra copies of halftime stats so fans could feel part of the action. Tracy still brings cookies to the workers at the scorers table whenever Littleton plays. •I’ll always remember Randy Edgerly hitting foul shot after foul shot to lead Newmarket to the 1986 Class M title. •Austin-Cate Academy had such great talent in Class S in the early seventies. •Once Woodville High— coached by the late, great John Bagonzi—started a game behind 5-0 because of technical fouls due to the wrong numbers being in the scorebook. Woodsville only won by 30. •It was always nice to see media people, like John Simon and Pierre LaFitte of Littleton’s WLTN radio. •Little Kyle Shannon, from Groveton, put on a halftime dribbling show when he was 3 or 4. Eventually, with help from PSU basketball players, he dunked the ball. He was

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Foley Gym fans. later presented with a PSU sweatshirt. •The 1979 Class M Finals between Newmarket and Oyster River. Packed house with neighboring schools and that natural rivalry. Bands from both schools. What energy! •Mike Mucher, Farmington, 1988, sitting ON the rim after winning the Class M State title. •A coach who was so upset with the officials assigned to his game that he stayed in the locker room and the AD coached the team. •Matt Swedberg, (Moultonboro), Roger Morrissey and the Judd brothers (Pittsburg), Dennis Perkins (Lin-Wood), Tom Nelson and Ralph Luongo from Newmarket. •Julie Donlan and Kerry Bascom, fabulous female basketball players who went on to enjoy outstanding college careers. •Groveton boys and girls, Conant boys, Woodsville boys, Mascoma boys and girls, Henniker girls, Littleton boys •Coaches Trask, Collins, Jenness, Haskins, Swedburg, Judd, Beauregard, •The great community enthusiasm for home town teams and especially how the North Country fans support ALL the teams from up there. When NHIAA Executive Director Pat Corbin attended his first tournament games at PSU he was so impressed with how packed the Class S games were with so many from little towns showing

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and Tough Cookie”. Dan and Janelle will give a slide show presentation on their journey and discuss ways to enjoy hiking with children. 279-4303

Wednesday 26th John Prine

from natural therapies. Free. 524-6334 to sign up.

Starquest Dance Competition

Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord. 225-1111 or

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“No More Yelling: Conversations in Current Political Conflicts”

More than Giant Puddles

Taylor Community’s Woodside Building, 435 Union Ave., Laconia. 11am. Presented by Dr. Krisan Evenson. Free and open to the public. RSVP appreciated to ensure seating. 524-5600

Thurs. 27th – Sun. 30th Hamlet

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. $14/$12pp. 335-1992

Friday 28th Rock & Blues Guitar Summit

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

Fri. 28th – Sat. 29th “A Flea In Her Ear”

Garrison Players Art Center, Rollinsford. Friday and Saturday at 8pm. A comedy of mistaken identities and intentions. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students under $18. For more info visit

Sat & Sun 29th & 30th Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair

Sat 10-4 & Sun 10-3 - Opechee Conference Center, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia - Don’t miss this wonderful spring craft fair with great American-made arts & crafts! Some of the exhibits will include antique restorations, chair caning, hand knits, floral arrangements, bling clothing, glass art, fine jewelry, prints & acrylic paintings, bat houses, quilts & quilted decor, fabric crafts, fabulous wooden bowls & wooden crafts, birdhouses, & seasonal decor & lots more!!!  Free Adm - Music of Tim Janis - Food - Info Joyce 528-4014 Directions:  I-93 Exit 20 & bear left & follow red signs

Saturday 29th The Great Change: Understanding the Wisdom of Menopause

Sunflower Natural Foods, 390 South Main Street, Laconia. 10am-noon. Menopause, is unfortunately, the stuff of jokes and fear. This class is led by Melissa Morrison, M.H., and will cover many typical changes that happen during menopause and how to ease yourself through this new phase in your life with help

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551 Community Room, Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook. 1:30-2:30pm. Ruth Smith, naturalist and award winning environmental educator, will share her love and excitement of vernal pools. Program is free but donations are greatly appreciated. 7466121

Hands-On Blueberry Pruning Workshop

98 Canterbury Road, Chichester. 9am-noon. $5pp. Pay at event. 796-2151

Tilton Winter Farmers Market

67 East Main Street, Tilton. 10am-2pm. Over 45 vendors. 496-1718

Contra Dance

Wakefield Opera House, 1 High Street, Wakefield. 7:30-9:30pm. To benefit the Wakefield Food Pantry and other Lions Club causes. $6 suggested donation. 557-6770

“Passport to the World” – Travel Trade Show

The Margate Resort, 76 Lake Street, Laconia. 10am-2pm. Door prizes, luggage giveaway at noon, airline tickets from Funjet Vacations, $500 travel voucher from Delta Vacations and more! Free admission. 524-2500

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair

Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia. 10am-4pm. Free admission. Raffle to benefit NH Humane Society. 528-4014

Rabies Clinic

Franklin Fire Station, 59 West Bow Street, Franklin. 2-4pm. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a carrier. $12 per dog/cat. 934-3109

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Trinity Episcopal Church, 93 NH Route 25, Meredith. 5-7pm. $12pp or $25 for a family of 4. 279-6689 Sunday 30th

Tilton Winter Farmers Market

67 East Main Street, Tilton. 10am-2pm. Over 45 vendors. 496-1718

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Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, 888 North Main Street, Laconia. 8am-1pm. $5pp or $20 per family. 524-1100

Line Dancing

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair

Zentangle Workshop

Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia. 10am-3pm. Free admission. Raffle to benefit NH Humane Society. 528-4014

APRIL Fri. 4th – Sun. 6th “VynnArt in Bloom” – Art Exhibit and Sale

VynnArt Gallery and Art Supplies, 30 Main Street, Meredith. Artist Reception Friday from 4-7pm, Art Show runs Friday and Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 104pm. Over 60 Floral paintings in all mediums, pastels, drawings and photography will be featured. Prints and artist’s greeting cards will also be for sale. Throughout the show you will have the opportunity to watch the artists paint their next creation. 279-0557

Saturday 5th Spring Craft Fair

Somersworth High School, Somersworth. 9am-3pm. Featuring 100 of the best crafters in New England. 6925869

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

“Spirit Of Spring” Art Exhibit

Epsom Public Library. Until April 19th, Presented by NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Call 736-9920 for times and more info.

Ridgewood Open for Snowshoeing and X-Country Skiing

Ridgewood Country Club, 258 Governor Wentworth Highway, Moultonborough. Open daylight hours. Free to use the grounds. Tavern open 11-4 Friday – Sunday. 476-5930

Lakes Region Tea Party Meetings

The Moultonborough Public library, Moultonborough. 7pm. The third Wednesday of every month. All are welcome.

Caregivers Support Group

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. 2nd and 4th Monday of

Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 9am-10am Every Wednesday. 524-6042 VynnArt, Main Street, Meredith. Every third Friday. Call 2790557to sign up.

Overeaters Anonymous

Franklin Regional hospital, 15 Aiken Avenue, Franklin. Saturdays 11am-noon.

Line Dancing

Meredith Community Center, Meredith. Wednesdays 9:3010:30am. 536-1179

NAMI-NH Family Support Group

Pease Public Library, downstairs, Plymouth. 7pm. First and third Mondays of each month. Open to anyone who is dealing with a close friend or family member who has a mental illness. 254-5090 or 536-2699

Lakes Region Detachment Marine Corps League

Meredith Community Center, Rt. 3, Meredith. 6:30pm. Second Thursday of the month. New members always welcome. 455-0636

Genealogy Workshop


Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 12:30-3pm every Monday. 524-6042

Meditation Group

Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia. 6-7:15pm. A community where you can develop your own meditation practice in a friendly, nonjudgmental community. No experience necessary. New comers arrive 10 minutes early for a quick introduction. 2937211

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Woodside Carvers Club

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

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. 744-2713.

Knit Wits Knitting Club

Free Movie Matinee

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

Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 1:30pm2:30pm every Friday. 5246042

Plymouth Area Chess Club

Preschool Storytime

Meredith Public Library, Main St. Wednesdays, 10:3011:30am and Thursdays, 1-2pm. Ages 3-5. 279-4303.

Knotty Knitters

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

Social Bridge

Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 10:30am12:30pm Every Friday. 5246042

Pease Public Library, Plymouth. Tuesdays 6-8pm. 536-1179

T.O.P.S. Meeting

Congregational Church, Meredith. 5:30pm every Wednesday. “Take Off Pounds Sensibly.”


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

Wolfeboro Public Library, Wolfeboro. 10am-Noon. The first Tuesday of every month. Featuring methods of jump starting genealogical research for both the beginner and the advanced genealogist. Free and open to all. 569-2428

Central NH Amateur Radio Club Meeting

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. Meets the first Tuesday of each month. Interested in amateur radio? New members welcome! Check website for details

Bible Study

Open Door Bible Church, 2324 Rt. 16, next to West Ossipee Post Office. Every Wednesday at 6:30pm. 508-380-0471

Sut n’ Sew

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Acoustic Country Pickin Party

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position he held until his care for the plant. retirement this past JanuIn 1995, then Lilac Com- ary. In that time he overmission Chairman Wil- saw the planting of lilacs liam Nehring passed away and wildflowers throughand the eleven members out stretches of Interstates of the Commission voted 93 and 89, as well as rest Guinta as the new Chair- areas, highway medians man, a position he still and off ramps. holds today. “I’d have to guess that In 2001, Guinta became there were around 70,000 Landscape Specialist Su- to 80,000 lilac plants or 3/3/14 2:11 PM pervisor ASG-0314-SalmonPress-Auction.pdf for the state, a more1 planted in that time,”

said Guinta. He also helped towns and organizations who requested lilacs and wildflowers in the design and planting. Guy is a man who delighted in all of his labors encompassing lilacs. Added to that, were the vast array of brilliant wildflowers that Guy derived great pleasure in planting and

Guy Guinta (kneeling) at a recent Farm and Forest Expo where the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission members set up shop to educate attendees on New Hampshire’s state flower.









nurturing in various locations throughout the state. His philosophy, “Always do your best, for what you plant now will reap an abundant harvest in the future” is wise advice for us all. Guy’s co-worker, Barbara Rollins, who also worked with Guy on the annual Lilac Photo Contest for the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission yearly calendar, recently spoke of Guy upon his retirement. “Guy has been involved in so many landscaping projects over the years; it is hard to decide where to begin. You can be sure that it more than likely included a lilac of one kind or another. How else would you get a name tag like ‘Mr. Lilac’? “Guy has beautified NH from North to South and East to West during his career as Landscape Specialist, Supervisor at NHDOT for more than 25 years including all types of plant material, but he is known mostly for his work with lilacs and wildflowers. As the Chairman of the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission he has been very dedicated to our state flower and the wildflowers along our interstate highways. It has brought with it many happy customers along the way. He has been instrumental in the Lilac Photo Contest which

runs every spring during the lilac blooming season. “Guy has given so much to the profession that he loves. He often puts himself in the roots (shoes) of the plant itself. He really has an undying passion for plants. “In his early years as a Landscaper and business owner he used to carry a wheelbarrow in the trunk of his car to each job site. Things sure have changed since then. “He is also a member of the International Lilac Society. “If you have ever had the opportunity to go to one of Guy’s lilac and wildflower presentations you know about the enthusiasm he has. If not, well it’s not too late; you can still find him doing an occasional talk to a garden club or community group. Guy is always willing to lend a helping hand in any way that he can from assistance with landscaping design, plantings, suggestions or just about anything to do with plants”. The Governor’s Lilac Commission was instituted by Governor John Sununu in 1984 to promote extensive planting of lilacs throughout the state. Over the years the Commission has taken on the additional responsibility of purchasing and assisting in plantSee guinta on 25


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ing wildflowers. Because of these efforts, Governor Stephen Merrill renamed it the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission on August 1, 1995. Today the commission continues to flourish. It can be likened to the state’s hallmark

within the Roadside Development section of the D.O.T. can be attributed in large measure to Barbara Rollins and Paul Rushlow, both knowledgeable Landscape Specialists who worked alongside Guy to make it the success it has proved to be for many

The Lilac and Wildflower Commission Yearly Lilac Photo Calendar. card of excellence. “The lilac and wildflower program has been funded for the last several years through the Moose Plate program,” said Guinta noting that the $50,000 a year is acquired through a voluntary donation by those who wish to contribute by purchasing the plates. “We also have things like T-shirts that promote the lilac but those are sold at cost as part of lilac promotion.” In his own humble way, Guy Guinta never forgot where his roots came from as he firmly planted his feet on the ground, striving to make a difference in attracting tourism to New Hampshire. What he accomplished

years. “I am very fortunate to have had this job for the past twenty-five years,” said Guinta. “The other commissioners and the governors of New Hampshire have always been very supportive of my work and for that I am very grateful.” He recalled with fondness, admiration and deep respect, Doctor Owen Rogers, a member of the Commission and one of the foremost authorities on lilacs the world over. What are Guy’s future goals and aspirations? Well for starters, he plans to remain active in the Governor’s Lilac and Wildflower Commission, as well as his involvement in the

Guy Guinta preparing to plant some lilacs and wildflowers at a state park. Annual Lilac Photo Contest. In addition, he will be called upon to share his expertise with the various garden clubs in New Hampshire. His humor, wit, knowledge and winning smile will carry the day for him as a true pro-

fessional. Were it possible for me to accord him the full recognition he is so deserving of, I would not hesitate for one moment. Suffice to say, he has made a huge difference in the lives of so many people. And so I

say, “Well done Guy, your friendship is contagious and lives on. We’ll be looking for you along the interstate with your wheelbarrow where it all began”.


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reason, then all they had to do was indict the former head and let a court decide if he was guilty or innocent. There was no reason to make anyone else suffer, much less the students. But the education establishment’s decision was to refuse to let the school open last fall. Fortunately a court stopped this hasty shut-down. These are not just isolated local incidents. The Obama administration has cut spending for charter schools in the District of Columbia and its Justice Department has intervened to try to stop the state of Louisiana from expanding its charter schools. Why such hostility to schools that have succeeded in educating minority students, where so many others have failed? Some of the opposition to charter schools has been sheer crass politics. The teachers’ unions see charter schools as a threat to their members’ jobs, and politicians respond to the money and the votes that teachers’ unions can provide. The net result is that

derly are having a tough time paying their property taxes and the children will be burdened with the debt in the future, created today. When does it end? I would like to see people vote to stop the spending and increase in budgets, going forward. I would like to see sacrifice, less gov-

ernment reliance, and a state where independence and personal responsibility are at the forefront, once more. It was done with less, at a more difficult time in history, it can be done again.

public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best. In various parts of the country, educators who have succeeded in raising the educational level of minority children to the national average -or above -- have faced hostility, harassment or have even been driven out of their schools. Not all charter schools are successful, of course, but the ones that are completely undermine the excuses for failure in the public school system as a whole. That is why teachers’ unions hate them, as a threat not only to their members’ jobs but a threat to the whole range of frauds and fetishes in the educational system. The autonomy of charter schools is also a threat to the powers that be, who want to impose their own vision on the schools, regardless of what the parents want. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to impose his own notion of racial balance in the schools, while many black par-

ents want their children to learn, regardless of whether they are seated next to a white child or a black child. There have been all-black schools whose students met or exceeded national norms in education, whether in Louisiana, California or other places around the country. But Eric Holder, like Bill de Blasio, put his ideology above the education -- and the future life -- of minority students. Charter schools take power from politicians and bureaucrats, letting parents decide where their children will go to school. That is obviously offensive to those on the left, who think that our betters should be making our decisions for us.

Carla Mora Plaistow, NH.

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Feb Feb 7, Motor28-Mar Booty Affair2, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat


The Feb March 14, The Spirit6-16, of Johnny CashDiary of Anne Frank March 9, Celtic Nights

Feb 15, Comedian Juston McKinney

March 25-30, Hamlet

Feb 20 & 21, The Vagina Monologues

April 4, Brooks Young Band

Feb April 22, R-rated5,Hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. Dance Northeast

2013-2014 SEASON Feb April 28-Mar 2,10-27, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Wizard of Oz Dreamcoat May 2, Lottery Party March 6-16, The Diary of AnneCocktail Frank


Contemporary, Darkly Comedic Adaptation

Family Theatre Tickets $14 Thurs - Sat, May 10, Motor City Fever - Motown Music March 25-30, Hamlet March 27-29 May 16, Strafford Wind Symphony - Thrilling Melodies at 7PM April 4, Brooks Young Band May 22-25, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical Sat & Sun, Mar 29 & 30 @ 2PM AprilMay 5, Dance31, Northeast Corvettes Doo Wop Revue


Fri. April 4th @ 8PM Tickets: $12 /$10

May 3,Nights Bon Jersey March 9, Celtic

Director Tim Robinson crafts a relevant, tale of Shakespeare’s most powerful tragedy. Robinson’s HamCat let embodies the spirit of cultural icon MayJune 2, Lottery5-8, Cocktail Partyin the Hat James Dean, a troubled teen struggling 13-21, Veterans in the Performing Arts: Follow Me with his own place in the world. MayJune 3, Bon Jersey Returning to the Opera House stage, folJune-August 2014, Summer Theatre Camp lowing their critically acclaimed perforMay 10, Motor City Fever - Motown Music mances in last season’s Romeo and JuKelly Litt as Hamlet and Olivia Dodd May 16, Strafford Wind Symphony - Thrilling Melodies liet, as Ophelia lend a legitimacy to their characters’ youth-driven angst and are May 22-25, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical sure to connect with family audiences.

AprilJune 10-27, Wizard of Oz City Dance Annual highly engaging 1, Sole Recital

Fender-endorsed frontman Brooks Young works the guitar like his idol Eric Clapton and belts out solos in a style reminiscent of Mick Jagger. The Concord NH-based Brooks Young Band delivers the perfect combination of rock, pop and blues. The band plays venues from Boston to New York and Nashville and has shared the stage with legends such as Ted Nugent, James Cotton, Pat Benetar, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and King of the Blues B.B. King. Along with Brooks Young are Jeff Leroy (Piano/Organ/Vocals), Dave Lombard (Drums), Matt McDermott (Bass/Vocals) and Andy Devine (Guitar/Vocals).

May 31, Corvettes Doo Wop Revue June 1, Sole City Dancewww. Annual Recital

Rochester Opera House t City Hall t 31 Wakefield Street t Rochester, NH 03867

June 5-8, Cat in the Hat (603) 335-1992 Tickets:

t M/W/F t 10 AM - 5 PM

June 13-21, Veterans in the Performing Arts: Follow Me June-August 2014, Summer Theatre Camp



Rochester Opera House t City Hall t 31 Wakefield Street t Rochester, NH 03867

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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, March 20, 2014



by Parker & Hart

The Winklman Aeffect

by John Whitlock


THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, March 20, 2014

Brooks Young Band At Rochester Opera House

The Brooks Young Band bring their high energy show to the Rochester Opera House on Friday, April 4th at 8pm (Doors open at 7pm). The Brooks Young Band is a New England based rock/blues band fronted by lead guitarist/lead vocalist Brooks Young. Young’s expressive voice and guitar prowess entices and captures listeners from the start. The band excites their audiences with powerful, innovative tracks that are the perfect combination of rock, pop, and blues. The Brooks Young Band has been featured in several newspapers and magazines such as New Hampshire Magazine and Music Connection. Their songs have received radio play on many local and national stations such as Boston’s 92.5 The River. The band was also featured on New Hampshire’s most popular TV show, New Hampshire Chronicle, and FOX 25 News in Boston. Recently their new album, “Time to Fly”, was picked as one of the best for 2013 by The Hippo Press. Fender-endorsed frontman

Brooks Young works the guitar like his idol Eric Clapton and belts out solos in a style reminiscent of Mick Jagger. The Concord NH-based Brooks Young Band delivers the perfect combination of rock, pop and blues. The band plays venues from Boston to New York and Nashville and has shared the stage with legends such as Ted Nugent, James Cotton, Pat Benatar, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith and King of the Blues B.B. King. Along with Brooks Young are Jeff Leroy (Piano/Organ/Vocals), Dave Lombard (Drums), Matt McDermott (Bass/Vocals) and Andy Devine (Guitar/Vocals). Special guest Jandee Lee Porter opens for the band with her original music including americana, country, folk, pop and rock. This show has a cash bar and those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $10 and $12 and can be purchased online at www, or a the box office at 31 Wakefield Street in Rochester.




The Brooks Young Band performs at the Rochester Opera House on Friday, April 4th at 8pm.

April 4 - 6, 2014

03/20/14 Cocheco Times  

New Hampshire's "Mr. Lilac" Plans To Keep Growing In Retirement

03/20/14 Cocheco Times  

New Hampshire's "Mr. Lilac" Plans To Keep Growing In Retirement