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The Day I Met The Easter Bunny by Lorrie Baird

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We often get reader requests to reprint one of our longtime columnist Lorrie Baird’s columns. We t h o u g h t t h i s o n e t o b e appropriate for Easter Sunday. This column originally appeared in our April 13, 2008 issue. Lorrie and her husband Jim retired to Florida and her last column appeared in 2012. —ed. Now that I am all grown up and having been raised as a Christian, Easter has a much higher meaning. But while growing up, it’s not the organ

ter lilies in church that are among my fondest memories. Back then, it was all about egg hunts and the Easter bunny and dressing up in brand new clothes that were never designed to sit in. At our house the Easter celebration began with a trip to Boston to shop for new outfits. Back then, every boy wore a suit and tie and every little girl an Easter bonnet, white gloves, and patent leather Mary Janes. Shopping with us kids must have been a strain. Before we left for the city I remember my mother chucking See baird on 14

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Our monthly “Something Wild - Backyard Photo Contest” sponsored by Wild Bird Depot is in full swing and the first images for our April “Signs Of Spring” theme have been pouring in. Shown here are entries sent in to us from two of our readers from Rochester. The top one sent in from George Murphy and the bottom one from Jim Garlough. We will be accepting entries until Friday, April 25th with the winner announced the next week. See more details on the contest on page 11.

members who want to read their own poems about surviving grief and loss. The book is available on the website of Kent State University Press, on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and at a growing number of local book stores. For more information, contact event organizer Tammi Truax at



Prominent New Hampshire authors will read at the Portsmouth Public Library on Wednesday, April 30, at 6:30pm from the first-ever anthology of poems by contemporary widows. The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival (Kent State University Press, 2014) celebrates the strategies that widows must learn to deal with the shock of bereavement, the changes in their lives, and the realization that nothing will ever be the same. The Portsmouth Library’s evening will include an openmicrophone period if time permits, for any audience

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representatives to discuss their plans for Old Home Day.

Through the month “Bee’s Eye View” – Art Exhibit

The Franklin Gallery at Ben Franklin Crafts, 60 Wakefield Street, Rochester. M-F 9am-6pm, Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 10-5. 332-2227

The Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition and M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition

Museum of Fine Art, UNH, 30 Academic Way, Durham. Showcases the artistic talents of students graduating from the studio art program, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Hampshire. It will also include one work from twenty-two B.A candidates. 862-3712

Thursday 17th Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Real estate photography with Bob Manley. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

Bob Marley

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

Free Sit n’ Sew

The Quilted Frog, 51 Endicott Street, Weirs Beach. 2-5pm. 366-5600

Tree & Shrub Pruning Demonstration

New London Town Common, 375 Main Street, New London. 5:30pm. Bring your pruners and loppers. $5 donation. 796-2151

Richard Blanco – Eagle Pond Authors Series

Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth. 7pm. 535-2787

Employee vs. Contractor Workshop

Enterprise Center, Plymouth. 7:309am. Peg O’Brien of the legal firm Devine Millimet, will provide an overview of the differences between an employee and a contractor. Free but space is limited. 535-3222

Gilmanton Old Home Day Organization Meeting

Smith Meeting House, Meeting House Road, Gilmanton. 7pm. All organizations are welcome to send

Friday 18th Genealogy Lock-In

Meredith Public Library, Main Street, Meredith. 5-8pm. Use the library computers, access our locked collection and exchange ideas with others. Pizza will be served at 6pm. $5pp. Be sure to show up before the library closes at 5pm. 279-4303

Bruce Marshall & the Nor’easters

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

Saturday 19th Chris Smither – Live Music

Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. $20pp. 989-550

Lou Gramm the Voice of Foreigner

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

Free Sit n’ Sew

The Quilted Frog, 51 Endicott Street, Weirs Beach. 2-5pm. 366-5600

Soap Making Workshop

Massabesic Audubon Center, 26 Audubon Way, Auburn. 1-3pm. $15/ member, $25/non-member plus $5 materials fee.

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Steve Bjork and Corey Rodrigues – Live Comedy

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. BYOB. $15pp. 527-0043

Antiques Appraisal Day

Laconia Antiques Center, 601 Main Street, Downtown Laconia. 2-4pm. Tickets sold at the door. $5 per appraisal (to benefit the Laconia Historical Society). First come first serve. 527-1278

Russian Easter Bazaar

New England Language Center’s International Art Gallery, 16 Hillside Drive Rochester. 11am-3pm. It will feature an exhibit of unique contemporary Russian art and traditional Russian icons, storytelling, Russian cartoons and historical information about the crafts. Free and open to the public. 332-2255 Monday 21st

“The History of Motorcycle Week”

Laconia Public Library, Laconia. 7pm. Presented by Charlie St. Clair and Jennifer Anderson of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Rally Association. Free and open to the public. 5271278

Tuesday 22nd

Clean Up Day

New Owner’s Event

Squam Lakes Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness. 9am-1pm. The Science Center invites the public to help prepare the trails, grounds and gardens for opening day May 1st. Extra rakes are greatly appreciated. Picnic lunch at noon. 968-7194

Danbury Grange Benefit – Live Music

Danbury Grange Hall, North Road, Danbury. 6:30pm. Dessert Social

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Lowe’s parking lot, 1407 Lakeshore Road, Gilford. 9am-1pm. Recycle electronic items of all sizes from phones and computers to dryers and refrigerators. 527-0089

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Electronic Waste Collection Day

Merrimack Superior Court, 163 N. Main Street, Concord. 10am. Bring your pruners and loppers. $5 donation. 796-2151

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followed by Cardigan Mountain Tradition. $5 suggested donation. 5262614

Saturday, April 19th Lowe’s Parking Lot

1407 Lakeshore Road, Gilford 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Recycle electronic items of all sizes from phones and computers to dryers and refrigerators for a small disposal fee. No paints, batteries, tires, items containing mercury, or hazardous wastes.

RiverRun Book Store, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth. 7pm. 431-2100 Irwin Automotive, 59 Bisson Ave, Laconia. 5-7pm. All Toyota/Scion and Ford/Lincoln owners are invited to attend this evening of fun, prizes and food. (Weather you bought from Irwin or not.) 581-2953

Wednesday 23rd

Electronic Waste Collection Day Bring your electronic junk over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day (EWCD) on Saturday, April 19th from 9am to 1pm at the Lowes Parking Lot in Gilford and, for a small disposal fee, not only will they take it off your hands, they will recycle your old electronic items. The small fee charged is less than the local transfer station’s prices. Cash or checks will be accepted. Computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer accessories. They will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted. You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury or any other hazardous waste.

Woodman Museum Opens For 98th Season The Woodman Museum in Dover, New Hampshire, one of the Seacoast’s oldest historical attractions, re-opens on April 2nd for its 98th season with many new exhibits and extended hours. A traditional early 20th century style natural science, local history and art museum, the Woodman offers exhibits throughout four historic buildings including an original 1675 garrison house. This season the Keefe House carriage barn will officially open with sleighs, a rare Pontiac carriage, blacksmith shop, ice harvesting tools, walk behind plows and a Merry Mac sail boat built by Dover’s Ned McIntosh. The carriage barn will now be part of the regular museum tours. In celebration of the 175th anniversary of photography, the museum’s special exhibit for the season is “Tintypes to Digital”. On display are cameras and photographs from the wet plate era to today’s camera phones. Early studio cameras, the first 35mm camera, Brownies, the first Instamatic, Polaroid, the World’s first digital watch camera displayed next to a rare 1905 “Ticka” pocket watch camera made in England, a 1960s KGB spy camera, the View-Master and a stereo plate camera used to make Victorian era stereo views. See examples of daguerreotypes, tintypes and glass plate negatives….early flash powder pans and some of the first light meters…a time when photos were developed in enamel pans under safe-light conditions….when photographs were made using a camera. The Woodman Museum, located at 182 Central Ave ( exit 8E Spaulding/Rt16) offers exhibits for all ages Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Groups are welcome by reservation. 603-742-1038 or visit www.woodmanmuseum. org

Lakes Region Tea Party Meeting

Moultonborough Police/Fire Building, Moultonborough. 7pm. Andrew Hemingway, candidate for governor will be the main speaker. All are welcome to join.

Travel to Tuscany Italy – Information Night

Taylor Community’s Woodside Building, 435 Union Avenue, Laconia. 5:30pm. Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce is offering a tour of Tuscany, Italy November 14-22, 2014. Nine days, seven nights including hotels, meals, day trips and airfare from Boston. A representative from Central Holidays will be at the meeting to answer any questions. Meeting is free to attend. 524-5531

Thursday 24th Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm.Planning Meeting. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

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Juston McKinney Returns To Capitol Center New Hampshire native Juston McKinney brings his standup show to Concord NH’s Capitol Center for the Arts on Saturday May 17 at 8pm. Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Capitol Center for the Arts box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH, via phone at 603-225-1111, and online at McKinney has had 2 Comedy Central specials including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and most recently his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on DVD/CD. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour, with Bill Engvall, which aired on TBS. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs.

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Explore the fluid relationships between natural and human communities along the Warner, Lane, Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers throughout history in an ambitious collaborative effort between several New Hampshire historical societies this summer. Photo above shows telephone communications disrupted by flooding. New Hampshire’s people settled along its rivers and built communities for over 10,000 years. They found shelter, food, water power, paths for travel and communication, and places to work and play that connected their lives. Eight local organizations explore the fluid relationships between natural and human communities along the Warner, Lane, Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers in collaborative exhibits and programs during the summer of 2014. These rivers connect us to nature, to our history and to each other. Participating museums include the Bradford Historical Society, Hopkinton Historical Society, The Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, New Hampshire Telephone Museum, Penacook Historical Society, Sutton Historical Society, and Warner Historical Society. Exhibits include The Little Nature Museum, which will share examples of plants and animals found along the river, and the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, which will explore Native American uses of these food resources in

The Bartlett Excelsior Mill in Warner which produced fine and coarse poplar shavings to stuff furniture, mattresses, baseball gloves and packing material for fragile objects. a joint exhibit at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. The rich history of the area’s mills will be found at the Bradford, Hopkinton, Penacook and Warner Historical Societies and the New Hampshire Telephone Museum. Travel and recreation on the rivers will be highlighted at the Hopkinton Historical Society, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and Penacook Historical Society. The New Hampshire Telephone Museum will share photos and stories of natural disasters along the rivers and how communication was af-

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To The Editor: Iberdrola announced they are “PAUSING” on the Wild Meadows Wind Farm. Yet, local residents aren’t listening, mainly because they’re still seeing work being conducted. Land is being cleared, studies are happening and utility trucks are seen frequently in the area. The rumor behind the scene, on the so called “PAUSE”, is two fold: First: Iberdrola is being told by the state to fix the Groton mess, and Second: the summer residents are coming. It’s complicated, petty and political - but it’s clearly an active construction site. There are nine renewable energy plants and proposals within 7 miles of Newfound Lake’s shoreline. We’re destined to become the states largest renewable energy corridor with eight power plants and part of the Northern Pass project. Four of these will be wind power plants, two biomass plants, two hydro plants and part of the Northern Pass power line project. Residents have consistently voted against additional wind power plants in the community. Their true concerns are: 1) watershed concerns, 2) lack of decommissioning funds, 3) safety concerns, 4) property value concerns, 5) tourism concerns, 6)

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jobs concerns 7) wildlife concerns, 8) sound concerns, 9) visual concerns and 10) legal issues at the Groton Wind Plant. True concerns, lots of politics and very little answers are playing out. We’re asking our leaders in Concord to protect businesses and residents alike. Why should New Hampshire businesses and residents pay higher electrical prices for electricity destined for southern states? New Hampshire has been in the business of exporting excess electricity for decades and much of that money has helped New Hampshire residents. How does a foreign wind company taking profits, not only out-of-state but out-ofour-country, make sense for New Hampshire? And will our current power plants export less electricity because of it? That would be a worse case scenario for New Hampshire. Why are we paying to power southern states? Why are foreign energy companies being allowed to cut into our electricity exporting program (a proven program that our state has perfected and prospered from for decades) by entertaining the thought of an “unreliable” intermittent wind power source. Remember: We don’t have a “‘need” for new energy facilities - this is all being driven by southern states. New Hampshire

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.

has more than enough “reliable” energy sources at hand. We have more than enough reliable electricity, we don’t need more, let alone intermittent electricity. Ray Cunningham Bridgewater, NH.

Obamacare Came To The Editor: First, they took $716 Billion from Medicare to fund Obamacare, but they said that money was only the waste they’d eliminate. Second, Obamacare came and increased premiums an average of 90% for individual NH plans, but I was covered under my company plan, so I said nothing. Besides, some wrote our newspapers to say everything was fine. Third, 6 million people were forced off their health insurance, but that wasn’t mine, so I held my tongue. Then they blamed the onerous regulations of Obamacare on insurers, but I don’t work for one, so I kept silent. Then 856,000 signed up for Obamacare, but “2 anonymous sources” said it was really 7.1 million, even though the website can’t count, yet, so I nodded blindly. Then Obamacare forced people to change doctors, or pay a lot more, but that wasn’t my doctor. Then Obamacare See mail boat on 26

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Don’t Be In Such A Rush

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Now that winter has completely loosened its grip and spring is finally making a valiant fight to take its proper place, there isn’t a lot to do here in the Lakes Region or New Hampshire as a whole. Skiing is done with and, even though the ice still covers the lake, ice fishing is over as well. There is no snow left for snowmobilers and hunting season is over. So, the only thing to really do is make it an activity to wait until the next season of activities can begin. It’s about this time every year that it moves into full gear. It’s about this time every year that the call goes out far and wide to try and guess what exact day and time the ice will clear off Lake Winnipesaukee so that the ship M/S Mount Washington can make its first unimpeded trip to all its ports and the next season can officially begin. This event, for the uninitiated, is called Ice Out. It’s a subject I have written about before at this time of year because, well, like I said, there’s not a lot else to do around here. As we get closer and more bored with the remains of the winter season, every radio and television station and newspaper (including this one) will go to great lengths to build up anticipation of when the big day will

be. Airplanes circle the sky and reporters poise with hand over pad to get ready to herald the news about the disappearance of frozen water. I say: “Relax, don’t rush it.� I can imagine now the throngs of native New Hampshirites (as well as those poor Flatlanders who believe they are natives) holding their hands to their mouths as they read such blasphemy. I can imagine the angry crowds now forming and signs being nailed on two-by-fours as they are ready to descend upon my home and ask me to leave. After all, Ice Out is a big deal, according to many. We need the ice to go out so that the lake can clear and business can come back to the area. Let’s face it, all those thousands of out-of-staters who come here to enjoy the beauty of the area want nothing to do with us this time of year. And this year it looks like Ice Out will be a little late and some are a bit concerned. Still, this is what you asked for. I don’t know how many times over the past several years I heard someone say: “It would be great for business if we had one of those old-fashioned winters we used to have.� So, we finally got one. The snow fell and skiing and other winter sports were great and the people came. The ice froze up, hard and deep and the people came. It was a good winter in that respect. Now that the winter has finally ended and everyone who had their prayers answered this past season have now been whining for the past couple of weeks about how long it is going to take for the ice to go out this year.

So, I say, you can’t have your ice and melt it too. I, for one, am just going to sit back and let the ice take its own sweet time in leaving; I am going to enjoy this season of inbetween. Not like many of you who are now wishing for that hot weather to take care of business and get us quickly into summer. This is just a friendly reminder that when you are sitting slack-jawed and slumped, totally immobile in your kitchen chair this July, drinking yet another cold ice tea in front of that circular fan because it is yet another heat wave and even the slightest movement of your body causes floods of sweat to seep into every pore of your body, just think about those cool April nights that you were so quick to want to wish away. The summer will eventually arrive, it always does and soon you will be sitting in another one of those ten car, what natives think are, traffic jams wishing for Labor Day weekend so you can finally reclaim your territory. Then Labor Day will arrive and then Columbus Day and then it will be quiet again. Then everyone will wonder if we will have another cold and snowy winter like last year because, goodness, we really could use the business. So relax, enjoy, don’t fret about when the ice will go out because you know it will and you also know that another winter will be close behind. By the way, for what it’s worth, I’m guessing May 6th at 11:34am. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at

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From The State House Blah Blah Yawn Blah… There was a recently issued report from the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate C h a n g e by Rep. Jane (NIPCC) Cormier which, usBelknap District 8 ing the same models as the global warming crowd, came to a very different conclusion regarding global warming. This report was a peer reviewed, 1,000 page study authored by 47 renowned scholars and scientists. Basically, the report refutes much of the supposed global warming propaganda which we have been hearing for many years.

( Check it out for yourself. The Heartland Institute recently discussed this controversy. “The big issue in the global warming debate is how large is the human impact on climate. And the report shows that it is very small, that natural variability, the variability that is caused by natural cycles of the sun and other factors far outweighs anything that human impact could have.” Now, let’s fast forward to UNH and Granite State Future who deny ALL information which has challenged data on “Global Warming” propaganda. A current UNH report sent April 4, 2014 warns NH of DRASTIC CLIMATE CHANGE. (Yawn…) “The reports, “Climate Change See cormier on 26

The Meltdown of the Obama Genderhawks I have created a new species designation for the female Democrats who play hypocritical gender politics on beby Michelle Malkin h a l f o f B a Syndicated Columnist rack Obama. They’re genderhawks. You remember the term “chickenhawk,” don’t you? During the Bush years, anti-war activists and journalists hurled the ad hominem epithet at anyone who supported military action against our enemies but hadn’t personally served. I say let’s give ‘em a dose of their own tactical medicine. Genderhawks are feminist chickenhawks. They demand “equal pay” for women, practice militant identity politics based on chromosomes and purport to wage an all-out government war on gender inequity. Yet, they personally refuse to hold themselves and their lousy male bosses accountable for their own gender-based failures and delinquencies. Meet genderhawk Jennifer Palmieri. The Clinton administration veteran faithfully defended a lecherous philanderer-in-chief against what his sexist operatives called “bimbo eruptions.” Then she served as spokeswoman for adulterous crapweasel John Edwards. Now, she is Obama’s communications flack and chief social media gender warrior. On Tuesday, which Team Obama and its feminist pals dubbed “Equal Pay Day,” Palmieri took to Twitter to call out the sexist White

House press corps: “Love all these guys, but note that 6 of 7 news orgs in front row sent men to ask @presssec abt the problem of gender pay inequity,” Palmieri tweeted. Oooh. Get it? Palmieri was womansplaining, gendershaming and upside-the-headsmacking the mainstream media for sending tone-deaf men to ask about women’s issues. She really zapped and zinged ‘em, didn’t she?! Well, only in her Beltway bubble-wrapped head. Palmieri humiliated just one person: herself. In her fauxminist fog, she forgot that her own boss, the president, is a man. His vice president is a man. Their labor secretary is a man. In fact, 12 of 15 Obama cabinent members are dastardly men. And White House press secretary Jay Carney, sent by her male managers to answer questions about gender equity from the men Palmieri deemed insufficiently sensitive to women’s issues, is a man. Thankfully, sane journalists of both genders pushed back against Palmieri’s identity politics run amok. Fox News reporter Ed Henry fired back: “WH sent man to podium, right?” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Salena Zito retorted: “In your line of (thought) Jennifer, a woman should have taken the question for the White House not a man.” National Review’s Charles W. Cooke quizzed: “Would the answers have been different if the questions had been asked by women?” Forced to respond, Palmieri grudgingly acknowledged that the press secretary carries XY chromosomes, but she rational-

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Syria Crisis—Fear and Famine Stalk the Land UNITED NATIONS—Syria’s harrowing civil war has taken a new turn as the beleaguered Mid East country now faces by John J. Metzler a deepening Syndicated Columnist drought and food crisis in the midst of an expanding conflict. UN relief agencies warn that the drought may cut food production thus adding to the country’s woes. With over nine million Syrian civilians already refugees or internally displaced since the conflict started three years ago, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) warns that “Low production scenarios combined with the ongoing conflict, will further strain Syria’s already fragile food security situation. The main implications are an increased dependence on imports at a time when Syria’s import capacity is severely diminished by the collapse of real economic growth.” Economists state that growth has been in a free fall with an almost 19 % annual drop. In a troubling new report on the drought and food security, the WFP states, “During the decade preceding the conflict, drought had been the main event causing significant losses to the national wheat and barley production; since 2012, the civil war has had a market impact on the Syrian cereal production capacity.” Even optimistic figures reveal that this year’s projected wheat production would be about two million tons, a fall of 17% from last year. WFP’s coordinator for Syria, Muhannad Hadi said, “It has taken a massive effort from WFP and partners to reach 4 million people in March, but we fear now that a possible drought, if rainfall doesn’t pick up, could put the lives of millions more at risk.” He added, “Syria suffered from five years of drought right before the conflict broke out and vulnerable communities in affected areas hardly had time to recover before they were hit by the conflict.” Tragically, some of the worst affected conflict areas such as Aleppo and Hama, account for

about half of the wheat production. According to relief agencies, more than six million Syrians may need emergency food aid, up from the current number of just over four million people. Yet as the conflict churns on between the Assad family dictatorship, backed by Russia and Iran, and a gaggle of rebel groups, many of them Islamic fundamentalists and Al Qaida affiliates, a political settlement looms as elusive as ever. The UN Security Council, in diplomatic deadlock between the West and Russia/China concerning Syria, has frozen further in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated, that he is “extremely concerned that groups listed as terrorist organizations by the United Nations Security Council continue to brutalize the civilian population”. He added that the tragic killing of a Dutch Catholic priest, Father Frans van der Lugt, SJ., who was shot by an unknown gunman, was an “inhumane act of violence.” The 75 year-old priest had been living in Syria for over forty years and had refused to leave the besieged city of Homs. The Syrian civil war has seen a deliberate targeting of the country’s ancient Christian minority by some rebel groups. Despite being out of the headlines, the conflict continues with at least 140,000 people killed in the past three years. And beyond the widening refugee spill-over into neighboring countries especially Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, there’s the acute danger from foreign rebels returning to Europe and spreading terror. United Kingdom intelligence agencies estimates cite hundreds of British nationals who are currently fighting alongside the Syrian rebels, as presenting a radicalized and trained terrorist threat to the UK upon their return from the Middle East. The Syrian war serves as a magnet to home-grown Islamic militants throughout Europe. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated unequivocally, “There is a belief by too many in Syria and beyond that this conflict can be won militarily. More violence will only bring more suffering and instability to Syria and

sow chaos in the region.” Tragically this war will not end until there’s the exhaustion of all parties to the conflict who will then grudgingly concede to a peace settlement.

John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defence issues. He is the author of Transatlantic Divide; USA/Euroland Rift? (2010)

A Halo For Selfishness The recent Supreme Court decision overruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions by Thomas Sowell has provoked Syndicated Columnist angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says -- free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions and corporations had a right to buy political ads, that was considered outrageous by the left. President Obama called the decision “devastating” and said it “will open the floodgates for special interests.” Those unfamiliar with political rhetoric may not know that “special interests” mean people who support your opponents. One’s own organized support-

ers -- such as labor unions supporting President Obama -- are never called “special interests.” All politicians are against “special interests,” by definition. They all want their own supporters to have the right to free speech, but not those individuals and groups so benighted as to support their opponents. Even in an age of polarization and gridlock, the one area in which it is easy to get bipartisan support in Congress is in passing campaign finance laws, restricting how much money can be spent publicizing political candidates. What Congressional Democrats and Republicans have in common is that they are all incumbents, and they all want to keep their jobs. Publicity is necessary to win elections, and incumbents get millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity from the media. Incumbents can all pontificate in Congress and be covered by See Sowell on 27


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What Do I Do Now? by Steve White Contributing Writer

You have witnessed the fledging stage of your backyard birds. The babies have left the nest box on your property. You

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American Against American: “Better Have Funeral Plans� Just when you think it is Friday afternoon, there is enough to write about and news breaks that require by Niel Young Advocates Columnist analysis and opinion. I have been collecting quotes from Scott Brown and John H. Sununu that you possibly missed. Sununu said Brown “will vote the way New Hampshire wants him to vote.� That is not all Sununu said. “Elections are not about purity. They are about winning.� Brown, in his announcement speech, noted the Granite State’s “independent streak� and touted his own “independent spirit in action,� making a “promise� to voters “I’m nobody’s yes man.� “I will answer only to you, the people of New Hampshire. Every day that I serve, I will give the job all that is in me.� I want to stop the impending death of America as much as any America loving person, but I think principles and an understanding that your votes have to mirror mine 80% of the time, and not have a record of voting with the Democrats 53% as Brown himself has reported! ******** Here is my kind of Senator: Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said today that Americans need to stand up to “a deliberate plan by the president of the United States� to collapse the nation’s law enforcement system regarding illegal immigration. In a Senate speech, Sessions said: “Our law enforcement system is in a state of collapse, and it’s a deliberate plan by the president of the United

States, and it’s wrong. And, people need to be aware of it and need to stand up to it and I believe the American people are beginning to do so.� Sen. Sessions rebuked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Vice President Joe Biden for their proamnesty efforts: “So, you come into the country illegally and the attorney general of the United States declares that these individuals have a civil right to amnesty. How can this possibly be: the chief law enforcement officer in America? ******** (CNN) -- A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.� What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy kept his cattle on the federal land, and the government has responded by beginning roundups of the livestock. Paul Joseph Watson, Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins has caused outrage by remarking that Utahns planning to travel to Nevada to support Cliven Bundy in his standoff against the feds “better have funeral plans�. The comments were revealed by Darin Bushman, a Piute County, Utah, commissioner after he spoke with Collins about Utah ranchers and his colleagues on the County Commission complaining about tactics used by Bureau of Land Manage-

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fence and a fake garden decorated with plastic Easter eggs. At the end of the visit, each kid got to pick an egg from the “garden” and take the inside prize home. As Phil climbed up on the Easter Bunny’s lap, the heel of his brand new Buster Brown’s ground into the bunny’s foot. I heard a moan from behind his furry lips. In an attempt to peer down his throat because I could have sworn I saw an extra pair of lips down there, I slipped and fell off the Bunny’s lap, my bony knee digging into what must have been a very delicate spot, because the next thing I knew the Easter Bunny was hopping all around and holding his tummy except that it wasn’t exactly his tummy he was holding. I figured that he had to go potty real bad. Little Boy Blue - the Easter Bunny’s assistant – informed us that we would have to wait because the Easter Bunny really needed to take a bathroom break… NOW! It took the Easter Bunny ten whole minutes to get back on the job. We scrambled up on both knees without incident this time, but I was puzzled. The Easter Bunny had a little vest on and since I wanted to cheer him up, I kept sticking my hand under the vest to tickle his stomach and make him laugh. When it didn’t work, the awful realization hit me hard: this Easter Bunny wasn’t the REAL ONE! I still have the picture of me with my hand under the Easter Bunny’s vest and my little face crinkled up in a prelude to a good cry while my brother’s cowlick punctuated a mischievous grin. As for our plastic egg “prize”…we won another free photo session with the Easter Bunny! Funny the things you remember about past Easters: I never knew the Easter Bunny cried like that.

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Spring has finally sprung in New Hampshire. The weather is warmer, the days are longer and the snow is finally melting away. To most of us it means backyard campfires, good times with friends and family and soon to be dips in the lake. However, to a group of local women Spring means one thing. Breeding season has begun. Four animals lovers, Patricia LeRoux, Susan Fontaine, Becky Litter and Karen LaFlamme banded together to help those unable to help themselves and founded a group called Friends of the Feral. Friends of the Feral is a group dedicated to caring for the homeless cat. They have been working tirelessly for two years to reduce the feral cat population in the Lakes Region. In that time, they have worked within fourteen “colonies” and after their efforts, eight of those colonies have produced no more kittens. A feral animal is defined as “living in a wild state after domestication.” Some of

these cats have been born to homeless mothers and never had human interaction. While others are cats thrown out or left behind when their owners move. In this time the four members have handled over two hundred cats and kittens. That means trapping, spaying and neutering, socializing, raising

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Ten Reasons To Love Your Lawn As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you’re probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a healthy lawn. Perhaps surprisingly, installing and maintaining a natural turf lawn is one of the best home improvement investments a homeowner can make. If you’re weighing your options and wondering whether a lawn is worth the effort, consider the following 10 benefits. 1. Outdoor recreation: An inviting, low-maintenance outdoor space can provide a significant boost to your quality of

life. From picnics and games to lounging in the shade with a drink and a good book, a lawn offers the perfect setting for outdoor entertainment and relaxation. 2. Increased home value: Grass makes a home more appealing. A wellmaintained lawn is recognized as such a desirable feature to potential homebuyers that it can boost a home’s value by as much as 15 percent, according to a Gallup survey. 3. Excellent return on investment: When it comes time to sell your home, good landscaping can give you a much higher return on your investment than many other home improvement projects. According to a Gallup survey, you can generally expect to recover 40 to 70 percent of the cost of building a deck or patio, while landscaping can offer a 100 to 200 percent return. 4. Stress relief: Grass areas are naturally calming and stress relieving, and the visual appeal contributes to improved mental health and better quality of life. The healing power of nature can work its magic even in your own backyard.


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DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers, and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use some fillers before I stain the wood, the stain is blotchy around the repair. I’ve just about given up. Is there a magic way to get invisible repairs when using wood fillers? --Philip V., Dallas, Tex. DEAR PHILIP: Don’t beat yourself up. What you’re trying to do, in my opinion, is one of the most frustrating home improvement jobs out there, right next to getting drywall seams perfectly smooth. Most homeowners simply don’t possess the required hours and hours of experience needed to expertly fill cracks in wood and drywall so they’re nearly invisible. I’ve struggled myself with wood crack repair for years, just like you, although I long ago discovered how to get professional drywall repairs accomplished. Once you understand what’s going on with what your brain is processing when you look at wood, you then should have a healthy respect and understanding of why it’s so darned difficult to make wood cracks disappear. You know that old saying you can’t see the forest for the trees? I believe that’s the issue when it comes to repairing cracks in wood. You’ve looked at wood for so many decades that you’re looking past what you’re seeing. Here’s what I mean. What makes wood so appealing when compared to a

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appeal attention. Realtors of the 1980s would commonly recommend spending extra dollars on an upscale front entrance. But today, as front doors are used less and garage doors are used more, home improvement experts recognize that a front-facing garage door commands much more impact and curb appeal than a front door that is often shrouded in shadow. “The most noticeable architectural element of today’s home is the garage door,” says Gale Steves, former editor-in-chief of Home Magazine, a primary conduit of home improvement ideas to its 4 million readers. If you plan to stay in your home and improve its value, Steves recommends focusing on the curb appeal

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Standard garage doors offer little curb appeal.

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for an upscale garage door ($2,791) delivered an estimated value at sale of $2,315, equating to an 83 percent return on investment. The $1,534 cost for a mid-range garage door replacement had an estimated value at sale of $1,283, or 84 percent of the original cost. In several cities and U.S. regions, an upscale garage door actually returned more than 100 percent of its cost. This was particularly true for large cities in California and the Pacific region. In a separate study, more than 71 percent of Realtors nationwide felt that


of the home, making it as attractive as possible from the street. For front-facing garages, she recommends upgrading an old garage door to a new carriage style door that offers attractive styling that complements the home’s unique character.


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8. Natural weed control: If you want a relatively low-maintenance landscaping option for an area of bare ground, try grass. A healthy lawn discourages the growth of weeds, and grass will easily outcompete other plants when you create the conditions that favor it. 9. Erosion prevention: Grass is one of the most efficient and inexpensive ways to prevent erosion caused by wind and water. A thick lawn absorbs rainfall, virtually eliminating any runoff, and the extensive root systems of the individual grass plants bind the

As you stain, the closed wood pores reject the stain. This is very apparent on softer wood species. To get really good results when staining softer wood species, you need to use a wood conditioner product that partially seals the wood pores so the wood doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t absorb so much stain. To get really great results filling wood cracks and staining wood, you simply need to practice. You might do 10, 20 or even 50 attempts before you finally get pretty good results. If you want professional results, expect to develop the skills over years. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the voice of experience and observation speaking, just so you know. Need an answer? All of Timâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past columns are archived for FREE at his website. You can also watch hundreds of videos, download Quick Start Guides and more, all for FREE. (c)2014 TIM CARTER DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

soil more effectively than many other ground covers. 10. Self-repair: A lawn is naturally self-repairing. If you choose the right grass for your climate conditions and lawn use patterns, it will be highly resilient and regenerate quickly in response to stresses such as drought, frost or foot traffic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many reasons to love your lawn,â&#x20AC;? says Bryan Ostlund, executive director of Grass Seed USA, a coalition of American grass seed farmers and turf specialists. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether you want a safe place for the kids to play or a welcoming outdoor space for a barbecue, grass fits the bill. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a remarkably easy and budget-friendly way to add aesthetic, recreational and economic value to your home.â&#x20AC;?


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Range. Those bonds and good times just stay with you for life.” Tim and Jill have three children, Sarah, Daniel and Samantha, and two grandchildren, Allie and Noah. Jill’s dad was the past president of the Whitinsville Golf Club, a private 9-hole course in Whitinsville, MA, once rated as one of the top five 9-hole courses in the US. When asked about any changes that may come about with the new ownership, Mr. Noe replied “we are looking to maintain the current managers and staffing as last year, so members and guests will see familiar faces as the new season commences along with a few new ones. As soon as we can get the sun working the snow on the fairways and greens, we will be performing an assessment of the course conditions, and developing a set of priorities with general manager, Craig Hale. The result will be short and long term goals for course maintenance, improvements, and growth” Mr. Noe further states that “in addition to the golf course improvements, we hope to expand use of the post and beam function barn, create a more extensive menu offering, and create more opportunity for winter recre-

ation at the facility.” Tim and Jill commented that, “our family is honored to continue the family tradition that Waukewan Golf Club carries. We know this golf course has been enjoyed by thousands of Lakes Region residents and tourists for many years and our intentions are to build upon those experiences and hopefully continue the legacy the Hale’s have created during their ownership of the golf course. We are excited to add to the history of this property”. Speaking to the history of the property, Tom Drouin, the buyer’s agent from Roche Realty Group, in Meredith, indicated that before this property was purchased by the Hale’s in 1948, it had been owned by the Dane family and operated as a gentleman’s farm raising Clydesdales and Belgian horses. Dr. Melvyn Hale took possession of the farm in 1948 and changed the look of the farm buildings by changing their painted color from white to red, and naming the property “Almagra Farm”. Almagra, translated from one of the local Indian languages, means “red”. After some renovations to the houses, Dr. Hale moved his veterinary practice and family from Wolfeboro, NH, to Almagra

Farm. Almagra was a true working farm; the Hale’s grew their own vegetables, hayed the fields and raised various types of animals including pigeons, chickens, hogs, horses, sheep and cattle. The farm also included a dog kennel with one long term boarder of 5 years. Around 1955, Dr. Hale purchased a bulldozer and tractor and began to rough out a nine-hole golf course. He spent three years clearing wooded land, moving rocks, shaping trees, fairways and greens. In 1958 nine golf holes opened to the public. In 1963 Dr. Hale closed his veterinary practice and turned his full attention to the course. “Waukewan” was chosen

as the name because Dr. Hale felt people were familiar with that name due to the nearby lake. In the late 60’s, Dexter and Allan, Dr. Hale’s sons, joined their father and together completed the next nine holes. This finished the transformation of Almagra Farms to Waukewan Golf Club. According to Tom Drouin “Roche Realty Group has been a leader in the sale of commercial and development properties throughout the Lakes Region.” You can review a copy of their “Significant Sales Report on the front page of www.rocherealty. com”.

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in New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future,” were commissioned by the Granite State Future project and cover northern and southern New Hampshire. They are intended to provide decision-relevant information (YIKES) as municipalities and regions face challenging choices regarding future investments…The most striking result from the climate assessment is that the recent increase in extreme precipitation events is likely to continue into the future,” says Cameron Wake, Research Associate Professor at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, Director of Climate Solutions New England (CSNE), and lead author of the study. BLAH BLAH BLAH… But, what ‘extreme pre-

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cipitation events’ is he speaking about? (Been one COLD winter all over our country – is that one of those ‘events’?) The UNH Sustainability Institute details how the state has SUPPOSEDLY been getting warmer and wetter over the last century, how the rate of change has increased over the last four decades, and how those trends will likely continue over the 21st century. More BLAH BLAH BLAH… “The ‘Climate Change in New Hampshire’ reports are a resource for local communities to understand the range of potential impacts that we may face in the near future,” says Kerrie Diers, Executive Director of the Nashua Regional Planning Commission/Granite State Future. “As many communities strive

to become more resilient, they need to be able to identify and implement cost-effective actions to both mitigate and adapt to changing climate patterns.” (Do you mean the POTENTIAL impacts we MAY face? YAWN.) So, GSF and UNH now have become scientific entities who need to instruct us all how we should live, so we can “mitigate” those changing climate patterns which even the international scientific community cannot agree about. (You getting this yet?) Ms. Diers, I tell you what. Why doesn’t Granite State Future go back to the Federal Government whence it came and leave New Hampshire ALONE. We don’t need junk science taking over our public policy any longer. No more fearmongering, PLEASE. It just doesn’t work out well. We already know GSF and our Regional Planning Commissions have worked tirelessly to promote Smart Growth, Sustainable Communities, Work Force Housing, and now Climate Change policy. Ms. Dier’s, YOU signed the NH Granite State Future agreement with HUD which tries (in its own language!) to mitigate PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS here in NH. This has not worked out well in California, Colorado or in Nevada where folks have been driven out of their communities because of Federal overreach. Please just GO AWAY. And take your propaganda with you. New Hampshire would be MUCH better off. (Can I take my nap now?)

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attack, and I wanted to cry out, but our politicians said “This is the way it has to be”. So I got a cheaper plan, or paid a Cadillac Tax, because Obamacare is always right.... or so they say. Then Obamacare came to shut down insurance companies, so D.C. would become the “Single Payer” they promised the prized goal was, years ago. We were too horrified to say anything.

threatened some of our best hospitals’ existence, but that wasn’t my hospital. Then Obamacare told the poor and homeless they had to pay a “penalty” because they didn’t have health insurance, and told them they were “free riders”. I was neither, so I said nothing. Then my company health plan came under

ized that he’s a man “who advocates for policies to reduce gender pay inequality and appreciates seriousness of problem.” See, gals? Jay Carney feels your pain -- unlike those chauvinist pigs in the press corps asking pesky questions about bogus White House wage inequity stats! See, guys? If you pay lip service to caring, you can be honorary genderhawks, too. Obama and his femmea-gogue flock aren’t fooling anyone. It’s not just evil men and rightwingers raising questions about the Democrats’ Equal Pay Day theater. Reporters bombarded Carney about a new American Enterprise Institute study that found that the salary for the median female White House staffer is 12 percent lower than for a male staffer. Carney meekly replied that at least the White House pay gap is not as bad as the national average. Both the left-wing Daily Beast and the free-market Wall Street Journal opinion pages debunked the “77 cents on a dollar” myth, which inflates the gender gap by failing to account for education, occupation and marital status. When challenged on the White House promotion of junk science, Carney sneered at a Reuters reporter that he “would expect something a little more precise.” While Palmieri runs interference for Carney and Obama, the cloud of sexism charges hanging over the White House hasn’t

gone away. It’s liberal media outlets including The New York Times and Time magazine that have noted the “boys’ club” climate at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, epitomized by the glaring absence of women in featured Oval Office photos of Obama’s meetings with senior advisers. (Well, except for that one photo that showed a sliver of Valerie Jarrett’s leg.) And it was a top female aide, Anita Dunn, who very precisely told author Ron Suskind on tape that the Obama White House “actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Meanwhile, Obama genderhawk Jennifer Palmieri thinks squawking about male reporters is the way to achieve feminist social justice. Whatever we’re paying this unhinged, selective man-hating lady is way too much. Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@

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laws applied to Congress, a campaign finance law would have to be labeled an “Incumbents Protection Act.” The very high rate of incumbent re-elections, even while polls show the public disgusted with Congress in general, shows how well incumbents are protected. The media are accessories to this scam. So long as the information and opinions that reach the public are selected by mainstream media people, whom polls show to be overwhelmingly on the left, the left’s view of the world prevails. Hence the great alarm in the media, and in equally one-sided academia, over the emergence of conservative

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Brookside Congregational Church, 2013 Elm Street, Manchester. Doors open at 5pm, dinner and presentation begin at 5:30pm. Featuring guest speaker Tameka Moore, Assistant Director for Tissue Processing at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center. Learn who can become a donor and how the tissue is used for research. $20pp. RSVP to 724-5568

BRATT Update and Organization Meeting

Belmont Corner Meeting House, 16 Sargent Street, Belmont. 7-8:30pm. The Belmont Recreation and Alternative Transportation Trail (BRATT) Committee is hosting this Trail Update and Organization meeting. Trail maps, the construction schedule and other information will be available. 527-9339

Friday 25th NH Boat Museum’s Spring Fling

Inn on Main, Wolfeboro. 6pm. Cash bar, silent auction, dinner buffet and a live auction. $42/members, $45/nonmembers. 569-4554

Dollhouse Show

Doris L. Benz Center, 18 Heard Road, Sandwich. 10am-4pm. Three dozen antique to contemporary dollhouses will be on display. $10pp. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. 284-7008

“Les Miserables”

Inter-Lakes High School Auditorium, Meredith. Presented by the Streetcar Company. $15/adults, $12/seniors. 279-7408

Saturday 26th Pure Prairie League

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

Cosi Fan Tutte

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

Community Resource Fair

Loudon Center Free Will Baptist Church, 433 Clough Road, Loudon. 10am-2pm. Come find out what resources are available for the citizens of Loudon and the surrounding towns. Activities table for the kids and lunch items will be available. 708-1185

Free Sit n’ Sew

The Quilted Frog, 51 Endicott Street, Weirs Beach. 2-5pm. 366-5600


8 Years Old • Female • Neutered Breed: Pekingese / Size: small Waiting for a forever home since 3/24/14. Stately, refined, older lady seeks loving home far from the madding crowd. Speckles recently relocated to the Granite State from Texas - arriving just in time to witness and experience snow, perhaps for the first time in her life. She is in her middle years and of mixed heritage, but of interesting breeding: we think Pekingese and possibly a dash of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is a wonderful little dog, who enjoys the company of all and is jovial with other dogs. She’s never encountered a treat she didn’t like and is highly food motivated. We are fairly sure she hasn’t lived with the very young, so placement in a home with children 12 years and older, would be ideal. Come and visit Speckles, take a leisurely stroll around the property, we are convinced that will be all it takes for her to find her forever home.

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Lyme Disease Class

Sunflower Natural Food Store, 390 South Main Street, Laconia. 10amNoon. This class will be covering the basics of Lyme borreliosis, it’s pathology, the major physiological concern areas, and 6 herbs for consideration in support of the body. This class is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure Lyme borreliosis and is intended for personal education only. Free. 524-6334

“Bark in the Park: Canines for K-9”

more than 1 billion years of history of the development of Vermont and New Hampshire landscapes and the reasons why the agricultural foundation of each state is so different. Free and open to the public. 524-5600

Wednesday 30th Charlotte’s Web

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

Arbor Day Celebration

Squam Lakes Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness. 10:30am-12pm. Participants will learn how to identify trees and explore the many uses of trees and find out how to plant and care for them. Attendees will take home a sapling tree to plant. $7/member, $9/non-member. 9687194

Legends of the Lakes Region – Music Jam

Portsmouth Library, Portsmouth. 6:30pm. This event will showcase some well-known NH Poets whose work appears in the collection “The Widow’s Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival”. The collection celebrates the strategies that widows must learn to deal with the shock of bereavement, the changes in their lives, and the realization that nothing will ever be the same. T4tu@comcast. net for more info.

Breakfast and Bake Sale

Masonic Lodge, 410 West Main Street, Tilton. Full breakfast, including eggs cooked to order. $7pp. 524-8268

Sunday 27th 19 Annual Model Train Show th

Cawley Middle School, 97 Whitehall Road, Hooksett. 10-3pm. Large collection of train layouts, various scales, over 50 vendors, kids activities and more. $4/adult, $1/kids or $10/ family. 315-0084

Tuesday 29th Ask a Nutritionist

Concord Food Co-op, 24 South Main Street, Concord. 12-2pm. Local dietician/nutritionist Traci Komorek will be on hand to answer your quick health and nutrition questions. Free. First come, first served. 410-3099

Tea & Talk – Linda Green

Moultonborough Public Library, Moultonborough. 12:30-2pm. “Perfect Storm” author, Linda Green will discuss her new book “Lifesaving Lessons”. $30 to reserve spot, includes copy of book. 253-8858 to register

“Why Does VT Grow Crops While NH Grows Rocks?”

Taylor Community’s Woodside Building, Laconia. 11am. Dr. Bryon Middlekauff of PSU will explore

Teresa Spinner, Artist

Portrait Workshops * Shows Gallery * Paintings

NH Poets to Read from New Collection

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

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. 508380-0471

Singles Dance

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

Line Dancing

Starr King Unitarian Meeting House, Plymouth. Sundays 4-5pm. 536-1179


Epsom Public Library. Until April 19 , Presented by NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Call 7369920 for times and more info. th

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

Caregivers Support Group

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church. 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. 6pm. 708-1185.

Line Dancing

Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 9am-10am Every Wednesday. 524-6042

Zentangle Workshop

VynnArt, Main Street, Meredith. Every third Friday. Call 279-0557to sign up.

Overeaters Anonymous

Franklin Regional hospital, 15 Aiken Avenue, Franklin. Saturdays 11amnoon. Meredith Community Center, Meredith. Wednesdays 9:30-10:30am. 536-1179

NAMI-NH Family Support Group

941-504-1966 • 603-934-3222 Sanbornton, NH

Central NH Amateur Radio Club Meeting

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

Line Dancing

Max is seven years old and came to the shelter because his owners were moving and could no longer keep him. He is okay with cats and should be fine with a canine friend as long as they meet first. He would do best in a home with children ten or older. Max is looking for a medium energy home with someone willing to work with him on being more comfortable with handling. Age: 7 years • Sex: Neutered Male • Breed: Labrador / Sharpei

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. 5692428

Acoustic Country Pickin Party

Senior Ten Pin Bowling League

“Spirit Of Spring” Art Exhibit

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

Genealogy Workshop

White Park, Concord. 10am-2pm. Free, family-friendly event with nonstop programming, demonstrations, competitions and educational opportunities. There will be a chance for family dogs to become part of the action, as they compete in the costume parade, best trick competition, best features dog show and obedience. Plenty of dog-related vendors will be on hand also.

VFW, 143 Court Street, Laconia. 8pm. Door prizes, raffles, 50/50. To benefit the Children’s Auction. $15pp. Tickets available at Café Déjà vu, Studio 23, Dr. Buckle & Mr. Hyde, Greenlaw’s Music and Patrick’s Pub. 998-1418

Lakes Region Detachment Marine Corps League

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

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, non-judgmental community. No experience necessary. New comers arrive 10 minutes early for a quick introduction. 293-7211

Free Movie Matinee

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

Preschool Storytime

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

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. 10:30am-12:30pm Every Friday. 524-6042

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.


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munity though a three step process known as TNR. Stage One is Trapping the cats, which takes hours of patience. Traps cannot be left out over night, they can only be set for short periods of monitored time. Stage Two is Neutering/ Spaying, vaccinating and Ear tipping the cats. The Final Stage is Returning the cats, or rehoming them. Not every cat can be socialized and kept as a pet in someone’s home after years of living in the wild. The ones that can, after many months of hard work and socialization, are placed in loving homes. However, the ones that are not able to become happy pets are re-released into the wild once they are spayed or neutered and vaccinated. This prevents their ability to reproduce and multiply the number of cats in the feral cat colonies. Once the cats are released into the wild they are still dependant on the care of volunteers for food and further medical as-

sistance. Last summer when their story was first shared with public, there was an outpouring of generous donations. The time has come again where Friends of the Feral has to ask for help again. Every doctor visit, bag of food, medicine, etc

has to be purchased by volunteers when no donations are coming in the cost falls to them. While they are rich in their hearts, the case is not so for their wallets. So, they come to you, the public, to ask for help. It is through the assistance and generosity of

Interlakes Animal Hospital and Rozzie May Animal Alliance that your donation can help a multitude of cats. For further information on how to help please contact Karen LaFlamme email her at greatcamp@ or call her at at 603-455-8202.

It is often said that a person’s character can be judged not by how they treat their equals, but how they treat those in a station below them. This is most certainly the case when we look at our own reactions to a situation like this. It is easy to turn away, drive by and ignore the haggard looking cat. We can tell ourselves that it probably has a home or that’s it simply not our problem. When the sad case is most do not have homes and the feral cat colonies are a direct result of irresponsible pet ownership. Therefore, without question, it is our duty to help. All of us want to do good work and to help those in need. It is easy to do good when you do everything with honor, humility and humanity. This is your opportunity to honor a being in need, give of yourself and show the great capacity of humans ability to love. Your donations will be serving a wonderful cause.

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Rochester Celebrates National Free Comic Book Day

Jetpack Comics at 37 North Main Street and the Rochester Main Street volunteers are busy preparing for another fun day in downtown Rochester as thousands of comic book fans gather to celebrate National Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 3 at the largest Comic Book Day celebration in New England . Using the Scavenger Hunt Map, they can then proceed to visit participating businesses to collect a free comic book and get their card validated. In addition to the ongoing quest for comics, visit with special guest artists Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird (originators of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) at the Knights of Columbus Exhibition Hall. Participating businesses and organizations include Laurel Mae’s Cottage, Studley’s Flower Gardens, Happy Pappy’s Country Store, TriCity Bicycles, Bella Fresca, Dos Amigos Burritos, The Portable Pantry, At Peace Body Arts, Project

Come on down to downtown Rochester on Saturday, May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day at Jetpack Comics and around the city. Pride, Jetpack Comics, Fat Tony’s Italian Grill, Lilac City Grille, Skele-Tones, Collectiques, The Sticker Station, Rochester Public

Library (sponsored by Norm Vetter Foundations), At Peace Body Arts, First United Methodist Church, The Garage At The Governor’s Inn,

Cocheco Equipment Company, The Public House, and Union Street Antiques and Collectibles. The Cocheco Equipment Company will also be hosting an Open House on Saturday with special offers, demonstrations, and a concession stand, and comic fans can visit with the Neville Medieval re-enactment Group at Happy Pappy’s Country Store, take Hula Hoop Lessons and face painting at Laurel Mae’s, chill out at the First United Methodist Church Spring Fair (8:00 am to 2:00pm), or enjoy the garden selections and specials at Studley’s Flower Gardens. Free Comic Book Day runs from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, May 3 in the heart of downtown! For more information contact Jetpack Comics at 603-330-9636 or online at or Rochester Main Street at 603330-3208.


Coming Up At The Wright Museum... Antique Auto & Motorcycle Show

Saturday, August 16th 10am - 2pm

Sentimental Journey Ball

Saturday, July 26th 7pm - 10pm

Limited to 100 cars or motorcycles registration is now open so don’t delay.


Autos or motorcycles must be at least 25 years old and in authentic condition, no hot rods or customized vehicles allowed. Registration forms can be downloaded at carshowregistrationform.pdf

Save the Date to Celebrate!

Enjoy a evening n dancin of live sw g, band, d ing & celeb esserts ra the Mu tion at seum Call 603-569-1212 or visit for additional information.






Wright Museum’s 20th Anniversary!


Experience the past, and be inspired by a nation united.

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