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Hundreds Went To See And Saw A New Saw Saw by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Contributing Writer

The tree has a particular attraction to the poet, the artist, the conservationist, the tourist, the landscaper, the homeowner, the manufacturer, the forester, and to many insects, birds and animals, but especially to the lumberman. On the first Arbor Day held in the United States on April 10, 1872 an estimated one million trees were planted in the State of Nebraska. I remember one April day in my youth

when I went to a grassy spot in Belmont, NH with a man my Dad arranged for me to work with for a day planting pine trees. If I recall correctly it was a Mr. Page, and he told me that he, because of his age, would not benefit from those trees, but someone else would, someone who may well be benefiting from them today. National Arbor Day in 2018 is on April 27th, the purpose of which is to plant a tree. Make a lumberman (or someone else) happy. See SMITH on 20

“An 80s Celebration” With Granite State Choral


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Lumberjacks of an era gone by pause from their hard work to have a picture taken. In the spring of 1945 many demonstrations took place around New Hampshire to show off the new power saw, which would revolutionize the wood-cutting industry. History writer Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. tells the story this week.

On Saturday, April 21st at 7:30pm the Granite State Choral Society presents “An 80s Celebration” at Emmanuel Church Family Life Center, 34 Eastern Ave, Rochester. Step back to the age of Power Ballads, Big Hair, Leg Warmers and Rad Clothing with tunes from the top 100 of the 80’s with a live band. Family friendly, so bring the kids! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets now available at Emmanuel Church, Care


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Salem Street, Laconia. BYOB venue. or 527-0043 for tickets.

Through Saturday 21st Lakes Region Art Association Art Show & Sale

Epsom Public Library, State Route 4, Epsom. This show features the work of numerous Lakes Region artists and photographers who are also members of the association. Various different art mediums will be on display in the show including, but not limited to, oils, acrylics, watercolors, photography and art crafts items. 956-5551 Thursday 19th

Joe Perry and Friends The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. or 929-4100

Spring Gentleman’s Night

How to get More From Your Vegetable Garden Moulton Farm, Quarry Road, Meredith. 10am. Learn some key things to do for a healthier and more productive garden! John Moulton will share his decades of experience to guide new and experienced gardeners through caring for soil, determining what it needs, and how to provide that nutrition. Free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required. www.

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

First Church Congregational, 63 South Main Street, Rochester. 7:30am10am. $6pp. 332-1121

Tuscan Kitchen, Portsmouth. 5:30pm8pm. At the event, which is free, although donations are encouraged, attendees will enjoy a preview to spring fashions and food! The event serves as a fundraiser for the Chase Home in Portsmouth.

Motor Booty Affair

Program on Lewis and Clark – Presented by NH Audubon

The League of NH Craftsmen, 279 DW Highway, Meredith. 10:30am4:30pm. Class is taught by League favorite Joy Raskin. Students should feel free to bring tiny beads, stones, or other materials you’d like to set or incorporate into your jewelry. Tuition is $75 per student with an additional materials fee of $25 to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class (materials fee depends on the amount of silver used). Space is limited, Preregistration is required. 279-7920 or stop by the gallery.

The Loon Center, Lee’s Mill Road, Moultonborough. 7pm. Janet Sullivan presents the program entitled “Journey of Discovery: A Botanist on the Lewis and Clark trail.” Program is free and open to the public. or 476-5666 Friday 20th

Carbon Leaf The Flying Monkey, South Main Street, Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh.


“Much Ado About Nothing” – Movie Showing Wolfeboro Library, Wolfeboro. 1:30pm. Free and open to the public. 569-2428

Asleep at the Wheel Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 8pm. $18-$32pp. or 335-1992

Rosemary’s Baby Blues Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. BYOB venue. or 527-0043 for tickets.

PBVRC Spaghetti Dinner Speaker Jeanie Forrester

American Legion Hall, 37 Main Street, Ashland. 5pm-7pm. $10/adults, $5/ kids 5-12, under 5 free. Special family price of $25. 536-3880 Saturday 21st

Devon Allman Project feat. Duane Betts The Flying Monkey, South Main Street, Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh.


Get the Led Out The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. or 929-4100

Gracie Curran and the High Falutin Band Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 8pm. $18pp. www. or 3351992

Using the Fun, Colorful World of Resin in Jewelry

Volunteers Needed for Roadside Clean Up in Center Harbor for Earth Day

The Town of Center Harbor is organizing a town-wide, volunteer effort to clean up the trash that accumulated along it’s roadsides over the winter. Everyone is invited to pitch in from 9am to noon. The Town will provide blue trash bags, vinyl gloves and safety vests. These supplies may be picked up at the Town Hall during regular business hours the week of April 16 or Saturday, April 21 between 8:30am and 9am. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Aimee at Town Hall at 253-4561. Sunday 22nd

Sign Painting Class The League of NH Craftsmen, 279 DW Highway, Meredith. 12:30pm-3:30pm. Class will be taught by Shirley Glines, owner and designer of ZeoJaxGin Designs. Tuition is $25 per student with no materials fee. Students will need to bring an apron and a shirt they do not mind getting paint on. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 279-7920 or stop by the gallery. www.

Wed. 25th – Sun. 29th Same Time, Next Year – Live Performance The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 33 Footlight Circle, Meredith. Same Time, Next Year, is a humorous yet touching comedy about lasting love. Doris and George love each other. Incidentally, they are both married to other people. Over the course of several decades

they maintain their once-a-year weekends together, proving that true love comes in many different packages. The two-person story is performed by Molly Parker Myers as Doris and Mikey LoBalsamo as George. Audiences will appreciate the true to life honestly of the performances delivered by both. Tickets run $16$27pp and are available on line at or via 279-0333

Thursday 26th Brett Eldredge The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. or 929-4100

How to Access and Use Deeds in Family Research

Wolfeboro Library, Wolfeboro. 6:30pm. Lisa Scott, Register of Deeds for Carroll County, will present this program on how to access and use deeds in family research. Program is free and open to the public. 569-2428

Step-by-Step Acrylic Painting Class – Instructor: Kim Merritt Lakes region Art Association Gallery, Tanger Outlets, Suite 132, 120 Laconia Road, Tilton. 6:30pm. The subject of the evening will be the Nubble Lighthouse on a 12x12 inch canvas. This class is for painters of all experience levels, and is especially beginner friendly! The coat is $25pp and includes instruction and all supplies. To register, visit the Gallery, or contact Kim directly at

Friday 27th Joe Bonamassa The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. or 929-4100

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Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 5:30pm. Celebrate Arts for All at the Rochester Opera House Lottery Cocktail Party, the premier fundraising event of the season. Ten lucky ticket holders share $13,000 in cash prizes and the last ticket drawn names the $10,000 Grand Prize Winner! Tickets start at $100 and admit 2. www. or 3351992

Biscuit Miller and the Mix Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. BYOB venue. or 527-0043 for tickets.

Merrill Sings The Rochester Performance Arts Center, 32 North Main Street, Rochester. 7:30pm. Merrill Peiffer performs a music revue that includes rock, blues, and country tunes that stir the soul. Merrill has been dazzling audiences on the seacoast for years! Tickets start at $15pp and are available on line or by calling 948-1099 or www.

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Business After Hours At The Castle On Charles Join The Castle On Charles for the Rochester Chamber’s April Business After Hours on Thursday, April 26th from 5:307pm. Tour this exciting historic venue for event rentals, anniversary and birthday parties, weddings, corporate events and holiday parties. The Castle on Charles is located at 19 Charles Street In Rochester. The Castle on Charles also produces impressive and highly talented entertainment events during the Spring & Fall with live music, dinner shows and other events. There will also be some surprise entertainment, Castle style! A Business After Hours provides an opportunity for members to network in a casual environment. Come and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, win raffle prizes and more. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards for networking.

WILD New Hampshire Day NH Fish and Game’s biggest event of the year is almost here! Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 21, from 10am. to 3pm. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department at 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH. Admission is free! This fun-filled festival explores New Hampshire’s wildlife resources and legacy of outdoor traditions, with exhibits by 60-plus outdoor and conservation organizations, plus live animals, demos, and more. See big trout in the hatchery truck. Tie a fly with Trout Unlimited. Meet trained falcons and their handlers. Try your hand at archery, casting, flytying, and shooting at the rifle range. Meet the cast of North Woods Law: New Hampshire. Create your own wildlife crafts, plant a tree, and toast a s’more. Climb aboard the Bass Pro Shops yacht and cast a line. Check out the latest hunting and fishing gear and gadgets in the expo tent. Be sure to stop by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire tent and enter a giant raffle of outdoor gear and other great prizes! The Foundation raffle drawings will be held at 2:30 p.m. Discover WILD New Hampshire Day is a “rain or shine” event. Hunting and fishing licenses will be sold. Food concessions feature Arnie’s Place food and home-made ice cream, and hot dogs by Puppy Love Please note that no dogs, except service and working animals, will be permitted at the event.

ILST Brings Comedy Show To Pitman’s in May The Interlakes Summer Theatre will bring three cool comedians together at Pitman’s Freight Room on Friday May 18 at 7:30, to perform an improvisational comedy show-with audience input! Allison Deller is a comedian from NYC, coming to us off recent appearances at Dangerfields. J.T. Turner is a professional actor with a prolific career in the Boston area. Fran Page is well known in the Lakes Region/Plymouth area, a beloved director, professor at PSU, fondly remembered for his performance at ETC as Shrek. The evening will be hosted by local Radio personality, Pat Kelly. For tickets and info, visit or call 603-707-6035.

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Live Free or Die.


Reason To Run

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

In the hallowed halls (whatever that means) of Concord, where elected representatives gather together to vote on bills that will have an impact on our lives and pocketbooks (usually the latter), it is usually only the high profile bills that make the news and gather our attention. While our legislators’ right hands are waving about bills to name our state fruit and to name a road or bridge after someone or another, their left hands are stealthily passing along other bills that they hope will quietly pass into law. One such bill, close to my heart, is not getting much attention and may one day be passed. If this were to happen, it would create a law which would affect a significant portion of New Hampshire’s population. Of course, if you have been paying attention, I am talking about the Flatlander Conversion Bill. This travesty of a law would make it mandatory for all new transplants to the Granite State, after one year of proven residency, to have to take a series of courses that will slowly have them thinking and acting like New Hampshire natives. This bill Is sponsored by a few representatives who are natives themselves. They claim they can trace their New Hampshire heritage back to the 1700s (if anyone bothers to check).

They now have the attitude that old traditions, carried forward over the centuries, are slowly being eaten away by the influx of Flatlanders who have moved here over the years, bringing their own traditions and speech and ways of life. The Flatlander Conversion Bill would make it mandatory that every new transplant to the state would first have to undergo a rigorous, six-part therapy training program. When asked for specifics on the program, the representative who initially developed the bill said: “We’ll figure all that out later. We just have to get the danged bill passed first.” Of course, the rest of the state legislature, composed of many Flatlanders, is up in arms over this bill. They know they will be getting many phone calls from their constituents that will interrupt their Netflix binge watching at night. I have received many calls (three) from Flatlanders around the state (well within a two block radius of my home) who are begging me to once again run for governor as a candidate with the Flatlander Party. They feel that this bill, if it does make it to a vote and passes, most likely won’t make it to the floor until next January when the next governor’s term begins. If I am sitting in that big chair in the corner office of the State House (which I’m told has a really nice bathroom) then I would be able to veto this controversial piece of legislation. I must admit I have been looking for a reason to run for governor one more time. Since my first run for governor in 2000 and my latest in 2016, I have quadrupled my vote tallies. (14 in 2000, 56 in 2016. If you don’t believe

me, you can look it up.) I always felt I had the momentum and just a few more campaigns and I’d be knocking at the door of the Governor’s office and just a few more after that And I might actually be sitting in THE chair. A recent medical set back has had me reconsidering if the time and energy involved was really worth it. Travelling across the state campaigning and telling people you are going to do a bunch of things you probably will never do can be exhausting. Still, I knew I needed an impetus to once again take up the challenge. The Flatlander Conversion Bill could be just the ticket. There haven’t been many issues that I can get people riled up enough about to get them to vote for me as a write-in candidate, but the Flatlander Conversion Bill just might fire enough of them up to actually use that extra energy in the voting booth this November. If I can tug enough at their heart strings, get them all emotional about how tough it will be in the future to bring their families to New Hampshire from Flatlander states like Massachusetts and New York; how their own ways and cultures will eventually fade out over the decades here in New Hampshire, I might just pull it off. This Flatlander Conversion Bill just might be the best thing that’s happened to my campaign in years. Join Brendan at Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30pm as he hosts a StorySlam to benefit Camp Resilience and their work in helping our veterans. For more information on this fun event see the ad on page 36.

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Why I Vote The Way I Do To The Editor: As a member of the New Hampshire House of Representative, a member of the Belknap County Delegation, and the immediate past Chair of the Town of Gilford Budget Committee, I am sometimes asked for justification or criticized for my position and votes on various issues before the NH House, the Belknap County Delegation, and the Gilford Budget Committee. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, I could hardly have said it any better than was said by US Senator Barry Goldwater in 1960 (with some literary license taken by the undersigned): “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. My aim is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to our constitutions, or that have failed in their purpose, or that impose on the people unwarranted financial burdens. I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is “needed” before I have first determined whether it is for a proper role of government action and is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for ne-

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glecting my constituents’ “interests,” I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that, in that cause, I am doing the very best I can. Every year the town, county, state and national leadership of one of our major political parties, which has in recent years veered sharply to the left, demands that the towns, counties, state and federal governments spend more than they are spending. But neither of our political parties has seriously faced up to the problem of government spending. The recommendations of the various and sundry commissions (bipartisan and otherwise) that have studied the spending of our governments over many hearings and over many years have been largely ignored. Yet even their tepid recommendations, dealing as they do for the most part with extravagance and waste, do not go to the heart of the problem. The root evil is that the government is engaged in activities in which it has no legitimate business. As long as the towns, counties, state or federal governments acknowledge and take upon themselves responsibility in a given social or economic field, its spending in that field cannot be substantially reduced. The only way to curtail spending substantially is to eliminate the programs on

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.

which excess spending is consumed. The government must begin to withdraw from a whole series of programs that are outside its constitutional mandates-from social welfare programs, education absent meaningful parental choice, public power, agriculture, public housing, urban renewal and all the other activities that can be better performed by individuals, private institutions (including businesses and charities), and lower levels of government. I do not suggest that the towns, county, state or federal governments drop all of these programs overnight. But I do suggest that we establish, by law, a rigid timetable for a staged withdrawal. We might provide, for example, for a 10% spending reduction each year in all of the fields in which government participation is undesirable. It is only through this kind of determined assault on the principle of unlimited government that American people will ever obtain relief from high taxes, and will start making progress toward regaining their freedom. And let us, by all means, remember the nation’s interest in reducing taxes and spending: The need for “economic growth” that we hear so much about these days will be achieved--not by the government’s feeble attempts at “harnessing” See mail boat on 26

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The Student Data-Mining Scandal Under Our Noses While congresscritters expressed outrage at Facebook’s intrusive data grabs during Capitol Hill hearings with Mark Zuckby Michelle Malkin erberg this Syndicated Columnist week, not a peep was heard about the Silicon ValleyBeltway theft ring purloining the personal information and browsing habits of millions of American schoolchildren. It doesn’t take undercover investigative journalists to unmask the massive privacy invasion enabled by educational technology and federal mandates. The kiddie data heist is happening out in the open -- with Washington politicians and bureaucrats as brazen co-conspirators. Facebook is just one of the tech giants partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and schools nationwide in pursuit of student data for meddling and profit. Google, Apple, Microsoft, Pearson, Knewton, and many more are cashing in on the Big Data boondoggle. State and federal educational databases provide countless opportunities for private companies exploiting public schoolchildren subjected to annual assessments, which exploded after adoption of the tech industry-supported Common Core “standards,” tests, and aligned texts and curricula. The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act further enshrined government collection of personally identifiable information -- including data collected on attitudes, values, beliefs and dispositions -- and allows release of the data to third-party con-

tractors thanks to Obama-era loopholes carved into the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. And the so-called school-towork pipeline creates endless avenues into taxpayer coffers for firms pitching data-gathering initiatives to “align” student learning with “skill sets” and “competencies” desired by corporations. Facebook, for example, joined with the Department of Education’s federally sponsored Digital Promise initiative last fall to develop a system of “micro-credentialing” badges for adult students in digital marketing. You can be sure it’s not merely out of benevolence and public interest that Zuckerberg’s empire is training thousands of these students to learn “Social Media Marketing Basics,” “Marketing with Facebook Pages,” “Marketing with Facebook Ads” and “Marketing with Instagram.” As parent and educational privacy advocate Cheri Kiesecker reported, the Facebook/Digital Promise partnership is “a wonderful data collection and marketing tool for Facebook and the US Department of Ed, but it is incredibly alarming for students’ privacy and security.” Facebook is on the march from luring adult students into its orbit to encroaching on secondary and elementary school-age users through its Messenger Kids app and “whole-child personalized learning” programs funded by Mark Zuckerberg through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. The education division of CZI, a “philanthropic investment company” funded with up to $1 billion in Facebook shares sold by Zuckerberg over the next three years, is headed by Jim Shelton. He’s a former program officer

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War On Science We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” But John T i e r n e y , who’s writby John Stossel ten about Syndicated Columnist science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, “The real war on science is the one from the left.” Really? Conservatives are more likely to be creationists — denying evolution. “Right,” says Tierney. “But creationism doesn’t affect the way science is done.” What about President George W. Bush banning government funding of stem cell research? “He didn’t stop stem cell research,” Tierney reminds me. “The government wouldn’t fund

it. It turned out that it really didn’t matter much.” Private funding continued and, so far, has not discovered much. “People talk about this Republican war on science, but if you look around, my question is, where are the casualties? What scientists lost their jobs?” asks Tierney. “I can’t find examples where the right wing stopped the progress of science, whereas you can look on the left and you see so many areas that are taboo to research.” Some research on genetically modified foods became taboo because of protests from the left. That may have prevented a second Green Revolution to feed Africa. Scientists can’t even talk about whether genes affect intelligence without being threatened by the left. Political scientists who continued to investigate the topic are screamed at on college campuses, the way Charles Murray, author of “The Bell Curve,” has been. Tierney adds, “The federal gov-

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Challenge U.S. and UN Credibility UNITED NATIONS

- Cold War winds swirled throughout the week at the United Nations where a series of emergency meetings brought by John J. Metzler the fifteen Syndicated Columnist member Security Council into a dangerously confrontational mode in the aftermath of the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons killing 48. Accusations, allegations, and condemnations punctuated meetings, amidst emotional discussions following the civilian carnage in Syria’s ongoing civil war. The crescendo came when the United States, France and the United Kingdom launched surgical military strikes on Syria’s chemical weapons sites producing deadly chlorine and sarin gas, jolting the Damascus regime’s smug impunity, and serving as a clear warning to Assad’s allies in both Russia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. When U.S. President Trump announced the surgical military strikes on Syria, the mood appeared both anticlimactic and conflicted. Yet beyond America’s righteous retribution to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, the President as

importantly underlined the historic precedent, that of WWI, as not to allow the genie of these ghoulish weapons to reappear in global conflicts. Lost in the flurry of Security Council discussions was a largely overlooked statement by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, “The Cold War is back, with a vengeance but with a difference. The mechanisms and the safeguards to manage the risks of escalation that existed in the past no longer seem to be present.” Syria’s combustable situation has witnessed a horrible carnage where over 500,000 people have been killed; overwhelmingly most have died from conventional weapons. But as French Ambassador Francois Delattre stated, “The latest escalation of violence revealed the madness of a Machiavellian regime that sought to destroy its enemies.” U.S. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke of the “collective outrage” in the aftermath of the Douma attacks. Russian delegate Vassily Nebenzia denied the Syrian government’s involvement. Multinational military strikes on Syria are justified for many reasons morally, politically and tactically. First - Credibility of both USA, Britain and France on the Security Council. Tough talk from Washington starting during the

Obama Administration’s feckless “red line” fiasco, came to naught in Syria until last year’s American cruise missile attack on Assad after similar chemical weapons use. Russia and Is-

lamic Iran have since redoubled their military support for the Syrian regime. U.S. threats to the contrary were sounding hollow. Yet the attacks were tactiSee Metzler on 26

Not Deniers, Just Dumb This week I was going to pen a more humorous column for a change. But then the latest in a series of surveys came out, supportby Ken Gorrell ing my conNorthfield, NH. tention that we are on the road to ruin. (That’s not a title from the Crosby-Hope-Lamour “Road” movies.) Humor is hard to muster these days. Even late-night comedians have stopped trying to be funny. The presidency, free speech, and gun rights are all under attack, along with the rule of law in general. Today’s Red-Blue divide is looking more and more like the Blue-Gray divide of old. Despite all that, I had managed to tee up lighter essay. But...that survey. The funny column will have to wait. Before we get to the survey, though, let’s review the state of civil society in the Trump Derangement Syndrome era. For those who care about the rule of law, the future is dimming by the minute. One example of many: At CUNY Law School recently, a student showed his displeasure with the idea that a visiting scholar should be permitted to express views not held by the mob by holding a sign proclaiming, “Rule of Law = White Supremacy.” Not to be outdone, and in case that sign was too subtle, a fellow aspiring lawyer shouted “F*** the law!” as the speaker was hustled through the angry crowd to the lecture hall. Video of the event shows dozens of voting-age toddlers throwing tantrums, but not a single law student protesting this attack on a Constitutional right and good manners.

On the other coast, we have our nation’s most populous state – or some parts of it – trying to leave the Union. That might take a while, so in the meantime, California’s leading politicians are claiming they can ignore federal immigration law. The state has been working mightily to remake itself into a high-tech oligarchy dependent on the free-flow of serfs from across the southern border and tech whizzes from the kakistocracies of Asia. (The word “kakistocracy” – government by the worst people – was popularized last week when former CIA Director and current deranged civilian John Brennan used it to describe the Trump administration, in what was a clear case of someone thinking he’s looking in a window when he’s really staring at a mirror.) Speaking of the worst people, California politicians have turned a near-utopia into the land of mass homelessness, welfare dependency, and income inequality. California either wants to drag the other forty-nine states down with it or go it alone. No need to wait for a Ft. Sumter moment: Goodriddance, I say. Now for that survey. Every month or so we are treated to news revealing just how poorly the next generation of leaders understands the world. This time, it was the Holocaust. Or, as Millennials know it, that thing that they might have heard about but can’t quite recall, but anyway what does it have to do with price of avocado toast? Last Thursday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to a survey commissioned by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, nearly a quarter of Millennials never heard of the Holocaust. More than 4 in 10 who had heard of it underestimated the death toll by two-thirds. These young people aren’t “deniers,” See gorrell on 26


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Well, it’s been a while since I sat down & put a few words down on paper. However, my son, Tony, and I just got back from two days of steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in New York. We had such a GREAT time that I felt that I wanted to share it, keeping in mind that this is a “One shot� deal and I have NO intentions of pursuing my previous writing adventures. We try to make this New York trip an annual adventure for us. It gives us an opportunity for some quality “Father & son� time and to renew a cherished friendship. However, we didn’t make it last year as I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and manipulating a fishing rod was NOT an option. We had originally scheduled (In January) to head that way on March 25th. However, Tony’s daughters had a “Father and Daughter� dance schedule during that period of time. No question there which was at the top of the list. This being the case, we opted to head out on the 28th and at first blush, it looked like weather was going to be a bit better during that period. The trip out was uneventful, 350 miles, but not much traffic. We had made reservations at the “Tailwater Lodge� in Altmar, NY. This is a GREAT place to spend a few days. It is a remodeled elementary school that has first class rooms & services. There is a restaurant and lounge on site and it is located about a tenth of a mile from where we be-




Capt. Pete’s first catch of the 2018 trip. gin our drift boat trip down the river. They also own about 1,500 feet of frontage on the Salmon River and guests are allowed fishing access. We arrived about 4:00 PM, obtained our licenses at “Fat Nancy’s� tackle shop, picked up a few snacks, checked in at the lodge & called our guide. Our “Guide� is a personal friend, Jeff Waner, of Osprey Adventures Guide Service and had been our guide on the river for quite a while. We met Jeff a number of years ago when we were king salmon fishing the derby out there. Jeff docked his boat right next to ours for many years. About 6:00 that evening, we got together for a couple of “Adult beverages� and a little catch up time as well as a nice meal at the lodge. We also decided to meet at 6:00 AM for our first day on the river. As the day started out, it looked like it was going to

be a disaster from a couple of standpoints. First of all, the wind was REALLY howling, which made casting lines quite an adventure. Secondly, this was a weekday, Tuesday, and

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Prescott Farm’s Polliwogs Program Ready To Spring Into Action LACONIA – Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center on White Oaks Road in Laconia is excited for another year of its popular Polliwogs Preschool Program – a 6-week series for you and your preschooler, getting underway on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 10:30am, rain or shine! “Polliwogs is a great opportunity for preschoolers and parents to explore the magic of the natural world together,” says Prescott Farm Program Director, Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, herself a mother of 3-yearold Ben, who has attended the Polliwogs program and is now a student at Prescott Farm’s Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. “We are especially excited this year to announce a new Summer Polliwogs program, in addition to our popular Spring and Fall programs, which will

run Wednesdays from July 11 thru August 22.” Polliwogs is a fun group for the littlest explorers among us, ages 3-5; Designed for your preschooler to explore the

forests, fields and gardens around Prescott Farm with a grown-up. Spring is a busy time as animals are waking up or returning from their vacations in the sunny south. You can see

each week’s full description and register, for one or all of the programs, at Prescott Farm is a nonprofit 501c3 dedicated to environmental education

and preservation. For more than twenty years, Prescott Farm has been a destination for people of all ages to learn about New Hampshire wildlife, ecology, natural history and cultural history through hands-on public programs and service learning opportunities in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. It is a designated wildlife viewing area with over 160 acres of idyllic farmland, forest and pastures open daily, year-round to the public including more than three miles of woodland, pond and field trails, heritage gardens, and a Natural PlayScape, as well as Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool and WildQuest summer and vacation camps. For more information about Prescott Farm and all of its programming and ways to help, please visit www.prescottfarm. org.


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by Mike Moffett Contributing Writer

RUSSIANS AND SOCCER World Cup soccer action is less than two months away, but with the USA men not participating, it’s hard to get excited over the planet’s penultimate sports tournament. Traditional powerhouse Italy also didn’t qualify, thus devastating Italians—and soccer fans— everywhere. So. Who do we cheer for? I’m torn between Poland and South Korea. Who do we cheer against? That’s easy. The Russian hosts. With the end of the Cold War a quarter century ago, I had high hopes for Russia. The Soviet Union’s disintegration seemed to hearken a new age of world peace. But IslamoFascism ruined that. And then Russia turned bad again. Annexing Crimea. Opposing the USA in Syria. Interfering in elections. And cheating at sports. The Russians were banned from the recent PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea due to cheating, as in using banned performingenhancing drugs. But beyond that, there was the abject Russian corruption in the $50 billion Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. We’ll probably never know how much money ended up in the pockets of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his cronies. Now with Russians poisoning disfavored expatriates in London, the British have cut back on their World Cup involvement. We won’t see any of the Royals in Russia this

Argentina Soccer Star Lionel Messi. June. With the USA team not even participating, how do WE show our displeasure with recent Russian antics? According to Deadline Hollywood, FOX Sports is slated to air 38 games live on the broadcast network, more than the previous four World Cups combined and the most ever for an English-language network. In all, it will air more than 350 hours of programming. Should FOX back out to punish the Ruskies? But would that be fair to soccer stalwarts in the USA salivating for a Germany-Brazil showdown? Or Argentina (with the great Lionel Messi) against France? There are precedents. The USA boycotted the 1980 Summer Olympics on Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. That cost NBC-TV Sports a lot of money, but the boycott made a political and a moral statement. How could we conduct business as usual with such a dastardly regime?

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This week we present the first of a variety of articles written by English students at Tilton School. Under the guidance of teacher Darren Redman, the students presented to us an interesting selection to choose from. More articles will appear in the weeks ahead. This isn’t the first time we have seen this. Tiger Woods is back...again. If you haven’t seen the “Make Sundays Great Again” merchandise, the countless social media posts, watched/listened to any sort of sports broadcast or show, or simply just live under a rock, you would know that after yet another back surgery (4th by the way) Tiger is making another comeback to the PGA tour. Although he underperformed at the Masters (T32 finish), a 2nd place finish at the Valspar Open and a Sunday surge at Bay Hill have fans hopeful Woods has returned...And just like the other times, the world of professional golf has been electrified and people are going nuts. Why does Tiger have this effect? Admittedly he has had his problems (arrests, marriage scandal in 08), but the bottom line is that he makes golf exciting. Aside from his achievements, Tiger brought a whole new level of athleticism to the sport and inspired an entire new generation of golfers. If you take a look at golfers now compared to, let’s call it the “pre-Tiger” era, the difference in athletic ability and stature is incredible. For example, Jack Nicklaus played in the 60s, 70s, and 80s and currently holds the record for most major titles on the PGA tour (many say the greatest of all time). Now compare him and his counterparts (Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Tom Watson) to the likes of Rory

McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, and Jason Day. These guys today are absolute freak athletes and they’ll all say that growing up watching Tiger is what made them want to become pro golfers on the Tour. With that being said, we can’t get enough of Tiger Woods because he is the most dominant sportsman of all time in any sport. Tiger Woods has 79 PGA tour wins (2nd behind Sam Snead) and 14 Major wins (2nd behind Jack Nicklaus), but these stats only begin to illustrate his greatness. For instance, Tiger has spent 683 weeks as world No. 1, 352 weeks (more than 6 years) more than any other player. Tiger won 32 times on the PGA Tour from 1999 through 2003. No other player won more than eight times in that span. Tiger has won five straight PGA Tour starts three different times. Over the last 60 years, he is the only player to do it. From 2002-05, Tiger had 1,540 putts from 3 feet and in on the PGA Tour. He only missed three of them. Woods completed the career Grand Slam at age 24. Not only is he the youngest player to win the slam, only five other players in the last 50 years have won a major at age 24 or younger. There have only been two instances since 1900 where a player won a major championship by 10 strokes or more. Tiger owns both

of those instances (1997 Masters, 2000 U.S. Open). An entire book can be filled with stats that back in crazy dominance of Tiger Woods. His greatness is unmatched and the way he carries himself breeds a certain level of intensity that we can all feel. Why does he continue to have the backing of nearly the entire golfing fan base? Because he’s Tiger Woods. The name speaks for itself.


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We are just coming away from New Hampshire Craft Beer Week and have possibly experienced some of the tastings that lead us to the knowledge of finely made local beer around the state. We are vey fortunate to have so many fine brewers making great beer for us around here. And with some of that information and tasting experience, it may help us decide on new and interesting beer selection choices as we go down the beer aisle at our favorite beer shopping locations. So today, we look at the Gov’nah from CCB. Concord Craft Brewing renovated and beautifully restored an old brick building located at 117 Storrs Street, Concord. Owners Dennis Molnar and wife Beth Mayland had a vision to offer great tasting craft brewed beer in the capital city. Along with their head brewer, Doug Bogle and others, this tribe of brewers and business people help to bring a dream to life. With at least 8 beers on tap at any one time, CCB gathers thirsty followers from near and far. Only open a little under two years, their fame is growing. Canning in 16 oz cans to preserve freshness and negate UV infiltration into the beer, Concord Craft is blazing an important trail of tasty brews for all of Nh to enjoy. Research their website more at our-beers. Gov’nah, with its 8.6% ABV, enters the arena of double IPA spectrum

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ner. Let others know of this find and lead them to the location where you purchased this 4 pack. Since this beer has just been released, the official rating by is 4.02 which puts it in the ‘Exceptional’ range out of 5. Others on and all agree that this is a solid winner. You should make it a point to visit Concord Craft Brewing when you are going through Concord. This friendly group of people will pave a beer road of satisfaction while you stay. You can find Gov’nah at Case-n-Keg, Meredith as well as many other solid providers. Seek them out and enjoy their offerings. Jim MacMillan is the owner of WonByOne Design of Meredith, NH, and is an avid imbiber of craft brews and a home brewer as well. Send him your recommendations and brew news to

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Sunday 29th Merrill Sings The Rochester Performance Arts Center, 32 North Main Street, Rochester. 7:30pm. Merrill Peiffer performs a music revue that includes rock, blues, and country tunes that stir the soul. Merrill has been dazzling audiences on the seacoast for years! Tickets start at $15pp and are available on line or by calling 948-1099 or www. rpac


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Saturday 5th Kentucky Derby Party

Moultonborough Lions Hall, Old Route 109, Moultonborough.5pm-9pm. Games, betting, silent auction, appetizers, refreshments and more. $20pp. BYOB. 7311942


First Congregational Church, 4 Highland Street, Meredith. Auction includes Lakes region activities including; boat rides, cookouts, wine tours, antique car rides, merchant gift cards, homemade quilt and much, much more! Silent auction is 6pm-6:45pm, Live auction starts at 7pm! 289-1635

Sat. 5th & Sun. 6th Clearlakes Chorale: “Over There!� – The Music of the WWI Era First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro. Sat. 6pm, Sun. 2pm. This special concert marks the centennial year of the first Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. The music includes memorial pieces as well as popular songs of the day. $20/adults, $10/students. Tickets can be purchased at Black’s Paper Store, at the door day-of or online at www.

Saturday 12th Wise & Wonderful Women – A Day to Inspire and Create Wellness within You

Meredith Community Center, Meredith. 9am-1pm. This event is meant to be an informational and educational forum and it’s goal is to provide the women in our community with local resources that support and empower them to be the very best they can! There will be no products or services sold, allowing a very relaxed experience. In addition to each business/service having a table and space for the attendees to see what each has to offer as well as meet one on one, there will be select 15 minute presentations or demonstrations throughout the event. Free and open to the public. 279-6611

Thurs. 24th – Sat. 26th Huck Finn’s High Tailin’ Adventures – The Homeschool Theatre Guild Production Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Thurs. 7pm, Fri. 10am & 7pm, Sat. 2pm. All your favorite Mark Twain characters are

here in this skillful adaptation of the classic American tale. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are up to their usual antics – skipping church to go fishing, starting a band of robbers with their comrades, and frustrating locals with their shenanigans. This Homeschool Theatre Guild production, directed by Margaret Murray, features over 30 homeschoolers from the seacoast region of New Hampshire. $5/advance, $7/door. Advanced tickets are available at www. or at the Rochester Opera House box office.

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Toastmasters Meetings – All Welcome

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Hooks & Needles – Knitting & Crocheting Group

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They came to a woodlot in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire on a Tuesday afternoon in April of 1945 to watch two men saw wood. There were more than 100 of them and afterwards they talked about what they saw until 6:00 p.m. according to a report in the Manchester Union on April 13th of that year. And there were similar gatherings in the Spring of 1945 of groups of men watching instructors saw wood in other areas of the State. They included “woodlot operators, woodlot owners, sawmill workers, wood choppers, farmers, town officials and others.” These groups had gathered in Durham, Exeter, Penacook, and Conway to see two men saw wood and additional gatherings were planned for other areas in New Hampshire. One man behind the demonstrations, for that is what they were, was Lewis C. Swain, the acting state extension forester, who owned a woodlot in Exeter, and who brought one of the saws that so many people went to see operate. The saw that was used

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would eventually replace the cross-cut saw in big lumber cutting jobs. Saw mills powered by water had been used for centuries to cut boards out of trees that had been felled by hand-powered saws like the cross-cut, and when steam was harnessed for power it was used for the same purpose, but this gas-powered saw used to cut down standing trees was a new tool that would dramatically change the lumber business. The Manchester Union reporter described his reaction to the Mont Vernon demonstration: “One of more than 100 gathered

popeyed around a giant 24- inch pine tree, he saw this new-fangled power saw sail through that tree in just 90 seconds and the tree come crashing to the ground with little more effort than a feller would put into subduing a beanpole!” The last part of that statement appears to be somewhat exaggerated as two men were required to operate the new power chain saw and it weighed 100 pounds, but it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that this saw would eventually “replace the hand crosscut saw for most purposes in big logging operations.” The writer admitted that not many people could afford the several hundreds of dollars the chain saws cost but said “It is conceivable however that in the post war era, there may be power saws of many descriptions, even a baby variety which the family youngsters can lay on the family firewood and just pull the throttle.” Mr. Swain explained the details of the new saw to those who had gathered to not only see the demonstration but to also learn how the saw was built. “It weighs just over 100 pounds, has a two-cylinder, six-horsepower motor, has a three-foot cutterbar and a seven-foot chain saw operating much like the chain on a bicycle, but with double teeth to the outside.” The demonstration included two chain saws, one of which was supplied by a Mr. Fletcher who was already selling them commercially. A man with a stop watch timed how long it took to cut each tree involved in the demonstration. A 24 inch thick pine tree was cut with the saw on the side the tree was to fall, a task that took 60

seconds, and notched with an ax, and then it took only another 90 seconds to fell the tree. The tree was then cut into 12 foot long logs, one 17 inch cut being accomplished in 25 seconds. A 23 inch white maple tree was cut down in 42 seconds. The man on the motor end of the saw had a lot of weight to contend with and had to manage the throttle, etc., but the man holding the other, much lighter end of the saw had an easier job. The anticipation was, though, that in time this new type of saw would experience improvements to reduce both the weight and the cost, making it the saw of the future for those in the lumber and fire-wood business. Not that there weren’t skeptics present that perhaps were not completely convinced that this new device would live up to the hype, and the Manchester Union reporter thought he detected traces of jealousy from older wood sawyers who could handle a crosscut saw well and probably wouldn’t gain a lot of personal benefit from the new way of cutting down trees. Indeed, there were some who “danced with glee” when a big pine didn’t fall where it was supposed to and got caught in some hemlock trees half-way to the ground resulting a half-hour of extra work to free it and enable it to reach the ground. However, the conclusion drawn of the day’s demonstration and its results by the Union writer was “ Yet a good time was had by all, and there was general agreement that the crosscut saw of the future will go round in a circle propelled by engine power.”


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the garbage bag kept me dry. The ski area was a ghost town, very few were crazy enough to ski in this kind of weather. Up high the rain was snow and sleet. This made for some fine midmountain skiing and for some interesting snow pinwheels (snowballs rolling down the slope beside me) and sliding blankets of wet snow. Many slopes were closed due to avalanche danger. Barb, from Montana, met me for the last hour of skiing and then we

both drove to Salt Lake City. Chuck invited Barb, Tracy and Sylvia; and Sylvia invited me to come to Alta for the weekend to test DPS skis and to have fun. We zoomed back to Salt Lake and met the rest of our friends at the AirBnB just in time to all ride up to Alta for a meet and greet and a showing of DPS Skis Cinematic

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Day 1 of 2 skiing in the Utah rain. In the gondola at Snowbasin are Barb and yours truly wearing a garbage bag. Snowbasin hosted the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Downhill races.

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trying different skis. I confess it was all I could do to stay on my feet on my own skis in the varying conditions. My goggles didn’t dry out completely overnight and they steamed up between the lenses. I skied a couple runs by feel before I smartened up and borrowed a pair of lost and found goggles. Skiing was much easier when I could see. See patenaude on 23

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Yours truly, Chuck, Tracy and Sylvia on the lift at Snowbird. We sure ended the ski trip on a high note. The day was warm and sunny and evaporated any memory of the previous bad weather. patenaude from 22

I knew what we were missing. Last year I went to Alta and the snow was deep and the sun was bright in the sky. A great deal of terrain was closed due to avalanche danger. But we still had a lot of fun skiing together and hunting for the good soft snow. The next day, Monday morning, was the day I was dreaming of—blue sky and sunshine. We packed up and cleared out of our rented house and drove up the canyon to Snowbird. We all met at the Tram plaza and skied on fresh new snow. I put sunscreen on my face and wore sunglasses. The conditions were the best where the sun warmed it first. Nearing mid-day more terrain opened and Mineral Basin was ours to make first tracks. The resort was busy, lots of skiers and snowboarders joined us (no Snowboarders allowed at Alta). A lot of pent up energy was being released. We skied all over and enjoyed the big mountain vista that had been hiding from us all weekend. On our last run Sylvia stopped and flopped down on the snow and

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Snowbird’s Tram car is packed with skiers and snowboarders on a nice day. Where’s Sylvia? Sylvia wears a pink helmet and somehow always manages to wiggle her way up to the door’s window stretched out on her back and we all joined her and did the same. We looked down the canyon at Salt Lake City and up the canyon at the sharp mountaintops. The last Tram ride was now long gone and this last pitch was our final ski together. We savored the moment—the cold snow against our body, the warm sun on our face and that magical combination of the thrill of skiing and comradery. Everyone made it home safe, back to Bozeman, MT and to Fort Collins,

Colorado. These are long drives especially after a full day of skiing. I am still tired, exhausted really. I flew a redeye back to Boston and arrived at 6 am and in time for me to take the earliest Concord Coach Bus north to Concord. By the weekend I’ll be raring to go skiing. I hope the snow holds until May. Have fun.

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the river (drift boat) traffic “Should” have been minimal. NOT SO! There were at least a half dozen boats at the launch area and we had no idea how many had already left. We worked our way down to the first open hole, set up anchor & began fishing. While we were there, Tony took one fish and we had a couple more hits, but no takers. I think we spent almost two hours there & had at least a dozen and a half boats pass through. This meant that we were going to be hitting up holes that had already been fished pretty hard, presenting a dismal outlook. However, before we finished for the day, I think we had taken

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four nice chrome steelhead. I kept one to bring home to a friend. I fished with a spinning rod and used beads and egg sacks as bait, drifting these along the bottom of the holes and gravel bars, where the steelhead lie. The line is set up with a “Float” (NOT a bobber) that will go under when the fish picks up the bait. We are using only a #12 hook, which is about the size you might use for fishing goldfish. It’s amazing how you can hook up and land fish that are in the 5 to 15 pound class with tackle that light. However, it gets the job done. Jeff has been teaching Tony to use a “Center pin” reel over the past couple of

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Visit for details. Tony with the first fish of the trip. A nice steelhead, fresh in from the lake.

years. To best describe the center pin reel, I guess you could almost say it’s an open faced fly reel, about 4 – 5” in diameter, with NO drag adjustment. Tony was using a 14 foot rod with this reel. Add that into the factor of the high winds and he had his hands full. The 14 foot rod, center pin reel, #12 hook and 6 pound test line certainly adds up to a LOT of fun. There was considerably less boat traffic on the river on Wednesday and our plan was to get ahead of what traffic there was and be first into some of the better holes. The plan worked quite well and we had a very successful day. The wind had dropped to almost nothing, but we had a bit of light rain, which was more of a nuisance rather than an obstacle. We each took some nice fish and had a grand old time. One of the highlights of each day’s trips was stopping around noon for a shore lunch. This is NOT normally part of what Jeff provides his clients (he stops a bit after noon, but you bring your own food along). However, we are his “Special” guests and we were treated to grilled venison bits on Tuesday and venison sausage rolls on Wednesday. The food was wonderful, both days. The trip ended MUCH too soon and we headed back to New Hampshire on Thursday. There will be NO QUESTION that we’ll be back there again next year. Well, now that we’re back home, it’s time to begin gearing up for the ice out salmon fishing here on Winni. Yes, we still run “Dr. Hook” fishing charters and begin the day ice goes out. We’ve got quite a few days already booked for this season, but there are still a few open dates. Contact numbers: Jeff Waner Osprey Adventures Guide Service 518-332-7361 Pete Grasso D r . H o o k Sport Fishing Charters 603-366-4115 603-455-1020 We hope you all have a wonderful summer and thank you for being interested in reading of our adventure. Capt. Pete


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cally focused on chemical production capabilities and thus proportionate to the crime. Second - Sweden’s UN Ambassador Olaf Skoog warned that the use of chemical weapons had become a litmus test of the Security Council’s credibility. He called for accountability for those using illegal chemical weapons. Indeed for seven bloody years, the Syrian conflict has witnessed a deadlocked Security Council where Russia has blatantly supported its ally Syria through the unrestricted use of the veto which Moscow has used on 12 occasions, and specifically six regarding chemical weapons reso-

lutions. Third - There’s a clear lesson for North Korea. Ironically part of the wider credibility narrative is focused not only on Syria in the Middle East but on North Korea in the Far East. Summit negotiations between Pyongyang and both Seoul and later Washington will soon begin regarding Kim Jongun’s nuclear weapons and missile proliferation program. The Trump Administration wishes to make the case crystal clear that puts its adversaries on notice. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned, “It is Russia alone that has stopped at nothing to defend the Syrian regime’s multiple uses of chemical weapons. It is Russia alone

that killed the Joint Investigative Mechanism which allowed the world to ensure accountability for chemical weapons use in Syria.” Earlier in the week American diplomacy called for an International mission of inquiry to visit Syria and establish the facts on the ground. “Silence and impunity are not an option,” implored the Netherlands delegate. Significantly the UN must reestablish a working mechanism to monitor and cease chemical weapons use. President Donald Trump warned Syria and its allies that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” to strike again if it caries out further chemical attacks. The White House actions came less than a week after the President spoke about possible America disengagement in the Syrian civil war. The attacks however were wisely not aimed at regime change but a change in regime behavior. Despite the brutal nature of the Syrian ruler Assad, it’s tragically true that some of the jihadi terrorist groups opposing him would create even wider carnage. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the multinational attacks on Syria were about saying “Enough is Enough,” in regarding the use of the prohibited weapons. John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China

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they’re just dumb. The Holocaust is a defining characteristic of the 20th Century. It was part of a war that saw America, for the second time in just 25 years, rescue Europe from itself. Yet almost half of Millennials couldn’t name one of the thousands of Nazi concentration camps. Even when given the name of the most infamous camp – Auschwitz – two-thirds of them couldn’t identify it. Americans need to know the horrors of Europe during the Second World War. They need to know that America saved Europe when Europeans proved incapable of maintaining civil society; that we ended their genocide. Americans should also know that the ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s was too much for our European NATO partners to deal with. Despite the atrocities being committed in their own backyard, they required US leadership and intervention to stop the mass slaughter. Of all the black marks in American history, none compare to what the Nazis did. Or the Soviet and Chinese communist regimes for that matter. Yet surveys show not only Millennials’ ignorance of world history and America’s place in it, but also a hyper-sensitivity to the real or perceived transgressions of America, past and present. This is unhealthy. It is unpatriotic. If we don’t correct it, we’ll end up with a generation of leaders who fail to understand American exceptionalism. The world will be worse for their ignorance.


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ernment stopped funding IQ research decades ago.� Likewise, researching gender differences is dangerous to your career. “You can’t talk about sexual differences between men and women, (although) it’s OK if they favor women,� laughs Tierney. “You can say men are more likely to commit crimes, but you can’t suggest that there might be some sexual difference that might predispose men to be more interested in a topic.� Google fired engineer James Damore merely for suggesting that sex differences might explain why more men choose to work in tech. “Damore just pointed out very basic scientific research about differences between the sexes,� argues Tierney. “The experts in this, as soon as he published that memo, said, yes, he basically got the science right.� It’s not as if women aren’t doing well in life, says Tierney. In universities, “women dominate virtually every extracurricular activity, but all the focus has been: ‘Why aren’t there more women physicists and mathematicians, and

of course in the sports area, too?’� says Tierney. “There’s this idea that they’re being discriminated against, (but) there have been enormous studies of who gets grants, who gets tenure, who gets interviews for jobs, and women get preference.� However, one grou p does get discriminated against in colleges: conservatives. “In the social sciences, Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least eight to one. In fields like sociology it’s 44 to one. Students are more likely to be taught in sociology by a Marxist than by a Republican,� says Tierney. “It’s gotten worse and worse.� Why does this happen at colleges that claim they “treasure diversity�? Because people on the left believe diversity just means race and gender, not thought. And even schools that want some diverse thought reach a sort of political tipping point. “Once an academic department gets a majority of people who are on the left, they start hiring people like themselves, and soon the whole department is that way,� says Tierney. “They start to

think that their opinions and that their interests are not only the norm, but the truth.� That’s how we get “scientific� studies that “prove� conservatives are stupid. One such study asked people if they agree with the statement “Earth has plenty of natural resources if we just learn how to develop them.� The researcher called a “yes� answer an “irrational denial of science.� But anyone who’s studied economics knows the statement has repeatedly been proven true. Finally, millions of people die of malaria today partly because many countries believed leftist junk science and needlessly banned DDT. Many were influenced by Rachel Carson’s scientifically challenged book “Silent Spring.� There is a war on science. But most of it doesn’t come from the right. John Stossel is author of “No They Can’t! Why Government Fails — But Individuals Succeed.� For other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit

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Russia will play the opening World Cup Match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia—the lowest ranked tournament qualifier. I never thought I’d say this, but: “GO SAUDI ARABIA!� Sports Quiz Who is the defending World Cup Men’s Soccer Champion? (Answer follows) Born Today ... That is to say, sports standouts born on April 19 include MLB pitching great Frank Viola (1960) and Brazlian soccer star Rivaldo (1972). Sportsquote “The first World Cup I remember was in 1950 when I was 10 years old. My father was a soccer

player and when Brazil lost to Uruguay he cried his eyes out.� – Brazilian soccer superstar Pele Sportsquiz Answer Brazil hosted the most recent World Cup in 2014. Germany beat Argentina 1–0 in the finals. S tate Representative Michael Moffett was a Professor of Sports Management for Plymouth State University and NHTI-Concord and currently teaches on-line for New England College. He co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A WarriorActor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back� (with the Marines)— which is available through His e-mail address is mimoffett@comcast. net.

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