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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, November 8, 2012

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VOLUME 21, NO. 45

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, November 8, 2012

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Rochester Opera House Auditions, Sat & Sun , Nov. 10 & 11th.

Proud Memories Of The 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron by Larry Pelland Contributing Writer

Iowa, was one of the units chosen to be deployed. The hot war was over and the cold war began. The aircraft chosen to re-equip the 87th FIS was

the newer, larger, faster F-86D Sabre, known affectionately as the “Dog” because of its “D” designator’s position in the old phonetic alphabet (Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog, etc). It was a formidable war machine to be sure. Just exactly what we needed to perform guard duty See 512th on 18

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The Beginning In 1954, the U.S. deployed several Air Force fighter-interceptor units to the East coast of England. The Korean War had ended the year before and a Westward attack was a possibility. The purpose of this deployment was

to protect the U.K. by providing a means to interdict enemy air attack from across the North Sea. The 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) at Sioux City,

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The 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron was awarded the Hughes Trophy in 1957 given to the best Fighter Interceptor Squadron in the United States Air Force. Weirs Times contributing writer, Larry Pelland, was part of that squadron in the mid-50s, Shown here, filling the Hughes Trophy with champagne are: (L to R) Lt. Col John Ruettgers, Commander 512th; BGen Holtoner, Deputy Commander, 3rd Air Force; Air Marshall Sir Tom Pike, RAF; Air Commodore S. Embling, courtesy Photo RAF and Col, Hugh B. Manson, 406th FIW Comdr.

Rochester Opera House Productions will hold auditions for both To Kill A Mockingbird and Glengarry Glen Ross on Saturday, November 10, from 1:00 PM-4:00 PM and on Sunday, November 11th, from 1pm to 4pm at the Governor’s Inn, 78 Wakefield Street, Rochester. The call back date is Tuesday, November 13, at 6:30pm at the Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Performance dates are February 28-March 9, 2013 (To Kill A Mockingbird) and April 25-May 4, 2013 (Glengarry Glen Ross). For questions about the auditions, please contact Jonathan Hoar at: tiggtoo@aol.com. For more information about the Rochester Opera House vist them online at www.rochesteroperahouse.com.


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Nov Thursday 8th Free Appraisal & Assessment Day

McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord. 11am-3pm. Bring in your paintings and prints to have them appraised or speak with restorers if treasures are in need of repair or cleaning. 225-2515

AARP members, $14/non-members. Free for Veterans and their spouses and dependants. 677-7187 Thur. 8th – Sat. 17th

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Casual to candlelit, enjoy the finest dining experiences on the Seacoast for ten days, at a special price. www. restaurantweekportsmouth.com

Friday 9th Guy & Ralna of “The Lawrence Welk Show”

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The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth. 7:30pm. 436-2400

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord.7:30pm. 225-1111. www.ccanh.com

Farmers’ Table Lunch

Four More Feet

The Community School, 1164 Bunker Hill Road, South Tamworth. Noon. Local foods meal by donation. 3237000

Franklin Opera House, Franklin. 7pm. The story of a blind hiker’s quest to hike NH’s forty-eight 4,000 foot mountains in a single winter season. $10pp. 934-1901

Andersonville: 26 Acres of Hell

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Lane Tavern in Sanbornton Square, 520 Sanborn Road. This program will relate the conditions of the prison and the experience of the POW’s. 2854526. www.lanetavern.org

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

Story Telling Dinner

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

Forrest Gander

Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University, Plymouth. 7pm. 535ARTS

Holiday Tapas Bar

Concord Food Co-op, 24 South Main Street, concord. 6-8pm. 225-6840 to reserve.

Thur. 8th – Fri. 9th AARP Mature Driver Safety Program

Meredith Community Center, Meredith. 9-1pm both days. $12/

The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth. 7:30 & 9pm. 436-2400

Moultonborough Central School Honors Veterans

Moultonborough Central School. 10:30am. All welcome. Veterans who wish to are welcome to stay and be served lunch in the MCS Dining Room. 476-5535

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Saturday 10th King Michael – Tribute to the King of Pop

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

Holiday Craft Fair

Franklin Regional Hospital, Franklin. 9am-3pm. 934-2060

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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

Bob Marley

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord.7:30pm. 225-1111. www.ccanh.com

Comedy Night

The Inn on Main, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Event benefits The Carpenter School/ Crescent Lake School. Tickets available at Black’s Paper Store or the Carpenter School. $15pp. 569-7803

Chicken Pot Pie Supper

Danbury Grange Hall, across from the fire station in the center of Danbury. 5-6:30pm. $8/adults, $4/kids.

Jane Rice – Book Signing

Annie’s Book Stop, Laconia. 2-4pm. Jane will be signing copies of her book, “Bob Fogg and New Hampshire’s Golden Age of Aviation; Flying over Winnipesaukee and Beyond”.

Collection Center Barn, 109A. at Beck Drive, Wolfeboro. 10-2. For more info visit facebook page Huggins Hospital Street Fair

Glad Tidings holiday Fair

The Jumbo Circus Peanuts Band Performs

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Dennis Nils – Book Signing

Historic Thanksgiving Signature Event

The Rockingham Ballroom, 22 Ash Swamp Road, Newmarket. 8pm. 659-4410 The RiverRun Bookstore,142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth. 7pm. 431-2100

Kashmir – The Ultimate Led Zepplin Show

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

First united Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford. 9am-2pm. Santa Claus will be attending. Collection Center Barn, 109A. at Beck Drive, Wolfeboro. 10-2. For more info visit facebook page Huggins Hospital Street Fair

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. Visitors learn about Thanksgiving through the decades, through demonstrations of Colonial outdoor cooking and 19th-century open-hearth cooking. 323-7591

Christmas Holiday Fair

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Jane Rice Lands At Annie’s Book Stop On Saturday, November 10th, Jane Rice will be at Annie’s Book Stop in Laconia from 2-4pm to sign copies of her recently released book, “Bob Fogg and New Hampshire’s Golden Age of Aviation.” Thanks to her father, Lyman Rice, and his many pilot friends, Jane Rice was exposed to the antique airplane hobby from a young age. There was a grass airstrip in the back yard and a variety of old airplanes in the hangar over the years, but although she never learned to fly, she has always been interested in the historical side of aviation, starting with Amelia Earhart and other early women pilots and moving on to investigate the history of the Weirs Seaplane Base, where her grandfather flew in the 1930s. She lived on Parade Road in Laconia, New Hampshire, as a child, just up the hill from the Weirs, and some local readers may recall seeing airplanes parked in the yard where the Petal Pushers greenhouse is currently located. She graduated from Laconia High School and Nasson College in Springvale, Maine, and has worked at the Moultonborough, New Hampshire public library for twentynine years. Here is the story of Robert S. Fogg, the Granite State’s true pioneer of aviation, which includes many previously unpublished images of airplanes and aviators of the 1920s and 1930s. Bob Fogg brought aviation to Concord and the Weirs in the early ‘20s and he and his pilots introduced flying to a whole generation that grew up in that time period. For those interested in the history of the Lakes Region, it describes the seaplane base that was a prominent feature of the Weirs boardwalk from 1923 until the early 1950s, and the planes that hopped passengers from many lakeside resorts throughout New Hampshire. Classic Wacos, Travel Airs, Beech Staggerwings and Sikorsky amphibians that once plied the blue skies over Lake Winnipesauke come to life again in the pages of this fascinating history. Come and join us at Annie’s Book Stop located at 1330 Union Avenue in Laconia and meet Jane, ask her questions, hear her read from her wonderful book and get a signed copy for your home library!

Rochester During The American Civil War On Thursday, November 8, at 7pm at the Rochester Historical Society Museum on Hanson Street, NH Civil War Historian and Author, Steven Robert Closs, will present, “Rochester during the American Civil War 1861-1865.” Closs, author of “Willing Sacrifice: Granite State Valor during the American Civil War 1861-1865,” focuses on New Hampshire and the contributions New Hampshire men made during that war. All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission. Refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information please call 330-3099 or e-mail rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers At The Capitol Center For The Arts The internationally acclaimed quartet, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, brings its vaudevillian comedy-and-juggling spectacle 4 PLAY to Concord for a not-to-be-missed performance Friday, November 23, at 7pm at the Capitol Center for the Arts Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Capitol Center for the Arts Box Office, located at 44 South Main Street Concord, NH, online at ccanh.com or via phone at 603-225-1111. For more information go to www. fkb.com or www.ccanh.com

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the highest scoring US ace of the war. He received both the Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star for his actions in combat. The New Hampshire native died when the F-86-H that he was test flying crashed near Edwards Air Force Base

on August 25, 1954. The exhibit will be opened at 10am at the Museum which is located at 27 Navigator Rd., Londonderry, NH, with a video presentation on Korea during 1951 to 1953. At 11am the opening ceremonies will begin with series of speakers in the Slusser Aviation Learning Center and it is open to the public and attendance is included in the regular admission price. Korean War veterans are encouraged to attend. The Museum is located at ManchesterBoston Regional Airport and additional information is available at www.nhahs.org or www. facebook.com/nhahs. or by calling 669-4877.

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(Top) Capt. Joseph “Mac” McConnell Jr. (Below) The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will dedicate an exhibit of artifacts honoring Korean War triple ace Capt. Joseph “Mac” McConnell, Jr., on Veteran’s day weekend. The exhibit opens on Saturday, November 10th. “The heroic service of Capt. Joseph C. McConnell has faded from memory over the years and it is for this reason that the Aviation Museum of NH is planning to recognize his unique and gallant service with a cele b r a t i o n ,” sa id Jack Ferns, the museum’s executive director. After serving as a B-24 navigator in World War II, McConnell graduated flight training in 1948 and went on to fly F-86 Sabre jets over Korea. He downed 16 MIGs in just four months, becoming

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Our Story The Weirs Times was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert. The newspaper, then named Calvert’s Weirs Times and Tourists’ Gazette, was published until Mr. Calvert’s death in 1902. One of the most remarkable features of the publication was a map of Lake Winnipesaukee which occupied the center spread of the paper. Readers will find the same map reprinted on the center pages of this, and every issue. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain

To The Editor: My grandson, Jayden, has always excelled at sports. From swimming and running, to back flipping off the dock and being a vied after player by all of his flag football coaches, I have always been in awe of his athletic ability. This summer, however, I noticed a change in Jayden. Normally active and outgoing, Jayden seemed tired all the time and unable to play like he used to during prior summers. One day, Jayden developed a high fever on top of his already changing behavior. At first we thought he had a cold...then the flu...then strep throat, but antibiotics seemed to have no effect on his symptoms. After his third visit to the ER with a 104 degree fever, an x-ray showed Jayden’s kidneys abnormally enlarged, and he was rushed to the Boston Children’s Hospital. After many examinations and tests, Jayden was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, also known as HLH, a rare blood disease that affects the immune systems of patients causing life threatening side effects. Visiting Jayden at Boston Children’s Hospital was a wake up call for me. I realized that though Jayden was getting all of the love and support we, his family and friends, and the doctors, nurses, and staff at the hospital, could give him, for every “Jayden” there were countless other children fighting for their lives every day just like my grandson.

All of the children, like Jayden, deserve the best care and most happiness as is possible. Moreover, all of these children deserve hope and futures. It was with this in mind that I came up with the concert/party fundraiser, Bikecartoberfest (featuring James Montgomery Blues Band, Special Guests, Collectibles Auctions and much more) on October 21st, 2012, at the Heat Big Tent Three Ring Saloon, to benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital and Jayden’s Journey Ride. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise money to be used by the resource departments of both beneficiaries to buy children’s toys and necessary equipment making the children’s stay in the hospital as fun as possible while providing a service to the treatment centers. For more information, or to sponsor our cause, please feel free to email me at bikeweiserevents69@ yahoo.com or call me on my cell: 603-216-4683 or home: 603-875-7613 phones. Together, we can ensure that all of our “Jayden’s” grow up to achieve their dreams. Mike Gauthier

Thanks From Historical Society To The Editor: On behalf of the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society (LWHS) I would like to thank all who attended and supported us in “preserving the history of the lake and surrounding communities” this season. Also, a big thank you

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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. Locally owned for over 20 years, this publication is devoted to printing the stories of the people and places that make New Hampshire the best place in the world to live. No, none of the daily grind news will be found in these pages, just the good stuff. 30,000 copies are distributed every week in the Lakes

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to all our wonderful guest speakers. Remember that you can continue to support us by playing Bingo on Tuesday and Saturday evening at the Funspot Bingo Hall. LWHS will host Super Bingo on Saturday, December 8th. Have a great winter... stay well...and we will see you spring 2013. Lynda LaFlamme Curator LWHS

Bengahzi To The Editor: United States military aircraft are within 1 hour of Benghazi, and US Marines within 2 hours. Four Americans were killed during a seven hour attack on our consulate there. The White House was notified immediately in real time of the terrorist attack in Benghazi and nothing was done. Is the lack of action of Barack Obama to the Benghazi terrorist attack what we should expect from our president? If the President had given the order, heavily armed naval aircraft could have pounded the terrorists within an hour and soon after we could have had our Marines on the ground. Are there any members of either political party who agree with the order of the President to “stand down” rather than “attack with the full force of the American military?” Was the proper course of action to meet this international crisis to “stand down?” David Scott Dover, NH.

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Two events, one passed, the other coming, inspired this week’s column. Veterans Day and Hurricane Sandy both bring back memories to me of one person – my father. My dad was from Manhattan originally. Born and raised in an apartment on West Nineteenth street, he lived there with his parents and five sisters. Five sisters!! Certainly no War on Women in that household. When he was in his twenties he enlisted in the army during World War II, as did a majority of men at that time. Tens of thousands of those men never returned. My father was one of the fortunate survivors. At some point in the war he was awarded a Bronze Star. For what, none of us ever knew. He never talked about it. I only became aware of it when, as a young boy, I peeked a look in his top dresser drawer and found it there - cushioned in its hard shelled hinged box, lost among his socks and cufflinks. I certainly couldn’t ask him about it; I was more concerned with my own immediate future if he found I was in there digging around. I don’t mean to imply I would be punished harshly, my parents were gentle people whose word and stares could be punishment enough; at least to my young guilty mind. When my dad returned

home from the war, he went back to work at J.H. Winchester; a shipbroking firm in lower Manhattan. On Rector Street to be exact. I know he started there in the mailroom, but I’m not sure if that was where he still was after the war. Either way, he was a true success story. From a low income family, to mailroom clerk to associate and, when he died at the young age of sixty-one, president of the company. I guess that explains my conservative viewpoints, work habits and sense of self-sufficiency. It’s how I came to understand, when I was older, that it really is possible to accomplish anything no matter what your background. And it certainly isn’t evil to be rewarded for your efforts and want to keep what you earn, no matter what anyone else thinks. My father met my mother soon after the war. They married and moved to Long Island, where I grew up. It wasn’t until I was maybe eight or nine that my dad took me to his office on a Saturday. He worked a few Saturdays a year and he always took one of us ( I have three brothers and two sisters). We’d take the train into Brooklyn and then the subway under the water to lower Manhattan. At his office I was kept busy by sitting on the laps of the switchboard operators and pulling the cables in and out that connected the calls. Later, I’d sit at an empty desk and pretend I was doing important office work. My best memory was taking the cone-shaped paper cups from the water cooler and throwing them out the window of the upper floor the office was on and watch it circle and dive in the wind tunnel

created by the closeness of the skyscrapers. After my dad was finished, we would head to midtown and eat at the automat and maybe check out the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center before heading to Penn Station for the ride home. I remember as a teenager visiting his office while around the corner they were building the massive World Trade Center towers. I watched them fall from a small TV screen here in New Hampshire and my mind raced back to those memories. Hurricane Sandy’s wrath upon New York City, Long Island and the New Jersey Shore brought those memories back again. It’s odd how you can dismiss some tragedies as almost unreal if you don’t have a connection. This was very real. It is hard to watch those images; it’s almost a feeling of guilt for not being there, like I should be doing something. My dad died in 1981. Most of us, including my mom, have since moved from Long Island and vicinity. One of my sisters still lives there and was spared from even a power outage. Amazing when you consider that ninety-percent of Long Island went dark. Oddly enough, my mom and other sister, who live about ninety or so miles west of Long Island, lost theirs. Still, all are safe and sound. Things both good and bad can trigger memories. But, that’s okay, as long as the memories are good ones. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at brendan@weirs.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @weirsbrendan.

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Poser of the United States: The Photo-Op Presidency

You’re Fired WASHINGTON -When Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston and Roger Sherman sat down to draft the Declaraby Oliver North tion of IndeSyndicated Columnist pendence, they began with a “Bill of Particulars” against King George III. They accused the monarch of “repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.” Now, 236 years later, “We the People” are about to decide whom we should hire as our chief executive and commander in chief. It’s an appropriate time to review the grievances of our Founding Fathers -- and examine the offenses committed by our present head of state. Jefferson and his colleagues determined that the king had “refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary

for the public Good.” That’s certainly relevant to the incumbent administration, which repeatedly has rejected all efforts by Congress to pass a budget as required by our Constitution. The drafters found that the British monarch had “forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in their Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he (had) utterly neglected to attend to them.” That sounds a lot like what happened when Gov. Jan Brewer and the Arizona Legislature passed a law to protect the citizens of said state from the depredations of illegal aliens crossing our borders. Our nation’s founders were likewise offended by the imperious manner in which the king had “obstructed the Administration of Justice.” That charge is relevant to the Obama administration’s willful decision in ordering firearms shipped to violent Mexican drug cartels in OperaSee north on 27

The official Obama 2012 campaign slogan is “Forward.” The operational motto of the Obama administration is “Cheese.” by Michelle Malkin A s i n “ s a y Syndicated Columnist cheese.” From hollow Greek columns to strategically released Situation Room candids, the Paparazzi President has put selfserving optics above all else. What did we get after four long years of expertly staged Kabukitheater-meets-Potemkin-village productions? Sixteen trillion dollars in debt, a pile of dead bodies, troops at increased risk and a gallery of tax-subsidized Kodachrome pictures creating the grand illusion of leadership. On Monday night, as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, Team Obama’s image consultants released a photo showing POTUS purportedly in charge. The White House sent the picture out to 3.2 million Twitter followers with the message: “Photo: President Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane #Sandy in the Situation Room.” On Tuesday morning, the White House sent out another Situation Room photo with Obama -pen in hand, gilded coffee cup to the side, leaning intently toward a videoconference monitor -- getting a Sandy update. A White House caption informs us that Obama was flanked by “John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism; Tony Blinken, National Security Advisor to the Vice President; David Agnew, Director for In-

tergovernmental Affairs; Alyssa Mastromonaco, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations; and Chief of Staff Jack Lew.” In his halcyon days, the images would have prompted an avalanche of social media swooning. But with a tornado of unanswered questions and swirling lies in Washington surrounding the president’s dereliction of duty during the 9/11/12 terrorist attack on our diplomatic staff and security personnel in Libya, informed Twitter users wanted to know only one thing: What about Benghazi? “Oh, so NOW the president is in the situation room?” conservative activist and blogger Melissa Clouthier responded. “But he went to bed during Benghazi.” Conservative writer and blogger Elizabeth Scalia asked: “How DEAF is the (White House)? They release photo of Obama in Situation Room monitoring storm? Where is (the) pic of him in that room, monitoring BENGHAZI?” When CBS News reporter Mark Knoller shared one of the White House photos on his Twitter feed, North Carolina small-businessman Aaron LePrell asked: “(C)an you request a picture of the Benghazi situation room for us?” Visual hagiography is a staple of any White House administration. But the selective frequency with which the White House “Message: I’m working here, I’m really working here” photos have been disseminated has become a running joke. White House photographer Pete Souza’s Twitter feed and Flickr uploads serve as Agitprop Central for all White House-approved, behindthe-scenes-leadership glamour shots. A sample of photo captions:

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of the American fleet is down to the size it was in 1916. This allowed Obama to make the snarky quip, “Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.” Clever retort but let’s look at the record. “The world has not gotten any smaller since 1916, and our dependencies and vulnerabilities around the world for our economy have grown exponentially broader, the Navy is just too small,” John Lehman, who served as President Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy told the Wall Street Journal. Actually let me put the debate in clearer focus. The current U.S. Navy consists of 287 ships for a widely expanded global mission. At the height of the Navy in recent years under the Reagan Administration, the size of the fleet reached nearly 600 ships. Given the reality of a fleet roughly half the size of 1988, the Obama Administration has begun a “pivot of forces” to the Pacific, putting 60% of ships in Asia and 40% in the Atlantic. Good concept but do we have sufficient ships resources to sustain such an expanded mission for the Seventh Fleet in the Pacific? Without question the Navy’s mission has changed since the end of the Cold War and the challenges from the Soviet fleet. Today however, the challenges are multi-dimensional. Long, and lingering commitments in the Persian Gulf/Indian Ocean have stretched the physical capacity for the crews. Now with new duties off East Africa on anti-piracy patrols, and treaty commitments in East Asia, the fleet is extended. What of the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean which monitors North Africa, Suez and the Middle East and Africa? What of the number of ships in refurbishment and in rotation? Clearly too few ships are covering too many far-flung places and potential trouble spots. The Obama Administration views the American military capacity as something which works magically well for the asking. True to a point. This is precisely because that capabil-

ity was built by prior Administrations, honed by the exceptional skills and dedication of the men and women in uniform, and kept sharp by technological upgrades and innovation. . Given the Liaoaning’s sym-

bolism let’s not overreact, nor underestimate. What we are witnessing in East Asia is a changing regional balance of power largely through the expansion of the well-funded

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‘Cooling Out’ the Voters Confidence men know that their victim -“the mark” as he has been called -- is eventually going to realize that he has been cheated. But it makes a by Thomas Sowell big difference Syndicated Columnist whether he realizes it immediately, and goes to the police, or realizes it after the confidence man is long gone. So part of the confidence racket is creating a period of uncertainty, during which the victim is not yet sure of what is happening. This delaying process has been called “cooling out the mark.” The same principle applies in politics. When the accusations that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton first surfaced, he flatly denied them all. Then, as the months passed, the truth came out -- but slowly, bit by bit. One of Clinton’s own White House aides later called it “telling

the truth slowly.” By the time the whole truth came out, it was called “old news,” and the clever phrase now was that we should “move on.” It was a successful “cooling out” of the public, keeping them in uncertainty so long that, by the time the whole truth came out, there was no longer the same outrage as if the truth had suddenly come out all at once. Without the support of an outraged public, the impeachment of President Clinton fizzled out in the Senate. We are currently seeing another “cooling out” process, growing out of the terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi on September 11th this year. The belated release of State Department e-mails shows that the Obama administration knew, while the attack on the American consulate was still underway, that it was a coordinated, armed terrorist attack. They were getting reports from those inside the consulate who were under attack, as well as surveillance pictures from See Sowell on 28


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Found Footage Festival Comes To Colonial Theatre in Bethlehem The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make its firstever appearance in New Hampshire in November with a brand-new show. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett, whose credits include The Onion and the Late Show with David Letterman, are excited to show off their 2012 lineup of found video clips and live comedy on Sunday, November 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre (2050 Main St.) in Bethlehem. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Colonial members) and are available at the door or in advance at www. foundfootagefest.com. The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-akind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout North America. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

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terwards the trail follows old roads to the Col Trail signpost on Rte 113. We then turned around and made the same trek back to the col. We continued on the Ridge Trail to the West Rattlesnake’s summit, elevation 1,243 feet. Although East Rattlesnake is slightly higher at elevation 1,297 feet, West Rattlesnake’s ledges and cliffs are more open and wide providing a very grand vista. West Rattle-

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our pilots and ground support were the ‘best of the best’ during that era (1954-1957) while serving at Bentwaters Air Force Base in England. We jointly shared the base with the RAF Pilots and their crew members. My journey back to yesteryear began while attempting to locate my close buddy, William W. Martin. We both served in the United States Air Force, from Basic Training at Sampson AFB, NY, on to our deployment at Bentwaters AFB in 1955. Repeated attempts to locate William “Bill� Martin through different resources always came up empty, until by chance through the Internet, I found several links on the 87th/512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and to Dean Danley. Dean’s willingness to assist me in reigniting the proud memories of our squadron, and the possibilities of locating William Martin, gave me renewed hope that it might come to fruition in times past and present. Most of the information Dean Danley has furnished me is a result of his searching the Archive Files of the 87th/512th See 512th on 19


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The aircraft chosen to re-equip the 87th FIS was the newer, larger, faster F-86D Sabre, known affectionately as the “Dog.” 512th from 18

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An F-84 fighter. During the Cold War, the squadron was redesignated as the 512th FighterBomber Squadron and reactivated on June 25. 1952 as part of the 406th Fighter-Bomber (later Fighter-Interceptor) Group. 512th from 19

on December 13,1954. They set sail on The USS General Patch Troop Ship the same day en route to South Hampton, England, arriving on December 20, 1954. Bentwaters was not prepared for the squadron. In fact, it was on Christmas break until New Year. Personnel quickly adapted to the English winter weather, Quonset huts, and pot-

bellied stoves. Aircraft arrived in January, 1955 and, after a short checkout, the unit was again combat ready. Unit integrity, esprit de corps and high morale prevailed. As part of the 406th Fighter Interceptor Wing at RAF Station, Manston, England, the squadron acquired an outstanding record in flying, maintenance, safety and weapons proficiency. The

squadron prided itself on concern for assigned personnel and for supporting its families scattered throughout the English countryside, learning new customs, and coping with the English economy. In September, 1955, the 87th FIS was re-designated the 512th FIS and the 87th was inactivated. The 512th FIS had been part of the 86th FightSee 512th on 21

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nation as members of an Air Defense Fighter Interceptor Squadron serving in the United Kingdom (England) and other European Countries during the Cold War. The link “Folded Wings” honors all of our deceased pilots and airmen who served in the87th/ 512th FIS. It brought me back in time remembering all of these distinguished and time honored men whom I was privileged to serve with during my deployment at Bentwaters AFB. They will never be forgotten as they soar with the Eagles high above the blue skies. Requiem Pacem (rest in peace) This poem says volumes about them”

A poster for the 512th Fighter Squadron in World War II. 512th from 20

er Wing, Ramstein, and was located at Soesterberg, Holland. With this change, the 406th FIW again had had its World War II Squadrons - the 512th, 513th, and 514th. Without interruption, the 512th assumed the mission of the 87th FIS. The new unit insignia, which had been designated for the 87th, was resubmitted and approved for the 512th, the “Dragons.” Cooperation and ingenuity were hallmarks of the squadron. A converted but complete squadron insignia served as a runway control unit. While the squadron was practicing gunnery at Wheelus Field, Tripoli, those remaining at Bentwaters poured concrete for a high-speed taxiway as the new alert hanger. Lieutenant Colonel John J. Ruettgers assumed command of the unit in September, 1956, and the squadron continued its outstanding performance, being designated the “best in USAFE,” winning the USAFE weapons meet at Wheelus Field and going on to represent USAFE and win the USAF weapons competition at Yuma AFB, Arizona in July of 1957. For its achievement, the 512th

became the proud winner of the Hughes Trophy as the “Best Fighter Interceptor Squadron in the United States Air Force.” The 1957 Hughes Trophy is a one-of-a-kind award honoring the 50th anniversary of the United States Air Force. When it was brought home to England, this large trophy (the bowl being 30 inches in diameter and 18 inches high, the base another 12 inches, and valued at $20,000 in 1957) was filled with vintage champagne, with the understanding that in the future, it would be used in that manner. The 512th had the most expensive punch bowl in the USAF. After extensive efforts on the part of Dean Danley, Historian of the 512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron Association, we were unable to track down my good friend William W. Martin. However, we are hopeful that someone reading the article might know of him and the results could be very favorable. Hope springs eternally. Organizational Statement of The 87th/512th The 87th/512th Fighter Interceptor Squadron As-

sociation is an Organization of Veterans who during the years of 19541958 proudly served the

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a camera on an American drone overhead. About an hour before the attack, the scene outside was calm enough for the American ambassador to accompany a Turkish official to the gates of the consulate to say goodbye. This could hardly have happened if there were protesting mobs there. Why then did both President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice keep repeating the story that this was a spontaneous protest riot against an anti-Islamic video in America? The White House knew the facts -- but they knew that the voting public did not. And it mattered hugely whether the facts became known to the public before or after the election. What the White House needed was a process of “cooling out” the voters, keeping them distracted or in uncertainty as long as possible. Not only did the Obama administration keep repeating the false story about an anti-Islamic vid-

eo being the cause of a riot that turned violent, the man who produced that video was tracked down and arrested, creating a media distraction. All this kept the video story front and center, with the actions and inactions of the Obama administration kept in the background. The White House had to know that it was only a matter of time before the truth would come out. But time was what mattered, with an election close at hand. The longer they could stretch out the period of distraction and uncertainty -- “cooling out” the voters -- the better. Once the confidence man in the White House was reelected, it would be politically irrelevant what facts came out. As the Obama administration’s video story began to slowly unravel, their earlier misstatements were blamed on “the fog of war” that initially obscures many events. But there was no such “fog of war” in this case. The Obama administration knew what

was happening while it was happening. They didn’t know all the details -- and we may never know all the details -- but they knew enough to know that this was no protest demonstration that got out of hand. From the time it took office, the Obama administration has sought to suppress the very concept of a “war on terror” or the terrorists’ war on us. The painful farce of calling the Fort Hood murders “workplace violence,” instead of a terrorist attack in our midst, shows how far the Obama administration would go to downplay the dangers of Islamic extremist terrorism. The killing of Osama bin Laden fed the pretense that the terrorism threat had been beaten. But the terrorists’ attack in Libya exposed that fraud -- and required another fraud to try to “cool out” the voters until after election day. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com.

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phrase “Vero Possumus” (“yes, we can”). His stagehands outfitted Obamacare advocates with phony-baloney white lab coats. He publicly joked about turning a visit with U.S. soldiers abroad into “a pretty good photo op.” If he could have, he would have imprinted the worldfamous May 2011 Situation Room photo taken during the bin Laden raid on “Obama for America” mugs and T-shirts. And over the past four years, the Poser of the United States has shamelessly exploited the ultimate prop: his majestic tax-subsidized plane. A Los Angeles Times headline gushed approvingly last week: “Obama campaign rolls out its biggest prop: Air Force One.” In 2009, White House staff organized a narcissistic flyover stunt of the plane over New York City’s Statue of Liberty that terrified unsuspecting residents, who thought it was a terrorist attack. The White House refused to release all but one of the photos taken during the profligate joy ride. America can’t afford another four years of empty gestures and exploitation at the expense of our economic and national security. It’s time for the poser-in-chief to exit stage left. 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@gmail.com.

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Chinese military. In the medium term, the U.S. Navy will be challenged to meet those changing realities. Thus cutting the Navy will prove counterproductive, destabilizing to U.S. regional allies in Asia, and risky for American geopolitical interests in the Pacific. John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues.


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complete those unfinished tasks before momentary uncertainty. But stay with you take on a new project. A social your original decision and, if necessary, invitation could come from an unlikely defend it. source. CAPRICORN (December 22 to JanuVIRGO (August 23 to September ary 19) Rely on a combination of your 22) You might think you’re helping, but sharp instincts along with some really unless you’re asked for a critique, don’t intense information-gathering to help give it. If you are asked, watch what you make a possibly life-changing you say. Your words should be helpful, decision. not hurtful. AQUARIUS (January 20 to FebruLIBRA (September 23 to October ary 18) Instead of worrying if that new 22) Your attempt at mediating disputes person in your life will stay or leave, might meet some opposition at first. spend all that energy on strengthening But once you’re shown to be fair and your relationship so it becomes walk-out impartial, resistance soon gives way to resistant. cooperation. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A SCORPIO (October 23 to November sudden financial dry spell could reduce 21) Go ahead. Reward yourself for your cash flow almost to a trickle. But helping settle a disturbing workplace by conserving more and spending less, situation. On another note: A personal you’ll get through the crunch in good relationship might be moving to a higher shape. level. BORN THIS WEEK: Your ability to SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to keep secrets makes you the perfect December 21) A sudden change of confidante for friends, family and coheart by a colleague might create some workers.

88 Q.E.D. part 89 Just managing, with “out” 90 - Reader (eclectic magazine) 92 “I - break!” 96 “Have -” (host’s invitation) 99 Bible bk. after Ezra 100 End of the riddle 105 Have lunch 106 Prefix with 4-Down or 70-Down 107 Metallic playing marble 111 Riddle’s answer 117 Injury reminder 118 Gerund ender 119 Menlo Park inventor 120 Cruller’s kin 121 It fills barrels 122 19th-century humorist Bill 123 “No, you -!” 124 Rub away 125 Cry 126 “My - Sal” 127 Utters 128 Is fearless

DOWN 1 Angry look 2 SWAK part 3 Sacrifice site 4 Of living things 5 Vocalized for the doctor 6 Get paid to watch Junior

7 Other: Pref. 8 Leigh Hunt’s “- Ben Adhem” 9 “Miss Lulu -” (old novel, play, and film) 10 Bunker of TV 11 Desirous 12 In - (aware of a secret) 13 “- -Ca-Dabra” (1974 hit) 14 Certain central African 15 “Understood, man” 16 Flame-fancying flier 17 Opera tune 18 Crosses (out) 28 Spanish for “other” 29 Section of Lower Manhattan 30 Suffix with dull 35 Dogs may pull it 36 Not exciting 37 “- true?” 38 Prof.’s place 39 Anacin rival 40 A or I, e.g. 41 Tom of “Adam’s Rib” 42 Put-ons 43 Not at all fat 44 Meat spread 49 Ballot lists 50 Part of m.p.h. 52 Bureaucratic formfilling 54 How some things are carved 57 - job on 58 Picnic crasher 59 Co. top dog 60 Nugent of rock 61Oath reply 62 “Rats!” 67 Giggle part 68 Raggedy - (doll)

69 Genetic stuff 70 Giant fight 71 The Monkees’ “Believer” 72 Play, as a mandolin 73 Eta-iota link 74 Rimes with Grammys 77 “Oh, to - England” 78 Outstanding 79 D-I filler 81 Just sit there 82 Cook Paula 83 British baby buggy 84 Allay 85 “Up and -!” (“Rise and shine!”) 91 Visine unit 93 The gospel 94 Car ding 95 Pregame songs 97 Removes (oneself) 98 Four: Pref. 101 Purring one 102 Tethered 103 Made grooves on, as the edge of a coin 104 Spanish Mrs. 108 Moon-related 109 Currently occupied 110 “90210” actor Rob 111 Highest point 112 A person goes by one 113 New Age music star 114 Escalate 115 This, in Havana 116 Policy guru 117 Cutting tool

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partment of Resources and Economic Development, Rusty McLear of the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls in Meredith, Barry Gaw of Riveredge Marina in Ashland, and Walter Johnson, Town Administrator from Holderness for being guest speakers at our October 25th Private-Public Partnerships Economic Development Forum that was held at the Holderness Town Hall. I know as a presenting organization along with Grafton County

Economic Development and Plymouth State University’s Center for Rural Partnership, it was good to see a standing room only crowd in attendance to hear the presentations and join the conversations on creating partnerships in our regional communities. Second, a very special thanks goes to our District 2 Senator Jeanie Forrester. From the onset of our planning that started many months ago, Jeannie showed her skills used directing Plymouth and

Meredith Main Street programs, rolled her sleeves up and was instrumental in getting this program off the ground and developed. As a Chamber of Commerce, it is very refreshing and encouraging to see an elected official get involved without hesitation on the ground level and show a genuine care for her district business community and citizens. Scott Stephens Executive Director Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce

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