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Local Photographer Right At Home With Latest Exhibit by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

When Robert Clifford was thirteen, and a member of 4-H, many of the events he attended were held at the Belknap Mill in Laconia. In fact his mother, Ginny, worked at the Mill and was also a 4-H educator for Belknap County. Of the various skills he learned while in the 4-H, cooking and photography have taken a permanent hold. This week, Clifford is coming full circle as his latest

photography exhibit “Nature’s Theatre” will take place at the Belknap Mill from January 15th to the 28th with an opening reception on Thursday, January 17th from 5-7pm. Clifford will also be catering the light snacks for the event. Clifford, a Lakes Region native, now in his thirties, works full-time as the Kitchen Manager and Head Chef at Fratello’s Restaurant in Laconia. “Recently my photography has turned into a dual career for me,” said Clifford. See clifford on 24

The Art Of Icon Painting Workshops In Concord

This photograph of the Belknap Mill in Laconia is just one of the many that photographer Robert Clifford will display at the same mill as part of his “Nature’s Theater” exhibit through January 28th. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 17th from 5 to 7pm. See more of Robert’s photos at FineArtAmerica.com/profiles/robert-clifford.html.

Russian icon maker, teacher and lecturer, Marina Forbes, will offer “The Art of Icon Painting” workshop at Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Eastman Street in Concord. There will be four 3-hour sessions on four Sundays from noon to 3pm: February 3, 10, 17 and 24th. It is a hands-on studio workshop for students interested in learning how to create traditional Russian icons, one of the world’s oldest and most respected forms of religious art. The program will include a detailed discussion and demonstration of traditional

materials and methods of icon making. No painting experience is required. Experienced artists will also feel very comfortable. For more info call Marina Forbes (603) 332-2255, e-mail marina@anylanguage. org or visit MarinaForbes.com.

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Pitman’s Freight Room, Laconia. 8pm. $15. 527-0043

Story Telling Dinner

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

Thurs. 17th – Feb. 2nd All Shook Up – Elvis Musical

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

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First Congregational Church of Ossipee, 48 Rt. 16B, Center Ossipee. Join the Student Ministry, grades 7-12 for a night in Italy. 539-6003

Issues with Wind in Our Region

Newfound Lake Regional High School. A presentation by Dr. Benjamin Luce. Free. www.nhwindwatch.org

3rd Annual Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off

Courtyard Marriot, Concord. Doors open at 2pm. 271-3696

The Wailers with Roots of Creation

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551 Franklin Opera House, 7:30pm. 934-1901

Winter Farmers’ Market

Cole Gardens, 430 Loudon Road, Concord. 229-0655

Sledding Party

Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia. 12:30-3pm. Bring your own sled. Free. 366-5695

Suncook Valley Chorale Presents; Reminiscing from Ragtime to Romance

First Congregational Church, 117 North Main Street, Concord. 7pm. $15/ adults or $12/seniors and students. www.svcnh.org

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Lakes Region Big Band

Concord City Auditorium, Concord. 7pm. 165 dancers from nine studios performing 23 specialty numbers, ranging from classical ballet and jazz to hip hop and show-time production numbers. $6. 225-7474

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Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 10am-12pm. $8/member, $10/non-member. Adults must accompany children. 968-7194

Winter Coastal Birding

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 7am-5pm. Join Executive Director Iain MacLeod for a trip to the New Hampshire and Massachusetts seacoasts to search for the hardy bird species that spend their winters in New England. $30/member, $40/nonmember. For ages 16+. 968-7194

Learn to Skate & Open Skate Program

New Hampton School Lindsay Arena, New Hampton. 2-4pm. Free for all ages. 677-3445

Winnipesaukee Playhouse PreSeason Party

O Steaks and Seafood, Laconia. Tickets are $50pp. 524-9090 or www. winniplayhouse.org

Holy Trinity Annual Open House

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Laconia. 9am-2pm and 7pm. 524-3156 Wednesday 23rd

Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in NH

Sandown Town Hall, 320 Main Street, Sandown. 7pm. 887-3428

Gin Blossoms with Adam Ezra Group

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551

Thursday 24th The Manhattan Transfer

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

Story Telling Dinner

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

Contra Dancing in NH Then and Now

Heritage Heights, Tad’s Place, 149 East Side Drive, Concord. 2:30pm. Presented by Dudley Laufman. 2291266

Thurs. 24th - Sat. 26th Art and Bloom

McGowan Fine Art, 10 Hills Ave., Concord. 225-2515

Friday 25th The Beatles’ Abbey Road Complete Starring Denny Lane

Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord. 8pm. 225-1111

Saturday 26th Martin Sexton with the Alternative Routes

The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7:30pm. 536-2551

Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

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Getting Clear About Cleansing

Awakening Chiropractic, Tilton. 6:30pm. In this free info session you will learn the benefits of cleansing, find the right cleanse for your body as well as tips on the cleansing process. 286-5052

Winter Farmers’ Market

Cole Gardens, 430 Loudon Road, Concord. 229-0655

Full Moon Snowshoe Walk

Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia. 7-8:30pm. $7/non-member or $5/member. Call to reserve your spot. 366-5695

Ham and Bean Supper

Campton Congregational Church, Route 175 Campton. 5-6:30pm. $8/ adults and $3.50/kids.

Country Living Seasonal Workshop Series

The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. 10am-3pm. A day dedicated to planning your garden, cooking and eating minestrone soup

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Annie’s Book Stop Hosts Author And Radio Host Jack Heath Jack Heath is the host of NH Today, New Hampshire’s only live afternoon radio talk show, and co-host of Sport Legends of New England with Bob Lobel, which can be seen throughout New England. A direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse, the last person to be tried and hanged during the Salem witch trials, and Ann R. Putnam, one of her accusers, his first novel, Salem VI, is an altogether modern take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. About Salem VI: Rebecca’s Rising: Newspaper editor John Andrews thought he’d lost everything when his wife was killed, but when timeless bloodlines reemerge Andrews realizes that a tragic accident may actually have been murder, and even worse, might be part of a battle between good and evil that has gone on hundreds of years. Salem VI:Rebecca’s Rising, challenges contemporary understanding of the Salem witch trials. However, readers beware! The book will be perceived as corrosive to the veneer of Salem history. Rebecca’s Rising compels you to re-examine any previous notion of Salem justice back 300 years’ ago. The pace of the book betrays Heath’s roots as a journalist: sniffing out the story, finding the lead and digging for the truth. The book’s emotional nuance works on many levels raising suspicion, betrayal and loss to the specter of the paranormal. Rebecca’s Rising captures your curiosity about a secret society whose infernal agenda strikes out at innocence masking motive in the silence of doubt. Read this book. Salem’s history will never be the same! Jack Heath will be at Annie’s Book Stop located at 1330 Union Avenue in Laconia on Saturday, January 19th from 2-4pm. For more information, go to www.jackheathradio. com.

Chroma Concept Jazz Band In Laconia Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia presents The Chroma Concept Jazz Band on Thursday, January 17th, at 8pm. The Chroma Concept was formed shortly after New Year of 2011. They met at Berklee College of Music, where they developed their vision and honed their sound. They have written an abundance of original material that can withstand even the longest, most grueling sets. The Chroma Concept is in the midst of infiltrating the US creative music scene with their mind-bending, powerful music. Don’t miss this talented and highly entertaining band. Admission is $10, doors open at 7:15pm and we are a BYO Venue

Carriage Barn Therapy Accepting Applications PORTSMOUTH- The Carriage Barn Therapy Programs, a 501c3 organization, is now accepting applications for horse care and riding programs. In addition, carriage driving and sleighing are available, weather permitting. Adult carriage driving for beginners starts in April; limited spaces are available Sundays (1 to 3pm) throughout the Summer. Great fun and a relaxed atmosphere. Youth programs (ages 5+) include riding & driving one day a week begin June 24th. All programs are inclusionary, great for socialization and building confidence. The Carriage Barn’s professional staff is always very flexible to the needs of each individual. For registration of more information please call 603-3780140 or email carriage-barn@comcast.net.

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A strikingly beautiful cat languishes at New Hampshire Humane Society. Surrendered because she triggered a child’s allergic response to her fluffy white and black fur – Peepers is just a little madam of a cat. Mom and Dad take their little ones skiing at Cannon’s Tucker Brook Family Area! Cannon is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this season! Check out SkiNH.com to see what is happening on NH’s slopes this week.

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Skiers and snowboarders are happy that winter is off to a great start! The past few weeks have been a lot of fun. I glance out my window at my yard all covered white and I see that Rachel has tromped out the word “Hi!” with her footprints in the snow. The letter H must be twenty feet long. Only our imagination limits the fun we can have with snow! **Waterville Valley Resort hosted the Eastern Ski Writers Association last week and we celebrated their 50 th Anniversary! Writers and ski industry members enjoyed being out on the trails and discovering the best of Waterville Valley. The snow conditions were simply fantastic. Friday night we gathered at T-Bars Restaurant at the base of the mountain

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It’s Time for Change in State Government To The Editor: Do the words, responsibility, accountability or integrity have any place in state government anymore? It would appear not, at least with regard to the Attorney General. The latest black eye to that office comes from a recent report investigating the Greenland shootings. Despite detailed criticism, AG Michael Delaney once again refused to acknowledge any fault of himself or his agency. No surprise to many. Eight years ago Jim Reams found similar failed leadership and lack of policies and procedures in an investigation he did of the drug task force while Delaney was Deputy AG. Delaney said the Greenland report wasn’t to assess responsibility or blame. Really? The shooter is ultimately responsible, but this pattern of sculpting the truth or refusing to take meaningful responsibility for its own management mistakes is a repeated fault, and it’s time for a change in leadership there. As in the FRM scandal, the AG was more concerned with covering up its own shortcomings than getting at the truth or holding anyone accountable. Hundreds fell prey to the largest Ponzi type scheme in NH history. As an FRM vic-

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tim, I saw firsthand the consequences of colossal government failure: bankruptcies, divorces, even two suicides. Scott Farah, now in federal prison, bares ultimate responsibility for this crime, yet was able to operate with impunity for decades thanks to the AG’s office which ignored numerous criminal complaints over that time period (conveniently left out of the AG report). This information was kept from the public, as well as 6 audits conducted and ignored by the Banking Department which uncovered over 70 violations of state and federal law over the years. Two years ago, with no explicit directive by the governor and executive council, Delaney hired a Boston-based law firm for over $75,000 to review state agency responsibility concerning FRM. However, his office and its legal counsel did not review any FRM loan documents or meet with any victims but proceeded to assign blame in the matter. Without assuming any real responsibility, the AG found a scapegoat in the NH Securities Bureau when they refused to be part of a cover-up of the AG and Banking Department failings. A bankruptcy court later ruled that FRM had nothing to do with securities. It would appear from a close examination of all the nowknown-facts about FRM that Delaney’s sole mis-

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.

sion was to shore up any political blow-back to himself, Governor Lynch, and now U. S. Senator Kelly Ayotte. We can only hope Governor Maggie Hassan moves beyond the Greenland and FRM debacles by appointing an attorney general who views him or herself as the chief law enforcement official of all of New Hampshire and not just as an extension of the office of the governor so as to manage and control the political damage of the moment. Delaney recently labeled many of those seeking information concerning the inner workings of state government as “mavericks and gadflies.� People deserve to know the truth about government, which goes beyond the sound bites of an office with political overtones. Is that too much to ask? Peter Martino Epsom, NH.

Security-What’s Missing? To The Editor: In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT., we’ve heard from commentators in the news media, politicians, gun control advocates, mental health professionals, school officials and public safety officials. All agree that more has to be done to protect our school chilSee mailboat on 28

Locally owned for over 20 years, this publication is devoted to printing the stories of the people and places that make New Hampshire the best place in the world to live. No, none of the daily grind news will PO Box 5458 be found in these pages, just the good stuff. Weirs, NH 03247 Published year round on Thursdays, we distribute 32,000 copies of the Weirs Times TheWeirsTimes.com and Cocheco Times weekly to the Lakes info@weirs.com Region/Concord/Seacoast area. An independent circulation audit estimates facebook.com/weirstimes that over 66,000 people read our @weirstimes newspaper every week. To find out how your business or service can 603-366-8463 benefit from advertising with us please call Fax 603-366-7301 1-888-308-8463. Š2013 Weirs Publishing Company, Inc.


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*A FLATLANDER’S OBSERVATIONS ON LIFE

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When I first started writing these columns for the Weirs Times in 1995, they were all about my misadventures in being a Flatlander from New York learning to adjust to life here in Central New Hampshire. I had only lived here ten years at the time I started writing them. I was, in many respects, still adjusting. The other day I was struck with the thought that when my birthday hits sometime later in 2013, I will have now lived here practically half of my life. This idea intrigued me for two reasons. The first was that I realized that when winter sets into New Hampshire and you slowly become gripped with cabin fever, these are the kinds of thoughts you dwell on to keep yourself occupied. The second was now I am torn about where I stand in the social ladder here in New Hampshire. Of course, no matter how long you live here, if you are from “away� you will always be a Flatlander. Even if you were born inches from the state line and, at the moment of your birth, were shot across into New Hampshire by a pneumatic tube and you then lived to be 100 years old and never left the state – you’d still technically be a Flatlander. After a lot of thought on

this issue – after all it is winter – I thought it only fair that we Flatlanders who have migrated here, toughed it out, and stayed on, need a different designation; something that defines us and separated us from other, newer Flatlanders. Being the supposed expert on all things “Flatlanderish� I feel a certain responsibility to figure out what this designation should be. Still, bestowing a classification upon a group of people is a huge responsibility, not to be taken lightly. It’s not something that I will just throw out their willy-nilly (whatever that means). So, in fairness to all who will have to bear the possible burden of being known as one of these, whatever it will be; I invite you to help me with this . I’m sure it won’t be an easy process, but with some good old hard work, determination and a few beers, we should be able to figure this out. To start off the process I have listed a few ideas of my own, good and bad, just to get the wheels in motion on this. As you will see, there is much work to be done. Native Flatlanders – Seems like the obvious choice, but it may meet a lot of resistance from those political correctness advocates, or maybe from Elizabeth Warren. FINOs – Political junkies might appreciate this one. It stands for Flatlanders In Name Only. Unlike RINOs (Republicans in Name Only) this one could be worn with a feeling of pride, even by RINOs. Flaristocrats- An attempt to give all of us long-time Flatlanders a feeling of superiority over those who are a bit newer to the neighborhood. Could be a prob-

lem though come tax time and might possibly prompt an Occupy movement. ( My first name for this elite group was a cross between Flatlander and Affluent, but the name that I came up with wasn’t very complimentary‌.I’ll leave it up to you to guess what it was.) Flatlings – I don’t really care for this one so much but I thought I’d throw it out there along with “Flattopsâ€? and “Flatfootsâ€? none of which is very flattering. So, you can see where I need your help with this. It is just the beginning in this important journey, one all of us long-time Flatlanders must enter into together in order to preserve our integrity and our nicknames. Over the course of the next few months I will hopefully be gathering ideas from all of my fellow Flatlanders and, once we decide on our course of action, we will present our final idea to our local state representatives in order to get them to develop one of those bills they love so much which will once and for all recognize the seniority of those of us who have stuck it out. As you think of your idea I’d ask you to please send them to me at brendan@weirs.com. If nothing else, it will help your winter go by just a little bit faster. Maybe not. Thank you. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at brendan@weirs.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @weirsbrendan,

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Weirs Times columnist Brendan Smith loves to share his experiences on how he has adjusted to life in New Hampshire after moving here from New York in 1985. His widely read “FOOL in New Hampshireâ€? columns in the Weirs Times have been delighting readers for over 17 years. He has also been amusing live audiences with his “Flatlanderâ€? stories. Brendan’s ½-hour presentation is available for groups and organizations at a modest fee. For more information, or to book an appearance, email to brenthom12@gmail.com


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Revenge of the O-Team A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. by Oliver North

WASHINGTON Full disclosure right upfront: I’m a proud life member of the National Rifle Association. I am on the NRA’s board of directors and serve as chairman of the organization’s Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. I have owned and used firearms most of my life, and I can read. Unlike some in Washington, I don’t believe that the 27 words above -- the Second Amendment of our Constitution -- have anything to do with “gun rights.” Guns don’t have rights. I do. So do you. Fifty-two years ago, like tens of millions before and since, I raised my right hand and took an oath of enlistment in our armed forces, Syndicated Columnist

pledging to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I promised I would “bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” Notably, the words promise loyalty not to a political party or a particular individual but to the Constitution, which enshrines our liberties and the limits and responsibilities of those who govern us like no other foundational document on earth. Unfortunately, in the aftermath of recent carnage in a Colorado movie theater and a rampage at an elementary school in Connecticut, some now insist that “We the People” must accept some alterations in how we interpret the “archaic” language contained in our Constitution. On Jan. 9, after a meeting with “gun safety advocates” and “victims groups,” Vice President Joe Biden -- head of the “White House task force on gun violence” -- said the Obama administration is “determined to take action” and then added: “The president See north on 26

From New York to New Mexico and across the dependent plains, welfare recipients are getting sauced on the public by Michelle Malkin dime. Drunk, Syndicated Columnist besotted, bombed. But while politicians pay lip service to cutting government waste, fraud and abuse, they’re doing very little in practice to stop the EBT party excesses. Where’s the compassion for taxpayers? You see the signs everywhere: “We accept EBT.” Fast-food restaurants do. Clothing retailers do. Auto repair shops, liquor stores and even sushi joints are joining the club. “EBT” stands for the federal government’s electronic benefits transfer card, which is intended to provide poor people with food stamps and cash assistance for basic necessities. The two separate programs were combined into one ATM-like card designed to reduce the “stigma” attached to Nanny State dependency, and -voila! -- an entirely new method of mooching was born. If the idea was to eliminate the embarrassment of life on the dole, the social justice crowd succeeded phenomenally. Last weekend, the New York Post blew the lid off scammers who brazenly swiped their EBT cards “inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.” Out: Cash for clunkers. In: Cash for

drunkards! My home state of Colorado has seen similar abuse. Last year, local TV station 9NEWS reported that more than $40,000 was withdrawn from ATMs in metro-area liquor stores despite prohibitions against such spending. Colorado EBT users also splurged at Denver’s Elitch Gardens amusement part, Disneyland, Universal Studios in Los Angeles and on the Las Vegas strip. In New Mexico, Jim Scarantino of Watchdog.org reported that in just a three-month period, EBT cards were used at multiple liquor stores, girly bars, smoke shops and casinos both inside and outside the state. Californians are notorious EBT fraud artists; some $70 million in EBT funds were withdrawn from outside the state’s borders over the past several years, including nearly $12 million taken out in Las Vegas. Watchdog.org kept tabs on government workers in Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin nabbed in EBT fraud rings and schemes. Several state legislatures have barred EBT spending on these vices, along with tattoo parlors, lottery tickets and cigarettes. Last February, President Obama signed GOP-backed welfare reform measures into law aimed at closing the so-called “strip club loophole” and preventing welfare recipients from blowing their cash benefits on booze, porn and gambling. But that law doesn’t go into effect until next year. And many politicians are just shrugging their shoulders, muttering “Whaddya gonna do?” Here’s a radical idea: How about making taxpayer protec-

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of a vast landlocked country, remote but strategic, has fallen under the control of Al Qaida terby John J. Metzler r o r i s t s a n d Syndicated Columnist fundamentalist forces. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled a regime which persecutes women, imposes stringent Sharia law, and desecrates and destroys ancient towns and even mosques. The outside world has shrugged off this simmering crisis. Afghanistan 2001? No the West African state of Mali today. Situated on the southern tier of the Sahara, Mali has been torn asunder by armed Al Qaiadaaligned separatists. Last year after following a coup d’ etat against the central government in Bamako, fundamentalist factions took advantage of the chaos and started a swift but decisive campaign to seize the north of the country, capturing the legendary city of Timbuktu. Despite Timbuktu being the crossroads of ancient Muslim culture, commerce and religion, the militants, as with the Afghan Taliban in power, created an austere form of Islam, thus desecrating mosques and burning scrolls and ushering in a reign of darkness. As with Afghanistan a decade ago, few took notice nor cared. The former French colony was isolated enough to cause little alarm. Moreover the fractious central government Bamako stood little change to militarily confront the well-armed and motivated rebels, which are composed of disaffected Tuareg tribesmen and more lethally the Ansar Dine movement, the region’s Al Qaida affiliate. France, in the midst of an presidential election, and with little appetite for this adventure, simply shrugged. Significantly the security situation in the North has deteriorated. In a urgent briefing to the Security Council, Undersecretary General Jeffrey Feltman asserted, “Gross human rights abuses continue to be perpetuated against the population in the north of the country including cases of summary and extrajudicial ex-

ecution, sexual and gender based violence, recruitment and use of child soldiers and torture.” He stated, “Ansar Dine has continued its destruction of historical, cultural and holy sites in Timbuktu.” Feltman added, ”On the humanitarian front over 412,000 persons have been forced to flee northern Mali…an estimated five million persons have been affected by the conflict.” In a turn of understatement, a UN report adds, “despite concerted international efforts the political landscape in Mali remains complex and fragmented.” In December the UN Security Council passed a resolution which among other things, authorized military intervention by an African Union force to retake the North in concert with the central Mali government. Assembling the force, and surmounting the logistical nightmares to even get to the remote rebellious regions, and overall support for the African force will fall to the “international partners,” namely the Europeans and the USA. Given the holiday season and the American “fiscal cliff” melodrama, few took notice, but when the African Union chairman, boldly called for a NATO style intervention as in Afghanistan to fight the Islamists, keen observers were jolted into reality. Calling the Mali conflict a “global crisis” he called for NATO intervention along the lines of Afghanistan. He said that NATO forces should fight alongside the African units. The Security Council has again “expressed grave concern over the reported military movements and attacks by terrorist and extremist groups in the north of Mali…This serious deterioration of the situation threatens even more the stability and integrity of Mali.” While Ansar Dine and the Tuareg tribal militants are not large in number, they’re spread over a region the size of France. The proposed African Union contingent of 3,300 would be outclassed, outgunned and lost in the vastness mirroring the shortfall with the peacekeeping operation in Darfur. The force is set for deployment in September. Realistically the mission is

precisely tailored to the famed French Foreign Legion, who has both the combat skills and logistical capacity for quick insertion and rapid operations. Historically under both Gaullist and even Socialist governments,

France would have long-ago initiated a lightening military intervention in its former colony and the rebellion would have likely been settled. But as the Mali crisis reached

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The Role of ‘Educators’ Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the by Thomas Sowell author tried Syndicated Columnist to explain why and how this had happened. Among the factors he cited were the country’s educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society. Schools were once thought of as places where a society’s knowledge and experience were passed on to the younger generation. But, about a hundred years ago, Professor John Dewey of Columbia University came up with

a very different conception of education -- one that has spread through American schools of education, and even influenced education in countries overseas. John Dewey saw the role of the teacher, not as a transmitter of a society’s culture to the young, but as an agent of change -- someone strategically placed, with an opportunity to condition students to want a different kind of society. A century later, we are seeing schools across America indoctrinating students to believe in all sorts of politically correct notions. The history that is taught in too many of our schools is a history that emphasizes everything that has gone bad, or can be made to look bad, in America -- and that gives little, if any, attention to the great achievements of this country. If you think that is an exaggeration, get a copy of “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn and read it. As someone who used to read translations of official Communist newspapers See Sowell on 28


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Make No Mistake: This Is The First Step Towards Totalitarianism The hot button issues during my radio program continues to be Obama’s plan to replace the by Niel Young Advocates Columnist US Constitution and State Constitutions with walking all over the First and Second Amendments. How long will the regime put up with talk show hosts, pundits and all freedom loving Americans? Is this the goal; to imprison all who differ and speak out? Reason.com quotes Obama: “we are in difficult daysâ€? but said the United States “will never retreat from the world‌ [and] will never stop working for the dignity and freedom that every person deserves.â€? So is this the foreign policy of Obama? Why not leave the dignity and freedom of the American people alone? Obama promised “changeâ€? and we questioned what was that change to be? It is obvious that a lot Americans and illegal voters were to become Takers and reside in a nation of dependency. And the man that would take them to the promise land was Barack Hussein Obama. Four years later he was using the word “Forwardâ€? in his campaign. If he has taken us forward, it is closer to socialism. You know it, and I know it. ******** Contract from America: “If there is one thing President Obama hates, it is having to go through Congress. He has signed executive orders for just about everything, but now he is after something sacred: the Second Amendment! “In a speech this week,

Vice President Joe Biden openly declared that President Obama will begin to dismantle the Second Amendment by signing an executive order, completely disregarding Congress or the will of the people. “Make no mistake: this is the first step towards totalitarianism. A government which can simply issue an executive order and take away your rights is one that doesn’t value your rights!� ******** Due to many actions by G W Bush, and now, Obama, protecting our borders were just words without action. Infowars.com: “Despite launching a gun control agenda that threatens to disarm the American people, President Obama has signed a bill that would afford him armed Secret Service protection for life.� See, HE believes in LIFE, his own. Doesn’t care much about those who might like to know there is a gun nearby in their home; to protect the family! The world IS a dangerous place. Let’s show more interest in the USA shall we Barack? Oh I know you have been busy with “change�, socialism, punishing success and promoting and protecting abortion. And now it is full steam ahead as you dismantle our Constitution, but could you explain to me; why will you need a 24/7 security detail for the rest of your life at taxpayers’ expense? Barack, you are already working on being president/dictator forever. No stinking term limits for you! ******** QUICK HIT: We are receiving more calls from listeners during The Advocates radio in the past two weeks, new voices,

new locations. Some of the NH House members who chose not to seek re-election, or lost, have been invited to guest. And they are still some of the best in my opinion; Laurie Pettengill, Fran Wendelboe, Greg Hill and Harry Accornero. This Saturday scheduled guests include Charlie Arlinghaus (Josiah Bartlett), and Belknap County Delegation Chairman, Rep. Collette Worsman. ******** Keene Democrat Rep. Cynthia Chase has gone national with reports of her position that undesirables in Comrade Cindy’s opinion should be legislated right out of NH! Where the hell is the Republican Party asking her to explain, or submit her resignation for acts unbecoming a Representative elected by the people? Even former State Democrat Party Chair Kathy Sullivan is low key regarding “Comrade Cindy�. For those who defend discriminating against a group of NH residents – and those of like mind who may move here, along with Comrade Christie’s behavior, all of you remind of another Bully “my way or the highway� Barack Hussein Obama. ******** Talk show host/author Mark Levin: “You know folks, I’ll be honest with you. I just told a friend of mine -- even though I sit behind this microphone and I try to be civil and so forth -- I can barely contain my fury about what’s going on in this country. I’m just being honest with you. I can barely contain it. I’m so frustrated by this tyranny, you have no idea. Now we can analyze it, we can intellectualize it, we can parse it and so forth and try to unravel See advocates on 30

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Waterville Valley Resort hosted the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Eastern Ski Writers Association. Après ski, Olympian Pam Fletcher and Kathe Dillman listen to Vladimir the race was used by eastern colleges (including opera singing lift attendant perform in the slope side restaurant T-Bars patenaude from 3

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Today is December 30, 2012, and I have just finished cleaning up about 8 inches of new snow from yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storm. The wind is blowing & itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s COLD out there today. I figured that this was a great time to sit down and crank out a couple of articles. The first thing I did was check my new calendar (for 2013) and try to es-

timate what a safe date would be to start the 2013 charter bookings. Well, I think that is anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s guess as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;? canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be trusted and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to tell what is going to take place from day to day, never mind four months from now. If you take stock in the Old Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Almanac, we might not be fishing until June! They are predicting an exceptionally cold February and that translates into MORE

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ice! If we get a good snow cover, that might not be the case. The jury is still out on that issue. Referring back to the calendar, I note that there is just about ninety days (thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three months) until salmon season opens. Last year (2012), I was in the water and ready to go about March 26th. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that that will be the case this year. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see. Earlier this month, I tried to get a jump on it and printed out all of my spring flyers and mailing labels. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good thing. I still have photos to print out & mail to last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients as well as close up the books on the charter service. I DO keep good records, so that should not be a monumental task. The sooner I get this out of the way, the sooner I can sit down at the fly bench &

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in a trip to camp and a steelhead trip in going to require some finesse. Oh well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m retired so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not confined to â&#x20AC;&#x153;weekendâ&#x20AC;? events, weekdays work out just as well. The only wrench in the mess would be the weather and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll just have to see how that works out. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I have an awful lot to do on the boat, other than routine maintenance and that should go rather quickly. Charge up the batteries, tighten any loose screws, fill the fuel tanks and start up the engines should just about do it. Since I use the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jig Boxesâ&#x20AC;? exclusively in the spring, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about installing the downriggers until mid- May. If all goes as planned, I might add a new temperature/speed unit, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not as important here on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winniâ&#x20AC;? as it is on Lake Ontario. Out there, if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the speed right and are not in the right temperature zone, you could troll for days without a fish. Up to now, I have relied on my Walker TempSense for temperature, with GREAT results. However, lure speed has been another issue. There are so many underwater currents that there is a very significant difference between surface speed and lure speed. Without an accurate means of measuring lure speed, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a matter of trial and error until you find the right combination. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pretty good at it, but...there is always room for improvement. Later...Capt. Pete


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This morning, I decided to rid myself of some old baggage. Since 1976, I have saved every church bulletin and every daybook that I have used. Part of this compulsion came from my father, an accountant, who said “Always save your checkbook registers because how you spend your money will tell you about your life at that time.” And so I have bulletins and daybooks. Today the bulletins ended up in the recycling. While it was interesting to go back and look at how we had to send out bulletins to a printer or use a Gestetner (anybody remember those – blue ink on your hands and clothes, wrinkles in the print). Computers and printers are so much easier now! The daybooks are saved – just in case someone wants to know what I was doing on June 16, 1985. (It was a Sunday, we celebrated baptisms and the reception of new members, youth did not meet that evening, but we had a performance of “Godspell” at the church at 3:00. There was a reception for Dick, the senior pastor, who was leaving for a new church. In three weeks, I would be starting at a new church as well, so I can guess that I was busy packing up my belongings in preparation of the move.) All of us have had times when we have to clean out the past. It may be for a move, or after a death, or when children are leaving for their own homes. It

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Sunday 17th “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy”

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Sunday 3rd Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Gephart Exhibit Trail

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sociation. “Those were the days of film cameras,” said Clifford. “Over time the camera aged and the film and developing got expensive so I put it aside.” Towards the end of the 1990s, digital cameras were being introduced and Robert bought himself a small “point and

camera until I got comfortable with all of the things I could do with it,” said Clifford. It was his discovery of the incredible advances that digital had over film that really got his photography blood boiling again. A lot of what transpired over the years since Rob-

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Robert doesn’t recall the exact details, but he does remember entering a photography competition when in 4-H. He had gone around the town of Gilford with his mother’s camera and taken some photos. For his efforts he was awarded a camera of his own. “It was one of those variety gifts you get for entering a contest,” Clifford recalled. “I had a lot of fun

with that camera and basically used it throughout my middle school years.” When he was seventeen, Robert found a book by outdoor and nature photographer Clyde Smith. It was a book of New Hampshire photos and it had a major influence on the direction of his own photography. “I still have that book,” said Clifford. As he got older, Clifford’s enthusiasm for the

art of photography grew while at the same time perfecting his skills as a chef. Robert worked in the kitchen at the then famous B. Mae Denny’s restaurant in Gilford. During his later tenure there, in the early to mid-90s, he began to enter his photography in some contests, winning a few, as well as selling some of his photos for fundraisers such as The American Lung As-

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ert’s resurgence into photography will be part of the “Nature’s Theatre” exhibit at the Belknap Mill. “I’ve always been a nature photographer,” said Clifford. “It’s only most recently that I have found a second direction in photographing people.” “Nature’s Theatre” will highlight about twentyfive or so of Robert’s favorite subjects: Landscapes, lighthouses, the ocean, trees, Lake Winnipesaukee, tugboats, the Belknap Mill, and more. Robert’s most recent inspiration for photography comes in human form. Recently married on November 2nd, RobSee clifford on 25


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sales during the exhibit will go to the Belknap Mill. Robert also has many of his photographs for sale on his website where you can purchase from greeting card size, to canvas size to fully framed at fineartamerica.com/profiles/robert-clifford.html. As mentioned earlier, Robert has recently expanded into including human subjects in his photography and has found a new love in photographing weddings, of which he has done four in the last year as well as baby portraits using a lifestyle method where the subject

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Waukewan Highlands Meredith. photo of a tulip starting to bloom that has this really dynamic lighting to it,” Clifford used as an example. His favorite photograph which will be part of the exhibit is called “The Old Man of the Mountains and The Milky Way” which he captured in two separate visits to the Old Man Memorial in Franconia. The exhibit will consist of poster-sized photos and a selection of metal prints, which are photo images printed on 1/8th inch aluminum. There will also be framed photos and all will be for sale with the buyer able to take home the work after the exhibit is over. Twenty-five percent of all

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ert’s bride, Angela, is his partner on the many road trips they take together to capture the beauty of nature. They also, not surprisingly, had their wedding reception at the Belknap Mill (which Robert also catered himself).

“Angela has been the biggest influence on my work,” says Clifford. Robert points out that when looking at his photographs it is important to see how he uses the natural influences around it. “Tulips are my favorite flower and I have one

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is photographed in natural outdoor settings. “I love to use a lot of light in my photographs,” said Clifford. He has also added a small indoor studio in his newly renovated Gilford home. The “Nature’s Theatre” exhibit will be shown during the Belknap Mill’s open hours - Monday through Friday form 9am to 5pm and will continue until January 18th. The Belknap Mill is located at 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia. For more information call (603) 524-8813.

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the sight of an American flag or a Christmas tree in some institutions. In France between the two World Wars, the teachers’ union decided that schools should replace patriotism with internationalism and pacifism. Books that told the story of the heroic defense of French soldiers against the German invaders at Verdun in 1916, despite suffering massive casualties, were replaced by books that spoke impartially about the suffering of all soldiers -- both French and German -- at Verdun. Germany invaded France again in 1940, and this time the world was shocked when the French surrendered after just 6 weeks of fighting -- especially since military experts expected France to win. But two decades of undermining French pa-

triotism and morale had done their work. American schools today are similarly undermining American society as one unworthy of defending, either domestically or internationally. If there were nuclear attacks on American cities, how long would it take for us to surrender, even if we had nuclear superiority -- but were not as willing to die as our enemies were?

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to get into buildings not in trying to keep people out.” Law enforcement and fire officers are not always trained and experienced in security practices and few public safety academies have a security component. Most of the proposed solutions are one-sizefits-all approaches to school security when in fact each school is unique and should be evaluated individually. School administrators go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that resources are available for individual special needs students yet when it comes to the security of faculty and students, incredibly ordinary measures usually suffice.

dren and each has a prospective solution: stricter gun control, armed school guards, better mental health screening, more security technology and safety committees. The individual I have not heard from in the mad publicity scramble is the security professional. A security professional is an individual who has education, training and experience in the protection of people, property and facilities through the use of a variety of security systems and procedures. He or she identifies and assesses internal and external threats and develops policies, plans, procedures and physical safeguards to counter those threats. A risk assessment that I conducted of a multitenant office building in a major city included the offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The offices were found to be particularly vulnerable in a number of areas. At a meeting to discuss the results of the audit, the special agent in charge of the division told me, “We are in the business of finding ways

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell.com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

Clint Rand Thornton, NH. Clint Rand, Thornton, NH is a retired FBI special agent and a security consultant with graduate degrees in security and educational psychology. He is the author of Security Training and Education to be published in 2013.


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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Guess what, Lamb? You’re about to experience a new perspective on a situation you long regarded quite differently. What you learn could open more opportunities later. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) The Bold Bovine is tempted to charge into a new venture. But it might be best to take things one step at a time, so that you know just where you are at any given point. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) It’s a good time to go on that fun getaway you’ve been planning. You’ll return refreshed, ready and, yes, even eager to tackle the new challenge that awaits you. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon Child loves to fantasize about magical happenings in the early part of the week. But the sensible Crab gets down to serious business by week’s end. LEO (July 23 to August 22) What goes

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around comes around for those lucky Leos and Leonas whose acts of generosity could be repaid with opportunities to expand into new and exciting areas of interest. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your concern about your job responsibilities is commendable. But you need to take some quiet time to share with someone who has really missed being with you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Aspects favor getting out and meeting new people. And as a bonus, you might find that some of your newly made friends could offer important business contacts. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might take pride in wanting to do everything yourself. But now’s a good time to ask family members to help with a demanding personal situation. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Pay more attention to the possibilities in that workplace change. It

87 One-eyed female on “Futurama” 88 Availing oneself of 89 Ending for Tokyo 90 Flashing lights for a singing group? 94 Pro - (acting) 95 Gorbachev’s fed. 96 “Irma la -” 97 Fail to win 99 Long stretch of history 101 Best violin player ever? 111 “Omen II” title role 112 Ovid’s “I love” 113 Previously, poetically 114 Guitar technique in Kingston? 120 Serve as a sign of 122 Brewpub offering 123 Pooh’s marsupial pal 124 Piano keys 125 Gives a prize 126 Baseballer Warren 127 Relevant (to)

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Afraid that their lungs wouldn’t react well to clean, unpolluted air, the Johnsons brought their own. -Carl Gunderson, Conway, NH.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Your need to succeed might overwhelm obligations to your loved ones. Ease up on that workload and into some well-deserved time with family and friends. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Love rules for amorous Aquarians who can make good use of their ability to communicate feelings. Don’t be surprised if they’re reciprocated in kind.

“Greetings Earthlings! We come in peace. ” -Paula Kent, Gilford, NH.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Fishing for compliments? No doubt, you probably earned them. But it’s best to let others believe they were the ones who uncovered the treasure you really are.

“A boat? No, I thought YOU were bringing the boat...” -John Doxsee, Mirror Lake, NH.

BORN THIS WEEK: Your good works flow from an open, generous heart. Nothing makes you happier than to see others happy as well.

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68 Not as old 69 Disloyal sort 70 “Ac-cent- - -ate the Positive” 71 Giant bird of lore 72 “He’s Got the Whole World - Hands” 73 Slims down 74 Alleviator 78 Arty area in NYC 79 Brook catch 80 Old German state 81 Nobel-winning U.N. workers’ gp. 82 CafŽ check 83 Value highly 84 Quiche, e.g. 85 Not reached, as a goal 86 Ovid’s 1,400 91 More thin 92 Polar pixie 93 Pub crawler 95 Unvarying 98 Magical illness curer 100 Rally rouser 102 Like tied shoes 103 Actors Epps and Sharif 104 - Tin Tin 105 Dorm room fixtures 106 From the keg 107 Edna Ferber novel 108 Motorola alternative 109 Envy’s color 110 Feel 114 - Tolkien 115 Positive vote 116 Kitty’s cry 117 Atty.’s gp. 118 Cellular stuff 119 “Ick!” 121 Adam’s mate

First pass at a smoking ban on Weirs Beach! -Dave Szacik, Belmont NH.

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its crescendo last Spring, France was in the midst of contentious presidential campaign and focused on domestic issues. Following the election of the Socialist Francois Hollande, the country has been hampered by the albatross of economic doldrums.

Given the ongoing NATO pullout from Afghanistan, I doubt there are many military planners who would wish to transfer the theatre of operations from South Asia to West Africa. While some NATO members, most likely France and the USA and a few

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Alt-Grunge-Rock Supergroup Gin Blossoms Comes to the Flying Monkey At 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 23rd. The Flying Monkey in Plymouth is excited to present Gin Blossoms. Adam Ezra Band will open the evening. Tickets for this concert start at $45. Known for interacting with their fans during their live sets, the multi-platinum selling bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mega hits include â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Jealousyâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Til I Hear It From Youâ&#x20AC;? which appeared in the film, Empire Records, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Follow You Downâ&#x20AC;? from the box office smash How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, and the Grammy-award nominated â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Long As It Matters.â&#x20AC;? Their most recent release, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lets Play Tooâ&#x20AC;? is in the current Owen Wilson movie, Drill Bit Taylor, in which band member Scotty Johnson served as Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stand-in stunt double. They took their name from a photo of W.C. Fields, where his nose appeared â&#x20AC;&#x153;gin-ravaged.â&#x20AC;? The Gin Blossoms began on Christmas night 1987 in Tempe, AZ. They took their name from a photo of W.C. Fields which referred to the actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gin-ravaged nose. A relentless early tour

schedule earned rave reviews and led to their being signed by A&M Records. While the band struggled with changes in their lineup and early efforts to cut their first album, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Miserable Experienceâ&#x20AC;? debuted in 1992 and stayed around the charts long enough for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Jealousyâ&#x20AC;? to become a legitimate Top 10 hit. Four more singles followed and by the time the dust settled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Miserable Experienceâ&#x20AC;? had sold nearly 3 million copies. Be ready to be part of the action for the main event, as founding members Bill Leen and Jesse Valenzuela join front man Robin Wilson who is known for interacting with the crowd, often handing a tambourine to a lucky fan in the front row or singing directly into fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cell phones. Tickets for the Gin Blossoms concert are on sale now for $45, and $55 for Premier seats. For tickets and more information on concerts and the Flying Monkey Performance Center, visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551.

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