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Twenty-two hockey rinks will encompass the ice on Meredith Bay as a record 225 teams travel to the Lakes Region for the 5th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic, Friday, January 31st to Sunday, February 2nd.

225 Teams To Compete In Fifth New England Pond Hockey Classic by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

The Fifth Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic returns to Meredith, New Hampshire, Friday through Sunday, January 31st – February 2nd. Starting with seventyseven teams the first year, 2010, this year there will be 225. There will also be

some exciting improvements to the rinks. The Pond Hockey Classic is the brainchild of Scott Crowder. Scott grew up in a hockey family. His father, Bruce Crowder, played four seasons in the NHL as a forward for the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins and later a college hockey coach. Scott graduated from

UMass/Amherst in 2009, where he played hockey and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Sport Management and Marketing. Scott was determined to play professional hockey and trained all summer, after he graduated from college, to hopefully play in the East Coast Hockey League, After making it through training camp,

he was let go. “After that I said to myself, ‘What can I do?’” said Crowder. Crowder was very familiar with the Lake Winnipesaukee area, after having spent many of his summers there. He also loved to play Pond Hockey. Pond hockey was designed to be played on See hockey on 13

The Weirs Beach Lobster Pound hosts the Annual Chili Cook off, on Sunday January 26 to benefit the NH Humane Society. Admission fee is just $10 per person, children under 12 may sample for free, at this family friendly venue. The Chili Cook Off will kick off promptly at Noon as a number of well known, and newer, area restaurants vie for votes in the People’s Choice Award voted by secret ballot by all who come to taste. Live entertainment famed Paul Warnick and saxophonist Jonathan Lorentz. There will also be a50/50 raffle. Awards and raffle drawing will be held 4p.m.. For more information about the event call Weirs Beach Lobster Pound at 366-2255 or check either MEREDITH, NH website: or



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Jan Through the 25th Xanadu

The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover Street, Manchester. 668-5588 or www.

6:30-9:30pm. Sat. 9am-5pm. Learn about the principles behind the Community Rights Based Ordinance that saved Grafton from the Wild Meadows wind project and the history of the degradation of our constitutional rights. $50 tuition, scholarships available. 262-720-7261

Squam Lakes Science Center, Holderness. 1pm-3pm. Be ready to snowshoe and see beautiful wild animals in their winter fur. Snowshoes are available. Adults must accompany children. Registration required. $10/ non-member, $8/member. 968-7194

Saturday 25th

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 1pm and 4pm. 225-1111

Plymouth Country Showcase

Thursday 23rd Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Creative Challenge: Show & Tell. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

Storytelling Dinner – Rusty Locke

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

Meet the Authors – Carole Garibaldi Rogers and Kim Triedman

RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth. 7pm. Rogers and Triedman will read from and discuss their new books. 431-2100

Bitcoin for Small Business

The Enterprise Center, 1 Bridge Street, Plymouth. 4-5:30pm. PSU’s Associate Professor of Economics, L. Michael Couvillion will share his knowledge and usage of Bitcoin to educate small business owners about the currency, it’s advantages and disadvantages and potentials for use in their business. Seating is limited. 535-3222

Friday 24th Franklin Mayor’s Drug Task Force Hosts “Lunch-n-Learn”

Bessie Rowell Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin. 11:30am-1pm. There will be a showing of the documentary film, “Beyond Broken Windows”, a 25 minute presentation of the Vermont Reparative Probation Program. Following the documentary, Jay Apicelli, CADT Restorative Justice Director will lead an engaging discussion about applying Restorative Justice Practices in a variety of settings. Includes lunch. 998-5337

Fri. 24th – Sat. 25th Democracy School

Inn on Newfound Lake, Bristol. Fri.

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

New England Patriots Alumni Charity Basketball Game

SomersworthHighSchoolGymnasium, Somersworth. Doors open at 5pm. Anticipated players representing all 7 Super Bowls include 3 time Super Bowl Champion Patrick Pass, 1986 Super Bowl hero Ronnie Lippett, 1996 Super Bowl Offensive Lineman Max Lane and more. Suggested $10 donation at the door. There will be a chance for autographs and pictures during and after the game. 516-3421

Snowshoe Fitness Walk, Adventure Hike and Sledding Party

Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia. Snowshoe Fitness Walk begins at 9am and are faster/fitness paced for adults. Snowshoe Adventure Hike starts at 11am and are slower paced. Sledding party begins at 1pm for all ages. 366-5695

Carnival Felt Necklace - Class

League of NH Craftsmen, 279 D.W. Highway, Meredith. 10am-3pm. Learn to wet felt and make this fun necklace with Nancy Evans. Bring to class: an old towel, bar of soap, round elastic cord, a small bowl and a lunch if you wish. $45 per student plus a $5 material fee. Pre-registration required. 279-7920

Meredith 250th Anniversary Committee Meeting

Wicwas Grange, 150 Meredith Center Road, Meredith. 1-3pm. Brain storming session to get public input and ideas for the celebration that is being planned for 2018. 279-9015

Meat Bingo

American Legion Post 33, Plymouth Street, Meredith. 3pm. Public welcome. No smoking.

Big Air Contest

Pats Peak Ski Area, Henniker. Registration from 10am-11:30am and the event begins at 12:30pm. $20 entry fee plus a Valley Lift ticket or Pats Peak Season Pass. For more info contact Joe Valley at 1-888-PATS PEAK, ext. 1113

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Fair

Lakes Region General Hospital, Laconia. 10am-2pm. Certified counselors will be on hand in the lower level conference rooms to assist the public in signing up for insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Individuals should bring their social security number, employer name and income levels for entire household and if currently insured, all information on insurance. Free and open to the public. 524-3211

Sunday 26th Wild Winter Walk: Guided Tour of the Live Animal Trail

Auditions For Northeastern Ballet Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New Hampshire’s premier ballet company, is pleased to announce that it is holding open auditions for their upcoming spring/summer production of “Snow White.” It is not necessary that you take classes with Northeastern Ballet Theatre

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The Yale Whiffenpoofs

Kingswood Arts Center, 21 McManus Road, Wolfeboro. 2pm. The nation’s oldest and best-known male collegiate a capella group. $20 at the door. 5692151

NH Trivia Championship

Inn on Main Street, Wolfeboro. 5:30pm. $20pp includes a full buffet. Teams can be up to 8 players. Space is limited. Deposit of $100 in advance (pays for 5 players). 866-0989.

Chili Cook-off to Benefit the Humane Society

Weirs Beach Lobster Pound, 70 Endicott Street North, Laconia. 124pm. 50/50 raffle, live entertainment and more! All proceeds will be gifted to the NH Humane Society. $10pp. 366-2255 Monday 27th

Three Rivers Singers First Rehearsal

Franklin Opera House lower room, Main Street, Franklin. 7pm. New voices wanted. 934-2543 or 934-1901 Tuesday 28th

Movie Night at the Library

Meredith Public Library, Main Street, Meredith. 5-6:45pm. “Smurfs 2”. Wednesday 29th

Team Trivia Night

Wolfeboro Inn Ballroom, 90 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. 5-8pm. Teams can be any number of people up to 10. The cost for the evening is $15pp and includes soup, salad, bread and coffee. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.569-1027

Meet the Author – K.W. Keith

RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth. 7pm. Keith will read from and discuss her new book “Solstice”. Recommended for mature audiences only. 431-2100 Thursday 30th

“Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead: a Joe Cross Film”

Wolfeboro Public Library, Wolfeboro. 6:30pm. This inspiring film chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health. A discussion will follow the film. Free. 569-2428 Friday 31st

Mystery Book Group Meeting

Wolfeboro Public Library, Wolfeboro. 10:30am. The first meeting of “It’s A Mystery”. The first novel that has been selected is “Night Film” by Marisha Passl. 569-2428

Fri. 31st – Sun. 2nd 5th Annual Pond Hockey Classic

Lake Winnipesaukee, Meredith Bay, Meredith. Over 200 teams from over 25 states and 5 Canadian provinces take to the ice to battle the elements and play the sport the way it was meant to be played. Games and events happening throughout each day.

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to be in their productions. Auditions will be held in the Wolfeboro studio at 26 Glendon Street, on Saturday, January 25 and in the Dover Studio, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5 Hale Street, on Sunday, January 26. The following times are the same for both studios: 2-2:30pm for 4-5 year olds, 2:30 - 3pm for 6-8 year olds, 3-3:30pm for 9-11 year-olds (please bring pointe shoes if you have them), 3:30-4pm for 12 years and older (please bring pointe shoes). Don’t miss this special opportunity to be a part of the magic that is Northeastern Ballet Theatre! For more information please call (603) 834-8834, email northeasternballettheatre@, or visit

The Portsmouth Music Hall Presents Guitar Passion On Thursday, February 6th at 7:30pm in the Portsmouth Music Hall’s Historic Theater, three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of classical, Latin, Brazilian, and jazz. Three-time Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin teams up with jazz guitar master Stanley Jordan and Brazilian jazz guitarist Romero Lubambo for an electrifying experience that’s not to be missed. This trio of guitar virtuosos, each with a style as unique as the next and each seemingly as versatile as the last, joins forces to perform a diverse repertoire of music. Isbin, Jordan, and Lubambo perform a program rooted in Latin and Brazilian classical guitar tradition and featuring pieces from Agustín Barrios, choro composer Pixinguinha, and bossa-nova pioneer Antonio Carlos (Tom) Jobim. The evening explores new musical realms and ideas that could only possibly be tapped into by the collaboration of these three accomplished artists. Tickets are on sale now: $46.25; $40.25. Tickets can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at (603) 436-2400, or on our website www.themusichall. org.

Clash of the Pizzas In Gilford Gilford Rotary will be sponsoring it’s 1st ever Pizza Bowl competition on Sunday, January 26th from 12 noon to 2pm at the Gilford Youth Center. Local pizza purveyors will be packing their pies with a plethora of pleasing palette poppers. Attendees will vote on their favorite pizza (People’s Choice Award) and kids age 8 and under will vote for their favorite (Kids’ Choice Award). There will also be a special panel of pizza professors who will vote on Best Cheese, Best Sauce, Best Crust, and Best Specialty Pizza. Pizza places participating include Papa Gino’s, Gilford House of Pizza, Pizza Express, Sal’s Pizza, Lakeside Pizza, Weir’s Beach Lobster Pound, and Gilford Village Store. Additional support and beverages provided by Lakes Region Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Shaw’s Supermarket Pizza Bowl Pizza Passports are only $8/person. Children age 8 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from a member of Gilford Rotary or at the door. Proceeds from this event will go to the many non-profit activities supported by Gilford Rotary in Gilford and the Lakes Region area.

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Wasted Ink? To The Editor: And our Congressional Delegation Have heard all the excuses but do not buy any of them; why is #2 home heating oil 30 cents more than a gallon than gas? And why is it that the minute it gets cold the price gets jacked up when people are against the wall because they have to keep their property from freezing up. I have heard that speculation drives up the price if that is so a bill should be passed to make it a crime at this time of the year. Off road diesel is ridiculous and I remember when Kerosene used to be cheaper than gas. Another thing is; what good is it going to do to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour if millions don’t have a job, maybe if you scrapped most of the regulations that hinder companies and Clinton hadn’t dumped NAFTA and WTO on us we wouldn’t have heard that great sucking sound of all our jobs going off shore like Ross Perot said. And foreign aid funds [would] pay for unemployment but we are told it really isn’t that much, that is bull. I think if truth be told Israel gets a lot more than 2 to 3 Billion a year. Sen Sanders Vt. confirmed that a partial audit of the fed 2007 to 2010 found that 16 Trillion was passed out by the Fed tax free to the big banks and big Corporations here and overseas,

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it even listed who got how much, if I remember right Citi Group got 1.3 Trillion which was the most. And we have homeless people, veterans that aren’t getting paid, food banks that are running low. I get buried with mail to donate to vets so much it gets on your nerves especially when I am just getting by myself because in this country this shouldn’t be the case. I have watched this country go to hell in a hand basket for almost 80 years and I have probably just wasted ink, time, and if not for the computer another sheet of paper. Ronald Barnes, Rochester, NH.

Cut Your Losses To The Editor: For once, this is not about debating the economics, aesthetics, engineering or need (or lack thereof) of ridgeline industrial wind in the Lakes Region. This is about the behavior of a company (Iberdrola) that seems to be operating under an incredible disconnect from the people they claim to want to serve. From Day 1, the Spanish multinational has stated, on record, “If you don’t want us, we will leave.” Since then, the company has lost every vote taken. Despite glossy mailers, friendly press coverage, the promise of alleged economic benefit, and a near-unlimited PR

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.

budget, Iberdrola has never mustered much more than 33% support in an open referendum. And every time they lose, they claim “Well, it’s not representative. The silent majority supports us.” That’s a bold statement, especially considering the recent referendum in Danbury, which saw greater than a 2-to-1 rejection of the Wild Meadows Project. That vote actually drew more total voters than did the 2013 General Election (46% vs. 39%). To put those numbers into perspective, in a non-Presidential election year, the American average voter turnout hovers around 38%. Recently, Iberdrola has incorporated a tactic we’re all too familiar with from TV talk shows. Rather than addressing the scientific and economic concerns of their opposition, they have taken to simply labeling those claims “misinformation.” Reasonable people can disagree when examining the same data. If the opposition is wrong, show them where they are wrong, and cite sources that don’t have a vested interest. Simply labeling data you don’t like as “misinformation” is a shortcut of little, if any, use. Iberdrola’s primary mistake appears to be this: assuming that the citizens of the Lakes Region, an ecologically-minded people, would automatically embrace anything See mail boat on 28

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by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Now that a new year is upon us (I read in a book on social etiquette that it is still proper to call it a new year until February 5th) many of you are beginning to think about tax season and how to avoid sending as much money as possible to the government. On the other side of the coin, on both a national and local level, there are many who, while trying to figure out themselves how to give the government less money are, at the same time, trying to figure out how to get more of your money for the government. These people are called legislators. Locally, many of these folks are back to work in Concord, dreaming up new ways to get more money to do more stuff that they think needs to be done. Of course, there is never anything creative about any of this. The simple solution is to find ways to make you pay more for stuff that they had nothing to do with creating. This is called a tax. Some of these legislators work for days on end trying to figure out what things to add a tax to. Once they have reached their decision, they have someone write it down, using incomprehensible legal words on many pieces of paper. This is called a bill. It is considered, by many legislators, a good day’s

work. Still, there is no creativity in any of this, and that bothers me. That is why my favorite way to get money from folks is to make them give it to you happily. That is why I love scratch tickets. Right now, money that comes in from scratch tickets goes to fund education, But using some clever ideas, maybe we could fund other things as well using this tried and true method. For example. Maybe all this brouhahah over expanded Medicaid and the millions it will cost the state once the government bails out on the program down the road could be covered by its own series of scratch tickets. One idea could be the “If You Like Your Doctor You Can Keep Your Doctor� scratch ticket. If you scratch off three periods either up, down or diagonal you win. Maybe there could be a series of consolation winners who all get thrown in for a drawing later where the winner actually gets to keep his or her doctor. I know if this caught on there would be other great ideas to follow. Maybe a ticket where you need to hold it under an X-Ray machine to find out your prize. Could be fun. The NH Department of Travel and Tourism could have their own “Live Free and Scratch� ticket. I’m not sure of the details yet, but it would surely generate millions to be used for other ideas to raise more money for even more ideas, down the road, the one less travelled of course. If marijuana is legalized, maybe the state could come up with a themed scratch ticket where the losing tickets could be used as rolling papers.

I’m sure this money could be used to fund addiction programs. What fun! Locally, towns could get into the act with their own “Town Meeting� scratch tickets. In this one, you would be trying to scratch and match three folding chairs. Then you bring your ticket back to a convenience store (located in your town) and then discuss possible payouts with the local clerk for ten minutes to an hour until your prize is decided upon. This would be a big hit for the hundreds of people who can never participate in their town meetings because they have to do unimportant things like work to feed their families. Another idea for towns and cities would be to have their own “Tax Time� tickets. These would only be available twice a year and would cost between 50 cents and 20 dollars, depending upon what town you live in. As you can imagine, the list of what you could fund by having scratch tickets that cover more than just education, is limitless. The incredible fun that could be had just developing these tickets would make for great times at the state house and possibly even get more people involved in state government than ever before. The only hurdle will be getting all these different scratch ticket ideas approved with bills created by a group of stodgy old legislators coming up with pages of incomprehensible legalese to get it going. If we can leap this hurdle, there might be no looking back. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at

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From The State House NH House Has a Busy Week

January 15 was a day of LONG debate and some fairly historic legislation. It was good news that the privacy concerns of HB675 – auby Rep. Jane thorizing and Cormier regulating the Belknap District 8 use of license plate scanning devices prevailed. In a vote of 250 – 97, the House banned this controversial issue for the rest of the legislative session. Basically, this bill would have allowed police to use license plate scanners, which I believe would have been an absolute invasion of privacy for NH citizens. The NH Constitution CLEARLY prohibits warrantless searches in Part I, Art. 19: “Every subject hath a right to be secure from all unreasonable searches and seizures of his person, his houses, his papers, and all his possessions…” And the 4th

Amendment also gives this same restriction on the federal government. Hmmm…. Shouldn’t this apply to our emails and other such technology as well? But, that is a discussion for another day! There was some good debate regarding HB 562, relative to the interest on title loans. The House voted 212 – 129 to limit the interest which title loan companies can charge their customers. The argument here is though title loans require high interest rates, they serve a section of the population who cannot receive, for whatever reason, a bank or credit card loan. While the rate on title loans is extremely high (hence the reason for the bill), there are many in NH that use these loans for short term financial situations. With the lowering of the interest charge, the discussion of putting title loans out of business was debated. Rep. Tucker, R-Greenland said, “This is an

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Tamera Mowry Is Not Alone This made my heart ache and my blood pressure spike: Actress Tamera Mowry, who is black, wept in an interview with by Michelle Malkin Oprah WinSyndicated Columnist frey over the vile bigotry she has encountered because of her marriage to Fox News reporter Adam Housley, who is white. Misogynist haters called Mowry a sellout and a “white man’s whore.” International news outlets labeled the Internet epithets she endured “horrific” and “shocking.” Horrific? Yes. Shocking? Not at all. What Mowry experienced is just a small taste of what the intolerance mob dishes out against people “of color” who love, think and live the “wrong” way. I’ve grown so used to it that I often forget how hurtful it can be. Mowry’s candor was moving and admirable. It’s also a valuable teachable moment about how dehumanizing it can be to work in the public eye. Have we really sunk to this? Young actresses in the 21st century forced to defend their love lives because their marital choices are politically incorrect? We’re leaning backward in the regressive Age of Hope and Change. Let’s face it: Mowry’s sin, in the view of her feckless detractors, is not merely that she married outside her race. It’s also that she is so open about her love for a white man who -- gasp! -- works for reviled Fox News. Neither of them is political, but the mere association with Bad Things (Fox,

conservatives, capitalism, the tea party, Christian activism, traditional values) is an invitation for unabashed hate. The dirty open secret is that a certain category of public figures has been routinely mocked, savaged and reviled for being partners in interracial marriages or part of loving interracial families (for a refresher, see the video clip of MSNBC host Melissa HarrisPerry and friends cackling at the holiday photo of Mitt Romney holding his black adopted grandson in his lap). And the dirty double standard is that selectively compassionate journalists and pundits have routinely looked the other way -or participate directly in heaping on the hate. Have you forgotten? Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was excoriated by black liberals for being married to wife Virginia, who happens to be white. The critics weren’t anonymous trolls on the Internet. They worked for major media outlets and institutions of higher learning. USA Today columnist Barbara Reynolds slammed Thomas and his wife for their colorblind union: “It may sound bigoted; well, this is a bigoted world and why can’t black people be allowed a little Archie Bunker mentality? ... Here’s a man who’s going to decide crucial issues for the country and he has already said no to blacks; he has already said if he can’t paint himself white he’ll think white and marry a white woman.” Howard University’s Afro-American Studies Chair Russell Adams accused Thomas of racism against all blacks for falling in love with someone outside his race. “His marrying a white woman is a sign of his rejection of the

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USA Slips Again Globally in Economic Freedoms Survey U N I T E D NATIONS— There used to be an advertising slogan, “ We’re number two but we try harder.” Perhaps by John J. Metzler in the spirit of Syndicated Columnist the times we should now revive the phrase and proclaim, “We’re number twelve, but it’s somebody else’s fault.” Thus when viewing the world’s freest economies, the U.S. has slid from number six to twelve in the Index of Economic Freedoms. And that’s since President Barack Obama assumed office in 2009. So who’s to blame? The rising BRICS’s, (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), George W. Bush, or the ever elusive economic recovery? The Index of Economic Freedoms jointly sponsored by Washington’s Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal rates 178 countries worldwide. In fairness since the survey started twenty years, ago, many more economies have been getting freer as the shackles of state socialism have fallen away in Eastern Europe and even much of the Third World. So in one sense, other countries are doing better and good for them. But sadly we in the United States have not been doing nearly as well as we once did; shame on us. The Index rates countries using a comprehensive formula of Rule of Law, Regulatory Efficiency, Limited Government, and Open Markets. The Index then focuses on issues of property rights, freedom from corruption, business freedom, labor freedom, financial freedom, regulation efficiency, limited government and open markets. Each country is ranked through this exhaustive but serious template. So let’s look at the Top Ten to which the USA used to belong to. Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia are in the top three followed by Switzerland, New Zealand and Canada. No surprises here. Rounding off the top ten list we see Chile as number seven, then Mauritius, Ireland, and Denmark. Estonia, a Baltic state, which

was still part of the Soviet Union until 1991, is number eleven followed by the United States. So what is pulling down America’s grades? The Heritage survey states that the slip is “primarily due to deteriorations in property rights, fiscal freedom, and business freedom.” Describing the overall decline in economic freedom, the report adds there have been “particularly large losses in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending.” Sadly, the United States is the only country to have seen a loss of economic freedom for seven years in a row. The report adds, “Substantial expansion in the size and scope of government, including through new and costly regulation in areas like finance and health care, has contributed significantly to the erosion of U.S. economic freedom”. Clearly, the American economy needs investment clarity and serious incentives so that the spirit of enterprise may thrive. Today, Big government is indeed part of the problem, not the solution. Canada, scoring sixth internationally, is viewed as the freest economy in North America. The survey offers the accolade, “A transparent and stable business climate makes Canada one of the world’s most attractive investment destinations.” Going back to the list, we see Taiwan standing at number 17, followed by Germany at 18, and South Korea at 31. Yet some of the mega economies such as the BRIC’s mentioned at the onset don’t rate so well. Take Brazil at 114, Russia at 140, India 120 , or China at 137. Here we see statistically high growth economies but places mired in corruption, cronyism and dismal levels of transparency. Though South Africa’s economy rates at 75th and Moderately free,” the other four above BRIC’s rate as “mostly unfree.” Thus, despite high growth rates, China’s economy is viewed as hampered by “The Communist Party’s ultimate authority throughout the economic system undermines the rule of law, and institutionalized cronyism remains pervasive.” Not so unpredictably at the bottom of the list the Most “re-

pressed” economies we find Zimbabwe, Cuba and North Korea. The good news remains that more countries are now prospering economically; the sad news is that the USA can and should be doing so much better.

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

Politics vs Education Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particuby Thomas Sowell l a r , s h o u l d Syndicated Columnist look at the Justice Department’s latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life. Among the few bright spots in a generally dismal picture of the education of black students are those successful charter schools or voucher schools to which many black parents try

to get their children admitted. Some of these schools have not only reached but exceeded national norms, even when located in neighborhoods where the regular public schools lag far behind. Where admission to these schools is by a lottery, the cheers and tears that follow announcements of who has been admitted -- and, by implication, who will be forced to continue in the regular public schools -tell the story better than words can. When the state of Louisiana decided to greatly expand the number of schools available to students by parental choice, rather than by the rigidities of the usual public school system, Attorney General Holder’s Justice Department objected on grounds that this was at cross-purposes with the federal government’s racial integration goals for the schools. See Sowell on 21



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GOT CELIAC? CELIAC DISEASE VACCINE CLINICAL TRIAL Did you know that 1 in 133 Americans has Celiac Disease? An estimated 83% of Americans who have Celiac disease are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.* If you are between 18 and 70 years old and have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, you may be eligible to participate in this new research study. ActivMed Practices & Research is conducting a new research study looking at new investigational drug for Celiac Disease. Get the skinny on this new Celiac study by contacting ActivMed Practices & Research. Ask for Sally or Irena! (603) 319-8869.


Research of Newington, NH awarded as one site. October 4th ImmusanT, via Twitter, announced that ActivMed Practices and Research was the newest ImmusanT Celiac Clinical Trial site to open. “We are very excited about this new trial. Being the first therapeutic vaccine for patients with celiac disease we can only imagine what this will do for those who suffer from Celiac Disease. The buzz within the community has been very enthusiastic and we are fortunate to have this exclusive opportunity to work with ImmusanT” said Terry Stubbs, CEO and President of ActivMed Practices & Research. ActivMed Practices and Research’s Newington office opened in 2011; their main office is located in Methuen, MA and has been in practice for nearly twenty years. They have a number of doctor offices and hospitals that they work with on their clinical research trials. For this trial, ActivMed Practices and Research proudly announced that Dr. Roger Epstein of the Gastroenterology Professional Association (GASPA) of New Hampshire will be the primary Doctor assigned to this trial. Dr. Roger M. Epstein, MD is affiliated with the Gastroenterology Professional Association in New Hampshire where he joined in 1988. Dr. Epstein is a medical researcher and a board certified physician in the field of internal medicine and gastroenterology. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his degree in Medicine from Boston University School of Medicine. His internship and residency were completed See Celiac on 11


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at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He obtained his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology Nutrition at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Epstein was Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and has also served as Chief of Medicine, Chairman of the Ambulatory Care Committee and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Dr. Epstein is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology1. In addition, Dr. Epstein was awarded Top Doctor in NH by NH Magazine in April 2011. Dr. Epstein is conducting this clinical research study evaluating this new investigational drug in all enrolled patients. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 70, and you have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, please contact Dr. Epstein’s clinical research coordinator, Caitlin at ActivMed Practices and Research, to learn more. Please call (603)319-8863 or via e-mail at cframe@activmedresearch. com for more information about this clinical research study, and to see if you may qualify to participate. All phone calls, e-mails, and inquiries about this research effort will be handled in a confidential and discreet manner. In the U.S., Celiac Disease affects over 3 million (approximately 1 in 133) Americans. Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. An individual’s immune system responds by triggering T cells to fight the offending proteins, damaging the small intestine and inhibiting the absorption of important nutrients into the body. With no available drug therapy, the only option for the approximately 1 percent of the global population that has celiac disease is to eliminate gluten from

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my Sport Management and Marketing degree I knew I could pull it off. It really is just common sense and chipping away at what needs to happen in getting it organized.” Despite suggestions from his college professors telling him it would take years of planning, Crowder started organizing for the 2010 tournament in October of 2009. After meeting with a group from the Town of Meredith, Scott gathered the necessary permits; set up a website and, by Christmas had seventyseven teams signed up. “I could have had fortyfive more but I wanted to cap it that first year to keep it manageable,” said Crowder. Using only a small group


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of volunteers, seven rinks were cleared on Meredith Bay. ST ND MEREDITH, That first Pond Hockey NH • FRIDAY, JAN. 31 - SUNDAY, FEB. 2 Classic was a huge success with four hundred I N S I D E T H Iplayers S WEEK: and seventy-five and hundreds of spectators. • teamsthe to watch Since that first year, • past winners Pond Hockey Classic has • scheduleas grown each year with, • bar promos mentioned, two hundred and twenty-five teams ... and more! this year, almost three This year, with 225 teams, there will be twenty-two rinks times as large as that first with approximately fourteen hundred players. Classic. This year’s cold weather subdivisions, including a nificant amount of people has the ice shaping up to women’s division. to the area. Coming just be perfect for the ClasIn years past, the rink before the fishing derby sic. In past years, the borders were made of weekend, it has provweather leading up to the snow piles. This year, en to be a boon to local event was of concern. Two Scott and his crew are businesses spreading far years ago, it was moved surrounding each one of outside the town of Merfrom Meredith Bay to the 22 rinks with Ther- edith. Lake Waukewan at the moformed Plastic Boards “The local communilast minute due to ice made by NiceRink. ty has been great,” said concerns and last year, “This will be one of the Crowder. “Even the ice all eyes were on the ice, only pond hockey tourna- fishermen who weren’t which took a nice hold in ments in North America used to this in the past time. with this plastic board have come up to me and This year, with 225 system,” said Crowder. “It told me how much they t e a m s , t h e r e w i l l b e goes towards our commit- enjoy it because it gives twenty-two rinks with ment of making this one approximately fourteen of the best tournaments hundred players. Half in the world.” of those players are beOver fifteen hundred tween the ages of thirty players, along with family and fifty. There are seven and friends, bring a sig-


them something to look at when they are on the lake. We’re not trying to change the culture of the community but to add to it.” Scott’s wife, Chelsea, handles a lot of the public relations. He also has an ice operations crew of a


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will be premiered this week. Called “On Frozen Pond” the first episode will hit the webMEREDITH, on Tues- NH • FRIDAY, JAN. 31ST - SUNDAY, FEB. 2ND day, January 21st at 8pm with successive episodes airing on the three TuesN S I D E T H(You I S Wcan EEK: days Ifollowing. find more information on the series at www.pond• teams to watch • pastseen winners S co tt also has • schedule sponsorship in the tour• bar promos nament grow over the ... and years. Locally M i l l smore! Falls, HK Powersports, MB Tractor, Sun Valley Cottages, Fred Fuller, Christian Party Rentals, Crosspoint Associates – owners of Meredith Bay Shops with Hannafords, New England Positioning Systems, LavalleyMiddleton Building Supply,, J. Calnan & Associates from Massachusetts and The Weirs Times and Cocheco Times. Nation- PHC commissioner Scott Crowder. ally Labatts Beer, Old Time Hockey, Manplow, Hockey Association in The success of the New Backyard Hockey, Muscle raising money for its ef- England Pond Hockey Milk, NiceRink, Bum- forts. The Youth Hockey Classic has caught on., Hockey Tape Association will be sell- It was the first in New Online and Bauer Hockey ing raffle tickets at the Hampshire and now there have been supporting the Thursday Night Player tournament. Check In for VIP Locker This year there will also Room tents which two be a raffle to help out lucky teams will win for the Lakes Region Youth the weekend.


are four others in the state. Two years ago Scott started another pond hockey tournament on Lake Champlain in Vermont with fifty-two teams. Last year, that tournament grew to over eighty teams and this year will

have over 100 teams. This year the Montana Pond Hockey Classic on February 21-23rd will be the newest addition to Scott’s busy agenda. Still, as the popularity of the pond hockey tournament grows, Scott still keeps focused on what it


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a chance to hoist this miraculous trophy. As years passed and countless champions crowned, the tournament went on. Until one year, as the settlers from Europe began to impede on the natives land the trophy was hidden. During a battle in what is now the town of Meredith, the settlers attempted to steal this trophy for themselves. Risking his own life, a young warrior tracked down the settlers took back the trophy and buried it somewhere on Bear Island. On his way back across to main land, this young man lost his life when he fell through the ice, taking with him the whereabouts of this coveted trophy. With the trophy lost the tournament was never played

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In short, Louisiana’s attempt to improve the education of children is subordinated by Holder to the federal government’s attempt to mix and match black and white students. If we have learned nothing else after decades of socially divisive and educationally futile racial busing, it should be obvious that seating black kids next to white kids is neither necessary nor sufficient to get them a better education. The truly despicable intervention by Attorney General Holder is his warning to schools against discipline policies that result in a higher proportion of minority students than white students being punished. This racial body count method of determining whether there is discrimination by the schools might make sense if we were certain that there could be no differences in behavior that would explain the differences in punishment. But does any sane adult really believe that there cannot be any difference between the behavior of black boys and Asian girls, for example? There is a lot of makebelieve when it comes to racial issues, whether out of squeamishness, political correctness or expediency. There is also a lot of deliberate racial polarization, and attempts to promote a sense of grievance and fear among black voters, in order to keep their votes in the Democrats’ column. What makes this playing politics with school discipline so unconscionable is that a lack of discipline is one of the crushing handicaps in many ghetto schools. If 10 percent of the students in a classroom are disruptive, disrespectful and violent, the chances of teaching the other 90 percent effectively are very low. Yet, in the words of the New York Times, “The Obama administration speaks out against zero

tolerance discipline.” It quotes Attorney General Holder and says that he was “on the mark” when he said that a “routine school disciplinary infraction should land a student in the principal’s office, not in a police precinct.” In other words, Eric Holder, sitting in Washington, knows better than the thousands of people who run public schools across the country what kinds of sanctions are necessary to preserve some semblance of order in the classrooms, so that hoodlums do not make the education of their classmates impossible. Like the New York Times, Attorney General Holder has made this an issue of “The Civil Rights of Children.” More important, the implied threat of federal lawsuits based on racial body count among students who have been disciplined means that hoodlums in the classroom seem to have a friend in Washington. But even the hoodlums can end up worse off, if lax discipline in the school lets them continue on in a way of life that usually ends up inside prison walls. Nevertheless, if all this means black votes for the Democrats, that may well be the bottom line for Holder and the Obama administration.

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DEAR TIM: I think my house might be falling down. In the past few weeks, a large crack has formed where the ceiling meets the walls in my home. We’ve had cold weather set in and I seem to recall this happening last year, but can’t remember. The cracks are worse in the center of my home than on the outside walls. In some areas I have crown molding, but others there is no molding. What’s happening, do I have a serious structural problem and can the cracks be easily repaired? --John M., Crozet, Va.

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and wrote about the people of America – Democracy in America: “There is, in fact, a manly and lawful passion for equality which excites men to wish all to be powerful and honored. This passion tends to elevate the humble to the rank of the great; but there exists also in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to attempt to lower the powerful to their own level, and reduces men to prefer equality in slavery to inequality with freedom.” ********* “You have given up your freedom of choice,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) warned Americans on Tuesday, as the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal released their latest Index of Economic Freedom. The Index shows that the United States no longer ranks among the top-ten freest economies in the world. When President Obama took office, the U.S. was number 6th. Now it is 12th.


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is cutting through any nails or screws that hold the drywall to the truss near these walls. It can be done using a reciprocating saw outfitted with a blade for metal. The saw blade must be positioned to slide under the truss and on top of the drywall in order to cut the shaft of the fastener near the wall. This job will lead to wailing and the gnashing of teeth. Caulking the cracks inside the home is the easiest job. You just use a water-based caulk that’s paintable. There’s an art to caulking these cracks. In most situations, you want to fill the entire crack with caulk. However, in my opinion, that’s a mistake in this situation. You want to use a minimum of caulk so that when the lumber expands in the summer, it compresses only a small amount of caulk, making it less likely the caulk will be squeezed out from the crack. Many water-based caulks will shrink as the water inside them evaporates. Some find this shrinkage objectionable. In your case, you want this to happen. You want to have the caulk develop a concave shape where it draws back into the crack. In the summer, when the crack becomes smaller, the caulk should compress and look pretty good. When you caulk, be sure to use a damp sponge to wipe any and all excess caulk from the ceiling and wall. The best sponge is one used to grout ceramic tile. These sponges have rounded edges. Always squeeze all the water from the sponge before wiping the caulk joint. You’ll need to rinse the sponge frequently and change the rinse water, too. Want free home-improvement information? Go to and sign up for Tim’s free newsletter. Have a question for Tim? Just click the Ask Tim link on any page of the website. (c)2014 TIM CARTER DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

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labeled “green,� without doing a full investigation of the true impact. Oh, they got Groton in, all right. Talk to those who supported it now. Many of those people have become the strongest voices of opposition. And those voices, which organized from a humble meeting of seventy-five people now range in the thousands And yet, Iberdrola continues to dismiss the opposition as a minority. Frankly, it seems they weren’t prepared to deal with the informed and educated people who are Granite Staters. They said if we didn’t want them, they’d leave. They were sent here to win the hearts and minds of the locals. Despite a massive advantage in funding, they’ve failed. Beyond that, the safety of the Groton installation has been called into question. The NH Site Evaluation Committee has deemed the Wild Meadows application “incomplete,� citing numerous deficiencies. The list goes on and on. We have never seen an issue that unifies so strongly across ideological lines. Republicans, Democrats, Independents. Conservatives, Liberals, and Moderates. Hikers and hunters. Permanent residents and summer property owners. It doesn’t matter. It’s not about holding out for more money. It’s not about securing a better deal. It’s about protecting a region, a way of life that has attracted people to this area for decades. Businesses have gains a n d l o s s e s . I be r dr o l a needs to realize this is a losing cause. To throw additional money at these projects is to do a disservice to their shareholders. You made your case. It was rejected. Cut your losses. Keep your promise. Leave. Robert Piehler, Alexandria, NH Scott Piehler, Suwanee, GA.


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The “Two-Man Cigar” never really became popular to cigar aficionados. -Carl Gundersen, Wrentham, Mass.

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5 Add- - (peripherals) 6 Bus. rep 7 Arrive at, as a solution 8 Not masked 9 Stat of fuel efficiency 10 Gift for music 11 One peeking 12 Vowel string 13 Amateur 14 Italian Riviera city 15 Dayton-to-Toledo dir. 16 Way up there in years 17 Broader 18 In a foxy way 20 Enlarged map details 24 D.C. summer hrs. 29 Declaration 32 Holds 33 Suffix with 58-Down 34 “Woo- -!” 35 Momentous time 37 Speech spot 38 Peak 39 Ray of fast-food fame 42 Punch noise 44 Give a - (care) 45 Suffix with east 46 With 62-Down, rotten sort 47 Dumbbell 49 Extent 50 Handle the helm 54 Timmy’s TV dog 57 Yogi of baseball 58 Inflated head 59 Lemon-hued 60 Be snaky 61 Sci-fi’s Solo 62 See 46-Down 63 Tapered off 65 Prefix with diversity

68 “- a snap!” 69 Coagulates 70 Lash of Western films 71 Exempt from regulations 72 Pol Quayle 73 Municipal statute: Abbr. 75 Banquet liquid holder 78 Onion or lily 79 Help in crime 82 Beats (up) 83 Coal carrier 84 Lea lady? 85 Luau gifts 86 Bancroft of “7 Women” 87 Ollas, e.g. 89 Ida. neighbor 92 Casino game 94 Ottawa site 96 Quito’s land 97 Autograph: Abbr. 98 Suffix with child 99 Easter eats 100 “- tu” (Verdi aria) 101 Oktoberfest dances 103 Maestro Toscanini 106 City of Light 107 Lexus rival 109 “To be - ...” 110 Rat-a- 111 Dull 112 Justice Kagan 117 Figuring-out shouts 118 “Little House on the Prairie” shopkeeper 119 - Stanley Gardner 121 Otoscope-wielding doc 123 That, to Tito 124 ACLU issues: Abbr. 125 Oz musical, with “The” 126 Suffix with propyl

Siamese twins Ted and Fred have been joined from birth by acube of smoked ham. -Rick Kaufman, Dover, NH.

“Are you sure that smoking this will make me taller?” -Carole Felten, Holderness, NH.

We just can’t see eye to eye on this issue. -Jean Schoenweiss Thornton, NH.



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timore Colts and the New York Giants has often been called “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” probably because it’s the only NFL Championship Game to go into overtime. Johnny Unitas and the Colts won 23-17. After 47 Super Bowls, many of which were boring or one-sided, it’s time for a classic Super Bowl that goes into overtime, amidst swirling snow and intense drama. A late field goal will force overtime, with the score tied 27-27. Then a 40

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yarder to win it in OT, as midnight approaches. The winner will be the team that wins the coin flip before overtime, as we finally get a new “Greatest Game Ever Played!” Sports Quiz The Patriots once played a regular season league home game outside of New England. Where did this game take place? (Answer follows) Born Today ... That is to say, sports standouts born on Jan. 23 include Hall of Fame Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Jerry Kramer (1936) and NBA center Hakeem Olajuwan (1963). Sportsquote Former Florida State University football coach Bill Peterson once tried to quote a revolutionary war hero in a pre-game motivational speech: “Just remember the words of Patrick Henry: ‘Kill me, or let me live!’ “


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(Fenway Park was unavailable that day.) The Jets won 47–31. It was a “test game” to gauge interest in pro football in Alabama, as Birmingham was a potential relocation city for the Pats if a new stadium wasn’t built in New England. Also, the Jets featured former Crimson Tide quarterback Joe Namath. Still, only 29,000 fans showed up. Michael Moffett is a Professor of Sports Management at NHTI, Concord’s Community College. He recently co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” (with the Marines)—which is available through Amazon. com. His e-mail address is mimoffett@comcast. net.

Sportsquiz Answer The 1968 Jets at Patriots football game was a regular-season contest played on September 22 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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