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VOLUME 29, NO. 13

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020

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Pats Peak Becomes “Pets Peak”

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Since the Covid-19 outbreak around the world, life has changed in a way no one could have predicted even just a few weeks ago.

There hasn’t been a business that hasn’t seen an effect from this outbreak. Some forced to change the way they do business due to necessary restrictions implemented to control the spread of the virus.

For example, restaurants, diners, pubs and other food service businesses were ordered to shut down in house dining services and allowed only take-out and delivery options. As someone who has

worked in the food service industry for several years, I could feel the tremor that went through the industry here in New Hampshire when they got the news. Food has always been See SUPPORT on 22

Between March 9-12, 2020 Pats Peak in Henniker held their “Pets Peak” event as part of their Midweek March Online Specials. Skiers and snowboarders purchased a discounted lift ticket online and a portion of the lift ticket sale went toward a donation to the Pope Memorial SPCA of ConcordMerrimack County. A total of $1,290 was donated to help needy pets. The total that has been donated in the past twelve years during the “Pets Peak” event is over $34,000. Skiers were also encouraged to bring at least three pet items or supplies to get a $10 Pats Peak Café Card. Many skiers and riders brought in donations including food, toys and treats for the animals. Kris Blomback, General Manager of Pats Peak said, “We love animals and it’s was a fun play on words to have ‘Pets Peak’. This is a great way for all of us to help the animals in need. We are happy to be able to support this worthy cause.” This is Pats Peak’s 57th consecutive ski and snowboard season under the Patenaude family ownership.

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they seek outlets from being cooped up inside. Again, not to make light of the situation, but this drastic change of routine comes at a pretty good time as the spring migration is under way. I heard my first Eastern phoebe the other day and, to me, that is always the signal that spring is here. I know robins are the traditional harbinger of spring, but some robins remain with us all winter, so the phoebe has always worked better for me. I want this crisis to be

over as soon as possible, of course, but since we are in the situation we may as well make the most of it. What is that expression about life giving you lemons? For most of us, that means fortifying our already strong bonds with nature. As I mentioned before, for others it is an opportunity to get connected or reconnected with nature. If this does drag on, which I hope it doesn’t, we will get to see the spring migration unfold in a way that otherwise would not have

been possible if we had retained our normal work routines. Instead of tucked away in an office or cubicle all day, many of us who are now working from home can set up our work stations near windows – possibly even with views of bird feeders. So, as most of us are stuck at home awaiting the OK to return to a semblance of normalcy, we may as well make the most of a bad situation and enjoy the outdoors as much as See BOSAK on 29

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Thomas Jefferson Yes, I’m paraphrasing Thomas Jefferson’s wondrous words from the Declaration of Independence. And it’s time for us to declare our independence from an increasingly radical and tyrannical Democratic legislative majority in New Hampshire. Why? I’ll explain, as Jefferson explained in 1776 when he wrote that “a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.” Jefferson went on to list numerous complaints against the King of England to justify our Declaration of Independence, e. g. “He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” Space doesn’t allow

me to list as many grievances as did Jefferson in 1776, but I’ll give you a fair sampling. Democrats sought to impose an unwanted income tax (SB1 - 2019 session) involving Family Leave Insurance. Democrats sought to impose an unwanted tax on ski tickets (HB1652-FN) Democrats sought to impose unwanted new sales taxes, such as on electronics (HB1492FN-A-L) Democrats sought an unwanted tax increase, from 8% to 40% (HB1699-FN-A) on electronic cigarettes just 63 days after voting for an initial vape tax. Democrats sought to ban wood stoves (HB290 2019 session) Democrats sought to raise our utility bills (HB365, SB205 2019 session, SB159 and HB1218-FN 2020 session)

Democrats sought to tell our federal government and defense department what our nuclear weapons policy should be. (HCR7 - 2019 session) Democrats sought to allow schools to administer more intrusive non-academic and privacy-threatening surveys (SB 196). Democrats sought to give illegal aliens drivers’ licenses and thus the means to vote for Democrats (HB 397). Democrats sought to curtail 1st Amendment rights with legislation aimed at silencing critics and curtailing political dissent (HB 1159). Democrats sought to curtail and abridge precious 2nd Amendment rights (HB1101, HB1115, HB1143, HB1285, HB1349, HB1350, HB1374, HB1379, SB719, HB1608). while taking the wrong position on Red Flag laws (HB1660). Democrats opposed the wishes of most Granite Staters concerning a helmet law (HB1621) and a seat belt law (HB1622). Democrats want to prohibit 20-year-olds from buying cigarettes and 17-year-olds from getting married but they want to let 16-year-olds vote. Democrats said “F*** charter and religious schools.” (Rep. Tamara Le, Hampton). Democrats then turned down $46 million in federal money for charter schools. Democrats passed an assisted suicide bill but killed a “Born Alive” bill, a “Selective See MOFFETT on 26


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Isolation Ideas It is at time of uncertainty for sure. But it is also a time for creativity. As many of us find ourselves staying at home for at by Brendan Smith least a couple of Weirs Times Editor weeks, it can be very frustrating. Many of us have been disrupted in our daily routines and are getting restless. Still, instead of wasting valuable time worrying about this virus by turning on the news every minute to see if maybe, by some chance, it will be over tomorrow, or reading the theories of what this is really all about by your friends on Social Media who have Liberal Arts Degrees (Guilty), we should all be developing unique ways to pass the time. I have been doing just that. These ideas can be used not only in this unique circumstance, but every time there is a virus that shuts down the country for weeks (months). Even though it is just my wife and me at home, I have also added a few ideas to help those parents who are looking for new ways to keep the kids occupied without having to depend on the Internet all the time. I have compiled all of these great ideas and am planning to publish them in a book tentatively called “Pandemic Fun” Here are a few of the hundreds of ideas that will be in the book. The whole family can make masks of other people they know, like family, friends and neighbors. Then each can take turns wearing different masks and role playing the part of that person. You will now get the opportunity to tell those people what bugs you about them without having them actually there. Hours of fun, and even some necessary stress-relieving yelling without having to face the

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With the unfortunate in-house dining ban put on eating establishments, you can still recreate that experience in your own home. Each night a different family member takes a turn as the “restaurant owner” and plans a menu based on what is available and the limit of their own culinary skills. For example, tonight I am planning a fun menu of cold cereal, toast with butter and jelly and a prepackaged chocolate chip cookie for dessert. If you have a kitchen Island, you can turn it into a makeshift bar if you are missing that feeling of lifting a pint at the local pub. (If you have kids in the house be sure to check their IDs.)

Every day have a different family member act as a bookie and post odds and take bets on what time the daily briefing on the Coronavirus at the White House will actually begin. It is best to use non-money items like toothpicks, cookies, hand sanitizer, etc. If real money is involved there is always the possibility that someone in Washington connected to the briefing could get wind of it and somehow get in on the game and influence the actual time.

If you have some hardcover books in your house that you haven’t read yet, but are planning to, you can set them up like a big Jenga tower. The one who eventually pulls out the book that topples the tower has to read that book. This one is a learning lesson for the kids. See how many other words they can make out of Coronavirus (Corona and Virus don’t count). You can use the cable news networks for this one. Taking a list of words that have been used constantly during this time (e.g., pandemic, masks, social distancing, China, etc), assign each person in the household to watch a different news network at the same time (you can use TV, computers, phones, tablets, etc,). The first one to check off all of the words on the list as they hear them on the news wins. (We will provide a list of about a hundred words in the book. You can go to our website to get the updated daily list of words as they become available.) If you have a dog or dogs set up a petting zoo, pretending they are a different animal each day. They’ll love it more than you. (This doesn’t always work so well with

This time can also be used to promote culture. Have someone in your home be the museum curator for the day. They can take the other members of the family on a tour around the house and make up their own meanings of different paintings on the wall as well as some artifacts like vases, bowls and even dad’s bowling trophies. Each day someone new can be the curator and make up whatever they want. There will also be a whole chapter on creative ways to use the ridiculous amount of toilet paper you recently bought and will probably never finish until just before the next Pandemic takes hold. (Toilet paper forts is just one idea of many.) I would reveal some more of the ideas, but then you might not ever buy the book. So, I’ll leave it at that. Hope this helps. Be safe. Brendan is the author of “The Flatlander Chronicles” and “Best Of A F.O.O.L In New Hampshire”. His newest book “I Really Only Did It For The Socks -Stories & Thoughts On Aging” will be available later this year. Brendan has also entertained audiences around New Hampshire with his storytelling presentations. To find out more visit his website at BrendanTSmith.com

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Crisis Socialism: No Bailouts For Open Borders Globalists! No. No. No. No. No. The answer from the American people across the political spectrum to the airline industry’s plea for a $50 billion taxpayer-subsidized bailout in the Age of WuFlu must be “Hell, no!” times 50 billion. Why should working-class American citizens being laid off from restaurants, bars, grocery stores, ports, gyms, entryby Michelle Malkin level service jobs and gig economy conSyndicated Columnist tracts rescue one of the beltway swamp’s most powerful corporate lobbies -- backed by the planet’s third-richest mogul, Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway multinational holding company owns massive stakes in American Airlines, Delta, Southwest and United? Reminder: Berkshire Hathaway walked away with $10 billion after the 2012 AIG publicly funded bailout. How much more in private wealth will Bailout Buffett reap from a federal flight fright freakout? This exploitative campaign to “stabilize” U.S. passenger carriers is about shoring up globalist profits, not patriotism. After the aviation industry’s last $15 billion shakedown of taxpayers following the 9/11 terrorist attacks (a hefty combo of direct cash assistance and loan guarantees plus civil liability protection), airline stocks soared as oil prices plummeted, carriers crammed more passengers into tinier seats and customers faced new and higher charges on everything from carry-on baggage to Wi-Fi to peanuts. Highflying American, JetBlue, United and Southwest splurged on megastock buybacks and dividend hikes for shareholders. In fact, Bloomberg News reported that the top airlines plowed 96% of their free cash flow over the last decade on buybacks. Now, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is playing the world’s smallest violin, crying that the COVID-19 pandemic “is worse than 9/11” for an airline industry unprepared for catastrophic disruption. Well, boo-hoo-hoo. Or I should say: Wu-hoo-hoo. If 9/11 wasn’t enough of an incentive to plan ahead and crisis-proof their companies, then these big biz beggars deserve to fail. Don’t misunderstand. My heart is with the 1 million employees who work in aviation. If this bailout were meant to take care of workers vital See MALKIN on 28

Coronavirus Is The ‘Chinese Virus’ This week, President Donald Trump came under fire for his use of the phrase “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus, the source of the new pandemic that has led to a global economic by Ben Shapiro shutdown as well as Syndicated Columnist lockdowns of citizens in every major Western country. That media have somehow found time to hone in on the one issue that matters least -- the labeling of a Chinese virus as such -- in the middle of an unprecedented planetwide freeze demonstrates the utter unseriousness of those objecting. That the term should be controversial at all is nearly beyond belief. The virus did indeed originate in China. Most of all, that the Chinese government should be shielded in any way from the results of its own pathological and tyrannical misgovernment is perverse beyond measure. Make no mistake: The Chinese government is chiefly responsible for the explosion of this pandemic. The so-called wet markets of China -- the meat markets that often include wild animals ranging from snakes to pangolins -- exist for a variety of reasons, ranging from price to superstitious belief in medicinal properties of exotic animals. According to Zhenzhong Si, research associate at the University of Waterloo, “Eating wild animal is considered a symbol of wealth because they are more rare and expensive.” Whatever the rationale, the communist Chinese government has been exceedingly tolerant of such markets, even though they have now been responsible for the spread of coronavirus, SARS, bird flu, Asian flu and swine fever. The Chinese government has been similarly tolerant of treatment

via traditional Chinese medicine rather than evidence-based medicine, which has increased the risk of such diseases. The same Chinese government now being praised for its extraordinary crackdown on its own citizens -- the same government that is said to be imprisoning up to a million Uighurs for no specific crimes -- has been unwilling for decades to stop the selling of exotic animals. Authoritarianism obviously doesn’t apply to the most obvious solution to a bevy of possible epidemics. Meanwhile, the Chinese government acted early to shut down the spread of information about the coronavirus, which paved the way for freedom of travel by carriers of the disease. When ophthalmologist Li Wenliang told fellow doctors about coronavirus in an online chat room in December, he was forced to swear by the Chinese government that he had been making “untrue statements.” He ended up dying of the disease. When further information began to emerge about the coronavirus, the communist government simply lied about it, suggesting that case numbers were not rising -- a lie bought by the World Health Organization. Even now the Chinese government continues to spread propaganda suggesting that the coronavirus originated in the United States. Lijian Zhao, deputy director-general of the Information Department of China’s Foreign Ministry, tweeted a link to an article he claimed had “Evidence that the Virus Originated in the US.” And is it truly believable that China had just 127 diagnosed cases of coronavirus between March 9 and March 16, even as the Chinese government expels American journalists en masse from both China and Hong Kong? Once this is all over, it’s far past time for Americans to have a serious discussion See SHAPIRO on 26


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“We don’t have any...!” Fill in the blank. People are stocking up on things, fearing that we will be stuck in our homes, under quarantine, withby John Stossel out essential supSyndicated Columnist plies. Some hoard toilet paper. A popular internet video features someone driving up to what appears to be a drug dealer but is really someone selling toilet paper. When it became hard to find hand sanitizer in New York, Governor An-

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drew Cuomo said the state would produce its own, made by prison labor. Yet in-demand items like masks and hand sanitizer can still be found. It’s just that we have to pay an inflated price. People on social media are outraged by that. They post pictures showing stores charging high prices, like $19.99 for a can of Lysol spray and $22.99 for a 12 oz bottle of Purell. We’re encouraged to report such high prices to the government because “gouging” is illegal. New York has an online “price gouging complaint form” that people can fill out if they are charged “unconscionably high prices.” “On my watch, we will not tolerate

schemes or frauds designed to turn large profits by exploiting people’s health concerns,” said New York’s economically clueless Attorney General Letitia James. “Some people are looking to prey on others’ anxiety and line their own pockets.” Well, yes. People always look for ways to line their own pockets. But what politicians call “gouging” is just supply and demand. Prices rise and fall all the time. Most state’s anti-gouging laws never even say exactly what is “unconscionably excessive.” That invites abuse. Vague laws give politicians dangerous power. They can use anti-gouging law

to punish any merchant who doesn’t give them money or kiss their rings. It seems cruel to charge customers more during a crisis, but when there are no laws against sharp price increases, people don’t experience long lines and shortages. Think about what happens when stores don’t raise their prices: People rush to buy all they can get. The store sells out. Only the first customers get what they want. But if the store charges more for items in extraordinary demand, people are less likely to hoard. Customers buy what we need and leave some for others. See STOSSEL on 29

Coronavirus: The Lockdown Limbo NEW YORK— I t ’ s almost become a sad cliche to say that America is shutting down over the Coronavirus pandemic. Uncertainty by John J. Metzler a n d f e a r s t a l k Syndicated Columnist the land but the enemy remains invisible. The growing global effects of COVID-19 from China to Western Europe, and now North America, ominously looms on TV screens but at the same time seems still largely removed from day to day life. Inconvenience and anxiety have been the principal threats, at least until now. The dire danger of Coronavirus

is unfolding across America. The media’s breathless commentaries underscore the stark risks posed by oft Apocalyptic predictions. There’s a surrealistic calm in places like New York City underscores proper preparation but at the same time hides a growing and yet to be felt economic impact of closing most stores, businesses, restaurants, schools and hotels. A rolling commercial Tsunami is building across the land which can swamp and devastate the economy. The laws of unintended consequences will soon catch up with major urban centers in New York, California and Illinois as the shelter in place shutdowns trigger an sudden economic stall. One news commentator rightly said that the crisis effects “not only

that we live, but how we will make a living.” So true. I’m not speaking about the gut wrenching stock market gyrations. Just a month ago the markets stood at record highs; now they have gone into free fall. Yet this is not an financial crisis but a crisis which will trigger massive financial impacts. Many readers personally and poignantly remember the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Yet September 11th comparisons are valid only to a point. The Al Qaida attacks on New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania came from an equally elusive but identifiable enemy but were nonetheless quickly contained. Then too Fear was pervasive but the eerie calm of shutdowns and

empty skies were soon replaced by solidarity and patriotism. Businesses, schools and stock markets nervously reopened after about a week but then we were relatively soon back in operation. The baseball season resumed a week later. Amazingly at Yankee Stadium President George W. Bush threw the first ball of game three of the World Series on October 30th. Now everything is on hold during this odd lockdown limbo. People are showing solidarity but the ongoing contagion is set to the backdrop of the contentious U.S. Presidential election. Comparisons with the Great Depression starting in 1929 are not accurate. That crisis started with a sudden stock mar- See METZLER on 26


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The Importance Of Massage Therapy For Proper Posture

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Posture is the position in which someone holds their body when standing or sitting. We rarely give much thought to it, but it’s not uncommon to notice another person’s posture or to overhear an adult telling a younger person to

“stand up straight” or “stop slouching.” The truth is, we all need constant attention and care for our posture. As a massage therapist, it’s one of the first things I observe with a new client and they are often surprised by how much I can learn just

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from that brief observation. Posture deterioration is so gradual that it easily goes unnoticed, even by physicians. If a patient is already in a treatment room, the doctor may not see that patient walk, or even stand up, missing crucial postural misalignments. Gait is the manner in which one walks. An abnormal gait occurs when the bodily systems that control the way a person walks do not function properly. When these causes are muscular in nature, massage therapy is the best and most readily available treatment for most people. When I first regard a client’s posture and gait I immediately look for abnormalities. Is one shoulder lower

than the other? Are the hips square? Is the head properly aligned over the shoulders? After observing this on my own, I will usually ask some open ended questions to dive deeper. What brings you in today? What kind of work do you do? What, if anything, is causing you pain recently? Has there been an injury? After that, it’s time for the bodywork. Muscle and tendon injuries are common in all types of people. Eventually everyone slips on ice, rolls an ankle, lifts something at a bad angle, sleeps funny, and so forth. The injury often isn’t the worst part, but rather what happens after. When injury occurs, that muscle, tendon, or joint ceases to function

properly. The body’s unconscious reaction is to have other muscles compensate while it heals. That works in the short term but, if the injured muscle is left untreated, those other muscles are left doing double the work. Eventually they become fatigued, causing a cascade effect of other muscles doing jobs they aren’t meant for either. In a matter of weeks, the right ankle you rolled in January is affecting your left shoulder in May, and you have no idea why. That’s where massage therapy comes in. My favorite part of being a Massage Therapist is the detective work. When someone presents with a shoulder impingement, a stiff neck, or a sore lower back, I frequently find the cause lies elsewhere in the body by way of exploration, palpation, and deep tissue work. With trigger point release therapy, activated stretches, and various other modalities, I address the root cause of the issue, working back to the chief complaint to undo the damage from the initial injury and resulting domino effect. Depending on how long the injury has been untreated, one visit may provide relief, but sometimes weekly visits for a period of time are required for lasting results. I strongly encourage people to continue getting the care they need See AYERS on 11


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by Dr. Graham Moneysmith, DC. Contributing Writer

If you look around lately you will see mass hysteria. Imagine waking up from a month long nap into our current world. There’s no toilet paper, hand sanitizer, or easy days at the market. In a matter of weeks we have watched our strength and normalcy dissolve into fear and uncertainty. Want to hit your favorite restaurant? Only as takeout. It is a new world in a matter of days. The world has changed is not hyperbolic but actual fact. Here’s the thing though: as much as we are scared and uncertain. The world is not really all that different. It has changed on the surface due to stress, fear, and health crisis. The economy is different. Our day to day lives are different. But one thing has not changed. People. Us. America. All the things that make us amazing. They still exist. We must not forget. We are still the greatest nation in the world. I wouldn’t choose to be anything but an American. And as much as our current situation is scary we, must take care of our health. Perhaps now, more than ever. I know you’ve heard all the big stuff: social dis-

tancing (seriously, stay home), wash your hands (weren’t you already), and don’t touch your face (okay, way harder than I thought). But outside of these recommendations there are a couple ways you can manage your health. Manage your stress. I know stuff is scary. But stress is devastating to your health. So turn off the news and focus on what you can have some control over. If you stress long term it has been linked to depression, sleep problems, autoimmune diseases, digestive problems, skin conditions, heart disease, weight problems, reproductive problems, and memory issues. More important to our current world, stress can affect our immune system. Stress produces cortisone, which can suppress the effectiveness of our im-

mune systems. What a world! Everything is stressful right now. The economy is getting hit and we are in the midst of a pandemic, but the more you stress, the more you leave yourself open to issues. So if we can’t change the world we will have to change ourselves. 1. Go for a 10 minute walk. Fresh air, movement, and the outdoors are all associated with decreased stress. 2. Get a plant. Simple right? But research has shown that being around plants can induce relaxation. 3. Decrease screen time. Okay, I know this is a hard one in an isolation period. But too much screen time has been associated with stress and depression. It also messes with your sleep. So while you have extra time during isolation perhaps con-

sider books, games, puzzles, art, crafts, etc instead of screens all day. 4. Meditate! Ok, I know a lot of people think this is just some hippy stuff. But hear me out. Sitting quietly and meditating has been associated with: reduced stress, less anxiety, improved sleep, and pain control. If we are isolated anyway, might as well some of that alone time to our benefit. All we can control is ourselves. We can’t control our environment or our stresses. But we can control how we react. This whole experience has shown See MONEYSMITH on 11

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AYERS from 8 to fix the issue rather than seeking temporary relief. My clients leave with home exercises and suggested behavior modifications, as seemingly innocuous daily choices can cause problems with posture or gait. Left unchecked, some of these negative effects can become permanent. Therefore, regular massage therapy is an integral part of selfcare and preventative health.

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Tim’s last day on the ice this year was March 16, and it didn’t disappoint. Winnipesaukee is from April 1 through September 30. Most years the lake is still ice covered through much of April, but iceout is almost all salmon anglers can think about once spring nears. On average, ice-out is declared near the end of the third week in April. Last year’s ice-out

date was April 24 and in 2018 it was April 26. With the current weather and temps, some speculate that ice-out will be declared on or around April 1. I’m not sure about April 1, but I do believe it won’t be much later than the first week in April. With the ice fishing season on Win-

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There are nothing quite like options and choices to make our lives complete. When you consider going out to dinner, you try to decide what you’re taste considerations might be. And when you shop for a new car, the vast choices might be dizzying. But choices are what we like. Diversity is the name of the game to attract the buyer. Although we have some really fine beers in this great state produced by wonderful brewers, we need to keep our eyes and thirsts open to other fine beers across the country. When you consider that notion, your thoughts explore the far reaches of flavor and creativity. So let us look at a treat so delicious that your taste buds might start doing back flips. Today we look at Osprey’s Next Catch. Horus Aged Ales of Oceanside, CA is an amazing tale of creative genius. Kyle Harrop is the owner, brewer, and entrepreneur of Horus Aged Ales, brewing for the masses since 2015. He is a 100% barrel

has officially rated this beer ‘Exceptional’ and awarding a 4.17 out of 5. Followers also rated it as high as 4.5 out of 5. Although there are other offerings from Kyle’s imagination, Osprey’s Next Catch is a gem to be experienced. Make sure you get your four pack of 16 oz cans soon as this one is rare and only available at Case-n-Keg in Meredith, the one location in the state with cases on hand. Cheers!

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Designing a Beautiful Garden For You And The Pollinators by Melinda Myers You don’t need a prairie or large lot to attract and support pollinators. A meadow or informal, formal and even container gardens can bring in bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to help pollinate plants. It’s just a matter of selecting the right plants, adjusting your maintenance practices, and skipping the pesticides. Create your garden by converting a few square feet of lawn, garden bed or front yard into a pollinatorfriendly garden. You may want to start by switching out part of an existing garden or container to more pollinator-friendly flowers. Expand your planting options by converting a portion of your lawn into a pollinator

A Pollinator Garden Bed. garden. Outline the bed with a hose or rope. Remove the sod, add compost as needed to improve drainage and you’ll be ready to plant. Simplify and dress up your efforts by using an easy-to-assemble raised garden kit like the Pollinator Garden Bed (gardeners.com). Its long-lasting cedar planks slide into aluminum corners to create a hexagonal bed. Get creative while increasing the garden’s size by adding additional sections to create a honeycomb or other interest-

ing design. Mark the outline of the raised bed you select. Cut the grass short and cover with newspaper. Set your raised bed in place and fill with a quality planting mix. Mulch four to six inches surrounding the raised bed for ease of mowing and to eliminate the need to hand trim. Once your planting bed is prepared, you’re ready to plant. Include single daisy-like blackeyed Susans, coneflowers, and asters that allow visiting insects to rest and warm when

sipping on nectar or dining on pollen. Add a few tubular flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds. They both like bright colors and can be seen visiting salvias, penstemon and nasturtiums. And don’t forget the bees that are attracted to bright white, yellow, blue and ultraviolet colors. You’ll find them visiting these and other blossoms like catmint, sweet alyssum and perennial geranium. Include spring, summer and fall bloomers to keep pollinators visiting and well fed throughout the season. You’ll enjoy the seasonal changes along with the color and motions the visitors provide. Include early spring perennials and bulbs to attract visitors in early spring as they search for much-needed food. Add fall flowers to help prepare them for winter or migration to their winter homes. Those in milder climates will want to add some pollinator-friendly flowers to support and attract pollinators wintering in their backyard. Plant flowers in groups for greater design impact and to reduce the energy pollinators expend when gathering nectar and pollen from one flower to the next. Provide plants with enough space to reach their mature size. Temporarily fill in voids with annuals like salvia, single zinnias and nicotiana that also attract See MYERS on 21


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Getting Ready For Spring Projects by Suzanne Marvin Suzanne’s Windows

Spring, just the mention of this season can put a spring back in your step. During the winter, thoughts of longer days, emerging spring green plants, birds chirping, warm breezes that blow pirouetting leaves across the yard, make us long for Spring. I don’t know about you, but one warm sunny day can derail any plans I have made and I begin to look at things that need to be done. The yard needs raking, walkways need sweeping, cobwebs need dusting, windows need washing, winter reading clutter needs to be organized and put away and all of a sudden my carefree thoughts of spring turn into a distracting beckoning list of “must do’s”. I can start one of those beckoning “must do’s” and another one seems to trip me up and I end up with many partly finished, barely begun spring spruce up projects. The rake is now leaning on a tree, the broom leaning on the house, the dust cloth is in the middle of the coffee table and the reading material is on the floor, and my smudged windows become a reminder of another “must do” every sunny day that goes by. How did my cheerful thoughts of Spring turn into unpleasant pressure? Here are some

thoughts of how to keep the cheerful thoughts of Spring and still get those seemingly urgent tasks accomplished. We have all heard of making lists and prioritizing the items on the list, but don’t let the list trip you up. You need to do what works best for you. If it means carrying around the list, do it. If you can keep the list on your phone, do it. (But don’t get distracted by things beckoning you on your phone), that’s why paper lists work better for me. Start your list of things that you would like to accomplish. Mark the list in order of importance or priority. As you start one project and see another one to

do, pull out your list and add it, don’t become derailed, you’ll get to it later. Complete the first task on the list and check it off. Move on to the next and so on. Some of us get the feeling of accomplishment just seeing those things checked off the list. Some of the things on our lists require calling in a professional to accomplish. That phone call or finding the right person to accomplish the job can make us put off getting the job done. So many people on Facebook ask for a recommendation for a service company or person. This seems like a great way to get some valid recommendations for

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project done that you can enjoy throughout the summer. Summer months are ideal for indoor projects out of the heat. Also consider factors such as personal or professional obligations, or even an event for which you need the project completed. Step 3: Set Your Budget Every home is unique in structure, age, quality and craftsmanship, which all impact the price of a remodel. Since no one can see through walls before demolition, the quote you receive may not be 100% accurate. However, a qualified remodeling company will be forthcoming about potential challenges. Account for these adjustments by planning for a 10% cushion, just in case. Step 4: Hire the

Right Team To help ensure you find the right company for the job, do your research. Referrals from friends and family are one way to find a remodeler. Resources like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry provide unbiased information that can help you find qualified, certified remodelers in your area. With more than 5,000 member companies, the organization represents professional remodelers who adhere to a strict code of ethics. Many hold certifications in remodeling, kitchen and bath design and lead carpentry. Step 5: Establish a Written Agreement Most companies insist on a contract to protect their own interests, but if they See REMODEL on 21


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REMODEL from 20 don’t, you should. In addition to defining the scope of work and budget, a contract ensures all parties are on the same page with expectations about factors like timing, liability in the event of an accident and other practical matters. Contractors also often provide guarantees of workmanship, so find out what they cover for how long and include this information in your work agreement.

Keep the lines of communication open between you, the remodeling contractor and the work crew. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Let them know your family’s schedule and circumstances that may affect their work, such as pets. Make sure to specify the best way to reach you and how often you wish to communicate about your project.

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MYERS from 14 pollinators. Don’t let all the plant and design possibilities overwhelm you into inaction. Gardener’s Supply Company has plans for designing gardens to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds plus tips on keeping them safe in your garden. Mulch the soil with leaves annually. It suppresses weeds, conserves moisture, improves the soil and provides homes for many beneficial insects. Allow healthy plants and grasses to stand for

winter. These provide homes for many beneficial insects and food for birds. Wait as long as possible to clean up your garden in spring. If needed, pile clippings out of the way to allow beneficial insects to escape these winter homes once temperatures warm. Then shred and compost the plant debris in summer. As your gardens flourish, you will want to create more pollinatorfriendly spaces. Your efforts will be rewarded with beautiful flowers, increased harvest and the added color and

walk through the area and note any adjustments that need to be made while the contractor is still on site. You should also take another look at the contract and confirm you have signed permits, receipts, change orders, lien waivers, warranties and manufacturers’ guides at your disposal. Find more remodeling advice and contractors in your area at remodelingdoneright. com.

motion these visitors provide. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series and the Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and was commissioned by Gardeners Supply for her expertise to write this article. Her web site is www.MelindaMyers. com.

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“Pack up all your cares and woes” respite. Many eating establishments having also always been very generous when it came to local fundraisers. Unselfishly giving of their time and product in helping so many causes. Yes, we sure could use them now. And we certainly will need them once this is all over… and it will be. So, for however long this lasts, make sure you don’t forget about these places that have served you well over the years. We all want to make sure they are still there for us once the smoke clears. They need our support. Even though the stools are on the bar and the dining areas are dark, the comfort food you crave is still being made in many of these establishments; it’ll just be a little different for a while how you’ll enjoy them. And, don’t forget, a new law put into effect during this time is allowing establishments to provide beer and wine curbside service if they choose. Here are some of the restaurants here in Central New Hampshire that are working

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SUPPORT from 23 phone. They’d also like to thank everyone for their support of local businesses during this unprecedented time. 603-279-8723. Ackerly’s Grill and Galley Restaurant in downtown Alton is currently running their full menu for takeout and

curbside delivery. Famous for their Buffalo, Garlic Parmesan, Teriyaki And Dry Rub chicken wings, they are limiting orders on those so get them while they last. Their website is ackerlysgrillandgalleyrestaurant.com. On their Facebook page, owner Shaun Ackerly posted “I ask that you stop in, you don’t

have to order anything. Come in, say hello, let us know how you are doing. We have always made sure that our priority was serving our locals and giving them a place to feel comfortable. That has not changed. We will be seeing you soon. Be safe.” 603-875-3383. Giuseppe’s Pizzeria

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and Ristorante in The Mills Falls Marketplace in Meredith will be offering pick- up and Delivery service for dinner every day from 4pm to 8pm. They will also be offering pick-up service for lunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am. There will be limited delivery service available within 5 miles from 4pm to 8pm daily. Customers ordering take out and delivery will be required to pay with a credit card over the phone when placing the order. Pens used for signing the credit card slips will be fully sanitized before and after each use. To ensure the safety of their customers. To view their menu see giuseppesnh.com 603-279-3313.

Faros Express, 1135 Union Avenue Laconia. Closed Sundays and Mondays and open Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 11:30am to 8pm. Their full menu is available on their website at faro-express.com 603-527-8700. Lydia’s Café, 33 N. Main Street Wolfeboro will remain open Thursday through Sunday serving up their awesome coffee and take out. “Thank you all for your support and good cheer.” Their menu can be viewed on their Facebook Page. 603 5693991. Johnsons Steak & Seafood, 69 State Route 11 New Durham is offering their full menu, plus beer and wine for

take out. They will have window and curbside pick up available. They are open their normal business hours of Sunday- Thursday 11am8pm. Friday & Saturday 11am-9pm. Check out Facebook or their website for daily specials. 603-859-7500. I am sure you have your favorite eating place and, unfortunately, we can not list them all here. Whatever that business might be, don’t forget them in this time of uncertainty. You’ll look back days down the road, sitting at your favorite table or on you favorite barstool and you’ll be glad you did.


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— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, March 26, 2020 — SMITH from 3 husband was made a Colonel in the army and another Derryfield man, John Moor, was a Captain in Stark’s regiment. A total of thirty-four Derryfield men fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill with eighteen of them being under Capt. Moor’s command. Like John Stark, John Moor had distinguished himself as brave soldier during the French and Indian War. The Colonists benefited from the British army’s delay in mounting a quick attack, giving them time to organize their forces for battle. There were a number of soldiers who exhibited special valor at the battle of Bunker Hill and Stark and Moor were among them. They were chosen to occupy a position at the far left of the American forces near the Mystic River that appeared to be an easy area for the British to attack from. There was a rail fence that the American soldiers were told to fill in with newly cut grass (hay), which would not protect them from the shots of the enemy, but would hide them from view. According to the book Colonial Life In New Hampshire each of Col. Stark’s soldiers “was given a gill of powder, fifteen bullets and one flint; but their guns were of different sizes, and many of the men had to pound the bullets into the right shape for their barrels.” As Stark’s men advanced to take up their positions behind the rail fence the British were firing from their ships as they were preparing a land attack upon the Colonist forces that had gathered in an effort to stop them. Generals Howe and Piggott were commanding the British troops. Col. John Stark walked about 30 paces in front of the fence

where his company was waiting for the British to arrive and drove a stake into the ground; he instructed his men not to shoot until the British soldiers reached that stake. As the British soldiers confidently advanced towards the fortifications set up by the Colonial army the New Hampshire “back-woodsmen,” as they have been called, fought valiantly in an effort to defend their position. At the first advance the enemy soldiers were met by surprise as the American soldiers rose from their stations behind the rail fence inflicting many casualties and causing the British to retreat. They made a second attempt to break through the colonists lines and had to retreat a second time. Stark’s men had wanted to go after them, but he kept them from doing so. The British soldiers approached a third time and again faced the resistance of the Americans . The brave colonists, however, were running out of ammunition and had to give way to the still advancing British troops. Stark’s men were able, thanks to a supply of powder that had arrived from New Hampshire, to cover the retreating troops of Col. Prescott to their right as they escaped from the advancing redcoats. The British, though coming out as victors in the Battle of Bunker Hill, suffered serious losses. It was said that on the next day there were 96 dead bodies lying on the ground in front of the fence where the New Hampshire men were stationed even after the wounded and dead officers had been removed. Captain Moor’s company, though engaged in the heavy fighting, was

said not to have had any killed or wounded in the battle. Captain Moor was afterwards promoted to the rank of Major. A Major among Col. Stark’s regiment, Andrew McClary, was killed, being among the sixty or so casualties (dead and wounded) in Stark’s regiment. During the Battle of Bunker Hill one of the men was said to have come to Col. Stark with news that his 15 or 16 year old son, Caleb, who had entered the battlefield against his father’s will, had been shot and killed. Stark reportedly answered, “ This is not a moment to talk of private affairs when the enemy is in front,” and sent the man back to his position. The report turned out to be false; the son had not been killed, but lived to continue as a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

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26 MOFFETT from 4 Birth” bill, and a “Parental Notification” bill. Democrats humiliated and publicly reprimanded an 80-year-old female legislator and a disabled senior citizen for missing dubiously mandated sexual harassment “training.” Having wasted so much time reprimanding such legislators, the House unnecessarily had to run a subsequent session until 4 a.m. to try to complete the people’s business. There are literally dozens more examples of radical Democrat conduct that could be cited. Thank the heavens above for Governor Sununu’s fifty plus vetoes—with at least as many to come in 2020. When confronting tyranny in 1776, our founders mutually pledged to each other their lives, their fortunes and their sacred

— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, March 26, 2020 — honor. Most of them suffered greatly for their principles, but their efforts resulted in a wondrous and unprecedented system of government where change occurs using ballots, not bullets. So in 2020 we in New Hampshire have the power to correct the perilous course that our ship of state took after the last election. We just need to show up and vote later this year. If only overcoming tyranny had been so easy for Jefferson and our brave founders in 1776! Sports Quiz What Hall of Fame pitcher who won 224 games, struck out over 2800 batters, and pitched no-hitters in both leagues, later served as a two-term U.S. Senator from Kentucky? Born Today ... That is to say sports

standouts born on March 26 include NBA backcourt star John Stockton (1962) and NFL running back Marshall Faulk (1973). Sports Quote “Sports and politics are all I really care about or talk about.” – American actor Peter Jacobson Sports Quiz Answer Jim Bunning Mike Moffett was a Professor of Sports Management for Plymouth State University and NHTI-Concord. He co-authored the critically-acclaimed and award-winning “FAHIM SPEAKS: A Warrior-Actor’s Odyssey from Afghanistan to Hollywood and Back” which is available through Amazon.com. His e-mail address is mimoffett@comcast.net.

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ket collapse in October 1929 followed by far more devastating bank failures in 1930 and 1931. In 1930 unemployment was 9 percent, by September 1931 17.4 percent! Yet that meltdown of the U.S. economy occurred over two tragic years. President Trump’s wartime mobilization of key industries is a good first step. So is overdue bipartisan Congressional support for a robust economic rehabilitation bill. America is at its best during adversity. Nonetheless panic buying and hoarding Ben Shapiro, 36, is a are but a symptom graduate of UCLA and of the ongoing angst. Harvard Law School, It’s Spring, but large host of “The Ben Sha- parts of the USA are piro Show” and editor- being told to take an in-chief of DailyWire. extended “Snow day” com. He is the author from school and work of the No. 1 New York causing “cabin fever.” Now we see political Times bestseller “The Right Side of History.” power grabs by LeftHe lives with his wife ist governors who to and two children in admittedly safeguard Los Angeles. To find public health, use reout more about Ben strictive “lockdowns” Shapiro and read fea- in New York and Calitures by other Creators fornia as a hopeful Syndicate writers and panacea to the pancartoonists, visit the demic. This may be C r e a t o r s S y n d i c a t e prudent for now, but website at www.cre- what about civil liberties? ators.com. First we must protect Life. Vice President Mike Pence has helped coordinate a top notch scientific Coronavirus Taskforce has earned praise, even prompting Britain’s snarky left leaning Guardian A Unique newspaper to call him Bookstore “strangely competent.” for the Pence has coordinated Avid Reader... an tireless response to the health crisis We are currently unable to which combines both accept USED BOOKS, PUZZLES the medical and prior DONATIONS at this time due to vate business sectors. circumstances beyond our control. Second, there’s Livelihood. After the criOPEN WED. & SAT. 10-5 Closed Sun, sis, will unemployed Mon, Tues people seamlessly reTHUR. & FRI. 10-6 turn to firms that have anniesbookstop.net disappeared during anniesbookstoplr@gmail.com the pandemic? Small 1330 Union Ave., Laconia about the extent to which openness to China ought to be curbed. The Trump administration should consider a travel ban on China until China has verifiably shut down its exotic animals markets, at the very least. The current crisis will cost millions of American jobs, millions more of Americans’ savings and thousands of American lives. To trust the Chinese government after a global betrayal of this magnitude would not only be foolish; it would be immoral.

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MALKIN from 6 to the U.S. economy, then take the proposed $50 billion, divide it by 1 million, and cut $50,000 checks for each of them and their families. Instead, key Beltway GOP leaders are lining up to help shepherd through $29 billion in federal grants for both passenger and cargo carriers, plus a reported $29 billion in zero-interest loans or loan guarantees, and suspension of federal excise taxes on fuel, cargo and airline tickets for an undetermined period. Weird. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that all these “limited government” Republicans in the House, Senate, Trump cabinet and conservative me-

dia were up on stage at the “Conservative” Political Action Conference performing conga-line warnings about the scourge of Bernie Sanders-style interventions in the capitalist marketplace? Will even a single Turning Point USA college kid clad in his “SOCIALISM SUCKS” T-shirt be protesting this handout hysteria on the capitol steps? Compounding this rank ideological hypocrisy is the repugnant idea of rewarding companies whose CEOs have adamantly opposed President Trump’s attempts to enforce our borders and limit mass migration precisely for the national security and

public health consequences we are all now suffering. Take United’s Mexican-American CEO Oscar Munoz, who has repeatedly bashed the southern border wall expansion because he opposes “any wall, anywhere, between any people -- period.” Munoz further called the Trump travel ban from dangerous countries “damning and damaging” to his business because “diversity” is what makes our country “great.” Meanwhile, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines joined Uber, Amazon, Verizon and other social justice companies in opposing a lawsuit by the state of Texas to end Barack Obama’s ex-

ecutive amnesty and work permits for 800,000 illegal immigrant “DREAMers.” Southwest, American, Frontier, United, Alaskan and Spirit all piled on the Trump White House after the manufactured illegal immigrant family separation outrage -joining together to refuse cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents doing their jobs and deporting minors here illegally (untold numbers of them smuggled by coyotes or part of violent gangs of predators like the MS-13 “youths” who have hijacked American public schools across the country). If “Hire American” is one of the Trump ad-

ministration’s official policies, and American self-reliance is the post-Wuhan rallying cry, why are we rushing to fork over billions of dollars from hardhit citizens to airlines that have been at the forefront of outsourcing American jobs to offshore repair centers in South America and China and IT outsourcers and offshorers in India? Oh, and it doesn’t help that this airline bailout blitz is spearheaded by left-wing executives at United and Delta, which demonized American gun owners in 2018 after the Parkland High school shooting massacre by cutting ties with the National Rifle Association. Ameri-

can Airlines flew its own virtue-signaling freak flag last month, publicly condemning Tennessee’s transgender bathroom bills protecting the public safety of women and children, while JetBlue and United have promoted drag queen flights and brunches. Priorities! I voted for Trump because he ran on “America First,” not “American Airlines First.” We had enough crisis socialism under the Bush and Obama years. Time to tell the aviation bailout buzzards to go fly a kite. Michelle Malkin’s email address is MichelleMalkinInvestigates@protonmail.com.

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— THE WEIRS TIMES, Thursday, March 26, 2020 — STOSSEL from 7 Prices should rise during emergencies. That’s because prices aren’t just money; they are signals, information. They tell suppliers what their customers want most. Entrepreneurs then make more of them and work hard to get them to the people who need them most. If “anti-gouging” laws don’t crush these incentives, prices quickly fall to normal levels. Stossel in the Classroom contest winners

explained that in a video. Last week, some people bought lots of hand sanitizers and masks and then sold them on the internet. One couple boasted that they made over $100,000 reselling Lysol wipes. They’re not bad people. Their actions allow people desperate for supplies to buy what they need, even if it’s at a higher price. We’re supposed to stay indoors, so it’s good that we can get these products online. Then we

don’t leave home and infect others. Unfortunately, Amazon, eBay and Facebook, worried about accusations of “profiteering,” cracked down on resellers. The companies removed listings for masks, hand sanitizers and disinfectants. This will only cause more shortages. Bigger profit was what encouraged people to sell online. Now no one gets those products until the market returns to normal.

In China, there was a severe mask shortage. That raised the price of masks and kickstarted production of face masks all around the world. A factory in France hired more people and raised its production of face masks from 170 million a year to half a billion. The French company didn’t do it only because they want to help people in China. Extra profit motivated them. Price “gouging” saves lives. In a crisis, we like to think that everyone

will volunteer and be altruistic. But it’s not realistic to believe that all will. If we want more supplies, we ask sellers to risk their money, their safety and comfort. (Sellers often travel long distances to reach people most in need.) Most sellers won’t do that unless they’ll profit. Government should dump its anti-price gouging laws and let the free market help those in need.

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