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Discovery Of Titanic’s Resting Place Took 73 Years 15,1912, it plunged some two and a half miles to the ocean floor where it was to remain unseen, undetected and undisturbed for the next 73 years. News of the Titanic’s demise brought an almost immediate desire on the part of many adventurous souls to try and locate the ship, photograph it, and even bring it back to the surface. In 1914, Popular Mechanics ran an article on underwater photography, which

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The following article is from The Weirs Times special edition “Titanic,” which was published in 1997. This week marks the 100th anniversary of the tragedy. -ed When the ocean liner Titanic, the largest moving object ever made by man up to that point in history, at 900 feet and weighing 46,000 tons slipped beneath the chilly waters of the North Atlantic on April

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NH Fiddle Ensemble At Opera House


plus singing and dancing. The ensemble also includes guitars, and other stringed instruments. For tickets and information contact the Franklin Opera House Box Office at (603) 9341901 or visit the website at franklinoperahouse. org. Tickets are $5 for children age 12 and under and $10 for all others. i

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It was 100 years ago this week that what might be considered the greatest ocean tragedy of all time, the sinking of the Titanic, took place. The above poster, used to promote the maiden voyage of the “unsinkable” ship also graced the cover of The Weirs Times’ “Titanic Special Edition,” which was published in 1997. The 72-page publication was one of our prouder works, though there have been many to follow. We are republishing one of the many stories from that edition this week.

The N.H. Fiddle Ensemble is holding their annual concert at the Franklin Opera House on Sunday, April 15 at 2pm. The NH Fiddle Ensemble provides a place for musicians to learn all of the basics of performing and musicianship, both in the traditional manner (learning by ear) and using sheet music. The graduated parts allow musicians of various ability levels to play together in harmony. The ensemble plays fiddle music in various traditions


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Fri. 13th – Sun. 15th First Annual “Glamour in Mud Season�

Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook. 5:30-8pm. Contact Mary West to register 796-2151

Village Players of Wolfeboro celebrates Yankee ingenuity behind mud season survival with a weekend of food, theater, music, dance and wild animals. Information at www.

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A Short Course on Islam for NonMuslims

Great Bay Community College, 320 Corporate Drive, Portsmouth. 12pm. Discuss the major similarities and crucial differences among Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Free. 4277600 x 7704

Radisson Hotel/Center of NH in downtown Manchester. Fri. 1-8pm, Sat. 10-8 and Sun. 10-4. Attendees are able to sample and buy products from both new exhibitors and many returning favorites. On display will be a wide variety of fine NH made products ranging from woodworking, jewelry, books, home dĂŠcor to food, pet products and bath and body products. $9/adults, $8/seniors and $3/children. 626-6354

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Night: Giant Xbox-360�

McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, Concord. 7pm. Back again by popular demand, it’s ultimate giant X-box 360 video gaming night! Can you imagine 16 people playing the same Xbox360 game on four giant projected screens in the forty-foot dome of the planetarium theater with Dolby 5.1 surround sound? Video gaming has never been so BIG! Teams will be set up. And - meet Marvel video game designer Greg Walek and his students from the NHTI Animation and Graphic Game Programming degree program as they make this exciting night possible. Pizza and soda provided.

Margaritaville in Meredith

Church Landing, Meredith. 6pm. Open to the public and will feature culinary delights ala Caribbean style as well as the popular margarita tasting contest, the Pirate’s Treasure Raffle and dancing to the music of Annie and the Orphans. Tickets need to be purchased in advance. 279-6121

BUNCO Dice Game

Lions Hall, Old Rt. 109, Moultonborough. 7-10pm. BYOB with free set ups and appetizers. Cash prizes. $15 per person. Proceeds go to benefit The Moultonborough Women’s Club Scholarship Fund. 253-6805

Budget Blinds to Appear on CBS’s “Undercover Boss� CBS, at 8pm.

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Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn (Formerly Expo Ctr) 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia FREE Parking Music of Tim Janis

Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon Street, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Inspired by his weekend at the house of actor Laurette Taylor, Noel Coward wrote this comedy of manners. Tickets available at at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro or at the box office before show.

Genealogy Lock-In

Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith. Be sure to get there before the library closes at 5pm! You will have access to their 8 computers, wireless connection and genealogy stored in their locked cases. Pizza will be served at 6pm. Free and open to the public.279-4303

Purple Up!

Everyone across the state today is encouraged to wear purple as a visible way to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is the combination of Army green, Marine red and Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard blue! See their Facebook page

Saturday 14th Organic Blueberry Pruning Class

Hopkinton Town Library, 61 Houston Drive, Contoocook. 10-11:30am. Contact Mary West to register 7962151

James Montgomery Band with Duke Robillard

Raffle to Benefit: NH Humane Society

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever�

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Elisabeth Von Trapp Comes To The Lakes Region Elisabeth von Trapp will offer concerts in Franklin and Laconia on the weekend of April 21-22. On Saturday evening, April 21, 7pm, she will appear at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse, 206 Central Street in Franklin; on Sunday afternoon, April 22 at 4pm, she will be at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Laconia at

172 Pleasant Street. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron von Trapp, whose story inspired The Sound of Music. Seating is limited; doors open one-half hour before the event. There is no charge but a collection will be taken and CDs will be on sale.

David Sedaris At Plymouth University David Sedaris will be appearing at The Silver Center For The Arts at Plymouth University on Sunday, April 15th at 7pm. Sedaris is “the preeminent humorist of his generation,� according to Entertainment Weekly. He will be reading from his many books as well as new work, answering audience questions, and signing books after the presentation. David Sedaris never disappoints, from his early days recounting tales of working as a Macy’s elf on NPR’s “This American Life� to his latest book, “Squirrel Meets Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary,� a darkly sarcastic series of morality tales set in the animal kingdom. No two Sedaris appearances are alike. Every year the prolific writer reads from unpublished (and hilarious) works-in-progress and shares a book selection from another author he admires during his perpetually sold-out appearances. He’ll also graciously sign autographs in the Silver Center lobby until every insatiable fan has had their chance. Ask anyone who has had a book signed by Sedaris and they’ll either show you the unique drawing, hilarious note or tell you the story of what he said to them. It’s as much a part of a David Sedaris evening as the reading. For tickets, call 535-ARTS or buy on line at http://silver.

Fashion Show To Feature Breast Cancer Patients &Survivors, a non-profit organization that provides support programs for local breast cancer patients, announced that 12 local breast cancer patients and survivors will be the models in the first ever CelebratePink Expo and Women’s Extravaganza fashion show. Now in its third year, the CelebratePink Expo – a daylong celebration and fundraiser with a focus on overall health and wellness – will take place from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, April 14, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events Center in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. All the money raised from this event will benefit’s new local My Breast Cancer Support programs ( For more information please visit www.celebratepinkexpo. org or contact them at or 603.759.5640.

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Wolfeboro Celebrates Glamour in Mud Season Friday - Sunday, April 13th - 15th

For some people--think Mitt Romney, Jimmy Fallon, Nikolas Sarkozy, Drew Barrymore— summer means Wolfeboro, NH, the Oldest Summer Resort in America. But what do the town’s 6,500 yearround residents do in the off-season, particularly Mud Season? This year Wolfeboro’s community theater, The Village Players, launches its 3-day bash, Glamour in Mud Season™ with assistance from Noël Coward, artists from around New England, local musicians, an American Idol contestant, a New Hampshire winery, a red carpet, W.I.L.D. Animal Encounters, The Singing & Dancing Families, and businesses, inns and restaurants from all around the region. Noël Coward’s Hay Fever is the Village Players’ spring production, and centerpiece of the 3-day fun-raiser and fundraiser. Coward’s most popular play, Hay Fever has never played in Wolfeboro before, so its opening performance Friday, April 13, will be marked with a Red Carpet premiere with emcee, paparazzi and Wolfeboro’s answer to Oscar fashion— with a little “Mud” mixed in! The play also runs April 14, 20, 21 at 8 pm, and April 22 at 2 pm. It is sponsored in part by Avery Insurance. Other events include a Juried Art Show & Sale cosponsored by The Galleries of Wolfeboro (with opening Gala wine tasting reception from the Gilmanton Winery and succulents, savories and sweets provided by The Downtown Grille Café, Stellaloona Bakery, and the Wolfeboro Inn; Glam Animals from the W.I.L.D. Center and New England Zoological Park (seen on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Martha Stewart Show); The Folk Cellar-sponsored Traveling Wolfeburys concert with American Idol contestant

Hay Fever ensemble (Courtesy Michael Wilfert): Wolfeboro’s Village Players present Noel Coward’s Hay Fever as the centerpiece of Glamour in Mud Season™. The show opens at 51 Glendon Street with a Red Carpet Premiere Friday, April 13, 8 pm. The show also runs April 14, 20, 21 at 8 pm and April 22 at 2. Tickets are $12;



Curtis Gray from Wakefield, NH; a benefit breakfast at The Strawberry Patch; and the culminating Contra Dance, put on by The Singing & Dancing Families, homeschoolers raising funds for the local food pantry. The Wolfeboro Inn and Tuc’ Me Inn b&b have created special lodging packages for the weekend, and even chocoholics will find a holiday in Wolfeboro April 13-15. Nearly a dozen local restaurants are creating Glamour in Mud Season™ signature dishes with names like Morrissey’s Mocha Mud Pie Mayhem (mocha espresso bean ice cream, oreos, fudge sauce and whipped cream) and Lydia Cafés Muddy Bliss Latte (Ghirardelli Chocolate with Sweet Almond)—Café co-owner Mandy Ferriman also plays Judith Bliss, the lead in Hay Fever. It is a small town after all! A full schedule of events, ticket information, and locations can be found at








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Silly Season

To The Editor: There may be a lot of intelligent letters in your paper and yet none I’ve seen demonstrate the simple understanding of why our nation is in such desperate situations. The reason for our calamitous collapse as a great nation is clear; the action of elected Democrats and Republicans. These legislators, collectively the “Establishment”, have long led us to self destruction. It is time for anyone who is dissatisfied with our government to revolt. It is so easy. In November 2012, vote for a candidate who is not a Democrat or a Republican. Naive you say? No. What is naive is continuing to vote for the Establishment and thinking that somehow they will make us a responsible viable nation again after such abundant evidence to the contrary. Don’t you believe yet what they have relentlessly shown you? They only take care of themselves. Vote wisely in November before you lose the opportunity to even do that. Protect your freedom. Be part of the necessary revolution while it can still be peaceful. Down with the Establishment!

To the Editor: The silly season is starting early this year. The “climate catastrophe” campaign is full upon us, perhaps in an attempt to inject it into the political campaigns. When the global warming hysteria wore thin a few years ago, the more moderate term “climate change” seemed to hit the right note. Then global warming’s cachet completely wore off with Climategate and a series of NASA reports that the world climate is in fact quite stable, and if anything appears to have begun cooling for the past ten to twelve years. This, despite the fact that CO2 levels are reported by the UN to have reached new highs. Our reps in Washington, and most state governments, have responded to this disconnect between temperatures and CO2 by leaving overt mention of “cap and trade” off the table - although the President’s various green energy scams are obviously partly motivated by the lingering, willful thought of reducing CO2. The great American yawn that now greets “climate change” has put the radical left into deep despair. Likewise the climate scientists who have milked the system aren’t too keen to look for real work. There are too many lucrative EPA contracts and foundation funding sources that may dry

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up. Time for a new, improved term to frighten the public. So here comes “catastrophe”. The Environmental Defense Fund is running current internet ads that assure us that “The longer we wait to curb pollution, the steeper the cuts must be to avoid catastrophic climate change”. Last week the Scientific American editorialized that “Effective World Government Will Be Needed to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe.” “Disaster” and “war” are also excellent attentiongrabbers. Earlier this month, an International Herald Tribune (i.e, New York Times) editorial on the “climate war” warned us of a “disastrous increase in sea level and widespread drought.” This was aimed at those with 20-second attention spans. Others may recall similar warnings in 1997, based on models predicting that sea level would rise one metre by 2005. Now the one-metre rise has been conveniently postponed for about 100 years. The editorial continues the “war” theme by noting that some unidentified grouping of the “US and five other countries” have set “climate war targets”: methane, soot, and hydrocarbons. These “account for about 30% to 40% of warming”. How’s that? Now that Americans aren’t buying into the CO2 scam, the faux climatologists




We’re the TALK around the Lake!

are trying to tell us that human-generated HFCs, soot, and methane must be attacked. We should waste our money trying to reduce them (the group wants $15 million to start), while of course not giving up on CO2. Readers with good memories may recall that back in 2007 the IPCC (the International Panel of Climate Change) declared that human-generated CO2 accounted for 90% of AGM (anthropogenic global warming). Something doesn’t add up, does it? If HFCs, soot, and methane account for up to 40%, and CO2 accounts for 90%, that makes it up to 130%! And that doesn’t take into account the percentage contributed by water vapor, the most potent greenhouse gas. Therefore if the left can’t use science to tag CO2 as the sole villain any more, they must switch to other targets (HFCs, soot, and methane) in their attempts to bring us back to the stone age. But somehow the logic seems to escape them that something more profound than greenhouse gases are affecting the climate as it continues into a cooling phase. Vastly more powerful forces than human-generated emissions are responsible for variations in a global climate that has been changing ever since humans began to notice the weather. There See mail boat on 30


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Live Free or Die.


Friday Night Out by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

I’ve decided that the development of the latest technology was for a reason. The following is a true story, somewhat. It happened less than twelve hours ago as I write this but, getting a little older, I may not have all the details exactly straight. If you read this column regularly, you may remember a few weeks ago I wrote about getting my first smartphone. It was pretty simple for me; my contract was up, I picked out a new phone and in a few minutes I was out of the store, confident that I was done with wireless phone stores for at least two years. But that was not to be. My girlfriend’s daughter had been given a birthday present of enough money to buy a new iPhone and she and her mom, who was using a different wireless provider than either one of us, were going to go on my plan together. It would save us all some money. So, we drove down to the local wireless store Friday night. The plan was two new phones; one each for mom and daughter, switch to my plan, and it would be a perfect world, at least for a night. We would eat dinner later as we celebrated the new purchases; a little different than the usual Friday night routine which usually consists of dinner and a movie‌.on the couch. We arrived at the store at 7pm. One customer ahead of us and just finishing up; this would be easy. But then things turned weird. If my girlfriend was to go on my plan and switch from her provider, she would need to drive back home

and get her last statement. So she went to get it. It was then we found out that the iPhone that was to be purchased by her daughter for $200 would now cost $700 because the plan she was on now was not out of contract yet, was not due for an upgrade and would cost full price if she was just to switch to my plan. Following so far? Soon, mom was back. Story explained and now what to do? Well, there were options. If her daughter just got a new number, she could get a new phone for $200 but have to pay contract termination of an as yet undisclosed amount for shutting off the other phone. Then there was this option, which was explained at a rapid pace and no one really understood: If her mom, who could get a new discounted phone if

she joined my plan, considering she was a new customer, she could then buy the iPhone under her name, and then, in a few days, switch her number from the iPhone to her daughter’s old phone and then, a few days later, her daughter’s old phone could then be used with my girlfriends’s old phone number after that was switched as well. Or something like that. There might have been mention of sacrificing a first born child and a bucket full of goose feathers, but I can’t be sure. We were all with low blood sugar at the time, so no one followed exactly. It was kind of like listening to a speech by Joe Biden; no offense to the salesman. Still, this process seemed like it would take many phone calls and maybe a day off from work to ac-

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ccomplish. Then there was the option of calling those in charge of her old plan, finding out if they had an upgrade coming and then use that. So, still, a few phone calls would be needed. Tensions began to mount. Fortunately, the easiest option was chosen: a new number. We all breathed a sigh of relief knowing that being 8:30 at night, we would be eating dinner this evening. We also decided that mom would wait for another day to purchase her new phone and get on the plan. There really is only so much a human being can stand in one night. It was a long Friday night, not one I was used to anymore. We would sleep well.

When us Baby boomers were younger, we used to spend some crazy Friday nights partying. We never worried about things like phone upgrades and contracts, we had other things to do. There were some visionaries in our generation; they created cell phones and eventually smart and iPhones. They realized that we would soon get older and slow down and not be able to party like we used to, so they developed other ways for us to spend our Friday evenings. Like at the wireless store. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at


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The Democrats’ Election Forgery Racket A few weeks ago, Obama senior adviser and seasoned Chicago operative David Axelrod joked on MSNBC about election corrupby Michelle Malkin t i o n . A s k e d Syndicated Columnist whether “vote early and often” scams had come to an end in his shady hometown, Axelrod snarked: “Well, certainly on the air.” Yuk, yuk, yuk. Behind the scenes, Democrats have been busy faking petition signatures, forging ballots and enlisting medical professionals to authorize fraudulent doctors’ notes for liberal teachers-union operatives protesting Republican opponents. It’s no laughing matter. This week, four Democratic

officials in Indiana were hit with felony charges related to petition fraud in the state’s 2008 primary. The prosecutions are a result of the local South Bend Tribune newspaper’s investigation last fall into “hundreds of county residents’ signatures” forged on petitions used to put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic primary ballot. At least two whistle-blowing government officials came forward to expose the forgery racket, which court documents say was formulated by Democratic Party officials inside local party headquarters. A veteran county Democratic Party chair, Butch Morgan, resigned in October over the scandal; three employees in the St. Joseph County voter registration office reportedly helped Morgan execute the scheme. Among the hundreds of unsuspecting residents whose names were il-

legally signed to the petitions: the prosecuting attorney in the case and a former Democratic governor of the state! That’s the audacity of ACORNstyle hoaxes. Without the phony signatures, there’s a significant chance that Obama would not have qualified for the primary ballot -- throwing the validity of the entire election into question. Dr. Deb Fleming, the county’s Republican chairwoman, told the South Bend Tribune that the Democratic machine has dominated her backyard for decades. “They have ‘a culture of corruption’ here and throughout Indiana. ‘I’m sure there are other things. They’ve just never gotten caught,’ she speculated. ‘Because they’ve been in control of St. Joseph County for so long, they felt they could get away with it.’” It’s a widespread culture of election corruption that has festered in Obama’s Chicago, crossed into Indiana and bubbled up across the country. On Tuesday, a New York judge set new trial dates for Democratic officials and political operatives accused of another ballot fraud conspiracy. A first round of prosecutions against Democratic Elections Commissioner Edward McDonough and his co-defendant, former Councilman Michael LoPorto, ended in mistrials last month. The two men also face separate voter fraud charges involving a plot by Democrats to win the radical Working Families Party primary back in 2009. The WFP is a front group for President Obama’s dear old friends at fraud-plagued ACORN. According to law enforcement authorities, the ring of Democrats tried to rig the primary election for city council and county legislature by forging absentee ballots and ballot ap-

plications to ensure that their candidates also won the Working Families Party primary line. Fox News Channel investigative reporter Eric Shawn noted that a whistle-blower in the case, WFP employee Sarah Couch, told investigators that her bosses “asked her to issue a Working Families Party press release that would ‘point blame at the Republican Party,’ and she refused to do so.” Another whistle-blower, Democratic operative Anthony DeFiglio, told police that “faking absentee ballots was a commonplace and accepted practice in political circles, all intended to swing an election.” Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, the state’s Medical Examining Board decided last month to investigate 11 additional doctors for writing fake sick notes for public union teachers who ditched their classrooms to protest GOP Gov. Scott Walker. Nine other medical professionals have already received slaps on the wrist. Primary petitions. Absentee ballots. Doctors’ orders. Fraudulent signatures are becoming the signature of desperate Democrats who play the electoral game by one set of rules: By Any Means Necessary. Yet, progressives in the media and White House continue to strike a see-no-election-fraud, hear-no-election-fraud, speakno-election-fraud pose. And Team Obama’s Axelrod supplies the laugh track. Yuck, yuck, yuck. Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is


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The Passover-Easter Sellout WASHINGTON -Passover and Easter -- intrinsically linked in the Jewish and Christian traditions -- are being celebrated this weekend. For observant by Oliver North Jews, Passover Syndicated Columnist commemorates the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery under Egypt’s Pharaoh. For faithful Christians, Easter is a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection from the grave and the fulfillment of a new covenant between God and man. Biblical passages in Exodus 12, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20 describe these historical events and the reasons for festivities among people of faith. But this year, these holidays are a time of extraordinary anxiety for Christians and Jews in the Middle East. The Egyptian Pharaohs and Roman emperors are gone. Yet Jews and Christians now living in the region must contend with new lethal threats: the hatred of radical Islamists seizing power from Tunisia to Syria; vicious sectarian cleansing; and the prospect of being incinerated by an Iranian nuclear weapon. Tragically, all this is being facilitated by the catastrophic incompetence, malfeasance, naivete and hubris of an American president -- with the complicity of the mainstream media. In the days leading up to this year’s Passover and Easter holidays, we have seen no fewer than three “leaks” of sensitive information from the U.S. government about possible Israeli plans to stop the ayatollahs in Iran from building nuclear weapons. Stories in Foreign Policy magazine, Bloomberg News and ABC News -- all sourced to anonymous White House, Pentagon, State Department and congressional officials -- allege that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has consummated a secret military alliance with the autocratic government in Azerbaijan to use Azeri airfields in the event of an Israeli attack on Iranian nuclear sites. When questioned about the stories, White House and State Department spokesmen claim to

have “no information” to confirm the validity of the information. That’s completely disingenuous. For months, the Obama administration has been doing everything possible -- overtly and covertly -to dissuade Israel from launching a pre-emptive attack on Tehran’s nuclear weapons facilities before the U.S. presidential election. In February, The Washington Post claimed that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta believed that an Israeli action likely would take place in April, May or June of this year. During last month’s meeting with President Barack Obama, Netanyahu purportedly was told that the U.S. would not assist in a military strike on Iran and that new appropriations for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and spare parts for Israeli air force F-15s and F-16s could be “at risk” if Israel were to act unilaterally. Now leaked cables, congressional reports and “administration sources” describe how such an attack could be conducted by prepositioning refueling and search-and-rescue assets at bases in Azerbaijan. These stories are a gift to the rulers in Tehran. The ayatollahs’ atomic bomb isn’t a singular existential threat to Israel. In Egypt, radical Islamists now control Cairo’s parliament and are poised to take power in next month’s presidential election. Islamist candidates all talk about “renegotiating” or even abrogating the 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. Though Obama professes “steadfast support for Israel,” he and his allies in the press have been mute about recent attacks on Israeli civilians from Gaza and Sinai. Islamic militants in the Sinai Desert have blown up the Egyptian natural gas pipeline serving Israel and Jordan more than a dozen times in the past year. Last week, a group of armed men professing “jihad and martyrdom” surrounded and blockaded a Multinational Force and Observers base in Sinai -- sequestering U.S., Spanish and Fijian troops enforcing the peace accord. Somehow these events -- and a Passover-eve rocket attack on an Israeli resort in Eilat -- evaded the attention of the mainstream media and officials in Washington. The Jews of Israel and American troops deployed as “peacekeep-

ers” in Sinai aren’t the only ones facing great danger this PassoverEaster season. So, too, is every Christian in the Arab Middle East. Copts unable to flee Egypt are under increasing duress as

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— Off the shelf — Spring Delight by Debby Montague Entertainment Correspondent

When I say “Spring Delight” I’m not talking about eggrolls. I’m talking about Cara Black’s latest Aimée Leduc mystery, “Murder At The Lanterne Rouge.” After a month of reading so-so books I was beginning to wonder if some evil demon had cursed my joy in reading. I needed a good book, an escape, some armchair travel, something. Then I picked up “Murder At The Lanterne Rouge,” read a few pages and was relieved to find that I wasn’t cursed, that Cara Black’s twelfth Aimée Leduc mystery was as good as the previous eleven, and that I could still lose myself in a book. “Murder In The Lanterne Rouge” is terrific. In this latest investigation, Aimée Leduc has her hands full. Her partner René Friant has fallen in love, and Aimée is afraid the affaire de coeur is moving too fast. Aimée and René have been friends and partners a long, long time and one of her primary concerns is that René not be hurt. Aimée’s dinner date with René and his girlfriend, Meizi, turns into a murder investigation when Meizi goes missing and Aimée comes across a corpse when she and René

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Observations and Congratulations I just got back from a mountain bike ride. The first Thursday night ride this spring! The gusty wind was cold. At times, the single track was hard to follow plowing through the many dead leaves on the ground. Since there was little snow melt and little rain, the dry weather really shortened mud season. Riding along the dry trails I realized why the forest fire danger is rated high, code red, it wouldn’t take much to set a fire off and the wind would take it far. I hope it rains soon; my flowers hope so too. Rachel and I had a great time at Cannon’s and Bretton Woods’ pond skimming contests. Cannon had a great big pool but slush pond disaster struck after the first 40 crazycostumed contestants! A vortex of swirling water formed above the hole made by a skier’s boot that broke through the plastic liner when the water found

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— Frankly Speaking — Sometimes A Child Reminds Us by Frank Guinta U.S. Congress (R- N.H.)

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I bother? One person can’t make a difference. You can’t change anything. I’m just too busy to get involved.” Declan Gregg is proof those arguments don’t hold water. Another nine years will pass before he’ll be old enough to vote for the first time. He’s not waiting to reach that milestone to arrive; he’s too busy fighting for his belief today. In a time when Americans bemoan the partisan gridlock that’s taken root in Washington, Declan’s involvement shows one person can be a catalyst for change. Sometimes, it takes a child to remind us what’s important. Sometimes, a child must remind us that as citizens, we each have a personal responsibility to work for the changes we want to see. Sometimes, we just need to stop and listen to the children for a minute. You’ll be amazed at what they have to say. I look forward to reporting back to you in two weeks on the latest developments in Washington. In the meantime, if I can be of service to you, or if you want to share your thoughts, suggestions or concerns with me, please call either my district office in Manchester at (603) 6419536 or my Washington office at (202) 225-5456, or contact me through my website at www.Guinta. House.Gov.


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“To A Raw-Materials Supplier For Sophisticated Manufacturing Economies Abroad” T h e thought of Barack Hussein O b a m a being reelected is a scary one. Two ladies by Niel Young have told Advocates Columnist me that no way are they voting for Obama again. One; is a Republican, and member of the family, with no Young blood running through her veins. The other is a Democrat. Both are professionals, college degrees. They realized early in Obama’s term that he was the wrong choice, but it was too late! We have one last chance to save our country from this regime. Be prepared for what the Chicago Gang will do to defeat us. The November election truly will determine what path this country will go in – but then, I do not have to remind you, correct? ********

Mona Charen ( “When he was first sworn in as Attorney General, Eric Holder made one of the more obtuse comments in political history. When it comes to issues of race, Holder declared, ‘We are a nation of cowards. . . . we, as average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race.’ Really? It seems to me that we talk endlessly, and usually unproductively, about race. We love nothing better in America than a good racial angle. The Trayvon Martin case pushes all the buttons. Black provocateurs like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton get to strut their stuff. The liberal media get to distort and cheerlead for one side. Conservatives get to indulge their disdain for the race hustlers, and everyone’s blood pressure rises.” Many of us, including Tea Party folks, will not remain silent Mona! ********

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What we as a society needs is true “educational choice”. How much longer should we confine our young people within the Government Schools where results never seem to change? We have many outstanding people in this country that would do a better job in the classroom teaching. Currently, we are not demanding that education paid for by the taxpayers needs a revamping. Every parent deserves a financial assist in placing their child in the educational environment that is best for that student. Let NH lead the way in “choice”: government school, or private. If the BEST minds in the schools and from the private sector were to establish “schools” without interference from what we have now, imagine how your child could excel! If

parents choose the government school, fine, but the money for those empty seats will be the foundation for a new time in education for the student who would have been sitting there - wasting away. If NH cares, then legislation is in order to make this happen. No unions, just teachers who want to be innovative in the classroom, and experience the students’ joy of being set free to learn. It can happen! Competition to be the best - from educators AND students! ******** Another poster in the comments section in the NH Union Leader likes to keep me honest. John Mercier said: “Niel Young... Every parent deserves a financial assist? And the taxpayers should just fork it over and have no say in its expenditure?”

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Here’s the thing: my recall button doesn’t work so well anymore. It hasn’t for quite some time now. I’d tell you precisely when… if only I could remember. So over the years I’ve developed a lot of memory coping strategies. They don’t work so well anymore either. Take my birthday book for instance. This is where I have painstakingly listed every birthday of all the people important to me (and frankly some who aren’t anymore, but expect a card anyway.) Actually, my book is a birthday/ anniversary/somebodydied-(or is sick)-and-Ineed-a-card book that conveniently comes with a monthly slot so special occasion cards can be purchased in advanced and filed there. This works real well until I actually need a card because I rarely have the right card on hand. After living with myself for all these years I have endeavored to address this situation by stocking up on generic greeting cards at the discount card store which I then stuff in the front of the book making it bulge like our yearly IRS tax folder. The trouble with the birthday book is that first I have to remember to look at it. When I do take it off the shelf the stack of generic greeting cards falls to my feet in an all-occasion waterfall through which I rummage to find the perfect card. It is never in there. If I need a “guy” card, all I can find are girly cards with pansies and lace on them. If I need a frilly card all that is available are guys swinging golf clubs, climbing mountains, or

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predicted that the children of the victims would someday see photographs of the Titanic. But the finding of the Titanic had to await technological developments which made discovery of its actual position possible. It wasn’t until 1980 that the first salvage operation, backed by Texas

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There was champagne and celebration and then, in the aftermath, came the sobering realization that they were in the middle of a floating graveyard, an unmarked spot where 1,500 fellow human beings had died. Ballard said the thought that they were at the spot where there had been lifeboats or people in the water on that fateful night made it a solemn moment. “They drowned right around you,� said Ballard, who said that a simple, quiet service was held on the ship in memory of those who had lost their lives at this location. The excited public reaction to the discovery turned Ballard into a media celebrity overnight and made possible a second mission in the summer of 1986 to explore the wreck and test underwater technology. On July 13, 1986, a three man crew descended to the ocean floor in the small, cramped submarine Alvin, and explored the Titanic, using a remote camera on Jason Junior, a million dollar remotely controlled camera device tethered to the sub. The dives and closeup camera views showed that

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The wooden parts of the ship had been devoured over the years by marine organisms and the Grand Staircase was nothing but an empty shell of a room with one of the lights still dangling from what been a ceiling. Despite efforts to protect the ship and preserve it as an underwater museum, treasure hunters descended on the site in 1987 in the submersible Nautile and hauled many objects from the debris field back to the surface, including a statue from the aft Grand Staircase. Public reaction to what See titanic on 20

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Dear Dr. Debi, We have a problem down cellar and don’t know how to proceed. Well, I think I know, but I am sure my partner who has taken over the project really does not know at all what to do. Recently there have been cracks and leaks in the floor plus we have had some pests get in too. My partner says the house is just settling, but I think we have big-big problems. My partner’s mind is shut and the cellar is just getting worse. Any ideas? Signed, Cracking Up Dear Basement Blues, One thing all of us love is a dry and stable cellar. When that is challenged, it can strike at our core and cause a greatly unsettled feeling. Most of us react to repel that sinking feeling. The psychological processes snap into play, and behold denial – the most handy way of coping, rushes to the front. We close our eyes to the facts and try to find the most minor reasons for our dismay. Very often the one who is a distance from it may have the objectivity to see the scene more accurately. So do not sound alarms that you are spotting things not noticed by your partner; it is not a matter of their poor judgment, but perhaps distance that lets you see more clearly. So, from your vantage point, you may notice that the recent landscaping

and earth moving last year could have changed the water flow all around the house with new places for run off to accumulate, compromising the foundation. You may remember that same earthwork may have dislodged the footing drain outlet too. You may be silently scolding the friend your partner hired who borrowed the cousin’s equipment and had no experience, but accepted the money just the same. How about those gutters? Are they up and flowing freely? Do they drain away from the house? Have you gone up to check on them? And how about your water main coming into the house? A new leak could cause sudden shifting and the results you see. Or, it could just be house settling. Maybe something minor, maybe. So, how do you talk about these sorts of things? You need to give your partner a chance to break out of the denial and see the clues to the puzzle. You are talking about a handy person with a talent for figuring things out. So, maybe you need to let your

partner relax and notice what is in front of their nose. Not an easy task, maybe you can help, but not how you think. The biggest cause of panic in such cases is often fear. In this case, fear that the repair will be costly, that your partner is not equipped to handle the problem, that much good work time and progress will be lost, that it will just get worse and worse into ruin. Wow, no wonder they are afraid! You need to help calm those seas and they will be more able to open their eyes. How do you handle the money fear? That is tough but might help to find out how much that kind of work really goes for. Maybe you know someone who had their cellar or footings re-dug and you can find out what they paid. You can share the info but not have to talk about your own situation, so at a distance you can start to face and overcome the fear. How do you handle being in over your heads? You can talk about how ok it is to ask for help. You can identify some pros to ask questions of or even let

them take over some or part the job. You can get out books from the library or do research online and share info together. How do you face losing your progress if you have to backtrack on your projects? Maybe you have already finished parts of the basement and tearing it up would erase 6 months of good work. But hey – it may not be required to sacrifice all that progress. Look around and see if areas affected are far enough away from the damage zone, that might not challenge all of the pretty wall and rugs. On the other hand, protecting those areas by fixing it will help. How about the fear of everything getting worse unto oblivion? Really – it is already getting worse while you miss the underlying problem. The way to stop the decline is to catch the cause and address it.

This kind of realization will not happen in a flash. As you help quell the fear zones, their observant thinking will kick back in and the problem solver you know will step forth. So, a series of conversations and kind attention to the background issues, will help denial recede like the old tide. You will notice the rocky truth emerge from the seaweed and be there to help with the startling facts revealed. As the tender toes step on barnacles, you face thesesharp facts together. You will overcome the adversities of your basement to live another day, together. Talk. Take time. Ask for help. Encourage your partner even if unable to solve every angle. You can find out how another way. Happy Home Team! Dr. Debi

Dr. Debi Warner is the Founder of Renovation Psychology® and author of Putting the Home Team to Work, available now online. Dr. Debi provides advice for greater domestic harmony to folks who are renovating their home – for True Home Improvement. This column is offered for enjoyment and enhancement and is not intended to replace your personal medical care. Photo by Bob Jenks, St. Johnsbury, Vt. Dr. Debi has a consultation practice, visiting home sites all over New England from her studio in Littleton, NH at the Tannery Marketplace. © 2012 Renovation Psychology® Visit Questions are welcome.


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“Dear children! At this time, in a special way I call you: ‘pray with the heart’. Little children, you speak much and pray little. Read and meditate on Sacred Scripture, and may the words written in it be life for you. I encourage and love you, so that in God you may find your peace and the joy of living. Thank you for having responded to my call.” For a FREE copy of the book, “Medjugorje the Message” call Faith 702-558-7520 Our Blessed Mother has been giving a Message to the World every 25th day of the month since June 1981.

Carrying Spiritual Baggage thing at some time that we more than regret, and so we carry a burden of guilt. It may have been the poorly said word that destroyed a relationship, an act of violence that lowered us, a theft, a turning away from something or someone. We may have decided against giving help where we could or we may have failed to take a stand. And we know we did it, and it was wrong. So we carry the burden of guilt. A Christian believes that what we do to hurt others also hurts our relationship with God, and so we carry that extra burden. However, we also know that we can ask forgiveness and receive it. We know that we still have the responsibility to try to make things right, but that God will forgive us if we ask in honesty. The burden of guilt can be lifted. Christians carry the burden of unbelief, even

though they have faith. In Mark 9:24, a desperate father seeking Jesus’ help, cried, “I believe, help my unbelief!” Most Christians who are honest with themselves will admit that there are times when they question their faith. That doesn’t bother me, because I think that we only grow in knowledge and faith when we ask questions. We do not need to carry our questions as a burden if we accept them as steps in spiritual growth. Sometimes we carry the burden of superiority, and this is truly a burden we should put down. We want to believe that we are better than others because we have accepted Christ as our Lord – but we are not. We are still God’s creations and we are not God. We still have the same problems that face nonbelievers; we live in the same world. As Jesus said, “the sun shines on the good and the bad,

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and the rain falls on both.” We are still imperfect and sinners – and we know it. We cannot claim superiority, and it is a burden that we should not carry. Thinking we are better than others, just makes the fall harder when we have to face the lies we tell ourselves. Give it up. We are not better than others just because we have faith. What we do have is a world view that gives hope. We know that things can be better, and that we can help make things better. We know that we are a part of salvation history. We know that God loves us and the world and wants the best for us. We know that we have responsibilities and can fulfill them. We know that this life is not all there is and that another great adventure will always await us.

Jesus also said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) Rest; sounds good, doesn’t it! Rev. Victoria Wood Parrish is the pastor of the First United Methodist Churchin Gilford, NH, located on Route 11-A. It is a congregation of open hearts, open minds, and open doors. We invite you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 AM. Children’s activities and nursery are available during the 10:30 morning worship. We also invite you to the United Methodist Church in the Weirs, 35 Tower St., which worships at 10:00 AM. There are also many other local congregations who would welcome you to worship.

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Supper on the Farm

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. 5-7pm. $40 per person. Ages 16+. Reservations required. 3237591

Roots Along the River

The Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center, 6 Fletcher Street, Manchester. 1-3pm. During an interactive performance for all ages with award winning storyteller and author Michael Caduto,


families will learn about the special places that protect our rivers and streams from pollution. His new books will be on sale and autographed in person. $8/person or $20/ family. Advanced payment with registration required. 626-3474


PSU Choirs Presents “The Sky Speaks” – Songs Celebrate Global Diversity

Wings of the Night; Owls and Bats

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

Boys & Girls Club Spring weirs

Gilford Youth Center, 6-11pm. Dinner catered by Contigiani’s Catering with live music by The Eric Grant Band. Live & silent auctions and plenty of dancing! $50 PP or $360 for a table of 8. 528-0197

Community Room of the Hopkintown Town Library, Contoocook. 1:30-2:30pm. Presented by Kevin Wall, Education Director of the NH Audubon Society. Free but donations are accepted. 7466121

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon Street, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Inspired by his weekend at the house of actor Laurette Taylor, Noel Coward wrote this comedy of manners. Tickets available at at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro or at the box office before show.

Lakes Region Community College Open House

LRCC, Laconia. 9am-noon. All college departments will be represented and staff available to answer any questions. 5243207 ext. 6766

New Hampshire Ensemble


Franklin Opera House, Franklin. 2pm. $10/adult and $5/children.

Community School Spring Auction

The Community School, Bunker Hill Road, South Tamworth. Doors open at 7pm. 323-7000

Walk MS

Walk starts and finishes at Little Harbour School, 50 Clough Drive, Portsmouth. Check in starts at 9am. 1-781-693-5133

A Titanic Dinner of Small Plates

Epoch Restaurant & Bar, 90 Front Street, Exeter. This evening marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Chef Peter Agostinelli has created a modern twist to pay homage to the culinary menus served aboard the ship on that fateful night. Tribute cocktails such as the “White Star Line” Champagne Martini and the John Jacob Astor will also be featured. $59 per person, does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity. Reservations recommended. 772-5901

Plymouth State 4pm. 535-2787


David Sedaris

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

Cabin Fever Lecture Series

TheWright Museum,Wolfeboro. 2pm. Russell J. Leng, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy and International Law at Middlebury College, Vermont will present “Moral and Legal Issues in World War II and in Today’s Conflicts”. $5 per person and free for members. Space is limited. 569-1212

Opening Reception of NH Art Association’s first “Pop Up Gallery”

Chamber Recital Featuring Piano Trios Silver Center for the Arts at

Business Development Local Expert Series

Mason’s Lodge, Route 28 South, Alton. 7-11am. $10/ adults and $5/children. 5345107

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting Meredith Public Library, Main Street, Meredith. 7pm. 3402359



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The Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 7:30pm. Tickets $35$45. 225-1111

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. 11am1pm. Experience cooking your entire meal over an open hearth like the children of the 19th century did. Learn historic food preparation methods, meal customs and manners while enjoying the fruits of your labors while parents explore the museum. Please advise of any dietary concerns. Reservations required. $8 per person. Ages 6-18. 323-7591

Newmarket Mills, 55 Main Street, Newmarket. 2-5pm. The Pop Up gallery runs until April 29th and features NHAA juried members. 431-4230

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Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith. 1011am. Registration is required. 279-4303

Wentworth Douglass Hospital, 789 Central Ave., Dover. 11:30am-1:30pm. “Hello, My Name is….and Really Mean it”. Presented by Tom Kennedy, Tardis Advertising. $20 includes lunch and presentation. 4757476 Wednesday 18th

Children’s Arts & Crafts

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. 1011:30am. Ages 8-15. $5 per person. Reservations are appreciated. 323-7591

Ron White

The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth. 7:30pm. Tickets are $65-$78. 436-2400

Free Outdoor Adventure Talks

N.H. Fish and Game, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. 7pm. Join presenter Chuck Joy to learn everything you need to know about Kayak camping. 271-3211

Trivia Night

The Barley House, 132 North Main Street, Concord. 8pm. 228-6363

PSU Lecture Series – “Are You Afraid of Opera?”

Woodside Building, Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave. Laconia. 11am-12:15pm. Professor Emeritus Manuel Marquez-Sterling’s presentation will engage you in his lifelong passion for opera and leave you laughing! 5245600

Thursday 19th Comedian Bob Marley

Flying Monkey, Plymouth. 5362551 or www.flyingmonkeyNH.

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“Metropolis” – Silent Film Series

Flying Monkey, Plymouth. 6:30pm. With score performed live by Jeff Rapsis. $10 admission. 536-2551 or www.

Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, Or Did She?

Bristol Old Town Hall, 45 Summer Street, Bristol. 7pm. This presentation is designed to review the facts and explore the evidence that some suggest points to Lizzie’s guilt and others say exonerate her. Free. 744-3352

The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol

Newton Town Hall, 2 Town Hall Road, Newton. 7pm. Presentation will include images of paintings, literary passages, souvenirs and film clips of interviews with those closest to the Old Man, and conclude with a discussion of current efforts to memorialize the state symbol. 382-7574

Downloadable Class


Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith. 4-5pm. Learn about downloadable books and how to put them on your device. Registration is required. 279-4303

Storytelling Dinner – Cora Jo Ciampi

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

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The Amoskeag Fishways Learning Center, 6 Fletcher Street, Manchester. 7-8pm. Create your own beautiful art with recycled and natural materials. Families will also brainstorm ways to celebrate Earth Day everyday. $5/family. Advance registration with payment required. 626-3474

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The Music Hall, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth. 8pm. 4362400

Covered Bridges of New Hampshire

Effingham Historical Society Building, 1014 Province Lake Road, Effingham. 7:30pm. Free. 539-4071

Masquerade Party by the Lake

Church Landing, D.W Highway, Meredith. 6:30-11pm. Must be 21+ to attend. Tickets are $100 for 2 people. One lucky person will win $10,000! Limited number of tickets sold. 2868008

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon Street, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Inspired by his weekend at the house of actor Laurette Taylor, Noel Coward wrote this comedy of manners. Tickets available at at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro or at the box office before show.

Spring Fashion Gala

Dressers Unlimited, 77 Main Street, Plymouth. 5-7pm. Hors d’oeuvres, live music, raffles and more, all to benefit Friends of the Arts. 536-3066

The Bucky Lewis Show – Comedy for a Cause

Blackstones at the Margate, 76 Lake Street, Laconia. 8pm. Fundraiser for the WLNH Children’s Auction. $25 per person. 524-7185

Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever”

Village Players Theater, 51 Glendon Street, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Inspired by his weekend at the house of actor Laurette Taylor, Noel Coward wrote this comedy of manners. Tickets available at at Black’s in downtown Wolfeboro or at the box office before show.

Kashmir – Nation’s #1 Led Zeppelin Show

Flying Monkey, Plymouth. 5362551 or www.flyingmonkeyNH. com

“Always, Patsy Cline”

Concord Audi, 3 Prince Street, Concord. 7:30pm. This show is funny and charming and moves at a break-neck pace and showcases 25 Patsy Cline songs. $18/advance or

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Super Stellar Friday – “Catching Cosmic Rays in a Jar”

McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, Concord. 7pm. Elusive, yet speedy subatomic particles fill outer space. These cosmic rays are born in the most explosive locations in then universe, yet we can see their effects in a jar. Join UNH research scientist Dr. Andrew Jordan and discover how these particles have revolutionized physics, enhanced historical

Kingswood Art Center, 21 McManus Road, Wolfeboro. 7:30pm. $25. 569-2151

Rabies Clinic

Danbury Grange, 1-2pm. $12


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Sunday 22nd “Always, Patsy Cline”

Concord Audi, 3 Prince Street, Concord. 2pm. This show is funny and charming and moves at a break-neck pace and showcases 25 Patsy Cline songs. $18/advance or $20/door. 1-888-245-6374 or

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Spring Craft Fair

Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn, 62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia. Sat. 10-4 and Sun. 10-3. Featuring the music of Tim Janis and a raffle to benefit the NH Humane Society. or

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

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Moulton Farm, Meredith.People can purchase a “Moulton Farm UP Card” for $20 with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the “UP” Syndrome Fund, holders will then receive a 1020% discount on tasty treats and spring gardening supplies at the Farm on the above listed dates!. 279-3915

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counting on the fact that, in this era of dumbeddown education, many people have no clue as to what the facts are. He is also counting on something else -- namely, that the pro-Obama media will not expose his lies. One of the many ways of lying smoothly is to simply redefine words. Barack Obama is a master at that as well. In the comment on the case pending before the Supreme Court, President Obama said that he wanted to remind â&#x20AC;&#x153;conservative commentatorsâ&#x20AC;? that they have complained about â&#x20AC;&#x153;judicial activismâ&#x20AC;? -- which he redefines as the idea that â&#x20AC;&#x153;an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law.â&#x20AC;? First of all, every law that the Supreme Court has

overturned for the past 209 years since Marbury v. Madison was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a duly constituted and passed law.â&#x20AC;? Second, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;judicial activismâ&#x20AC;? that conservatives have complained about was judges making rulings based on how they felt personally about the issue at hand, rather than about what the Constitution of the United States said. In recent years, great efforts have been made to redefine â&#x20AC;&#x153;judicial activismâ&#x20AC;? in terms of judges declaring laws unconstitutional, instead of â&#x20AC;&#x153;deferringâ&#x20AC;? to Congress or other government institutions. But what is the Constitutionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bill of Rights supposed to protect the ordinary citizen from? Government institutions! If judges are to defer to the very institutions that


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;insulting Islam.â&#x20AC;? The boy had posted a caricature of a bearded Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in a veil on Twitter. Radical Islamists calling the shots in Tunisia and Libya now admonish the tiny Christian communities remaining in these countries to â&#x20AC;&#x153;leave or die.â&#x20AC;? Only a handful of Christians remain in Iraq -- once home to tens of thousands. In Syria, brutal, documented atrocities against Christians by radical Islamist â&#x20AC;&#x153;rebelsâ&#x20AC;? include public beheadings, rapes, looting and the intentional destruction of homes, schools and churches. The White Houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reaction to all this? Instead of righteous outrage, it gives surreal silence. According to Matthewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gospel, Judas Iscariot sold out Jesus of Nazareth for 30 pieces of silver. What is Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fee for selling out Christians and Israelis? Oliver North is the host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Storiesâ&#x20AC;? on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Heroes in Special Operations.â&#x20AC;? To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.

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the Bill of Rights tries to protect the citizen from, what is the point of having a Bill of Rights? As for Supreme Court justices being unelected, that has been true since the Constitution was created. That was done deliberately, so that they could render their judgments without fear of political repercussions. If unelected Supreme Court justices are to automatically defer to elected officials, that again raises the question of why they are there at all. Why are the taxpayers paying their salaries and housing them in an expensive marble building -- just so that they can go along to get along? It would be hard to become nostalgic about Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace. But at least you could tell when he was lying. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lies are just as big but not as visible, and the media that exposed Nixon is covering for Obama.



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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) The Lamb loves to be surrounded by flocks of admirers. But be careful that someone doesn’t take his or her admiration too far. Use your persuasive skills to let him or her down easily. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) This is a good time to begin setting far-reaching goals and connecting with new contacts. Aspects also favor strengthening old relationships -- personal and/or professional. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A personal disappointment should be viewed as a valuable learning experience. Go over what went wrong and see where a change in tactics might have led to a more positive outcome. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Don’t leave projects unfinished or personal obligations unresolved, or you might find yourself tripping over all those loose ends later on. A relative has important news. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Expect a challenge to the usual way you do things.

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Although you might prefer the tried-andtrue, once you take a good look at this new idea, you might feel more receptive to it. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Much work has yet to be done to polish a still-rough idea into something with significant potential. Expect to encounter some initial rejection, but stay with it nonetheless. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) There still might be some communication problems in the workplace, but they should be resolved soon. Meanwhile, that “tip” from a friend should be checked out. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A new relationship appears to need more from you than you might be willing to give right now. Best advice: Resist making promises you might not be able to keep. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That restless feeling encourages you to gallop off into a new venture. But remember to keep hold of the reins so you can switch paths when necessary.

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) A demanding work schedule keeps the high-spirited Goat from kicking up his or her heels. But playtime beckons by the week’s end. Have fun. You earned it.

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At 7:30pm on Saturday, April 14th, The Flying Monkey in Plymouth is excited to present an evening with two of New England’s Pioneering Bluesmen. Harmonica master James Montgomery shares the stage with Jazz and Blues guitarist Duke Robillard in a rare performance together. Always the consummate showman, Montgomery is known as one of the most dynamic performers on the blues scene today. As founder of Roomful of Blues, member of multiple bands, and too many records to count in both Jazz and Blues, Duke is known as one of the most serious and influential performing blues guitarists. Tickets for this concert start at $25. When bluesman James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he performs with an intensity and depth that gets crowds onto their feet and clamoring for more. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary “Chessmate.” Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Roomful of Blues ... every one of these


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