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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, May 17, 2018

VOLUME 27, NO. 20

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, may 17, 2018

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FDR At Wright Museum

New England Highest Hundred Peaks Finding Snow on Pico, Killington, Mendon, Sugarloaf & Mt. Ellen

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Columnist

it was melting snow fog. I had hoped it would clear but it didn’t. As I was headed up the trail I met a man skiing down with a baby on his back. On the summit the fog swirled and I had a brief view of the top of the Killington. Just as I was heading down another fellow reached the summit. I wasn’t even aware he was behind me since I could

only see a short distance in the fog—about the distance between one set of lift towers. The ski down I had fun making big wide turns Just a couple weeks ago I headed up to Killington early and there was still plenty of snow in the woods. I skied past the Cooper Lodge on the Long Trail. I sat on the summit for a good spell and two See patenaude on 31

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and skied down. There was so much snow that they easily could have remained open like its sister resort next door, Killington. But as one friend in the ski biz said to me, “This time of year we run out of skiers before we run out of snow.” When I left home it was sunny and clear but when I arrived at Pico it was cloudy and then I realized

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Our Outdoor Columnist Amy Patenaude doesn’t let the warm weather of May stop her in her pursuit to ski until the last drop of snow has melted. This week she takes us on a mid-spring quest to find where the skiing is still alive. Pictured here is Mount Ellen’s Rim Run Trail in May! At an elevation of 4,083 feet it is tied for third highest peak in Vermont with Camel’s Hump and they share the 48th ranking on the NEHH list.

On Tuesday, May 22 from 7 to 8pm at the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the nation’s thirty-second President, will recount the changes that occurred in the US between 1941 and 1945. More correctly stated, actor Gary Stamm will impersonate FDR and describe what took place during WWII on the homefront, which proved as important as any battle fought in Europe, Russia, or the Pacific. Through impersonating FDR, Stamm will provide “a unique, lively look” inside an aspect of the war that is often overlooked. Stamm’s career spans more than forty years in theater, radio, television, and other media. He wrote, directed, and did voice-over work for Hanna-Barbara Productions in Hollywood. Admission is $8 per person for non-members and $3 for Wright Museum members unless otherwise noted. Make reservations by calling (603) 569-1212. Doors open one hour before the program begins. To learn more visit www. wrightmuseum.org.

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May Through October 31st “Propaganda Posters of the First World War” – On Display The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. Mon. thru Sat. 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. The exhibit features 17 original WWI posters that are in remarkable condition, especially considering they are all at least 100 years old! The exhibit also features some unique artifacts from both the home front and the war front that help portray what life was like during the period. www. wrightmuseum.org or 569-1212

Through June 17th “Memories of WWII: Photographs from the AP’s Archives” – On Display The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. Mon. thru Sat. 10am to 4pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm. See this moving tribute to an era in our nation’s history that continues to define the American character and experience. The exhibit consists of approx. 50 black and white photographs from the Associated Press Archives, including selections of the most iconic WWII images taken between 1939 and 1945. Some of the photos include: the German Army marching into Paris down ChampsElysees, Londoners in the underground train stations, Hitler after the invasion of Poland, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and much more. www. WrightMuseum.org or 569-1212

Through Sat. 26th Gov. Wentworth Arts Council’s Art Show & Silent Auction

The Art Place, Wolfeboro. The event is organized by the art council and will feature works from their many talented artists. The artwork will be on display at The Art Place during the above days, ending with a celebration of their 50th during Wolfeboro’s first Art Festival of 2018. Please stop by during store hours (Tues. – Sat. 9:30am-5pm) and place your bid on your favorite piece. Announcements of the winners will be made on May 26th. Through Sun. 20th

Happy Days – The Musical The Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Tickets range from $12-$24pp. For show times and tickets, call 335-1992 or visit www.rochesteroperahouse.

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Eric Grant - Acoustic Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford. 7pm. Local favorite Eric Grant performs live, with 2-for-1 appetizers at the bar! www.patrickspub. com or 293-0841

Thurs. 17th – Sat. 19th Friends of the Meredith Library Annual Book Sale

91 Main Street, Meredith. Thurs. 9am6pm, Fri. 9am-4:30pm, and Sat. 9am1pm. 520-0434

Friday 18th Who’s Line is it Anyway – Comedy Improv Show Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 7:30pm. BYOB venue. $20pp. www.pitmansfreightroom. com or 527-0043 for tickets.

Eaglemania The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh. com or 536-2551

Rummage Sale & Flea Market

Weirs Beach United Methodist Church, 35 Tower Street, Weirs Beach. 8am1pm. 524-5425

Dueling Pianos! Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford. 9pm. Prepare your friends for some serious fun as YOU pick the music and join in the show! www.patrickspub.com or 293-0841

Saturday 19th Swing dance with the Tall Granite Big Band Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. BYOB venue. www.pitmansfreightroom.com or 527-0043 for tickets.

Umphrey’s McGee The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. casionballroom.com or 929-4100

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert Inter-Lakes Auditorium, Meredith. 7:30pm. Theater actress and singer Abigail Dufrense performs with LRSO, under the baton of conductor and music director Benjamin Greene. $20/ adults, $10/students college-age and under. Tickets are available at www. LRSO.org or 800-838-3006

The Mersey Beatles The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. www.flyingmonkeynh. com or 536-2551

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Gunstock Mountain Resort, Gilford. Doors open at 6pm with open seating. $10,000 Grand Prize, with $13,000 in cash prizes being given away! Tickets are $100/admits two. Admission includes dinner, dancing and a chance to win cash prizes! Only 300 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at banknhpavilion.com or at Patrick’s Pub & Eatery in Gilford. 630-4468

will be available at the Meredith Chamber of Commerce at 8am. In addition to the Meredith area, visit the Moultonborough Community Hall on Old Rt. 109s for a multi-family style yard sale. For more info contact info@

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast First Church Congregational, 63 South Main Street, Rochester. 7:30am10am. $6pp, children ages 5-10 and Veterans are half price. There will also be a raffle for a Patriotic Gift Basket! 332-1121 or www.first-ucc.net

Sunday 20th Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert Inter-Lakes Auditorium, Meredith. 3pm. Theater actress and singer Abigail Dufrense performs with LRSO, under the baton of conductor and music director Benjamin Greene. $20/ adults, $10/students college-age and under. Tickets are available at www. LRSO.org or 800-838-3006

Aaron Lewis The Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd, Hampton Beach. www. casionballroom.com or 929-4100

How a Bill Becomes Law – Presentation by Law Librarian Kathy Fletcher

Unitarian Universalist Church of Laconia, 172 Pleasant Street, Laconia. 1pm. Law Librarian, Kathy Fletcher will address the nuts and bolts of how legislation is passed and will give concerned citizens the tools to understand, track and advocate for and against bills in the NH legislature. Free and open to the public. 524-6488

Monday 21st Team Trivia Patrick’s Pub & Eatery, 18 Weirs Road, Gilford. 7:30pm. www.patrickspub.com or 293-0841

Tuesday 22nd 2018 Wright Museum Educational Program – “FDR Speaks about The Home Front” The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. Doors open at 6pm, program begins at 7pm. Impersonation actor Gary Stamm speaks to this group and recounts the incredible changes our nation went through between 1941 and 1945, and helps us understand how those five years shaped the country we live in today. $8pp/non-members, $3pp/ members. www.WrightMuseum. org or 569-1212

Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads Weekends Starting May 26 The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith and Weirs Beach, NH begin weekend operations on Saturday, May 26th, Memorial Day Weekend. On this special 3-day holiday weekend, the Railroad is pleased to once again offer complimentary tickets to all U.S. Military Veterans. Regularly priced tickets will be also available in Lincoln, Meredith and Weirs Beach for the general public and family members wishing to join their Veterans aboard the train. The Hobo Railroad’s one-hour and twenty-minute round trip excursions travel along rail that dates back to the late 1800’s through naturally wooded areas along the banks of the Pemigewasset River from Lincoln through North Woodstock and south to Woodstock, NH and back covering approximately 15 miles from start to finish. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad offers one and two hour excursions along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and Paugus Bay from Meredith and Weirs Beach to Lakeport, NH and back along rail that was once part of the famous Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad that operated in the late 1800’s. Daily operations for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads kicks off Friday, June 22, 2018. Both railroads offer a variety of group programs for school groups, community organizations, recreation & parks organizations and bus tours from May through late October. The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH is located just off I-93 at Exit 32, left on Route 112 directly across from McDonalds. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad station is located off Route 3 at 154 Main Street in Meredith, NH, while the Weirs Beach ticket booth is conveniently located on the Boardwalk at 211 Lakeside Avenue across from the arcades, just off Route 3. All trains at the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads operate rain or shine and all excursions are round-trip. For more information regarding 2018 train schedules and special events for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads, visit www.HoboRR.com or call 603-745-2135.

Moondance (Van Morrison Tribute) The Rochester Opera House is proud to welcome ‘Moondance’ — the ultimate Van Morrison tribute show on Friday, June 8th../‘Moondance’ is the nation’s best Van Morrison tribute concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison like no other. You’ll hear classic tunes like Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into the Mystic, and Caravan — just to name a few. The show starts at 8pm.Tickets start at $20. Reserve tickets online or call the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from 105pm and 2-hours before the show. The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH. Visit www.RochesterOperaHouse.com for more information.

Lecture Program With Maine Author Tim Caverly

Gallery Opening with Special Exhibit – “Creatures n’ Critters”

Open Mic Night

Sandwich Home Industries, 32 Main Street, Center Sandwich. The opening exhibit features one-of-a-kind animalthemed works of art to energize your home with natural beauty. 284-6831 or email sandwichcraftgallery@

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LACONIA - Tim Caverly is a Maine author who has written and published eight books about Maine’s Northern Forest. Tim has lived in the four corners of Maine. He spent 32 years as a park ranger and accompanied his fire warden father and ranger brother Buss on patrol. His stories are based on his personal experience and knowledge of Maine’s history and landscapes. Join us for Tim’s lecture about his experiences, Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Taylor Community’s Woodside Building. This free event is open to the public. Seven of Tim’s short stories have been printed in newspapers, magazines and outdoor journals. His second book, “An Allagash Haunting,” was adapted into a stage play. Through their New England Reads literary project, Tim and Frank Manzo Jr. provided 213 PowerPoint programs to more than 7,000 students by 2017. In addition, to encourage literacy and learning about New England’s natural world, they have donated more than 1,600 Allagash Tails books to 139 schools.

Lunch and Learn – “Exporting the Revolution: American Revolutionaries in the Indies Trade”

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A Card From The Cat

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Last week I went to the local drug store to buy a Mother’s Day card for my wife, Kim, from our cat. I am pretty sure Kim knows it was me who actually went down to the store to buy the card since our cat, Dagny, is an indoor cat and would never know how to get to the drug store in the first place. I had done this before, so I wasn’t too concerned that I might not be able to find such a card and then have to locate a salesperson, when no one else was nearby, and ask in a whisper: “Can you tell me where you keep the Mother’s Day cards that appear to be sent by a cat?” There are, I knew from past experience, more than a few such cards. There are, of course, also Mother’s Day cards from the dog and cards from both the cat and the dog. There are even ones from kittens and puppies. Some are funny a n d s ome v ery sen timental. A wide range of emotions attributed to the members of the family that constantly cough up hairballs and drink from the toilet (crazy uncles excluded). I would assume that these cards were written by humans and not other cats and dogs, but I don’t have definite proof of this. I can only speculate since I have seen Dagny show her frustration with not being able

to write by constantly swatting pens and pencils onto the floor. Buying a Mother’s Day card from the cat is best done the day before Mother’s Day. This is because the greeting card section is filled with people who woke up realizing that it was the day before Mother’s Day and there was no more time to procrastinate. You needed to get down to the drug store and quickly pick out a card to show your Mother how much you love her. When the greeting card section is crowded as such, no one is paying much attention to who is buying what card. They are wrapped up in trying to find the best card that expresses their innermost feelings without having to actually write it themselves. I stand behind the crowds at first, looking over the selection from a distance, before I make a move to look at the first card. I look for cards with excessive sparkles on them so to avoid the curse of touching them and then later, when running into a business associate, not realizing I have glitter on the corners of my eyes and the tip of nose. I also look for cards that bulge and make sure to not touch them either. I know the chances are good that if I pick one of those cards up and open it, an embarrassing song or a loud “meow” will echo from within and all eyes will be drawn towards me, the guy buying the Mothe r ’ s D a y card from the cat. When I do spy what appears to be a good card; something not too flashy. I will wait for someone else to mistakenly pick up a bulging, noisy card and, during the diversion it creates

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as the other card seekers look on, I will swoop in, grab the card and then make my way to the cashier. Of course, I turn the card upside down and tuck it into the outside of the envelope so only the totally outrageous price shows. No one needs to know my business when it comes Mother’s Day and I don’t need to know theirs (though I do get to peek once in a while if someone is careless. “You couldn’t do better than that for grandma?” I think as I silently pass judgment.) I try to make the writing in the card look like it might have been done by Dagny herself, but I don’t think Kim is fooled. She does play along and doesn’t admit that she knows it’s my handwriting, but I’m pretty sure she’s onto me. Of course, there are flowers and other gifts that arrive for Mother’s Day from the children that aren’t cats, but they aren’t there that day in person, so the cat (meaning me) can revel in the glory of another successful Mother’s Day recognized properly. Now that another wellreceived Mother’s Day feline presentation has been made, I don’t think Dagny really appreciates what I’ve done; the drug store ordeal I went through for her. She basically ignores me, or maybe she’s just playing coy and is thinking about my big surprise on Father’s Day. Hear the Audible version of this, as well as other columns by Brendan Smith at www.BrendanTSmith.com

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To The Editor: I really enjoyed this piece by Ken Gorrell. He’s sure correct in pointing out that ignorance isn’t funny. (April 19 issue). Not only do I agree with Mr. Gorrell, but I think general ignorance of American history will matter a lot more than we think it will. Somehow we’ve given up being grateful in favor of being critical. Parents can fix this failure if they have the desire to do so, and for that desire to flourish, parents need knowledge of our past. Parents can’t teach what they don’t know.

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To The Editor: I am not writing this to support any political candidate. I am writing this as a national letter to all Americans to make a point about something that needs to change in our country. After taking a hiatus for a few months, an anonymous/nameless Twittersite is up again and is insulting and mocking and trying to humiliate a political candidate for US Congress (who I do NOT support). It is called “Fake Rachel Barnhart.� This kind of thing really bothers me and offends my sense of human decency, fairness, respect, and justice. I am known for having a good sense of humor, but I find nothing funny

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Sombreros, Qipaos and Catholic Cosplay, Oh My! The impossibly fickle, selective and whimsical rules of cultural appropriation are hard to keep straight. (Oops! I said by Michelle Malkin “straight.” Syndicated Columnist Apologies to whomever. Oops, can I say “whomever?” Zimever? Verselves? Gah.) According to the white people who run the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center, eating tacos, drinking tequila and wearing sombreros on Cinco de Mayo “are textbook examples of cultural appropriation.” Euro-privileged people at Gonzaga University similarly warned “non-Mexican individuals” on campus not to wear costumes insensitive to the “Latinx culture.” No-nos included “serapes” and “fake mustaches.” An African-American writer at The Root, a website for “Black news, opinions, politics, and culture,” counseled non-Mexican people on behalf of Mexican people to “cut it out with being a culturally appropriating jackass and leave the sombreros home.” According to the politically correct powers that be on Twitter, a white girl cannot wear a Chinese qipao dress to prom because Asian-Americans might be offended -- even though actual Chinese people are not. The cultural contretemps was set off by a Chinese-American man, Jeremy Lam, who fumed, “My culture is NOT your goddamned prom dress” -- while littering his own social media feed with ghetto slang (“N---- dayuum!”) appropriated from rappers. And a Korean-American restaurant owner came under fire

recently for cheekily naming her business “Yellow Fever” (used to describe the condition of nonAsian males enamored of Asian females) to “embrace the term & reinterpret it positively.” To review the misappropriation mandates so far: teenage white girls in Utah can’t wear Chinese dresses to prom. Non-Mexicans can’t wear sombreros on Cinco de Mayo. Wearing other groups’ attire as costumes is insensitive. Re-appropriating phrases deemed inappropriate is inappropriate, even if done by a member of the aggrieved minority victimized by inappropriate appropriation. History shall not be trivialized. Identity must be respected. So it is with extreme befuddlement and bewilderment that I sifted through pages and pages of photos from this week’s Met Gala, whose theme was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Pop diva Rihanna came dressed as a stiletto-heeled pope in pearls, crystals and sky-high medieval headgear. (Will The Root writer scold her to cut it out with being a Catholic appropriating jackass and leave the bedazzled mitre at home?) Nickelodeon alum Ariana Grande, draped in Vera Wang’s cherub-adorned silk organza, chirped that she represented “the back wall of the Sistine Chapel” and felt “fairly important in this outfit, I have to say.” Entertainer Katy Perry, donning massive white feathered wings on her back that seem to have been borrowed from last year’s Victoria’s Secret runway, pronounced herself “angelic, celestial, ethereal.” Lana del Rey, sprouting angel wings on top of her head, paired with Jared Leto decked out as

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The Day The Iran Deal Died As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the by Ben Shapiro Synidcated Columnist Iran deal -the signal foreign policy “achievement” of the Obama administration -- Obama’s former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth and smearing their ashes. “I will never forget the dark cloud that hung over the White House in the years Iran was advancing nuclear program & Obama was briefed on all the risks of using military force,” former United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power tweeted. “Trump has demolished America’s credibility & paved the way for Iran to re-start its nuclear program. Trump has done the unthinkable: isolated the US &

rallied the world around Iran.” Then there was amateur-fiction-writer-turned-professionalfiction-writer Ben Rhodes, a former Obama national security aide, who tweeted, “One tragicomic element of Trump’s presidency is that the more he tries to tear down Obama’s legacy, the bigger he makes Obama look.” Meanwhile, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who had been traveling the world in an attempt to conduct his own personal foreign policy on behalf of the mullahs, stated, “Today’s announcement weakens our security, breaks America’s word, isolates us from our European allies, puts Israel at greater risk, empowers Iran’s hardliners, and reduces our global leverage to address Tehran’s misbehavior.” Obama himself stated, “Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies.” In hearing all of these honeyed

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Iran Deal’s Billion Dollar Questions UNITED NATIONS

- Just days after the global sigh of relief regarding the upcoming United States/ North Korea Summit, world by John J. Metzler opinion swung Syndicated Columnist back into bitter criticism over the Trump Ad-ministration’s announcement that it was scrapping America’s participation in the Iran Nuclear Deal, the penultimate diplomatic legacy of the Obama Administration. Indeed the biggest political pushback to Trump’s widely anticipated policy turnaround was from Western Europe, not the Middle East nor China. The U.S. decision is supported by a curious group of friends including Israel, Saudi Arabia, and most Arab countries. The Iran Deal as it is known, was framed by the five Permanent members of the UN Security Council; China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States as well as Germany to presumably contain what was a dangerously expanding nuclear weapons research and development program by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Keeping Iran from getting nuclear weapons was the goal of the agreement. Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal would theoretically keep

Teheran’s nuclear weapons ambitions “in the box.” President Trump countered, “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” European countries saw the pullout very differently and as a step towards a wider rupture in transatlantic ties. The Deal may still continue without Washington’s participation. Crafted in Vienna’s stunningly stately but small Palais Coburg, the “Deal” reached in 2015 was actually an Obama Executive Agreement and not a Treaty and thus circumvented U.S. Senate approval, which it would never have gained. Once the ink had dried, economic sanctions on Islamic Iran were lifted by the United States and the Europeans. Before long, European businessmen were flooding the Iranian capital Tehran in search of their own commercial Deals. The Americans soon followed. Prior to the tougher economic sanctions on Tehran in 2012, the European Union states were Iran’s biggest trade partner. U.S. relations remain rooted in the poisoned ties between Washington and Tehran since 1979 and the seizure of the American Embassy as well as the nuclear crisis. Yet by 2017 European Union exports to Iran reached $13 billion with imports from the Islamic Republic worth $12 billion. Predictably most EU imports are

energy related. China, the European Union and India remain Iran’s primary trading partners. France’s Total Oil has signed accords of $5 billion to help develop the world’s largest gas

field. Equally Renault auto will expand current co-production in Iran to boost output to 350,000 vehicles annually. The Franco/German consortium Airbus

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BSA, RIP

by Ken Gorrell Northfield, NH.

We must depend upon the Boy Scout Movement to produce the MEN of the future. - Daniel Carter Beard

It’s never easy to lose something close to our hearts. It’s especially hard when the loss was preventable and the result of pure malevolence. The Boy Scouts of America is dead. The cowed leadership of an organization founded by greater men has rebranded itself as Scouts BSA, a name that reeks of focus-grouping and social fashion. They dropped “Boys” because the group is now coed. The spirit of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of Scouting in Britain, and Daniel Carter Beard, founder of the Sons of Daniel Boone, which later merged with the Boy Scouts in America, has been trashed by the radical feminist movement corroding its way through society. Feminists aren’t finished, but the organization long dedicated to helping boys become good men is. Whatever Scouts BSA does, it cannot live up to the high calling of its founders. I’ve written about my involvement with Boy Scouts as an adult volunteer, my high regard for the organization’s purpose, and the quality of Troop leaders with whom I served. These accomplished men dedicated much time and effort to provide boys with adventure and character-building opportunities they would not otherwise have, in an all-male setting that was ideal for the purpose. A few of our Troop’s boys

lacked male role-models outside of Scouting, though as a group we beat the national averages. In America’s homes, a quarter of children live in female-headed households. Nearly four-in-ten do not live with their biological fathers. In school, three-quarters of teachers are women. At the places where kids spend most of their waking hours, many boys never receive the constructive and undivided attention from the types of men they should aspire to become. Boy Scouts filled a crucial gap. Feminists attack beneficial all-male institutions (and even the idea of maleness – see the October 2016 Cover”girl,” James Charles), even as more boys are growing into troubled men. Compared to girls, boys perform poorly in school. More girls than boys go to college and complete advanced degrees. Young men are more likely to be victims of homicide and drug overdose. They have higher rates of suicide and incarceration. It should surprise no one that growing up without positive male rolemodels in female-dominated homes and schools has negative consequences for boys. In a 2014 article, Atlantic Monthly quoted a teacher positing that “[G]irls work best when sitting in a circle facing each other and find it more comfortable to learn in a group setting. Instead, boys often excel in a traditional class structure with desks lined in rows, which could support their more competitive energies and attention getting behaviors.” The article noted that in school, girls “are more apt to plan ahead, set academic goals, and put effort into achieving those goals. They also are more likely than boys to feel intrinsically satisfied See gorrell on 35


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May 5th, 603 Brewery celebrated Cinco De Mutto. Dogs and their owners to come be judged for the best Spanish-style dog costume.

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off Exit 27. They were very progressive in their plans and found that space did not afford them growth. Their current location in Londonderry works well for both distributing around New England as well as a fun taproom space among the many stainless steel vessels. With your first time there, you’ll need to try their 10 taps. Each is better than the last. Winni Amber Ale (6.5% ABV) is still my favorite but they have a beer style for just about everyone. You’ll need to check their website (603brewery.com) and find

The 603 Brewery Team. them at www.facebook. com/603Brewery to read all about them. There is a second tier of brews called E09 (603 upside down) Beer Design series which are smaller batches with very distinctive and inventive recipes. Recently, they have been focusing on New Englandstyle Double IPA’s which are juicy in aroma and

taste but because they are in the 8+% ABV league are given the Double attribute. Their first was their wildly successful “Airhorn” DIPA and just now released “Call Me Dragon” so look for it soon at Case-n-Keg, Meredith. If you don’t see it locally, come to the brewery and buy some. It seems like there is a new one of these every other week!

And the fun never seems to end at the tasting room. On May 5th, they celebrated Cinco De Mutto by inviting dogs and their owners to come be judged for the best Spanish-style dog costume. If yoga is your thing, you can take part in weekly yoga classes right beside the fermentation tanks and then enjoy a quick cold one. Their are

events happening all the time their so check out their Facebook page to find when to visit. So when your travels take you to that part of the state, consider stopping in to meet the crew, taste some great beer, grab one of their very popular hot pretzels, check out their 603 gear and take home a 6 pack or growler to go. Hope you enjoy this fun place as much as I (always) do. Cheers!


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Red and Blue N.H. Legislators come together on the softball field to raise funds for homeless veterans.

by Mike Moffett Contributing Writer

LEGISLATIVE SOFTBALL CLASSIC “I’ve learned that bigtime Sports and big-time Politics are not so far apart in America. They are both a means to the same end, which is victory.” – Hunter S. Thompson And so, in search of victory, New Hampshire Democrat and Republican lawmakers head to the Anheuser-Busch Athletic Complex in Merrimack on D-Day, June 6, 2018, for the 2nd Annual Legislative Softball Classic. Sponsored by the N.H. House of Representatives’ Veterans Caucus, this event raises funds for Manchester’s Liberty House which assists homeless and transitioning veterans. I was proud to be among the organizers for the inaugural game in 2017—a year which saw an angry gunman shoot up a Republican baseball practice before the annual Congressional Baseball game, near killing Louisi-

ana Representative Steve Scalise. That event lent a bit of poignancy to our Granite State effort. The 2017 game took place in an atmosphere of good will under sunny skies and raised well over $10,000 for Liberty House, as legislators came together in common cause. And what would softball be without a post-game social? The AnheuserBusch complex provided the perfect venue for that, as lawmakers shared food and drink and got to know each other better. The consensus was this was an event that should continue. The Brown-Murphy Trophy—named after two of N.H.’s more memorable governors— will go to the winning team. The Republicans won the first contest 15-5, but the Dems are fired up for this one. Democrats have won almost every N.H. special election the past two years, and now feature some new young talent, to include newcomers like Dover’s Casey Conley or Laconia’s Phil Spagnuolo and Charlie St. Clair. At stake on June 6 are more than bragging rights. Sports and politics are both replete with symbolism. Just as the New Hampshire Primary attracts huge attention from those seeking a sense of prevailing political winds, so too does the Legislative

Softball Classic take on unique potential significance in 2018. Many commentators and analysts foresee a Blue Wave of Democrat electoral success this year. A Democrat win will certainly be touted as a harbinger of that Blue Wave, a harbinger that would certainly be noted across the land. As the famous 19th Century U.S. Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, might say, “Harbingers can never be overlooked!” But a Republican triumph could negate that harbinger. While making predictions can be risky, I’ll go out on a limb and make a few. See moffett on 36

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There may be nearly as many William Wallace’s as there are Bob Smith’s, and the one I’m writing about does not, to my knowledge, have any world-wide fame, but whenever I read of someone who went to the same one-room schoolhouse that I did, no matter how many years ago that was, it gains my attention. Besides, this William Wallace has a story worth remembering, which we can do because my Dad, who I think found everyone’s story worth recording, wrote about him years ago. William Wallace’s childhood years were spent in the town of New Hampton during which the family lived at three different locations. He was born in the same house in the Old Institution section of town that Gen. Benjamin F. Kelley of Civil War fame had been born years before. Referred to as the Kelley house, it was the home of the first post office in the town. William was born on Columbus Day in the year 1873. The Wallace family later moved to the Magoon homestead in the Dana Hill area of New Hampton, and then to a house on the Straits Road. Young William walked “cross lots� a mile or so to the Hanaford School for his childhood education and was fond of fishing for brook trout in the area. When I attended the Hanaford School the Joseph Cilley family lived in that house on the Straits Road and it was Ruth Cil-

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A frightening question for an American parent! Unfortunately, during our travels, we have discovered that many of our American child-rearing/care concerns are not shared by all cultures. In fact, over the years we have run-across many view-points on the subject that have not only been interesting, but at times rather shocking. We first became aware of these differing attitudes during our travels and when we were living in the Schwäbisch (Blackforest) region of Germany. Interestingly, though many European countries were welcoming to dogs most places (shops, hotels, and even eating establishments) we found that this was not always extended to ‘little’ humans. This was made quite clear to us by a waitress/ owner of a restaurant in Salzburg, Austria. She apparently felt our less-thanone-year-old child was too messy an eater. He had spilled his carrots and dropped some fries on the floor. I found this amusingly hypocritical since the dog, who had been enjoying the fries, had just lifted his leg and urinated on the leg of a chair at the neighboring table. Later, after reflection, we realized that we had not seen many young children, especially in restaurants- lots of dogs – just not many kids. Over the years we would discover clues to explain this phenomenon. The first should have been obvious. We were living in the quaint historical German town of Weil der Stadt. It was a beautiful summer weekday, around two in the afternoon, when

Baby carriages stand unattended outside a shop in Germany. I had decided to take our new baby for a stroll. The neighborhood was picturepost-card perfect, with well-kept apartments and homes of brick or freshly painted stucco, red-tiled roofs and windows bursting with colorful flowers. Around the edges were fields of rows upon rows of proud Sunflowers that stretched into the distant rolling hills. Finally, I came upon a park and was struck by the stillness. There were no children playing. As I got closer to the entrance, I noticed a sign delineating the playground rules (see article photo). To my amazement, they stated that the park was closed from the hours of 1 – 3pm for ‘resting time’. Apparently, this was not uncommon for neighborhood parks. Some even restricted play on Sundays and holidays as well. A few years later, when we first moved to the Netherlands (Holland), I remember seeing at least half a dozen baby carriages parked outside the local grocery store. The appalling thing about the sight was there were babies in each of the buggies without anyone in the area keeping an eye

on the infants. Further, it was not uncommon to also see carriages with snuggly wrapped babies (in cooler temperatures) or under clear, rain proof covers, parked outside restaurants (see article picture). Given the bulky size of the buggies, I guess that bringing them into See maguire on 36

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had any socialization with humans. Terrified by not knowing what fate awaited her, this sweet girl was named “Rain” upon arrival at LLLF, as a refreshing spring rain had just started as she was being unloaded from the trailer and herded into a metal panel round pen inside the indoor arena which serves as LLLF’s quarantine facility for the horses.

The same week we took in two senior Maine Coon Cats, whose owner sadly had to move into an assisted living program. Additionally, a pregnant cat was brought in, also from NH’s north country. She had been brought in to a veterinarian to be spayed, but upon examination she was discovered to be far along in a pregnancy. Unable to cope with the situation, the owner turned the cat over to LLLF to

provide a safe and healthy place for her to have her kittens, all to eventually be adopted when the time comes. We also have three litters of kittens and two litters of puppies currently in our fostering families/ homes, soon to be coming of age, ready to be adopted. All of these gorgeous creatures will be available for adoption at our adoption event being held at our partner Pets-

Mama cat Luna’s kittens. direct result of Hurricane Harvey, they were lost, terrified, and homeless. We’ll soon be looking to find the perfect adoptive home for them together. Arriving with them was a lost and/or abandoned six year old Black Lab named Eva, who will be a gem of an addition to someone’s home when adopted out. LLLF currently has three pregnant rescued dogs in foster care here in NH, all coming from Georgia, along with four litters of puppies of varying ages, and all being raised in our LLLF foster placement homes. Then we have four pregnant cats currently in foster placement, and nine litters of kittens which will be available for adoption as they reach adoption age and head from their fostering homes to LLLF. We honestly don’t know what we’d do without our amazing foster individuals and families, as they are a huge and vital part of our dog and cat rescue operations. Then, as is so often the case, we have the odd rescue… Stubert (“Stu” for short), who was born with a deformed rear leg, that inexplicably became necrotic and just fell off.

ral disasters and such, helping rescue operations in their relentless and endless efforts. So as you can see, we’ve been extremely busy as we emerge from winter and dive headlong into spring and summer! We encourage you to watch ou r website (livean d letlivefarm.org) and follow us on Facebook (Live and Let Live Farm Rescue) for updates, uplifting stories, and details on upcoming adoption events. Remember I mentioned Petsmart earlier? Well, we’ve partnered with PetSmart for their adoption events helping dogs, cats, and other animals. We’re excited thinking about the opportunities this partnership can potentially bring to the many animals we rescue and work so hard to find adoptive homes for. PetSmart’s quarterly adoption weekends are national, but we’ve been partnering with the Concord and Newington stores, with which LLLF can coordinate as frequently as we have enough animals to do so. This partnership is a win-win situation all around. We are exceedSee philbrick on 17


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overwhelming, and our “network� of dedicated individuals is what makes us able to succeed; seeing us through the inevitable dark and bleak periods as we entangle our hearts in those tragic stories that wear us down emotionally. Sometimes it feels like we’re trying to beat back the tide with a snow shovel, but the rewards are pure joy, and priceless.

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Park, serving as many as 1,200 people. But Bill Wallace would go on to be involved in a number of ventures in Laconia and Belmont. The family purchased the old City Hotel which was at the location of the Chertok block on Court Street. Bill passed on stories of people who stayed at the hotel to my Dad. Among those visitors was the man known as Buffalo Bill, one Col. William F. Cody who was in Laconia with his perform-

ers for a show. Wallace recalled that at the end of the week Buffalo Bill Cody paid his bill with $20 gold pieces. With the recent slogan of “Boston Strong � used frequently after the bombing at the marathon race there I found it interesting that a guest at the City Hotel was called the “Boston Strong Boy�. That was heavyweight boxing champion John L. Sullivan, who stayed at the hotel after his See smith on 29


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snowshoers that had come up the Bucklin Trail arrived while I was enjoying the view. A couple days later I saw a post on the NEHH’s group Facebook page that a fellow had left his glasses on the summit of Mendon Peak. Mendon is a trailless peak that is just south of Killington. I decided I should ski up and fetch them. But when I arrived at the Bucklin Trailhead to access the camp road that would bring me near the start of the bushwhack I discovered that the snow had all melted away on the road. I left my skis in the car and I tied my snowshoes to my backpack and I hiked up the mud and ice covered road. To start the whack to the Mendon Peak required crossing a roaring brook. I was able to hop across on submerged rocks that kept the top of my boots above the water. On the top of the bank I put on my snowshoes; the north side of the mountain was covered with lots of snow. The snowshoes kept me on top of the soft snow and their crampons made it easier to climb up the steep slippery mountainside. Bushwhacking through wide open hardwoods was nice and the snow was more than a foot deep. On the summit Joe’s glasses were hanging on a spruce tree branch just like I saw in the photo he had posted. I put them in

my pack and then headed over to the open ledge. I ate an orange and then I let gravity help me scoot down the peak while bounding down making new snowshoe tracks. This was the next best thing to skiing. I mailed Joe his glasses and he is quite pleased to be able to see again. Marylou was game to join me skinning up Sugarloaf and then maybe snowshoe over to Spaulding. I spent the night at her camp on Cupsuptic Lake in Maine and there was still ice on the Lake. We heard Loons!

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Yours truly and Marylou on our way up Sugarloaf Mountain before it began to rain. Sugarloaf is Maine’s third highest peak (and the highest not in Baxter State Park) is ranked 35th on the NEHH list. crowd showed up and a lift line formed. We skied straight without taking a break until 11 am. We left and drove around to Sugarbush’s other mountain. Mt. Ellen was closed but its trails had snow and was open for skinning. The bottom third of Mt. Ellen was mostly bare and we all hiked up until we reached the good snow. Charlie and I put on our skins and skis and Jeremy snowshoed. The sun was hot and bright and we wore

short sleeve shirts and sunglasses. Nearing the summit from the Rim Run Trail the clear panorama wound around from the White Mountains, up the spine of the Green Mountains and to New York’s Adirondacks. It was an excellent day to be on top of a mountain. Going back down was a blast. Charlie and I skied and Jeremy ran down on his snowshoes. We passed a few more people skinning up the mountain as we See patenaude on 33


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it was in the period prior to the so-called Islamic Revolution in 1979, have been deeply disappointed. Still the European powers remain politically vested in the agreement. Transatlantic Ties are being strained yet again, this time not over NATO budget shortfalls, but the fact that Washington will

revive economic sanctions on Iran which not only forbids American companies, but may bar foreign firms from investing and trading with the Islamic Republic. So-called “secondary sanctions” could affect European companies in six months. Iran’s nuclear weapons

development posed a clear and present danger to Israel, moderate Arab states and to Europe as well. Yet viewing Iran through the wider lens beyond the nuclear deal there are strategic threats posed by the Islamic Republic to neighboring countries and regional states. From its support of Hezbollah in Lebanon threatening Israel, to being an active player in the Syrian civil war, to its deep involvement in the Yemen conflict, Iran’s wider export of terrorism, and meddling in Iraq, Tehran remains an active player in regional destabilization. This all comes at a socio/political cost to Tehran’s rigid theocracy. Iran’s political landscape is still rumbling from the reverberations of last Winter’s nationwide protests. Equally Iran’s econ-omy remains dysfunctional given the corruption and poor management of the Islamic regime. Inflation remains an albatross to the system. The middle class is hurting. Above all the regime remains a tyranny to its own citizens. Where then is the Deal to help Iran’s people? John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He is the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations; Germany, Korea, China.


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There are plenty of coed activity-focused organizations – including Venturing and Sea Scout programs operated by the former Boy Scouts of America. Girls still have Girl Scouts, which will probably remain dedicated to girls only. Why destroy the all-male focus of Boy Scouts? Scouts BSA gave many reasons for the change, but none focused on meeting the unique needs of boys. The simple fact is that modern feminism is a powerful force that has infiltrated all parts of society. It won’t tolerate the literal or figurative “old boys network” in any manifestation, and it has no sense of humor or humility. It also won’t engage in the hard work of building up its own organizations; it’s easier and more emotionallyrewarding for them to destroy the creations of others. The war on boys continues. Boy Scouts of America is simply the latest casualty. But it won’t be the last. Ken Gorell can be reached at kengorrell@ gmail.com

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Jesus in a gilt crown of thorns and powder blue Gucci suit. Rosy-cheeked, mantillaclad Kate Bosworth mimicked the Virgin Mary. Former Disney star Zendaya strutted the red carpet in Versace chain mail and Joan of Arc bangs. Nicki Minaj, last seen appropriating the Chinese martial arts video game cartoon character Chun Li (because that’s OK), channeled the devil. And assorted supermodels and their arm candy escorts sported rosaries, halos and veils like haute couture cosplay. Now, this is the point at which I might cry out indignantly: My religion is not your costume! But the Vatican actually collaborated with the Met Gala on the event, donating prized vestments, cassocks and other relics. No, I’m not offended. I’m just queasy and exhausted from trying to keep track of what we’re supposed to wear and not wear, say and not say, eat or drink and not eat or drink, and who all is allowed to dictate what to whom and when. “Piss Christ” is art. Muhammad cartoons are fatal blasphemy. Suburban girls in qipaos are human rights violators, but black female rappers and their fans in Chinese ox horn buns are cutting-edge. College kids in sombreros must be re-programmed, but Kim Kardashian parading like an oversized, gold-sequined chalice with crucifix stick-ons is high style. The dizzying diktats of offense avoidance need to be burned like palm branches and tossed into an ash heap with campus offense-avoidance guidebooks. Can I get an amen on that? I say: Let me eat taco meat drenched in soy sauce with my chopsticks, drink a mango lassi while cooking latkes in my kimono, and be merry while making Spam musubi with my Catholic-JewishUkrainian-Filipino-Chinese-Spanish kids. Isn’t that what celebrating diversity is all about?

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voices speak, one might think that Iran has been acting responsibly for the last three years, that it hasn’t been pursuing a campaign of horrific terrorism in Yemen and Syria, that it hasn’t been sponsoring the takeover of Lebanon by the terrorist group Hezbollah, that it hasn’t been funding the Palestinian terror group Hamas, that it hasn’t been developing long-range ballistic missiles while leading chants saying “Death to America.” One might think that Obama left the Middle East a bright a beautiful place, not a hellhole filled with human carnage bought with dollars spent by Iran but funneled through the United States. None of that is true, of course. Obama left the Middle East a smoking wreckage heap -- a situation so grim that even Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan have been forced to ally with Israel to allay fears of an Iranian regional takeover. Obama and his staff lied repeatedly to the American people about the Iran deal -- and they continue to lie. When Kerry says that the deal will “empower Iran’s hardliners,” he is repeating an outright fabrication: The hardliners are in charge of the government, and the

35 deal strengthened them. When Power speaks as though Obama alleviated the possibility of Iran’s nuclear program, she’s lying, too: The deal explicitly paved the way for an Iranian nuclear program free and clear of consequences from the international order. When Obama speaks as though our Middle East allies were pleased by the deal, he’s lying: They all opposed it, and they’re all celebrating its end. Barack Obama had a peculiar vision of the Middle East remade: Iran ascendant, the power of Israel checked, the Saudis chastened. He achieved that vision at the cost of tens of thousands of lives across the region. President Trump is undoing that legacy. Good riddance. Ben Shapiro, 34, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is The New York Times bestselling author of “Bullies.” He lives with his wife and two children in Los Angeles. To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators. com.


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— OUR PICK FOR BEST CAPTION ENTRY #696 — Runners Up Captions: Our future is so bright, we gotta wear shades - Rick Butterfield, Bridgewater, NH. Little known fact: Just like Lassie, there was more than one “CopperTone Baby”. - David Doyon, Moultonborough, NH. “Octo mom” after a day at the beach. -Maureen

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Crossword Puzzle

Puzzle Clue: FLEET GROUP

ACROSS 1 Ones doing standup 7 Dancer’s bodysuit 14 Roosevelt’s predecessor 20 Wide road 21 Work history summaries 22 Unabridged 23 What many a thin person has 25 Be there for 26 “What -- is new?” 27 Actor Benicio -Toro 28 Here, to Yves 29 -- carte (not prix fixe) 30 Prefix with fascist 31 Beams 33 Specialty of many emergency teams 37 Is sore 40 Ballet move 42 Dawn deity 43 Nutrition Facts group 44 Alternative to jogging 48 Recurrent theme 51 Often-stubbed digit 52 Used a saber 54 Color-mixing board 58 Smoke waste 59 -- port (PC connection) 61 Ladderlike in organization 63 Charlton Heston film 64 Harry at Hogwarts 67 Cornmeal mush 69 Starting on 71 Jim-dandy 73 “Mean Girls” actress Gasteyer

74 Stretches of history 75 Vigilante retribution, perhaps 81 Informant Snowden 84 Hindu belief 85 Moment 87 See 56-Down 88 China’s Sun -- -sen 91 Keeping up contact 93 Bait 95 Without risk 97 Some lap dogs, briefly 99 It doesn’t stop at a lot of stations 101 Big hauler 104 Dernier -- (latest thing) 106 Bad guy in “Othello” 107 Spine-chilling 108 Improv comic’s skill 113 Sail support 115 Clickable address 116 State of rage 117 Mattel man 118 “Emmy” has two 119 Had to repay 123 Element in antiseptics 125 Wish for getting better 129 Shells out 130 Australian sheepdogs 131 Skittish 132 Badger 133 Moment 134 Sculptures without limbs DOWN 1 Small eatery 2 Egg shape 3 See 124-Down 4 It accrues 5 Summa -- laude 6 Dilapidated

7 Kazakh river 8 State north of Kan. 9 The same, at the start? 10 May bloom 11 Friends, in Florence 12 Have a home 13 Brit. military honor 14 Cures 15 Scheduled 16 Mel of the diamond 17 Austrian port 18 Borgnine with an Oscar 19 Totally alters 24 Coil deviser Nikola 29 Fable author 32 Invite to a movie, e.g. 33 Lawn tools 34 Not much, as of salt 35 DVD- -- drive 36 Wrongdoer 37 “Mamma Mia” group 38 NFL receiver Carter 39 Zenith 41 Santa helper 45 Part of SSW 46 Bowl game gp. 47 Hair care products 49 -- by Dana (perfume) 50 Old TV’s “-- Three Lives” 53 Info to input 55 Like college juniors 56 With 87-Across, fishy hero 57 Little bits of work 60 Lover boy 62 Cubs great Sandberg 65 Straying from the subject 66 Diva Diana 68 Increases

fraudulently 69 Sparkling wine city 70 Duck relative 72 TV-advertised music label 76 Veritable 77 It beats a 10 78 Slush Puppie company 79 Wheedle 80 Leg on which a cello rests 82 Wimpy type 83 Tapers off 86 Hip-hop headwear 89 Others, in Latin 90 Daly of “Cagney & Lacey” 92 Anne of “Wag the Dog” 94 Less than zero: Abbr. 96 Worry about 98 -- Lanka 100 Amiens’ river 101 Slogging-in-mud sound 102 A moon of Jupiter 103 Less harsh 105 Bic buy 109 Sorts 110 Piece of hair 111 Boat spines 112 Like klutzes 114 Natty tie 118 In the past, in the past 120 Takes as a spouse 121 “And so ...” 122 Hides gray, in a way 124 With 3-Down, really disorderly 125 Schuss, say 126 Julio’s “day” 127 Strong wish 128 Lennon loved her


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New England Highest Hundred Peaks

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