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Editor Brendan Smith is taking a week off from his F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire column. We felt this older story of his, published in 1997, fits in well with this season of the year. It is also one of the many stories in his new book “The Flatlander Chronicles.” If William Shakespeare had to rake up leaves every fall, he’d probably say something like: “Oh, dead colors of once living, breathing beauty, now beings surrounded by manly feet. Thou art a vulgar

pain.” But Shakespeare had a lot of money, so he most likely paid someone to rake his yard for him. When I first moved to New Hampshire, fall was not a season I was concerned about. It seemed that raking leaves would not be an issue. I did a lot of it in New York, so I was quite experienced. It was with this attitude and false sense of security that I brazenly stood on my front lawn, rake in hand, ready to show my neighbors that this inept soul See smith on 10

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Enjoy the crisp air and glorious mountain foliage while viewing the works of over 150 juried artists and craftsmen. The Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln, New Hampshire will burst into color, flavor and sound for The 18th Annual Lincoln Fall Craft Festival on Saturday, October 12, from 9am to 5pm, Sunday, October 13, from 9am to 5pm and Monday (Columbus Day) October 14 from 9am to 4pm. A wide array of American made handcrafts will be displayed and sold by the Artisan including Fine Jewelry, Calligraphy, Scarves, Pottery, Original Watercolors, Candles, Leather, Doll Clothes & Accessories, Ce-

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Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Collection Center Barn, 109A, Wolfeboro. 10am-3pm. Books, collectibles, toys, skis, furniture and more. Fri. 11th – Sun. 13th


Lakes Region Camera Club Exhibit

Belknap Mill, Laconia. M-F 9am-5pm. Over 100 images represent the best efforts of LRCC members. 340-2359

Thursday 10th Safety Last – Silent Film Series

The flying Monkey, Plymouth. 6:30pm. $10pp. 536-2551

Artist Reception

Gordon-Nash Library, 69 Main Street, New Hampton. 6:30-8pm. Meet Barry Draper and view his photography exhibit entitled, “Nature Under our Noses: Life In and Around Our Warm Water Ponds�. The exhibit runs through October. 744-8061

“Interview With A Vampire� – Ladies Night

Cranmore Mountain, 1 Skimobile Road, North Conway. Doors open at 6:30. This years haunt theme is themed around the Mercer Home for the Criminally Insane! The newly designed unforgettable experience, will lead unsuspecting guests through a series of dark rooms, scary mazes and new for 2013, an outdoor element which will bring only the brave through the dark woods of night. This season, each Goulllog admission will come with a ticket to ride the chairlift to the summit for an unforgettable ride in the dark! or 1-800SUN-N-SKI

Saturday 12th Bel Airs – Live Music

Red Rivers Theatre, 11 South Main Street, Concord. 7pm. www.

Thurs. 10th – Sun. 27th Shrek The Musical

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

Friday 11th Jefferson Starship

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

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Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord. 225-1111 or

The Bach Room at The Mill Fudge Factory, 2 Central Street, Bristol. 7:309:30pm. 744-0405

Super Bingo to Benefit Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society

Funspot Bingo Hall, 579 Endicott Street North, Weirs Beach. Doors open at 2pm. Pull tabs on sale at 3pm. Early session starts at 4:30pm and the regular game starts at 6:45pm. Catered by Patrick’s Pub. 366-4377

Oktoberfest in Chocorua

Runnells Hall, Rte 113 East at Rt 16, Chocorua. 4-7pm. Live music, food and more! $10/adult, $5/kids 5-12 years old.

30th Annual Apple Festival

Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Bristol. 744-3502

“Monty Python and the Holy Grail�

Red Rivers Theatre, 11 South Main Street, Concord. 10am. www.

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Collection Center Barn, 109A, Wolfeboro. 10am-3pm. Books, collectibles, toys, skis, furniture and more.

Costume Sale!

Garrison Players Arts Center, Route 4, Rollinsford. 10am-3pm. GPAC is cleaning out it’s wardrobe. The sale offers a variety of women’s period and modern dresses (great for teens) plus assorted items for men and children. 516-4919

Help for Havana – Spaghetti Supper and Benefit

VFW Post 1670, 143 Court Street, Laconia. 6-11pm. Two year old Havana O’Flaherty suffered a critical brain injury on Oct 1. She is now fighting for her life at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Raffles, silent auction, live DJ and a spaghetti dinner. $10pp, children 3 and under are free and children are encouraged to attend. If you would like to make a donation please call 556-0354 Sunday 13th

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Village Shops & Town Green, Main Street, Lincoln. Sat. and Sun. 9-5, Mon. 9-4. Free admission.

Monday 14th Caregiver’s Support Group

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church, 433 Clough Hill Road, Loudon. 875-5822

“The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana� - Book Launch

Hawkins Photography and Framing, 73 Main Street, Meredith. 1-3:30pm. Author Carol Lee Anderson will be on hand as well as Lynn Montana, who will have a display of her father’s art work. Tuesday 15th

Kayaking Presentation

Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith. 6:30pm. Presented by Paula Wanzer. She will be giving a brief introduction on kayaking and some background information on Cedar Key. Thursday 17th

Coheed and Cambria

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Crossroads CÊilí in Rollinsford The Seacoast Set Dancers club is happy to announce their next Crossroads CÊilí to be held on Sunday, October 13th, 3-7pm at the Garrison Players Arts Center, located on 650 Portland Ave (Rt 4) in Rollinsford. Lots of Irish set dancing will take place to live music by The Seacoast CÊilí Band featuring Bob Dunlavey (accordion), Lisa Coyne (flute), Connie Patten (fiddle), Flo Fahy (concertina) and R.P. Hale (hammered dulcimer). Like the familiar Celtic knot symbols, you’ll be dancing intricate patterns to the beat of traditional Irish reels, jigs, hornpipes and polkas! The first floor will be used for break time and the upstairs for the dancing, on a lovely old sprung wood floor. This is a community event, open to the public, and you do not have to have a partner to attend. The entrance fee is $10/person, but if you are looking for good music and fellowship, the fee is $5/person for non-dancers. Please bring some finger food or beverages to share, but no alcohol is allowed in the hall. For more information, contact Sue Dunlavey at

Special Bingo Game To Benefit Lake Winni Historical Society The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society will be holding their Columbus Day Weekend Bingo Special Fundraiser on Saturday, October 12, at the Funspot Bingo Hall on Rte 3 in the Weirs. Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded including 3 big Winner Take All games and a guarantee of $2,000 on the Carryover Coverall. Bingo packages range in price from $13 to $40 and Bingo computers will also be available for a $6 rental fee and will be available on a limited basis. There will be an early session at 4:30 and an evening session at 6:45. You can play one or both. Doors will be open at 2pm. A wide variety of Pull-Tab tickets will also be sold throughout the sessions and will go on sale starting at 3pm. Patrick’s Pub will have full meals, sandwiches and snacks available throughout the evening. All monies raised that evening will be used by the Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society in their ongoing efforts to preserve the history of the big lake.

Harvest Fest In Ossipee Cornerstone Christian Academy invites the community to its annual Harvest Fest Saturday, October 19, 10am to 1pm. Features of the Fest are a bouncy house, horseback rides, a scarecrow contest, children’s games and tasty treats. As part fundraising for their spring trip, the 7th and 8th graders will offer lunch. Admission to the Harvest Fest is free. Ticket sleeves giving access to all games and activities, including horseback rides and the bouncy house, are $5. Cornerstone Christian Academy is a Pre-K to 8th grade non-denominational school located on 200 acres on Route 28 in Ossipee. The school also offers an infant/toddler program. Learn more at

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Hello there Weirs and Cocheco Times readers. It is me, Malzy. It has been a long time since you all have been updated about my dad, Mal, and his exploits of Rambling Through History. Dad and I were talking the other day and it was suggested that maybe I could take up the torch and write this article for the Weirs Times. If you are reading this, it means that a. I am able to complete an For those fans of Mal Fuller, there have been a lot of article and b. the pow- questions over the past few months. This week his son, Malzy ers that be at the Weirs brings you up to date on what’s been happening. Times thought it was a before Medicare stops while, he will also venture good idea, too. A s r e g u l a r r e a d e r s paying. When Dad came off to McDonald’s to pick should know, a year ago back to Genesis, he only up his favorite snack, a this past spring dad hit had a couple weeks left big Mac. He likes to have a medical rough patch. on that Medicare time these cold as a nighttime What started out as an clock. After that, he would snack. His second favorite infection in his left heel have to pay for the skilled turned into an amputa- care of Genesis out of his snack at night is a tuna tion of his leg below the own pocket. And once he fish sandwich, which is knee. That lead to two was completely broke, he made by one of the LNAs months at Catholic Medi- would have to apply for assigned to his room. The cal Center and then I had Medicaid. I doubt that I excellent staff at Genesis dad transferred to Gene- have to tell anybody read- are very good at what sis Rehabilitation Center, ing this that paying for a they do. This is a good here in Keene, where dad facility such as Genesis thing, especially when it went through rehab until out of one’s own pocket came to what happened it was determined that is impossible to do for a to dad back in August. Residents at Genesis he should try to make it long period of time, unon his own at home in less they are multi mil- have a shower once a lionaires. It was up to me week, on a set schedule. Wolfeboro. This was about a year to get dad on Medicaid. I They are also usually atago. At that time, dad’s did have some very good tended to by the same friend Jennifer Weiner help from the Genesis. I person for every shower. volunteered to come to don’t know if I could’ve Dad and his LNA were Wolfeboro for a week to a c c o m p l i s h e d w h a t I very accustomed to one help with the transition. needed to if it wasn’t for another, and that is why Jennifer is the wife of them. I have so much to the LNA was concerned Allan Weiner, the own- say about the Draconian when she saw a sore on er/operator of WBCQ, Medicaid application pro- dad’s little toe. She imthe shortwave radio sta- cess. I will write about it, mediately informed the nursing staff, who looked tion in Monticello, Maine in the near future. Dad’s life at Genesis at the sore. After that exthat has been featured in Rambling Through History is pretty good and bet- amination, dad’s doctor many times. Despite all ter than most residents. was informed. Over the years, dad has the best efforts of Jen- He is fortunate to have nifer and dad, he was not our Caravan at the facil- been lucky to have been able to stay at the house ity, now modified with blessed with some excelby himself. This was dev- a wheelchair lift in the lent doctors. For decades back, and he has the op- in Wolfeboro, he was unastating. Dad came back down portunity to come and der the care of Donald to Keene to stay at Gen- go as he pleases. Once Walsh, a doctor of much esis. Because of Medi- a week, he comes to my prestige. When he needed care guidelines, a person apartment to wind my to have arterial surgery, can only stay in any one grandfather clock, and to he fell under the care of medical situation for a see his favorite pussycat, Dr. Patricia Furey, one of See rambling on 28 certain amount of time Diablo. Every once in a

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U.S. vs. Thailand To The Editor: With the house vote to “defund� ObamaCare adding to the dysfunctional mess we call our government, I thought it could be interesting for your readers to see how the US system compares to the Thai system, and why costs in Thailand (and every other country with a modern healthcare system) are less than half of those in the US. My wife and I spend much of the year in Thailand. We’re both getting older, and unsurprisingly, have been doing considerable research lately on health care costs in the US and in Thailand. Health care in the US is becoming so outrageously expensive that the full price for an operation in Thailand is less than I’d pay for the same operation here, insured under Medicare. For example, the total costs for a heart angiogram at a top-tier hospital in Thailand will cost between $1,000 to $1,700, depending upon the patrticular hospital and the patient’s physical condition and special medical needs. In the US, my 20% co-insurance alone will cost much greater than $1,700, roughly $5,000 as a minimum. When you get to your computer, watch the video embedded in this blog to get an idea of why the USA is so expensive: http://danieljmitche l l . w o r d p r e s s . com/2012/11/17/

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must-watch-video-fromreason-tv-on-how-freemarkets-not-obamacarecan-solve-the-healthcare-mess/ The Surgery Center of Oklahoma is now beginning to do what hospitals in Thailand have been doing for years, publishing their costs. Again, using the internet, here are the “Real Cost� prices for surgery at Bamrungrad Hospital in Bangkok: Compare them with what you’ve paid for similar operations in the States. Oh wait, most of you can’t because someone else has paid it for you. OK, just check your next EOB to see what the hospital thinks it might be able to charge. Don’t assume that the hospitals in Thailand are cheaper because their facilities and staff don’t measure up to those in the US. I’ve had minor surgery performed there, and believe that they meet or exceed professional standards expected here. The difference is explained partly by lower base costs, but mostly by competition. Thailand has competition, the US doesn’t. The Thai system is straightforward, and the buyer can shop around. (Chiang Mai Ram Hospital in Chiang Mai is

This newspaper was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert as Calvert’s Weirs Times and Tourists’ Gazette and continued until Mr. Calvert’s death in 1902. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain the patriotic spirit of its predecessor as well as his devotion to the interests of Lake Winnipesaukee and the Cocheco Valley area with the new Cocheco Times. Our newspaper’s masthead and the map of Lake Winnipesaukee in the center spread are elements in today’s paper which are taken from Calvert’s historic publication.

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Political Theater To The Editor: The partial government shutdown is President Obama’s political theater intended to intimidate Republicans into ending their opposition to Obamacare, continued reckless spending, Obama’s job killing policies, and Obama’s appointment of radical left-wingers to key government positions. Without media hype most Americans wouldn’t notice the “shutdown�. To increase the pain and get attention President Obama spent more money to shutdown things never closed before, such as open air monuments like the WW2 and Viet Nam Memorials, where he erected barriers and sent more guards to prevent access than normally there. Republicans passed a bill to fund every part of government except for two minor Obamacare changes to which Democrats object. Republicans say big business shouldn’t get a one year delay from Obamacare requirements unless individuals get a delay too. And, Republicans don’t want highly paid (on average double the private sector) Senators, Congressmen, and their staffs to get 3/4s of their health care premiums paid by taxpayers over and above any normal Obamacare subsidies. President Obama statSee mail boat on 22

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From The State House “Much Ado About Nothing…” FACT or FICTION? On Monday evening, Virginia Barry, Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Education, held a forum for school boards and adminby Rep. Jane istrators at Cormier Belknap District 8 Bedford High School. It was quite an event with about 175 people in attendance. But, only members of NH school boards/ administrators were allowed to ask questions or offer input. In addition to Commissioner Barry telling attendees, there is “much ado about nothing” with regard to critics’ concern of Common Core (CC), there were some very important MISTATEMENTS made by our Commis-

sioner. We will take up a very important one here… Carlos Martinez of the Alton School Board noted Commissioner Barry was “spreading misinformation” in her presentation as she denied DATA MINING was part and parcel of CC. Of course, Commissioner Barry knows the truth. You should as well. 1. In December 2011, the US Department of Education amended the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Why is this important? In a nutshell, FERPA was a law which ensured personal (and identifiable) information was not shared with outside entities WITHOUT parental consent. Information could be Social Security numbers, health information, etc… For the past See cormier on 30

Seedco: Obamacare’s Fraud-Stained Navigators Welcome to ObamaWreck! Americans nationwide spent Tuesday struggling with the muchhyped “Affordable Care Act” health by Michelle Malkin i n s u r a n c e Syndicated Columnist exchanges. Server meltdowns, error messages and security glitches plagued the federal and state government websites as open enrollment began. But when taxpayers discover exactly who will be navigating them through the bureaucratic maze, they may be glad they didn’t get through. U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius controls a $54 million slush fund to hire thousands of “navigators,” “in-person assisters” and counselors, who are now propagandizing and recruiting Obamacare recipients into the government-run exchanges. As I warned in May, the Nanny State navigator corps is a serious threat to Americans’ privacy. Background checks and training requirements are minimal to nonexistent. A history of fraud is no barrier to entry. Case in point: the seedy nonprofit Seedco. This communityorganizing group snagged lucrative multimillion-dollar navigator contracts in Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee and New York. The New York Post reports this week that the outfit “is partnering with dozens of agencies, such as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Food Bank for New York City and the Chinese American Planning Council, in each of (the Big Apple’s) five boroughs.” They’ll have access to potential enrollees’ income levels, birthdates, addresses, eligibility

for government assistance, Social Security numbers and intensely personal medical information. Given the enormous responsibility to handle sensitive data in a careful, neutral manner, combined with the overwhelming pressure to boost Obamacare enrollments, you’d think the feds would only choose navigators with the most impeccable records. Yet, less than a year ago, Seedco agreed to settle a civil fraud lawsuit “for faking at least 1,400 of 6,500 job placements under a $22.2 million federally funded contract with the city.” Seedco’s corrupt behavior went far beyond defrauding taxpayers through abuse of New York City programs, federal Labor Department funding and federal stimulus dollars. Seedco (which stands for “Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation”) tried to destroy and defame whistleblowing official Bill Harper, who discovered and reported the rampant falsification of data. First, Seedco denied the charges; next, they trashed Harper’s reputation in the pages of The New York Times. Only after the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan brought suit did the organization acknowledge systemic, repeated wrongdoing. Seedco forked over a $1.7 million settlement in December 2012. Mere months later, they were racking up federal Obamacare navigator work. The feds and Seedco assure us that new management is in place. They rearranged some deck chairs, created a new “compliance program” and hired an independent reviewer. But an ethos of by-any-means-necessary bookcooking and a culture of intimidating whistleblowers don’t disappear overnight. Seedco shredded

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Syria’s Staggering Human Cost UNITED NATIONS— T h e

raging civil war in Syria has dominated headlines as well as both the debate and emotions by John J. Metzler a t t h e U N Syndicated Columnist General Assembly. But beyond the grisly statistics with over 100,000 people killed as well as the toxic political aftermath of chemical weapons use, there remain three other glaring, but often overlooked, issues. First, there’s a widening humanitarian crisis. An outpouring of refugees from the country, but even larger numbers of internally displaced civilians inside Syria, now involves nearly one quarter of the population. UN humanitarian agencies point to a frightening calculus of crisis. Of Syria’s population of 21 million, 2 million are refugees who fled the country, and a further 4.2 million are internally displaced persons. Funding for food aid and medical assistance is stretched to the limit and only about half the promised funds have been delivered by donor states. Second this humanitarian tragedy has morphed into a regional crisis with geopolitical ramifications. Neighboring countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and even Iraq have become a haven for the human tide. These high refugee numbers in neighboring countries are clearly destabilizing. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “One-tenth of Jordan’s population is currently composed of refugees, and nearly 25 percent of Lebanon’s population by the end of the year is expected to be made up of registered and non-registered refugees concentrated in already-poor and vulnerable regions.” Comparative analysis puts the tragedy into stunning view beyond statistics. The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) states that over 750,000 Syrians have sought safety in Lebanon. Projections see the number reaching one million by

the end of 2013. This is eighteen percent of tiny Lebanon’s entire population; a similar refugee influx would translate as 57 million refugees into the USA or 91 million into the European Union. Neighboring Jordan has absorbed over 525,000 Syrians while Turkey has accepted more than 500,000. Some 200,000 Syrians have fled to Iraq as well. Third, despite the stunning horrors of chemical weapons use allegedly by the Assad regime, so much of the global outrage has centered on people killed by these toxic weapons and not the wider 98% of casualties killed by conventional weapons. While the Obama Administration nearly fumbled into a military conflict over Syria, with few allies and no UN support, the reality remains that the sectarian killing has widened and has less to do with toxins than toxic hatred often along Islamic religious divides and with the Christian minority a particular target. UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon stated; “We can hardly be satisfied with destroying chemical weapons while the wider war is still destroying Syria. The vast majority of the killing and the atrocities have been carried out with conventional weapons.” Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul said it well, “This conflict neither began with the use of chemical weapons, nor will it end with an agreement to eliminate them. We therefore bluntly reject any position that is not troubles by the killing of innocent people in itself, but only by the means of such killing. Such an approach is immoral and totally unacceptable.” He stressed, “I cannot emphasize this enough; Agreement on chemical weapons must not be allowed to substitute for a comprehensive political strategy to address the situation in Syria.” While President Gul warned that “we cannot and shall not leave the Syrian people to their fate,” finding a political solution to defuse the crisis remains elusive. While the UN Security Council at long last unanimously agreed to locate, monitor, disarm and destroy Syria’s chemical arsenal (déjà vu of open-ended

Iraqi weapons inspections years before 2003), the fact remains that creating and enforcing a durable political settlement for a political transition in Damascus seems not on the horizon. Austrian President Heinz Fis-

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Harvest Craft Fair

Somersworth High School, Somersworth. 9am-3pm. Featuring over 150 of the best crafters in all of NH, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts. Free parking. 692-5896

Oktoberfest Dinner

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Potluck Supper

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LRGH Auxiliary Fall Craft Fair

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Fall Family Fun Open House

Lisa’s Dragonfly Gardens & Design, 44 Main Street, Alton. 12-5pm. Face painting, cookie decorating, pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, cider donuts and raffles and prizes. 8751800

Arts and Crafts Show

North Conway Community Center, 2628 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. 105pm. Rain or shine under canopy, live music and over 75 exhibitors.528-4014

Sunday 20th The Hungry Hungry Games - Parody

The Capital Center for the Arts, 44 South Main Street, Concord. 4pm. 225-1111

Ice Theatre of New York – Live Performance

Plymouth State University, Plymouth. 3pm. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the top 10 theatre picks in New York City. 536-8902

Sant Bani School Open House

Sant Bani School, 19 Ashram Road, Sanbornton. 2-4pm. The visit will include student led tours, informational sessions by division and an opportunity for Q & A. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Becky Beane at or by calling 934-4240

Arts and Crafts Show

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“Putting Your Garden to Bed”

Bearcamp Valley Garden Club program presented by Jen Manson, Master Gardner. The program will take place at the historic Glidden Home in Ossipee. Reservations are required. 544-3010.

Farmers Market Workshop

Merrimack County Extension Office, 315 D.W. Highway, Boscawen. 6-8pm. Free but space is limited. 679-5616

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Uncle Steve Band– Live Music and Halloween Party

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Wakefield Opera House, 2 High Street, Sanbornville. 7pm. $20pp. 522-0126 or www.

Sunday 27th

Rocky Horror Picture Show with Live Shadow Cast

Carroll County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program Auction

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

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, Route 16, North Conway. 1-5pm. Over 300 items available. Cash or check only for payment. For a bid list or more info call 356-9331

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Collection Center Barn, 109A, Wolfeboro. 10am-3pm. Books, collectibles, toys, skis, furniture and more.

Pumpkin Festival

Rotary Club of Wolfeboro Radio/TV Auction

Moulton Farm, Quarry Road, Meredith. 10-3pm. Tractor rides, odd shaped pumpkin display, visits with farm animals, a bounce house and more! Activities are free, however there is a charge for entry to the farm’s corn maze. 279-3915

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Taylor Community, 435 Union Ave, Laconia. 7pm. Belmont artist, Shela Cunningham will be the guest speaker. 2932702

Caregiver’s Support Group

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church, 433 Clough Hill Road, Loudon. 875-5822

Tuesday 29th Family Movie Night – “Monsters University”

Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith. 5-6:45pm. Wednesday 30th

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RESIDENTS CASH IN: Pictured above are the Overstuffed Money Bags containing 10 individual Vault Bags full of money that everyone is trying to get. That’s because each Vault Bag is known to contain over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins some dating back to the early 1900s.

State zip codes determine who gets free Silver coins Vault bags loaded with U.S. Gov’t issued coins are up for grabs as thousands of U.S. residents stand to miss the deadline to claim the money; now any U.S. resident who finds their zip code listed below gets to claim the bags of money for themselves and keep any valuable coins found inside by covering the Vault Bag fee within the next 2 days The phone lines are ringing off the hook. That’s because for the next 2 days Vault Bags containing valuable U.S. Gov’t issued coins are actually being handed over to U.S. residents who find their zip code listed in today’s publication. “Now that the bags of money are up for grabs U.S. residents are claiming as many as they can get before they’re all gone. That’s because after the Vault Bags were loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins the bags were sealed for good. But we do know that some of the coins date clear back to the early 1900s, including: a 90% pure Silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar, an Eisenhower Dollar, some of the last ever minted U.S. Dollars, Kennedy Half Dollars, Silver Mercury Dimes, rarely seen Liberty ‘V’ Nickels, nearly 100 year old Buffalo Nickels and unsearched currently circulating U.S. Gov’t issued nickels, dimes and quarter dollars, but there’s no telling what you’ll find until you sort through all the coins.” said Timothy J. Shissler, Chief Numismatist for the private World Reserve. The only thing residents need to do is call the National Claim Hotline before the 2-day order deadline ends. Everyone who does is being given the 90% pure Silver Walking Liberty coin for free just by covering the fee for each Vault Bag loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins for only $99 as long as they call before the deadline ends. So, if lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered. N

How to claim the bags of U.S. Gov’t issued coins: Read the important information below. Then call the National Claim Hotline at: 1-888-282-6742 I keep calling and can’t get through: This announcement is being so widely advertised because each Vault Bag is guaranteed to contain a free Silver Walking Liberty coin and just that one coin alone could be worth $15 to $325 in collector value. So thousands of residents are calling to claim as many Vault Bags as they can get before they’re all gone. In fact, since the Vault Bag fee is just $ 99 everyone is claiming as many bags as they can before the deadline ends. So if lines are busy keep trying, all calls will be answered. How much are the Vault Bags worth: Coin values always fluctuate and there are never any guarantees, but here’s why U.S. residents are claiming as many Vault Bags as they can get before they’re all gone. After the Vault bags were loaded with over 100 U.S. Gov’t issued coins including: Silver, scarce, highly collectible, and a big scoop of unsearched currently circulating U.S. Gov’t issued coins the bags were sealed for good. But we do know that some of the coins date back to the 1900s. That means there’s no telling what you’ll find until you sort through all the coins. So you better believe at just $99 the Vault Bag fee is a real steal since the free Silver Walking Liberty coin alone could be worth from $15 to $325 in collector value. Are the Silver Walking Liberty coins really Free: Yes. U.S. residents who beat the 2-day deadline are getting a Silver Walking Liberty coin minted between 1916-1947 free with each Vault Bag they claim. Why is the Vault Bag fee so low: Because thousands of U.S. residents have missed the deadline to claim the money the World Reserve has re-allocated Vault Bags that will be scheduled to be sent out in the next 2 days. That means the money is up for grabs and now any resident who finds the first two digits of their zip code on the Distribution List below gets to claim the bags of money for themselves and keep all the U.S. Gov’t issued coins found inside. Each Vault Bag fee is set at $149 for residents who miss the 2-day deadline, but for those who beat the 2-day deadline the Vault Bag fee is just $ 99 for as long as they call the National Claim Hotline before the deadline ends at: 1-888-282-6742.




STATE ZIP CODE DISTRIBUTION LIST Alabama 35, 36 Alaska 99 Arizona 85, 86 Arkansas 71, 72 California N/A Colorado 80, 81 Connecticut 06

Delaware 19 Florida 32, 33, 34 Georgia 30, 31, 39 Hawaii 96 Idaho 83 Illinois 60, 61, 62 Indiana 46, 47

Iowa 50, 51, 52 Kansas 66, 67 Kentucky 40, 41, 42 Louisiana 70, 71 Maine 03, 04 Maryland 20, 21

Massachusetts 01, 02, 05 Michigan 48, 49 Minnesota 55, 56 Mississippi 38, 39 Missouri 63, 64, 65 Montana 59 Nebraska 68, 69

Nevada 88, 89

North Dakota 58

South Carolina 29

New Hampshire 03

Ohio 41, 43, 44, 45

South Dakota 57

Virginia 20, 22, 23, 24 Washington 98, 99

Tennessee 37, 38

West Virginia 24, 25, 26

New Jersey 07, 08 New Mexico 87, 88

Oklahoma 73, 74

New York 00, 10, 11, 12 13, 14

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Texas 75, 76, 77 78, 79, 88

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Utah 84

North Carolina 27, 28

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Turkey Trot

There are some memories that never fade from one’s mind. As we get older, we tend to hold on to the special occasions that define a moment in time. Each season of change opens the gates to the reflections of the mind’s eye. Each year the flashbacks grow stronger until you wonder if the moment is a memory or occurring for the very first time. O n e c o l d f a l l morn ing many years ago, as my son Nicholas and I looked out the living room window at the bird feeders, oblong shapes appeared up on the hill on the other side of our ancient rock wall. Our property is fortunate to have boundaries marked by previous generations of pioneers who laid out the land in this wondrous fashion. We pressed our faces against the cold window glass as five, ten, fifteen and more wild turkeys slowly did their recognizable trot across the woodland floor, scratching at the layer of leaves as they fed on the abundance of natural food. They were unruffled by the morning sounds of automobiles, dogs barking in the distance and the usual scurrying of ground critters. We were fascinated at the obvious hierarchy, the constant line of birds, continuing towards the street. As they cautiously approached the road, they maintained their single file and headed towards the driveway.

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Just beyond, leaning against a huge boulder, was our Halloween scarecrow. We used an old pair of trousers and a flannel shirt, stuffed with leaves to create the illusion of a resting human. When the lead turkey caught sight of this, it stopped abruptly. In rapid succession, each wild bird in the chorus line followed suit, creating a traffic jam. The turkeys displayed their own distress signs; wing flapping, short take-offs, and quick step trotting. Then every bird froze. All necks stretched high. Time had stopped without a whisper of sound to be heard anywhere. Not one bird would cross the imaginary line of safety. Then, without warning, the lead bird turned tail and headed across the street into our neighbor’s yard. Each turkey followed this male tom, never wavering from the abstract demarcation that was left by the leader. My son and I remained at our post, relishing the moment as nature continued on its way. Each time I witness the flocking of wild turkeys on our street, I remember this special moment with my son. It’s just another sign of age and experience that is part of the plan. It’s mine and mine alone to keep with me forever. When my son becomes a man and leaves the nest, I know he will create his own reflections of time with his children. I hope I am there to be a part of it. Enjoy your birds.


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trails are closed while they work to improve them. They seem to manage to keep the interstate open with cars zooming by while improving the highway. Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hikers just walk around safely? We took a left on the Boulder Path. A giant erratic had been placed by the glaciers in the middle of the brook. This fantastic rock is just a small representation of the boulders to be found in the Waterville area, visit Goodrich Boulder if you want to see BIG! After we crossed the brook at the boulder we headed up and over back

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ask her. When he reached me I told him where we were and how much further it was to reach the Livermore Trail. Obviously the other solo hiker didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t warn him about getting trail information from me. He asked me if there were any other trails around here. I learned he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a map. He had a smart phone. Really? I led him further down the slide and stood next to a rock with three painted arrows marking the Sleeper Trail intersection. I pulled out my map and pointed out the landmarks in the area and suggested he take a smart phone photo of my map. He did and off he went to the Sleepers. We worked our way down the tough rocky slide and I agreed that yes it does go on forever. Finally we crossed Avalanche Brook and we were once again back on Livermore Road.


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of the above methods. Dad needed an arterial bypass. In an arterial bypass, a surgeon takes a vein from one part of the body and uses it to graft around a blocked artery. In Dad’s case, Dr. Furey took the vein from the same leg as the blocked artery. Dr. Furey first examined my father on a Monday, and by two o’clock Tuesday afternoon she was starting his operation. The ordeal took close to nine hours to complete. The procedure was a success, but it had such an impact on dad that he was out of sorts for two days. There were even some Catholic Medical Center staff who thought that dad had suffered some sort of neurological injury during surgery. He did not, but, as it turned out, he was not out of danger. The following Friday, dad has his three smallest toes amputated. Compared to Tuesday’s marathon, this was a cake walk. However, while everything seemed to be going well there was something bad behind the scenes festering. Because dad had open wounds, doctors were afraid of infection and they put him on a broad–spectrum antibiotic as a precaution. When a patient is given a broad-spectrum antibiotic, there’s a chance they could be infected with a super–bug called C. diff. C. diff is short for Clostridium difficile, and its claim to fame is that it causes explosive diarrhea. C. diff is a real issue in hospitals and nursing homes. Astute Readers will recall that when dad had his stroke in 2006, he was gifted with a case of C. diff, again because he was treated with a broad-spectrum antibiotic. Back then, he battled this infection for a solid six months because C. diff itself is antibiotic resistant. If C. diff is not put under control, it will result in a perforated Colon. In 2006 dad knew this all too well, and so when he developed C. diff again he wanted to skip to what he thought he See rambling on 29


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knew would be the cure. This was a drug called Rifaximin. Rifaximin is not the common drug to treat C. diff, but it is a treatment for travelers’ diarrhea. The common remedy for C. diff is Vancomycin. As I stated earlier, C. diff is antibiotic resistant and Vancomycin is one of the drugs in which C. diff has a resistance to. Knowing that, dad lobbied whoever would listen at Catholic Medical Center to be put on Rifaximin. The doctors at CMC weren’t going to give in on their position that Vancomycin was the way to go, so they decided to prescribe both Rifaximin and Vancomycin. This is the cocktail in which dad returned to Genesis with on the following Monday. When dad returned to Genesis, he was under quarantine. This required any LNA or nurse coming into his room, no matter if they were coming into contact with dad or not, and if they weren’t even dealing with the effects of his C. diff, to “suit up” in a yellow mesh smock and latex gloves. Since this was the law of the land, response times were super slow because not only did it take time to put everything on when they went in his room, but they had to take everything off each time they exited his room. This was done for 30 second tasks. This was required for things that took multiple trips into dad’s room. The original course of antibiotics lasted two weeks. When that ended, dad no longer had diarrhea and tested negative for C. diff. The quarantine was lifted. But with C. diff, you really can’t be sure that you are truly cured, as it can come roaring back. This is what happened days later. With Dr. Larocca’s studying of C. Diff, he has come up with a plan of action which includes the same two antibiotics given in a unique, staggered, way, and a higher dose of a probiotic dad already takes called Saccharomyces boulardii.

Right now this treatment appears to be working. And, of course, dad’s wounds are healing. Up until this writing, once a week, he was going to Manchester to see Dr. Furey so she could attend to the incisions on his leg. To dad, it felt like a month of Sundays but, finally, all of his staples have been removed. The next step is to see if the graft was successful, an exam that’ll be done here in Keene. By apparent evidence, it appears that it was. His next appointment to see Dr. Furey isn’t until late November. As for his foot: it is being taken care of at The Clinic by a podiatrist named Dr. Anna Ruelle. Dr. Ruelle, in caring for dad’s foot, was concerned that the 10/7 incision was infected. Because antibiotics were out of the question because of C. diff, Dr. Ruelle instead had the idea to treat the wound with a vacuum pump. The goal of this method is to suck any infected leakage away, and to keep air from entering the incision. This is accomplished by applying adhesive dressing to the foot that covers the wound and then some. The dressing is attached to a hose that goes to a portable pump that stays with dad wherever he may go. To say that the set up is an inconvenience is a understatement, since the hose is long enough to get tangled with just about anything it sees fit. And, what’s worse, the pump could be necessary for months. But fortunately for dad the pump is working like a charm. As this is being written, dad only needs to wear the pump for another week. Before I wrap up this episode of Rambling Through History, I leave you with some sad news. Earlier I told you about how Jennifer Weiner attempted to help dad with his transition to living on his own again in Wolfeboro. Unfortunately, Jennifer passed away unexpectedly on August 6. Both dad and I were devastated when we heard the news. Jennifer was

a child of the Lord, and made that apparent not only in her words, but in her actions as well. When she offered to help dad, they had only met twice face to face. They really only knew one another through WBCQ, where they would co-host her husband’s, Allan’s, radio show from time to time when Allan was unavailable. She also hosted her own music show. Listen-

ers to WBCQ loved Jennifer because she had a personality. Her sense of humor was sharp and her laughter was infectious. She had many interests. She was a licensed ham radio operator as well as a licensed pilot. And she was a computer expert, something in which she used to serve this country. By all accounts she was a excellent cook. Jennifer will be missed by all

the souls she touched. The next time we go Rambling Through History, I will tell you more about dad’s adventures and I will fill you in on what I am doing, as well as giving you an update on our pussycat, Diablo. Until next time, keep Rambling Through History.

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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A bid for you to step in and take over an incomplete project could prove to be an excellent learning experience that you can take with you when a new opportunity opens up. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) It’s a good time for socializing, both with family and with friends. Your aspects also favor developing new relationships, any or all of which might become especially meaningful. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Your success in handling a recent difficult situation prompts a request to handle another workplace problem. But this is one you should accept only if you get all of the relevant facts. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) New information about a past decision raises some unsettling questions from an old friend. Be prepared to explain your actions fully and, if necessary, to make adjustments.

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BORN THIS WEEK: You have a strong sense of obligation to justice, which inspires others to follow your example and do the right thing.

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60 Banquet coffeepots 61 Uses a “+” 62 Italian monk 64 Vena 65 “... - quit!” 66 Rikki-tikki- 67 Women’s patriotic org. 69 It aired “Crossfire” 72 Google find 73 Work to get 74 Actress - de Matteo 75 Wine cooler 76 Rome’s - Fountain 78 Snake eyes 82 Of one’s forebears 84 Dog relative 85 Gets bloated 86 Torah locale 87 Emerald Isle 88 Deprive (of) 89 Farm alarm? 91 Weep 92 U.S. spy org. 93 Brian of rock 94 Orbital point 95 Stereotypes 96 Bluish-purple 97 Suffix with robot or poet 101 - come (in the future) 102 Taj 103 UV ray-blocking stat 105 Pageant crown 106 Takes ten 107 Embers 111 Male caribou 114 Roll- (deodorants) 116 MA hardwood 117 “- -hoo!” 118 Bridge writer Culbertson 119 “Rambo” site 120 CL doubled

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AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) You need to move any remaining obstacles out of your way before you can take on a new challenge. Seek advice from close, trusted friends and associates. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A career change appears increasingly likely to happen during the next several weeks. It’s a good idea to start now to prepare, so you can be ready to make the move when the time comes.

without being asked 77 Prefix with car or law 79 “Soap Talk” co-host Lisa 80 - to go (fired up) 81 Kind of PC monitor 82 Stratford’s river 83 Hang behind 84 UPI bulletin 85 Pollen carrier 86 Capitol body 88 Good bud 90 Daytona 500 entries, e.g. 94 Tiny air sacs in the lungs 98 OPEC supply 99 Toughen, as to hardship 100 Loud couple in a marching band 104 Artificial fat 108 They require double reeds 109 It’s all wet 110 Missions, for short 112 Rail supports 113 Italian-style ice cream 115 What this puzzle’s seven longest answers have in common 121 High dice roll 122 Bird claw 123 Priced separately, as 46-Down items 124 Nitrate and nitrite, e.g. 125 Actor Edward James 126 Phys ed

Photo #456 Winning Captions:

Voted winner in the Miss Drop Dead Gorgeous category. -Joe Pirovane, Bristol, NH.

“Napping on Demand” wouldn’t ultimately win Miss Iowa the talent competition. -Carl Gunderson, Wrentham, Mass.

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ing part-time household workers is that some ill or elderly individuals have limited energy or capacity for handling things that were easy to handle when they were younger or in better health. Bureaucratic paperwork and legal technicalities are the last thing they need to have to add to their existing problems. The people being hired to do household chores also have special problems. Often such people have limited education, and may also have limited knowledge of the English language. Why make it harder for ill or elderly people to get some much-needed help in their homes, and harder for low-skilled people to get some much-needed jobs? Despite all the talk about how we need more people with high-tech skills, there is also a need for people who can help clean a home or carry groceries or do other things that need doing, and which do not require years of schooling. As the elderly become an ever growing proportion of the population, there will be a growing demand for such

people. More precisely, there would be more jobs for such people if the government did not step in to complicate the hiring process and price potential workers out of jobs, with minimum wages set by third parties who do not, and cannot, know what the economic realities are for either the ill and the elderly or for those whom the ill and the elderly wish to hire. Minimum wage laws in general are usually set with no real knowledge of the economic realities and alternatives for either employers or employees. Third parties are simply enabled to indulge themselves by imagining what is “fair” -- and pay no price for being wrong about the actual economic consequences. That is why countries with minimum wage laws usually have much higher rates of unemployment than those few places where there have been no minimum wage laws, such as Switzerland or Singapore -- or the United States, before the first federal minimum wage law


was passed in 1931. Government interventions in labor markets have already created needless complications, and not just by minimum wage laws. The welfare state has already taken out of the labor market millions of people who could perform work that would be well within the capacity of inexperienced young people or people with limited education. With welfare, such people can stay home, watch television, do drugs or whatever -- or else they can hang out in the streets, often confirming the old adage that the devil finds work for idle hands. Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is www.tsowell. com. To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at

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documents for three years to phony up their job placement statistics; city government overseers knew about it. The Nonprofit Quarterly noted that Seedco’s fraud was “kind of breathtaking” in its “creativity and illegal audacity,” including: --”Taking credit for a job candidate’s prior employment as job placements; --Reporting job placements when the job candidates remained unemployed; --Falsifying dates of job placements; --Using other Seedco programs to collect information on clients in order to falsely report job placements; and --Reporting job placements for people who were not Seedco clients and had not been placed in their jobs by Seedco.” The feds detailed how Seedco managers would instruct clerical workers to troll and for resumes and then “report the employment of individuals sourced from those downloaded resumes as job placements.” Other em-

ployees exploited their relationships with businesses to “gather information from the businesses’ current employees. Seedco then used that information to falsely report that employment as a job placement obtained for the candidate by Seedco, although the individuals had no prior relationship with Seedco and had not been recruited into the job by Seedco.” This entire governmentnonprofit alliance rests on dragooning as many people as possible into government programs, including food stamps, CHIP (the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program) and now Obamacare. One of Seedco’s officials actually said the fraud case “made us a stronger organization.” Yes, they actually sold their deliberate number-fudging as an asset instead of a liability. And four states swallowed the pitch whole. The spirit of fraud-stained ACORN and its Nanny State progeny lives. So, buyers, beware: Obamacare security “glitches” are not just a bug. They’re a feature.


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Lakes Region Camera Club Exhibit Now on Display At The Belknap Mill The Lakes Region Camera Club is now presenting it’s 2013 Photo Exhibit at The Belknap Mill in Laconia for viewing by the public. The Exhibit will be open weekdays from 9am to 5pm, Mondays through Fridays, until November 1st. Admission is free. The Exhibit, of approximately 150 images, represents the best efforts of LRCC’s members. A large variety of subjects and skills at many levels will be evident. The Lakes Region Camera Club was established in 1944 and is open to photographers of any skill level. Monthly programs are presented to help members improve their skills, become familiar with their camera equipment and learn new techniques. The club also sponsors monthly competitions and frequent field trips for it’s

One of the many photographs by the Lakes Region Camera Club that will be on display at the Belknap Mill in Laconia until November 1st.

members. The Belknap Mill is the Official Meetinghouse of the State of New Hampshire, a four-story building incorporating a museum, art gallery, concert hall and event facilities Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the only building left that represents the first stage of the Industrial Revolution in America. It is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States. One of the first listed buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Lakes Region Camera Club meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at The Trinity Episcopal Church on Route 25 in Meredith. For more information, visit the club website at or call Phyllis Meinke at 340-2359.



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