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“Can Do” Seabees Volunteer To Make A Life Easier by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

“I’m just in awe of these guys,” said Sue Smith of Laconia. “They are Vietnam Vets who were treated horribly when they came home and they are still giving.” Smith said this while sitting at her kitchen table. Outside, on the porch, a group of Ex-Navy Seabees were measuring

and hammering as they were continuing the large project of making her home a safer and more comfortable place to live since she lost both of her legs to blood clots in 2010. This Seabees are the construction branch of the navy and this group of eight volunteers were now on their seventh weekend. They are part of The New See seabees on 18

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wide popularity. This year’s festival will include film shorts and a dance tribute. The feature presentation is Saawariya (My Love), a comedy/romance in the Baz Luhrmann style full of songs and excitement. Saawariya is the first Bollywood film to receive a North American release. The India Association will be on hand with food vendors for lunch. C h is

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The third annual Bollywood Festival will be held at the Red River Theatre in Concord on Saturday, October 26th, from 10am to 2pm. The $15 admission includes an all-day pass to the screenings. Bollywood is a term that refers to the Hindi-language film industry based in the Indian city of Mumbai, which used to be called Bombay - but perhaps Hollywood should take its name from Bollywood, as the Indian film industry located in Mumbai is larger than Hollywood, both in terms of number of films generated each year, its gross revenues and world-

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Fri. 18th – Sat. 19th

Harvest Craft Fair

The Ghoullog

Through Nov. 1st 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 17th Coheed and Cambria

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. 9294100 or

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting

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

Intro to Quick Books

Meredith Community Center, Meredith. 5:30-7pm. Free but space is limited. 535-3222

Oktoberfest at the Co-op

Concord Food Co-op, 24 South Main Street, Concord. 6-8pm. Authentic food, music and beer tasting. $10pp. 100% of ticket sales goes to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Concord, NH. 225-6840

Friday 18th Author Tea & Talk

Lavinia’s Restaurant, Center Harbor. 4pm. Featuring author Archer Mayor. $30pp. 253-8858

Max Creek

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

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

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

Lakes Region Mensa Organization’s Monthly Meeting

Rock Ridge Farm, Meredith. Come anytime between 6 and 11pm. This meeting is a potluck picnic. It’s “free flow,” of discussion, ideas, food and drink. Please RSVP to Tamsan at 6777244

Oktoberfest Dinner

Gilford Community Church, Gilford. 6pm. $14pp. Call 986-6723 to reserve.

“Tasty Tidbits”

Weirs Beach United Methodist Church, Weirs Beach. 8am-1pm both days.

Moulton Farm, 18 Quarry Road, Meredith. 3-5pm. This sampling event will feature cheeses from NH and VT cheese makers, food prepared by the farm’s chef, Jonathan Diola, bakery treats by the farm’s baker, Trish Lutkus and many other products! All proceeds will benefit Interlakes Community Caregivers. $10pp. 253-9275 ext. 3

Rummage Sale

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Rummage Sale and Flea Market

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Activity: Night Shoot. Persons of any experience level are welcome. 340-2359

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

Tamworth Community Guild at the Town House in the village, 27 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth. Fri. 6-8pm, Sat. 9am-noon. 986-6046

Saturday 19th

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

Potluck Supper

Bennett and Perkins – Live Music

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

Halloween Hoot ‘N Howl

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness. 6-8:30pm. Enjoy an eerily entertaining 40-minute guided tour around the Science Center. Trail Walks feature live skits with a seasonal theme and depart every 10 minutes from 6-7:30pm. Come in costume and dress suitably for outdoor weather. After your journey, warm up with Halloween games and tasty treats! $8/members, $11/non-members. 968-7194

Loudon Center Freewill Baptist Church, 433 Clough Hill Road, Loudon. 6pm. Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share with everyone. 875-5822

LRGH Auxiliary Fall Craft Fair

Laconia High School, 345 Union Ave., Laconia. 9am-3pm. Free admission and parking. 524-3211 ext. 3172

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. 875-1800

Arts and Crafts Show

David Lockwood

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

North Conway Community Center, 2628 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. 10-5pm. Rain or shine under canopy, live music and over 75 exhibitors.528-4014

Jonas Brothers

Electronic Waste Collection Day

New Training Session for CASA Volunteers Begins

Artisan Fair and Luncheon

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton Beach. 9294100 or

Plymouth. Be an advocate for a child in need. 536-1663 or

Lowe’s parking lot, 1407 Lakeshore Road, Gilford. 9am-1pm. Recycle electronic items of all sizes from phones and computers to dryers and refrigerators. 527-0089 CUCC Parish House, 5 Center Road, Canterbury. 10am-3pm. 783-4333

“Shakespearian Idol”

Electronic Waste Collection Day

Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth. 7pm. Suggested donation $10pp. 9866253

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RUMMAGE SALE & FLEA MARKET United Methodist Church, Weirs Beach Friday, Oct. 18th 8a.m. - 1p.m.

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NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food is 100! The NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food is celebrating their 100th year. An anniversary celebration is set for Tuesday, October 22nd at the New Hampshire State House complex in Concord. The celebration event will begin at 10am and run until 2pm. There will be agricultural exhibits and demonstrations from a variety of agricultural organizations; a presentation entitled, “How and Why New Hampshire Got a Department of Agriculture” by Steve Taylor, former NH Commissioner of Agriculture; remarks by NH Governor Maggie Hassan; live music by Two Fiddles of Canterbury; an open house at the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food Office (across the street), featuring tours, exhibits and locally made refreshments. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about New Hampshire’s rich agricultural history and connect with many agricultural organizations and agencies throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain the program will be held inside at the NH State House and at the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food offices. Visit http:// for event details.

Trout Fishing In America Performs Free Concert The Grammy nominated musical group Trout Fishing in America will perform a free concert on Sunday, November 3, at 2pm in the Spotlight Café at the Capitol Center for the Arts as part of the annual Gile Series. This event is free of charge, but tickets need to be reserved to ensure seating. Trout Fishing’s Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have been performing, writing and recording for over three decades. The band has received over 20 national awards and honors, including four Grammy nominations. Tickets for this free Gile Series Performance are available Monday, October 7, at 11am by calling 603-225-1111, online at, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11am to 2pm

AC/DC Tribute Band In Rochester Take an unpredictable thrill ride with the nation’s number one AC/DC Tribute Band Dirty Deeds at the Rochester Opera House on Saturday, November 9, at 8pm (Doors 7:00 PM), It’s high energy and wild entertainment, when Dirty Deeds delivers the on stage antics and theatrics of AC/DC, one of the world’s best rock and roll bands. With a reputation for detail, Dirty Deeds incorporates authentic props throughout the concert to produce the consummate AC/DC experience. Escape into pure rock n’ roll for an evening of the timeless hits of the great AC/DC! Tickets are $22 and can now be purchased online at or call/stop by the box office at (603) 335-1992 on M/W/F from 10-5 or two hours before the show. Cash bar with flat floor. Patrons under the age of eighteen must be accompanied by an adult. Handicap seating is available in balcony only. Inc. Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street.

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School, before winning again in 2006 and 2007. ~ Goffstown beat Colebrook 2-1 in 1957 to win the first state soccer championship. Smaller schools like Hanover and Raymond dominated the tournament until 1982 when Pinkerton was the first large school to triumph. The big schools only played football for many years. By the 1980s soccer and other sports had gone from one tournament with every school participating to four classes based on school size. ~ The first girls’ soccer tournament was held in 1980, with Trinity beating Hanover for the state title. ~ Another dynasty: Derryfield boys soccer program produced ten championships in 11 years, from 1986 through 1996, losing only in 1993, to Concord Christian, 1-0 in overtime. ~ And, of course, how could we forget coach Dave


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NHTI CHAMPIONS AND DYNASTIES All kinds of New Hampshire fall sports playoff action commences next week and will continue well into November. So it’s a good time to peruse the latest NHIAA handbook and reflect on the wonders of the Granite State schoolboy (and schoolgirl) athletic heritage. Some notes … ~ There were no girls’ tournaments until the 1970s. The first boys’ tournament was a basketball affair in 1922 which saw Tilton Prep defeat Dover High for the first state basketball title. ~ Ice hockey was a strictly Berlin affair from 1947 until 1970, with Berlin High or Notre Dame winning each year, often facing each other in the finals. In 1957 Notre Dame was crowned state champion “By Acclamation” – whatever that means. ~ There are lots of other dynasties. For example, the Concord High School boys tennis team won seven straight state titles from 1998 through 2005, when they lost 5-4 to West High

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To The Editor: The NH Commissioner of Education stated a week ago that “each school district should decide for themselves whether to use the Common Core or another set of standards�. Given the massive commitments in time and taxpayers money instituting new standards, our WRSD School Board would be wise to perform a careful cost-benefit analysis and review ALL available standards. You may have heard that these new Common Core Standards are more rigorous than NH’s prior standards. That may be true, however, Dept of Ed. materials given to the House Education Committee Sept 24th 2013 state clearly that Common Core Standards are NOT the most rigorous of existing, proven sets of standards. Why did they adopt mediocre standards? Who knows. The point is the Common Core Standards are inferior to other available standards and we shouldn’t accept them. It is now up to our local WRSD School Board members to blindly follow or think for themselves. I suggest this question: Where could I see the comprehensive analysis that you used to make the monumental decision of using Common Core vs. adopting any of the more rigorous standards from other states (for example Massachusetts)?

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Surely someone (maybe Alton who has rejected Common Core) must have done this analysis...... Clearly, if analysis exists the NH DOE and State Board of Ed would have served us well if they shared with the public and the school districts. Could it be the State Board as well as those individual districts that have climbed on the Common Core bandwagon did no such analysis? For shame if that is the case. Ironically, one of the stated goals for our children embedded in the Common Core Standards is to instill in our children critical thinking skills. Where is the critical analysis? Lastly, remind the Winnisquam School Board that our children deserve the highest standards available. Do their homework. To accept mediocrity is inexcusable. Greg Hill Northfield, NH.

SB180 To The Editor: The NH House must support SB180 for the victims of the state’s multiple failures to enforce the law regarding FRM. The NH Banking Departments made “mistake after mistake, after mistake, after mistake� for (9) consecutive years in (6) Banking audits documenting (70) State and Federal law violations and insolvency at FRM. Obviously this

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.

was more than a simple mistake. The bank commissioner’s two brothers were involved with FRM. Did banking turn a blind eye to FRM? The NH Banking Department made another “mistake� by not requiring FRM to acquire and maintain a fidelity bond as required by law to cover employee theft. This failure cost victims significantly. The second agency to make more than a simple mistake is the AG’s office when their ex white collar crime attorney went to them twice in a one year period and informed them that FRM and Scott Farah were running a criminal scheme, while the same AG’s office had just received a similar report from a former FRM employee and another Farah company. There wasn’t a single investigation. People with reasonable judgment or simple common sense must conclude the State is morally and financially responsible to the FRM victims. Is the State setting a precedent by righting the wrongs it allowed to happen to the FRM victims? It is my opinion and that of many others, if it doesn’t, the state admits Failure is the acceptable standard and is business as usual. For more info, see www. Thank you for your support. Harry H. Bean Gilford, NH

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by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

Since many others are starting to crawl out of the veneer and announcing their candidacy for different political offices, I was feeling more confident in my latest effort to put together another lackadaisical campaign for governor of New Hampshire. If you don’t know already, I am making my bi-annual run for the office under the Flatlander Ticket. The Flatlander Party doesn’t exist legally, so I don’t have to deal with all of those pesky rules like telling the world how much I earn or how much money I have collected so far in campaign funds. I wrote a few weeks back about how I was planning on marketing my campaign with things like giant oversized mailers that will tell you how awful my opponent is, whoever that might be. I had, what I thought were a lot of great ideas. Not a lot of hard work. Still, my good friend Vinnie has convinced me that I really do need more of a message if I am really serious about getting votes. So he has graciously taken time from his part-time job at the dump to help me create some sort of campaign strategy that we will use to give people the feeling that I might actually be able to do some good for the state. Vinnie seems to think that my previous promises of doing nothing much for a couple of years, collecting a hundred grand

per, and then writing a book about the whole experience and cashing in, might not play that well with everyone. Vinnie was quick to point out that even though this is what just about every candidate accomplishes while they are in office, not everyone really wants to hear about it beforehand. They insist on being fooled with false promises. “People,” said Vinnie “like to think you are going to do something worthwhile. Maybe actually some good. Of course, once you are elected you can do whatever you damned well please.” He should know, he was once a selectman somewhere. Vinnie has been very helpful in assisting me in drafting a talking points speech that I can bring with me to bean hole bean dinners and convenience store openings throughout the state. Up to this point this is what we have. The words I need to emphasize in bold. “Thank you for having me today (wait for applause). Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, change (wait for applause), blah, blah, blah, growth (wait for applause), blah, blah, blah forward (wait for applause),blah, blah, blah, free stuff for everyone (wait for thunderous applause)….” We still have a little work to do on this, but I’m sure it will be effective. Vinnie thought I should find a cause to be associated with; something that affects a group but doesn’t get a lot of attention; something worthy of a ribbon. We have been scratching our heads over this one. All of the really sad and tragic causes have been embraced by some

politician or another and we are stumped. If you know of a great cause that we can embrace and pretend to actually care about in order to further my political agenda of just getting elected, feel free to let me know. I promise to be dedicated and feel real compassion for the cause right up until election day and then again two years later if I happen to run again. Vinnie thinks that I need to have one grand idea to run on. He reminded me that our present Governor Maggie “Let It Ride” Hassan ran on the idea that one big casino in the state would solve everyone’s problems (especially a couple of state legislators). Of course, that idea went bust but she still gets to keep her job even though she really hasn’t done much since. One idea we had was to try and get a new state lottery ticket called “The Big One”. It would cost $500 million dollars to buy one and the prize is a billion dollars. We figure if we only sell four, the state will still make a billion dollars. Of course, if we only sell one we would lose big. Still, those odds aren’t a lot different than a casino, so we are confident that by telling people only about the state making a billion dollars part, then we just might win big ourselves. There are other ideas we have as well, but we don’t want to give my future opponents the advantage of knowing all of our plans ahead of time. You can be sure of one thing. You will see a new me out on the campaign trail this year. I will be working a lot harder.

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From The State House A Very Busy 2014 For NH State House It has been a great experience being in the NH House of Representatives. And, clearly, “legislating” can certainly be a very tricky by Rep. Jane endeavor. Cormier Belknap District 8 However, it is the ideology of the political parties that makes things interesting. If you are a Democrat, you probably lean toward liberal and government-growing legislation. (Republicans can fit that bill, too, unfortunately.) If, however, you are a Conservative or Libertarian, you try to undo the knots of legislation that tend to bind citizens into the abyss known as “Big Brother”. While

some Progressives may believe “government’s job is to regulate behavior”, I would love to see our government, state and federal, actually solve some of our communities/nation’s overwhelming problems. The Big Three for me would be: 1. Reckless overspending of our tax dollars. 2. Burdensome regulation which restrain and reduce job creation and growth. 3: Returning local control to our communities. To me it is very logical - the best government is the smallest government, closest to the people it serves. Especially in NH, LOCAL CONTROL is what it SHOULD be all about. Unfortunately, Democrats who hold the majority in our NH House, do not believe in these “Big Three” but rather support See cormier on 28

1-800-T-O-T-A-L-F-A-I-L: One Man’s Obamawreck Nightmare Behold the Hollywood bubble. This week, actress Olivia Wilde starred in an Obamacare pr o pa ga n da video targeting young by Michelle Malkin people. “You Syndicated Columnist can sign up for health care online in 10 minutes,” her copropagandist chirped as she cheered. Cue the laugh track. Back on planet Earth, Americans nationwide are still struggling with the $634 million online health care exchange nightmare. One reader asked me to share his story. Like me and 22 million other citizens in the private individual market for health insurance, he recently received his You Can’t Keep It cancellation notice. Here’s what happened when he went online to find alternatives. “I live in New Jersey, but work for a small company based out of Massachusetts. For years, we were all insured through the company from a plan that originated in Massachusetts. However, as soon as Obamacare was passed, we were “audited” by the insurance company, and it turns out only 50 percent of our company is based in Massachusetts, and therefore we did not qualify as a company under the law. Apparently, you need 51 percent based in the state. About five days prior to our insurance policy renewal, we were told we could not (renew), and I had to scramble to purchase a much more expensive individual policy with much higher costs.

“Fast-forward two years. I now receive a new letter from my insurance company, Horizon Blue Cross, (informing me) that the plan that I have now is being discontinued and I need to pick a new plan. “On Oct. 1, I tried to get into the exchange for New Jersey that is run by the federal government. I earn too much for a subsidy, but I wanted to see what my options were and how much more this was going to cost. “I created an account and tried for four days to get in. Each time it said my password was invalid. I tried to use the “forgot password” option so they could send me a link to reset. When I got the link, the system kept saying that it didn’t recognize my user account. When I tried to re-create the user account, it told me that one already existed. I called the number several times, and they all told me the same thing: Try back later. The glitches are being worked out. “I (then) created a new account under (my wife’s) name. After several attempts, I was able to get in. Over the weekend, I spent at least four hours trying to fill out the application. Each time, the website crashed. When I got back to work on Monday, I tried one more time. Lo and behold, the application was submitted. At this point, President Obama must be thinking ‘great, a success story.’ “Well, my options came back, and voila: According to the government, I’m not eligible for any private plans. I received a notice that my entire family is only eligible for Medicaid! I make a decent salary. I’m not eligible

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Preening, Pouting and Pivoting In the Pacific UNITED NATIONS—People’s Republic of China president Xi Jinping went on a charm offensive in Southeast Asia, preening by John J. Metzler and posturing Syndicated Columnist about the widening role Beijing plans to play in the business of this vital region. United States President Barack Obama was stuck back in Washington pouting and posturing over the partial government shutdown but making few effective moves towards Congressional Republicans to resolve the crisis. Despite the Obama Administration’s rhetorically heralded pivot to the Pacific, the People’s Republic not unexpectedly is playing political hard ball in its geographic back yard. The recent Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Indonesia provided the setting for regional states and global movers to come together for a Pacific trade pow-wow. All the players were there Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea and naturally Japan, Russia and China. So too is the United States, and President Obama’s appearance was awaited. Yet at the last minute, given the government shutdown, the U.S President was a no show, choosing instead to play the sky-is-falling game inside the Washington beltway. Though Obama’s move was understandable for Americans, it was perceived as just short of a slur for Southeast Asians wanting to see strong and clear American power and resolve in a region that is starting to look like a Chinese theme park. APEC’s members represent a regional powerhouse accounting for 40% of the world’s population, 55% of global GDP and 44% of international trade. Trade among APEC countries reached $11 trillion in 2011. China’s new leader Xi Jinping had the stage to himself, basking in the limelight of Beijing’s assertive commercialism, economic clout, and growing political standing. Xi stated, “China cannot develop in isolation of the Asia-Pacific and the Asia-Pacific cannot develop with-

out China.” Subtext here is that Beijing wants to marginalize well established American business in the region, and in the longer term, wedge Washington’s political standing out of Southeast Asia. Besides emerging as a dominant force at the APEC conference, Xi was showboating through the Southeast Region before the confab. While in Jakarta the Chinese leader announced a $50 billion banking initiative. While in Malaysia, the PRC president underscored the growing trade between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur government. While this is all quite logical on the business front , one must recall that most Southeast Asian nations, especially Indonesia and Malaysia, have not had, putting it diplomatically, comfortable relations with China, particularly given how successful Chinese ethnics in the region, especially Indonesia, have often been demonized by local governments. Singapore, a largely ethnic Chinese city state, is first to recognize this but equally warns about Beijing’s growing political influence. Thus China is trying to both gain closer ties to resource- rich states and at the same time show Beijing as the protector of “overseas” Chinese communities. Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos wrote, “China appears determined to reshape the international security and the economic system that the U.S. built after WWII and has led ever since, a system that has long protected America’s Asian allies. As China’s power grows, the U.S. is finding it increasingly difficult to preserve a regional balance of power that is favorable to its interests.” There’s no question that deeper Middle Eastern focus and military involvement in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on America, have blurred but not shifted Washington’s focus from vital interests in the Pacific . During America’s deep geopolitical preoccupation with Afghanistan/Iraq and a host of percolating crises in the Middle East, in parallel, China has, through a growing economy and more aggressive political policy, been able to sustain its political posturing and territorial claims in the South China Sea, (Spratly and Paracel islands), and East China Sea (Diaoyutai/Senkaku islands). Equally China, has shown grow-

ing commercial clout throughout Southeast Asia to bring the region into the PRC’s sphere of influence. Yet trade winds could be shifting. The World Bank has lowered East Asian growth forecasts; China’s

growth for this year is projected at a still impressive 7.5%, but down from an earlier estimate of 8.3%. An economic downshift combined with endemic corruption inside China can spell trouble for Bei-

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Inarticulate Republicans If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would by Thomas Sowell probably mean Syndicated Columnist the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics. Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats’ intransigence and walked on away. We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect -- and yet, with multiple television network cameras

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here is what I am gathering from the minds of the GOP “Elite”. Former Gov. John H. Sununu: “It’s time for someone to act like a grown-up in this process.” I have always had a tremendous amount of respect for John H. and John E. – time for son John to remind dear old Dad it was conservatives who supported him over Bob Smith in a primary! I read a quote from former chairman Haley Barbour in the same report. John H. blamed our hero Sen. Ted Cruz. Haley saying “the tea party-fueled refusal to support spending measures that include money for Obama’s health care law: “It never had a chance.” Good Lord Haley, you are starting to sound like John McCain. Three years ago the Tea Party was believed to be the force behind electing several Republicans to the House and Senate. Paying big dividends to a group of GREAT AMERICANS? Enter life-long “public servant” former Executive Councilor, Congressman, Governor, and US Senator Judd Gregg. The “Elites” like to kick the true conservatives who follow the platform. I AM ASTOUNDED, APPALLED, SHOCKED at the words from Judd within his piece at “After roughly a week of the government shutdown, most of the negative fallout is landing on the heads of the Republicans, as many of us predicted it would.” “A small group of Republican legislators led by the junior senator from Texas, decided to take as hostages, government operations and the raising of the debt ceiling. The price of release was to be the death of ObamaCare.”

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What would Obama prefer to call the team? The “Senators?” Now that would truly be pejorative! Of course, this would not be the first time that the president tried to impose an unpopular perspective on a majority of citizens. Sports Quiz Who was the first pro golfer to win $1 million during his career? (Answer follows) Born Today ... That is to say that sports standouts born on October 17 include Penacook’s Red Rolfe, famed Yankee infielder (1908), and long-time star NBA forward Danny Ferry (1966). Sportsquote One-time Indianapolis Colts coach Ron Meyer responded to media criticism for starting rookie quarterback Jeff George. “It isn’t like I came down from Mount Sinai with the tabloids.”

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Judd, I have to admire you, there has always been a group of republicans who believe people like me, should put up signs, hold signs election day, vote for “the party”, and then crawl back into wherever I came from. Thank you for your honesty exhibited in your piece. Makes it easier to do what I do. BTW, I have a picture with your Dad, Gov. Hugh Gregg, Ronald Reagan, and me in Laconia 1976. Good men, both of them.

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deployment. Ninety-five percent of the fundraising they do is spent to provide services and grow resources for NH veterans and their families. Tom Tessier, co-founder and treasurer of the Nashua branch of Veterans Count, received an email from Sue Smith’s sister-in-law back in spring 2012, explaining Sue’s circumstances and thought, since Sue’s husband, who died in 1998 and was a navy veteran, that Sue might be able to get some help. Since losing her legs she was living in a home which was now not safe or comfortable for her. “I told her we’d look into it,� said Tessier. At the time Tessier met with Dan Marcek of Vetflix. Vetflix films interviews with America’s veterans and educate the public and influence attitudes by sharing their personal stories of service. Dan had recently been the caretaker for a 102year old Navy Seabee and he had heard stories about a group of other

The Seabees work on readying a platform for the wheelchair brendan smith Photo lift that will come off of the porch. Seabees in Laconia who did projects like the one Sue’s sister-in-law was asking about. Tessier then connected with Ray Vercoe, secretary of the Island X-4 group and they arranged a meeting. “We all met at the Veterans Count Spectacular on November 11, 2012. The Spectacular is an annual fundraising event, in Nashua,� said Tessier. “Sue was very hesitant about the whole idea. She is a person who doesn’t like to ask for help. It took her a few months, along with the pressure of a couple of people, until she finally gave us the go ahead.�

An anonymous donor gave Tessier $5,000 to get the project started but they knew they would have to raise some serious funds to get the project completed the way they’d like which included addressing the many safety issues which were now a regular part of Sue Smith’s life. “We figured we’d need about $25,000,� said Tessier. “I told the guys that if they do the work, I’ll raise the money.� With the help of a feature story by the New Hampshire Union Leader, the word of the project got out to the public and fundraising was under See seabees on 19

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Ice Theatre of New York – Live Performance

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Sant Bani School Open House

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Arts and Crafts Show

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Wagon Rides to the Pumpkin Patch

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Sunday 27th Carroll County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program Auction

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Pumpkin Festival

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Lakes Region Art Association Meeting

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Funspot, Rt. 3 Weirs Beach. 10am every Monday morning. 50 years and older welcomed! Call Gail 569-1974 or Marie 494-8405

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Open Door Bible Church, 2324 Rt. 16, next to West Ossipee Post Office. Every Wednesday at 6:30pm. 508-380-0471

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Bill Payne of Little Feat with Truffle

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Doors open 7pm. $23pp. 3351992

Meredith Senior Center. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Free. 279-5631 for times and to schedule an appointment.

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Middle Eastern Expressive Dance & Yoga

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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) A colleague might offer to open a door for you professionally. But before you walk through it, be sure this “favor” isn’t attached to an obligation you might find difficult to discharge. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your creativity, your persistence and your reliability could lead to a major career shift. Be sure to use that other Taurean trait, your practicality, when discussing what the job offers. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A changing situation might require some adjustments you might not have been prepared to make. However, flexibility in this matter could be the best course to follow at this time. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) You’re in a period of fluctuating moods, which is not unusual for the Moon Child. Your emotions stabilize by the 25th. Meanwhile, try to hold off making major decisions until then.

ACROSS 1 Microwave brand 6 Elocution pro 12 Where to trade used articles 20 Actresses Rue and Ramirez 21 Kid-lit “pest” 22 Slim cigar 23 He acquired 1,093 U.S. patents 25 Drastic measures 26 Fashionable Giorgio 27 Bouncers’ requests 28 Tree for a bark beetle 29 - accompli (thing done) 30 Wiped out 31 Unlawfully loud sound 37 Boss - (“The Dukes of Hazzard” role) 39 Creature catchers 40 “Milk” Oscar winner Penn 41 Entreat 44 Waitress at Mel’s Diner 46 Boise-to-Phoenix dir. 47 German “a” 48 Post- opposite 51 Moo shu and fu yung, e.g. 55 Little - (small fry) 56 Lab rodent 57 Giving sort 58 Hebrides isle 59 Global financial org. 60 “- la vie” 61 Top-billing sharers 63 Pants folds 67 Kansas city

LEO (July 23 to August 22) That keen sense of perception helps you hunt down those minute details that others overlook. And, of course, your Leonine ego will accept the expected praise with good grace.

professional goals is fine. But don’t neglect your private life, especially where it concerns your more cherished relationships.

VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be careful not to be confrontational when raising a work-related issue. Better to make a request than a demand. And, of course, be prepared to back up your case with facts.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) “Patience” remains the key word in dealing with an emotionally sensitive situation involving a close friend or family member. Help comes your way by week’s end.

LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your ego might be hurt when a colleague turns down your offer to help. But accept it as a rejection of your offer, not of you. A friend from the past could re-emerge by week’s end.

AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) With new information coming in, it’s a good time to rethink some of your goals without taking suggestions from others, no matter how well-meaning they might be.

SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) A flow of positive energy turns a work project you didn’t want to do into something you actually love doing. Now, take that attitude into your social, intimate life -- and enjoy what follows.

PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Making progress on your project is relatively easy in the early part of the week. A problem could arise midweek. But all goes swimmingly once it’s resolved.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Working hard to meet your

69 Area with lots of lofts 72 Nor’easters, e.g. 74 Eyeballer 75 Joy, for one 78 With 109-Down, military centers 79 “Conan” airer 81 Be on a slant 83 New, to Juan 84 Poolroom stick 85 Big beagle feature 86 Judge’s rejection 90 He’s a real doll 91 Lilted song syllable 92 Rainbow part 93 Cameron of “In Her Shoes” 94 Three, in Bari 95 Killer serves 96 Perfect 99 Individuals 101 It’s often given by business suppliers for bulk ordering 106 Melville whaler 110 Baldwin of “The Edge” 111 Suffix with salt 112 Catering vessel 113 91-Across follower, perhaps 115 Opened, as an envelope 118 They’re hidden in this puzzle’s six longest answers 121 Revealed 122 Meets with old classmates 123 Unsensible 124 When required 125 Is napping 126 Big parties

BORN THIS WEEK: Holding fast to your principles, no matter what, inspires others to follow your example.

DOWN 1 Take - at (attempt) 2 Olympic skier Phil 3 Sweet smell 4 Football great Joe 5 Comfortable - old shoe 6 Galena, e.g. 7 Circle lines 8 In among 9 One hurling something 10 Lady with Lennon 11 Legged it 12 Wheat sold in health-food stores 13 Madame Tussauds, e.g. 14 Colony critter 15 Duffer’s goal 16 Tennis great Edberg 17 Virile dude 18 - acid (fat substance) 19 Cut and 24 Scorches 28 Tricky curves 32 Monstrous 33 Bit of pepper 34 “- dixit” 35 Notify again 36 Makes taboo 38 Kind of pitch 41 Electrically flexible 42 “Scat!” 43 Sisters and aunts, e.g. 45 Hoopla 48 Most beautiful 49 Skin problem 50 Disk attachment? 52 Document validator 53 Enter via keyboard 54 Zesty dip 59 Mag. edition

60 Sticking plant 62 Pull-off place 64 At any time, to a bard 65 One-named singer of “Someone Like You” 66 Fatigued 68 Treat as a celebrity 70 Old spy gp. 71 Tight feeling 72 Bag 73 Provable 76 Completed 77 Lymph bump 80 Lingerie top 82 Give support 85 Scratch with acid 86 Rebuke 87 Autobahn auto 88 Eyeballs 89 Mickey of the diamond 95 Consent (to) 97 Contact lens brand 98 Yarnell of Shields and Yarnell 100 Briny 101 Zahn of TV 102 Lower arm bones 103 Pine product 104 Completed 105 Diplomat in NYC, maybe 107 Lit into 108 Coeur d’-, Idaho 109 See 78-Across 114 “Yeah, right!” 116 “Honest” guy 117 Tyke 118 Monopoly buys: Abbr. 119 Electric 120 Mil. draft org.

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Runners Up Captions: I think we just invented the limbo. -David Barth, Laconia, NH. The Spectacle Family announce the birth of their twin boys, Foster & Grant. -Chris Matthews, Gilford, NH.

Before the dangers were understood, infant tanning booths were very popular. -Rick Kaufman, Dover, NH.

For the young bombadiers, accidental discharge was a daily problem. -Bob Patrick, Laconia, NH.

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Electronic Waste Collection Day In Gilford Saturday, October 19th From 9am-1pm

Members of the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club will be holding an Electronic Waste Collection Day on Saturday, October 19, in the Lowe’s parking lot in Gilford from 9am to 1pm. According to President Lori Chandler, “Money raised on October 19 will allow the Lions Club to meet pressing needs in our community such as eye glasses and hearing aids, stocking of local food pantries, college scholarships, holiday food baskets for needy families, just to name a few. Lions members thank everyone who contributes to this important work. You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community.” Got an old computer collecting dust in the closet, or a broken refrigerator sitting on the back porch? What do you do with these items when you replace them? Everything from laptops, phones and radios to home appliances and TVs cost you a fortune to haul away. Turn that junk over to the Laconia-Gilford Lions Club during their Electronic Waste Collection Day (EWCD) and, for a small disposal fee, not only will they

Laconia-Gilford Lions Club members Lori Chandler (in Lion suit), Norm Paquette, Bill Chandler, Lois Smith, Eileen Morey and Marylin Brown working at this spring’s Electronic Waste Collection Day. take it off your hands, they will recycle your old electronic items. The small fee charged is less than the local transfer station’s prices. Cash or checks will be accepted but not debit or credit cards. If you bring your electronics to Lowe’s Parking Lot, 1407 Lakeshore Road in Gilford, on Saturday, October 19, between the hours of 9am and 1pm, members

will help you unload them. Following is a list of items you may want to drop off: computer monitors, laptops, CPUs, Servers, CD/DVD players, camcorders, AV equipment, VCRs, speakers, mice or keyboards, copiers, faxes, scanners, printers, phones (land and cell), phone systems, UPS systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, cords, cables and computer

accessories. In addition, they will also take microwaves, air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, water heaters, washing machines, dryers, gas or electric stoves, dishwashers, dumb terminals, and TVs. Anything with a cord not listed will also be accepted. You cannot drop off: oils, paints, thinners, batteries, tires, items containing mercury such as fluorescent and CFL light bulbs or thermometers, capacitors, ballasts, or any other hazardous waste. It won’t be long before you’re storing all these things for another year. “Don’t throw it out, Recycle it!” You’ll be helping not only the environment by disposing of your unwanted electronics responsibly but also the Lions’ commitment to the community with the small disposal fee. The Laconia-Gilford Lions Club appreciates your help with their Electronic Waste Collection Day fundraising event. Look for the yellow Lions’ vests on Saturday, October 19th at the Gilford Lowe’s parking lot.





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