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Girls On The Run 5K in Concord

Donkeys Are King At Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue by Roberta Baker Contributing Writer

“Dawn On The Farm” columnist Dawn Thomson has her own Donkey adventure on page 3... owner like an over-sized dog. “I just love them. They’re so zen,” says Firestone, who has been rescuing donkeys and mules since 2007. “You can be in a bad mood, and they’ll

come over and make you laugh, or give them a hug. They just want to be friends.” Firestone is a Mother Theresa in the world of donkeys and donkeyhorse crosses. Six years ago she started Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue on the grounds of Broomtail Farm, her small farm in southwestern New See baker on 22

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White script on the back of Ann Firestone’s farm trailer reads, “HeeHawler, Haulin’ Ass.” A silver bumper sticker proclaims, “Suckin’ Gas, Haulin’ Ass.” The slogan printed on fundraiser coffee mugs, sweatshirts, and T-shirts for sale on Firestone’s website: “The

Ass We Save Could be Yours.” Just about everything at Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue in South Acworth is dedicated to equus assinus, better known as the donkey. Even the farm’s portapotty is festooned with pictures: a donkey wearing a sombrero, a donkey hee-hawing, a young donkey cradled by its


Paloma, an American Mammoth Donkey, who came to Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue last year 200 pounds underweight and pregnant, stops by for a visit with Parsnip Kitty, another member of the South Acworth, NH Farm. courtesy Photo

Hundreds of girls will descend upon Memorial Field in Concord on Sunday, November 24, for the 13th Annual Girls on the Run® Fall 5K Celebration. The run starts at 10:30am. In New Hampshire, this is the largest fall season to date with a 31 percent jump in program registration. Volunteers are needed to provide assistance with event-day logistics, registration, water stops, course assistance and more. The event will need more than 100 volunteers, and all ages are welcomed. “The 5K Celebration is a fun and wonderful way to celebrate the accomplishments of these young girls,” Hubbell said. Funds raised at the 5K will support the growth of our New Hampshire teams, as well as to provide scholarships to any girl needing financial assistance. To register for the 5K Celebration, visit www. To volunteer, contact Betsy Cissel at

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NOV Thursday 14th Bob Marley

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

Tilton Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton. 2:30pm and 6:30pm. Several short films of the stories of veterans of World War II and the Korean War. Open to the public and free of charge. 801-6943

Blueprints for the Holidays

Gilford Community Church, Potter Hill Road, Gilford. 6:30pm. Opechee Garden Club host’s this presentation by Bill Grraham on ideas for holiday decorating from the front door to the table. $5pp donation requested. 5200578

Beau Geste – Silent Film Series

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

“All Aboard the Titanic� Program

Gilmanton Year-Round Library, Route 140, Gilmanton. 7pm. Program presented by Ted Zalewski. Free and open to the public. 364-2400

“Salute to the Seacoast: A Beer Tasting & Food Pairing�

Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside Hotel, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth. 6-9pm. $50pp via PayPal at

Friday 15th

dance will be used to purchase food and provide area needy families a Christmas dinner basket. $10pp. 6165668

Fri. 15th – Sun. 17th Harvey

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith. www. or 2790333

Greek Pastry Fair


Comedy Show

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

Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Doors open at 7pm. $28pp. 335-1992

Church Fair

First Parish Congregational Church, 218 Central Ave, Dover. 9am-3pm. Over 30 vendors, cookie walk, craft table, handmade quilt raffle and more. Lobster stew luncheon will be served from 11-1pm for $11pp. 742-5664

Indoor Farmers’ Market

Canterbury Elementary School, 15 Baptist Road, Canterbury. 10am-2pm. 783-9043

Women’s Health: Finding Balance with Herbs & Natural Therapies

Craft Fair

Littleton Elks Lodge 1831, Route 302, Littleton. 7pm. All proceeds from the

McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Road, Concord. 9am-3pm. 224-9909 ext. 310

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

The Gibson Brothers

Last Kid Picked – Dance Benefit for Food Basket Program

NH Audubon Annual Book Sale

Bob Marley

The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth. 536-2551 Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. 8pm. $20pp. 3351992

Enfield Community Center. 10-4pm. Handmade pieces created by local artisans at reasonable prices. 5237292

Taxiarchai Church Philoptochos Society, 811 North Main Street, Laconia. Enjoy assorted greek pastries, boxes of pastries or a-lacarte, spinach pies, meat pies and more. Free admission. 524-9415

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Sunflower Natural Foods, 390 S. Main Street, Laconia. 10am-noon. Class if free but space is limited. Preregistration recommended. 524-6334

Rusted Root

CMAA Artisan Fair

The Old Railroad Station in Plymouth. 9am-2pm.

Penny Sale Fundraiser

Somersworth High School, Somersworth. Doors open at 11am. 692-5869

Pitman’s Freight Room, New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. Starring Tommy Gilmore, Jimmy Walsh and Joe Espi. $15pp. BYOB.

All About Concussion - Forum

Trinity Episcopal Church, Route 25, Meredith. 6-6:45pm. Presenters are Mary Lee Esty, PhD, Bethesda, Maryland and Corey Snook of Meredith. 279-1330

Sunday 17th Rusty Moose Beer Tasting & Dinner

Rusty Moose Restaurant & Pub. 15 Homestead Place, Alton Traffic Circle, Alton. With the Sam Adams Brewery. Call for reservations. 603-855-2012.

“Richard III� Open Auditions

Sandwich Town Hall, Sandwich. 11am-2pm. www.advicetotheplayers. org 986-6253

Tea, Talk & Treats

Lavinia’s Restaurant, Center Harbor. 4pm. “The Christmas Visitors� will be performed by Frank and Vinette Wells. $30pp includes tea & treats as well as a copy of the book. 253-8858

CMAA Artisan Fair

Enfield Community Center. 10-2pm. Handmade pieces created by local artisans at reasonable prices. 5237292

Monday 18th NH’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance & the Reality

    "! ! !!!!!!!!!!!! Campton Historical Society, 529 Route Campton. Presented by Steve ! !  !!!!!! 175 Taylor. The Blair Bridge is presently  ! "!  !!!!!!! closed for repairs, seek alternative     route. 536-5140.

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   Jean’s Playhouse Annual Celebrity Dinner   !! !!$ Club on Loon, Lincoln. 6pm. !! "!!!!!!! Mountain $45pp. All proceeds benefit the winter # "! "! theatre season at Jean’s Playhouse.  !!  ! 745-2141.  ! $! Lakes Region Tea Party Meeting

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7:00 pm Moultonborough Public Library. Speaker: Karen Testerman Candidate for US Senate. Karen will list many pain points NH residents are feeling from the Federal government and how she plans to take the pain away.

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Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Fair In Meredith The Meredith Congregational Church Women of First Congregational Church Meredith will once more be holding their annual Holiday Luncheon and Craft Fair on Saturday November 23rd. Crafts 9am to 3pm, lunch served from 11am to 2pm featuring Harvest Vegetable Soup, sandwiches, apple crisp and beverage. Shoppers will be sure to find many of their gift list items either in Grannies Attic or in the wide variety of Christmas crafts, beaded jewelry, hand-knit items, decorations and baked goods. The money raised at this event goes towards school or camp scholarships, as well as donations for special needs within the church and community. The First Congregational Church is located on Highland Street in Meredith. For more information call 279-6271.

Pitman’s Celebrating One Year Of Comedy Pitman’s Feight Room in Laconia celebrates its one year comedy anniversary with a tripleheader show Saturday, November 16 at 8pm. The show features Tommy Gilmore who has performed across the country and beyond, having worked the nation’s top clubs, appearing in Las Vegas and working cruise lines as well as having been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, Comedy on the Road. Along with Gilmore will be Jimmy Walsh, a Boston based comic that has worked up and down the east coast at major clubs from Caribou, Maine to Miami, Fla. He has worked with such well known figures as Lewis Black, Victoria Jackson of Saturday Night Live, Pam Stone, Stephen Wright, Jonathan Katz and Lenny Clarke. He has also hosted the Boston leg of “Next Big Comedy Star Search.� Opening the night will be Joe Espi, a regional favorite who has appeared in comedy festivals as well as the Comedy Connections, Kowloon, and other top clubs in New England.

Holiday Fair in Dover First Parish Church in Dover will hold a Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 16th from 9am to 3pm There will be a plant sale, candy & fudge, thrift shop, coffee shop, antique collectibles, Homemade baked goods, Children’s shopping & activities, Handmade Quilt Raffle, Pipe Organ Entertainment, Cookie Walk and a Lobster Stew Luncheon ($11 per person from 11am-1pm). There will also be a 100+ Item Raffle Table The First Parish Church is located at 218 Central Avenue in Dover.

One Room Schoolhouses On Monday, November 18th at 7pm, Campton Historical Society presents “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality. � The presenter will be Steve Taylor. The Campton Historical Society is located at The Old Town Hall in Campton , 529 NH Route175, Campton, New Hampshire 03223, (north of Blair Bridge Rd.) The Blair Bridge is presently closed for repairs, seek an alternative route. Call (603)-536-5140 for more info or visit their website

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When Does The Second Revolution Begin? To The Editor: During the past few years I have witnessed a dramatic and frightening shift in the “American Dream�. Not that long ago as young people were growing up; most had visions of reaping the rewards of the seeds they sowed. Whether those visions were of starting a business, entering a professional career or entering into a trade. The generations before them who archived their goals were rewarded for their accomplishments and were respected. Now we have an atmosphere created by the current president that not only scorns the people who have achieved their goals but demonizes and penalizes them. It’s ironic that without these “fortunate� people, the president would not be able to carry out his lofty socialist goals. At what point do we as Americans say enough is enough? A misnamed bill called the “affordable health care act�. A bill passed solely by one political party to buy votes. A bill not read before passing it. A bill touted by the president stating that it was not a tax, although the Supreme Court ruled that it was a tax. A bill that the president stated over and over that “if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it.� A bill

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people by the people and for the people? We have elected representatives that pass laws on to us that they either exempt themselves from or get subsidies from us to pay for their participation. If this isn’t taxation without representation, I don’t know what is. Dennis Robitaille Laconia, NH.

Absolutely Unbelievable! To The Editor: In keeping with their long-standing policy of never accepting any responsibility when they screw up and/or get caught in a lie, some Democrats are now attempting to blame Republicans and insurance companies for the monumental disaster that is “Obamacare�. It occurs to me to ask, just how stupid do these people think the American people are and how many times do they think they can run this scam and get away with it? This is really pathetic. Russell T. Cumbee Franconia, NH.

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Live Free or Die.


Getting Older

by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

As hard as I try not to, I keep getting older. This week I am turning 58. I am a bit disappointed since a couple of years ago I invested a good deal of money to buy a series of books, DVDS and CDs that guaranteed me that, if I followed the instructions on them that I could achieve anything I wanted. The key, they said, was to focus on one thing so intently that within a few months time it would become a reality. I decided to focus on staying 56. I followed the instructions religiously for the entire year. I woke up in the morning and told myself I would stay 56, I went to sleep at night with that thought piercing my brain as I fell asleep. “I will stay 56….I will stay 56….I will stay 56…” I never waivered. Still, on November 14, 2012, I turned 57. I was, needless to say, very disappointed. Not only had I spent hours on end focusing on something that never happened, but I also missed an entire season of American Idol. It wasn’t my best year. Next I thought about using this underarm roll on product I saw advertised on TV that would raise my testosterone levels and keep me young. On reading the side effects I was warned that

after using the product I wouldn’t be allowed to touch anyone and I might have vomiting and diarrhea. Just aging naturally seemed like a much safer and comfortable option. I decided on that birthday that I would forget about trying to stay young but I would focus on the good things I could find about getting older. Maybe if I could convince myself of the things that I had to look forward to I would welcome, maybe even want to hurry along, my next birthdays. I think I have come up with some great reasons to look forward to getting older. I hope that you will also find this helpful as you get ready to turn another page with that increasingly arthritic hand. Social Security – Sure it’s going broke, but not before some of us in our fifities will still be able to get our hands on it. The older I get, the less I will have to worry about getting older. I won’t have to listen to a bunch of old people telling me how much better things were when they were younger. I will not be expected to stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Telling someone that I had a long week and am very tired in order not to go to a function I don’t want to go to will no longer be a lie. I can leave a boring party early using the same excuse and everyone will understand. I will look forward to new technology in the removal of ear and nose hair. I will look really good in pictures taken of me when I was fifty. I will be able to make better use of the volume button on the remote.

Restaurants won’t be very crowded at 4pm. Getting up frequently in the middle of the night will help me to complete my required aerobic activity for the week. The latest breakthroughs in laxative flavors will make it a wonderful time to be alive. I will be able to get senior discounts at the movies if I’m not too tired to go. I will know a lot more medical terms to use when playing Scrabble. I will be able to do a lot more reading, especially the sodium and fat contents on the items at the supermarket. I will be able to go into an antique store and feel right at home. I will be able to sleep in until 8am if I feel like it. I can pretend to forget stuff when it is convenient and no one will get upset with me. Young girls will smile at me and think I’m cute again. I can celebrate Men’s Health Awareness month every day. I can wear whatever I want in public and not care at all. I’m sure that there are many other things that I will find to appreciate about growing older and the older I get these things will become more apparent. I’ll be sure to list them in future columns, if I’m not too tired to write them down. It’s going to be a bright future. ********* Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at His new book “The Flatlander Chronicles” is now on sale and soon to be a major motion picture (not really).


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From The State House What the Heck IS the Tea Party Anyway? My, my, my. The “Tea Party” seems to be ruffling lots and lots of feathers lately. Not only does the Progressive by Rep. Jane Left demonCormier ize Tea Party Belknap District 8 folks as “terrorists” and “tea baggers”, but Progressive Republicans such as Sen. John McCain have also joined the party by saying stupid stuff like, “the Tea Party is damaging the Republican Party”. Really? Actually, I believe the Progressive element in the national and state GOP parties are doing this “damage” all by themselves. Heritage Foundation “First Principles”: “The Tea Party is one of the most significant

citizen efforts in recent times to revive America’s founding principles. It is a grassroots populist movement driven not by politicians but by ordinary American citizens who have become fed up with the excesses of modern government. The Tea Party movement has already had a tremendously significant effect on national politics. It has forced politicians of both parties to pay tribute (even if only superficially) to America’s founding principles. The Tea Party’s core beliefs are grounded in the principles of limited selfgovernment as a laid out by the Founding Fathers and are consistent with well-established conservative arguments.” The United States is now an Administrative State filled

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The White House Fable Factory Now that true horror stories of Obamacare’s wrecking ball are finally reaching the public, the White House doesn’t like by Michelle Malkin “anecdotes.” Syndicated Columnist Live by taletelling; die by tale-telling. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney huffed that stage-four gallbladder cancer survivor Edie Littlefield Sundby’s personal account in The Wall Street Journal of seeing her health insurance plan canceled and her access to doctors cut off was “sensational.” Not a shred of compassion for her predicament. No sorrow for her loss. Must. Attack. Messenger. There are millions out there like Sundby who are using Facebook, Twitter, and a new website called MyCancellation. com to share their plights. White House flacks and hacks are working overtime to “debunk” their experiences, bash insurance companies and deride individual market consumers losing their plans as stupid dupes whose stories don’t add up. Here’s the thing. This Alinskysteeped administration has relied on an endless stream of sensationalized, phony personal dramas to sell Obamacare. Last month, Organizing for Action (previously Obama for America) promoted the “success story” of Chad Henderson, a supposedly random young person who miraculously enrolled in Obamacare while everyone else in America experienced major tech meltdowns and sticker shock. Turned out Lying Chad was actually an OFA volunteer who hadn’t

really enrolled in Obamacare yet because he was “joking.” No matter. Yesterday, Obama appeared before OFA to solicit even more stories from the group to help propagandize Obamacare. A refresher course on the White House Fable Factory’s greatest hits: --Stanley Ann Dunham. Obama cited his mom’s deathbed fight with her insurer several times over the years to support the Obamacare ban on pre-existing condition exclusions by insurers. During a 2008 debate, he shared her plight: “For my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they’re saying that this may be a preexisting condition and they don’t have to pay her treatment, there’s something fundamentally wrong about that.” But New York Times reporter Janny Scott discovered that Dunham’s health insurer had in fact reimbursed her medical expenses with nary an objection. The actual coverage dispute centered on a separate disability insurance policy. --Otto Raddatz. In 2009, Obama publicized the plight of this Illinois cancer patient, who supposedly died after he was dropped from his Fortis/Assurant Health insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn’t known about. The truth? He got the treatment he needed in 2005 and lived for nearly four more years. --Robin Beaton. Also in 2009, Obama claimed Beaton, a breast cancer patient, lost her insurance after “she forgot to declare a case of acne.” In fact, she failed to disclose a previous heart condition and did not list her weight accurately, but had her insurance restored any-

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civil war, political stalemate, and the tragic humanitarian hemorrhage of refugees continues, Syria by John J. Metzler a p p r o a c h e s Syndicated Columnist its third winter of conflict. With over 120,000 people killed and large parts of this ancient land in ruins or chaos from the conflict between the Assad Family dictatorship and a fractious collection of rebel groups, many of them Islamist extremists, the misplaced hopes of the Arab Spring have turned into the Syrian Winter. According to the UN ‘s humanitarian coordinator, Valerie Amos, “The humanitarian situation in Syria continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably.’” Briefing the UN Security Council, Amos stressed that “the number of people we estimate to be in need of humanitarian assistance has now risen to 9.3 million; of them 6.5 million are displaced from their homes within the country.” More than two million Syrians have fled across frontiers as refugees into neighboring Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. The World Food Program is feeding a record 3.3 million people throughout the beleaguered Middle Eastern country; the number is expected to jump to four million by December. Stunningly, these numbers emerge from a pre-conflict population of 22 million. The landscape of chaos in which schools, hospitals and mosques have been wrecked or damaged poses a humanitarian hurdle both for the UN and scores of relief agencies who are trying to coordinate assistance in the midst of an ongoing conflict. Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN’s political point-man for resolving the crisis, conceded with near resignation, “The only solution to the humanitarian crisis is a political solution to the crisis. “ He added, “There is no military solution. The government is not going to win and the opposition is not going to win.”

Syria’s religious and ethnic mosaic reflects the country’s ancient heritage on the crossroads of civilizations as much as a potent political fault-line between the majority Muslim Sunnis and the minority, but ruling, Alawite/Shia sect. As the conflict spread, the rebels targeted the Christian community as well as Kurdish and Druze minorities. Finding an elusive political formula in a deadlocked UN Security Council has been precarious at best. Since the start of the conflict, world powers have predictably lined up behind either the side of the Syrian government (Russia and China), or the rebels (France, the United Kingdom and the United States). Hundreds of British and French, mostly Muslim nationals, are fighting alongside the rebels; Iranian militia and even North Korean helicopter pilots are aiding Assad. Little changed in the political calculus until the Council was confronted with chemical weapons use in a Damascus suburb in August and the ensuing global outrage which caused the Obama Administration to nearly blunder into military action with little American domestic or international support. What did emerge from the September showdown was a UN Security Council resolution demanding the Damascus government to come clean on its longtime chemical weapons program and to rid the country of the stockpiles. Now there’s real and notable progress on the chemical weapons threat. Sigrid Kaag, the UN’s Special Coordinator for the overseeing the destruction of the weapons, said that “under difficult circumstances” the Syrian government was “cooperating constructively” with the Mission. Ms. Kaag, a Netherlands national, stressed that Syria’s weapons “production facilities have been rendered inoperable.” She added, “Particular discussions are ongoing to as to the complete elimination of the chemical weapons themselves.” In other words, a significant first step has been taken and now accomplished with Syria’s cooperation. Now comes the

more difficult task of destroying the actual stockpiles, very likely performed in another country. Returning to the political solution, China’s Ambassador, Liu Jieyi, stated that the recent Security Council resolution out-

lined two goals : the destruction of chemical weapons facilities and stockpiles and advancing the political process through the Geneva II Conference. While stressing a “political

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An Old ‘New’ Program Like so many things that seem new, ObamaCare is in many ways old wine in new bottles. For example, when confronted with the fact by Thomas Sowell that millions Syndicated Columnist of Americans stand to lose their existing medical insurance, as a result of ObamaCare, defenders of ObamaCare say that this is true only when those people have “substandard” insurance. Who decides what is “substandard”? What is older than the idea that some exalted elite know what is good for us better than we know ourselves? Obama uses the rhetoric of going “forward,” but he is in fact going backward to an age when despots told everybody what they had better do and better not do. ObamaCare is old in yet another way. One of the fundamental

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Kay Sage’s story reveals an amazingly unique life defined by uncommon highs and lows. Born in Albany, New York in 1898, Sage’s parents divorced when she was young and subsequently, the young Kay traveled extensively in Europe with her mother. In these travels, Sage gained exposure to cultural life in all its transmutations. This includes poetry, art and the study of art. As a young woman, Sage had a ten year marriage to an Italian prince but her time as a princess ended in divorce. Her reasons fly in the face of one’s imagined life as a princess, as seen in film and read about in literature. Instead, Sage lamented that the 10 years of ultimate comfort felt more like existing in a vacuum. Sage moved to Paris and attended a Surrealist Exhibit at Galerie Beaux-Arts. The show featured Surrealist works

from 14 countries. The paintings of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico were her favorite and Sage is known to have, at some point, purchased at least one de Chirico for her collection. Sage also met Surrealist artist, Yves Tanguy at the exhibit and they fell in love. Sage and Tanguy were married in the states once Tanguy obtained a divorce from his prior wife. The couple settled in Connecticut. While living in Woodbury CT, Kay and Yves took many artist friends into their home in order to help them escape the horrors of war in Europe. Although Yves’ art was already center stage in the Surrealist movement, Kay fell into a unique and successful style of her own within the Surrealist oeuvre. In contrast to many Surrealist painters whose paintings were organic and biomorphic, Sage’s paintings had sharp edges and architectural leanings. She perfected her style and, over time, gained critical acclaim as

an artist. Ironically her husband wrongly downplayed her abilities. As painful as this was, Kay continued to paint these vast expanses of eerie emptiness. Sage’s time with the Surrealists was intellectually profound, artistically abundant yet emotionally detached. In a time when a “man’s world” was the lens, Sage painted without the full support of her husband and also, without the full support of the leader of surrealism, Andre Breton. Possessing the former title of an Italian princess combined with no shortage of money made Sage unpopular with the Surrealists. Sage was no starving artist and appeared stuffy to the group. This sense of isolation is evident in her paintings that lack any evidence of humanity. Sage and Tanguy were married for 15 years. In 1955, Yves died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage. Sage’s described haughty demeanor gave way to depression. She See smith on 28


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tion technique, and began speaking to the donkey “in my mind”, visualizing her letting me approach. To my utter amazement, the donkey responded by turning and walking a few steps toward me. (I secretly vowed to practice this mind-control phenomenon on my child subjects later.) Once the horse was out of the trailer, the donkey showed obvious relief to be around a fellow equine. This was progress, but we still had to get a halter on our little stray, before we could lead her into the trailer, and the uncooperative burro wasn’t letting us

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Zoe, with her best pals, Petey and Jenny. soon followed suit. It was time to put a halter on long-ears. It was a comical scene: three of us wrestling one small donkey, who fended off our efforts, with the agility and determination of an entire herd of donkeys. We all got a first-hand lesson as to where the expression “stubborn ass” comes from…but we humans finally prevailed. Amazingly, once haltered, our little fighting

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machine did a transformation and became completely docile…we were able to lead her right into the trailer, without a fight. When we got her to our farm, she calmly got off the trailer and followed us into our barn, as if this had always been her home. Her affection for my family was instant, and we could almost hear her asking “What took you so long?” Introducing her to the other animals was peaceful and she immediately bonded with our two miniature donkeys, Jenny and Petey. In trying to determine where she’d come from, we pieced together some history for our white wonder. Based on others’ sightings of her, we ascertained that she’d been running loose for about five months. She’d survived being attacked by a pack of dogs but had escaped other good samaritans’ attempts to catch her. We named her “Zoe” -which means “Life” - in honor of her will to survive. Although Zoe had issues when she first arrived, with time and patience we were able to heal both her external and internal wounds. In all fairness, however, it was not us who saved Zoe…rather it was Zoe who saved us. She came to our family at a time

when we were losing our business and struggling to keep our rescue farm and home. Zoe brought with her support from community members, when we needed it most, to keep our farm going. She gave us courage to overcome our own adversities…she was the light in an otherwise black time in our lives. All who meet Zoe are touched by her healing energy. She is truly a white angel and we are blessed to have her in our lives. We will be forever grateful to the woman who called us for help that fall day, and to all who helped us bring her home. Dawn Thomson is an independent columnist, who with the help of her husband and two children, runs an animal sanctuary, called Reuben’s Rescue Ranch, located at 161 NH Route 104, Danbury, NH 03230. The farm is open to the public most Saturdays, from 10am-4pm, and is FREE FOR ALL, but donations are gratefully accepted….or you may purchase something from the farm thrift shop to help support the animals. For more information, call 768-3779. You can also like them on Facebook or visit their website at: www.reubensrescueranch.weebly. com.


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DEAR TIM: I’m remodeling a small room that has no heat. Radiant heating is really appealing to me because it’s so comfortable. I’ve seen mats that go under ceramic tile or laminate flooring. Are these electric radiant heating mats reliable? Are they hard to install? Can you control them with a programmable thermostat to save money when you’re not in the room? What other tips do you have to offer? --Rachel M., Sandy, Utah DEAR RACHEL: I had the pleasure in the past few days of powering up an electric radiant heating floor system in a man cave I created for myself. It produced heat immediately and is going to keep me as snug as a bug in a rug while I operate my ham radio in the cave. As with any product, you need to do your due diligence to ensure you’ll have success. I spent some time online looking at the different products. Once I narrowed my choice down to two products, I then made sure the mat could keep the room warm. Realize that not all mats create the same amount of heat per square foot of mat. What’s more, you need to do a heat loss calculation to determine the amount of Btus you’ll need to heat your room. Each of the websites I visited had a handy calculator to help with this task. Y ou ’ ll discover very quickly that it’s important the entire room is insulated for the radiant floor mat to work well. I was very fortunate to be able to insulate the floor under the

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837 Lake Street • Bristol, NH • 603-744-3100 • This strange mat contains electric heating cables that can keep a room toasty warm. mat as well as the walls and ceiling. Doing these things kept my heat loss to a minimum. It doesn’t take much electricity to keep my small room warm. The radiant floor mats are very reliable. They can last for years if you take very simple steps to ensure the mat is not damaged during installation. The mat I selected came with a dandy little electronic monitor that told me during the entire installation process my mat was in perfect working order. I would say the degree of difficulty to install is moderate. You’ll need an electronic multimeter to tell you if all is well with the mat even if you do purchase the monitor. It’s very important to check the resistance of the heating cables before you start, as you install the mat, and after you cover the mat with the required layer of thinset or self-leveling compound. A multimeter is not too expensive, and you’ll be able to use it to troubleshoot other electric problems around your home. You’ll need to extend a separate electric circuit to the room to power the mat. The size of this circuit depends on the number of watts of power the mat consumes. Be sure you extend the correct cable that can handle the load. This

electric cable is installed in a standard electric box that’s nailed to a wall stud. The mat’s thermostat will be connected to the power cable in this box. Be sure you strategically locate this electric box so the wires from the mat can reach it. You do not want to splice wire onto the mat cables. The instructions to my mat said to embed it in a bed of thinset. Thinset is the same mortar you use to install ceramic tile. It’s easy to mix and apply. My instructions said to make sure the notched trowel lines of the thinset were parallel with the cables in the heating mat. After you apply the thinset to the clean subfloor, you roll out the mat onto the thinset and smooth the mat, making sure there are no bubbles or high spots. It’s not hard to do. The next step for me was to cover the mat with a 1/4-inch-thick layer of thinset. This is the hardest part of the job, in my opinion. This final surface that protects the radiant heat mat must be flat so your finished floor is easy to install. Because my mat sat up 1/8 inch above my wood subfloor, I decided to install strips of 3/8-inch thick by 2-inch wide pieces of plywood on the two long walls of my small room. I cut a straightedge from See builder on 17

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a straight piece of 1-by-2 finished lumber that sat on top of these wood strips. I wiggled this wood straightedge back and forth across the wet thinset so the top of the thinset was in the same plane as the top of the plywood strips. It worked perfectly. My radiant mat came with a wonderful programmable thermostat. I’m able to program in four different time periods for each day of the week. It also has a manual override in case I need the heat on at a time it’s normally set low. This thermostat will save money because I’ll only heat my room when I’m using it. My thermostat had a special setting for laminate flooring. Be sure you read all the instructions that come with the mat and thermostat before you start the job. The location of the thermostat is critical. My thermostat came with a sensor that must be installed just under the finished flooring. You need to be sure you can easily run the small wire to the thermostat without it being damaged. Don’t skip any of the testing steps. Record the resistance readings and make sure they’re within the range called for in the written instructions. If you have any questions, STOP and call the manufacturer. Once your mat is covered with thinset, you won’t be removing it without ruining it. You must make sure you’re doing everything correctly as the job progresses. Want free home-improvement information? Go to www.AsktheBuilder. com and sign up for Tim’s free newsletter. Have a question for Tim? Just click the Ask Tim link on any page of the website.(c)2013 TIM CARTER DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

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Hampshire, with the help of three donkey-loving friends. Today, a hillside hamlet of paddocks, barns and stalls houses nine donkeys, mules and hinnies currently up for adoption. (Mules have donkey fathers and horse mothers; hinnies have horse fathers and donkey mothers.) In six years Firestone has fostered and placed more than 200 animals. Today she runs her sanctuary and adoption service, the only non-profit donkey rescue in New England, about three miles from the general store in South Acworth, a small village where narrow, winding roads lead 20 miles south

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At the entrance to Broomtail Farm. to Keene, or 12 miles east to Vermont. “When I was a kid I read Brighty of the Grand Canyon and knew someday I wanted to have a donkey,” Firestone says. “I didn’t actually get one till I was in my 40s. My first donkey, Lula, just turned 23 in May. She’s running around out back today.” Firestone currently operates Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue with the help of one paid farmhand and a 65-year-old volunteer who drives three times a week from Putney, Vermont. Grants from the town of Acworth and various fundraisers have helped defray the cost of farm equipment, barns and hay. Community volunteers have come together to help erect outbuildings. A veterinary technician for 25 years and a dog trainer for 35, Firestone is also certified in New Hampshire as a wild-

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life rehabilitator. After many years’ experience working with animals, she now operates the rescue full-time. The farm is a destination for donkey and mule enthusiasts throughout New England. Tourists, school kids and scout troops visit. Firestone’s donkeys have made pilgrimages to nursing homes, fairs and parades, including the annual “Strolling of the Heifers,” an agricultural fair in Brattleboro, Vermont, in June. Fans follow on Facebook. The farm is a haven for donkeys and mules whose owners can’t keep them, and for some facing slaughter. Although most are surrendered by owners because of sickness or death in the family, or because they can’t afford to keep them, Save Your Ass occasionally accepts donkeys or mules shipped by buyers See bakeron 23


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who purchased animals at auction simply to save their lives, then pay to trailer them to Broomtail Farm for rehabilitation and placement. These equines often arrive in desperate condition, suffering from malnutrition and neglect. One such rescue was P a l o m a , an American mammoth donkey, who came last January nearly 200 pounds underweight, and pregnant. “She looked horrible. She was covered in lice and had open bleeding sores on her legs,” recalls Firestone. “You have to go terribly slowly with an animal like that because their metabolism can’t take it. They get hay and grain four times a day.” When Paloma arrived, Firestone was able to push a hand wrist-deep near the donkey’s hips; miraculously her baby, Easter Bunny, (born on Easter Sunday) is now tall enough to rest his head on Firestone’s shoulder, and Paloma has fully regained health. A potential buyer for the pair recently contacted the farm. “I almost sent them to Indiana, but I couldn’t send them that far. I poured my heart and soul

into saving them,” says Firestone, who hopes the pair will be adopted locally. On average, the animals stay three months before permanent homes are found. During that time, Firestone teaches them to grow comfortable with people, to be led by a halter, and to have their feet lifted and held so that a farrier can trim their hooves. “It’s so rewarding to save them,” says Firestone. “But it’s so bittersweet to see them go. I’m all about the relationship between animals and people. Having it be a perfect match, a love match for both sides. I cry every time an animal leaves. A little piece of your heart goes with them every time you send them down the road. A lot of people who have adopted animals from me have ended up becoming my close friends.” Donkey aficionados like Firestone are quick to extol their virtues. “Miniature donkeys possess the affectionate nature of a Newfoundland, the resignation of a cow, the durability of a mule, the courage of a tiger and the intellectual capability only slightly inferior to man’s,” wrote

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Dueling Pianos

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Old Fashioned Herbal Holidays - Class

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Craft Fair

Mascoma High, West Canaan. 9am-3pm. Free admission. 523-7712

Comedy Fundraiser

Wolfeboro Inn, Wolfeboro. 8pm. Doors open at 7pm for drinks at the cash bar. Dinner can be purchased in the dining room prior to the event. $15pp. Fundraiser benefits carpenter Crescent Lake PTO. 569-7803

Ongoing Senior Ten Pin Bowling League

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

Zentangle Art Class

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Preschool Storytime

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Woodside Building at the Taylor Community, Laconia. Tuesday and Thursday 9:30-11:30am. Beginners welcome. 934-4265

30+ League Basketball

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Adult Pick-Up Basketball

Newfound Memorial Middle School. Sundays, 6-8pm. $1 per night. 744-2713.

T.O.P.S. Meeting

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Moultonborough Library. 6pm. Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Get over your fear of public speaking. Everyone welcome. 476-5760 or email

Rotating Art Exhibits and Unique Shop

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Middle Eastern Expressive Dance & Yoga

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Dan Wilkins, PGA Professional and Club Manager at The Golf Club at Patrick’s Place, discusses plans for The Pebble Beach Challenge fundraising tournament being held the week of November 18th to benefit Men’s Health at LRGHealthcare and the LNH Children’s Auction. Wilkins is seen standing in front of the picturesque 7th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Course. test winners will be acknowledged. “Many of the leading causes of death for men, heart disease and cancer for example, are preventable. There are ways men can protect themselves and lead longer, healthier lives” states Dr. Theodore Capron, LRGHealthcare physician at Belknap Family Health in Meredith. “We are pleased that The Golf Club at Patrick’s Place is taking the opportunity to support men’s health

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-- a government monopoly that virtually guarantees worse service. Why would anyone want that for something as crucial as medical care? One reason, of course, is the ever seductive illusion of something for nothing, an illusion spread by glib politicians, posing as saviors of the public against villains in the private sector. Yet another way in which ObamaCare is an old political story is that it began as supposedly a way to deal with the problem of a segment of the population -- those without health insurance. But, instead of directly helping those particular people to get insurance, the “solution” was to expand the government’s power over everybody, including people who already had health insurance that they wanted to keep.

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financial future. But be careful to resist the urge to splurge. You need to tuck something away to help you through another tight period. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Having to do too many tasks in too short a time could lower your mood to just above the grumbling level. But if you handle things one at a time, you’ll get through it all soon enough. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your usually carefully made holiday plans could be subject to change later this month. Use this week to prepare for that possibility by starting a Plan B just in case you need it. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Be careful about joining a colleague’s plan to solve a workplace problem. Investigate it thoroughly. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a predicament with other associates. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Slow down that high-paced whirl you’ve been on. Spending quiet time alone

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Make suggestions, not demands. You’ll be more successful in getting people to follow your lead if you exercise quiet patience instead of strong persuasion to get your ideas across.

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Collins Kidwell, a mule and mammoth donkey breeder in Martin, Tennessee, who is writing a book about donkeys and mules. But because mules are no longer required for agriculture, hauling barges, or pulling military equipment in battle, global demand is down. The American Mammoth Jack Stock, the largest donkey, stands as tall as a horse, and has traditionally been used to breed mules. It’s now a threatened species, Kidwell says; there are only 2,000 left worldwide. Kidwell believes the first donkeys came to Florida in the 1500s with Spanish priests and monks. President George Wash-

A view from the back of Gertie the mule.

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ington later imported two donkeys for breeding: one from the King of Spain, the other shipped from Malta from General Lafayette. Today donkeys are used to haul carts and help guard livestock in pastures. Miniature donkeys visit nursing homes as therapy animals. Mules carry thousands of tourists each year down the narrow, sometimes knifeedge trail that winds

eight miles from south rim of the Grand Canyon to a guest ranch at the bottom. So why don’t more people have them? “They just don’t know enough about them,” says Firestone. “Mules are something special. They’re very smart. They’re very sensitive, incredibly intuitive animals.”

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Country Cottage Furniture Honored With The Department Of Defense Patriotic Employer Award Recently Country Cottage Furniture was honored with the Department of Defense Patriotic Employer Award. Country Cottage Furniture, located on Route 104 in New Hampton, NH, was awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriotic Employer Award. This Award was nominated by employee, Justin Sargent of the New Hampshire Army National Guard. Justin was deployed to the Middle East with the Guard along with other members of the 3643rd, Somersworth, NH. The Patriotic Employer Award was hand delivered to Mr. Peter Rudis, owner of Country Cottage Furniture, by Mr. Vic Rogers, Director of Military Outreach for the New Hampshire Committee, ESGR, a Department of Defense volunteer organization that supports all reserve components. This honor signifies patriotic recognition, support, and cooperation between Reserve Component Service Members and their civilian employers. The Award recognizes employers that support our citizen soldiers and make allowances for flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, car-

Presentation of Patriotic Employer Award; Donna Rudis, Vic Rogers – ESGR presenter, Peter Rudis and Army National Guard Sergeant Justin Sargent.

ing for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. Sergeant Justin Sargent stated in his nomination for the Award that “Mr. Peter Rudis has always been supportive of my reserve obligation and has willingly allowed me the time needed for military training and deployment”. After Sergeant Justin Sargent returned from being deployed, his job was waiting for him at Country Cottage Furniture. Mr. Rudis has hired other Army National Guard members, one of whom recently deployed to Afghanistan. When interviewed by Vic Rogers, NH Committee ESGR, Peter explained that the outstanding qualities that he respects in hiring military personnel is their work ethic, professionalism, time management skills and an overall can-do attitude. Country Cottage Furniture is a remarkable furniture store, not only for its quality furniture products, that would complement any area home, but also for its appreciation for the quality employees who serve their community, state and nation in time of conflict and peace.








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