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THE WEIRS TIMES & THE COCHECO TIMES, Thursday, December 3, 2015

VOLUME 24, NO. 49

THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, december 3, 2015

COMPLIMENTARY

In 2009, the first year for Pub Mania, a 24-hour barstool event at Patrick’s Pub to raise money for the Lakes Region Children’s Auction, raised a then amazing $47,000. Last year the organizers and teams presented the charity with a breathtaking check for $235,000 (above). This year, its seventh, the courtesy Photo event is looking to break the one million dollar mark in total funds raised.

Pub Mania Teams Going For A Million And It’s All For The Kids by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

It was 1982 when WLNH radio host Warren Bailey had the idea for a two-day fundraiser for the Citizen Santa Fund that helped Lakes Region families and children at Christmas time. It raised $2100 in two days. Last year, that fund now known as The Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction raised an amazing $486,000 with nearly half of that - $235,000 - being raised by Pub Mania, a

twenty-four hour event at Patrick’s Pub and Eatery in Gilford, that is looking to break that mark at this year’s event which takes place on December 10th and 11th. Allan Beetle, co-owner of Patrick’s, never thought that the idea for Pub Mania, which began in 2009, would ever grow to the extent it has today. “I got the idea when I was involved in a stationary bike cycling fundraiser at Laconia Athletic and Swim Club back in 2008,” said Beetle.

It was there that “Mad Dog” Mike Gallagher was going for the world record and raising funds by cycling for twenty-four straight hours. Other groups were invited to participate by fielding teams who would take turns cycling with Mike for the length of the event, each team member going for an hour. “As captain it was hard for me to find someone to fill the 2am shift, so I did it myself,” said Beetle. It was while cycling that Allan got into a discussion with the cyclist next to him

about how he could take the same format but using bar stools and Pub Mania was born. The format is that there are 30 teams (27 that first year) with twenty-four members each take turns sitting on a bar stool for an hour. That first year each team was asked to try and raise about $1,000 through pledges for the Children’s Auction. “We were hoping to raise about $25,000 that first year,” said Beetle who along with his brother and co-

owner Jeff Beetle and their wives and others served as the referees for the event. To their amazement, once they totaled up the monies from that first yearm they had amassed an incredible $47,000. See pubmania on 32

Inside This Issue:

CHRISTMAS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

Your Guide to Holiday Gifts & Celebration!


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Through the 17th Emily Marsh Art Showing

The Art Place, 9 North Main Street, Wolfeboro. Emily’s original paintings from her Nouveau New Hampshire Calendar will be on display. 569-6159 Tuesday 1st

Belmont’s American Legion Post 58 Meeting – Looking for New Members

Senior Center, second floor of the Belmont Mill Building, Belmont. 7pm. All members and anyone interested in joining the Legion are cordially invited. 524-8268

Lakes Region Chordsmen At Gilmanton Library

6:30pm. The group will be singing in harmony traditional and modern arrangements focused on holiday music. This is a free event. Bidding on the silent auction will be available. Over 100 items to bid on. Auction ends on Saturday, December 5th at 3pm. Thursday 3rd

Holiday Wreath Decorating

Rochester Public Library, Rochester. 10am-noon and again from 6pm-8pm. Studley’s Flower Gardens will be helping attendees festive bows! Bring your own wreath, all other decorations are provided. Free event!

Lakes Region Camera Club Meeting – “Flash/Off Camera Flash and Shoot”

Trinity Episcopal Church, Meredith. 7pm. Local photographer Alan MacRae will discuss the use of flash, both on and off camera to members of the Lakes Region Camera Club. Public welcomed. www.lrcameraclub. com

Friday 4th Hospital & Community Aid Street Fair Fundraiser Sale

Route 109A/65 Pine Hill Road, Wolfeboro. 10am-2pm. Items include antique sleigh, art, collectibles, books, furniture, toys, sports items, electronic items and more.

Danbury Grange, 15 North Road, Danbury. 9am-1pm. A blend of farms, artisans and specialty food producers will be selling their goods rain or shine! The Winter Farmers Market will be held the 1st Saturday of each month thru May. 768-5579

Tree Lighting in Franklin

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Gentleman’s Breakfast

Marceau Park, at Smith and Canal Streets, Franklin. 6:30pm. Santa will arrive via Franklin Fire Department vehicle to flip the “switch”. The Three Rivers Choral will be leading all those in attendance in the singing of traditional carols. Free and open to the public.

Yikes! Gallery, Center Harbor. 10am8pm. Sales, free gift wrapping and Stonewall Kitchen Sampling.

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Central Square, downtown Rochester. 5:30pm-6:30pm. Those who attend will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, dance performances, caroling, a visit from Santa and much more! 3325080

Saturday 5th Weirs Times columnists at Gilmanton Year Round Library

Weirs Times columnists Brendan Smith “A F.O.O.L. in New Hampshire” and Kimberly Smith “Art Girl” will be giving two presentations. At 1pm, Kimberly will be sharing her altered book creations and discussing her art process in creating them. Kimberly’s works are currently on display at the library through December for all to see before the presentation. At 2pm, Brendan will be telling a few tales from his book “The Flatlander Chronicles” about his adjustment to life in New Hampshire after having moved here from New York. He will also be reading a few stories from his new book “Best Of A F.O.O.L in New Hampshire” a compilation of his Weirs Times articles. Both programs are free and open to the public, Bidding on the silent auction will be available. Over 100 items to bid on. Auction ends on Saturday, December 5th at 3pm.

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Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $20$22pp. www.rochesteroperahouse. com or 335-1992

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Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad Street, Lincoln. 1pm. All passengers aboard the train ride will receive a cup of hot chocolate and each family or group receives a box of holiday cookies to enjoy during the 1 hour and 20 minute excursion. Children are given letters to complete for Santa which he and his Elves pick up as they make their way through the train. Each child on the trip will be surprised with a special gift! $20 for Coach, $25 for First Class seating for ages 3 and up. Ages 2 and under ride for free. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. www.hoborr.com or 745-2135

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s Winter Celebration

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Road, Warner. 10am3pm. Visitors can stroll through the arboretum, walk the trails in the Medicine Woods, play in the tipi and tour the museum itself, in addition to Native flute performances, a talk on Native plant use, a beadwork craft, games and traditional Native foods. $5/non-members, free for members. www.indianmuseum.org

Jim Norman and James Cleveland Live Concert

The Arts Center, 12 Main Street, Sandwich. 7:30pm. Jim and James perform in collaboration with Sandwich’s Christmas in the Village. Admission and light refreshments are by donation. 284-7532

Build and Elf & Holiday Open House

Annalee Gift Shop, 8 Maple Street, Meredith. 10am-5pm. Enjoy in-store specials, door prizes, cookies and more! 800-433-6557

Altrusa Festival of Trees

Waukewan Golf Club, 166 Waukewan Road, Center Harbor. 10am-5pm. Visitors will stroll through a wonderland of approximately 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. Enjoy complimentary cider and homemade cookies in a rustic barn. $5pp, children under 12 are admitted free. 707-4748

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Annie’s Book Stop hosts local author of DECEPTION On Saturday, December 5th Annie’s Book Stop located at 1330 Union Avenue in Laconia will host local author Dan Lawton from noon – 2:00pm. He will be autographing copies of his crime suspense thriller novel, DECEPTION. Come and meet the author, and get a book signed for a special someone on your Christmas gift list. You might compare DECEPTION to Roger Hobbs’ Ghostman and Vanishing Games. Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, plus various works of Chevy Stevens. Fans of Harlan Coben and John Hart may also enjoy the book. Dan’s second novel, OPERATION SALAZAR, will be released sometime towards the end of January 2016. His third novel, AMBER ALERT, is currently in the hands of his agent in New York. All the books are crime suspense thrillers. The idea for DECEPTION came while unburying in one of the New Hampshire snow storms in 2012. The idea came first (characters later), and it took him nearly two years to finish the first draft. While writing has always been his passion, he began to pick it up as a serious pursuit after completing both a Short Story Workshop and a Scriptwriting course while in college. His biggest inspiration to start writing came from a discovery of the author John Hart, who writes complex characters and realistic plots. He strives to write characters like Mr. Hart, and to tell stories through interlocking plots like Harlan Coben. For more information about Dan’s work, go to: http://www. danlawtonfiction.com/

Christmas Open House ‘40s Style The Rochester Historical Society’s annual Christmas Open House, A 1940s Christmas, will be held on Thursday, December 10, from 1 to 5pm at the Historical Society Museum on Hanson Street in downtown Rochester. The Museum is decorated for the holidays and current displays focus on Rochester in the 1940s. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and in honor and memory of the sacrifices and contributions made by people in the 1940’s, the Rochester Historical Society Museum’s current display focuses on Rochester during the 1940s, the decade dominated by the Second World War. We have some wonderful photographs of Rochester people, as well as many interesting artifacts from the decade. All are welcome to join us as we remember Rochester seventy year ago. Holiday refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For more information please call 330-3099 or e-mail rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.

Open House At Kindred Spirit Farm Kindred Spirit Farm in Center Sandwich will e holding a Christmas Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th. There will be a variety of handcrafted soaps, Handknit wool hats, soy candles and felted soaps for sale for Christmas shopping. Hours for the ope house are Saturday, December 5th from 9am to 4pm and Sunday, December 6th from 10am to 4pm. Kindred Spirit Farm is located at 103 Upper Road in Center Sandwich, Call 603-284-7277 for more info or visit them on the web at Kindredspiritfarmnh.com.

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There’s an old expression that goes: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.� Being a guy that likes to live more in the moment, I constantly adjust this expression to fit my needs for the particular time I am experiencing. Currently I am looking at each day as the first day of the rest of this year’s Christmas shopping season. I like to look at each day as such because, psychologically, when you convince yourself that it is the first day, that means there are many days to follow and, if you are a procrastinator like myself, then you always have plenty of time to get things done. Yes, Christmas shopping is a lot like life itself. Of course in Christmas shopping, as in life, you will stop one day, look at yourself in the mirror and say: “Where the heck did all the time go?� It is usually around this point that you will force yourself to take the time to sit down and make a comprehensive list of either your life’s goals going forward or what gifts you will need to buy which can be bought within a five-mile radius of each other because, well, time is now running out. Once you have written your lists you need to get to work. Whether it is that novel that has been

bouncing around in your head for the past fifteen years, finally taking those piano lessons or learning that language, losing that hard to get rid of ten pounds, or finding that elusive unique gift of clothing that your wife has been hinting at that she’d like for Christmas, you realize that the time is now and, yes, today, isn’t really the first day of the rest of your life or Christmas shopping any longer. Once you’ve made this realization and procrastinated a bit longer while making the lists themselves, it is finally time to take action, as painful as that can sometimes be. You know that there is work to be done and time is running short. You realize that even though your intentions are good and you are getting down to the nitty gritty, there will still be many diversions along the way to distract you from your final goal. In life, as in Christmas shopping, speaking from my own experience, there is always going to be an electronics store that you will have to pass through on your way to the women’s c l o t h i n g outlet where you will have to search for that unique clothing item. If you can keep your focus and eyes on the real prize, there may still be time to come back and stare at that 64-inch HD Smart TV which you know you really don’t have any room for in the first place. In Christmas shopping as in life, you may put your nose to the grindstone now that you realize time is running out and work really hard at what you want. You ignored the electronics store (and even those cool kiosks with all that weird stuff that seems

cool at the time but will soon be collecting dust) and focused on the prize, but that unique piece of clothing is nowhere left to be seen; the racks have been picked clean by those who got an earlier start. Some may feel defeated, realizing that they gave too much too late and let it bring them down. Others may just pick out something else and settle for second best. The rest of us can use it as a learning tool. We realize that there will be other opportunities in life to grab that elusive golden ring and that the next time we will be ready, we won’t sit back and we will take action and not fall into that “First Day� mentality that got us into so much trouble before. Next year we will get an earlier start. As for me, I’m hoping that by writing this insightful article that it will serve as the perfect excuse when that unique article of clothing, or whatever else I start out too late once again this year to buy, doesn’t appear under the Christmas tree. After all, it did take me most of the day to write it and now it’s late and, well, tomorrow is another day. Brendan is the author of “The Flatlander Chronicles� and “Best Of A F.O.O.L. In New Hampshire� which are available at www.BrendanTSmith.com. Brendan and his wife Kimberly, who writes the “Art Girl� column will be appearing at the Gilmanton YearRound Library Saturday, December 5th at 1pm.

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Destroy Islamic Terrorists in Syria To The Editor: The Western world has to go into Syria and Iraq to eliminate ISIS. ISIS has established a caliphate, and if we destroy it in Syria and Iraq its tentacles in other countries will hopefully tend to wither away. The Islamic terrorists in Europe take their instructions from ISIS in Syria, and maybe we can draw the terrorists in other parts of the world back to Syria where they can be eliminated. We cannot continue with limited air strikes and tepid ground action against ISIS, because contrary to President Obama, ISIS is not a “contained JV� organization. Unfortunately, the West (U.S., Great Britain, France, etc.) and some Arab countries have to put together a coalition for a large scale military operation against ISIS. This could require tens of thousands of ground troops, armor units and air forces to annihilate ISIS. The White House does not understand the serious threat ISIS poses to the free world. We cannot continue with a piecemeal approach to an enemy that is growing and wants to destroy us. Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, NH

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to voice my opinion mixed with pure fact. Most Muslims regardless of which branch really are good people who just need a hand escaping the medieval style tyranny happening in their countries. The suspicious part of this whole thing is 49% of the refugees are Male & 22.1% of them (Males) are Military aged (2 of which were involved in the Paris attacks). ISIS also boasts that over 5,000 of these male and female refugees have gone to Europe and the United States to carry out Jihad as we have all seen. ISIS also boasts that the fertility rate in Europe is so low and “Decrepit� that it is considered a dying continent because they cannot replace every death with a birth. Radical Muslims like ISIS, AIQaeda(an Enemy of ISIS), Jabhat AI-Nusra Front (Considered Moderate but have connections to AIQaeda), Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood are urging refugees to “Breed them out and expand the Caliphate to the western Infidels�. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ .../Imam-tellsMuslim-migrants-bre ...) Whoever thinks that all Muslims are terrorists knows nothing, years of studying the region would barely scratch the surface about just how complicated the Muslim world really is. Between Sunni, Shi’a, Kurds, Yazidis, or Sufi’s it is all a massive unmitigated disaster of hate, war, cultural difference and misunderstanding of a complicated people. 93% of Muslims DO NOT support the religious extremism, which is an extremely large

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.

amount, BUT there are 1.56 Billion Muslims. 7% of 1.56 billion is a very, very serious problem and with ISIS or some other sort of Extremist group governing an entire population that number is bound to carry over to its inhabitants as the country gets older and more used to the Ideals as they live out their lives. History repeats itself so they say, and from what I can see this closely relates to the 1930’s and the leading’s up to World War II. These 80-90 Million cowardly Jihadists all over the world are trying to pull us into an East Vs. West Holy war. They WANT us to send a Western coalition of troops, they want to bring the crusades back, and they want to show the other 93% Non-Jihadists that the west is evil and wants to decimate them which Isn’t true, we want that cancerous 7% to be cut from this religion of peace so that Muslims can spend their days doing normal 21st century things instead of being trapped in a 6th century life, and so we can go to a Cafe and enjoy ourselves without being shot in the back by a zealot who follows this heretical code. When you hear the word Terrorist you don’t think of Russians in the Caucuses or the IRA bombing England, or even Timothy McVeigh or the Jonestown Suicides. You think of Muslim Extremism. This is the world we live in today, a complicated mess of 7 billion people having completely different opinions. Steffan McNeil Alton, NH.

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The Ululations of Radical College Crybabies D e r a y McKesson, the professional agitator whose racial rabblerousing began at tax-subsidized Teach for America, by Michelle Malkin proudly unSyndicated Columnist veiled his new enterprise on the Internet Thursday: A website chronicling “THE DEMANDS” of his radical brothers and sisters on college campuses across Northern America. “We recently launched http:// thedemands.org which compiles the college demands from across the country,” he tweeted. “Check it out.” I did. Man, oh, man, are the kids “DEMAND”-y these days! Whoops, kids, did I offend you with “Man, oh, man?” I plead guilty to “cisheteropatriarchy.” Also: ageism! Prosecute me for serial microaggressions and throw me in the safe-space violators’ slammer. But I micro-aggress-digress. The current list of campuses represented on TheDemands. Org includes 37 institutions of higher learning. Or rather, higher moaning. I’m calling the website the Social Justice Warrior Entitlement Mob Tracker. It’s a useful database of progressive brats who are part of a clearly coordinated “Black Lives Matter” hijacking of American colleges and universities (with a few Canadian groupies tagging along). Whatever legitimate complaints these privileged -- yes, you are privileged to be attending college in America in the 21st century -- students may have had, they’ve utterly beclowned themselves with their

over-the-top hysterics. Leading the list is the University of Missouri, which claimed the scalps of the school’s president and chancellor last week for insufficient attention to alleged bias incidents and drunken catcalls. It wasn’t enough. Never enough. The Mizzou mob is also demanding a new race-based hiring quota increase for “black faculty and staff members campus-wide by 10 percent” and an increase in “funding and resources for the University of Missouri Counseling Center for the purpose of hiring additional mental health professionals, particularly those of color.” Shakedown godfathers Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson have taught their protesting progeny well. At Amherst College, the “uprisers” are pressuring the president to make -- take a deep breath -- a “statement of apology to students, alumni and former students, faculty, administration and staff who have been victims of several injustices including but not limited to our institutional legacy of white supremacy, colonialism, anti-black racism, anti-Latinx racism, anti-Native American racism, anti-Native/ indigenous racism, anti-Asian racism, antiMiddle Eastern racism, heterosexism, cis-sexism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, ableism, mental health stigma, and classism.” Alas, there’s no safe space from coddled, overly verbose narcissists. Wait, they’re not done. The “Amherst Uprising” tolerance mob also initially demanded that “student(s) who posted the ‘All Lives Matter’ posters, and the ‘Free Speech’ posters” that

After Paris, Empty Symbolism

The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week’s attacks was a roughly renby RIch Lowry dered peace Syndicated Columnist symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard the news of the atrocity. He called it “Peace for Paris,” and it immediately became a sensation on social media. Its success is a sign of the times. We have become experts at treacly online mourning. We take grotesque atrocities and launder them into trite symbols and slogans that are usually self-congratulatory and, of course, wholly ineffectual. The 19th-century author William Dean Howells once said, “Yes, what the American public wants See malkin on 28 is a tragedy with a happy end-

ing.” On social media, the happy ending is the widely shared and tweeted image or hashtag. After the slaughter at the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier this year, it was “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie.” It was a well-intentioned expression of solidarity, so long as you overlooked the absurd presumption of it. You are Charlie? Oh, OK. Then draw a sketch of Muhammad and post it online. Better yet, do it over and over again, until you get constant threats and your office is firebombed, just as a warmup. No, you aren’t Charlie (for that matter, Charlie isn’t even Charlie anymore -- it’s given up on mocking Islam for understandable safety reasons). The “Peace for Paris” image is simple and emotive, if inapt. Paris doesn’t need to give peace a chance. It doesn’t need to make love, not war. It doesn’t need to be more understanding or more hopeful. It needs to be better

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UN Committee Slams North Korean Rights Abuses UNITED NATIONS—

In a stern and sweeping rebuke to North Korea’s human rights abuses, a UN Committee has slammed by John J. Metzler the repressive Syndicated Columnist communist regime in an annual report on “The Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.” In a vote of 112 in favor, and 19 against, with 50 abstentions, the Third Committee (political) passed a resolution which once again keeps international pressure on Pyongyang in the midst of an impending visit to the reclusive country by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The report “condemns the longstanding and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights” in the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Countries supporting the resolution included the USA, Canada, Japan and South Korea along with the members of the European Union and large majorities in Latin America. The nineteen member opposition to the resolution included the usual suspects ranging from Cuba and Mainland China to Russia, Sudan and Venezuela and of course North Korea. Among fifty abstentions were Ethiopia, South Africa and Singapore.

“Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, including inhuman conditions of detention: rape, public executions, arbitrary detention, the imposition of the death penalty for political and religious reasons, collective punishment extending up to three generations; and the extensive use of forced labor,” are among the findings of the UN most recent survey. The document underscores the DPRK’s “extensive system of political prison camps, where a vast number of persons are deprived of their liberty and subjected to deplorable conditions.” Human rights campaigners have documented a large number of labor and detention camps similar to the former Soviet gulag system. The survey equally underscores a unique feature of the DPRK, the songbun system which categorizes citizens by the State assigned, “social class and birth, and also includes consideration of political opinions and religions.” In addition, people with disabilities are targeted by the regime which uses forced relocation, and often “collective camps” for disabled people. Equally, the document decries the increasing use of human trafficking as well as “forced abortions and other forms of gender based violence.” As part of the wider focus on the DPRK human rights situation, the resolution encourages the UN Security Council to keep

its consideration on the referral of the regime to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Significantly the document welcomes the opening of a field office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul office aims at “enhanced engagement” and advocacy for human rights cases. Naturally while most of the international community presses

for an opening or even a glimmer of good news on the human rights situation in North Korea, it’s highly unlikely that the hermetically sealed country is about to allow many forms of openness as it fears the contagion of cultural and media contact with neighboring South Korea’s democracy. In a sense, contemporary North Korea resembles See Metzler on 28

Political Translations It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. For example, when President Baby Thomas Sowell rack Obama Syndicated Columnist says that defeating ISIS is going to take a long time, how is that different from saying that he is going to do very little, very slowly? It is saying the same thing in different words. Defenders of the administration’s policies may cite how many aerial sorties have been flown by American planes against ISIS. There have been thousands of these sorties, which sounds very impressive. But what is less impressive -and more indicative -- is that, in most of those sorties, the planes have not fired a single shot or dropped a single bomb. Why? Because the rules of engagement are so restrictive that in most circumstances there is little that the pilot is allowed to do, unless circumstances are just right, which they seldom are in any war. Moreover, the thousands of sorties being flown are still a small fraction of the number of sorties flown in the same amount of time during the Iraq war, when American leaders were serious about getting the war won. Politics produces lots of words that can mean very different things, if you stop and think

about them. But politicians depend on the fact that many people don’t bother to stop and think about them. We often hear that various problems within the black community are “a legacy of slavery.” That phrase is in widespread use among people who believe in the kinds of welfare state programs that began to dominate government policies in the 1960s. Blaming social problems today on “a legacy of slavery” is another way of saying, “Don’t blame our welfare state policies for things that got worse after those policies took over. Blame what happened in earlier centuries.” Nobody would accept that kind of cop-out, if it were expressed that way. But that is why it is expressed differently, as a “legacy of slavery.” If we were being serious, instead of being political, we could look at the facts. Were the kinds of problems we are concerned about in black communities today as bad during the first century after slavery or in the first generation after the vastly expanded welfare state? What about children being raised with no father in the home? As of 1960, nearly a century after slavery ended, 22 percent of black children were being raised in single-parent families. Thirty years later, 67 percent of all black children were being raised in singleparent families. What about violence? As of 1960, homicide rates among See Sowell on 31


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Rescued horse Cody and his wounded warrior Veteran were one of eight human-and-horse teams taking part in a recent 3-day therapeutic session at Live and Let Live Farm. The successful program was aimed at making a positive impact in the lives of both the wounded military personnel and the rescued horses as well. by Scott Philbrick Live and Let Live Farm

Well, we’re now into December, and the entire Live and Let Live Farm community hopes you all had a safe and blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones and families. As we continue to accelerate deeper into the holiday season, it is our wish that warmth, happiness, and safety, carry you all through New Years and into 2016. Next month, January, I’ll be writing a full summary of all the highlights of the goings on at the rescue in 2015 (and believe me, there’s a lot!), but for now I want to tell you about another wonderful program that has taken place at LLLF. The PRLI “Patriot Resilience Leader Institute”, Camp Resilience, has coordinated with LLLF’s HHHRA “Heather’s Healing Humans with Rescue Animals” to bring healing and restoration to a small group of wounded warrior veterans, through the Veteran Equine Retreat… a therapeutic connection with some of the rescued horses on our farm. Be-

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by Steve White Contributing Writer

In our last article, we described how an extensive 4 year wild bird feeding study by Professor Margaret Brittingham from the University of Wisconsin was conducted from 19841988. This study was set up to track the survival rate of two distinct, controlled groups of chickadees during two straight winters. One banded group had sunflower seed feeders removed after 20 years of existence. The other banded group of birds, verified outside the accepted range of the feeder group, had never received their food sources through human contact. The winters were average in terms of temperature, snow cover and wind conditions. In terms of survival rates, which were about 85%, the exhaustive study concluded that there was no marked difference between the two groups of chickadees. The other 15% were presumed to have perished, since chickadees remain in the same area throughout a winter. Birds that had used feeders in the past were no less able to survive on a natural food supply, even though feeders were constantly available for the preceding 20 years. This is not surprising. During the preceding two winters, at the site where there were sunflower seed feeders, the banded chickadees were tracked as they obtained some 79% of their daily rations from natural food sources. Chickadees are truly opportunistic. In winter, they will search out insect eggs and larvae, mites and other anthropods, seeds, carcass remains and all sorts of available energy sources.

Do Feeders Create Dependency? -Part 2 Both the controlled and experimental sites were in relatively undisturbed rural locations in Wisconsin composed primarily of deciduous woods. The study did not see what the effect would be if the feeders were suddenly removed or left empty right in the middle of winter. However, birds are used to food sources disappearing in winter, due to snow, ice or foraging by other birds. There is one interesting note about the study. It was determined that during abnormally severe weather conditions, five days or more of temperatures below 18° F, there was a marked difference in survival of the controlled group of chickadees. Birds with access to feeders maintained higher weights and were able to replace depleted energy reserves with minimal foraging. During periods of extreme cold, the ability to get a large amount of

energy in a short period of time with minimum effort may be critical to the survival of the weak and older chickadees. Logically, this holds true for humans as well. People who feed birds can indeed help extend the range and survival rates of wild birds during times when natural food sources are scarce. However, when nature provides an abundance of food, your backyard is just considered one more food sources, never the primary food sources. Our advice for almost two decades of service to our customers is to enjoy this hobby for what it offers. Peace, tranquility and the joy of sitting back and watching nature right outside your window. Have fun with your backyard birds.

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“It’s a fun opportunity to try five of our beers and experience how they match up with different dishes,” said Travis. “Each course is paired up to bring out the best in both the beer and the food flavors.” The Beer Pairing Dinner menu is available on the Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Co. Facebook page. Tickets are $30 and available at Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Co. or by calling Hobbs at 539-2000. The Beer Pairing Dinner will be held upstairs in the barn. Doors will open at 7pm and the first course will be served at 7:30. This is a 21 and over only event. For more information, visit the Hobbs Tavern and Brewing Co. Facebook page.

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With Thanksgiving behind us, we can start to focus on the upcoming holiday season, winter and staying inside a little more often. Cold weather invites warm drinks and conversation around a toasty fire or just reminiscing about the past week’s events in an easy chair. Sometimes this includes a frosty beer to rest your bones after a long day. So, here is one to put on your shopping list, from NH’s own Agner & Wolf Brewery. Agner & Wolf, located in Nashua, NH, offer us four different styles of beer; Hefeweizen (Wheat beer), Altbier (Ale), Marzen (Red Lager) and Schwarzbier (Dark Lager). Following their long-time dream of owning a brewery, Erwin and Nataly Agner opened in 2012. Keeping their craft as simple as necessary, these four beer types forge the company’s success within a crowded marketplace. All of their label art is classy, with a German flair. They are members of the Granite State Brewers Association and are distributed widely throughout New England in 22 oz bottles. Visit them on facebook. com/agnerandwolf or their website at www. agnerwolfbeer.com Altbier style is truly of German descent. It means ‘old’ and is a style born before lager beers. It is enjoyed with hearty foods such as roast pork, sausage, bold fish, burgers and pizza. This is a well rounded beer style that should be shared

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unwrapped toys for children 12 and under. The following day, December 6th, The Plymouth Fireman’s Association will be hosting a “Stuff-a-Truck� event at the Wal-Mart on Tenney Mountain Highway in Plymouth from 10am-2pm. Donations are welcome

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Cosmic Moose Art by Charlie. Shop local, handcrafted and affordable.

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Unusual gifts for foodies... like this brie baker and stand... add delicious toppings!

MITTENS

Lots of mittens by Mselaineius. Made from re-purposed sweaters and fleece lined. Shop local, handcrafted and affordable.

We carry a delicious assortment of foods and beverages from Europe! Enjoy cookies, candy, cheese, herring, and specialty baking ingredients. Unique gifts for everyone on your list!

TROLLBEADS…the original since 1976! This Danish jewelry line is absolutely stunning! Make her holiday season extra special with a thoughtfully designed bracelet, necklace or pair of earrings!

VERA BRADLEY...is a favorite for all ages! Featuring one of the largest selections around, you’re sure to find the perfect purse, backpack, scarf, wallet or accessory to complete any outfit!

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Beyond Obsession has a large table of Made in the USA Necklaces such as this etched leaf design made from natural dumortierte. Prices for USA pieces range between $9.00 and $19.00. Check out our large selection of USA designed fashion jewelry pieces priced between $5.00 and $19.00.

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Beyond Obsession carries many varieties of handbags, wallets and wristlets. You will find unique designs at prices between $10.00 and $35.00. Don’t forget to visit our bargain table with drastically reduced sale items.


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COUNTRY DRUMMER JEWELERS

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CITIZEN WATCHES at The Country Drummer Jewelers in Moultonborough NH. We carry Citizen watches and offer watch and jewelry repair as well as battery replacement for your watch.

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An overnight stay at the Ballard House Inn, Meredith NH Fireplace rooms with picturesque mountain & lake views... ... coupled with ... Cutting your own Christmas tree at LeBlanc’s Christmas Tree Farm, Plymouth, NH

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REAL WOOD FURNITURE

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We have many table sets in stock and many more to order. Choose between woods and finishes

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timeless NE scenes captured with exquisite detail and joy are on show year round exclusively at The Art Place.

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Christmas Isn’t Christmas without Ebenezer Scrooge A Christmas Carol Opens at Rochester Opera House Dec. 17th an amateur production by arrangement with International Theatre and Music Limited, www.itmshows.com. Book & Lyrics by Chris Blackwood. Music by Piers Chater Robinson. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Reserve tickets at rochesteroperahouse.com or stop by the box office (603) 335-1992, M/W/F from

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10am to 5pm and two hours before the show. This show is sponsored by TD Bank, Seacoast Media Group, Albany International, Liberty Mutual, Great Bay Community College, Studley’s Flower Gardens, Holy Rosary Credit Union, Strafford County YMCA, and The Lebanon Voice. Rochester Opera House is located in

City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH. The season continues with RMFA Film SHORTS on January 9, 2016, Chicago the Musical January 14-31, 2016, and Draw the Line: The endorsed Aerosmith tribute show on February 6, 2016.

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The Thrifty Yankee New & Used Goods

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OPEN Thur - Sat 10-5 Sun 11-4

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INVESTMENT GRADE GOLD & SILVER BARS

Great stocking stuffers that last a lifetime for under $20.

ESTATE JEWELRY AT WHOLESALE PRICES

DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS Nice assortment of rings in platinum & gold

119 Main Street, Alton, NH • 603-875-2250 Find us on Facebook • Open Tues. – Sat. 10am – 5:30pm

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BRIDGES HALLMARK

35 South Main Street • Wolfeboro, NH 603-569-4953

HALLMARK KEEPSAKE ORNAMENTS

Capture memories for your tree with the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament series

YANKEE CANDLES

Favorite scents of the season waft from Yankee Candles with avors & fragrances to match any occasion.

JIM SHORE COLLECTION

a collection of homespun polyresin ďŹ gurines with the look of carved wood.


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ANNALEE DOLLS

8 Maple Street • Meredith, NH annalee.com • 603-707-5385

WHIMSICAL DECORATIONS

Annalee Christmas elves can be posed many merry ways! They add playfulness to any holiday display!

ASSEMBLED IN AMERICA

Visit the Annalee Gift Shop and watch dolls being made by designers taught by Annalee herself!

HEARTFELT GIFTS

Browse through the new Christmas collections and find a gift for friends and family that will make them smile!

KELLERHAUS

Route 3, Weirs Beach www.kellerhaus.com • 603-366-4466

WOLFSON JEWELERS

2 Post Office Square • Downtown Plymouth, NH wolfsonjewelers.com • 603-536-4344

CITIZEN ECO-DRIVE WATCHES...come in an array

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protected by all those unsentimental means that have been neglected in recent years, or overwhelmed by the growing threat of ISIS. Paris -- and more broadly France and the West -- needs more surveillance of suspected terrorists and police raids; a more restrictive immigration policy that doesn’t create large, unassimilated Muslim populations, or welcome terrorists as refugees; and a serious, multilayered campaign to destroy ISIS and deny it the safe havens from which it recruits and trains, and plots against the West. If someone can come up with a catchy symbol for that, I’ll embrace it (although “La Marseillaise” isn’t so bad: “To arms citizens/Form your battalions/March, march”). Meanwhile, spare me the #PrayforParis hashtag. Forgive me if I’m unmoved by lighting up world landmarks in red,

white and blue, or your putting a tricolor filter on your Facebook profile picture. And please don’t tell me, in the words of the designer Jean Jullien, that “in all this horror there’s something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace.” Nothing positive comes from innocents getting shot down in cold blood for the offense of going to a concert on a Friday night. If there aren’t going to be more -- and worse -attacks in our cities, the path ahead won’t be one of unity and peace. It will be the hard, thankless work of protecting civilization from its enemies. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.

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mourned “the true victim of the Missouri Protests: Free Speech,” be subject to the school’s “Disciplinary Process if a formal complaint is filed, and that they will be required to attend extensive training for racial and cultural competency.” That punitive demand was quietly scrubbed from the site, but the free speech-squelching mission of all of these bubblewrapped crybabies who can’t handle dissent of any kind is unmistakable. So is their brazen grab for power and money. They’re not interested in gaining an education. They want political control. As the protest leaders of the Atlanta University Center Consortium for black colleges made clear, their goal is complete transformation of their campuses to fulfill their “civic duty through direct action and grassroots organization.” Oh, and they “DEMAND” to get paid. ASAP! Boston College’s demand-y demanders “demand the introduction of compulsory, in-person, and regular anti-oppression training” to be “led and organized by people of color with significant experience in anti-oppression activism or scholarship” who “should be compensated and acknowledged for their labor” beginning in

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Mainland China into the 1970’s when the undertow of the radical Maoists and so called Cultural Revolution had created a totalitarian nightmare which still haunts China. The New York-based Human Rights Foundation (HRF) recently launched an international coalition to support the North Korea Human Rights Act, a bill which when passed by national parliaments promotes greater awareness of North Korean human rights abuses to “create a specific North Korean human rights archive to collect, record, and preserve cases of human rights violations; and most importantly, authorize material and monetary support for South Korean civil society groups who tirelessly support victims of the North.” The legislation is now set to pass the South Korean parliament in Seoul where the bill has “sat in political limbo for the last ten years,” according to HRF. North Korea’s system remains frozen in a bizarre Marxist monarchy of the Kim Family rule, now under Kim Jong-un, and views any openness or glimmers of political light as a profound danger to regime survival. When challenged by the successful example of South Korea, literally next door, the threat becomes all the more acute. So while the majority of UN member states call upon North Korea to open up, Pyongyang pushes back with a sullen indifference and hiding behind its nuclear arsenal. The visit to Kim’s reclusive hermit kingdom by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a fellow South Korean, may offer just the right inducement to break the humanitarian logjam. ***************** John J. Metzler is a United Nations correspondent covering diplomatic and defense issues. He’s the author of Divided Dynamism The Diplomacy of Separated Nations: Germany, Korea, China


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Carter Mountain Brass Band’s Annual Christmas Concert

First United Methodist Church, 18 Wesley Way, Gilford. 7pm. $8 donation request at the door. Refreshments will be served at intermission. 524-3289

Monadnock Humane Society’s 9th Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Monadnock Humane Society’s Guinane Training Center, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey. 10am-3pm. More than 50 local crafters and gift vendors will present their wares for your one-stop shopping pleasure! Free admission and plenty of free parking. 352-9011

Hospital & Community Aid Street Fair Fundraiser Sale

Route 109A/65 Pine Hill Road, Wolfeboro. 10am-2pm. Items include antique sleigh, art, collectibles, books, furniture, toys, sports items, electronic items and more.

Kindred Spirit Farm Open House

Kindred Spirit Farm, 103 Upper Road, Sandwich. 9:30am4pm. Donna and Ken will have baked goods, gourmet dog cookies, handcrafted herbal soaps, Wooly Washy felted soaps, scented soy candles in vintage canning jars and vintage pint dairy bottles, jams and much more! Come have some cookies and hot cocoa and enjoy the warmth of the cook stove while you relax in their log cabin and get ready for the Christmas season!

Holiday Pancake Breakfast with Books, Baubles & Bake Sale

Sanbornton Congregational Church-UCC, 21 Meetinghouse Hill Road, Sanbornton. 8:30am10am for the breakfast and the sale goes until noon. $5pp, no charge for children under 5.

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees

The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. 10am4pm. Charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 65 trees decorated by area organizations and individuals. $5/adults, children 8 years old and under are $2, or $12 per family. Refreshments and live entertainment provided. www. wolfeborofestivaloftrees.com or 569-3337

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Sunday 6th Santa Express Train Rides!

Hobo Railroad, 64 Railroad Street, Lincoln. 1pm. All passengers aboard the train ride will receive a cup of hot chocolate and each family or group receives a box of holiday cookies to enjoy during the 1 hour and 20 minute excursion. Children are given letters to complete for Santa which he and his Elves pick up as they make their way through the train. Each child on the trip will be surprised with a special gift! $20 for Coach, $25 for First Class seating for ages 3 and up. Ages 2 and under ride for free. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. www. hoborr.com or 745-2135

Hanukkah Menorah Candle Lighting – First Candle

Town Hall, Bethlehem. 6pm. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. RSVP to e.sregen@roadrunner.com

Altrusa Festival of Trees

Waukewan Golf Club, 166 Waukewan Road, Center Harbor. 12-4pm. Visitors will

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Kindred Spirit Farm Open House

Kindred Spirit Farm, 103 Upper Road, Sandwich. 10am2pm. Donna and Ken will have baked goods, gourmet dog cookies, handcrafted herbal soaps, Wooly Washy felted soaps, scented soy candles in vintage canning jars and vintage pint dairy bottles, jams and much more! Come have some cookies and hot cocoa and enjoy the warmth of the cook stove while you relax in their log cabin and get ready for the Christmas season!

Wolfeboro Festival of Trees

The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. Noon3pm. Charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 65 trees decorated by area organizations and individuals. $5/adults, children 8 years old and under are $2, or $12 per family. Refreshments and live entertainment provided. www. wolfeborofestivaloftrees.com or 569-3337

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Horse Drawn Carriage Rides & Tree Lighting

Community Park, Main Street, Meredith. Main Street will lighted by luminaries placed along the sidewalks and the Greater Meredith Program in partnership with the Mill Falls Marketplace will offer horse drawn carriage and wagon rides through the village. At 4:30pm, the Kinder Choir will be singing holiday carols during the Tree Lighting at Community Park. www.greatermeredithprogram. com

Tuesday 8th Zentangle Day with Maya Hardcastle

League of NH Craftsmen, 279 DW Highway, Meredith. Zentangle Basics class will be from 11am-1pm and gives an introduction to the “ceremony� of Zentangle and teaches students 7 to 8 different “tangles�. A second workshop of “Holiday Tangles� will take place at 2:30pm-4:30pm. Students will learn some new tangles that are reminiscent of winter and holiday themes of night skies, light and winter flora. Tuition for either class is $25per student and a $10 materials fee to be paid to the instructor. Pre-registration is required. 279-7920

Wednesday 9th Wolfeboro Festival of Trees

The Wright Museum, 77 Center Street, Wolfeboro. 6-8pm. Charity benefit featuring two levels of more than 65 trees decorated by area organizations and individuals. $5/adults, children 8 years old and under are $2, or $12 per family. Refreshments and live entertainment provided. www. wolfeborofestivaloftrees.com or 569-3337

Thursday 10th Rochester Historical Society Holiday Open House

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non-white males had gone down by 22 percent during the preceding decade. But, during the decade of the 1960s, that trend suddenly reversed, and the homicide rate shot up by 76 percent. The welfare state vision was often part of a larger, non-judgmental social vision that was lenient on criminals and hard on the police. Few people today know that marriage rates and rates of labor force participation were once higher among blacks than among whites -- all of this during the first century after slavery. In later years, a reversal occurred, largely in the wake of the welfare state expansions that began in the 1960s. Another fashionable phrase that evades any need for evidence is “disparate impact� -- a legal phrase accepted in the Supreme Court of the United States, despite being downright silly when you stop and think about it. Whenever there is some standard for being hired, promoted or admitted to a college, some groups may meet that stan-

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“It was a shock,” said Beetle. “When we brought the check down to the Auction that Saturday it just blew everyone’s minds. We knew then and there that something special was going on here and it wasn’t all because of the money but it was also the spirit that was involved from everyone who participated and came to the event. We were having fun and making a difference as well.” Now in its seventh year, and each year breaking the record of the last, Pub Mania has raised a total of $797,760 and the hope is to go over the one million dollar mark with this year’s event. “We really haven’t changed the format since

that first year,” said Beetle, “Except for a few tweaks we pretty much got it right from the start and we have gotten a little more creative.” The event starts with opening ceremonies at 9am on Thursday, where The Beetle Bailey Band (Allan Beetle and Shawn Bailey) sing a song called “Pub Maniacs Answer The Call” where they acknowledge not just all those who are participating but also “Mad Dog” Gallagher and Warren Bailey who are the inspirations for the event. Over the next twenty-four hours there are a series of events for team members to participate in from Poetry Hour to Ugly Sweater Contests to a Santa Belly

The first Pub Mania at Patrick’s Pub in Gilford raised, what was then, an amazing $47,000. Contest. There is a Karaoke Hour, Lip Sync Hour, Talent Hour, Barstool Yoga and Pajam Hour to name a few. “Some of the most fun we have is the late night to predawn hours,” said Beetle. “One of the referee’s jobs is to watch how much teams participate as we do present an award for that at the end.” Said Beetle. “We really want to make it as fun for the participants as possible so they’ll keep coming back. Without

them we have no event and we truly appreciate them being part of it.” There will also be live entertainment throughout the event with seven groups of musicians donating their time to entertain. Of course, the best part of what the teams do is in raising funds for The Children’s Auction. “Some are doing their own fundraising events throughout the year and then bringing that with them for Pub Mania,” said Beetle. “It’s amazing what these teams do and they know it’s all for the kids.” The numbers over the past seven years have continued to amaze. 2009 -$47,000 raised an average of $1,499 per team. (Steven Smith & Associates /Laconia Atheletic & Swim were top teams with $3,600.) 2010 - $61,550 raised and an average of $1,893. (Steve Smith & Associates $6,214.) 2011 - $110,770 raised and an average of $3,476. (Supreme Marine $10,108.) 2012 - $165,300 raised and an average of $4,733. (Café Deja Vu $18,735.) 2013 - $177,545 raised and an average of $5,273. (Café Deja Vu $20,015.) 2104 - $235,000 raised with an average of $6,700. (Bonnette, Page & Stone $24,904.) Included in this amount was an anonymous

donation of $25,000. Patrick’s Pub also donated twenty percent of their gross sales for the day and is included in the final amounts. As Patrick’s Pub’s event became such a significant fundraiser for The Lakes Region Children’s Auction, Allan Beetle became a board member for the group and realizing the great work the non-profit does has only provided him with the impetus to see that Pub Mania continues to raise significant funds for the cause. “As a board member I am confident of the way the funds are handled and the way it goes to the community in not just meeting the basic needs of families and children but also in looking at the root causes of poverty and how to lift people out of poverty.” Allan is also hoping that the success of Pub Mania will catch on with others in New Hampshire. “I’d love to see this kind of idea be used by other businesses to raise funds for their favorite charities,” Said Beetle. All are encouraged to come to Patrick’ Pub on December 10th and 11th to join in the festivities whether or not they are part of a team. For more information on Pub Mania go to patrickspub.com/pubmania.php


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tossed it all in the back of my car. Skis, boots, poles and clothes I sang in my head to double check that I was set to go. My car’s gas tank was full and with that I hit the road. I did stop by the Canterbury rest area on I-93 just long enough to grab a couple copies of the Weirs Times from the paper box near the vending machines. I get my paper the same way you do. When I arrived the lot is full sign was posted at the entrance to the upper parking lot but I drove in anyway and

luckily found a spot in the middle. I lugged my gear to the slope side of the lodge and went in the lodge straight to the ticket booth. My donation was added to a large pile of food and in return I was handed a lift ticket. Certainly the mountain’s visitors had been generous. I think there was enough food to fill the back of a pickup truck. I got dressed as fast as I could and soon I was riding the lift. I was in a chair by myself and I spun around and took a good look around me. Mount Washington and

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70 “-- ask is that ...” 72 Laryngitic pigeon’s comment? 75 Positive 76 Sir Walter Scott novel 78 Muhammad and Laila of the ring 79 -- cava 81 Soldier of Seoul 82 Situation when a fuel gauge is at 50%? 84 Balking beast 85 “Oro y --” (motto of Montana) 87 Prefix with cyclist 88 Got old due to excess 90 “-- always say ...” 91 Address for a lady 94 1976-81 sketch show 95 Watch over a 787? 101 As a group 104 One making an attempt 106 Tech caller 107 Walk with no lights on? 110 Tax doc. whizzes 112 Plains tribe 113 Mouthwash bottle abbr. 114 Did autumn yard work 115 Peter & Gordon’s “-- Pieces” 118 Loft 120 Species-crossing 122 Things that a drum-playing lush has? 125 Like sweethearts 126 Stooge name 127 Like many shiny floors 128 Impressionist 129 Seesaw 130 Quit delaying 131 Veil wearer 132 Contradict

DOWN 1 Turn on, as a PC 2 Unfinished Kafka novel 3 Dubs differently 4 Picnic pests 5 -- tai 6 -- -coated tablet 7 Tourist town on Maui 8 Small pieces 9 Tennis great Arthur 10 JPEG alternative 11 Long past 12 False: Prefix 13 Town in central Italy 14 Capital of Minnesota 15 Laugh sound 16 Daughter of King Minos 17 Outline again 18 Chemically colored in advance 24 Actor Studi 25 Exile isle 30 Saclike body growth 34 Out of whack 36 Parvenus 37 Bottom-line red ink 39 With 57-Down, map book for an astronomer 41 Old filling station name 42 Beatified Fr. woman 45 -- about (roughly) 47 -- del Este, Uruguay 48 Texter’s “Holy cow!” 52 In a fake way 53 2001 bankruptcy company 54 Juan’s “that” 55 Jenny -56 Turkish confection 57 See 39-Down 58 Emeril Lagasse’s “There’s -- in My Soup!” 59 Narc hirer

61 Clarinets’ kin 62 “Star Trek” lieutenant 63 Politico Ross 64 California city on I-5 67 Garlic mayo 68 Toppled 71 Barbaric 73 Bank safe 74 Rite Aid rival 77 -- Solo 80 Lhasa -83 TV watchdog 84 1998 Sarah McLachlan song 86 Stead 89 911 gp. 90 “-- -Ca-Dabra” (1974 song) 91 Blockbuster 92 Pain reliever 93 Genial 94 Try to find 96 Big Apple cab words 97 Testified under oath, old-style 98 Uranium 235, for one 99 Web habitue 100 Food store 102 Try hard 103 Parasol, e.g. 105 Short parody 108 Skin: Prefix 109 -- committee 111 Religious day of rest: Abbr. 116 41st U.S. pres. 117 Actor Epps 119 Frog cousin 121 Go to seed 123 To this point 124 34th U.S. pres.


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