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bad habits and helping their owners get along with them.” Horse owners from all over the Northeast and as far away as Switzerland came to participate in the clinics at the Farm, an event that was a long time in the planning. “We decided we were

not going to take in any horses during the clinic,” said Paradis. “We already had fifty-five horses on the grounds. We have room for more but we find, as a non-profit depending on donations, that we are at our financial limit at fifty, plus we also had to See rescue on 14

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Teresa Paradis of Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, never knows when the call will come to help an animal in need. Even when it was sixteen horses in trouble and her farm was working beyond its financial capacity. They

were also holding a very well-attended series of 3-day clinics in natural horsemanship, Teresa and her crew of volunteers still rose to the daunting task. “We were in the middle of the clinics held by Mark Rashid from Colorado,” said Paradis. “He is a master at fixing horse


Lisa Healy, a volunteer at Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, tends to Baby Clyde, one of eighteen neglected horses rescued the day before Thanksgiving from a farm in Littleton. A non-profit rescue farm, Live and Let Live relies solely on donations and volunteers. courtesy Photo

On Saturday, December 8th, The Lake Winnipesaukee Historical Society will be hosting a special High Stakes Bingo game fundraiser at the Funspot Bingo Hall on Rte 3 in The Weirs. There will be two sessions that day, you can play both or just one. Over $10,000 in prizes is expected to be given away including three big winner-take-all games and over $2,000 on the carryover coverall. There will also be pull-tab ticket games available all evening with jackpots separate from Bingo. Bingo package prices start at $13 for the early session and $25 for the evening session. There will also be a limited number of Bingo computers available and will be sold on a firstcome, first-served basis. Doors will open at 2pm. The early session gets underway at 4:30pm and the evening session at 6:45.

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Story Telling Dinner

St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton. 2pm. $15/adult, $10/student. www.

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The Brad Myrick Quartet

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 8pm. $10pp. BYOB.

Friday 7th Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Collection Center Barn, 109A. at Beck Drive, Wolfeboro. 10-2. Items include antiques, books, art, toys and much more.

A Visit From Santa

EM Heath Supermarket, 12C Main Street, Senter’s Marketplace, Center Harbor. Santa arrives by Fire Truck at 5pm -7pm to have pictures taken with the children. There will be cookies, milk and a small gift for each child. 253-4312

”w x 4”hWinter Giftopolis

In the atrium at 7 Eagle Square, next door to the Museum of New Hampshire History. 6:30pm-Midnight. Features an eclectic selection of over two dozen local and regional artisans and fine artists. www.granitestateartsmarket. com

Fri. 7th – Sun. 9th International Nativity Display

Meredith Bay Colony Club, 21 Upper Mile Point Drive, Meredith. Fri. 12-5, Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 12-3. Experience the miracle of Jesus’ birth as interpreted by artisans from over 30 nations. New this year: Egypt and Jordan. Nearly 100 creches on display. Free

Bridgewater Inn, 367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater. 9pm.

The Clearlakes Chorale Winter Concert

Huggins Hospital Aid Sale

Collection Center Barn, 109A. at Beck Drive, Wolfeboro. 10-2. Items include antiques, books, art, toys and much more.

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Mr. Poppers Penguins

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

Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony

Lawn of the Bethlehem Town Hall. 6pm. Members and friends of the community are invited to attend this joyful event that opens the eight day holiday.

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium. 7:30pm. Tickets are $15/ adult, $8/kids and students and are available at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith, Greenlaw’s Music in Laconia and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor or at

Tree Decorating and Lighting

Community Park, Main Street, Meredith. 3:30pm for decorating and 4:30pm for the lighting. Everyone is encouraged to bring an ornament or a can of food for the food pantry in exchange for a ticket to win holiday prizes. 279-9015

Super Bingo

Funspot Bingo Hall, Rt. 3 Weirs Beach. Doors open at 2pm. Pull tabs on sale at 3pm. Come early for best seats. $10,000 in prizes. 366-4377

“A Santamental Christmas Spectacular”

Pitman’s Freight Room, 94 New Salem Street, Laconia. 7:30pm. Comedy skits, music and more! $15pp. BYOB.

Inter- Lakes Holiday Faire

Inter-Lakes High School, Meredith. 10-2pm. Crafts, a Santa Sale(so bring quarters), and a visit from Santa for kids. For adults there is a silent auction and a craft fair. Free

Sharon Jones in Concert

Maple Suites, 30 Holiday Drive, Dover. Free, first come, first served. 742-8820.

Holiday Craft Fair

Center Harbor Christian Church, 80 Bean Road, Center Harbor. 9-3pm. Great gift ideas for the holidays as well as delicious treats for yourself. 968-9608

Sunday 9th The Clearlakes Chorale Winter Concert

St. Katharine Drexel Church, Alton. 2pm. $15/adult, $10/student. www.

Mr. Poppers Penguins

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

‘Christmas in Song”

Bristol Baptist Church, 30 Summer Street, Bristol. 7pm. Features area musical talent and audience participation. 744-8804

Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

Inter-Lakes High School Community Auditorium. 3pm. Tickets are $15/adult, $8/kids and students and are available at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith, Greenlaw’s Music in Laconia and Bayswater Books in Center Harbor or at

Tuesday 11th Pasquaney Garden Club Last Meeting for 2012

Bristol Baptist Church, Bristol. 11am. All members and guests are asked to bring something for the potluck luncheon that will follow the meeting. 744-6526

Red Hat Society Meet & Greet

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Moultonborough Life Safety Building. 7pm. Potluck Christmas party. Bring a food or non-alcoholic beverage item. Thursday 13th

“Food for the Soul” Christmas Art Walk

The Galleries of Meredith. 4-7pm. Complete with horse drawn wagon, live music, raffle and much more. This year’s event promises to be bigger than last years. Proceeds from the event will benefit the NH Humane Society. 279-0557 or 279-3123.

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Suites will hold a Seacoast Bingo Tournament on Saturday, December 1st at 2 pm at Maple Suites, 30 Holiday Drive, Dover, NH. Seacoast seniors and bingo enthusiasts are invited to attend the event which will offer a variety of unique and fun prizes and holiday raffles. Snacks and beverages will be provided for all participants. If you would like to participate in the tournament, there is no entry fee. Please call Maple Suites in advance to RSVP for the tournament at 603-742-8820. Maple Suites, an independent senior living community, is part of Holiday Retirement and their 300+ communities nationwide offering all inclusive month-to-month rent with no buy-ins. Please call Maple Suites if you have any questions 603742-8820.

Snitch the Fraccoon at Annie’s Book Stop LACONIA-Meet the author, John Shelley who grew up in Keene, NH. This is the first book in a series entitled, “The Adventures of Snitch the Fraccoon.” Early in life, John had an active imagination: building unusual toys and amusing himself for hours. As a teen, he wrote songs and advertisements for local radio stations. In his adult life and working as a computer programmer, he developed software feeding his vivid imagination. Shelley is also the inventor of the popular, local card game “Bag-O-Loot” but writing the book occurred by accident. John had an illustrator, Stefan Wollmar, and a young writer lined up to finish the book during the summer of 2012. However, as calamity or “luck” would have it, the writer was unable to write. Stefan had finished the graphic design, so refusing to give up both John and Stefan decided to continue using existing artwork. John, being a lover of Dr. Suess books as a child, wrote the entire text using a similar rhyming technique of the famous author Theodor Seuss Geisel and voila… “The Adventures of Snitch the Fraccoon: In Search of the Magic Crystals” was born. In 2011, Snitch the Fraccoon was brought to life. Shelley hired local artist Larry Frates (who had drawn the original sketches of Snitch) to build a life-sized head so Snitch could show up at stores and be in parades. Shelley’s wife Linda designed the suit and Snitch was born. You can purchase the classic edition or the junior edition card game, the plush Snitch toy, the book or a combination. Please come to Annie’s Book Stop on Saturday, December 15th from 2:00-4:00 pm and meet the author. John will sign copies of his book and talk about his creative and thriving business. You will also have a chance to meet Snitch –in person! Light snacks will be available.

Second Annual Winter Giftopolis In Concord Winter Giftopolis, a rich bounty of handmade winter gifts, returns to downtown Concord’s Midnight Merriment festivities the evening of December 7, 2012, from 6:30pm until midnight. This 2nd annual Winter Giftopolis features an eclectic selection of over two dozen local and regional artisans and fine artists, in the atrium at 7 Eagle Square, next door to the Museum of New Hampshire History. Admission is free – Santa will join in the fun and be available for photos. The atrium is wheelchair accessible. For more information about Winter Giftopolis, visit the event website Find out more about the 2nd Annual Winter Giftopolis, Concord Arts Market and their producer, Granite State Arts Market, at Email kbsolsky@ with any questions, or call (603) 229-2157.

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Don’t Try to Censor Political Discussion To the Editor: As a college student in the 1960’s, I thought that growing up in backward Maine had been a disadvantage. Now, I realize that I was blessed to have witnessed what may have been the last experience of America as the founders envisioned it -- before political correctness. Most memorable were the fervent political discussions between regulars at the combination post office and general store in our town. Vim and vinegar characterized these exchanges. Often, the banter would end with a resigned sigh and the wry lament, “The only certainty is death and taxes.” Such vigorous open debate came to mind recently when an older woman approached three of us who were sharing our concern about the ramifications of the recent elections. “Ladies,” she interrupted,” laying a leaden hand on my back. “This (a Wolfeboro thrift shop) is no place to

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be discussing politics.” Since politics increasingly intrudes into our mattresses, light bulbs, toilets and even physicians’ examining rooms, anyplace should be a platform for debating what is the rightful role of government in our lives. One of the women, who’d earlier remarked that she respected the office of president, even if she did not think highly of its current occupant, tried to assert our right to free speech. Our critic huffed, “I heard every word you said and I don’t agree with any of it!” So, tell us why. Don’t just try to shut conversation down. I was shocked by her smug assurance that she had the right to repress free speech. My inclination was to shake off her unwelcome hand and snap, “How Dare You!” But I resisted out of respect for the others. They were selflessly volunteering to sort clothing and staff the store, and deserved better than to be placed at the center of a scene. I ask all the smug censors who feel empowered to stop free expression -- even to demanding that theater owners not show films whose messages don’t please them --what’s next? The thought police? And do we vote them in? Or are they just appointed? Sylvia Smith Littleton, NH

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union. Under his direction this fall, the Board of Education promoted rules that make it harder for parents to choose an alternative to the public school for their children. The first rule (and please don’t forget rules have the full effect of law) created a moratorium on new charter school applications. The second rule will make it much harder and more expensive to open a private school in NH. Both new rules make it much more likely that kids will be relegated to their assigned public school even though their parents might believe their child would do better in another educational facility. The kids lose. And who wins? The teachers unions, who have been very concerned by the outflow of students to charter schools. Significant outflows recently have exceeded available seats at charter schools. They have waiting lists. Rather than asking for answers to just why so many parents want o-u-t, they simply eliminate the competition by having John Lynch create onerous expensive rules and moratoriums. Never mind that students in our alternative schools perform very well on tests. Never mind that parents report very high satisfaction with the alternative schools. Never mind that charter schools achieve significant results while costing us less than 1/2 the dollars spent in traditional public schools. For a Governor that professes his love for education and the students in NH, it appears he means “as long as they stay in their assigned public schools”. You know, where the teachers pay union dues. Rep. Greg Hill;

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In our Thanksgiving issue I wrote about things I was thankful for. Not everyone liked the things I chose, and they let me know it. I’ll try to be more careful in the future and make sure that I am only thankful for things that everyone can agree on. If I offended anyone by having a different point of view, I apologize. Just kidding! I’m looking forward to Christmas this year for many reasons. The first is that it is a time for peace and joy throughout the world and, more importantly, you get presents. I love to get presentsthe only problem is, as I get older, the choices are limited. Not because there are less things you’d like, it’s because you have to pretend that you really don’t need them and they aren’t important. When your significant other asks “What would you like for Christmas?” You are always supposed to say things like: “I don’t need anything, I have everything I need” and smile as you look around you. In reality, you really have something on your mind but you won’t come right out and ask for it. But there are still ways around that. Let’s say, for example, that you’d really like a 64inch HD TV. This is what I would do. Sometimes I will be misleading by asking for

time. I do it for Christmas presents. “Honey, I was reading a magazine article claiming that the larger the HD TV, the more the TV rays will dissipate and the less chance men over fifty will develop high blood pressure.” If that doesn’t get much reaction, I counter with: “It went on to say that the more the rays dissipate the less harm they will do to the atmosphere and helping diminish global warming.” (Of course you must do this without snickering.) Of course, the most effective method is to pretend that you really don’t want a 64-inch HD TV; especially if you have professed a desire before to have one. I call this playing the guilt card. “I know I said I’d like one, but I was just dreaming. I know they are expensive and it is really too big for the living room. This 32-inch TV we have had since Bush was President is working just fine.” Right about now, I know there are some of you, at least one, who think that I am writing this column as a backhanded attempt to actually plant the seed that I’d like a 64-inch HD TV for Christmas. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have a 32-inch TV that I’ve had since Bush was president and it works just fine. Besides, I really do have everything I need. Still, I would like to do something about global warming as I believe it to be a very serious issue. Just kidding! Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at brendan@weirs. com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @weirsbrendan.

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Meeting ‘We the People’ SAN ANTONIO -One of the great upsides to a national book tour is the chance to break out of television’s cocoon and interact directly with the American by Oliver North people. Don’t Syndicated Columnist get me wrong; I love what I do at Fox News. My “beat” is keeping company with soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen, Marines, special operators and others who protect us from harm. Though I live with these American heroes for weeks at a time overseas, I rarely have the opportunity to look their loved ones in the eye without visiting our wounded at a military hospital. A book tour completely alters that dynamic. All of the encounters are memorable. Some are humorous. Others are raw with emotion Since we began this 33-city odyssey on Nov. 20, thousands of our fellow citizens have walked up

and asked me to sign their copies of “Heroes Proved.” They have made my latest book a New York Times bestseller and it’s at once gratifying, humbling and, often, emotional experience. At every book signing, people produce photographs of me standing beside them or their loved ones. In nearly every picture, we are wearing camouflage clothing, flak jackets and helmets. There are faded photos taken decades ago during a faraway, longago war called Vietnam. Others were shot in dusty encampments in Central America and Mesopotamia. Many are from the margins of gunfights in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Philippines and Somalia. A good number are from vessels large and small in the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf. Some of these pictures were taken just weeks ago by the young Americans I was accompanying in the shadows of the Hindu Kush -and emailed to the parent, sibling, relative or friend standing before See north on 20

Welco me to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to “save” owls, the Obama administration is going by Michelle Malkin to shoot them Syndicated Columnist dead. This is not -I repeat not -- an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands of related support jobs) will be threatened in the name of sparing a few thousand spotted owls from extinction. As House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., pointed out earlier this year, timber-dependent counties hit hard by the federal land grab and unending environmental litigation remain racked by high unemployment. “The loss in economic activity caused by the original spotted owl plan caused an astounding decrease in federal tax receipts of nearly $700 million per year -- all from rural Northwest communities.” Despite two decades of massive government intervention and the near-destruction of the northwest timber industry, the furry bird is vanishing faster than ever. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, “(t)imber harvest on 24 million acres of federal land had dropped

90 percent from its heyday” by the year 2000. Yet, northern spotted owls are now “disappearing three times faster than biologists had feared.” Indeed, spotted owl populations in key parts of Washington State “are half what they were in the 1980s.” And overall, the bird has seen a 40 percent decline over the past 25 years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Punishing loggers and bringing the timber industry to its knees have made vengeful environmental groups fat and happy. But the northern spotted owl they claim to care so much about is catastrophically worse off thanks to green zealotry. One root cause: habitat loss (thanks in part to raging wildfires resulting from poor forest management and green opposition to thinning/controlled burns). The other major, nonhuman culprit: the barred owl. These barred owls began migrating from the East Coast in the 1950s, and the USFWS reports that the larger, more aggressive and more adaptable birds “are known to displace spotted owls, disrupt their nesting and compete with them for food.” Barred owls are more prolific breeders, less finicky about their food and less picky about where they live. They also don’t bow down before the Endangered Species Act or the hallowed “threatened” status of its weaker brethren. They are brutal predators known to slam into spotted owls, slicing them with their talons and decapitating them in their nests. Conservation groups whine that barred owls are victims of “scapegoating.” But USFWS Director Dan Ashe spoke the truth earlier this year: “We can’t ignore the mounting evidence that competi-

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UN Committee Slams Syria, Iran, And North Korea for Rights Abuses UNITED NATIONS—Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for some serious if generally overlooked work and reports. by John J. Metzler An Assembly Syndicated Columnist committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, aka North Korea. The censure was clear and unequivocal in condemning the abuses in each of the countries. The Syria rights draft resolution, sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the United Stares, received 132 votes in favor, 12 against, and 35 abstentions. This year’s ballot saw ten additional states support censure, reflecting the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria in the midst of the civil war which has taken at least 30,000 lives. Beyond the block of Western states condemning the Damascus regime, the resolution saw a surge of support by Arab and developing countries. Predictably opposition come from China, Cuba, Bolivia, Iran, Russia and Zimbabwe among the few. Abstentions included India, Pakistan and South Africa. The resolution “strongly condemns the continued widespread and systematic gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Syrian authorities and the Government-controlled ‘shabiha’ militia.” Equally it condemned, “any human rights abuses by armed opposition groups,” which in fact applies to both the Assad forces and the rebels which include Islamic jihadi fundamentalists. Syrian U.N. envoy Bashar Ja’afari dismissed the resolution against his government as a ploy by “Western states to interfere, and we condemn this.” The rights resolution adopted on the Islamic Republic of Iran

was drafted by Canada, the Czech Republic , France, the U.S. among others and nonetheless saw a bumpier ballot in the committee. While 83 countries supported censure of Tehran, 31 were against and 68 states abstained. The resolution expresses “deep concern at serious ongoing and recurring human rights violations in the Islamic Republic of Iran. torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment including flogging and amputations…alarming high frequency of carrying out the death penalty…the failure to abolish the execution of minors…severe limitations and restrictions on the right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief” Equally the resolution chastised “pervasive gender inequality and violence against women… including the limiting access to higher education, including the closure of seventy-seven fields of study to women by thirty-six universities.” The list of shame continues. Despite heinous civil political and religious abuses in the Islamic Republic, the Tehran rulers are able to marshal diplomatic support from their usual base such as China, Russia, and Venezuela. Recall that as Chair of the 120 member NonAligned Movement (NAM), Iran has enhanced political clout in the developing world. Looking at the Iran vote we see that while the U.S. and European Union states, and many South American states supported censure, those opposing it included the usual suspects as well as Afghanistan, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Pakistan. Notably the abstentions included such heavy hitters as Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa. Thus while the resolution passed in the 193 member committee, the block of abstentions was noteworthy and reflected a political acquiescence, although not support, of the Tehran regime. Significantly this year resolution on North Korea offered a sordid litany of the Pyongyang’s human and civil rights trans-

gressions; the draft sponsored by Japan, South Korea, and the USA among others was passed by consensus, not a formal

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Chuck Close is an accomplished artist. He has worked diligently to make his unique mark on the art world and will be remembered in the annals of art history. Chuck Close makes monumental portraits. As a child, Chuck Close recalls being an uncoordinated student whose teachers didn’t think he would amount to much, let alone become famous. Close struggled with Dyslexia – a learning disorder marked by an impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words. In addition to Dyslexia, Close suffers from face blindness – a rare occurrence in which a person cannot recognize faces. The clinical term for this is Prosopagnosia. Imagine not being able to recognize your friend or colleague or your own child! Painting extra-large portraits of people seemed to Close, to be a unique way to deal with this. Chuck Close’s paintings are done in a photo realistic style. Dealing with two disabilities is enough to inspire anyone who is going through a rough patch. Amazingly enough, Chuck Close suffered yet another challenge at the age of 48. While giving a speech to a group of local artists in New York City, Close began to experience a strange pain in his chest. He managed to get through his speech and somehow made his way across the street to a hospital where he suffered a seizure. This “event” – as Close calls it, left him paralyzed from the neck down. The medical diagnosis was a catastrophic spinal artery collapse. I am reminded at this point, of the book Man’s Search for Meaning by


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me. Pictures arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only things book buyers bring to these events. Writers are storytellers. So are readers. They ask questions, share their concerns and offer brief narratives on whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important in their lives. Herewith a brief summary of some I have heard: Eight days of Israeli airstrikes, in response to Iranian-built rockets killing Jewish civilians, finally pushed the Petraeus sex scandal off the front pages. By the time we arrived in Dayton and Cincinnati - not far from WrightPatterson Air Force Base - people asked about the Obama administration and Egyptâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government in bringing about a ceasefire between Israel and the Hamas-Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza. Some wanted to know if it would endanger our upcoming Holy Land trip. My response: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americans are safer in Israel than Washington, D.C.!â&#x20AC;? As we head to San Antonio, my birthplace, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m increasingly asked about eerie parallels in the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes Provedâ&#x20AC;? and current events, a deadly terror attack and a White House cover-up aimed at deceiving the American people.

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When I say, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It really is a novel. I started writing it more than a year before Benghazi. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the gift of prophecy.â&#x20AC;? The response is usually skeptical. Our book signings at Fort Campbell and Fort Benning were packed with family members of deployed Soldiers. At Benning, a sevenyear old girl handed me a drawing she had made of her father, a U.S. Army sergeant now in Afghanistan. Her carefully penned caption: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Daddy is my hero.â&#x20AC;? She asked me to inscribe a copy of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes Proved:â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Merry Christmas. Lauren misses you.â&#x20AC;? At the Eglin Air Force Base Exchange, a U.S. Air Force staff sergeant handed me a pair of mangled sunglasses and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think you dropped these on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ex-filâ&#x20AC;? (exfiltration) during a DEA-SEAL Team raid in Afghanistan. I was the JTAC (Joint Tactical Air Controller) on that operation. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll trade you these for an autograph.â&#x20AC;? The lenses were scratched and the frames bent beyond repair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where did you find them?â&#x20AC;? I asked.â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, sir,â&#x20AC;? he replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was the last one off the LZ after we blew up that opium lab. I guess they fell off your flak jacket when you were running for the helo.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s embarrassingly true. He got the autograph. I told him to keep

the glasses. In Orlando, the father of U.S. Marine hero Sgt. Ken Conde, Jr. met us at a Barnes & Noble. In 2004, our Fox News team was embedded with Sgt. Condeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unit when he was wounded in Ramadi, Iraq. A little over two months after he told our audience that he refused medical evacuation because â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Marine sergeants are supposed to do,â&#x20AC;? he was killed leading another patrol through the deadly city. In Panama City, a DEA special agent, with whom I spent some very exciting days in Afghanistan, came to a bookstore with his wife and two young daughters. I told them, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your daddy is a hero.â&#x20AC;? The youngest girl smiled, snuggled up against him and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes. And heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be home for Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Reviewers constantly ask where I get the inspiration for books like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes Proved.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy when you keep company with real heroes like these. Oliver North is the host of â&#x20AC;&#x153;War Storiesâ&#x20AC;? on Fox News, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes Proved.â&#x20AC;? Join Oliver North in Israel by going to To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at


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Salome’s Stars Horoscope ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Start preparing now to make sure you get the credit you’re due for all that effort you put in to get that project off the ground. A new challenge emerges after the 15th. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You’re still charging full steam ahead on the job -- and that’s fine. But take time to share the joy of preparing for the upcoming holidays with folks you love. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A former detractor resists joining your ranks just yet. Give him or her time to learn more about what you’re doing. Meanwhile, devote more time to friends and family. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Be careful not to be goaded into a tiff by someone who might be looking for a fight. Remain cool as you make your exit. Be assured that others will rally to your support. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Kudos on getting the well-deserved Lion’s

ACROSS 1 Not quite direct, as a flight 8 Stallions, e.g. 14 Trees of Lebanon 20 Inhale and exhale 21 It’s aimed at 22 Mountain ridge east of Jerusalem 23 Retail VIP conked on the head? 25 Words after “Frankly” 26 Like lemons 27 Furry friend 28 Hurts badly 30 Nutrition std. 31 Good for something 34 Group of five people drunk on sherry? 38 Not connected to the Internet 41 Covered the feet of 42 Rebuff rudely 43 Steinway with a wood finish? 45 1965 hit for the Yardbirds 49 Former Disney chief Michael 50 Klee’s output 51 Wall St. debuts 54 Done in the manner of 55 “C—mo - usted?” (Sp. greeting) 56 Rte. with tolls 58 Shop that only sells filleted meat? 62 With 63-Across, what a sailor breathes in 63 See 62-Across 64 Vital blood lines 65 “Hasta -!” (Sp. signoff) 66 Barnes & Noble that’s too small for its

share of the rewards for a job welldone. Now you can take a breather from your workaday duties and spend time with your family. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You enjoy a quick spurt of renewed energy just in time to meet that upcoming deadline. A potentially romantic situation looms. How it develops will be up to you. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Watch out for distractions that could cause delays and leave you running twice as fast to finish your work by the 15th. Then go ahead and have fun. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might prefer to work on current tasks on your own. But be open to a potentially useful suggestion from someone who admires you and wants to help. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Avoid rushing full gallop into that volunteer project without knowing what’s expected of you. Take

flow of customers? 71 Owl’s claw 73 Cleans with elbow grease 74 Stockholm’s land: Abbr. 75 Orange tuber 78 Cash shown in film shots? 80 “Dies -” (Lat. hymn) 82 Utah lily 83 “Chances - ...” 84 Old U.S. gas name 85 Major-league 86 Sups at home 88 Gives back 91 Sentry covered with smudges? 94 “Veni, vidi, -” 96 Uncovers 97 Somewhat 98 Critters using highway divisions? 102 English river 103 Siouan people 104 Pulitzer category 105 Years on end 106 “Baby Spice” Bunton 110 Opening ploy 112 Recalled events shared during a call? 118 Bully’s final words 119 Alleviating 120 Yields 121 Jazz chords 122 Tristan’s lady 123 Least happy DOWN 1 Spheres in space 2 Fictional sleuth Wolfe 3 Jacob’s brother 4 Blue-green algae variety 5 With 6-Down, source

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CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Good news: You should begin to feel more comfortable expressing your emotions. This will go a long way in helping you with that personal situation. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) An old friend gives confusing signals. Best advice: Don’t assume that things will necessarily work themselves out. Ask questions and demand straight answers. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A new relationship needs time to develop. Be careful not to let your emotions flood your natural sense of caution. Meanwhile, check out that new job offer. BORN THIS WEEK: Your sense of right and wrong sometimes causes you to come into conflict with others. But you invariably come out ahead.

of element #50 6 See 5-Down 7 Hawked 8 All-male 9 Copper-hued 10 Special time 11 It has a yolk 12 Considered 13 Fine fiddle 14 Stalin’s doctrine 15 Blissful place 16 Carried out 17 Turn away 18 Aptly named novelist Charles 19 Fender guitar, familiarly 24 Curly slapper 29 Mensa figs. 32 Spork prong 33 Lethargy 34 “Say again?” 35 Na+, for one 36 Prefix with noir 37 Nuggets’ org. 38 S-curves 39 Bichon - (dog breed) 40 In dreamland 41 Royal title 44 Islamabad’s land: Abbr. 46 Ogle 47 “Shake -!” 48 Large mil. alliance 51 Taken with 52 Apex 53 West Texas city 57 Spectrum producers 58 Hockey’s Orr 59 Top Olympic medals, in Madrid 60 Hand lotion additive 61 Classic Karel Capek play 63 Secretary of education Duncan

64 Together, in music 67 Cargo unit 68 M.Sgt. and T.Sgt. 69 Cubic Rubik 70 Sing shrilly 71 Pre-World War I ruler 72 Back 40 unit 76 “It’s -!” (delivery room cry) 77 Haut - (high society) 79 “I think, therefore I am” thinker 80 The lens is behind it 81 Pitcher Darling 82 Talked like Porky Pig 85 Skillets and woks 87 Opposed to, in the sticks 89 One of 17 in Monopoly: Abbr. 90 Like “oy vey” 91 Place to get a massage 92 Contact no. 93 Bread makers 95 Put - good word for 96 Siouan people 98 Access the Internet 99 Old arcade game maker 100 Baby shower rule, perhaps 101 JFK Library architect 102 Singer Jones 105 Periphery 107 Coal pit, e.g. 108 “Miracle” ball team 109 Secy., e.g. 111 Classic diner sandwich 113 Bear, in Peru 114 Nothing at all 115 Call a halt to 116 “- culpa” 117 Gray-headed

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sigh of relief. Then gravity hit me. I was just standing there taking off my ski pole and then the next thing I knew I was on the ground. I landed hard on my elbow and wrist. I managed to change into my sneakers and in the fast fading light I ran down a ski trail to the lodge. While changing into my nice clothes. I realized I had really done a number on my wrist. I iced it during the dinner. I couldn’t clap my hands for Bernie but I did cheer. I didn’t go skiing the next day either because I couldn’t hold a ski pole or anything else in my left hand. Later in the week on Thanksgiving Day we got up early and we were among the first to ride Bretton Woods’ Bethlehem Express high-speed quad to the top. Mount Washington and the Presidential Mountains weren’t sporting much white, but below us the Big Ben Trail was covered with snow. The skiing was fantastic while the crowds were home baking their turkeys.

On top of Bretton Woods skiers and snowboarders head down the mountain. Cold temperatures have allowed snowmakers to make magic on the ski trails. Check out for the latest snow conditions. The Zephyr high-speed quad was turning too and the Range View Trail was heavily blanketed with snow too. The mountain vista was stunning! My wrist was still hurting, I lightly held my left ski pole at the top near the grip and I just held it for balance. Making turns on my skis was exciting and it’s great to be back on snow. The sun was out and it was a perfect day. We

skied continuously until noon and then it was time for us to go home to put the bird in the oven. On Friday morning we decided to jump over to Loon Mountain. The weather was super and the mountain views were inspiring. The pointed peaks of Flume and Liberty stuck out and way off we could even see Mount Washington. Our first lift ride was up the Gondola and I didn’t notice that I

Oh the snow is so fine at Bretton Woods! Enjoying the early season snow, Kris Eschbach of Newbury, NH, makes sweet turns on the Range View Trail. had left my ski poles in the rack until I was riding up the lift. Funny thing was that the other skier riding in the gondola with us didn’t have poles. He wasn’t injured, he said he just didn’t like to ski with poles. Skiing down Picked Rock was great and then we headed over to Loon’s North Peak to make big turns on Walking Boss. There were a lot of people skiing and snowboarding but the trails didn’t feel crowded. The skiing was

really wonderful! Many more ski resorts in New Hampshire are open now and every cold night the snowmakers are out there opening up more terrain. Don’t miss out on the fun, grab your skis or snowboard and go skiing! We’re so lucky we don’t have to wait for Mother Nature to deliver snow as long as she dishes up cold dry weather. All I want for Christmas is a big snowstorm and world peace. Have Fun.


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Two Businesses Hosting Paint Along and Lunch For Downtown Christmas Open House Two Downtown businesses are planning a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Creative Christmas Paint Along and Lunchâ&#x20AC;? for the Downtown Open House on Saturday, December 8 from Noon to 2:30pm that is sure to satisfy your palettes. Drew and Elisa Seneca owners of the Downtown Deli and Larry Frates of Frates Creative Arts Center will once again be blending their culinary and creative talents to present a unique Open House event that is sure to brighten up your Holiday afternoon in Downtown Laconia. Imagine starting out with a hot soup or salad and tasty half sandwich of your choice. Now, top that of with one of the Deliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s freshly baked cookies and of course youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a choice of beverage included. Next on the menu is the paint along session with Larry, who

Larry Frates (L) of Frates Creative Arts Center with Drew and Elisa Seneca of the Downtown Deli. Both Laconia businesses will be part of the Creative Christmas Paint Along and Lunch as part of the Downtown Open House on Saturday, December 8th.







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