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THE WEIRS, LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, N.H., THURSDAY, December 20, 2012

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Belmont Keeps Moving Forward With The Past by Brendan Smith Weirs Times Editor

The Town of Belmont, New Hampshire, has become a shining example of the importance of heritage preservation. A recent unearthing of a good portion of 100 year old metal penstocks, only happened as a result of another preservation project. A penstock is conduit used to carry water to a water wheel or turbine;

in this case, they once powered the Belmont Mill, which was built in 1833 to manufacture cotton and wool goods and even hosiery under its last owner. Originally the waterpower came by construction of a dam which diverted a portion of the Tioga River (then known as The Great Brook) through a canal which joined a small stream which then flowed to a

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Lakes Region Big Band Concert & Dance

A 1910 photo from Belmont Historical Society and Mill records shows the penstock installation for the Village. Belmont resident Joseph Frasier, with his trademark corncob pipe, is the only one files currently identify. (Inset photo) Two volunteers from the community, Peter Harris (left) longtime Belmont Planning Board chairman and Jeremy Perkins of Rusty’s Towing and Recovery Service, with a piece of the recently unearthed penstock they are helping to move. courtesy Photos

On Saturday, January 19th at 7:30pm the Lakes Region Big Band comes to the Franklin Opera House for a gala evening of big band music and dancing. Celebrate the new year with the Opera House staff and volunteers and enjoy complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres with the price of your admission. The Lakes Region Big Band is a fine group of accomplished musicians from all around the Lakes Region. So come in from the cold and enjoy a great evening of dancing and entertainment at the Franklin Op-

era House. This event will also include a silent auction to benefit the Franklin Opera House. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Box Office at 316 Central Street. Call 603-934-1901 or visit www.franklinoperahouse.org.

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Thursday 20th The Nick Goumas Jazz Quartet

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Franklin Opera House, 316 Central Street, Franklin. 7:30pm. $15/adults and $12/seniors and kids. 934-1901

Open House

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Lakes Region Singers Christmas Program

Monday 31st New Year’s Eve Family Celebration

Winter Farmers Market

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Wednesday 2nd Songs of Old New Hampshire

First Baptist Church, 122 Main Street, Plaistow. 7:15pm. Presented by Jeff Warner. 382-5843.

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Pat’s Peak Ski Area, Henniker. 6-10pm. Guests can purchase a “party & skiing” ticket that allows access to every event. The party includes an impressive midnight fireworks display, a champagne toast, party favors, dancing and much more! 428-3245

First United Methodist Church, Rt. 11A, Gilford. 7:30pm. Donations will be taken at the door. The Flying Monkey, 39 south Main Street, Plymouth. 7pm. Free. 5362551

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Tuesday 8th True Stories from New Hampshire’s Black History

Old Time Rules will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in NH and New England

Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter. 7:30pm. Presented by Adam Boyce. 778-2335

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Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord. 7pm. 225-1111

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Capitol Center for the Arts, Main Street, Concord. 7pm. 225-1111

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Johnny Winter with Michael Vincent Band

Saturday 5th Winter Market

A House on the Bay: Life on 17th Century NH’s Costal Frontier

Stratham Fire Station, 2 Winnicutt Road, Stratham. 7pm. 772-4118

Danbury Grange, Across from the fire

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

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Texas Blues Great To Perform in Tamworth On Monday, December 31st, Drylongso Productions with partner Arts Council of Tamworth invite you to dance the old year away with the great Texas Blues of the Willie J. Laws Band, 8:30pm-12:30am at The Brass Heart Inn, Chocorua, NH. Cash bar available. Local musicians invited to jam: contact dq@wmwv.com with tech requirements. Choose Your Own Ticket Price: Adults, $5-$30, Kids to 18, $0-$5. Sneak peak: artstamworth.org. More info and tickets: drylongsomusic@gmail.com or 603-367-2024.

The Nick Goumas Jazz Quartet Pitman’s Freight Room in Laconia is presenting another Thursday night of Great Jazz on December 20th at 8pm. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Nick Goumas, has developed his own mature, imaginative and identifying style. Nick performs with energy, feeling and musical integrity. In his Quartet, he is joined by three outstanding Boston area musicians who all have outstanding credentials: Steve Hunt on piano, Bruce Gertz on bass and Jack Diefendorf on drums. The Nick Goumas Quartet‘s post Bebop, contemporary straight ahead style and it’s display of rhythmic and harmonic sense produces some exciting jazz improvisation. Their growing audience has a mixture of musicians and jazz aficionados alike. Nick and his Quartet have recently released a new CD called “Moonlight Alley.”

VA Medical Center Open House for New Enrollment for Health Care On Monday, January 7th from 9am to Noon, an Open House regarding new enrollment for VA Health Care will take place at the Manchester VAMC, 718 Smyth Road, Manchester, in the Teaching and Education Conference Room, located on the first floor. Under Public Law 111-163, Caregiver and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, Section 513, Veterans who served in Vietnam between January 9, 1962 through May 7, 1975 or Veterans who served in the Southwest Asia theater of operations between August 2, 1990 through November 11, 1998 are to be enrolled in VA services at the highest Priority group for which you may be eligible. For Vietnam Veterans, there is a presumed Agent Orange exposure and for Persian Gulf War Veterans, there is a presumed Environmental Contaminant exposure. This effectively means that Veterans who served in Vietnam or the Blue Waters area of operations during the Vietnam War and Veterans who served in the Persian Gulf War cannot be rejected for enrollment and are entitled to be seen and treated at any VA Medical Center free of charge for all their needs under their Uniform Benefit Package. In some instances, there may be a small prescription co-payment for conditions not related to Agent Orange exposure, Environmental Contaminants exposure or a service related injury. During the Open House, Veterans who meet the above criteria will receive assistance with enrollment for VA Healthcare. In addition, assistance will be provided to register for MyHealtheVet, a web-based program to help manage the care you will receive at the VA. For further information, please contact Judy DeCarteret at 603624-4366 X2291.

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Guest Editorial Why Such Disdain For Tea Party? by Linda Dupere Campton, NH

I am sick and tired of hearing the lies told about the “Tea Party,” of which I have been a member since 2009. It is a FACT that the “Tea Party” has been one of the largest, most peaceful movements that our country has seen. Our members are decent, hardworking middle class American families from every state in the Union. The Tea Party stands for smaller government, less government spending, fiscal and personal responsibility. I believe the reason the left detests our “Tea Party” ideals so vehemently is because they favor total government dependency and huge entitlement programs, which in return, as we have just observed, buys them the votes they need to

win elections. We are well aware of the difference between our peaceful movement and the lefts “Occupy Wall Street” movement, which was created by our Presidents, fabricated “Rich verses the Poor” war. Do not forget the rapes, filth, destruction of personal property, defecation on cop cars, drugs, and burning of private and public property occurring in cities across our great Nation and all at the expense of our hard working citizens! These are facts that the left likes to ignore, but cannot be denied! What is most disturbing about this is, that all the while “OCCUPY” has been causing their destruction, President Obama and his Administration condoned it! See dupere on 21

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Obama’s Electronic Medical Records Scam Here’s more evidence that government “cures” are inevitably worse than the “diseases” they seek to wipe out. Buried in the by Michelle Malkin trillion-dollar Syndicated Columnist stimulus law of 2009 was an electronic medical records “incentive” program. Like most of President Obama’s health care rules, this top-down electronic record-sharing scheme is a big fat bust. Oversight is lax. Cronyism is rife. The job-killing and privacyundermining consequences have only just begun. The program was originally sold as a cost-saving measure. In theory, modernizing record-collection is a good idea, and many private health care providers have already made the change. But as with many government “incentive” programs, the EMR bribe is a tax-subsidized, onesize-fits-all mandate. This one pressures health care professionals and hospitals across the country into radically federalizing their patient data and opening up medical information to untold abuse. Penalties kick in for any provider that hasn’t switched over by 2014. So, what’s it to you? Well, $4 billion has already gone out to 82,535 professionals and 1,474 hospitals, and a total of $6 billion will be doled out by 2016. But the feds’ reckless profligacy, neglect and favoritism have done more harm than good. Don’t take my word for it. A recent report released by the Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General

acknowledged that the incentive system is “vulnerable to paying incentives to professionals and hospitals that do not fully meet” the program’s quality assurance requirements. The federal health bureaucracy “has not implemented strong prepayment safeguards, and its ability to safeguard incentive payments postpayment is also limited,” the IG concluded. Translation: No one is actually verifying whether the transition from paper to electronic is improving patient outcomes and health services. No one is actually guarding against GIGO (garbage in, garbage out). No one is checking whether recipients of the EMR incentives are receiving money redundantly (e.g., raking in payments when they’ve already converted to electronic records). No one is actually protecting private data from fraud, abuse or exploitation. Little is being done to recoup ill-gotten payments. In any case, such “pay and chase” policing after the fact is a crummy way to run government in lean times -or in fat times, for that matter. As for the claim that the EMR conversion will reduce paperwork, many doctors say the reality is just the opposite. In Greensboro, N.C., Dr. Richard Aronson told local TV station FOX 8 that the mandate doubled the amount of paperwork in his private practice. Everyone from optometrists to general practitioners to chiropractors to podiatrists must divert precious time and resources to conforming with Washington health bureaucrats’ imposed vision. Some medical professionals are now warning that the dangerous phenomenon of “distracted doctoring” is on the rise as a result of data-driven

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European Union Wins Nobel Peace, (Not Economics), Prize U N I T E D NATIONS— The European Union, the concert of 27 countries ranging from the Bay of Biscay to the Balby John J. Metzler tics and the Syndicated Columnist Balkans has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Some may smile, others may smirk, and many, when they think about it for a second time, may say “Well done.” Here’s why. Beyond the obvious symbolism and New York’s Empire State building lit in the Blue and Yellow European colors to celebrate, the prize was awarded for the “successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.” When I first heard the news I was perplexed, as were many observers. Only then did I realize that the Nobel Committee prize was not focusing on the evolving Euro currency and debt crisis, but signaling a bold affirmation of the Big Picture; European unity in peace and freedom. The Prize was awarded for Peace, not EU Economics. Unquestionably the Euro currency crisis and the enduring economic undertow has tarnished the EU success story. It seems that every other week, EU leaders meet for the “last ditch” effort to save Greece, or valiant plan of Finance Ministers to stave off

insolvency in places like Italy and Spain. The weakened economic foundations may yet weaken the political structures. Thus the Prize stands as a needed encouragement to a generation of both politicians and citizens needing inspiration. But this celebrates the bigger political project. Think of the historical Why’s of the European project, or dream, if you will and the answer becomes obvious. Rising from the carnage and chaos of post-WWII Europe, and confronted by a new Soviet military challenge to their sovereignty and liberty, political visionaries such as de Gaspari, Adenauer, Monnet, and Schuman looked to forms of economic integration and loose political community which still appeared like a dream in the 1950’s. As Herman van Rompuy the European President stated, “So what a bold bet it was, for Europe’s Founders, to say, yes, we can break this endless cycle of violence, we can stop the logic of vengeance, we can build a brighter future, together. What power of the imagination.” The core building block of Franco/German reconciliation created conditions for the fledgling Coal and Steel Treaty in 1951, later the Common Market, the European Community, which in turn evolved into the European Union. Honorable Mention for the EU winning the Peace Prize should go to NATO for securing the peace through a defense treaty. NATO,

through an especially strong bipartisan American commitment, provided the security deterrence against the Soviets while the European institutions were able to foster economic growth and political unity.

The EU is not a Union of force but one which countries choose to belong to if only for the political, economic and cultural cohesion which comes from unity. Thus when in 2004 former So-

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Taxing The Poor With all the talk about taxing the rich, we hear very little talk about taxing the poor. Yet the marginal tax rate on someone living in poverty can by Thomas Sowell sometimes be Syndicated Columnist higher than the marginal tax rate on millionaires. While it is true that nearly half the households in the country pay no income tax at all, the apparently simple word “tax” has many complications that can be a challenge for even professional economists to untangle. If you define a tax as only those things that the government chooses to call a tax, you get a radically different picture from what you get when you say, “If it looks like a tax, acts like a tax and takes away your resources like a tax, then it’s a tax.” One of the biggest, and one of the oldest, taxes in this latter sense is inflation. Governments have stolen their people’s resources this way, not just for centuries, but for thousands of years. Hyperinflation can take virtually your entire life’s savings, without the government having to bother raising the official tax rate at all. The Weimar Republic in Germany in the 1920s had thousands of printing presses turning out vast amounts of money, which the government could then spend to pay for whatever it wanted to pay for. Of course, prices skyrocketed with vastly more money in circulation. Many people’s life savings would not buy a loaf of bread. For all practical purposes, they had been robbed, big time. A rising demagogue coined the

phrase “starving billionaires,” because even a billion Deutschmarks was not enough to feed your family. That demagogue was Adolf Hitler, and the public’s loss of faith in their irresponsible government may well have contributed toward his Nazi movement’s growth. Most inflation does not reach that level, but the government can quietly steal a lot of your wealth with much lower rates of inflation. For example a $100 bill at the end of the 20th century would buy less than a $20 bill would buy in 1960. If you put $1,000 in your piggy bank in 1960 and took it out to spend in 2000, you would discover that your money had, over time, lost 80 percent of its value. Despite all the political rhetoric today about how nobody’s taxes will be raised, except for “the rich,” inflation transfers a percentage of everybody’s wealth to a government that expands the money supply. Moreover, inflation takes the same percentage from the poorest person in the country as it does from the richest. That’s not all. Income taxes only transfer money from your current income to the government, but it does not touch whatever money you may have saved over the years. With inflation, the government takes the same cut out of both. It is bad enough when the poorest have to turn over the same share of their assets to the government as the richest do, but it is grotesque when the government puts a bigger bite on the poorest. This can happen because the rich can more easily convert their assets from money into things like real estate, gold or other assets whose value rises with inflation. But a welfare See Sowell on 10


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I, for one, am looking forward to next year. You see, the New Hampshire House of Representatives will be back in session and this year, having a Democratic majority means that it will be two years chock full of new taxes, fees, regulations and other fun things that will fuel lots and lots of great column ideas. The old saying goes something like: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hold onto your wallets, the legislature is back in session.â&#x20AC;? But I like to think: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sit back and relax because some great columns are on the way.â&#x20AC;? So, in advance, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to welcome the new legislators and to tell you that I am looking forward to increased spending and seeing the clever ways you will come up with to take more money from peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pockets and put the pinch on businesses. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m counting on all of you to provide me with an easy two years as far as having to come up with my own ideas. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappoint me. Still, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not one to put all my eggs in one basket. There are other things Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to next year as well. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always anxious to see what new technology will appear in the next year. It usually shows up just about when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve finally figured out how to use the old stuff. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the same thing with my

body as I get older, things are always changing just when Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting used to them. Still, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really look forward to that as much. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m anxious to see what the result will be of the so-called Fiscal Cliff crisis. We are told if we go over it, life, as we know it, will never be the same. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a bit dubious though. I feel like we went off this cliff a few years ago and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anything would change much. But what do I know? Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m only an average guy who has to work for a living and trying to pay his bills not a savvy politician with a hefty salary and a lifelong pension. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always anxious to see what particular group of people will be picked to be the unfairly treated group of the year. Last year, as we all know, it was women who wanted free contraception. I still shed a tear for their awful hardships. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m waiting for the year when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bald guys over fifty who want free hats. Maybe 2013 will be our year and someone will speak for us. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m also waiting to see how well the New Hampshire Department of Travel(DTT) and Tourismâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new marketing campaign really does work. This past year they unveiled this very expensive idea we waited two years for. Hundreds of thousands of tax dollars finally led them back to what was here all along. As much as the DTT dislike our state motto â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Free Or Dieâ&#x20AC;? potential visitors to the state let them know that is exactly what attracted them to come here in the first place. Still, the DTT didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really agree (after all, they are the experts) and decided things like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Free and Giggleâ&#x20AC;? would be more attractive to visitors. They

are crossing their fingers to hope they are right. After all, the more visitors, the more money that will be collected through our stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s obnoxious nine percent rooms and meals tax, thus giving the DTT even more funds to come up with more absurd ideas in the future. I wonder if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be agreeable to a smaller rooms and meals tax as a way to encourage more visitors? Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll talk more about this next year after we see how things go. Once again, I will look forward to everyone thinking that the world is going to end on a particular day â&#x20AC;&#x201C; again. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always looking forward to seeing what talentless and insignificant person will suddenly become a celebrity. It makes people like Al Sharpton just work harder to stay on top. I always look forward to finding out which food, that has been considered healthy for years is now considered bad for you and which food, what has previously been considered as unhealthy for you, may now have significant health benefits. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m hoping that Pepperidge Farm Sausalito Chocolate Chip Cookies fall into the latter category. I really enjoy them and would love any excuse to eat more. The list of things I am anxious for in the next year goes on and on and I sometimes get giddy with wild anticipation when I think about it. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be a lot of fun...if the world doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end. Brendan Smith welcomes your comments at brendan@weirs.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @weirsbrendan.

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Georgia O’Keeffe is one of my all-time favorites. It is a rare event when an artist is well liked by both the critics and the general public. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of those fortunate artists. O’Keeffe has an interesting back story to her body of work. A teacher of art and a true individualist, O’Keeffe successfully navigated the art scene in New York City and felt very much at home in the natural environment of New Mexico. Her paintings of both are equally commendable. O’Keeffe is also known for her early watercolors although I find them a bit esoteric. Perhaps the fact that O’Keeffe’s paintings have inspired my painting style is why I hold that opinion. In my title, I refer to mindfulness – the Buddhist concept of living in the moment. O’Keeffe’s decision to create very large, very close up views of flowers is reminiscent of this philosophy. We are all guilty of rushing through life and not taking the time to appreciate such things as the beauty of a simple flower. O’Keeffe’s flowers are so “in your face” that you cannot help but appreciate the beauty. “In your face” never looked so good! Other uniquely enlarged subjects include old bones and cow skulls from the southwest region. A painting of the sky above the clouds does not disappoint when it is viewed from the perspective of O’Keeffe’s paintbrush. Gallery owner and photographer, Alfred Stieglitz, also factors into this story. Stieglitz and O’Keeffe were husband and wife and O’Keeffe was one of Stieglitz’s

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Our Story The Weirs Times was first published in 1883 by Mathew H. Calvert. The newspaper, then named Calvertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Weirs Times and Touristsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gazette, was published until Mr. Calvertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death in 1902. One of the most remarkable features of the publication was a map of Lake Winnipesaukee which occupied the center spread of the paper. Readers will find the same map reprinted on the center pages of this, and every issue. The new Weirs Times was re-established in 1992 and strives to maintain

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Change Our Culture To the Editor: What horrible events occurred Friday! The parents and Newtown Connecticut community must be wondering if they can endure the pain. Obviously our hearts go out to the families and the community. Already leftists are crying for more gun control. A rational person would look at the number of murders in Washington, DC or New York City or Chicago with their strict anti-gun laws and wonder why anyone thinks more gun control would have helped. It is amazing that almost all mass murders happen in â&#x20AC;&#x153;gun free zonesâ&#x20AC;?. Apparently murders donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about breaking into the gun free zones, who could have imagined that? There are two nearly universal laws regarding guns. First, when danger strikes and seconds count, the police are minutes away. Second, criminals will always be able to get guns. The only real question is whether innocent people might be armed and able to defend themselves? Studies show that when the answer is no, there will be more crime and more deaths, and when the answer is yes, there is less crime and fewer deaths. What would have helped in Newtown would be if at

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least some administrators and teachers were trained, packing a gun, and prepared to blast this killer as soon as he began to attack people. (I wonder how many parents are comforted that schools are gun free zones, and if any are questioning the usefulness of that policy.) People are sure to say that most killers are â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbalancedâ&#x20AC;? (so they can blame the gun rather than the killer himself or someone else for the killerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions), but not everyone who is â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbalancedâ&#x20AC;? becomes a killer or a criminal. Despite any claims to the contrary, todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s culture influences people to be less, rather than more, respectful of life and of other individuals. Our culture helps push â&#x20AC;&#x153;unbalancedâ&#x20AC;? people over the edge to do terrible things. And our leaders make achieving the murderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals easier by creating â&#x20AC;&#x153;gun freeâ&#x20AC;? zones like schools and by flooding the airways with information about killers and making them famous. Today we live in a culture created by liberals. Every child has liberal ideas drilled into him or her from birth via the media and for more than a decade in school. It is a culture in which there is no personal responsibility, where you are not allowed to judge the actions of others, where achievement is not rewarded because everyone gets a trophy, where misbehavior is often applauded (think of the mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handling of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Occupy Movementâ&#x20AC;?), and good behavior condemned (think of media treatment of the TEA Party), where every bad action or result is always someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fault, where illegal behavior is often excused (drugs, illegal aliens, juSee mailboat on 21


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Free Speech For Loons! GOP: We Stand for Nothing For those who still remember what Christmas is really all about, let us turn to our God, and ask by Niel Young Advocates Columnist that our country be blessed, though we do not deserve God’s blessing! That small percentage of us who do believe in Our Creator could care less about the color of another’s skin. Yet, we are racists, according to the Liberals (the vicious Looney Left). It was the late 50s, my best friend Mike and I were hanging out in front of Baldi’s Corner Market, at the intersection of Main and Union Avenue, Laconia, where Stewart Park is today. An unusual site for Laconia appeared; a black man in our little city on a Sunday afternoon! Heck, we only had one black American family in town, and this man was not a member of that family. Mike and I struck up a conversation with this fellow named Jack. Not sure exactly what was said, we saw it as a nice thing to do, since he was alone. Never saw him again – perhaps Jack remembers the two white guys who took the time to chat that day. ******** On Friday, 12/14, “Liberal Lady” made an unwelcome call to my radio show. Had not heard from her in months, and that was good. I and most of the listeners had not missed her. Same Liberal Lady, opens with, “Merry Christmas”, and then unloaded on me as a “racist.” Her opportunity to take me down came about when a caller

wished to introduce the topic of the remarks of ESPN’s Rob Parker. This poor excuse for a human being fanned the flames of racism – from a fellow Black American! Parker launched an attack on outstanding NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII). Parker and RGIII are both Black Americans. However, Parker used terms like “cornball brother”, and “not down for the cause.” According to the report I read; RGIII is engaged to a white woman, “and could be a Republican.” Remember Rob, your president is white and black – his mother was white. Does that bother you, Rob, and “LL”? Oh, yeah, only if the black person is a Republican, and “not down with the cause.” What is that cause. Rob? Google Rob Parker, jerk, and racist. ********* For 90 minutes this Saturday Mike Dennehy, Bryan Gould, and Tony Giunta will join me 9:3011 (1350AM and wezs. com stream) to discuss their opinion editorial in the NH UL. “Just two years ago, the Democrati c P a r t y was ‘shellacked’ nationally and in New Hampshire. Only Gov. Lynch survived the Republican tidal wave, and that was because he is probably the most ideologically indeterminate politician in recent memory. After the 2010 election, did we hear about how the Democratic Party needs to be less female, whiter, and older? Of course not, the Democrats just got busy preparing to win in 2012. “In the aftermath of last week’s Republican reversal, however, some within the party have been solemnly intoning that this election

proves that the party’s demographics and policies are hopelessly out of step with the electorate. Tom Rath has been quoted as saying that the GOP lost the election because it is ‘too old, white, and male.’ Fergus Cullen has suggested the party was trounced for the same reason it lost when he was chairman of the Republican State Committee, namely that conservatives are just too conservative. And consultant Sarah Stewart has editorialized that our opposition to abortion and to rewriting the definition of marriage to include gay couples puts us ineluctably on the wrong side of hip. ********* Unsolicited email from a fiscally conservative friend: “I’m done with the GOP. I’ll support individual candidates who are ‘fiscal conservatives,’ but that’s it. I no longer have any faith that the Republican Party as an organization is capable of leading us out of our current fiscal and social mess. For too long it has been part of the problem, and in our time of crisis it has proven to be remarkably short-sighted and unprincipled. “We’ve talked about this quote from Francis Grund before, but it is worth revisiting: ‘The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but it can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation. Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter of the Constitution in order See ahog on 19

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On December 6th and 7th, Patrick’s Pub & Eatery of Gilford hosted Pub Mania, a 24-hour Barstool Challenge, to benefit the LNH Children’s Auction. On the final day of the auction, Patrick’s co-owner Allan Beetle, flanked by Team Captains, participants and volunteers, presented a check to the Children’s Auction for $165,300. Beating last years’ donation by more than $50,000, it is once again the single largest donation ever received by the auction. Pub Mania raised $219,270 in its first three years bringing the total money raised by Pub Mania to a staggering $384,570. In addition to the money raised, the Pub Mania event collected 5,724 food items which were taken to the food pantry at St. Vincent de Paul. “The Children’s Auction is a truly amazing event that brings people

to action on behalf of others” said organizer and Patrick’s co-owner Allan Beetle. “Pub Mania brings out that same spirit. Our goal is to make an impact in our community and to have lot’s of people participate with us in that effort”. Inspired by Laconia Athletic & Swim Club’s “Cycle Mania”, Patrick’s reserves bar stools to teams that commit to filling the stool with a different team member each hour of the event. With 30 teams and 24 people per team, the event has 720 ‘Culinary Athletes’ participating. Each participant raises funds for their respective teams, with teams enjoying a healthy competition for two coveted awards: Top Dollar Award and Outstanding Team Award. The Café Déjà Vu team, captained by owner Benda Ferland and Co-Captain Tony Felch, raised the

most money of any single team this year with a new record of $18,884. “Our team was new last year and we raised $3,045. We were determined to raise more than the top team last year. Inspired by Warren Bailey, the Beetle family and my mom, we succeeded to surpass even our expectations” said Ferland. “We have started working on 2013 and hope to raise at least $1 more than 2012!”. “We are encouraging participants, or ‘Culinary Athletes’, to create fun and unique ways of fundraising through the year” explains Beetle. “Participants held a variety of events, from raffles to comedy shows and much more. Many participants simply share what it is they are doing and ask for a small donation. The numbers really add up!” Patrick’s provides the venue, event manageSee patrick’s on 15


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are an unbelievably fun and dedicated group of people who put in the time to fill their team with great people and work with them throughout the year to exceed their donations from last year” said Pub Mania referee Jennifer Beetle. “All of us are truly moved and inspired by their generosity and spirit”. Pub Mania featured 14 hours of live entertainment from 11AM to 1AM, featuring a variety of local talent, including Don Severance, Michael Bourgeois, Justin Jaymes, Paul Costley & Josh Logan, Eric Grant & Paul DiBiaso, Paul Warnick, Paul Luff, Rick Page & Jonathan Lorentz and Ken Anderson and the Red Hat Band. During the early morning hours, a variety of activities were organized for each hour including Karaoke, Comedy, Talent Contest, Barstool Yoga, Arts and Crafts and more. Pub Mania organizers have scheduled their Banquet for January 21st at Patrick’s, where teams will be recognized for

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out the local dog parks and runs for future outdoor fun, and make sure you know where emergency vet clinics or animal hospitals are located. * Set limits - Having pre-determined rules will create consistency in training and help make the home a pleasant environment for you and your pet. Will your pet be allowed to snuggle with you in bed or curl up with you on your furniture? Will treats be limited to one a day? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to discuss these questions as a family before your new family member arrives. An estimated 17 million people will be adding pets to their families this year, so this season, help bring some holiday cheer to a homeless pet by adopting your newest companion.

         

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venile crime, lenient judges, etc.), where our media and leaders often condemn the authorities who act in difficult situations not the people who initiated the situations, where our movies are full of killing, irresponsible and disrespectful behavior, where union violence is ignored rather than prosecuted, where artists get rich denigrating women and advocating rape and killing policemen, where religions (except Islam which actually promotes killing!) are ridiculed and condemned, where religious principles such as the Ten Commandments are banned, where the people who say it it wrong to kill 1.5 million babies every year are called judgmental, intolerant, hostile, biased, and antiwoman, and where we have a President who thinks it is OK to give an elderly patient pain killers rather than treat their medical condition, and it is OK to deny care to a baby that survives an abortion attempt and abandon it to struggle until it dies. Today’s unimaginably horrible actions are the result of today’s liberal culture. If we want to avoid the repeat of mass killings and to eliminate much of the crime that

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Our president’s pals and big campaign supporters, the big union bosses, Trumka and Jimmy Hoffa, Michael Moore and the rest of his “rich” Hollywood buddies, financially supported these ruthless thugs! If anyone doubts just how clean and peaceful our rallies are, you are welcome to join one or just ask any of the DC Park Police and they will verify these facts and they will also tell you it costs the taxpayers millions to clean up all the trash after rallies held by many on the left! One such rally that I witnessed was held by the un-honorable Al

our culture also encourages, we must change the culture to one which glorifies a different set of values. Except for segregation and its related injustices, our country needs to return to the values of the 1950s where people are personally responsible for their own success or failure, where people did right because it is right, where life is cherished, where authorities are (and deserve to be) respected, where bad behavior is condemned, and where criminals are punished and considered pariahs. Where the family is the key building block in society and where parents are expected to bring, and responsible for bringing, their children up to be law abiding, hard-working, patriotic, and respectful of others. Where politicians tell the truth, follow and enforce the laws, and fulfill their oath of office. Where we all agree that the Ten Commandments are good things to be honored and obeyed, not hidden. There will always be evil people, tempt-able people, and basically good people caught in difficult circumstances. How these people act will be influenced by our culture, what it expects of people, what behavior it

Sharpton near our beautiful “World War Two” monument. Litter and garbage was left strewn all over the monument area. Total disregard and disrespect for all who gave and lost their life for our country. When will the left stop their lies and slander about America’s “Tea Party,” probably never! The fact is they know we are all decent Americans of all Nationalities, from all walks of life who truly believe that we are “One Nation, under God, indivisible” who will fight to the end for “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Is this why they have such disdain for us?

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small pond. The water then flowed to the rear of the mill through a canal. On the river bank behind the mill was a large water wheel which connected to a system of belts and pulleys which transferred power to the mill. Around 1890, wooden penstocks were used to bring water from Fellows Dam, bringing greater

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Wallace Rhodes and Linda Frawley of the Belmont Heritage Society, in front of the Tioga River. In the background is a metal penstock which has been a fixture in the town for years. Frawley laughs as she notes that people don’t realize its historic significance and call it “that old rusted pipe.” Rhodes is Belmont Historical Society President & Vice Chairman of the Belmont Heritage Commission. After chairing Belmont’s Master Plan in 2001-2 and advocating rural and historic assets, Frawley led establishment of the Heritage Commission, founded by citizens at the 2004 Town Meeting, supported by Rhodes and others as “another brendan smith Photo needed voice to celebrate Belmont’s past and future relevance.”

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deterioration. On August 14, 1992, a five-alarm fire ripped through the mill, virtually destroying it. It was left in that condition until it was acquired by tax deed through the town. Belmont had applied Community Block Grant for another building in town that was denied. They decided to use $100,000 that had already been appropriated towards the denied project and use it for demolition and cleanup of the mill. See belmont on 24

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Wallace Rhodes, Belmont historian, and others decided it might serve the town better to save the Mill. State architectural historian, James Gavin examined the building as the demolition of the mill was planned to begin. He prepared a report on the

capacity of the building to be rehabilitated. “We went to court and said they weren’t authorized to demolish it,” said Rhodes. Along with Rhodes was attorney Carolyn Baldwin. The court ordered and injunction to halt the demolition. At the time, the demo-

lition crew was already at the mill site and had taken down the existing outbuildings which were part of the mill. At a town meeting in November of 1995, the voters denied the selectman the permission to finish the demolition and approved further study of the building.

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An aerial view of the bandstand before it was moved to make way for the road extension. It is uncertain at this point where the bandstand will be placed after its renovation. It proved to be a wise decision in keeping, what would soon be a valuable asset to Belmont once again. In January 1996, Plan NH and the Office of State Planning held a charrette that resulted in three proposals for re-use of the mill and recommended another year of study. It was the first “PlanNH Charrette” ever; dozens have since been held in communities around the state. During the summer of 1996, the town and Belknap County won two Community Development Block Grants totaling $1 million, and the town approved a $215,000 bond issue as its financial match at another special town meeting in October. Aided by private donations, including an anonymous $25,000 gift, the mill was rehabilitated as “Belmont Mill Community Center” from designs by architect Christopher Williams of Meredith during the summer of 1997. Today, the renovated mill houses the Belmont Senior Center, the Belknap Family Health Center and the Food For Thought Café, a culinary

arts program of Lakes Region Community College that serves lunch and dinner to the public ( a great story for another issue). The mill stack was taken down in 2001 as it was considered unsafe. Saving the mill wasn’t enough for Rhodes. “We saved the mill and nothing happened around it after that,” said Rhodes. “Now things are happening around it and I think we are going in the right direction.” The unearthing of the penstocks was a surprise during the second phase of the renovation which included a new extension road, as suggested by the charrette, which runs behind the library to the mill. “I knew there might be some of the penstock there,” said Rhodes. “But wasn’t sure how much.” What was uncovered was 12,000 pounds, once part of the 2000-foot conduit feeding the mill. “When we heard, I thought it would be the perfect storm of business, history and possibilities,” said Linda Frawley, chairman of the See belmont on 25


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Belmont Heritage Commission. Frawley contacted Tom Sleeper, a juried member of the NH League of Craftsmen who admired the artisan and hand-pounded rivets of the penstock fragments. Frawley then showed the discovery with the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Board. Peter Harris who was on board with preserving the penstocks. On Friday, November 9th, Rusty’s Towing and Recovery donated their See belmont on 26

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services in transporting the penstocks to Sleeperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s welding studio as well as some to Blaney Auto Crashing on Hurricane Road, where they now sit as they figure out their best use. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are looking for artistic ways to use the penstocks,â&#x20AC;? said Frawley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe something to help educate children about the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history.â&#x20AC;? Using a penstock for educational purposes makes sense as penstocks arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t unknown in Belmont. Penstock Park in Belmont, got its name from an old, above ground metal penstock which comes out from the

ground and hangs over the Tioga River. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People always call it â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;that old rusty pipe,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? laughed Frawley. As Belmont awaits the final use of the unearthed penstock, they are at no loss in pursuits in keeping the heritage alive. Before the extension road was built, the 104year old bandstand behind the library needed to be moved. The bandstand had been located on the Town Green in Belmont Village since it was built. It was moved to the Tioga River bank in the late 1920s to make room for the new library. In the most recent move, it sits on a temporary spot where it will be restabilized and be back in

action, hopefully, by the spring of 2013. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure where it will be located yet,â&#x20AC;? said Frawley. While waiting for the second phase to be completed, Wallace Rhodes has killed a little time with smaller projects, like the complete exterior restoration on the Province Road Meetinghouse on Rte 107. Seems like there will always be some good work going on in Belmont to help preserve that townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heritage. The Heritage Commission is looking for any old photos of the bandstand, especially those from the 1950s and 1960s. If you have any or know where some might be located, you are urged to contact the Belmont Heritage Commission at Belmonthistory@gmail. com or contact Chairman Rhodes at 603 2676272.


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Do you have a clever caption for this photograph? Send your captions with your name, phone number and home town to us by mail to: Attn: Caption This, The Weirs Times, P.O. Box 5458, Weirs, NH 03247, online at www.TheWeirsTimes.com or by email to contest@weirs.com or by fax to 603-3667301. Weekly winners will be chosen by our editorial staff and will be entered into a prize drawing for a new Digital Camera courtesy of Spectrum Photo. For all your digital photo needs shop their location in Wolfeboro, phone 877-FILM PRO or visit them online at www. SpectrumPhotoOnline.com. The prize winner for the 07/05/12-12/27/12 contest period will be selected by random drawing. All captions become property of The Weirs Times and may be used for marketing and promotional purposes. Photo #417 - 12/2012 - entry deadline 01/03/12

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emotional rewards mark this holiday time for Leos and Leonas who are able to open up to new relationships and the possibilities they offer in the upcoming year. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your efforts to make the holidays especially memorable for some people will be rewarded in some unexpected (but very welcome) ways in the upcoming year. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Be assured that your efforts to make this holiday special for everyone won’t go unnoticed by those who could make some important changes in your life. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Lots of folks want you to light up their holiday parties. But try to take some quiet time ‘twixt those glittering galas to spend with some very special people. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) While the current round of holiday revels has your social life on the fast track, someone special might want to keep pace with you next year, as well.

CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Enjoy all the fun you deserve at this holiday time. However, don’t lose sight of the need to check out some of the changes the new year is expected to bring.

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