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Frank L. Abbott, 75

GILFORD — Frank L. Abbott, 75, of 41 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, passed away, May 20, 2013 at the Laconia Rehabilitation Center after a long and courageous battle with COPD.
Frank was born in Nashua, N.H. on August 8, 1937, the son of Gordon and Beatrice (Davis) Abbott. He graduated in 1956 from Franklin High School where he played football. He went into
the U. S. Army in 1956, returned and married his first wife, Nancy (Woodward) Abbott. He went on to work in construction and retired from Watts Regulator in 1999.
Frank was a life member of the Franklin Lodge of Elks #1280.
Frank was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle and Grampa & Papa to his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to travel, going to Foxwoods, dancing and enjoying his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Frank is survived by his wife of twenty years, Sally (Blakeney) Abbott, of Gilford; daughters, Beth Chamberlin, son-in-law, Bill, and grandson, Curtis, all of E. Andover, N.H. and Brenna Benson, son-in-law, Jack, and grandson, Tyler, all of Franklin and Florida; his stepchildren, Gary Harbour and daughter-in-law, Sue, and Gail and Bill Romprey and Lisa Shepherd all of Laconia; grandchildren, Jodi and Tom Rhodes; great grandson, Ethan, of Tolland, Conn., Cody and Sydney Shepherd of Laconia, Christine & Chris Fowler; great grandchildren, Dominic, Dylan and Devin, of Laconia, Sara and Dave McFazden; great granddaughter, Libby, and another expected in July, of Somersworth, N.H., Emily McDonald of San Francisco, Calif.; many nieces and nephews; his sisters, Kay Lauze of Bow, N.H., Beverly Lebel, of Beverly, Mass.; his brothers, Robert and wife, Ethel Abbott, of Franklin and Richard Abbott of Lowell, Mass. Frank was predeceased by his parents, Gordon and Beatrice Abbott, a brother, John Abbott , a stepson, Dan Harbour, four brothers-in-law, Robert Lebel, Robert Lauze, Oliver Blakeney and Edward Blakeney.
Frank put up a brave fight for so many years with COPD, but never complained. He will be missed by all his family and friends, especially his dear friends at Gilford Knolls II.
A memorial calling hour will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 9:30-10:30 AM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Funeral Service will follow the calling hour at 10:30 AM also at the Funeral Home.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association in New Hampshire, 460 Totten Pond Road, Ste. 400, Waltham, MA 02451.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 10:03

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Barbara H. Theall, 82

LACONIA — Barbara H. Theall, age 82, of Laconia, N.H., passed away quietly and peacefully at home, surrounded by her family members on May 14, 2013.
Barbara was born in Cohasset, MA on May 25, 1930, the daughter of Chester S. and Dorothy (Briggs) Higgins. During her youth, she lived in both Wollaston and Wellfleet, MA. The family moved to Laconia, N.H. in 1943. She graduated from Laconia High School (1949) and Laconia Business College. She worked as a secretary to two Laconia mayors, Robison W. Smith and Thomas J. McIntyre.
She was active in several service organizations over the years and served as a President of the Lakeport Women's Club. She was a former member of the Lakeport Baptist Church. She had an enthusiastic interest in gardening, wildlife and sports.
She was the widow of Sheldon S. Theall, who preceded her in death in November 1994. Family members include: one brother, Carl B. Higgins of Havana, FL; two daughters, Andrea T. Avery and her husband, Rick of Laconia, N.H.; and Lesley Theall of Cambridge, MA; one son, Glen Sheldon Theall and his wife Diane of Popham Beach, ME; 2 grandchildren, Garrett L. Avery of San Diego, CA and Shelby A. Harrington and her husband John of Meredith, N.H. ; and three great grandchildren, John Jr., Meghan and Nolan Patrick Harrington. She was a direct descendant of Digory Priest, a signer of the Mayflower Compact.
Funeral services will be private. There are no calling hours.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to: Geneva Point Center, 108 Geneva Point Road, Moultonborough, NH 03254, Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 North Main Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246, or the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, N.H., 03247.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:56

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Jon S. Fifield, 68

CANTERBURY — Jon Smith Fifield of Canterbury, Gilmanton and Andover, past away last week in Andover. Born on November 21, 1944, he was the son of Roland O. and Margaret Ewing (Smith) Fifield.
Jon grew up and Canterbury and was a graduate of Concord High School, after school Jon spent 2 years serving with the United States Army and did a tour in Vietnam during his service. He was a self employed contractor for most of his life.
Jon loved his family deeply. He was proud to be part of a large family in Canterbury and proud of his Scottish heritage. He loved camping with his family and traveled to many states in the USA, including Alaska. He also traveled to Panama, Scotland, England and Germany. Wells Beach held memories of his childhood, and he made more memories later at York Beach with his family. He loved to dance and he loved the outdoors. He was a good friend, had a heart of gold, and will be greatly missed.
Jon was predeceased by his sister Margaret Fife; his sister in-laws Mary Ellen Fifield and Dolores Fifield; his nephews Tim Fifield and David Fifield and his son in-law Christian Smith.
Jon leaves his wife of 44 years, Deborah (Lacy) Fifield; three daughters Katherine Fifield-Smith of Portsmouth, Amanda Shute and her husband Bruce of Gilmanton, and Elizabeth Gaby and her husband Alan of Concord. Jon also leaves his grandchildren Daniel, Anna, Jonah and Emily Gaby and Maegan, Abigail and Nathaniel Shute. He also leaves his brothers Oliver Fifield, Stuart Fifield & wife Ann, and Hugh Fifield all of Canterbury as well as many, many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday May 23rd at 2:00 PM at the Canterbury United Community Church 5 Center rd. Canterbury. Internment will immediately follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Canterbury, followed by a reception in the Parrish house back at the church.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson's disease Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509 New York, NY 10018

Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 11:54

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Michael Barone - Benghazi & IRS scandal: something in common

What do the Benghazi cover-up and the IRS scandal have in common? They were both about winning elections, under false pretenses.
Winning elections, after all, is something Barack Obama is good at. He obviously loves campaigning and delivering grand orations to enormous adoring crowds. He loves it so much that he flew off to Las Vegas to campaign the day after the first murder of a U.S. ambassador in 33 years.
What actually happened in Benghazi was out of sync with the Obama campaign line. Osama bin Laden was dead. Al-Qaida was on the run. The global war on terror — well, don't call it that anymore. A deliberate effort to mislead the voters was launched. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, White House press secretary Jay Carney and the president himself talked about a spontaneous protest of an anti-Muslim video — even though no evidence of that came from Benghazi.
The White House and the State Department altered the CIA's talking points — not just in one minor particular, as Carney claimed, but through 12 separate versions. The Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, armed with the talking points, spoke sternly about a spontaneous protest and an anti-Muslim video on five Sunday interview shows.
The campaign trail press grilled Mitt Romney for his (impolitic) statement immediately after the attacks. Obama went on talk shows and peddled his line about an anti-Muslim video.
Debate moderator Candy Crowley came to Obama's defense when he claimed that he had immediately stated that Benghazi was a terrorist attack — a claim Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler has awarded four Pinocchios. Mitt Romney, perhaps worried that Team Obama might wheel out the-then-publicly-silent CIA Director David Petraeus in its defense, didn't press the point.
This attempt to mislead the electorate worked. It seems a stretch to say that it determined the outcome of the election. But it certainly helped the Obama campaign.
And what about the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative 501(c)(4) groups? Starting in March 2010, it questioned the tax-free status of one group after another with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names. That's reminiscent of the Department of Homeland Security memo warning of the potential of such groups to engage in terrorist-type violence — which of course hasn't happened.
An IRS official acknowledged and apologized for this misuse of government power last Friday. She attributed it to low-level IRS employees in Cincinnati. She said she had been informed about it in May 2011. Later news came out that tea party groups received letters of inquiry from Washington and IRS offices in California, as well.
The IRS pressed some groups for very detailed information. Has a family member been a member of another organization or planned to run for political office?
The targeting continued into 2012, when the criteria were changed to "political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement." We can't have people educating people about the Constitution, can we?
The acting IRS director, who assured Congress that no group was targeted because of its beliefs, was informed of the targeting of conservative groups in May 2012. Jay Carney has said that the White House had no knowledge of it until a few weeks ago. Maybe. We'll see.
Top Obama political aide David Plouffe told National Journal's Ron Fournier that the IRS misdeeds did not really matter because Obama opponents were able to spend plenty of money. But they would have been able to spend more absent the IRS misconduct. Some tea partiers decided to fold up shop rather than face an extended IRS inquiry. Others ran up big legal bills.
The fact is that the targeting of tea party groups by the IRS helped Democrats win elections. It's hard not to believe that at least some IRS employees intended it to have that effect. Those who leaked confidential information certainly did so.
The president has denounced the IRS misconduct in strong terms "if" it happened. He acknowledged that any targeting of one point of view by a government agency is wrong. But in 2009 at Arizona State University's commencement, he noted that he had not been given an honorary degree and added that the school's president and board of regents "will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."
That doesn't sound so funny now.
(Syndicated columnist Michael Barone is senior political analyst for The Washington Examiner, is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Fox News Channel contributor and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.)

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