Keeping a competitive edge on the course

By ALISON MITZEL

With the rising temperatures and the high humidity, being outside can take a toll on your body. Any outdoor activity can become dangerous with this type of weather. It is smart to use caution when being outside for a long period of time, especially if you must golf during these hot spells. It is extremely important to drink plenty of fluids and hydrate your body prior to going out for a round. If you simply begin to drink water during your round, you may already be dehydrated.
According to the Titleist Performance Institute, golfers hit 12 percent shorter and 93 percent less accurately when mildly dehydrated. Although these numbers may not sound that severe, hitting a club 12 percent shorter would cause me to possibly hit well short of the green, or even into a hazard, when I know I should hit the green with no problem. When your body is hydrated, you're able to focus more while you're playing.
TPI suggests that in order for your body to get every nutrient vital to your survival on the golf course, one should look to have "Superfood Nutrition." The idea of Superfood Nutrition is to eat fewer calories while increasing nutrient density, minimizing sugar intake and high glycemic response foods, increasing antioxidants, and getting the right fats. Foods with high sugar and caffeine will not support your body's needs during an 18-hole round of golf. Often, your body will crash and you will hit a wall in your game. You begin to lose focus, and begin to make mistakes on the course.
If you look at the PGA and LPGA Tour players, they are constantly eating healthy on the course. Players even bring their own Tupperware containers onto the course with the meals they prepare for each round. I try to eat at a minimum every three holes, which can be as little as a handful of almonds or even a banana. Many athletes think that exercise will override their deficiencies in their diet, and sports supplements can replace the need to eat quality food. It is important to keep your body nourished, otherwise your performance will become suboptimal.

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Finding the crash site of the B-18

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By Gordon DuBois

On Jan. 15, 1942, a little over a month after Pearl Harbor, The Littleton Courier ran this headline: "Two Killed, Five Injured in Bomber Crash On Mt. Moosilauke. Last Night, Explosions Heard in Lincoln, North Woodstock." The article went on to read: "Two men were killed and five narrowly missed death when a bomber, described at a Douglass B-18 crashed on Mt. Moosilauke, between North Woodstock and Warren last night. It was reported that the big plane was loaded with four bombs, three of which exploded to shake the country side for miles around. Working feverously all night a crew of more than 50 volunteer searchers, including experienced woodsmen rounded up by the Parker Young Company at Lincoln, U.S. Forest Service Rangers and members of the State Police, made this morning a dramatic rescue of five of the seven man crew and rushed them to the Lincoln Hospital." The B-18 bomber crash site on Mt. Waternomee, a sub-peak on the east side of Mt. Moosilauke is just one of several plane catastrophes in the White Mountains that I have learned about over the past year. There are three other well publicized plane crashes that have occurred in the White Mountains since 1950.

In 1968, a Northeast Airlines Fairchild Hiller FH – 227C, with 39 passengers and a crew of three aboard – pilot, co-pilot and a stewardess – crashed into the north side of Moose Mountain on its approach to the Lebanon airport in foggy conditions. Seven people were fatally injured, while many more suffered severe injuries. The rescue effort was hampered by darkness, the remote location of the crash site as well as rain and freezing temperatures. On Nov. 30, 1954, another Northeast Airlines flight struck the southern slope of Mt. Success on its approach to the Berlin airport. The plane, a Douglass DC-3, had left the Laconia airport with three passengers and four crew members on board. (Who remembers regular commercial flights from Laconia?) The plane was flying in snow squalls, with limited visibility, attempting to make an instrument landing when it ran head long into the mountain. Everyone on board survived the crash, but two crew members succumbed to injuries following the crash. The remaining survivors were not rescued until Dec. 2 due to weather conditions and the remoteness of the crash site.

Another noteworthy tragedy occurred on Feb. 21, 1959, when Drs. Ralph Miller and Robert Quinn, Dartmouth Medical School professors and doctors at Mary Hitchcock Hospital, died when their single-engine Piper Comanche went down in the Pemigewasset Wilderness, northeast of Lincoln. They were on their way back to Hanover from making medical calls, when their carburetor iced up in severe winter weather. It wasn't until May 5, that their wreckage was spotted from the air, after a massive search involving hundreds of volunteers. The two men survived the crash, managed to build a fire to keep warm in the sub-freezing temperatures and even fashioned primitive show shoes in an attempt to hike out of the wilderness in deep snow. However, they died of exposure about eight days after the crash. The crash site is now marked with a memorial erected by Dartmouth Faculty, students and friends.

Two weeks ago, I planned the day hike into the B-18 crash site on Mt. Waternomee. The site can be accessed off Walker Brook Road, near the junction of routes 118 and 122 in Woodstock. This unofficial but well trodden path is fairly easy to follow, but offers a steep climb as you near the crash site. On this exploratory mission I was accompanied by hiking partners, Ken and Karen Robichaud, Steve Zimmer and our dogs Skipper and Reuben. As we progressed up the trail, about 2 miles, we began to spot large chunks of metal scattered about the forest floor. As we continued our investigation further into the crash site, we encountered the remains of the wings and propeller engines, along with parts of the fuselage. In the midst of the wreckage we found a memorial marker which read, "Honoring the World War II U.S. Army Air Crew Who Crashed in a B-18 Bomber on Mt. Waternomee in Woodstock, N.H., January 14, 1942". There is also a memorial plaque to Fletcher Craig who survived the crash and went on to fly a P-47 Thunderbolt in the European campaign. Throughout the area we found the remains of the bomber that was blown apart when the three 300-pound bombs exploded, ignited by leaking aviation fuel. As we sat contemplating the tragedy of the crash, we wondered about the circumstances surrounding the crash. How did it occur, why, who survived and how were they rescued?

These questions led me to the Mountain Wanderer Book Store in Lincoln to see if Steve Smith, the owner, could provide some answers. I was shown a small book titled "The Night the Bomber Crashed," by Floyd W. Ramsey. This account of the crash provided all the answers. The B-18 was a small bomber that was quickly put into service with the outbreak of World Warr II. It was used primarily for reconnaissance. The plane took off from Westover Field in Massachusetts on an anti-submarine patrol, almost reaching the coast of Newfoundland. On the return flight, the weather turned foul. Blinding snow and fierce winds drove the plane well off course.

1st Lt. Anthony Benvenuto, pilot, was unaware that the plane was flying almost 300 miles inland, believing he was over the ocean, when in fact he was headed toward the high peaks of the White Mountains. Compounding the problem was the fact the crew was trained to fly B-24s, a much larger bomber and subsequently they didn't have the necessary navigational skills to compute the drift factor caused by the storm off the New Jersey coast. When seeing lights on the ground, the crew assumed they were over Providence, Rhode Island, when in fact they were eyeing the lights of Concord, New Hampshire. As the pilot dropped to 3,000 feet to prevent ice build-up on the engines, with the crew finding the plane more difficult handle and, not even knowing their location, they smashed into the mountain.

The second part of this story concerns the amazing rescue effort launched within a half hour after the plane disappeared into the wilderness. In the towns of Lincoln and Woodstock residents heard the crash and the exploding bombs. They immediately began the search and rescue effort. Area citizens, Forest Service Rangers, state Fish and Game personnel, even woodsmen from the Parker Young Company joined together to reach the site and rescue five crewmen who amazingly survived the crash. Sherman Adams, an employee of the Parker Young Company, later governor of New Hampshire and chief of staff for President Dwight Eisenhower assisted in the rescue efforts. The survivors were brought down the mountain in a blinding snow storm and rushed to local hospitals. The bodies of the two crewmen killed in the crash were brought down the mountain by Army personnel who arrived at the scene the following day.

After spending time at the site and reflecting on the tragedy that occurred here, we began our trek back down the mountain. It was a sobering experience, knowing that two men had died here. The wreckage is a memorial to the victims of the crash who gave their lives in defense of their country. The U.S. Forest Service has posted a notice that pieces of the wreckage are not to be removed. It states, "Under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906 the historical remnants in the vicinity of this notice are fragile and irreplaceable." This isolated spot on the side of Mt. Waternomee serves as a memorial not only to the men who died here, but to all service personnel who put their lives on the line every day.

This is a moderately difficult hike of 4 miles round trip, climbing steeply as you near the crash site. The trail is well marked and maintained. It would provide a wonderful opportunity to share the story of the B-18 with children. There is also an impressive waterfall just off the trail that can be accessed quite easily. It serves as a nice place to cool off on a hot day and contemplate the experience of visiting the B-18 crash site.

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Froma Harrop - Obamacare under President Hillary

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be next president, but let's proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who's long immersed herself in health care policy.

Obamacare is complicated — built that way to get past an army of vested interests and a hard wall of Republican opposition. But though it has things that need fixing, all in all, the program has been a success.

Obamacare has brought coverage to some 20 million more Americans. It's made individual insurance cheaper than it was in 2010, according to Health Affairs. Average premiums are down. (The premiums going up would have risen more without the law.) And surprise, Obamacare will cost $2.6 trillion less over five years than earlier estimated, a recent Urban Institute study reports.

One undeniable frustration has been the high cost of coverage for many in the marketplace. Now some of those "found" trillions could go to raising subsidies, making coverage more affordable.

Clinton proposes a "buy in" option to Medicare for Americans 55 to 65. One must currently be 65 or older to automatically qualify for Medicare. Clinton would pay for this Medicare expansion through a higher investment surtax for upper-income people.

Lowering the Medicare age is a fine idea on several counts. Medicare has been good at controlling the cost of health care, and the beneficiaries love it. Since older people tend to use more health care than younger groups, moving them into Medicare takes some pressure off the insurers in Obamacare. At the same time, bringing younger old people into Medicare strengthens the Medicare risk pool.

Bernie Sanders promoted "Medicare for All" in his presidential run, and the idea is solid. Clinton's gradual approach, "Medicare for More," with better-planned funding, tops it for political palatability.

Assessing Donald Trump's health care plan takes no time at all. Trump says he'd repeal Obamacare and replace it with "something terrific."

The Republican House replacement plan, released by Speaker Paul Ryan in June, offers more specifics. To its credit, the proposal recognizes the need for a strong government hand in guaranteeing access to health care — even as it opens the window for more privatization, which adds complexity.

Gone would be the mandate requiring everyone to obtain health coverage. To discourage people from seeking coverage only after they've become sick, the proposal lets insurers charge what they may to those who hadn't been buying insurance. The average Joe understands the risks of not maintaining coverage and of getting seriously ill. Right?

Unlike Obamacare, the House Republican plan sets no national standards for minimum coverage: Ordinary people will read, study and compare insurance policies. Perhaps.

The Republican plan takes away from older Americans. It would not lower but raise the Medicare age to 67. This would unfortunately make the Medicare risk pool older and sicker. The proposal would also let private insurers charge a lot more than they do now to those not quite old enough for Medicare. Last but hardly least, it would move Medicare toward a voucher system.

The most serious flaw in the Republican plan is what's missing: a price. If you're not going to say how much it's going to cost, why not throw in free facials on fur-lined couches?

Notably few Republicans these days call for repealing Obamacare without a replacement. A fully fleshed-out alternative would be most appreciated.

Clinton remains intent on keeping and making it better. Happily, the likelihood of her being in charge is rising. Health care mechanics is Clinton's specialty, and that's more good news for Obamacare.

(A member of the Providence Journal editorial board, Froma Harrop writes a nationally syndicated column from that city. She has written for such diverse publications as The New York Times, Harper's Bazaar and Institutional Investor.)

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July Winni waterfront report - a great month

By ROY SANBORN

July was a great month on Winnipesaukee with 20 waterfront homes changing hands at an average price point of $892,012. There were seven sales over the million-dollar mark but no sales over $2 million. That brings the total number of sales on the lake this year to 91 at an average price of $983,335 and total sales volume of $89.5 million.

The entry level sale was at 368 Rattlesnake Island in Alton. This 1970s vintage two-bedroom camp has been updated with pine paneling, a new living area and a new three-bedroom septic system. That's a pretty big deal. A large 12' x 36' deck provides the requisite entertaining and sunbathing space. The 0.79 acre lot is level with 100 feet of frontage and a dock and is located on the south side of the island so it is out of the prevailing winds. As an added bonus there is a 26' x 40' outbuilding that was used to construct a boat in. This property was listed for $348,500 and was only on the market two days before being put under agreement at $335,000. This property is currently assessed at $294,600.

The median price point sale of the month award goes to the property at 21 Silver Cascade Way also in Alton. That kind of sounds like a dish washing detergent tagline, doesn't it? This property actually consisted of a charming two-bay boathouse with living space above and a two-car detached garage. The living space included a kitchen, bath and large living room on the main level and two bedrooms and a bath upstairs. Pretty cool, I think! The 2.5 acre lot has room for constructing a house and has 475 feet of frontage. This property was originally brought on the market in November of 2013 at $1,495,000 but was relisted in April of 2016 at $850,000. It went under agreement in just two days for $815,000. I suspect there was a buyer in waiting or someone recognized a super deal! This property is assessed at $728,100.

The Michael Phelps Highest Price Gold Medal goes to the property at 73 Spindle Point in Meredith. This property was really all about the land and frontage, although there was a cute 1,801-square-foot, three-bedroom house built in 1951 with a fieldstone fireplace and a bunkhouse out on the point. But it is the amazing 1.87-acre waterfront lot with 407 feet of shorefront with gorgeous southwest exposure and expansive views that drove the sale. There is an additional 1.32-acre back lot that was also included. This property was originally listed at $1.65 million and sold for $1.6 million after 310 days on the market. The current tax assessment stands at $943,300. I would expect to see a few new houses out there in the coming year or so...

The only sale on Lake Winnisqaum in July was at 43 Dutile Shore Road in Belmont. This 1958 vintage, four-bedroom, two-bath home has 2,664 square feet of updated living space and a detached two-car garage. It sits on a 0.39 acre lot with 153 feet of frontage. This property was listed a $549,000 and sold for $543,000 after 79 days on the market. It is currently assessed at $487,600.

 

P​lease feel free to visit www.lakesregionhome.com to learn more about the Lakes Region real estate market and comment on this article and others. Data compiled using the NNEREN MLS system as of 8/10/16. ​Roy Sanborn is a sales associate at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty and can be reached at 603-677-7012.

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Pat Buchanan - Endless wars

"Isolationists must not prevail in this new debate over foreign policy," warns Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. "The consequences of a lasting American retreat from the world would be dire."

To make his case against the "Isolationist Temptation," Haass creates a caricature, a cartoon, of America First patriots, then thunders that we cannot become "a giant gated community."

Understandably, Haass is upset. For the CFR has lost the country.

Why? It colluded in the blunders that have bled and near bankrupted America and that cost this country its unrivaled global preeminence at the end of the Cold War.

No, it was not "isolationists" who failed America. None came near to power. The guilty parties are the CFR crowd and their neocon collaborators, and liberal interventionists who set off to play empire after the Cold War and create a New World Order with themselves as Masters of the Universe.

Consider just a few of the decisions taken in those years that most Americans wish we could take back.

After the Soviet Union withdrew the Red Army from Europe and split into 15 nations, and Russia held out its hand to us, we slapped it away and rolled NATO right up onto her front porch. Enraged Russians turned to a man who would restore respect for their country. Did we think they would just sit there and take it?

How did bringing Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia into NATO make America stronger, safer and more secure? For it has surely moved us closer to a military clash with a nuclear power.

In 2014, with John McCain and U.S. diplomats cheering them on, mobs in Independence Square overthrew a pro-Russian government in Kiev that had been democratically elected and installed a pro-NATO regime. Putin's response: Secure Russia's naval base at Sevastopol by retaking Crimea, and support pro-Russian Ukrainians in Luhansk and Donetsk who preferred secession to submission to U.S. puppets.

Fortunately, our interventionists failed to bring Georgia and Ukraine into NATO. Had they succeeded, we almost surely would have been in a shooting war with Russia by now.

Would that have made us stronger, safer, more secure?

After the attack on 9/11, George W. Bush, with the nation and world behind him, took us into Afghanistan to eradicate the nest of al-Qaida killers. After having annihilated some and scattered the rest, however, Bush decided to stick around and convert this wild land of Pashtuns, Hazaras, Tajiks and Uzbeks into another Iowa.

Fifteen years later, we are still there. And the day we leave, the Taliban will return, undo all we have done, and butcher those who cooperated with the Americans.

If we had to do it over, would we have sent a U.S. army and civilian corps to make Afghanistan look more like us?

Bush then invaded Iraq, overthrew Saddam, purged the Baath Party, and disbanded the Iraqi army. Result: A ruined, sundered nation with a pro-Iranian regime in Baghdad, ISIS occupying Mosul, Kurds seceding, and endless U.S. involvement in this second-longest of American wars.

Most Americans now believe Iraq was a bloody trillion-dollar mistake, the consequences of which will be with us for decades.

With a rebel uprising against Syria's Bashar al-Assad, the U.S. aided the rebels. Now, 400,000 Syrians are dead, half the country is uprooted, millions are in exile, and the Damascus regime, backed by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, is holding on after five years.

Meanwhile, we cannot even decide whether we want Assad to survive or fall, since we do not know who rises when he falls.

Anyone still think it was a good idea to plunge into Syria in support of the rebels? Anyone still think it was a good idea to back Saudi Arabia in its war against the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which has decimated that country and threatens the survival of millions?

Anyone still think it was a good idea to attack Libya and take down Moammar Gadhafi, now that ISIS and other Islamists and rival regimes are fighting over the carcass of that tormented land?

"The Middle East is arguably the most salient example of what happens when the U.S. pulls back," writes Haass.

To the CFR, the problem is not that we plunged headlong into this maelstrom of tyranny, tribalism and terrorism, but that we have tried to extricate ourselves. Hints that America might leave the Middle East, says Haass, have "contributed greatly to instability in the region."

So, must we stay indefinitely?

To the CFR, America's role in the world is to corral Russia, defend Europe, contain China, isolate Iran, deter North Korea, and battle al-Qaida and ISIS wherever they may be, bleeding our country's military.

Nor is that all. We are also to convert Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Afghanistan into pro-Western preferably democratic countries, and embrace "free trade," accepting the imported merchandise of all mankind, even if that means endless $800 billion trade deficits, bleeding our country's economy.

Otherwise, you are just an isolationist.

(Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan has been a senior advisor to three presidents, twice a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and the presidential nominee of the Reform Party in 2000. He won the New Hampshire Republican Primary in 1996.)

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