My self control is running on empty

   Self-control is more important than self-esteem. The ability to control one’s activities is more predictive of success than is intelligence. Full Story

A Customs and Border Protection boat helps floaters during Float Down on the St. Clair River in Port Huron, Mich., Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The west winds blew most boaters toward the Canada shore and they had to be pulled back to the U.S. Thousands were expected to take part in Port Huron Float Down. (Mark R. Rummel/The Times Herald via AP)

Uh, Oh, Canada: 1,500 people on rafts returned to Michigan

   PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — Canadian authorities stopped an invasion: 1,500 people on inflatable rafts and boats that drifted across the border from Michigan during high winds on the St. Full Story

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 1996 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, stands at the table with Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat at the Erez military checkpoint between Gaza and Israel. A new poll of Israelis and Palestinians released on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, found that a slim majority on both sides still favor a peace settlement establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel, despite years of conflict and deadlock in negotiations. The results of the joint poll may provide some small signs of encouragement when peace prospects appear bleak. (AP Photo/Adel Hana, File)

Poll shows that most Israelis, Palestinians still seek peace

   JERUSALEM (AP) — A slim majority of both Israelis and Palestinians still favor a peace settlement with a Palestinian state alongside Israel, a new poll showed Monday as Israeli authorities confirmed granting permission to plan the expansion of an Isr Full Story

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      Cut the lawn, not yourself  Dear Heloise: I recently attended a safety meeting and was shown photos of a LAWN-MOWER ACCIDENT. Full Story

Dear Abby

Worried son forsees trouble in parents' All-day drinking

   DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money.  Full Story

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Arrests made in Laconia counterfeiting scheme

   LACONIA -- A pair of transients have been arrested by Laconia Police and charged with attempting to defraud city merchants by passing off counterfeit cash.  Full Story

Bridge

Go for your ruffs or make him ruff?

   Henry Ward Beecher, a clergyman who supported the abolition of slavery, said, "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his picture." Bridge players try to picture the way to make or break a contract. Full Story

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   CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Jeremy Lin, 28; Kobe Bryant, 38; Scott Caan, 40; Shelley Long, 67.  Full Story

Ask Dr. K

Recent study reinforces science of new statin guidlines

   DEAR READERS: You've sent me lots of correspondence about the new statin guidelines. Most have come from people whose doctors put them on statins because of the new guidelines. Full Story

PHOTO of downed tree branches and soil erosion on the bank of Gunstock Brook, off Route 11-B in Gilford.  (COURTESY OF BELKNAP COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT)

BCCD receives grant for Gilford projects

   GILFORD—The Belknap County Conservation District has been awarded a grant of $70,033 for two environmental projects—to curb erosion on the Gunstock Brook stream bank off Route 11-B, and for structural improvements to the Wetlands Walk Boardwalk at Gu Full Story

Circle Program grateful for the donation

   Editor, Citizen Thanks to an incredibly generous team of people, Circle Girls have a new activity on the waterfront at Circle Camp in Groton – Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Full Story

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   Print that's not so fine        ---        Dear Readers: Today's SOUND OFF is about a craft store's coupons:        "A fabric store sends out 'valuable coupons' for its patron Full Story

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   CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: James Corden, 38; Kristen Wiig, 43; Ty Burrell, 49; Valerie Harper, 77. Full Story

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   ANTIVIRAL MEDICINES HELP EASE SHINGLES PAIN      DEAR DOCTOR K: I've been diagnosed with shingles. What can I take for the pain?       Full Story

Busted in Belknap

AUG. 22, 2016

   Who's been arrested lately in Belknap County? Full Story

Vivianne Robinson takes photos before the start of the closing ceremony for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. 

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Rio throws final party to say goodbye to 2016 Olympics

   RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil and the world bid farewell Sunday to the first Olympic Games in South America, a 16-day spectacle that combined numerous highlight reel moments with ugly and even bizarre episodes that sometimes overshadowed the competiti Full Story

Kevin Harvick, right, celebrates after winning a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series  race with Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris, center, and Jeff Hall, manager of Bass Pro Shops of Bristol, Sunday in Bristol, Tenn. The race was delayed Saturday night due to severe weather. 

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Kevin Harvick wins rain-delayed NASCAR race at Bristol

   BRISTOL, Tenn. — Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 70 laps to go and held to win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, ending a two-day, water-logged ordeal. Full Story

Alabama head coach Nick Saban leads his team onto the field prior to an NCAA college game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The defending national champion Crimson Tide is the No. 1 team in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 for the fifth time overall and third time under coach Nick Saban. 

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Alabama keeps rolling: Tide is No. 1 in AP preseason Top 25

   In a way, the 2016 season will pick up where 2015 left off: Alabama is No. 1 and Clemson is 2.The defending national champion Crimson Tide is the No. Full Story

United States' Kevin Durant (5) celebrates winning the men's basketball gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday.

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US romps to men's basketball gold, beats Serbia 96-66

   RIO DE JANEIRO — The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team ended up right where expected.The Americans got their gold, and they did it easily.Saving their best for last in a tournament that had been tough, the U.S. Full Story

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi, right, is congratulated by Dustin Pedroia after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the seventh inning of a game Sunday in Detroit. 

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Red Sox rookie Benintendi hits 1st homer in loss to Tigers

   DETROIT — Justin Upton hit a pair of three-run homers and the struggling Detroit Tigers finished their homestand with a 10-5 win over fill-in starter Henry Owen and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.The Tigers won for just the fourth time i Full Story

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New champs crowned

Butterfield, Carfrae outlast Timberman field

   GILFORD – There are two new IRONMAN Timberman 70.3 champions, both making a big splash in their first appearance at the annual event that starts and finishes at Ellacoya State Park. Full Story