Month: February 2015

Do You Hear Spring?

by Steve White Weirs Times Contributing Writer After reading this article, venture outside and listen for just a moment. Do you hear spring? Wait for it………do you hear it now? All around your home, nature is anxiously awaiting the new life that springtime embodies. Look for that first “cardinal kiss.” Watch as the male, with

Africa’s Vulnerable Sahel Region Targeted by Terror

by John J. Metzler, Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS–The vast swath of nine countries bordering the southern reaches of the Sahara desert are marked by poverty, drought and chronic instability. Yet these oft-forgotten lands are increasingly making the headlines as in the case of Mali a few years ago, when militant Muslim factions made

Doing Good Work

by Brendan Smith, Weirs Times editor Even during the harshest of winters, like this one, I try to find something nice to do for others. While some turn to the dark side and use cabin fever and a lack of sunshine for their fall from grace, I find it best to fight back by doing

Play In The Snow! (After You’re Done Shoveling)

by Amy Patenaude, Weirs Times Outdoor/Ski Writer Everyone I know is tired of shoveling snow. We’re wondering where we’re going to pile up the next snowstorm. Our walkway is now narrowed to just one shovel width and it is impossible to keep the mailbox clear. What a month! What a winter! Clearing snow should be

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Harbingers Of Spring

by Steve White Weirs Times Contributing Writer When you witness your first bluebird, you’ll know why Thoreau claimed that these birds carry the sky on their backs. In the right light, no other bird shows its true American colors than the Eastern bluebird. That marvelous blue forms the backdrop for the rusty, red chest and

Darfur–Hell Without The Cameras

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – In recent years there’s been a dearth of media coverage of Darfur’s humanitarian crisis. What had once been a focus for both diplomatic and high profile celebrity efforts to detail human rights abuses during more than a decade of inter-ethnic conflict in Sudan’s troubled

What is Your Heroic Narrative?

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Most of us don’t have a “heroic narrative.” Most of us don’t feel the need to have one, though certainly some of us would rise to the occasion and earn one if called upon. I don’t have a heroic narrative, and unlike (former) NBC News anchorman Brian Williams,

Testing Times

by Brendan Smith, Weirs Times Editor There is currently a bill in the New Hampshire Senate that would require all high school students to pass the United States Citizenship Civics test in order to graduate. Of course, this has caused a big debate among many on different sides of the issue. Personally, I don’t think it

There “Is” An Arizona

by Mike Moffett, Weirs Times Columnist Contrary to Jamie O’Neal’s poignant sentiments from the hit country song, there is indeed an Arizona. I just visited it. I arrived in Phoenix too late to enjoy the immediate glow of the Patriots 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the energy generated from the Pats’ epic

Simple, Free Nesting Ideas

by Steve White, contributing Writer Your backyard birds have two things in mind this spring season. The first is establishing nesting territories. The second is choosing a mate. I will leave the mate choosing to the birds, let them have their fun. The nesting territories, however, are an area where humans can lend a hand.

Global Freedom Recedes, Rights Under Attack

by John J. Metzler, syndicated columnist UNITED NATIONS – There’s been a disturbing decline in global freedoms over the past year with a clear erosion of political rights for the ninth consecutive year. These are among the dire findings of the Freedom House report which rates rights and freedoms in 195 countries around the world.

Ice Fishing And Me

by Brendan Smith, Weirs Times Editor Now that the ice fishing derby is finally over here in Central New Hampshire, I am no longer worried about expressing my trepidations. Many members of FATSO, my winter support group, have asked me to teach them about this sport in order to help get over their winter doldrums but