Month: April 2015

A Flash Of Orange

by Steve White Weirs Times Contributing Writer For many backyard birders, the arrival of the Baltimore oriole is the final sign that spring has arrived. Males usually arrive in the Lakes Region around the last week in April or the first week in May. Once they have selected a territory, they sing almost continuously during

Kelsen Brewing’s Paradigm Brown Ale

by Jim MacMillan Weirs Times Contributing Writer Nestled in a conspicuous row of stores of a small mall in Derry, NH, hides Kelsen Brewing, a nano brewery who is getting noticed. In business only a few years, friends Paul and Erik had made some homebrew together and enjoyed the process so much that they decided to

Pakistan Key Piece in China’s Wider Great Game

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS–The rhetoric reached the heights of the Himalayas, the pomp and pageantry evoked that of an operetta, but the political optics delivered a clearly focused political message; Pakistan has a firm and reliable friend in the People’s Republic of China. The high profile visit to Pakistan


by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist We’re spoiled around here. We have plenty of water—even too much sometimes. California’s not so lucky. Governor Jerry Brown is imposing a 25% cutback in water usage there. But that’s easier said than done. Such a cutback applied to agriculture would mean massive crop loss. Can you say “exemption?”

It’s Time For Reality Day

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer April showers might bring May flowers, but the lies of April lumber into May like zombies, mindless and moldy. Advocates of those special April days called “Equal Pay Day” and “Earth Day” seem unaware that they celebrate the undead. Every year they reanimate their false narratives and set

Good Television?

As you know, community public television (aka local access) is one of the most misunderstood forms of entertainment, basically because it is hard to understand what is being said on many of the programs. If you have ever tuned into a selectman or city council meeting (which is usually their prime time entertainment schedule) you

Winged Jewels

by Steve White Weirs Times Contributing Writer Everyone loves the hummingbird. It is a marvel of nature. In the wild, the hummingbirds have two major sources of food: flower nectar and small insects, such as gnats and spiders, which provide protein. In fact, you could classify the hummingbird as a carnivorous bird. It only uses

Belgian Mare Brewery’s Alsteadder Ale

by Jim MacMillan Weirs Times Contributing Writer As the series of single owner / self-distributed brewers continues, we concentrate on New Hampshire’s entrepreneurs who accept the challenge to brew the best beers they know how to make the NH craft beer scene more interesting. We live in an amazing area of the United States that enables

Vietnam Debacle 1975–Imagine a Different Ending

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – It’s been forty years since the wars in Indochina ended and the curtain dropped ushering in a new period of darkness for the people of Vietnam and Cambodia. Four long decades since the stunning imagery of North Vietnamese tanks smashing through the gates of

A Spring Skiing Adventure On Mount Cardigan

by Amy Patenaude Weirs Times Outdoor/Ski Writer While skiers and snowboarders raced to Tuckerman Ravine, we decided to take advantage of the lingering snow on Mount Cardigan. Maple syrup farmers and spring skiing enthusiasts like the same weather. Cold nights and warm days not only makes the sap run but it makes for great snow

Season Of Ideas

Now that the New Hampshire Lottery Commission has extended their olive branch to me in the form of a lottery ticket that is supposed to smell like bacon, I have thought long and hard for close to an hour and I have decided that in good faith I will once again submit to them some

Food Shortages Still Stalk North Korea

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -There’s an urgent food crisis in communist North Korea, where shortages affect up to 70 percent of the population. According to an alarming new UN humanitarian report, some 18 million people out of the population of 24 million are considered “food insecure” and don’t have

There Is No “I” In IEP

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Another year, another IEP meeting. Another wasted 45 minutes trying to salvage a student’s public school education by updating his ironically-named “Individualized Education Program” (IEP)