Month: June 2015

Blue Jays, Friend or Foe?

Many backyard birders have a favorite song bird. Based on our customer’s inquiries in New Hampshire, the chickadee, cardinal and hummingbird top the list. The average backyard has the ability to attract over 25 different species of wild birds each and every day, no matter what the season. How to attract each species depends on

Castletown Honey Brown Ale – Beara Irish Brewing Co.

Traditions in beer brewing are deeply European and when most people think of European brewers, they think of Germany, Belgium, Holland and of course, England. If you want to include Ireland in there, then you are probably thinking Guinness. But the brewing world is much larger than the top exported beers from those countries. In

Global Refugee Numbers Surge Amid Political Paralysis

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -The number of refugees fleeing their native lands as well as people being internally displaced in their home countries has surged beyond even the most dire predictions. Just six months ago, a UN report launched an urgent appeal for $16.4 billion to assist 58 million

Women’s World Cup Soccer

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist As this is written, the USA women’s soccer national team awaits its June 22 match with Colombia in the World Cup “knock-out” round of 16. Canada is hosting the tournament—accurately billed as the greatest women’s sports competition of all time. Suddenly, mainstream American sports fans are getting to know

Vetoing Local Control

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Rarely does a politician provide a glimpse into her foundational beliefs more revealing than Gov. Maggie Hassan’s veto of House Bill 603 last week. Hassan vetoed local control. She decided that NH parents and students are mere means to an end, and that federal moneymen, Big Education, and

A Hairy Situation

As nauseating as it is, we are already in full swing into the next presidential campaign season here in New Hampshire. As always happens, promises will be made and mud will be slung and television and radio stations will reap the benefits of getting paid to run countless hours of repetitious advertisements that, in the

Woody Woodpecker

  Over 22 varieties of woodpeckers are found within the borders of the Continental United States. Many are heard rather than seen. Among all avian species, the woodpecker stands alone. No one bird can compete with the evolution of adaptations that this breed of winged creatures has endured. Just imagine if a human had to

Bill Bernsen – Found Object Art & Assemblages

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer A few months ago, I made a visit to the home gallery of Bill Bernsen. You can’t miss it – sculptures indoors and out. A plethora of repurposed metals – sometimes somewhat representational and others more ethereal. There is much to see and I can assure you that something

Time For A Change

  I was reading that in Concord, New Hampshire they recently unearthed a time capsule that was buried fifty years ago. Fifty years ago? Really? Leading up to this momentous day there were a few news stories about the supposed anticipation that was building as people anxiously awaited the cracking open of the time capsule

“Cultural Cleansing” In Iraq And Syria

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS—Describing the situation as a “collapse of law and order” in the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed rebel Republics, and amid on- going hostilities between the Ukrainian government troops and Russian backed separatists, a scathing new UN report overviews a fast deteriorating human rights situation in

Mount Success 1954 Plane Crash Site

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer An early start driving up Success Pond Road all but guaranteed that we wouldn’t see any ATVs out four wheeling. I guess there is no need for most people to get out of the house before 8am on a Saturday. About 6 miles from Berlin we turned right, up the

Ukraine Human Rights Decline in Rebel Regions

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS—Describing the situation as a “collapse of law and order” in the territories controlled by the self-proclaimed rebel Republics, and amid on- going hostilities between the Ukrainian government troops and Russian backed separatists, a scathing new UN report overviews a fast deteriorating human rights situation in