Month: July 2015

Tale Of Two Woodies

Two of the most wide-ranging and common woodpeckers are the downy and hairy species. These two birds are almost identical in appearance. Some people consider the smaller downy woodpecker to be the offspring of the larger hairy woodpecker. However, these two wild, clinging feathered friends are very different in many ways.

Iraq — ISIL’s Daunting Threat

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS—“Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” came the sobering assessment of Jan Kubis, the UN’s special representative reviewing the current situation in Iraq. Yet in a Security

Fun Hikes in the Squam Lake Region

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Mount Percival, Mount Morgan, Rattlesnakes and Mount Livermore The Crawford-Ridgepole Trail begins near Cotton Mountain, just north of the Science Center and traverses the summits of the mountains that make up the Squam Range before ending at the Sandwich Notch Road.

Holiday Ideas

As July fades from view I am feeling a little sad. It is definitely one of my favorite months since it is when many people celebrate Christmas, my favorite holiday of the year. “Christmas In July’ sales have changed July for me. I once looked at it as just an oppressively hot month where traffic

Local Control R.I.P.

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer It’s been nearly two years since Thomas Sowell wrote: Only ideologues could devote themselves to crusading against people’s efforts to live and associate with other people who share their values and habits…Undaunted by a long history of disasters when third parties try to mix and match people, or

Test Tube Hummingbird Feeders, Glass or Plastic?

As long as there have been test tube hummingbird feeders, the most commonly question asked is; “Should I use glass or plastic test tubes?” Is there a difference in attracting hummingbirds? Does one material last longer than the other and is one easier to clean? The most obviously difference in test tube hummingbird feeders is

Hoplite IPA by Kelsen Brewing co.

Nestled in a conspicuous row of stores of a small mall in Derry, NH, hides Kelsen Brewing, a nano brewery who is getting noticed. Friends Paul and Erik had made some homebrew together and enjoyed the process so much that they decided to start doing it professionally in 2010. Since then, business is booming and

Angel Antics

by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist A recent trip to California included a visit to the “Big A”—Anaheim Stadium—to take in an Angels/ Yankees game. Anaheim Stadium is the second oldest venue in the American League, behind Fenway Park—although the Boston edifice remains over a half-century senior to the Big A. In contrast to Fenway,

Caption Contest Photo #552

Send your best caption to within 2 weeks of posting date… (Include the photo#, your name, and town of residence). Or you can mail it to “Caption Contest, The Weirs Times, P.O. Box 5458, Weirs, NH 03247″ or fax it to 603-366-7301. Some of our past winning captions…

Lakes Region Art Association at Vynnart in Meredith

By Kimberly J.B. Smith Contributing Writer Seventy five years, 56 artists and 100 paintings! The Lakes Region Art Association show at Vynnart in Meredith offers a wide variety of artistic style and medium, subject and approach. Located between the shops at Mills Falls and Main Street, the “Art Show” signs will lead you to an

Writing About Stuff

I have written in this column before about my concern with some expressions that are used with reckless abandon by a growing number of Americans. Once contained to just a few, these expressions have now grown like weeds across the once beautiful garden of the English language. The first and most obvious of these unsightly

The Iran “Deal” Obama’s Tarnished Legacy?

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer NEW YORK – A rhetorical tsunami followed the signing of the landmark nuclear limitation deal between Iran and six world powers in Vienna. On the one hand President Barack Obama and his tireless Secretary of State John Kerry presented a technically well-crafted plan which would supposedly keep

Keep Your Cardinals

The cardinal is relatively new to this area of New England. Prior to the popularity of backyard bird feeding, the northern most boundary of this brilliant red bird was the Connecticut and Rhode Island regions. As more homeowners enjoyed this hobby of feeding wild birds in the last two decades, attracting the cardinal has almost

Homunculus by Smuttynose Brewing co.

In New Hampshire, there are now over 45 breweries of all sizes around the state. But one of the more popular beers you’ll find on the shelves or in restaurants and bars has a friendly-faced logo on every label. Of course, I am speaking about Smuttynose Brewing Company at 105 Towle Farm Road, in Hampton,