Year: 2016

Florida Sports Adventures

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist A fellow Plymouth State alumnus named Steve recently invited me to fly to Florida to meet and speak to veterans on beautiful Marco Island. Not wanting to “look a gift horse in the mouth,” I happily accepted, exchanging snow and sleet for sun and sand. The Florida people were

Notable Journalists From New Hampshire

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer As a Laconia High school student in the 1950s, I would occasionally stop at my Dad’s place of employment, the Laconia Evening Citizen office on Beacon Street. As I entered through the front door, and before I turned to the left and went down the stairs to

Ten Fidy Imperial Stout from Oskar Blues Brewery

How is your winter coat coming along? Confused? Recently I noted that during the hearty winter months in New Hampshire, we tend to put on a few extra ounces (or pounds) that I look at as insulation or otherwise known as your winter coat. With this in mind, we venture down the fuller side of

Strange Behavior

I have heard it all over the years, but certainly not for awhile. “My kids think I’m crazy. I can’t even walk out of the bathroom without sticking my head out as far as I can and look both ways.” I can’t count how many times I heard that one. “I walk around the house

Resolve To Make It A Fun Winter!

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Sometimes I just don’t know where the time goes, but I am convinced that winter is too short. There are just too many fun things to do when the weather is cold and snowy. I want to ski every day, snowshoe up mountains every day and try new things every

Last Minute Thoughts

As Christmas Day is upon us and most of us, hopefully, have successfully checked off all of the items on our gift list. Still, there always seems to be that one person on the list who it gets harder and harder to buy for each year. I know I have often gotten down to the

Childhood Memories Of Christmas In New Hampshire

  by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer A year ago this column was about a memorable, unusual Christmas that involved a serious illness my father experienced and the generous support our family received from neighbors and other friends. Because Christmas is a gift that keeps on giving every year, I have additional memories,

Taking It For Granted

It was a day that started like any other. I awoke without much on my mind; no pressing commitments to attend to that day, no personal matters that needed to be taken care of. My mind was free and I was unhindered from worries. Seeing that the day was mine and time was insignificant, I

Imperial Stout by Moat Mountain Brewing

Winter is a delightful time of year in New Hampshire… minus the snow shoveling, biting cold, slippery roads and bad driving conditions, and of course, catching a cold. But besides these items, it is really nice to be in New Hampshire’s longest season of the year. With so many fun things to pursue during these

Cleveland Browns

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity …” – Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities” Dickens was writing of London and Paris. I write of Foxboro and Cleveland—of Patriots and

Church And State In Colonial NH

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Captain John Mason, who obtained a grant for land in what is now New Hampshire, can be credited with giving the state its name. Mason lived in the County of Hampshire in England and named the land granted to him as a new Hampshire. The first English

Beijing’s Pacific Pivot—75 Years After Pearl Harbor

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – On December 7, 1941, the United States was shocked and stunned from its nervous neutrality and thrust into the crucible of the Second World War. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor instantly changed the narrative for American involvement in WWII which had already been

Fun Skiing – Cannon’s Blasting & Sunny Sunapee

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Cold nights and sunny days make for great fun on the slopes. Winter doesn’t officially begin until December 21st, but it certainly looks and feels like winter is already here. Cannon Mountain has been blasting snow on their slopes like never before! Just a quick glance at the mountain

Rebel RAW Double IPA by Boston beer company

Now that we have opened up the ‘flood gates’ of beers available to talk about within the New Hampshire borders, this column will probably never run out of great beer! Even though I am partial to and proud of NH-brewed beers, I like the diversity that exists every time you decide to go look for

Remembering 4-H Club

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Girl Scouts are known for their cookies, but at one time there were also 4-H Club cookies, available in vanilla or chocolate flavors and described as delicious wafer thin sugar cookies. Each package weighed nine ounces and contained three dozen cookies. Apparently much more recently some 4-H