Month: May 2016

It’s The Economy, Stupid

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer It’s not easy navigating the troubled waters of state economic planning these days. Just ask North Carolina governor Pat McCrory. He’s facing corporate boycotts and a federal lawsuit in response to the so-called “bathroom bill” that simply codifies what previously had been considered common sense: People should use

The Women’s Club

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer “The hand that rocks the cradle can just as gracefully wield a gavel.” So wrote Jane Hobart Tuttle commenting on the woman’s club movement in New Hampshire in a year 1900 article in The Granite Monthly. The article revealed a change in the purpose of women’s gatherings

Rico Petrocelli

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Roger Kahn’s best-selling 1972 book “The Boys of Summer” was a tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers of the early 1950s. Think Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson and company. Kahn’s poignant paean captured how a baseball team became part of his—and Brooklyn’s—identity.

Mowglis and Oregon Mountains Cardigan Mountain Area

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Not far from the north shore of Newfound Lake is Sculptured Rocks Natural Area, a glorious geological site carved out of rock by the Cockermouth River. This area has been a favorite place to sightsee and swim for generations. Nearby are hiking trails that were established and once maintained by

Defeating Global Terrorism: Disrupting Its Narrative

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – Stressing that terrorism “can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach” involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, the UN Security Council hosted an open debate on developing a counter-narrative campaign to in effect dissuade, discourage and ultimately defuse this

Simply Red Ale by Lithermans Limited

With the growing amount of breweries opening recently in New Hampshire (it seems almost everyday), this column never goes without fresh ammo to look after. The styles and varieties each brewer offers makes residents of the Granite State proud to say they are leading the charge and making sure that we all have enough refreshment

I Wrote This Column!

The famous philosopher Descartes once said “I think therefore I am” in order to help us understand the complicated thoughts about our own existence. Today we just take selfies. At first the concept of a selfie made sense. If you were on vacation somewhere you had never been before and were in front of a

Caption Contest Photo #594

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Devil by Beara Irish Brewing Co.

The leaves are popping from buds, May flies abound and the warmth of summer is right around the corner. But as of this writing, cool breezes still whip through the yard and one could only hope that they put off the mosquito season a bit longer. This is also a great opportunity to go back

Why Kayak Fishing?

by Tim Moore Contributing Writer I told my wife I was planning to write an article about kayak fishing but I didn’t know specifically what I wanted to write about. I had spent days thinking about it. I couldn’t decide whether to write about fishing for a particular species, a particular style of fishing, or

NH Grangers Take The Seventh Degree

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer April of this year of 2016 was designated Grange month, and the Wicwas Lake Grange in Meredith Center celebrated, having the highest membership of all present New Hampshire Granges. It also celebrated in 1951when it became 50 years old. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Chandler, members of that

Digital Estonia Sets High Tech Bar for Development

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS—When I first visited Estonia over twenty years ago, the Baltic country had recently regained its independence from the Soviet Union. Tallinn, the capital and an old Hanseatic trading city, offered an intriguing mix of medieval architecture and shoddy Soviet style construction. Situated on the Gulf

The Crying Indian

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer In six months voters might decide to “Make America Great Again.” I won’t predict how that will turn out, though I suspect we would be no worse off than after eight years of “Hope and Change.” I certainly prefer the “great again” slogan to that of the other

Sports Political Correctness

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist  Some high schools allow seniors to submit yearbook photos that include props—including sports props. A baseball player may hold a bat, or a golfer a golf club. In Jordyn Bihon’s case, it involved holding a bow. No arrow. Just a bow, as Jordyn’s passion was archery, which happens to

No Fun Anymore

It really isn’t all that much fun running for governor this time. In years past, it was only me representing the Flatlander ticket. This year, as you may have read in a previous column, I now have competition. I won’t even mention his name here since that would just give him free publicity and save