Month: June 2016

Bald Ledge High Above Winona Lake – It’s A Nice Walk

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Not far from downtown Ashland and actually in New Hampton is Sky Pond and Sky Pond State Forest. I followed the directions given to me by a friend. I later learned that this trail is included in the AMC’s Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide. I knew I was getting close

NH Ale from 603 Brewery

Recently, this column pronounced that cans are a better idea than glass bottles… A few things to note about cans; they are not made the same as your grandfather’s Schaffer cans back in the day. The lightweight aluminum is coated with a fine protective layer to keep the metal from the liquid. They store well,

New Hampshire First In 1776

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Seemingly forgotten because of the event of July 4th, 1776 is a historic event that took place in January of that year in New Hampshire. The citizens of New Hampshire in the years leading up to that event were apparently not particularly anxious to break their ties

Zika, Rory, And The Olympics

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics are only five weeks away. As always, the quadrennial extravaganza will feature a surfeit of sports drama—and more. Brazil provides a grand venue for the ultimate reality show to showcase the world’s finest athletes, along with compelling international rivalries and countless human interest

Day Of Reckoning

Well, it’s finally upon us. I never thought that I would see the day. If you have been living under a rock not only must you be very uncomfortable, but you also may not realize that next week is the big convention by the Flatlander Party to choose their candidate to run for governor. I

Iran Buying American Boeings

  by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – It’s a deal! The Islamic Republic of Iran is set to buy 100 American made Boeing civilian airliners for a price tag near $25 billion. The sale which has been quietly in the works for some months now, can be directly linked to

The Immigration Joke

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A Pakistani and an Afghani walk into a bar…Oh, wait, not a bar, a US/Mexico border checkpoint. No, wait: They simply walked into the United States at an unguarded section of our southern border…and now the joke isn’t so funny.

One Thyng After Another

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer Not so long ago, in the year 1860, Jeremiah B. Thyng moved from Gilford, New Hampshire to live in the town of New Hampton where he became a member of the Free Will Baptist Church and became one of the selectmen of the town. Jeremiah and his

One For The Old Guys

There has been a lot of controversy lately about bathrooms and who can use which ones. I am not here to criticize or praise any of the groups that are involved in this controversial subject, but I am here today to make the case for my own group and our needs which are being totally

Going Native

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer   Robert Frost wrote in his poem, New Hampshire, “It’s restful to arrive at a decision , And restful just to think about New Hampshire.” Frost liked New Hampshire, but I never realized until I recently read an article in The Literary Digest for October 6, 1923,

Ukraine Fault-Line With Russia Still Rumbles

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -The artillery rumbles like a rolling late Spring storm. Small arms fire reaches a staccato, only to fall silent just as quickly. And hapless civilians on both sides of an arbitrary divide endure and suffer as the forgotten slow burner conflict in eastern Ukraine continues

Round Pond And Mount Mack A Fun Day In The Belknaps

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The weather was a little iffy. Weatherman said it might rain but we bet on it to stay partially cloudy and we won the bet. We opted for a different kind of route by taking advantage of Camp Bell not being is session yet and starting our hike at the

Exposing Secrets

Psst!! Flatlanders!! I’m here to let you in on a few secrets. I’m one myself, you know..a Flatlander, I mean, not a secret. I moved here in 1985 from Long Island, New York. I’ve lived here now over thirty years and since 1995, through these pages, I have been, among other things, explaining how I

Renovate Fenway Park!

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist An annual pilgrimage to Boston’s Fenway Park is mandatory for a fan to remain in good standing in Red Sox Nation. I made mine on June 4th for a BoSox-Toronto Blue Jay showdown. The historical edifice remains unique—the only venue in the American League where the likes of Babe

The Cost Of Looking Good

One of the greatest necessities in my life is causing havoc with my finances. Every week I find myself becoming more frugal, conserving what I can, even at the cost of my own comfort. Still, I can never hold out as long as I’d like and sooner rather than later I am digging deep into