Year: 2017

A Wintry Day At Loon Mountain

Snow, it snows! Every skier and snowboarder unloading their gear in Loon Mountain’s parking lot was happy. Light white flakes of snow fell from the sky all day and landed on top of the good snow base that was already established by Loon’s top notch team of snow makers and more snow direct from Mother

Ski and Snowboard Fun at Waterville & Cannon

-NH Slopes Are Wide Open! By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer Skiing and Snowboarding with friends and family is a wonderful way to enjoy season. Time spent together on chairlifts and enjoying the snow blanketed trails will make a lifetime of lasting memories. If you don’t know how to ski or snowboard please sign-up for a program

Hey Bungalow Bill

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer One of the lesser works on 1968’s The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) was The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, a song mocking an American who went on a tiger hunt during a spiritual retreat in India. The Beatles had been part of that retreat, and John Lennon

First Runs at Bretton Woods

By Amy PatenaudeSki/Outdoor Writer A couple weeks ago I made it up for Bretton Woods’ opening day to ski. Bretton Woods enjoys a surprise and gives short notice when they’re opening for the season, usually just less than 24 hours.  As soon as they can get us on the mountain they do it.  When the

Wet Waterville Valley Walking

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We met at the Dunkin’ Donuts in Campton just off of Interstate 93’s exit 49 because we had not decided where we were going to hike. Danielle and Amanda were already inside when I arrived. After grabbing a coffee and looking at the maps we made our decision. We’d

Colonists & Indians -A Historian’s View Of NH In 1871

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer “Out with the old and in with the new” says the old New Year’s adage with much that is reasonable behind it. It is not always wise to be rid of the old, however, and that includes old books. I almost passed on the opportunity to read

I Like The Blue One

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Last week, we got our first glimpse of the eight border wall prototypes vying to replace the inadequate – or non-existent – barriers along our nearly 2,000 mile national demarcation with Mexico. I like the blue one. We call it a border, but it is much more than

China’s and Japan’s Elections Contrasted

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – The political optics could not have been more contrasting as China selected its leader and Japan elected its Prime Minister. In a grandiose and stunning setting, draped in the trappings of crimson and gold, 2,300 Chinese Communist Party (CCP) grandees predictably anointed Xi Jinping

Off Year Elections

It’s Almost Election Day!! What did you say? Election Day? No Way! But it’s true. This is what is called an “off year” election. I believe they call it that because, unlike other years, everything about it is a little “off”. It’s not quite normal. At least what we have come to consider normal as

Random Walks And Thoughts (Think Winter)

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer By the end of October a year ago there was snow above 3000 feet. Winter hasn’t teased us yet and it has been easy enjoying this extended warm weather but I am looking forward to winter and to skiing. Last weekend Becca and I went out hiking to visit the

The Witch’s Brew Mystery Woman Unmasked – Part II

>>Click to read PART ONE of this two part column <<   by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer The results of investigative reporting may not be welcome to those who prefer that the identity of the alleged witch be kept a mystery, but even perhaps the earliest printed account of the story admits

JOHN FARRELL …. Is GONE

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist JOHN FARRELL …. … is gone as Boston Red Sox manager—despite two straight first-place finishes and a memorable 2013 World Series title. His sin? Failing to advance in the post-season. Red Sox Nation has high expectations. Consider Bobby Cox. He managed the Atlanta Braves to 14 first place finishes

The Iron Lady

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Had she lived, Margaret Thatcher would have celebrated her 92nd birthday last week. I wonder how many in the U.K. would prefer the Iron Lady’s ghost to their current prime minister, the hapless Theresa May. When it comes to female prime ministers, the Brits are batting .500. The

Life Goes On

Some columns are difficult to write. Two weeks ago, my wife, Kim, and I took a trip to the neighborhood I grew up in on Long Island, New York. It wasn’t a trip we had planned, but we were expecting to take it soon all the same. You see, my mom passed away after being

Separatist Fault Line Stretches From Spain to Ukraine

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – A dangerous and potentially riveting political fault line stretches from Spain across Europe to Ukraine as smoldering separatist movements have gained new strength and standing. From Catalonia in Spain to the eastern regions of Ukraine with Corsica in between, the nationalist rift runs through