Month: May 2017

Getting Together

I was recently made aware that the 49th year reunion of my grammar school class will be happening next year. Yes, grammar school. I never even realized there were such things as grammar school reunions. I do believe that this might be a new cultural phenomenon brought on by the advent of social media sites

Mount Moosilauke

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer This winter my friend from Maryland told me she wanted to climb Mount Washington with me this spring. I laughed. I quickly suggested perhaps a less challenging peak would be a good idea before heading up the highest peak in the Northeast United States. The best thing you can say

Flounder From A Kayak

by Tim Moore Contributing Writer From what I have been told, a flounder was the first fish I ever caught. They were plentiful and easy to catch. As a young adult though, the flounder had become overfished, and catching one each day was a rarity. However, flounder populations along the New Hampshire coast have rebounded

The Celtics And Walter Brown

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist The Celtics And Walter Brown While watching the Celtics’ wonderful 115-105 Game #7 victory over the Washington Wizards last week at the “new” Boston TD Garden, I was struck, as always, by the occasional camera shots of all the championship banners and retired numbers hanging from the Garden rafters.

Mole Framinghammer by Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers

Just two hours south from the Lakes Region, you will find yourself driving through an area known to outsiders as ‘Woostah’ (apparently the pronunciation given by locals) and nearby towns of the Rt 9 corridor. One of these towns is Framingham and within its city limits resides a quietly remarkable brewery called Jack’s Abby. In

Global Growth Improving, But Still Woes

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -The world economy is slowly improving with a forecast for 2.7 percent global growth, but there’s still a way to go to reach pre-recession levels. That’s part of the prognosis of the UN’s World Economic Situation midterm report for 2017 which cites stronger economic recovery

Sudden Summer Syndrome

As Memorial Day and the official kick-off to the summer season are upon us here in Central New Hampshire, I am confronted with phone calls from former members of F.A.T.S.O. to help them to deal with the upcoming stresses of the season. As you probably know if you read the papers – well, this one

It Happened In The Month Of May

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer As you know, the month of May can bring to the New Hampshire landscape a variety of weather from cold and snow to the sweltering-like heat of a summer’s day along with the expected springing to life of leaves and grass and the fulfillment of its promise

Beers Of The Week: Switchback Ale and Porter

The great state of Vermont is mainly known by most people for its cheddar cheese and other dairy products, its maple syrup, the Green Mountains, Cabot Creamery or Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. But if you are a connoisseur of great beer, this may be one of your focus states for their awesome breweries. At

World All-Star Baseball

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist World All-Star Baseball Sports Illustrated’s ace baseball writer, Tom Verducci, recently proposed replacing the current Major League Baseball All-Star Game format with a five-day mid-season World Baseball Classic tournament. The WBC presently goes in March where it has to compete with March Madness, Spring Training, etc. An eight-team, five

Venezuela’s Slide Into Chaos

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS -Storm clouds are buffeting the coast of Venezuela, the once rich South American state which is sliding into economic chaos and combustable political confrontation. Mass demonstrations have rocked the capital Caracas. As democratic opposition protesters con-front the riot police and paramilitary forces of the entrenched

Laconia Gets Schooled

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “But I’d only need one hundred of you.” That line silenced the crowd of teachers listening to a high-tech titan talk about the future of public education. I wish I could find the article, but I remember reading a few years ago about an education conference where somebody

New Scratch

It’s usually around this time of year that I volunteer my time to help educate the youth of our great state. Of course, I don’t have a teaching degree so there is nothing I can do in the classroom on a regular basis, but I can help to fund education by coming up with some

‘Doc’ Smith – State Veterinarian

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer After reading about the life of Robinson W. Smith, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, I am struck with wonderment as to how the busy and accomplished animal doctor could add so many other activities to his life. Dr. Smith was born in Meredith, New Hampshire on May 18,

Concord’s Marjory Swope Park Trails

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer This time of year Mother Nature gives us many cold rainy days but she can deliver a nice warm sunny day to tease us while we wait for summer to arrive. Spring weather is fickle but at least the days are longer and we have time to go for