Month: October 2017

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

Salted Caramel Stout by Southern Tier Brewing Co.

We are approaching that time of year again where more is better; flavor and bigness that is. With colder months upon us, our winter coat needs to be built up. A few extra pounds just may help in staying warmer this winter. And, with holidays fast approaching, desserts will abound. So, with our focus beer

The Games Hikers Play

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer I know you don’t want to admit it but the days are getting shorter, the end is in sight and winter is fast approaching. Before it gets too cold and snowy hikers are out there trying to finish up their lists. Finishing all kinds of lists are the games hikers

Columbus, Indigenous People, And Sports Nicknames

 by Mike Moffett Weirs Times Columnist Happy October 12th. Columbus Day! Or at least it used to be, before it was changed to an October Monday to make a long holiday weekend. And now in many places it’s being changed to “Indigenous People’s Day,” ostensibly to honor those who lived in America before they were

Hungary Helps Embattled Mid-East Christians

by John J. Metzler Weirs Times Contributing Writer UNITED NATIONS – One of the silent tragedies among the conflicts raging in the Middle East, concerns the fate of the ancient and now persecuted Christian communities. Concerns for the forgotten and once vibrant Christian minorities especially in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are often politely air brushed

The Witch’s Brew Mystery Woman Unmasked – Part 1

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer I have read several versions of the story about the so-called witch of New Hampton, New Hampshire and have written about her, but my curiosity concerning this reportedly reclusive and mysterious woman who lived in the 1700’s and early 1800’s led me to a search for more

Getting What They Paid For

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Using public polling as a political weapon is nothing new. A recent bought-and-paid-for-by-the-AFT poll simply lowers the bar. The leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, a public-sector union representing employees of an education system where nearly two-thirds of its graduates lack proficiency in reading, want you to

Hiking Companions Tackle NH’s 4,000-Footers Together

The Last Two Peaks: Kinsman Mountain South & North by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Seven years ago I can easily recall how this all started. My golfing gal friends, Sharon and Sarah thought it would be fun to hike with me. We did a hike together in the Belknap Mountains over Piper, Whiteface and Swett.