Esse Quam Videri

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer As state mottos go, “Live Free or Die” is unrivaled. We have the best state motto in the nation. But North Carolina’s Latin motto, Esse Quam Videri – translated as “To Be, Rather Than to Seem” – makes my list of the Top Five. The idea of “being”

Not Giving Up on Snow!

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer The chairlift bullwheels at some of the ski areas have stopped spinning for the season. The smallest ski hills that rely on natural snow shut down a couple weeks ago. A few more ski areas stayed open until the first of April. But don’t fret there are still resorts

Yup, It’s Spring

by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Yippee the silly season is here! Time to put away the heavy winter jacket and dig out your Hawaiian shirt! Spring officially sprung on Tuesday March 20th at 12:15pm. The days continue to grow longer and we survived setting the clock an hour ahead. There is plenty of daylight to

The Man Who Thought He Was A Tree

by Robert Hanaford Smith, Sr. Weirs Times Contributing Writer His name is T.E.M. White and I call him a person of interest, not because law enforcement authorities had any special interest in him, but because reading about his life reveals him to have been an interesting person. Probably few people who read this even know about

Thinking It Over

I’ve had to think long and hard about my plans for 2018. My recent surgery and recovery has given me a lot of time to consider what is really important in my life. It’s a bit of a quandary though. After all, not only did I survive the operation, but I also had survived a

Luponic Distortion IPA Revolution #009 by Firestone-Walker

When we look forward to an annual release of some product or series we enjoy, we can become fixated on this release date; so much so that we get excited. Well, for a number of years now, Firestone Walker Brewing Company has created a series of very interesting combinations of rare or exotic hops placed

Context and Confidence

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Three years ago this week I penned “School-to-Prison Pipeline?,” for the March 5th, 2015 edition of the Weirs Times. It could have been written yesterday. I wrote that “Our education system should be refocused on meeting the educational needs of those children capable of functioning in a classroom.

High Above the Notch Eagle Cliff & Cannon Mountain

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer We met in the Cannon Mountain Tramway parking lot after Becca spent the morning snowboarding on Cannon’s slopes. I didn’t get my act together to go skiing along with her but I was game to meet her for a mid-day strong snowshoe. She said the snowboarding was good and

Coffee Stout by Concord Craft Brewing

  Continuing along with our month-long journey of Stout beers month, we look at another awesome beer that provides so much flavor and enjoyment from our local providers within the state that is is not to be overlooked. The providers of this beer are making major headways into being among the best brewers in the

The Seed of Evil

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.  ― Aesop Evil has been with mankind since the beginning. Yet we still seem surprised when it moves out of the shadows and makes its presence known, as it did in Parkland, Florida, last week. Before

Snow’s Great & How Are You?

  by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Have you noticed how long the days are getting now? With the passing of Valentine’s Day I get into a bit of a panic that the end of winter is drawing near. I don’t want winter fun to stop! Winter officially ends Tuesday, March 20th at 12:16 pm. Eeek

To-Do, or Not-To-Do

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer The new year brought new state laws across the land, new experiments in the “laboratories of democracy.” That phrase, coined by Progressive jurist Louis Brandeis, sounds like a strength of our federal system: Fifty states, implementing laws and regulations that fit each one’s unique circumstances, within the framework


by Amy Patenaude Outdoor/Ski Writer Sometimes I don’t make the smartest decisions and still everything ends up fine. Danielle and I have been trying to make a winter trip up Mount Success since Christmas. Due to extreme cold temperatures and or a big snowfall we have cancelled our plans four times. But this past Wednesday

Ten Years After

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer I’d love to change the world But I don’t know what to do So I’ll leave it up to you “I’d Love to Change the World” —Ten Years After (1971) British blues-rock group Ten Years After is one of my favorite Woodstock-era bands. They probably didn’t sing it

A Life Changer

Reprinted from Brendan’s book “The Flatlander Chronicles.” When you win something like this, people suggest it is best to keep quiet about it. It’s a good idea to wait and first hire an attorney, get an unlisted phone number and all of your affairs in order before making the announcement to the world. I’m sure