Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell gets out his biggest, sharpest butcher knife, puts down a tarp in the kitchen and carves out a city memo on a pumpkin. Smashing idea, Tom!
clean as a whistle
Pantry stocked up
The Human Services Department is the recipient of approximately 20 bags filled with hygiene and laundry products, delivered by Kathi Jordan on behalf of the Concord Country Club Women's Association, Aspell writes. The department's pantry is now filled with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, laundry detergent and many other essential items. This donation will allow the department to provide emergency assistance to many individuals who struggle to purchase these items.
Sincere thanks go out to all the members of the Concord Country Club Women's Association.
The department is also appreciative of the generosity of the congregations of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Temple Beth Jacob. Ed Mullen of IHM recently delivered a large supply of diapers, wipes and food, and Marty Bender of Temple Beth Jacob brings the department meat and chicken on a regular basis, as well as bags of canned food. In addition, the department picks up 20 cases of food from the Capital Region Food Program each month. If not for the support of these churches and the Capital Region Food Program, the department would be unable to meet the emergency needs of the many residents who seek help with these most basic life necessities.
this old house
Learn about the history of your house - when it was built and who has owned it - Oct. 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Concord Public Library Concord room, Aspell writes. Bring a photo of the building and learn how to build your application for the Concord Heritage Commission "Heritage Sign."
Elizabeth Durfee Hengen and Carol Brooks of the Heritage Commission will guide participants in discovering their Concord building's history. Historical maps and directories will be used, as well as other little known sources. Participants will learn how to find appropriate documentation to include in an application for the commission's official heritage sign commemorating their building's origins, events or significance.
Registration is free; however, space is limited. Preregistration is required by Oct. 11. Call the Concord Public Library at 230-3682. If the Oct. 12 workshop is full, the library will take names for a waiting list for the next session.
what friends are for
The Friends of the Concord City Auditorium held their annual "Pitch In" over three days in August, Aspell writes. The Friends report that 94 people from 81 area families gave a total of 441 hours of volunteer labor to prepare the Audi for its 2011-12 season. With U.S. Department of Labor rates for volunteer services being valued at $20.25 per hour, the Pitch In volunteers provided $8,930.25 worth of work to the city building.
In addition, the Friends of the Audi paid $1,800 for room-darkening shades for the reception lobby, $556.80 for steam cleaning of all the carpets in the theatre's orchestra, balcony, stairs, and landings and $236.33 for Pitch In equipment and supplies. The Friends also received a $500 donation from All-Brite Cleaning & Restoration for steam cleaning of the carpets in the entrance and reception lobbies. This brings the total value of the 2011 Pitch In to $12,023.38. In 21 years, the Friends Pitch In efforts have provided more than $200,000 in maintenance services to the City Auditorium.
this old house
New Hampshire women long active in New Hampshire politics - including Sen. Sylvia Larsen, former Speaker of the New Hampshire House Donna Sytek, and Nashua Mayor Donnalee Lozeau - will discuss why women choose to run for elected office, campaigning, fundraising, and the pitfalls of women for 2012 on Oct. 14 from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Concord Public Library auditorium, Aspell writes. Discussion will be centered around two books by panel leader Michaeline Della Fera, Women at the Table and Thirteen Women. This event will be followed by poetry readings until noon by state poets laureate Catherine O'Brian (New Hampshire), Joyce Brinkman (Indiana), Julie Kane (Louisiana.), and Lisa Starr (Rhode Island).