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We hope you’re sitting down for this. Standing can get pretty tiring, that’s all. Anyway, the Insider’s fearless leader is leaving (note: fearlessness approximate). That’s right, Keith accepted a job with the UNH School of Law, and this issue is his last hurrah after almost two years as editor, and almost four years with the newspaper. He’s had some adventures, as evidenced by the photos on this page showing him as a zombie (photo...

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Here’s photographic proof that the sun shines directly on those who take part in the Friends Program. Wait, it shines on everyone? This changes everything!

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Kids are doing fun kid things at Camp Spaulding again this summer

After a brief hiatus, Camp Spaulding in Concord is back, and it’s sort of brand new this year thanks to a creative partnership between Child and Family Services of N.H., the Concord Family YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Nashua (the only such collaboration of its kind in the country, according to Kat Strange of Child and Family Services). The new setup features a day camp as well as the traditional residential camp, and if our visit is...

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With half of Main Street about half done (do the math, try to keep up), here’s the best stuff we’ve found down there

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A magic show is always way more fun when a cute pooch is involved

The Greg and Axel Show came to the Concord Public Library on Friday afternoon, featuring Greg and his four-legged buddy Axel performing a comedy and magic act for the kiddos.

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We hit up Market Days, and found these people having tons of fun

Market Days was its usual tremendous self again this year, and we were there to prove it happened.

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The Barley House Wolves had their hurling home opener at Amoskeag Beverages in Bow on Saturday afternoon, and hurl they did! They defeated a visiting team from Hartford, and if we understood how the scoring went in hurling, we’d totally put the final score here. It was a perfect day for some good action, though, and there was plenty of opening-day pageantry – the teams walked onto the field to the sound of bagpipes and the first ball...

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Adventure shopping

Since Ocean State Job Lots’s slogan is ‘Adventure Shopping,’ we headed down to find the most adventurous items in the store. It’s like a safari you take right here in Concord!

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We bobbed and weaved through Title Boxing Club

No wonder it’s one of the coolest new fitness joints in town – we worked up a sweat just watching a class

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Healthy living officially sprung at the Co-op’s annual fair last week

The Co-op held its annual Spring Into Healthy Living Fair on May 16, and as usual it was a veritable smorgasboard of fun and good health and big crowds.

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We traveled the world and never had to leave Rundlett Middle School

Rundlett Middle School and 21C hosted the Around The World Multicultural Day on Friday afternoon, celebrating cultures from all over the globe. There was a ton of food, a huge crowd and perfect weather.

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Get to know your friendly Parks and Recreation staff

Time to learn about the fun-loving people behind the scenes of the Concord outdoors, um, scene

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Let us take you on a tour of Concord parks

Want to know what amenities you can find at some of the city’s biggest parks? We did too, so we found out

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For the second consecutive year, residents at Havenwood Heritage Heights teamed up with Dean and Meg Wilber of Mapletree Farm to tap trees on campus and make their own maple syrup. And for the second consecutive year, yum. This year’s yield was almost twice as much sap – 68 gallons compared to 40 last year – which led to almost two gallons of syrup, most of which was poured on delicious pancakes at a breakfast celebrating the haul...

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Havenwood staffers get silly for Spirit Week with a fun variety show

Residents at Havenwood Heritage Heights got to enjoy Spirit Week last week, complete with a staff variety show Thursday.

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The much anticipated Bark in the Park event at Rollins Park was a smashing success Sunday, drawing large crowds of two- and four-legged participants to help raise money for the potential restoration of a K-9 unit to the Concord Police Department somewhere down the line.

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Scenes from the New England School of Barbering in Concord.

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Concord sure is doing the whole green thing

Efficiency abounds in our fair city, and we learned about some of the coolest components of local buildings

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Downtown was alive with colorful marshmallowy critters – and a tiger! – during Indie Easter on Friday afternoon. Digger the tiger, the Concord Main Street Project mascot, was walking up and down Main Street to greet the public and look in all the stores, many of which participated in Indie Easter by making Peeps displays in their windows and storefronts.

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Guess who won our snowbank scavenger hunt?

We had a scavenger hunt, and some of you scavenged. We can prove that at least one person did, anyway, because we’re naming Deborah Brink the winner! She successfully discovered six of the seven snowbanks, and would perhaps have had all seven with more lenient graders (we were looking for Franklin Pierce statue, not the State House). Anyway, Deborah has won a $20 gift card to the Concord business of her choice. Congrats Deborah, and...

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The Insider gets an invite to the CASL, part II

Students from the Capital Area Student Leadership program held a communications day last week, and we stopped by to get in on a piece of the action. Here’s what they had to say

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Kids made all this stuff, and it’s awesome

It’s Youth Art Month and like every other year, the Concord School District is celebrating by hosting a student art exhibit at Steeplegate Mall. Through April 15, over 1,100 pieces will be on display in what was a vacant retail space across from Tutti Frutti near the Bon-Ton entrance.

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Buy artwork made by famous Concord peeps at the Intown auction

Guests at Intown Concord’s Annual Meeting and Locally Famous Art Auction will have the chance to check out these works, and maybe bring them home at the end of the night (the paintings we’re talking about, not the people).

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The snowbanks of Concord scavenger hunt

It snowed a little this winter. OK, it snowed a lot. But we figure you’ve got to have some fun if you’re going to survive the season with your sanity intact, so we put together this snowbank scavenger hunt. We found some of the most mountainous snowbanks in the city, and now you have to find them – for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to a Concord business of your choice. Email your answers to <a...

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Rania the cat came all the way from Spain to her loving forever home

The cute little thing is a true survivor

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We dug through the Monitor archives for some classic Audi photos

Thanks to technology limitations, we can’t visit the Audi in the past. But through the eyeball time machine that is the Concord Monitor photo archive, we found these cool pics through the years.

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NHTI’s annual wheelchair charity hoops game was another slam dunk

The NHTI “All Stars” took on several teams of NHTI students in the 13th annual Wheelchair Basketball Benefit at the school Tuesday afternoon, earning a come-from-behind win thanks to a late rally.

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Since Ocean State Job Lots’s slogan is ‘Adventure Shopping,’ we headed down to find the most adventurous items in the store. It’s like a safari you take right here in Concord!

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Here’s what winter storm Juno looked like through an Instagram lens

Winter storm Juno may not have been the crippling blizzard the weathermen wanted us to think it was, at least not in Concord (sorry, Nashua!), but it sure did make for some pretty pictures! We checked the old Instagram machine and found some of our favorites from the storm and its aftermath. F

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