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This week in Concord history

Feb. 24, 1853: Concord’s “Old John” Virgin, a veteran of the War of 1812, is found frozen in his house on Sugar Ball. Virgin boasted all his life of having fought at Tippecanoe with William Henry Harrison. An invalid, he had “an ulcerous sore on one of his legs, which was very offensive,” according to a contemporary account. Virgin earned a pension… 0

February 24, 2015
Tread, Tread, Tread your legs

Time to break out the old swimsuit and hit the pool

The key to keeping your head above water is a little thing we like to call treading. It’s when you move your legs – and sometimes arms – in a rhythmic way that keeps the top half of your body above the water line, allowing you to still breath, which we’ve heard is kind of an essential thing these days. It may take some practice, but don’t worry, you’ll get it. If three-… 0

February 24, 2015
Bingo was its name-0

The world is a nicer place because of these students

In December at Rundlett Middle School, at a time when most kids were thinking about what they were going to get for Christmas, a number of students took part in PRIDE Bingo, a game that required one to do good deeds for others and not think of oneself. Pictured are some of the more than 130 students who completed a… 0

February 24, 2015
We’re Totes going to Kansas again, Toto

Don’t miss your second chance to dress up and sing

The Concord Public Library planned to follow the Yellow Brick Road to a singalong starring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, the Lion (and Toto too!) earlier this month, but it was snowed out, because it was held on a day of the week. Fear not, fans of the Emerald City, you’ll have another chance. Sunday, April 19 at… 0

February 24, 2015
Sorry elsa, this is the only frozen we care about right now

We want you to take pictures of your icicles and send them to us

Fact: It’s really freaking cold outside right now. Other fact: there’s a lot of frozen precipitation lying around. Result of those facts: iciciles! Thus concludes this morning’s Insider science lesson. There will be no homework. That’s a lie, actually! There is homework: we think icicles are pretty cool, so… 0

February 24, 2015
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Ooh, icy. 0

February 24, 2015
Choose your own adventure

The ultimate fate of our gingerbread house is in your hands, readers

You may recall that back in December, Tim teamed up with Sue Chandler to make one heck of a good lookin’ gingerbread house. How good lookin’? Good enough that we’ve left it in the Insider pod ever since. But the braintrust in the building has told us it’s time to usher our lovely house out the door, before… 0

February 24, 2015
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Should Keith run the gingerbread house over, should Tim stomp it to smithereens or should we do something else that’s totally awesome? 0

February 24, 2015
We figured it out

Become an engineer and you can teach people to make silly putty

We’ve always wondered what engineers actually do. It’s one of those professions that has a lot of mystery surrounding it, like spies, donut hole makers and the people who mow weird shapes into fields. We don’t see them, but somehow all that stuff still gets done. Anyway, getting back to engineers, we’ve been… 0

February 24, 2015
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Claire Lund, a chemical engineer at Sanborn Head, did some ground breaking work this week by showing Mika Taylor, Francesca Brown and Jack Brown how to make slimy silly putty with glue, water and borax. 0

February 24, 2015