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OutFITters Thrift Store (20 S. Main St.) is a great place to find back to school clothes at remarkably affordable prices. Ruth Pratt told us they always have some clothing that is half off, and there’s a rotating lineup of items for $1. We found this sweet T-shirt that we would have bought if it was in our size (we… 0

August 19, 2014
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There’s also the wildly popular Night Before trilogy, featuring The Night Before Kindergarten and it’s equally successful prequel and sequel. If you’re one of those crazy people who likes to live on the edge, go ahead and read them all in one night. 0

August 19, 2014
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Gibson’s for Kids at Gibson’s Bookstore (45 S. Main St.), which we think is the former Imagination Village, has plenty of books to get the little ones ready for the adventures ahead. But it was even educational for us. For instance, did you know that kindergarten is apparently a place with lots of farm animals? 0

August 19, 2014
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Back to school isn’t only for kids, though, and that’s why we highlighted the above book and glass display, because we agree that wine makes mommy clever. And back to school shopping makes mommy need even more clever juice than usual. 0

August 19, 2014
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Caring Gifts (18 N. Main St.) may not seem like a back to school haven, but it had a ton of useful stuff, like these colorful mugs with names on them. Think of them as those trendy Coke cans without all the high fructosy stuff. Now your child will never be left out during espresso time, which is a huge part of the… 0

August 19, 2014
Can you dig it?

Mary Chagnon crosses ‘operate heavy machinery’ off her bucket list

Most people’s bucket list doesn’t include an actual bucket. Not so for Mary Chagnon, a resident at Havenwood Heritage Heights who at 86 years young jumped into an excavator and dumped a couple bucket loads of dirt on the ground Friday morning. Chagnon was playing bridge with a friend not too long ago when she overheard… 0

August 19, 2014
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Got a major construction project you need help with? Call Mary Chagnon . . . she has 15 minutes of excavator experience under her belt. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised to find her working with the Cobb Hill Construction crew at Havenwood before the summer’s out. 0

August 19, 2014
Turns out it’s not too scary out there

We officially stepped outside of Concord, but not without parameters

Our love affair with Concord is no secret. If it were, though, it would be our second favorite secret, right between pop and victoria. Anyway, we have and will always work to find the funkiest and funnest stuff Concord has to offer, even if funnest is the kind of (non) word that will incite the Grammarnator. But there’s… 0

August 12, 2014
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Borders-CI-081214

There’s stories in them thar hills. 0

August 12, 2014
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DiscGolf4-CI-081214

Discs, which are a fairly important part of disc golf. You can get everything you need in the Top O’ The Hill pro shop. 0

August 12, 2014