Red River Theatres birthday issue

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM
Backstage pass

Crafting funny material is a lot like mining for gold

"Where do you get your material?" Comics hear this question on a nightly basis. No matter how comics come by their material, the ability to make it look like they're just up on the stage talking is a skill that takes years to perfect. A lot of work goes into looking that natural during your delivery. In fact, every polished minute of material that you see requires about ten hours of preparation writing, refining, honing the material and sharpening the words. All comics have their own routine for generating material. For me, it's taking an hour every weekday and writing on a topic. I partition off…

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM
Nature 101

Exploring the forest landscape: pillows and cradles

This week, Nature 101's Paul Basham explores forest landscape trends that happen over time, specifically, the cradle and pillow phenomenon. Hiking along the woodland trails in the Concord area, you may come across shallow depressions next to an elevated mound of earth. These curious contours of the forest floor have an interesting history and are called "cradles and pillows." When a massive tree is blown down, its roots are ripped from the ground, leaving behind a hole (known as a cradle). As the years pass, the tree trunk and roots disappear from decay, but the dirt and stones that were clinging…

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM

This week in Concord history

Sept. 28, 1818 - Samuel F.B. Morse and Lucretia Walker are married in Concord. In need of income, he has laid aside his itinerant painting career and embraced mechanics, inventing an improved fire engine which the town purchases for $200. •Sept. 30, 1864 - Private Robert H. Potter, a Concord farmer, is shot through the left lung during the Battle of Poplar Springs, Va. Because the surgeon says it is "a question of only a few moments with him," Potter is carried to the dead house. The next day, he is found lying in a pool of water, still breathing faintly. Potter will recover and be promoted…

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM
Ball & Chain

The problem with dirty dishes

Dear Bill and Casper, My boyfriend and I have been living together for about six months. Everything is going swell, except for one minor detail: He never does the dishes. Washing dishes is my least favorite chore, but I feel disgusting when I see them pile up in the sink. Granted, he does most of the cooking, but I help with a lot of other chores. I don't mind doing my fair share, but sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed. Dear Dishpan Hands, Problem solved: Buy paper plates and plastic forks and knives. But if you want a serious and loving life together, you must set some ground rules before your…

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM
Community Voices

Why Red River Theatres is important to me

One of the most thrilling survival stories ever told was a real- life event that unfolded in the Antarctic in 1914 to 1916. The story of Sir Ernest Shackelton's failed expedition and his eventual success in saving all members of his team was written by New Hampshire author Caroline Alexander and re-created on film by New Hampshire filmmaker George Butler. Area residents had the opportunity…

Sep 28, 2010
12:00 AM

Donate bone marrow for a Concord teacher

Concord firefighters are hosting a registry drive for potential bone marrow donors on Saturday, Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire department's headquarters training room located at 24 Horseshoe Pond Lane. The drive is sponsored by Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is for the benefit of Ms. Jane Merrow, a teacher at Rundlett Middle School and a former fifth- grade teacher at Beaver Meadow Elementary School. Merrow is the wife of a retired Concord firefighter. She has a rare form of leukemia that will require being matched to a donor. The procedure takes about 15 minutes and includes completion…