The Concord City Auditorium issue

Nov 08, 2010
3:16 PM
Loosen those waistbands

So you think you can pie?

Do family members always ask for seconds of your homemade pumpkin pie? Have you been told that you have the best cherry pie in town? Is your meat pie to die for? To help you with your Thanksgiving baking, readers, we’re holding our third annual pie bake-off. We hope you’re ready. Here’s how it works: We’re looking for volunteers to bake their signature pie for our famished taste-test panel (a scrupulous bunch of Monitor reporters, editors and photographers). Participants must deliver their pie and recipe to the Monitor building, off Sewalls Falls Road, on Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each…

Nov 08, 2010
3:18 PM

That’s right, it’s time to get in the gift-giving spirit

Each year, the Insider puts together a Guide to United Way Giving issue. In it, we publish wish lists from local groups and nonprofits that are in need of something this holiday season, be it food, clothing, toys, etc. We’re doing it again this year, and we want your help. If you work for or know an agency that would like to participate and be included in the guide, please contact Val Guy, director of community impact building for Granite United Way. She’s compiling the wish list for us, which will be published in the Nov. 23 issue of the Insider. Submissions must be received by Nov. 18. For…

Nov 08, 2010
3:28 PM

The long journey to Concord

Chances are, you don’t know Alexander Kotsekon. But if you live in Concord, you benefit from his work every day. It flows through your pipes, floats your goldfish and freezes in your ice cube trays. Kotsekon is Concord’s water treatment plant operator, which means he’s in charge of all the water that you probably take for granted. And, just as that water winds its way through the…

Nov 08, 2010
3:36 PM

The Bulletin Board

Dolls, cards and more The Merrimack County Artisans’ craft fair will be held at the Bektash Shrine Center, 189 Pembroke Road, on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will showcase unique and diverse wares, including jewelry, dolls and doll clothes, photographs, floral bouquets, cards, ornaments and more. - JENNIFER ELLIOTT And when you’re done there, go here! A fair trade craft sale will be held at Sacred Heart Parish, 52 Pleasant St., on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Gifts and crafts sold will include jewelry, housewares, ornaments, chocolates, jams and more. Items for sale were produced…

Nov 08, 2010
3:40 PM

The Insider visits Machu Picchu

Gary Sobelson sent us this photo of him and the Insider at Machu Picchu in Peru. “The air was thin, but the Incan architecture remains a true wonder of the world,” Sobelson wrote. “Amazing what these Amerindians could do without iron tools or the wheel. And, of course, the Insider has something the Incans never had – written language!” Don’t forget to bring the Insider on your next trip. Send photos to…

Nov 08, 2010
3:42 PM
Concord Public Library

Book of the week

The Sandwich Swap Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan with Kelly DiPucchio Illustrator: Tricia Trusa Date: 2010 Children’s picture book Queen Rania lives in Jordan, located in the Middle East, and known for many conflicts. She explains that this book was inspired by an incident in her childhood. Lily and Salma are best friends forever who love to play, create and eat together. All is fine until the day that Lily tells Salma that her hummus sandwich is yucky, and Salma responds that Lily’s peanut butter sandwich smells funny. When the two girls get caught in the middle of a food fight and are…