The Concord City Auditorium issue

Nov 08, 2010
3:59 PM

Behind the scenes

Every time some little hooligan sticks a piece of gum under a chair at the Concord City Auditorium, Allwynne Fine thinks of her late husband, Edward. In 1991, Edward took on the arduous task of scraping all the gum off the theater’s carpets and floor. “Now every time I see gum left behind by a patron, I think of how diligently he worked at removing years of dried-out gum balls!”…

Nov 08, 2010
4:02 PM

This week in Concord history

- Nov. 9, 1869: Josiah L. Pike, slayer of an old couple in Hampton Falls, is hanged – the first person executed in New Hampshire since colonial times. In the days leading up to his death, ministers’ wives and daughters brought him flowers, sang to him and held his hands. An observer describes Pike’s final days as “a surge of sentimental gush that scandalized the state and aroused the stinging sarcasm of Mark Twain.” Afterward, there is a change in prison management, and “murderers have not since been allowed ovations there.” - Nov. 10, 1854: Concord’s Unitarian Church is destroyed…

Nov 08, 2010
3:15 PM

City briefly

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the highlights from City Manager Tom Aspell’s weekly memo. Enjoy. Wanted: Your parking opinions When we say “overnight parking,” how does that make you feel? Angry? Happy? A little hungry? The City of Concord’s parking committee wants to know. “Currently, Concord allows overnight parking in the downtown and portions of the South End,” Tom wrote. “The parking committee is exploring whether overnight parking could be expanded to other areas of the community.” You can share your ideas at any of the following forums: - Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., West…

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…