The Holiday Issue

Dec 26, 2012
1:53 PM
What a merry gentleman!

The wreathin' for the season

Krista Simonds and her 6-year-old son, Trevor, were tired of staring across the living room at each other one Sunday afternoon. So Krista suggested they embark on a creative project and make a Christmas wreath. Or 50. Trevor’s first wreath was such a success that his mother encouraged him to make more and sell them. And when he excitedly accepted her suggestion to use the money to help someone else out during the…

Dec 26, 2012
2:12 PM

The holidays are in the house

Here are a few holiday decorations for your viewing pleasure!

Dec 26, 2012
2:00 PM
Max vs. Machine

NHTI sculptor's capstone

When Maxwell Miller enrolled at NHTI as a computer programming major, he had envisioned a life in which every waking moment would be filled with technology. But an epiphany, followed by a change of major, has led him to envision just the opposite. “I realized I just couldn’t sit in front of a computer for the rest of my life,” Miller said. So, he start dabbling in some visual arts classes, ending up in a sculpture…

Dec 26, 2012
2:24 PM

Season's greetings, Insider-style

Comedian Kurt Braunohler is behind the "greeting card project," in which he buys greeting cards, writes crazy, funny messages in them and then puts them back on the shelf for others to find. It's the craze that's sweeping the nation, so we thought we'd get in on the fun. Here are our entries, now tucked away on the shelves of the Main Street CVS. If you find one of these cards, take your picture with it and send…

Dec 26, 2012
1:46 PM
The Grammarnator

He dabbles in geography, too? What a guy!

The Grammarnator will abandon hectoring anyone this holiday season and offer an interesting geography lesson. Serendipitous exploration, which began by looking at a map of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in order to get my bearings in a detective novel by Steve Hamilton led me to this information. There are towns named Christmas in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, and Mississippi. There are three towns named Santa Claus in the United States and four named Saint Nicholas. North Carolina has an Elf. Dasher is in Georgia, Vixen in Louisiana, Comet in Montana, Cupid in Nebraska, Donner in California,…

Dec 26, 2012
1:48 PM

This week in Concord history

 Dec. 25, 1820: Episcopalians hold Concord’s first Christmas celebration 93 years after the town was settled. Because Concord was settled by Massachusetts Congregationalists, the holiday was previously banned. Dec. 26, 1856: A fire reduces Concord’s Phenix Hotel to ashes. It will rise again on the same spot. Dec. 26, 1900: The police foil a murder for hire in Concord. The hit man turns in the woman who offered him $10, her rings and a pair of opera glasses to kill her estranged husband. The woman, 26-year-old Carrie Sinclair Huntoon, is a Concord belle who can trace her…

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