Have some compassion for the parsnip

If you’re like many people, you don’t think much about parsnips. You may hardly ever eat them. Don’t let lack of understanding prevent you from getting to know this sturdy, starchy old staple of a vegetable. The thought of any vegetable disappearing into oblivion is just plain sad, yet vegetable varieties are slipping away from us at an alarming rate. According to the Center for Biopersity and Conservation, almost 96 percent of the...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell hops on a giant cat, rides that down to the monorail stations, takes that to downtown, dodges zombies and rollerbladers and finally makes it to his office at City Hall. Once he gets there, he takes a moment to thank his lucky stars that we were around to redesign Main Street. Then, he dashes off another brilliant city memo and sends it over to us via penny-farthing messenger. but winter is cold...

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Book of the Week
Dec04

Book of the Week

My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story Luisa Weiss 2012, 320 pages Nonfiction Luisa Weiss is the daughter of a mathematician from Boston and an interpreter from Rome.  She has always been fascinated with cooking.  Her parents porce when she is a child, and she is bounced back and forth from her father’s apartment in Boston to her mother’s home in Berlin.  As an adult she settles in New York, but she doesn’t feel at home and wonders if she is...

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Commas, commas and more commas

The Grammarmatrix was approached this week by an Insider fan asking for clarification on a punctuation issue. Evidently she and her boyfriend disagree on when to use a comma in a series before the word “and.” The Grammarmatrix is happy to clarify and perhaps curtail this quarrel. The comma is a mark of separation and one of its duties is to pide items in a series. It’s a useful punctuation mark but often misused. The rule with three...

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Concord Public Library teams with local artist for bookmark series
Dec04

Concord Public Library teams with local artist for bookmark series

The Concord Public Library Foundation is doing its best to make reading a more colorful adventure in the city. The foundation has teamed with artist Melissa Miller – a Concord resident herself – and the Capital Offset printing company to produce bookmarks that will feature snippets of Miller’s paintings themed to the changing seasons. The first of the bookmarks will be available to the public by the first of the year. “We work with an...

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This Week In Concord History

Dec. 5, 1908: Fire Chief William Green sets out for the movies at Phenix Hall, but even though the same show played at the nearby Opera House for more than a year, the Phenix is filled. There are plans to convert yet another building in the Durgin block into a theater. “Verily, the people are moving picture mad,” Mayor Charles Corning writes in his diary. Dec. 5, 1976: Gov. Mel Thomson says he would agree to let his state be used as a...

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Me gray hair, you yoga pants

Here at the Insider, we like to peruse Craigslist’s Missed Connections section to see if anyone saw us looking super cute at those Black Friday sales is finding true love online in Concord. Here are some of those posts, presented unedited as always. Concord self def class we’d nov 14 – m4w – 50 Met at the class me gray hair . Interacted in afternoon with practice exersize’s thought mite give it a shot e mail if it’s u . U will know...

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Chicken thieves and a bunch of drunks

Here’s another installation of our popular Retro Police Log series, in which we highlight some of the interesting entries from old Concord Police Department logbooks. Enjoy! Jan. 7, 1940: Call to Thirty Pines for a suspicious car. Just a fellow and a girl. All O.K. Jan. 18, 1940: Called to watch for a Schonland truck from Manchester. The driver is drunk. Feb. 26, 1940: State Police called to stop a car that was all over the road....

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Martial arts master reaches milestone
Dec04

Martial arts master reaches milestone

The resume of Matt Brown’s martial arts mentor reads something like a modern-day tough-guy manual. George Dillman has worked closely with Bruce Lee, hung with Chuck Norris, owned two cougars, wrestled a bear and currently owns Muhammad Ali’s training facility in Pennsylvania. He can also knock you out by simply tapping the underside of your jaw.  Sound like a gimmick? Brown thought so, too, until he challenged Dillman at their first...

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‘The Sessions’: an awards-season heartwarmer that doesn’t quite pop
Dec04

‘The Sessions’: an awards-season heartwarmer that doesn’t quite pop

The Sessions is a film that on paper looks like a sure-fire Academy Award nominee. The story of Mark O’Brien, a polio-stricken journalist who undergoes a sexual awakening with the help of a sex surrogate, is poignant, funny and heart-wrenching. John Hawkes, fresh off top-notch performances in Winter’s Bone and Martha Marcy May Marlene, is perfect for the lead role, and the challenges therein (his character is confined to a bed or an...

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Christmas Care for Kids

Want to get some Christmas shopping done?  Let the Senior High Youth Group take care of your children for a few hours with their Christmas Care for Kids event Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They will do a variety of things from making Christmas gifts to decorating cookies. $10 per child. Lunch provided. Be sure to reserve your spot by Dec. 10 by emailing me at anyhan@southchurchconcord.org  All proceeds will benefit the group’s trip...

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Get on the bus! – Tue, 04 Dec 2012
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Get on the bus! – Tue, 04 Dec 2012

Look at this happy bunch of bus riders! This crew of Concord globetrotters took a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana, and they took the Insider with them. Pictured getting a ride on the historic Red Bus are: Mike and Eileen Gfroerer, Robyn and Bob Cotton, Pam and Og Young, Betty and Mike Lenehan, Alice and Houston Davis, and Jim Morris and Debbie de Peyster. What’s cooler than cool? Ice cold! If you take the Insider with you on...

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Classic Concord photo – Tue, 04 Dec 2012
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Classic Concord photo – Tue, 04 Dec 2012

A couple of turn-of-the-century Casey Joneses found themselves in a bit of a pickle back in the day. We don’t know much more about this train crash photo, but we’re guessing it’s a shot of the 1910 cattle car crash that killed 13 calves and a cow. This would never happen with the Insider’s Main Street redesign, by the way. That’s the beauty of a monorail – one-way traffic only!

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Return of Giftopolis
Dec04

Return of Giftopolis

Winter Giftopolis, a rich bounty of handmade winter gifts, returns to downtown Concord’s Midnight Merriment festivities the evening of Dec. 7 from 6:30 p.m. until midnight. This second annual Winter Giftopolis features an eclectic selection of more than two dozen local and regional artisans and fine artists, in the atrium at 7 Eagle Square, next door to the Museum of New Hampshire History. Admission is free – Santa will join in the...

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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 04 Dec 2012
Dec04

Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 04 Dec 2012

This shot of some cool Concord architecture comes to us from our friend @kazashop on Instagram. Thanks for the picture!

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Crafts at the Unitarian church

The Unitarian Universalist Church held a Greens Fair for the holidays Saturday morning.

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12 Bites of Christmas

Celebrate the holidays in good taste at the Concord Food Co-op’s 12 Bites of Christmas event Dec. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. This event offers the community an enjoyable, affordable night out as well as an opportunity to taste the persity of catering skills available at the Co-op. The exclusive, ticketed event will show off the talents of the Co-op’s award-winning Celery Stick Café. Get great ideas and taste the delicious catering options...

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American Red Cross

The winter months can be a challenging time for blood collection, particularly during the holidays.  Hectic holiday schedules, inclement weather and school vacations can result in lower donor turnout.  But while donors’ schedules change, the need for blood remains constant.  This holiday season, consider giving something that means something . . . donate blood.  For the month of December, presenting donors will receive a coupon for a...

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Assessing the situation

McGowan Fine Art held a free Appraisal and Assessment Day on Friday, with Martha Richardson venturing up from Boston to offer free appraisals of art pieces. Dozens of people came from near and far to have items assessed.

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Assessing the situation

McGowan Fine Art held a free Appraisal and Assessment Day on Friday, with Martha Richardson venturing up from Boston to offer free appraisals of art pieces. Dozens of people came from near and far to have items assessed.

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The latest offerings at the Mill Brook Gallery

The Mill Brook Gallery is located at 236 Hopkinton Road. For more information, visit themillbrookgallery.com or call 226-2046.

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The latest offerings at the Mill Brook Gallery

The Mill Brook Gallery is located at 236 Hopkinton Road. For more information, visit themillbrookgallery.com or call 226-2046.

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The Insider redesigns Main Street
Dec04

The Insider redesigns Main Street

Check out our redesign here:...

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