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Putting your garden to bed for the long winter

We've reached the time in the growing season when the majority of our vegetables have been harvested. The only vegetables remaining in the garden are the hardiest, which actually improve in taste after a few frosts. Examples include Brussels sprouts, kale and broccoli; continue to harvest them through Thanksgiving.… 0

October 16, 2012
In memory of Marjory Mason Swope

Swope family donates 77 acres for new park

On June 29, a dedication ceremony was held for a 77-acre parcel of land on Long Pond Road. The land was given to the city by John Swope and his family in memory of his wife, Marjory Mason Swope, who died in 2007.Opening remarks were given by Kit Morgan, Chair of the Concord Conservation Commission. He… 0

July 10, 2012
what, no old lace?

Science cafe to talk arsenic

On June 20, the Barley House will host three specialists for a forum on the dangers of arsenic and its alarming presence in New Hampshire's private wells."Arsenic in well water is a major public health issue in New Hampshire," said panelist Paul Susca of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services said.Fellow panelist Jon Ayotte of the U.S. Geological Survey… 0

June 19, 2012

The steamy side of Concord

More than 200 buildings in downtown Concord are heated by steam, which floats through an underground network of pipes almost 8 miles long. That unseen labyrinth leads back to Concord Steam on Pleasant Street, a local energy corporation that has been owned by exactly two families in its seven decades of operation.Cool,… 0

April 3, 2012

Walking the walk

On a clear day, you can see the shimmering golden dome of the state capitol building from the deck at the office of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Some employees make the roughly 4-mile trek from that downtown landmark via bicycle, navigating one of several leafy pathways cut through the landscape.It's… 0

March 6, 2012
the revelator

Why must I separate?

A while back, reader Jim Place from Penacook e-mailed us the following: "I have a question about the trucks picking up our recycling. In Concord we're supposed to separate paper and cardboard from cans and bottles, but I noticed that they are all dumped into one bin on the truck and mixed together in the truck. Why separate?" Well, Jim Place from Penacook, we would have gotten back… 0

December 21, 2010
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… 0

September 28, 2010

Hello, butterfly!

Concord resident Loretta Poulin spotted a butterfly this summer. Send your photos to news@theconcordinsider.com. 0

September 7, 2010
nature 101

How your city trails stay so beautifully kempt

This week, Nature 101's Paul Basham finds out who's responsible for maintaining the city's trail system. Who maintains and grooms the hiking trails of Concord? This question was partly answered for me when I was hiking a trail in the area of Broken Ground School and came upon a group of seven people working to improve the trail. Led by forester Ron Klemarczyk, who maintains the… 0

August 10, 2010
Nature 101

How your city trails stay so beautifully kempt

This week, Nature 101's Paul Basham finds out who's responsible for maintaining the city's trail system. Who maintains and grooms the hiking trails of Concord? This question was partly answered for me when I was hiking a trail in the area of Broken Ground School and came upon a group of seven people working to improve… 0

August 10, 2010