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Merlin is ready to rule the city with an iron paw

You know that weird feeling you've been feeling around Concord recently? The one that feels like a sea change of epic proportions has taken place, but you just can't put your finger on it? Well, it probably stems from the changing of the guard in the canine mayor's office. Victoria and Nelson are out and… 0

October 2, 2012
not-so-stay-at-home

MOMS Club of Concord offers fun activities for mothers

This group of stay-at-home moms doesn't do a whole lot of staying at home.The MOMS Club of Concord, a local chapter of an international organization - MOMS stands for "Moms Offering Moms Support" - boasts a membership of almost 50 mothers and a calendar busier than most corporate executives.There can… 1

October 2, 2012
City Hall reporter of the week

Laura McCrystal knows what's going down downtown

Monitor reporter Ben Leubsdorf moved on from the City Hall beat to the State House, and who better to fill his stylish but sensible shoes than Laura McCrystal? She's taking over City Hall duties - and the Downtown column - and we've got the inside scoop! Learn all about your new favorite reporter right here.What's… 0

October 2, 2012
Attorney of the week

Charles Holoubek helps us patent our signature snark

Name: Charles HoloubekPatent attorney, Davis & BujoldHow does one become a patent lawyer specifically? What drew you to that area of the law?To become a patent lawyer you need to first be a lawyer - go to law school and sit for and pass a state bar exam. And second you need to be patent-bar eligible - have a science… 0

October 2, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 25, 2003: In Concord, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announces that New Hampshire will build a new emergency management center, thanks to a $9.1 million grant.Sept. 26, 1845: The New Hampshire Courier of Concord tells readers it's willing to take payment in forms other than cash: Those of our subscribers who are in arrears to us for the Courier and wish to pay in… 0

September 25, 2012
Coachy!

Help us choose Concord's mascot

As you may have read in the Monitor's Downtown column, the Chamber of Commerce is looking to rebrand Concord with a new slogan: "Creative Capital." That got us thinking: Maybe Concord should have a mascot, too!Whether it's an anthropomorphic stagecoach named Coachy, our own Insider mascots Svetlana and Gomez or just someone in a Tom Aspell costume (that someone:… 0

September 25, 2012
BEES? BEADS! Beads? Beads.

We get crafty with Donna and Chris Nordlund

Donna Nordlund, owner, and Chris NordlundBead It!How long have you been in the craft business? How did you get started in the field?Donna: It's been almost nine years with the store. This was my first venture into retail, ever. I was getting laid off in the corporate world, so I did some research and decided this… 0

September 25, 2012
girl scout of the week

Sarah Whittier creates birthdays in a bag

It's another installment of our Girl Scout of the Week, in which we profile some local Girl Scouts to find out just what being a scout is all about. This week, we've got Sarah Whitter. Check it out!How long have you been a Girl Scout?I have been a Girl Scout for four years, and every single one has been better… 0

September 18, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 18, 1987: In Concord, Elizabeth Dole defends her decision to quit her job as U.S. transportation secretary to help her husband, U.S. Senator Bob Dole, run for president. "This is my choice," she says. "I'm not going to be just out there standing by Bob's side and smiling. We're talking about something with serious implications. We're talking… 0

September 18, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 11, 1866: Kearsarge beats Portsmouth 32-19 in one of the first reported games of "base ball" in Concord. Judge Ira Eastman, however, remembers seeing the game (or its forerunner, rounders) played in the city 50 years before.Sept. 11, 2002: Hundreds of people stand silent under umbrellas at the State House Plaza during a Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony.Sept. 12, 1841:… 0

September 11, 2012