The Hotel Concord offers upscale stays with upscale views of downtown Concord
Feb12

The Hotel Concord offers upscale stays with upscale views of downtown Concord

There’s no shortage of hotels in the capital city. Between Holiday Inn, all the various iterations of Marriott, Best Western and Comfort Inn, it should never be too hard to find a place to crash for a weekend. But let’s be honest – if you’ve been to one chain hotel, you’ve been to them all. It tends to be a pretty predictable, cookie-cutter experience. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. A new place in town aims to provide a...

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End of Days: Old motel comes down in Concord, sparking second new hotel development in a year 
Feb12

End of Days: Old motel comes down in Concord, sparking second new hotel development in a year 

After days of demolition, all that remained of the old Days Inn was a lonely brick wall and a foundation. The Concord motel – whose riddles greeted Interstate 93 motorists for years – was torn down last week to make way for a new hotel by developer Steve Duprey. It’s the second new hotel project to come online in almost a year after The Hotel Concord opened its first dozen or so rooms last summer. The two projects break what has...

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‘The Farnsworth Invention’ to be performed at Concord City Auditorium this weekend
Feb12

‘The Farnsworth Invention’ to be performed at Concord City Auditorium this weekend

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Community Players of Concord will proudly present The Farnsworth Invention, a witty and fast-paced play by Aaron Sorkin, the Academy Award-winning creator of The West Wing, A Few Good Men, The Social Network and more. This exciting, funny and dramatic play portrays the Depression-era story of David Sarnoff and Philo T. Farnsworth as they lead two teams, 2,000 miles apart, in the race to invent...

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CYPN’s Young Professional of the Month is Jim Seavey
Feb12

CYPN’s Young Professional of the Month is Jim Seavey

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Jim Seavey. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 32. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I am the owner/CEO of The Bit Lounge, a web design and digital...

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Alcohol could be headed to Everett Arena
Feb12

Alcohol could be headed to Everett Arena

Next time you go to Everett Arena for an event, you might be able to crack a cold one when walking around. The city council was to decide Monday (after Insider press time) whether to authorize the city manager to enter into a licensing agreement with the state’s Liquor Commission, allowing it to sell beer and wine at the arena, according to city documents. For this to work, there needs to be a demand for beer and wine during some of...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Absentee ballot notice, spring prep at Beaver Meadow and more
Feb12

City Manager’s Newsletter: Absentee ballot notice, spring prep at Beaver Meadow and more

The city manager’s office released the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The letter contained too much information to fit into this space, but the full letter can be accessed by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Absentee ballots, voter registration On Tuesday, March 5, residents will have the opportunity to cast their vote at the special municipal election. Polling locations within the...

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Bulletin Board: Comedy Club opens at Tandy’s on Valentine’s Day
Feb12

Bulletin Board: Comedy Club opens at Tandy’s on Valentine’s Day

John Broderick to speak at NHTI NHTI invites the public to a special presentation by John Broderick, senior director of public affairs at Dartmouth Hitchcock and former N.H. chief justice, on Tuesday, (Feb. 12) from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in Sweeney Auditorium. Broderick appears as part of Dartmouth Hitchcock’s REACT mental health awareness campaign, which provides individuals with tips on how to recognize signs of emotional suffering and...

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Blast From the Past: The origin of Old Home Week
Feb12

Blast From the Past: The origin of Old Home Week

New Hampshire Gov. Frank Rollins was concerned because many people across New Hampshire were abandoning their farms and homes to travel west in search of a better life. There were government homesteading programs as well as other incentives to travel west. Rollins addressed the issue with thoughts of methods he could use to retain the citizens of New Hampshire and not lose them to the west. The governor encouraged people to stay and...

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Entertainment: Oscar-nominated shorts are all the rage at Red River Theatres
Feb12

Entertainment: Oscar-nominated shorts are all the rage at Red River Theatres

We’re getting toward the middle of February now, which means the Academy Awards are on their way. That, of course, means it’s time for some Oscar nominees at Red River. The theater is showing Oscar-nominated shorts this week, as well as its standard lineup of high-quality films. There’s plenty of music to check out and a few plays, too, so get out there and be entertained! Music Tuesday Sergey Marchenko at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at...

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On Display: Alison Palizzolo’s exhibit ‘Pushing the Envelope’ at NHTI library
Feb12

On Display: Alison Palizzolo’s exhibit ‘Pushing the Envelope’ at NHTI library

Artist Alison Palizzolo’s exhibit “Pushing the Envelope” is on display at the NHTI library through Feb. 28. The gallery is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.  It is not open Saturdays.

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Book of the Week: ‘The Colors of All the Cattle’
Feb12

Book of the Week: ‘The Colors of All the Cattle’

The Colors of All the Cattle Alexander McCall Smith 2018, 228 pages Fiction/Mystery   The Colors of All the Cattle is the latest in this series set in Botswana, Africa, featuring detective Precious Ramotswe. Precious has a full and happy life. She owns the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and runs it with the help of Mma Makutsi. She is married and has two young children. Her friend Mma Potokwane pressures her to run for City Council....

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This Week in Concord History
Feb12

This Week in Concord History

Feb. 12, 1968: A thin, soft-spoken, curly-haired Harvard divinity student named Sam Brown arrives at 3 Pleasant St. in Concord, headquarters of the “peace” candidacy of Sen. Eugene McCarthy. “The United States is now the great imperialist-aggressor nation of the world,” Brown tells an interviewer. He has come to town to lead scores of young visitors to the state in a one-month insurgency that will bring McCarthy to near-victory in New...

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We found tons of ideas for ways to treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s Day
Feb05

We found tons of ideas for ways to treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s Day

Call it what you want – a Hallmark holiday, a contrived ploy to sell candy, a slap in the face to everyone who’s single – just don’t forget it. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day, and although the holiday isn’t this week, it’ll be here before you know it – and by then it will be too late. We’ve all been there before – you wake up and look at your phone and realize it’s Valentine’s Day, and you haven’t done a thing for your...

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Four fun food and drink events at Local Baskit this week
Feb05

Four fun food and drink events at Local Baskit this week

Local Baskit, the meal kit store at The Concord Center downtown, knows how to have a good time. Just last week owner Beth Richards hosted an event that paired beer samples from New Hampshire brewers with doughnuts from Brothers Donuts. That event had a line stretching well into the parking lot, and the place was full of energy. It was just another night at Local Baskit, which has grown into a true destination for food- and...

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Lithermans Limited releases Hot Sex on a Platter, its special Valentine’s Day beer
Feb05

Lithermans Limited releases Hot Sex on a Platter, its special Valentine’s Day beer

It’s almost Valentine’s Day already, which can only mean one thing – it’s time for some Hot Sex on a Platter. You can interpret that statement any way you want, but if you’re thinking of anything other than the chocolate-covered strawberry imperial stout by Lithermans Limited, you need to get your head out of the gutter – this is a family publication! This is a special-release offering from Lithermans – they release a batch ahead of...

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Grappone Conference Center to host Rockin’ to Boston fundraiser for local Boston Marathon runners
Feb05

Grappone Conference Center to host Rockin’ to Boston fundraiser for local Boston Marathon runners

The Boston Marathon is one of the world’s premier athletic events. Set in the heart of one of the nation’s most historic cities, the marathon routinely draws tens of thousands of elite runners from the world over every April to compete. While there are probably a couple dozen people who actually run the marathon to try to win prize money, the vast majority of participants have other, usually non-athletic reasons for running. Take...

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Entertainment: Lots of local bands playing at local hot spots this week
Feb05

Entertainment: Lots of local bands playing at local hot spots this week

The first month of 2019 is officially in the books, and things are starting to get back to normal around here – meaning plenty of bar/restaurant shows as well as plays on local stages and some big-time movies on the screen at Red River. Here’s what’s up this week: Music Tuesday Michael Walsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m., sign-ups at 6. Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Alex...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Upcoming events at library, sewer project and more
Feb05

City Manager’s Newsletter: Upcoming events at library, sewer project and more

The city of Concord’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The newsletter contained too much information for us to fit into this spot, so we’re just printing some highlights here. For the full newsletter, go to concordnh.gov and click the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Concord Public Library events February is a short month, but there is a lot going on at Concord...

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Making Good Health Simple: Go into the grocery store with a plan, and execute it
Feb05

Making Good Health Simple: Go into the grocery store with a plan, and execute it

Grocery shopping – one of the unavoidable errands of the week. Navigating the grocery store can be challenging, time consuming and often frustrating. There are so many options, which can make it seem overwhelming and confusing. I could sit and preach about reading every single label and inspecting each piece of fruit, but I recognize that may not be a reality. Here are some simple things you can do to help make this process less...

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Blast From the Past: Fire at the Boston and Maine Railroad freight house in Concord
Feb05

Blast From the Past: Fire at the Boston and Maine Railroad freight house in Concord

During the 1940s, there was a devastating fire in Concord at the Boston and Maine Railroad freight house. Those brave Concord Fire Department first responders arriving on the scene did not know the contents of the warehouse initially. It was not long before the firemen realized the severity of the fire was greatly heightened by what they discovered upon entering the blazing warehouse. The Boston and Maine Railroad freight house fire...

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Multiple chances to meet authors at Gibson’s Bookstore this week
Feb05

Multiple chances to meet authors at Gibson’s Bookstore this week

Gibson’s Bookstore is offering two opportunities to meet with authors on back-to-back days this week, with Hendrick Smith visiting Concord on Thursday and Jennifer Skiff making an appearance Friday. On Thursday, pop in to meet Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author. Stop in for a few questions and some conversation at the table, get your copy of Who Stole the American Dream signed and shake his hand. He’ll be at the signing...

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General Services to hire new Flex Technician after successful first run
Feb05

General Services to hire new Flex Technician after successful first run

The city of Concord’s General Services Department launched a new full-time paid internship program this past summer that has now successfully achieved its goal to train and transition an intern into a permanent full-time position. Now, the search is on for a second intern. Conner Bailey was Concord General Services’ first Maintenance/Operations Flex Technician intern. He was hired in September and developed training across various...

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Bulletin Board: Comedy Club coming to Tandy’s on Valentine’s Day
Feb05

Bulletin Board: Comedy Club coming to Tandy’s on Valentine’s Day

Newly bereaved discussion group Concord Regional VNA is offering a Newly Bereaved Discussion Group on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St. Groups are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the same time. This session provides grief education and support for those who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Registration is not required. For more information, please...

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Book of the Week: ‘Burning Ridge’
Feb05

Book of the Week: ‘Burning Ridge’

Burning Ridge Margaret Mizushima 2018, 280 pages Fiction/Mystery Officer Mattie Cobb and her black German Shepherd, Robo, are the K-9 team working for the police in Timber Creek, Colo. Not only are they partners, but they have a unique bond. They are called to join a team riding up into the back country to investigate some grisly remains. A body has been burned in a fire pit on a ridge. Then three more sunken places in the grass are...

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This Week in Concord History
Feb05

This Week in Concord History

Feb. 5, 1853: Thomas Francis Meagher, the famed Irish exile and itinerant lecturer for Irish independence, speaks at Concord’s Depot Hall. Among his listeners is president-elect Franklin Pierce. Feb. 5, 1942: Dudley Orr, the state tax commissioner, is pictured on the front page of the Monitor riding his bicycle to work. In a time of severe gas and tire rationing, he says, it is important for public officials to set a good example. He...

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Looking to watch the Super Bowl somewhere fun? We found a few places for you to check out
Jan29

Looking to watch the Super Bowl somewhere fun? We found a few places for you to check out

In what has become an annual tradition around here, the Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl once again. If you haven’t been keeping track, this will be nine appearances in “The Big Game” for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the greatest American duo since Batman and Robin. It’s almost become old hat around here, though we don’t know anyone who’s sick of this just yet. With the Super Bowl comes Super Bowl house parties and Super...

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Staying in for the Super Bowl? Try these recipes, or call Constantly for some food
Jan29

Staying in for the Super Bowl? Try these recipes, or call Constantly for some food

While it can be a lot of fun to go to a busy restaurant or bar to watch the game in a lively atmosphere, there’s nothing wrong with staying home, either. That said, this is the Super Bowl, so it deserves a little more pomp and circumstance than your typical run-of-the-mill Sunday evening. If there’s one thing any big game demands, it’s food. Specifically, we’re talking about game-day food, the kind of stuff your mom wouldn’t let you...

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Adventure Shopping: Super Bowl LIII edition
Jan29

Adventure Shopping: Super Bowl LIII edition

In what has become an annual tradition, the Patriots are off to the Super Bowl yet again. The nation’s most-watched TV program every year, the Super Bowl is always a big deal even to non-sports fans. Anyone who’s anyone will certainly have a party to host or attend, and that means you’ll need supplies. As usual, when thinking about supplies for any type of event, we hit up Ocen State Job Lot to see what kinds of odd, cool and cheap...

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Scenes from the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship – after dark
Jan29

Scenes from the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship – after dark

White Park was abuzz with festive energy last Saturday night during the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship. After a weather scare delayed the start of the tournament, by Saturday everyone was living it up on the frozen pond. Here are some scenes we found Saturday night.

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The results are in from NHTI’s Dancing With the Concord Stars
Jan29

The results are in from NHTI’s Dancing With the Concord Stars

NHTI’s 9th annual Winter Fling was held on Saturday. The highlight of the night was the wildly popular Dancing With the Concord Stars event, which this year included Monitor ad respresentative Jeanne Lester as one of the contestants. Here are the results from the competition: Best Energy: Bryanna Marceau (Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce) and Lucas Meyer (Preti Strategies) with “I Want You Back,” Jitterbug. Most Theatrical: Tina...

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