Bring your appetites to the 13th annual Taste of New Hampshire
Oct16

Bring your appetites to the 13th annual Taste of New Hampshire

Don’t look now, but one of the greatest days on the Concord calendar is right around the corner: Taste of New Hampshire day. The festival of food, put on by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire as a fundraiser, returns for a 13th year Thursday, and with a slight tweak to its name from years past – formerly the Taste of Concord, the event’s new name reflects the fact that the Boys & Girls Clubs’ network is expanding,...

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Singers to compete for the crown of N.H. Opera Idol at Concord City Auditorium
Oct16

Singers to compete for the crown of N.H. Opera Idol at Concord City Auditorium

If there’s one knock against this city, it’s the relative lack of opera competitions we have around here. Thankfully, opera fans, your dreams will all come true this Saturday when the Piccola Opera and Opera New Hampshire present New Hampshire Opera Idol at the Concord City Auditorium. This will be an all-day affair featuring 40 opera singers belting it out, giving it their all to try to become the next N.H. Opera Idol. And by all...

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David Ruedig named Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year
Oct16

David Ruedig named Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces David Ruedig as its 2018 Citizen of the Year. The Chamber will honor the Concord businessman and philanthropist with an award ceremony at its 99th Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year award celebration presented by Merrimack County Savings Bank on Nov. 7 at the Grappone Conference Center. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. “This award represents the highest honor...

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Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests honors Ben Gayman with Conservationist of the Year award
Oct16

Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests honors Ben Gayman with Conservationist of the Year award

On Sept. 29, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests presented the organization’s Conservationist of the Year award at its 117th Annual Meeting. Among the organization’s most prestigious recognitions, this annual award honors those exemplary people who have worked to promote land conservation through many different avenues, often with significant sacrifice. The Conservationist of the Year honors people whose work to...

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Learn about forest bathing with Hanna Fries at Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct16

Learn about forest bathing with Hanna Fries at Gibson’s Bookstore

No loofah required! People have been retreating to the woods for quiet, meditation and inspiration for centuries, and recent research finds that time spent in the forest doesn’t just feel good but is, in fact, good for you. Inspired by the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, poet Hannah Fries invites readers to bask in the company of trees, whether in a city park or a rural nature preserve, as she presents Forest...

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Bulletin Board: Stamp collectors, free concert and a movie
Oct16

Bulletin Board: Stamp collectors, free concert and a movie

Stamp collectors to meet today The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Tuesday (Oct. 16) beginning at 1 p.m. We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Liberty the comfort dog, paving updates, indoor golf and more
Oct16

City Manager’s Newsletter: Liberty the comfort dog, paving updates, indoor golf 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. Comfort dog aims to join Concord PD If all goes according to plan, Liberty, a yellow Labrador...

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Concord has made a change to its leaf-collection program, and you’ll probably like it
Oct16

Concord has made a change to its leaf-collection program, and you’ll probably like it

It’s mid-October, which means it’s prime leaf-raking season. In Concord, that has usually meant raking up all your leaves and somehow lugging them out to the curb for the city to come suck up with its giant vacuum trucks. But now, there’s a new option, and it just might change your life – bagged collection in the fall. Yes, you can finally put those leaf bags, previously acceptable only in spring, to use as the city will begin...

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Coalition to hold info session at Common Man on ending homelessness in Concord
Oct16

Coalition to hold info session at Common Man on ending homelessness in Concord

Ending homelessness in a community like Concord requires commitment, time and a wide range of talents and skills. For those who would like to be part of that effort, the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will hold a volunteer information session next Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Common Man restaurant in Concord. CCEH staff and volunteers will describe the many ways that individuals, service organizations, houses of...

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Entertainment: ‘Friends’ parody highlights a very busy week
Oct16

Entertainment: ‘Friends’ parody highlights a very busy week

We have about as busy a week on the entertainment front as you’ll ever see around here this week. On the music side, Area 23 is hosting a big “Decades Night,” in which several artists will each do a set of songs from a particular decade. As far as theater, the Capitol Center for the Arts has a musical parody of the classic sit-com Friends. And Red River Theatres will have one showing of The Divide, a gritty Western. Enjoy! Music...

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On the Road: A couple of newlyweds took the ‘Insider’ on their Hawaii honeymoon
Oct16

On the Road: A couple of newlyweds took the ‘Insider’ on their Hawaii honeymoon

Robert and Nancy Bussiere took the Insider along with them on their honeymoon to Hawaii in August. Along with five nights in Honolulu and a seven-day cruise was a visit to Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. Thanks for bringing us along on your romantic getaway! Are you going somewhere exotic, or just cool? Bring a copy of the Insider with you and take a picture of yourself holding it in front of something memorable or picturesque....

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Grange looking for donations for Concord Christmas parade, tree lighting
Oct16

Grange looking for donations for Concord Christmas parade, tree lighting

For the Insider Planning is underway for the 67th annual Concord Christmas Parade, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 9:30 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The parade route is being finalized, but Loudon Road will be the main route. The units will begin forming at 8 a.m. for floats and decorated vehicles. The remainder of the parade units will be there at 8:30 a.m. The formation location is also being finalized. The Concord...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct16

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 16, 1975: The Reagan for President campaign opens a headquarters at the New Hampshire Highway Hotel in Concord. Hotel owner Matthew Morton agrees to a temporary replacement of the wording on the huge sign atop the building from “Highway Hotel” to “Reagan for President,” creating an ostentatious precedent for future political candidates. Oct. 16, 2001: Citing safety concerns relating to the Sept. 11 attacks, the Steeplegate Mall...

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Book of the Week: ‘Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey’
Oct16

Book of the Week: ‘Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey’

Have Dog, Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey Stephen Kuusisto 2018, 239 pages Nonfiction   Stephen Kuusisto grew up in Exeter, N.H. He was legally blind and could only see some colors and shapes. His parents didn’t want him to be pitied, so they told him that he had to “pass” as sighted. They thought his disability would make him a victim. Stephen went to school, read books (pressed up to his nose) and even marched in a Memorial Day...

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A few words about Making Strides from event chairwoman Kathi Russ
Oct09

A few words about Making Strides from event chairwoman Kathi Russ

To the wonderful Greater Concord Community, Do something hard. Do something meaningful. Do it with good people. You are sincerely invited to join the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Field in Concord. Whatever your reason for Making Strides, all are welcome. Perhaps you are supporting a friend or family member facing breast cancer, or perhaps you are a caregiver...

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All the day-of-event details you need for the 2018 Making Strides walk
Oct09

All the day-of-event details you need for the 2018 Making Strides walk

The 2018 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk will take place Sunday at Memorial Field in Concord. Here’s all the day-of-event information you need to know: Parking: The Governor Hugh Gallen State Office Park is available for your parking needs. Please enter the parkway off Pleasant Street or Clinton Street. Please avoid using Fruit Street. There will be parking signs and attendants available to assist you. Shuttle buses will be...

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Walkers share what ignites their passions
Oct09

Walkers share what ignites their passions

Jo Bunten Team: Brave Hearts What ignites your passion for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer? The Brave Hearts team will be participating on Oct. 14 to honor and remember those we have lost, support those currently in treatment and those who have survived. This year we walk in honor of Sue Auerbach, Dottie Bozek, Connie Collins, Winifred Harty, Judith Houle, Lorraine Kreamer, Jean Boisvert, Pauline Ouellette, Hilary Morrison Roman,...

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Concord Making Strides event is a celebration of survivorship
Oct09

Concord Making Strides event is a celebration of survivorship

Survivor. One is a survivor the day of diagnosis. It is one word with so much meaning. When one thinks of this word others come to mind: Strong. Resilient. Fighter. Honest. Unwilling to give up. Positive. Mental toughness. Hope. The American Cancer Society Making Strides against Breast Cancer event is all about awareness and fundraising to provide support services as well as fund important research to find the cure to put an end to...

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Volunteer Tina Smith recognized with Sandra C. Labaree Award
Oct09

Volunteer Tina Smith recognized with Sandra C. Labaree Award

The American Cancer Society brings together volunteers and staff to fulfill one dream and one purpose — healthier communities with less cancer. In fact, the only way the American Cancer Society can achieve their mission of creating a world without cancer is one community at a time. As the largest voluntary health organization in the world, volunteers are the engine of the American Cancer Society. Volunteers drive patients to...

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Insight on navigating your cancer journey
Oct09

Insight on navigating your cancer journey

Many times this journey starts before you receive your cancer diagnosis. You are scheduled for some type of diagnostic procedure, a mammogram, breast ultrasound, MRI, a biopsy – fine needle aspiration, core needle, stereotactic core needle biopsy. You are starting to learn the language of cancer. Just like high school French class, you will have to do your homework. Knowledge is power – it can help quiet some of your fear. The...

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The American Cancer Society is in the business of saving, improving lives
Oct09

The American Cancer Society is in the business of saving, improving lives

The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Here are some examples of the work we are doing to help save lives from breast cancer: Finding breast cancer’s causes and cures More than $62 million currently invested in breast cancer grants. Additionally, 235 grants relating to all cancers are currently being funded. Helping patients and survivors Cancer.org had...

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Author Bernie Lambek to present his book ‘Uncivil Liberties’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct09

Author Bernie Lambek to present his book ‘Uncivil Liberties’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

Author Bernie Lambek will roll in to Gibson’s Bookstore on Wednesday to share his legal whodunnit, Uncivil Liberties. After a high school student is found dead at the bottom of a rock ledge on the outskirts of Montpelier, Vt., the community confronts its conflicting beliefs and values. The book explores hate speech and free speech, cyberbullying and privacy, religious and sexual freedom, and a community’s many faces of love and loss....

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Entertainment: Hatbox Theatre, Concord City Auditorium busy with shows this weekend
Oct09

Entertainment: Hatbox Theatre, Concord City Auditorium busy with shows this weekend

Space is tight, so no movie listings this week. Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Lester Hirsh at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Thursday Will Hatch at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mike Gallant at The Common Man at 7 p.m. The Hoot at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. $3 cover. Friday Stuck in Time Band at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 8 p.m. Dirty Looks at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. The...

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CYPN: Jared Reynolds loves downtown, Hermanos
Oct09

CYPN: Jared Reynolds loves downtown, Hermanos

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Jared Reynolds. 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 work on the Community and Economic Development team at the...

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This Week in Concord History
Oct09

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 9, 1992: In the first Gile concert of the season, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra play to a full house at the Concord City Auditorium. Oct. 10, 1774: Reacting to the Intolerable Acts and Britain’s closing of Boston Harbor, a special town meeting in Portsmouth votes to send 200 pounds to Boston for poor relief. The amount is four times Portsmouth’s annual province tax. Other New Hampshire towns, including...

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On the Job: I got out of the office and tried a few random jobs around Concord
Oct02

On the Job: I got out of the office and tried a few random jobs around Concord

I love my job here at the Insider. After all, what’s not to love? I get to spend my days talking to interesting people in the community, writing about concerts and other fun family events, and I even get to eat good food and drink nice beers every once in a while. But, like anything else you’ve done for weeks and months and years on end, it loses some of the excitement factor after a little while. That’s why I decided to get out of...

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Author and musician Robert Hunter to play, discuss book at Gibson’s Bookstore
Oct02

Author and musician Robert Hunter to play, discuss book at Gibson’s Bookstore

Gibson’s Bookstore is no stranger to hosting author events – the independent bookseller usually never even goes a week without having an author in to talk about his or her work. But it’s rare to have a 2-in-1 show there, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen next Tuesday (Oct. 9) when Robert Hunter comes to town. Hunter is a musician from Nashville who has also written a novel. He’s in the middle of a 50-state tour (he’s already...

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NHTI to host Manhattan Short Film Festival this weekend
Oct02

NHTI to host Manhattan Short Film Festival this weekend

This weekend – Friday through Sunday – NHTI, Concord’s Community College, will join venues around the globe in hosting the 21st Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival, a worldwide competition to select the best short films of 2018. Throughout the week, theaters in more than 350 cinemas across six continents will be screening the nine finalists in this yearlong competition. Every viewer will have the opportunity to rate the nine films,...

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Centerpoint Church to celebrate 200 years in Concord with block party
Oct02

Centerpoint Church to celebrate 200 years in Concord with block party

Ever since Concord celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015, it seems like there’s always some group or institution that has a big milestone celebration every time you turn around. This weekend, it’s Centerpoint Church’s turn – the downtown staple will turn 200 this weekend, and everyone’s invited to the party. Centerpoint Church is the one right across from the YMCA on North State Street. It’s been around since 1818, and it doesn’t...

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Entertainment: All the live music, theater and movies we could find
Oct02

Entertainment: All the live music, theater and movies we could find

In the week ahead, there are some concerts here and there as well as a selection of films at Red River Theatres. Also, a play recounting Orson Welles’s famous stunt in 1938, called Invasion From Mars!, will make its Hatbox Theatre debut this weekend. Here’s what we found:   Music Tuesday Scott Solsky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Comedy at Area 23 at 9 p.m., sign-ups start at 8:30. Wednesday Joel Cage at...

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