New albums from Concord residents
Jul28

New albums from Concord residents

Old Rail Car New Hampshire musician Tim Kierstead has just released his first album of all-original music, Old Rail Car. A singer/songwriter and well known guitarist across New England, Kierstead has opened for huge acts like Willie Nelson and Keith Urban, and has recorded at the legendary Sound Stage Studios in Nashville. Now he takes the next step in his musical journey by sharing an album of nine original songs, completely...

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City News: North Pembroke Road Bridge closed for repairs
Jul28

City News: North Pembroke Road Bridge closed for repairs

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Upcoming meetings City meetings will be held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green Street (unless otherwise specified on the City’s calendar). Upcoming meetings include: Zoning Board of Adjustment: Aug. 4, 7 p.m. City Council: Aug....

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This week in Concord history

July 29, 1927: Police Chief A.S. Kimball orders the Lapp carnival on the Bridge Street fairgrounds to close “forthwith.” The shutdown follows the arrest of two men who work for the carnival on gambling charges. Both are convicted and fined $50. The chief investigated after receiving reports of gambling and indecent shows at the fair, including one show to which only men were admitted. The sponsoring Elks Club will argue in vain for a...

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Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery
Jul28

Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery

Transient Desires: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery By Donna Leon (272 pages, mystery, 2021) Two young American women are badly injured and left on the loading dock of a hospital in Venice. Luckily, a hospital worker finds them fairly quickly. But one of them is seriously injured and in a coma. The women had been joyriding on a fast boat with two young Italian fellows, men that they met that night. What happened to the girls, and...

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Entertainment listings: July 15-22
Jul14

Entertainment listings: July 15-22

Live music July 15 Michael Walsh at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Kid Pinky at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. Bass Drop with DJ Lance at Area 23 at 7 p.m. July 16 Scott Solsky Album Release at Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Tickets $15; $10 livestream (plus fees) Veggie Burger with Bacon at Area 23 at 8 p.m. River Sister at SHARA Vineyards from 6 to 8 p.m. July 17 Ken Clark at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Seth Glier at Fletcher-Murphy Park...

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Clear your schedule for homemade ice cream
Jul14

Clear your schedule for homemade ice cream

  If you’re in the mood for ice cream now, stop reading this and go look at capital area ice cream stands (page 8). If you want ice cream and are willing to invest a fair bit of time into making it yourself, carry on. Aside from the time component, making ice cream isn’t too challenging. Over the weekend I tried two recipes: a traditional Vanilla Ice Cream from the Betty Crocker cookbook and a vegan Vanilla ice cream recipe by...

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City news: Drought conditions continue despite rain
Jul14

City news: Drought conditions continue despite rain

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Use water wisely As of July 8, drought conditions have not changed much from last week despite receiving heavy amounts of rain. Currently, 3.93% of the state is in a severe drought, 53.14% is in a moderate drought, 32.54% (including...

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Book: The Rough Patch
Jul14

Book: The Rough Patch

By Brian Lies (Children’s picture book, fiction, 2018 ) Lush illustrations and tender storytelling make this children’s book about loss, grief, and healing one of the more beautiful picture books I’ve read recently. Evan is a fox who does everything with his pet dog, who is his best friend and trusted companion. Their favorite activity is tending Evan’s garden. Then “one day, the unthinkable happened.” The dog dies, apparently...

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This week in Concord history

July 15, 1605: Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer, sails into Piscataqua Bay.   July 15, 1822: The hail that falls in Concord today is “of a sufficient size to break glass and cut down the corn,” according to a local history.   July 15, 1832: Six convicts escape from the state prison in Concord by splitting a stone in the roofing of their cell and letting themselves down the wall by their blankets. Four are captured in...

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Scoop spots you won’t want to miss
Jul14

Scoop spots you won’t want to miss

Sunday is the day for sundaes this week. July 18 is recognized as National Ice Cream Day. Luckily for those in the Concord area, there are plenty of places that serve up scoops of creamy deliciousness. We at the Insider know that making a decision of this caliber can be a challenge, so we called around to see what ice cream flavors are worth a try. Here are the responses. Arnie’s Place 164 Loudon Road, Concord (603) 228-3225,...

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Live music and entertainment
Jul08

Live music and entertainment

July 8 John Franzosa at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9 p.m. N.H. Fiddle Ensemble at Eagle Square at 7 p.m. April Cushman at Cheers from 6 to 9 p.m. July 9 Swappin Set with Lucas Gallo and Dave Emeny at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Ariel Strasser at SHARA Vineyards from 6 to 8 p.m. July 10 Scott Solsky at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Brian Booth at Concord Craft Brewing from 4 to 6 p.m. Concord Chorale presents Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” online in a...

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City news: Ward 4 special election info

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: City meetings City meetings will be held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green Street (unless otherwise specified on the City’s calendar). Upcoming meetings include: City Council: Monday, July 12, 7 p.m. Planning Board: Monday,...

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Sportswriter to share stories
Jul08

Sportswriter to share stories

A clash of NBA titans. Seven riveting games. One young reporter. Welcome to the 1969 NBA Finals. Sports journalist Leigh Montville visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on July 15 at 7 p.m. to present Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals: Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter, a masterpiece of sports journalism with a charming touch of personal memoir. Montville has crafted his most entertaining book...

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Actors make it look effortless

Monitor staffNext up on the Hatbox Theatre stage is Seminar, created by Pulitzer Prize nominee and creator of hit TV show Smash Theresa Rebeck. The show is presented by RGC Theatrical and will run from July 9 to 18.Seminar, a provocative dramedy that will have you laughing with the cast and feeling their tension.Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his...

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Book: Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained
Jul08

Book: Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained

Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained By Una McGovern (760 pages, nonfiction, 2007) How unusual. How preposterous. How scandalous. Can it be true? Maybe fiction isn’t so made up. This book reports thousands of weird occurrences and paranormal phenomena. Everything from aliens to superstition and folklore to people reportedly having powers. There’s bound to be something that piques your curiosity. I intended to just skim this big...

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This week in Concord history

July 8, 1967: Monitor reporters set out in the streets of Concord to test a Harris poll’s findings that President Lyndon B. Johnson’s popularity is rising and that the Vietnam War will be a decisive factor in the 1968 presidential election. Interviews with 115 people in Concord turn up these results: 28.7 percent like Johnson more than they did in 1964, 58 percent like him less. Most of those who criticize Johnson cite his handling of...

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Book: Kitty’s Mix-Tape
Jul08

Book: Kitty’s Mix-Tape

Kitty’s Mix-Tape By Carrie Vaughn (288 pages, fiction, 2020) If you like stories about werewolves, especially feisty ones that host a radio talk show, you’ll love this hilarious short story collection. These stories are based on a larger series, but you can read them as a standalone. But be warned, it will make you want to read more about Kitty and her adventures with her non-human friends. In one of the stories, Kitty goes to her...

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Book: Hunters Vs. Vampire Snow White
Jul08

Book: Hunters Vs. Vampire Snow White

Hunters Vs. Vampire Snow White By Amy Cornwell (180 pages, YA fiction, 2019) For fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ready Player One. Can this group of demon hunters stop vampire Snow White and her Seven Deadly Sins before they raise demon king, Ravana? Artemis is a loner. Video games are the only friends she needs. She’s a witch who’s been on the run since demons killed her family when she was a kid. She can’t stop, won’t stop, or...

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City News: Concord Hospital honors fire department
Jun29

City News: Concord Hospital honors fire department

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlightsConcord Fire DepartmentConcord Fire Department personnel were recognized last week by Concord Hospital for two recent significant medical events.Concord Hospital EMS Coordinator Craig Clough presented Firefighters David Currier, Phil...

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This week in Concord history

July 1, 1883: A report says there are 60 post offices in Merrimack County. In 1882, the postmasters in the county were paid a combined total of $18,515.94.   July 1, 1927: At nightfall, 2,000 people gather at the State House plaza to watch Mayor Fred Marden push the button that will illuminate Concord’s new “White Way” for the first time. Concord Electric Co. has installed 126 large bulbs to light the way, which runs more than...

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A look at live outdoor music this summer
Jun29

A look at live outdoor music this summer

Nevers BandNevers Band plays on Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at various locations around the city. Nevers Band concerts are an exciting and fun experience for the whole family. Their diverse repertoire includes popular numbers, patriotic music, classic orchestral transcriptions, music from motion pictures and more.July 4: Memorial Field (rain date: July 5) at 7:45 p.m.July 13: Eagle SquareJuly 20: Rolfe ParkJuly 27: Keach ParkAugust 10:...

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Book: Your Name Is a Song
Jun29

Book: Your Name Is a Song

By Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (40 pages, children’s fiction, 2020) Your Name Is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, is a love letter to every child whose name has ever been mispronounced on the first day of school. When we name our children, we are giving them a gift. A gift that they will hopefully honor and be proud of. It can be so disheartening to a child when their classmates and even their teacher struggle to say their name,...

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Book: King of Scars
Jun29

Book: King of Scars

By Leigh Bardugo (514, YA fantasy, 2019) Leigh Bardugo does it again. Utterly fascinating. I couldn’t help myself — read this one in one sitting, it was so enthralling! Nikolai Lantsov, King of Ravka, attempts to bring peace and prosperity back to his land and people after the civil war. The failed coup of the Darkling saw the death of the Shadow Summoner, but now, three years later, a cult has grown in worship of him. More unsettling...

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Author talk and arts festival ahead

Sci-Fi author event Robert V.S. Redick returns to Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on July 7 at 7 p.m. to share his new novel, Sidewinders, a continuation to “Master Assassins: The Fire Sacraments.” He is joined by his friend, author Daryl Gregory, whose new novel, The Album of Dr. Moreau, was newly released this spring.In Sidewinders, two brothers flee an army of fanatics across a vast and magical desert in this white-knuckle sequel to...

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City news: Last chance for tax assistance
Jun23

City news: Last chance for tax assistance

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Meetings Going forward, City meetings will be held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green Street (unless otherwise specified on the calendar). Upcoming meetings include: Planning Board: June 30* at 7 p.m. (*Rescheduled from June 16)...

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This week in Concord history

June 24, 1993: Residents who use Concord’s buses, pools and libraries pack a public hearing to testify against proposed budget cuts. “I’m a little bit disturbed that the quality of life seems to be attacked every time we talk about budget cuts,” says Richard Croak.   June 25, 2003: The Penacook Historical Society holds an open house for the Rolfe barn, a 200-year-old building that the group had fought to save for months. The...

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Looking Back: U.S. Mail Truck 
Jun23

Looking Back: U.S. Mail Truck 

For the InsiderThis vintage photograph shows a mailman delivering mail for the Concord Post Office. This Concord mail truck is one of the early Ford Model T conversions that allowed the front tires to be removed and replaced during winter with conversion skis. The rear tires were then fitted with a track over the existing tires to allow for maximum traction in the cold New Hampshire winters.  The Ford Model T pictured was most likely...

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Book: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
Jun23

Book: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

By Barack Obama (40 pages, nonfiction, 2010) You know that feeling you get when you look at a child and envision the limitless potential that they possess? Our 44th president, Barack Obama, beautifully encapsulates that feeling in his children’s book Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters. In this tender, thoughtful letter to his daughters, Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen inspirational American men and women whose...

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Book: My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life
Jun23

Book: My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life

My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life By Janine Marsh (255 pages, nonfiction memoir, 2020)   Janine Marsh and her husband Mark live in London and have good jobs there. They visit France one rainy day, on a day trip to buy some wine, and on a whim decide to look at some houses. They really can’t afford one, and aren’t in the market for a house. But the estate agent gives them a list of the cheapest three properties...

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Book: Money in the Morgue
Jun23

Book: Money in the Morgue

By Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy (294 pages, mystery, 2018)   Chief Detective Inspector Alleyn is trying to write letters in a run-down convalescent hospital in New Zealand during World War II. He’s attempting to write one to his wife, Troy, but can’t find the words. It’s midsummer in the remote area and a storm is threatening. Suddenly Alleyn is thrust into a calamity! A van has broken down, and the driver, Mr. Glossup, a payroll...

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