Discovery Center reopens with new exhibits

After being closed for renovations and updates since January, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center reopened on March 5.Attendance had been low due to the pandemic, so executive director Jeanne Gerulskis said they took the opportunity to update their exhibits and add some new things, including a majority of the exhibits from the Weather Discovery Center, which was closed last year.The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s mission...

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An enduring melody
Mar17

An enduring melody

For the InsiderThe ship left Galway under a heavy fog. The light rain coating the already slick surface of the sailing ship destined for the port of Boston. Between the many passengers stood four young Irishmen destined for America, Martin, James, Michael and Thomas. The indentured servants were destined for the next chapter in their short and difficult lives. Their passage was paid for by an investor and all four of the young men...

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City news: Spring activities around Concord

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:Weatherize ConcordThe City of Concord is pleased to announce the launch of Weatherize Concord, a campaign to increase participation by Concord homes and businesses in weatherization and energy efficiency programs administered by NH Saves...

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Book: Lesson is writing a new world
Mar17

Book: Lesson is writing a new world

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative FictionBy Jeff VanderMeer(323 pages, nonfiction, 2013)Looking for some advanced fiction writing techniques? This book has everything from worldbuilding to properly using beats. All packaged between wonky illustrations that will make you wonder if you ended up in one of Tim Burton’s stories. Written for authors by authors with all the twisted imaginings you would expect from the...

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Book: Little Blue Chair is delightful
Mar17

Book: Little Blue Chair is delightful

Little Blue Chair By Cary Fagan, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper (Children’s picture boOk, 2016)     A child outgrows his little blue chair, so it sits in a pawn shop until it catches the eye of a woman who uses it as a plant stand—until her plant too outgrows the little chair. Free on her lawn, the chair next finds a ship captain to bring it on board….  Cyclical and sweet, this story follows a chair as it is passed...

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Book: Plucky ducky is shipwrecked
Mar17

Book: Plucky ducky is shipwrecked

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred FiddleducklingBy Timothy Basil Ering(picture book, 2017)This plucky little duckling survives a storm at sea, plucking the strings of a fiddle shipwrecked alongside him. The sound draws others toward him, rescuing all who hear in this simple story of the magic of music and the power of love.  The unique storyline pairs well with the gentle, whimsical pictures, representative of the plot without...

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Some author events to join in online

Danny CaineDanny Caine will visit Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on March 23 at 7 p.m. to share the updated version of his popular pamphlet, How to Resist Amazon and Why, newly expanded from 20 pages to 128! When a company’s workers are literally dying on the job, when their business model relies on preying on local businesses and even their own vendors, when their CEO is literally the richest person in the world while their workers...

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This week in Concord history

March 18, 1949: Concord native Edward H. Brooks wins promotion to lieutenant general in the U.S. Army. From a second lieutenant of cavalry during World War I through his post-World War II service in the Caribbean, Brooks has had a distinguished military career. He won the Distinguished Service Cross for heroism in World War I and the Silver Star, Bronze Star and French Croix de Guerre, among other decorations, during World War II....

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City News: Road limits posted for mud season
Mar10

City News: Road limits posted for mud season

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: Fix a Leak Week Join Concord General Services in celebrating EPA WaterSense’s Fix a Leak Week, March 15-21, 2021. More than 10,000 gallons of water are wasted in the average household each year from leaks. Sometimes leaks can be silent...

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March is the month to visit a sugarhouse
Mar10

March is the month to visit a sugarhouse

There may still be snow on the ground, but the weather is turning warmer, which means it’s maple season in New England.Festivities for March’s maple month are more muted in 2021 compared to the usual hype as the country hits the year-mark of dealing the novel coronavirus.But, there’s still plenty of places planning to celebrate the sap flowing.Sugarhouses will have their own COVID protocols for visiting and/or buying during the...

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A WWII mystery
Mar10

A WWII mystery

Poppy Redfern and the Midnight MurdersBy Tessa Arlen(311 pages, historical mystery, 2019)Poppy Redfern trains to be an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Warden in war-torn East London during the Blitz. She returns to her small village of Little Buffenden to be a ARP Warden there. She patrols the village to make sure that everyone is keeping to the blackout, keeping their lights hidden. If the lights are hidden it is much harder for the...

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Gearing up for a sappy season
Mar10

Gearing up for a sappy season

  We have heard the p-word (pandemic) incessantly over the past year; however, that word means nothing to Mother Nature. Our maple trees are still in the woods, the sap will still flow, and we will be making a new crop of maple syrup very soon. Politics, viruses, and even snowstorms will not stop the sap from flowing from our maple trees in February, March, and April. The drought last summer may affect the amount of sap, but it...

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This week in Concord history

March 11, 1952: Sen. Estes Kefauver’s grass-roots presidential campaign pays off, as he upsets President Truman, who campaigned through surrogates, in the first modern New Hampshire primary. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower easily wins the Republican victory over Sen. Robert O. Taft and two other candidates.March 11, 1734: Its right to self-government recognized seven years after the first white settlers arrive, Rumford in Essex County,...

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Mud Season Sampler a fully virtual season
Feb16

Mud Season Sampler a fully virtual season

Last week we let you know of a project to record local bands at the Bank of N.H. Stage that will be streamed as virtual shows. Since then, the Bank of N.H. Stage has released its schedule for the Mud Season Sampler, a winter/spring season of shows you can watch from home that will support the theater in your hometown. Local Bands Mixer, Side A will feature the recording sessions of The Special Guests with Lucas Gallo, Andrew North...

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Plenty of winter fun around the capital city
Feb16

Plenty of winter fun around the capital city

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: Outdoor dining begins April 1 During their February meeting, City Council approved the renewal of temporary expanded outdoor dining once again in the City of Concord. This temporary program is an effort by the Council to address the...

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Bulletin board: Poetry and performance in the capital city
Feb16

Bulletin board: Poetry and performance in the capital city

Poetry evening Gibson’s Bookstore will host a virtual night of verse with poet Arisa White on March 9 at  7 p.m. Her new collection, Who’s Your Daddy, is a lyrical, genre-bending coming-of-age tale featuring a queer, Black, Guyanese American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates an estranged relationship with her father. She is joined in reading by poet Dara Wier, whose next collection of poems,...

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Poetry: Life
Feb16

Poetry: Life

Life is to be lived, time spent and invested wise, perhaps we are not all frugal, living our days under blue skies. Some may look but they do not see, make sure you see what is seen, love those you choose to love, embrace life don’t be mean. Walk under the sun, before you pass the shade of the tree, measure wealth in a different way, just look back and you will see. Remember those special moments, hold them close to your heart, take...

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This week in Concord history
Feb16

This week in Concord history

Feb. 18, 1942: Gov. Robert O. Blood urges coal and fuel oil conservation to aid the war effort. Homes should be heated to no higher than 65 degrees, he says.   Feb. 18, 1842: The radical and conservative factions of the Democratic Party brawl in Concord’s town hall over control of a party caucus. An observer, Henry McFarland, writes that “seats and desks were smashed, wigs flew in the dusty air, and bloody noses were seen on most...

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Beauty in a business book
Feb16

Beauty in a business book

Brand Brilliance By Fiona Huberstone (272 pages, nonfiction, 2017) Who are you? What do you stand for? How do you want to be remembered? These types of questions go into making your personal brand. Whether you want to brand yourself or your business, this book has everything you need. And best of all there are pictures! Most business books drudge on with just black and white text until your eyes glaze over. This one is full of big...

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Looking back: My grandfather became a legend
Feb11

Looking back: My grandfather became a legend

  It was the fall of 1892, the forest surrounding Concord was home to many hunters. They traversed the wooded land from North State Street, up over Rattlesnake Hill and onto the sloping hills above Long Pond. The air was chilled and the forest ablaze with the vibrant colors of fall foliage. If I close my eyes, I can imagine the scene my grandfather spoke of from his past. Enjoying a rare day where he did not work at the quarry,...

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Andrew North’s new album
Feb11

Andrew North’s new album

No stranger to recording music on a tight schedule, Andrew North recently released a new quarantine “live” album on Feb. 5. Flannelog, Vol. 1, so named for the flannel shirts Andrew loves to sport while performing shows on his YouTube channel, is a collection of live tracks that he recorded in his basement studio. Andrew North is a pianist and singer, who’s been spotted performing around the Concord and Burlington, Vt., areas as a...

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Bulletin board: Virtual programs and new art exhibit on view

Fitness book to help young people Dr. Dan O’Neill will visit Gibson’s Bookstore virtually Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. to share his new book, Survival of the Fit: How Physical Education Ensures Academic Achievement and a Healthy Life and discuss how we can set up our young students to get the most out of their education and get ahead in life. Young people in America are facing a health crisis of epidemic proportions – yet no one is...

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During ‘pause,’ Bank of N.H. Stage presses ‘record’
Feb11

During ‘pause,’ Bank of N.H. Stage presses ‘record’

Though restrictions on large gatherings have kept the box office closed for some time now, all has not been silent at the Bank of N.H. Stage. Ten local bands partnered with the Capitol Center for the Arts to record a few songs at the smaller of the Capitol Center’s venues. The recording will be edited into a pair of mini-concerts with a mix from the bands. Joe Gleason, assistant executive director, said earlier in the winter, musician...

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City announces new app to report issues
Feb11

City announces new app to report issues

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: See, click & fix The City of Concord has partnered with SeeClickFix to implement a new citizen reporting platform and mobile app, making it easier than ever for the Concord community to report non-emergency quality-of-life concerns...

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This week in Concord history

Feb. 11, 1941: President Franklin D. Roosevelt appoints John G. Winant of Concord to succeed Joseph Kennedy as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain. Winant, a Republican, is a former governor and served earlier in FDR’s presidency as the first administrator of the Social Security Administration. Feb. 11, 1965: The New Hampshire Senate agrees to reapportion its 24 seats, basing districts on population rather than wealth, as a 1964 U.S....

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Book: Murder, an unlikely suspect and an untrained sleuth
Feb11

Book: Murder, an unlikely suspect and an untrained sleuth

The Cabinets of Barnaby Mayne By Elsa Hart (344 pages, mystery, 2020) It’s London in 1703 and Cecily Kay, wife of a British diplomat in Smyrna, is a plant collector who has traveled back to England. She has gotten permission to study in the “Plant Room” in the house of Sir Barnaby Mayne. This is a very exciting prospect for Cecily, a learned amateur botanist. She has dried plants from Smyrna that she wishes to look up in his...

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Popular CRVNA groups, classes now virtual

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, has reimagined several of its popular wellness programs and support groups for a virtual setting as Granite Staters continue to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. “After nearly a full year adhering to physical distancing guidelines, the isolation is taking a toll on some, especially older adults,...

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Check out programs offered online

Author event Maine author Susan Conley (Elsey Come Home) visits Gibson’s virtually on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. to present her new novel, Landslide, a touching family novel about a family surviving one hit after another. Susan will be joined in conversation by fellow Maine author Kerri Arsenault (Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains). After a fishing accident leaves her husband hospitalized across the border in Canada, Jill is left to look...

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Concord golf course improvements underway
Feb04

Concord golf course improvements underway

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: Merrimack Lodge The Merrimack Lodge at White Park will be open this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19, occupancy in the building will be limited. Skate rentals will be available for $5. Outdoor skating All outdoor...

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This week in Concord history

Feb. 4, 1908: In Concord, the St. Paul’s School ice hockey team defeats the Harvard freshmen 9-1. Captain Hobey Baker “played a wonderful game,” scoring three goals, the Monitor reports. Baker will later become a college hockey star, and the trophy awarded to the nation’s best male collegiate player each year will one day bear his name.   Feb. 4, 1932: Skating on an outside rink in a preliminary match at the Olympic Games in Lake...

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