Poem: Simple Life
Sep02

Poem: Simple Life

I walk the same roads, as my grandfather before, perhaps our world is a better place, though sometimes I’m just not sure. There was once an appreciation, for little things old, today thoughts have changed, or so I’m told. When I look back, my thoughts remember when, life was so simple, way back then. Perhaps my years are showing, I desire the years lived in the past more, I walk the same roads, as my grandfather before. James W....

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CRVNA launches online auction

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, the largest home health and hospice provider in New Hampshire, reimagined its annual Passion for Caring event to a continuous, two-week, virtual campaign due to the ongoing pandemic. The campaign features Concord Regional VNA’s first-ever online auction, which launched on  Aug. 20, and is live through Sept. 4. The auction includes 15 unique items and experiences valued at more than $3,700....

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Parks and Rec prepares for fall
Aug31

Parks and Rec prepares for fall

Concord Parks & Recreation is excited to move forward with fall programming after scaling back on activities this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Summer camps were very successful with protocols in place to keep campers and staff safe. Despite COVID-19 changing the way we typically do things, children were able to enjoy many different activities. We will be putting similar guidelines into place as we look ahead to fall...

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Book: A tough time gets tougher
Aug31

Book: A tough time gets tougher

A Long Time Coming By Aaron Elkins (255 pages, mystery, 2018) Valentino (Val) Caruso is a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He’s feeling down in the dumps. His promotion just fell through, and his marriage has just ended. His ex-wife is a divorce attorney so he didn’t fare well in the divorce; she got the house. So now he must find a new place to live, and he just turned forty. He has a trip to Milan planned...

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This week in history

Aug. 28, 1728: John Stark is born in a cabin in Londonderry. He will grow up to fight with Rogers’ Rangers in the French and Indian War, become the hero of Bennington during the American Revolution and, in an 1809 letter greeting veterans of Bennington, pen the words “Live Free or Die.”   Aug. 28, 1988: New Hampshire Republican Sen. Gordon Humphrey and Rep. Bob Smith ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review last year’s $12,100...

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City news: Resources available for voting information
Aug31

City news: Resources available for voting information

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: Election information The New Hampshire Secretary of State has a new website with everything you need to know about voting during COVID-19. Visit their website at sos.nh.gov/ or utilize the following links: Voting during COVID-19:...

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Book: Supernatural visitors
Aug31

Book: Supernatural visitors

Long Way Down By Jason Reynolds (306 pages, young adult fiction, 2017) Your brother was murdered. What do you do? A: Get revenge. B: Try to move on knowing that killing someone else will only perpetuate the cycle. Or C: Talk to yourself in an elevator going back and forth between A an B. C is what Will ended up doing, though it wasn’t his intention. Can the ghosts in his mind save him before it’s too late? Armed with a gun, Will is...

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Poem: Before Morn
Aug31

Poem: Before Morn

The distant thunder crept toward me, in the middle of night before morn, awakening me startling, at a time when thoughts are forlorn. Consuming the gentle evening, with lightning and so much noise, the dead of night can be deceiving, with more time for thoughts to poise. The humid breeze was replaced, by slight chill and misty air, a welcome relief from the heat wave, sacrificing my slumber, I did despair. Thoughts can be our friend,...

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Poem: Words
Aug31

Poem: Words

If yesterday was all we had, and tomorrow was just another day, would you reflect on a life well lived, or change what you think and say? For once the words are spoken, regardless if they are loving or sad, you carry them within your heart, for each day you ever had. Think before you speak, each word spoken you should weigh, if yesterday was all we had, and tomorrow was just another...

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Book: Fantasy  page-turner
Aug23

Book: Fantasy page-turner

Halfway to the Grave By Jeaniene Frost (384 pages, fiction, 2009) If you’re a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you’ll love Halfway to the Grave. One spunky, sarcastic heroine plus one brooding, suave vampire equals a push and pull romance that will leave you wanting more. Cat, a half vampire-half human, is dead set on killing every last vampire to atone for the crime against her mother that caused her abomination. But Bones, a British...

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Book: Cursed child has special abilities
Aug23

Book: Cursed child has special abilities

The Young Elites By Marie Lu (355, young adult adult fiction, 2014) If you like X-Men, you’ll love The Young Elites. Adelina isn’t like everyone else. She survived the blood fever, but sometimes surviving can be worse. Marked by the fever, she is ostracized as an abomination. A malfetto. A curse her father reminds her of daily. One that is hunted by the royal guard. But sometimes curses fight back. Those who survived were also given...

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Theatre show has three in one
Aug23

Theatre show has three in one

An evening of “Loose Connections” offers playgoers escape from reality, altered reality, and re-sets of reality for characters grappling with challenges forced on them by the unavoidable, the unexpected, and the inexplicable. Come get your reality checks at Hatbox Theatre’s production of three original one-acts by local playwrights Jane (“J.J.”) Hunt, Alan Lindsay and Doug Schwarz from Friday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 30....

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Gibson’s has more author meet, greets
Aug23

Gibson’s has more author meet, greets

Gibson’s Bookstore continues to host author events virtually. Rick Tyler Rick Tyler visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss how caring for your fellow man and environment are not exclusive from being politically conservative, with his book Still Right. A leading political analyst navigates an unfamiliar terrain of what it means to be a conservative in the Trump Era in Still Right. Since 2016, “conservative”...

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City News: Concord Transit provides bus services

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: Everett Arena reopening After being closed since March due to COVID-19, the Douglas N. Everett Arena will be reopening this weekend. Once other businesses in New Hampshire started to reopen, the Everett Arena also started planning to...

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Everett Arena to reopen next weekend; ice rink to return in September
Aug23

Everett Arena to reopen next weekend; ice rink to return in September

The Everett Arena will reopen next weekend after a four-month shutdown due to COVID-19, at half capacity and with masks required. Another change is that the front entrance will be closed to control traffic flow. Only the side door will be used to enter and exit. Ice rink operations are slated to return in early September. The first trade show will be the Little Giant Comics “Old School” Comic Show on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to...

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Poem: Moses Malone
Aug23

Poem: Moses Malone

There was a young man, named Moses Malone, he was born in our town, we considered him our own. Moses was orphaned young, lived here and a little there, people watched him grow, a fine young man, people did care. For fifty dollars he signed on the line, the army recruiter promised much, heard he was at Gettysburg, but locals say he fell out of touch. The train arrived at the depot, on a very foggy Sunday morn, a flagged draped coffin...

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This week in Concord history

Aug. 20, 1948: Lifeguards for Manchester’s municipal swimming pools go on strike, forcing the city to close two pools and leave others unsupervised. The workers are seeking a $5 pay raise from $28 to $33 per week, and have rejected the city’s offer of $2. Aug. 20, 1853: Jefferson Davis, U.S. secretary of war, arrives in Concord. He dines at the Phenix Hotel, takes a ride through town and talks to residents at the Eagle Hotel. Those...

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Looking back: Discovering family history in the attic
Aug23

Looking back: Discovering family history in the attic

There are times in life when we simply place things somewhere to keep them safe. We might cherish the item and protect it from damage or theft. These special items in need of a special place might be connected to your family in some way and the memory is preserved for another day. For my family that place was the attic of my childhood home. I would venture into the attic as a young boy to explore each and every cardboard box. There...

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Applause in order for student, volunteers
Aug13

Applause in order for student, volunteers

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 Planning Board: August 19, 7 p.m. via Zoom and live stream on the City’s YouTube channel Agendas & Zoom information will be available prior to these meetings at concordnh. legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Mosquito-borne...

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Party in garden to fund gallery updates
Aug13

Party in garden to fund gallery updates

Eastern Ballet Institute will be moving to the Kimball Jenkins School of Art campus. A socially-distanced Summer Garden Masquerade will be held Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. (rain date Aug. 16) to help fundraise for some changes to the gallery. Tickets will be $15. The evening will begin with an outdoor print exhibit of artworks inspired by dance such as Degas, Rodin, Blake and Fini. Then, after exploring the garden gallery, make your way to the...

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Andrew of the North releases new album
Aug13

Andrew of the North releases new album

Songwriter and pianist Andrew North has a new solo album out, Allamagoosalum. It’s his most psychedelic work to date. The strange tale of the narrator’s encounters with a mysterious creature (the Allamagoosalum) is woven between piano-heavy rock and pop tunes. It’s unique and it draws you in. “I wanted to do something different for this one,” Andrew said. “I love concept albums and I was heavily influenced by Phish’s Rift and classic...

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Book: Girls unlock magic
Aug13

Book: Girls unlock magic

Great and Terrible Beauty By Libba Bray (403 pages/available on Libby, young adult fantasy, 2003)   A genre blend of historical fantasy, the boarding school story, gothic, and coming of age, this book creates indeed a great and terrible beauty. Protagonist Gemma is shipped off to boarding school in England after the sudden and suspicious death of her mother. Gemma must learn to navigate her new social environment as she grapples...

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Book of the Week: Renown writer celebrates art
Aug13

Book of the Week: Renown writer celebrates art

Art Matters By Neil Gaiman (100 pages, nonfiction, 2018)   Psst. Guys, Neil Gaiman loves libraries. Let him tell you about his love affair with books. Let him tell you about the journey he has taken to get where he is. The advice he wished he had listened to. Why is he telling you this? Because “Art matters.” But don’t worry, he may have a lot of experience and stories, but this book is 100 tiny pages with lots of pictures. If...

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1892: Drinking fountain donated to cemetery
Aug13

1892: Drinking fountain donated to cemetery

It was in the year 1892 that former Mayor H. W. Clapp desired to contribute a memorial gift to the city that had treated him and his family so well. After discussion and thought the former Mayor of Concord felt his gift should be a donation that could be enjoyed by all members of our society. Mayor H. W. Clapp decided that the gift of a drinking fountain in a public location would be a very sincere gesture. He sought a special...

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Book: Taste of immortality
Aug13

Book: Taste of immortality

Tuck Everlasting By Natalie Babbitt (180 pages, junior fiction, 1975)   If you were given the chance to live forever, never aging, would you take it? That’s a decision the Tuck family never got to make. They unknowingly drank from the magical spring and now they can’t age or die. Realizing the power of the spring, they protect it, keeping it a secret to prevent others from the same fate. When Winnie Foster encounters the Tuck...

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This week in history

Aug. 13, 1852: The tallest flagpole in New Hampshire history is erected in the State House yard, put up to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s nomination by the Democrats to be president. It is 143 feet tall, higher than the State House dome. First flown is an emblem with pictures of Pierce and Sen. Rufus de Vane King of Alabama, his running mate.   Aug. 13, 1975: Edward Bennett, the state’s economic development director, sues Union...

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League exhibit showcases a bit of everything
Aug04

League exhibit showcases a bit of everything

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is presenting the Art, Craft & Design exhibition both online and in person at the League Headquarters Gallery in Concord (in the Smile Building). If you are able to visit the gallery in person, the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 9. All guests must wear masks, and they will limit the number of guests in the space at any time. On display are more than 50 artists with creations such as...

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Bank of N.H. Stage looks to turn on the lights
Aug04

Bank of N.H. Stage looks to turn on the lights

In order for the Bank of N.H. Stage to reopen indoor concerts safely, it has a whole bunch of new procedures to put in place and test out.  It’s asking its members and the public to help fine-tune the protocols at its first indoor show. The Special Guests will be doing a free show at the Bank of N.H. Stage on Friday, Aug., 7 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are required and are available online.  There are a limited number of tickets available. The...

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Parks and Rec hosts movie, concerts

Concord Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Red River Theatres, will host a movie at Memorial Field on Aug. 19 at dusk. Registration is required with one spot per household and up to six people per spot. Register online at concordparksandrec.com with code 253000-1. For more information, visit the website or call 225-8690. Additionally, concerts continue in Eagle Square. On Aug. 6 at 7 p.m see Rebel Collective, a pub rock/Celtic...

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Good food, music and cause
Aug04

Good food, music and cause

The Concord Coalition to End Homelessness will be holding a Bluegrass Barbecue on Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Everett Arena. This picnic-style event along the Merrimack River will feature an incredible feast, some live music, and plenty of outdoor space for you to bring your own chairs and beverages and enjoy the day. A limited number of timed tickets will be available and must be purchased in advance. Tickets include a...

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