City ponds open for skating
Jan14

City ponds open for skating

Insider staffOn Jan. 8, Concord Parks and Recreation announced that the White Park and Beaver Meadow ponds were ready for skating. Another skating area is available at Rollins Park.The city does not open the ponds for ice skating until there are at least 5 inches of frozen ice. Staff takes measurements in several locations to make sure ice is safe. All skating is at your own risk. Please follow all posted signs. You can check the...

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Bulletin Board: Look overhead

How to be a stargazer The Harris Center for Conservation Education is hosting a free online session with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s David McDonald to find out what to look for in the winter sky. The Zoom presentation will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 8 p.m. It will include how to find specific constellations. McDonald will also show us the sky as it is this very night, using special software to highlight...

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Frozen excursion: Ice Castles open
Jan14

Frozen excursion: Ice Castles open

You don’t have to travel to the North Pole to find Frosty’s winter wonderland. The company that has built a frozen fortress in New Hampshire for the last seven years has returned again in 2021. Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction located in four cities in the U.S., including Woodstock, an hour drive up Interstate-93. It is opening for the season on Jan. 14. The attraction is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles...

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City Newsletter: Things to do on the snow and ice
Jan14

City Newsletter: Things to do on the snow and ice

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:MeetingsThe planning board will meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. For more information, visit concordnh.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx. Agendas will be posted ahead of the meetings. Visit the City of Concord calendar,...

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Poem: Concord Gasholder
Jan14

Poem: Concord Gasholder

Sometimes a memory, is just meant to be, the old round brick building, whose fate we await to see.   Passed each day, anonymous a century or more, our gasholder has returned, with much old lore.   The past should be remembered, as our past will too, sometimes history is best not repeated, if our ancestors only knew.   Let us think, as we do gather, do we want to preserve our past, or do your thoughts think rather....

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Author events: Zoom in to two book talks
Jan14

Author events: Zoom in to two book talks

On Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., Simon Winchester will present Land in a Zoom discussion with Gibson’s Bookstore. The author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists will explore the notion of property — our proprietary relationship with the land — through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future. He will be joined in conversation by Gibson’s own John LeDonne. Signed bookplates will be included with...

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Poem: January
Jan14

Poem: January

The fire crackles in the old brick hearth, a warm friend on this cold day, thinking of summer past, thoughts wander to days of May.   The wind howls from the north, as temperatures hover very low, January in New England, sunsets across the fresh snow.   The festive days have now ended, cloudy days and dark nights arrive, a good book read by candlelight, until spring I will survive.   Winter indulged with warm treats,...

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This week in Concord history

January 14, 1858: The Coos County Republicans hold a convention and pass a resolution stating: “As the advocates of freedom and equal rights, we deplore the existence of slavery … and ardently hope for its speedy abolition when it can be constitutionally effected.”   Jan. 14, 1824: The “other Concord” – in the North Country – officially changes its name to Lisbon, ending confusion with New Hampshire’s capital city.  ...

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Book: Ragtag crew works together to save the day
Jan14

Book: Ragtag crew works together to save the day

Six of Crows By Leigh Bardugo (465 pages, young adult fantasy, 2015)   Unlikely heroes. The impossible keeps happening, and rumor of a synthetic drug making super soldiers circulates the city. Criminal prodigy Kaz accepts a job to rescue the scientist responsible, held in a fairway fortress as world powers attempt to steal and weaponize the formula. Kaz selects a ragtag crew from the underbelly of society: an impossible group for...

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Book: A novel for these times
Jan14

Book: A novel for these times

Survivor Song By Paul Tremblay (320 pages, horror, 2020)   Massachusetts has been overrun by a mutated rabies pandemic. The disease is spreading rapidly, and the infected are driven to bite other people. The word zombie is being whispered online. Hospitals are inundated with the sick and dying, and hysteria has taken hold. Dr. Ramola Sherman receives a frantic phone call from her best friend Natalie, eight months pregnant....

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Book: A guide to know yourself better
Jan14

Book: A guide to know yourself better

The Body: A Guide for Occupants By Bill Bryson (450 pages, nonfiction, 2019)   In his latest book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson once again earns his reputation as one of the 21st century’s best popular science authors. As in his immensely popular A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003), Bryson displays an uncanny ability to distill complex subject matter into not just informative, but also incredibly fun,...

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Hit the snowy trail
Jan11

Hit the snowy trail

For those looking to get outside this winter while staying close to home, cross-country skiing checks off those boxes. The wallop of snow from the Dec. 17 made trail conditions glorious before a warm and wet Christmas rinsed it away. Snow is returning to the trails as winter goes on and its worth a visit. Some ski areas have groomed trail systems open to the public. There are more than six miles of cross-country skiing trails at...

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Don’t miss your chance to cast

Saturday, Jan. 16,  is the winter Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire. State residents and non-residents alike can fish any inland water – or saltwater – in New Hampshire that day without a fishing license. However, people participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on Free Fishing Day. Also, season dates, bag limits and all other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day. Free fishing days are...

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Bulletin board: Scholarships available, online events offered

Scholarships available The Zonta Club of Concord is offering three scholarships/awards to local women: New American Merit Award given to a local new American high school senior who is recognized for her scholastic excellence and leadership qualities; Young Women in Public Affairs award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for their demonstration of leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them...

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City news: Capital city in full winter mode

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Wednesday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Tree collection Christmas tree collection starts on Monday, January 4 and will continue for two weeks in coordination with residential curbside trash and recycling collection. Residents can place Christmas trees curbside for disposal...

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On the calendar with Gibson’s Bookstore
Jan11

On the calendar with Gibson’s Bookstore

Gibson’s Bookstore is jumping right into the new year with several virtual author events. On Jan. 7, at 7 p.m., former Concord resident K. Woodman-Maynard visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually to discuss her graphic novelization of The Great Gatsby. This sumptuously illustrated adaptation casts the powerful imagery of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel in a vivid new format. Concord novelist Virginia Macgregor joins her in...

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This week in Concord history

Jan. 7, 1942: Concord starts a three-day spell of bitterly cold weather with a low temperature of 15 below zero. The next day it’ll be 25 below, and the day after that, the temperature will fall to 22 below.   Jan. 7, 1904: At its annual meeting, the First Church of Christ Science thanks Mary Baker Eddy of Concord for her gift of $120,000 toward the Concord church, now under construction.   Jan. 7, 1942: A tannery is...

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Book: A static life upended
Jan11

Book: A static life upended

The House in the Cerulean Sea By TJ Klune (400, fiction, 2020)   Linus Baker is a by-the-book caseworker in the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. As cog in a very large machine, his days are gray and unchanging.  His only pleasures are his cat, the patch of sunflowers his neighbor is trying to kill, and a vacation picture of the sea (he’s never been to the sea).  His newest assignment is determining the fate of an orphanage...

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Book: Tantalizing tale by Nix
Jan11

Book: Tantalizing tale by Nix

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London By Garth Nix (393 pages, young adult fantasy, 2020) Darkness, meet Whimsy About to start art school in London, Susan leaves her childhood home to move to the big city. As she looks for jobs there she also searches for her father, 18 years absent. Her few clues to track him down are an old reading room ticket as well as a silver engraved cigarette case. Her adventure begins in earnest when she...

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Book: Creative guide
Jan11

Book: Creative guide

How to Be An Artist By Jerry Saltz (129 pages, nonfiction, 2020)   What does it take to be an artist? This is a list of what goes into the life of an artist. Whether you already are an artist or it’s still just a dream, this book has golden nuggets of inspiration and information. As No. 2 on this list says, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Step one. You are a total amateur. That’s okay. Everyone has to start...

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A look back at 2020
Jan01

A look back at 2020

The year 2020 started much the same as the rest, but soon shifted in dramatic ways. The Black Ice Hockey was postponed, but then brought back. In February, we cast ballots in the primary. Executive orders limited Maple Month visitors to sugar shacks. Town meetings were changed or delayed by many. We stockpiled toilet paper. Our restaurants delivered. We sewed thousands of masks. And healthcare workers rose to the task. We rallied...

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City newsletter: Tree collection, wreaths dispersed

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Wednesday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Tree collection Christmas tree collection starts on Monday, January 4 and will continue for two weeks in coordination with residential curbside trash and recycling collection. Residents can place Christmas trees curbside for disposal...

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Poem: The New Year
Jan01

Poem: The New Year

The new year does approach, as we cast the last aside,   we seek the road to a better place, to simply feel better inside. It is not riches or fame, that we seek as time does proceed,   but the peace and contentment, that all of us do need. There have been sad times, some good but only a few,   optimism one year ago, forsaken but nobody knew. We look within during trying times, seeking better we try to find,   for...

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Looking back: My grandfather’s final story
Jan01

Looking back: My grandfather’s final story

Life can be fleeting at times. When you have the time, the will is not always presented. When your moments are limited each and every story will flow like the most powerful river. Such was the case many years ago as my grandfather neared the end of his journey. He had the time, as well as the desire, to finish his story with class. His stories became very detailed as he articulated each and every event so vividly. When one is focused...

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Book of the Week: Focus on happiness
Jan01

Book of the Week: Focus on happiness

The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter: One Month at a Time By Jennifer Ashton (275 pages, nonfiction, 2019)   Are you happy? Want to get your life together? This quick read will get you started. Self-care tends to take a backseat these days. We just don’t have time for it. We’ll do it tomorrow. This book will help you kick your excuses to the curb. It details Ashton’s year of self-care...

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Novel blends history and dark fantasy
Jan01

Novel blends history and dark fantasy

The Witches of New York By Ami McKay (560 pages, historical fiction, 2017, available on Hoopla)   Ami McKay’s The Witches of New York is the perfect antidote to dreary winter days and long, cold nights. Fans of the television series Penny Dreadful will relish this dark historical fantasy with feminist themes, set in Gilded-Age New York City. It’s a suspenseful gothic tale, best savored with a steaming mug of herbal tea and an...

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This week in Concord history

Dec. 31, 1999: Despite a bomb threat, First Night celebrations wrap up without incident. Enthusiasm, however, is hard to find. “It doesn’t feel like New Year’s Eve,” one would-be Concord reveler laments. “There’s not a lot going on,” another adds. “And with no snow, it’s even worse.”   Dec. 31, 1866: Fire burns the roof and destroys machinery at the Penacook Mill. Though it is so cold that the firemen’s clothing freezes, a...

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Poem: Covered Bridge
Dec24

Poem: Covered Bridge

Just an old covered bridge, spanning the brook, surrounded by vibrant foliage, the same bridge our ancestors took. Nestled in the deep forest, on the road near a farm, the bridge that pays tribute, to the people that pass without harm. A refuge to man and his horse, for many years past and more, when history was respected, in New England days of lore. This covered bridge made by craftsmen, so many admirers still take a look, just an...

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Book: Check out King biography
Dec24

Book: Check out King biography

Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King By Lisa Rogak (310 pages, nonfiction, 2008)   Ever wanted to know the man behind the horror? How does he get his ideas? These stories may be realer than you think to the renowned author Stephen King. Yes, even The Shining. This book goes over the makings of a world-famous author. His origin story. How he struggled to get noticed as an author, despite submitting his work to...

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Poem: The  Mansion
Dec24

Poem: The Mansion

The brick mansion, under the slate roof old, has sheltered many families, many Christmas stories told. New lives were started, where many lives did end, the brick house holds secrets well, just like a dear old friend. There were times of joy, but not always so, the old brick house on North Main, where so many young children did grow. Generations have passed, the memories this mansion does hold, the brick mansion, under the slate roof...

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