Book of the Week: Real or  false isn’t clear
Sep24

Book of the Week: Real or false isn’t clear

The Burn PalaceBy Stephen Dobyns(464 pages, fiction, 2013)The Burn Palace sets up a great mystery right from the beginning – a baby disappears from it’s hospital crib, replaced by a large snake. The setting is a small Rhode Island town, where nothing so extraordinary has happened since the town’s namesake was attacked and killed by wolves decades earlier.The tension builds to a violent crescendo as increasingly strange – possibly...

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Capital Arts Fest returns for 3rd year
Sep24

Capital Arts Fest returns for 3rd year

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is thrilled to announce it is moving forward with the third annual Capital Arts Fest on Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will have all the look and feel of the Capital Arts Fest of previous years, while taking the proper safety steps to make sure visitors feel safe while they move between artist tents and enjoy musical performances coordinated by the...

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This week in Concord History

Sept. 24, 1816:  A few months after the Legislature confirms Concord as the state capital, the cornerstone of the State House is laid. To now, New Hampshire is the only state in the union without a capital.   Sept. 25, 2001: After almost a year since they last piled into the Belknap County Superior Court, more than a dozen lawyers for the country’s leading cigarette companies are back in Laconia, arguing pretrial issues in the...

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Looking back: Trading news stories for old stories
Sep24

Looking back: Trading news stories for old stories

For the InsiderThere are people you meet on this journey we call life. You meet them at different stages in your life, you might be retiring while they are embarking on a career. You might be the young one meeting a person viewing the setting sun. Such was the case with my early childhood journey back in the year 1968, while a young newspaper boy delivering for the Concord Monitor.In the early years, my paper route was around the...

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Virtual book talks with Gibson’s
Sep24

Virtual book talks with Gibson’s

Poet Erica Bodwell, winner of the 2018 Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize, returns to Gibson’s Bookstore virtually Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. to present her first full-length poetry collection, Crown of Wild. Signed copies are available. It will be held online only via Zoom, registration required at eventbrite.com/e/ 119288241341.Authors Cynthia Clumeck Muchnick and Jenn Bowie Curtis visit Gibson’s Bookstore virtually Sept. 30 at 7...

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City newsletter: Get a deal on new-to-you bike
Sep24

City newsletter: Get a deal on new-to-you bike

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:Absentee ballots for electionThe City Clerk’s Office expects to receive absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3, 2020, Election in early October.  Upon receipt of those ballots, from the Secretary of State’s Office, staff will begin...

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Two artists, two themes, one location
Sep24

Two artists, two themes, one location

Two New Hampshire Art Association members – photographer Mark Giuliucci and artist Kate Higley–  have their artwork on display until Dec. 17 at 2 Pillsbury St. The two artists will have separate titles and themes for their exhibits. Giuliucci’s show is titled “Unseen Light,” using infrared photography. “Infrared photography is the art of capturing light that cannot be seen,” Giuliucci said. “Infrared wavelengths lie beyond the range...

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City news: Get a library card, dispose of waste

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: Get library card September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Concord Public Library joins the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers, and students that signing up for a library...

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Entertainment: Have a laugh at Hatbox
Sep17

Entertainment: Have a laugh at Hatbox

Live Music Friday, Sept. 18 Cash Unchained at 8 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts, Chubb Theatre, 44 S. Main St., Concord. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Call to purchase tickets. Info: ccanh.com. Dean Harlem and Brian Booth at 6:03 p.m. at Area 23. DJ Shamblez at 4 p.m. at Lithermans Limited Brewery (with pop-up by Dos Amigos) Andy Laliotis and Brian Burnout at Penuche’s Ale House at 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 Saturday...

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Kindness Challenge: Consider others’ perspectives
Sep17

Kindness Challenge: Consider others’ perspectives

Earlier this summer, I went to Acadia National Park with my family. At night outside our cottage, my sister and I would skip stones in the ocean. Every time I threw or skipped a rock, I could see rings in the water that made a ripple effect in the spot where the rock sank into the water. Kindness toward other people in life causes a ripple effect too. One of the best ways to have your ripple be a kind one in life is to always try to...

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Exhibit changes with the leaves
Sep17

Exhibit changes with the leaves

The oil paintings of New Hampshire Art Association artist BJ Eckardt will be on display at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Gallery from Sept. 22 to Dec. 17. The title of the exhibit is “Moments in Nature.” The show is about capturing those brief encounters with nature. “Witnessing unique and special moments in nature are gifts to behold,” Eckardt said. “Rays of sunshine making their marks in a forest, the perfect cloud on a...

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Bulletin Board: Parade planning and more

Concord Christmas Parade in works The 69th annual Concord Christmas Parade is being organized by Concord Grange 322 and Concord Eagles Club. Brian Blackden will return as chairman for his second year, Dick Patten as advisor and Tom Cusano will be parade formation coordinator. Debbie Patten will continue as treasurer for the parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 9:30 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The organizers have...

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Book of the Week: Coyote Waits
Sep17

Book of the Week: Coyote Waits

Coyote Waits By Tony Hillerman (292 pages, mystery, 1990) One night on patrol tribal officer Jim Chee calls fellow officer Delbert Nez to arrange a break at a gas station for coffee. Nez is on the track of someone who has been painting the rocks on the hills nearby. But Nez doesn’t show up. When Chee goes to find him, he finds the car Nez was driving in flames. Chee pulls Nez out of his burning car. But Nez has been shot dead. Chee...

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This week in Concord history

Sept. 17, 1987: The poet Robert Lowell dies. He has family ties in Dunbarton, where he will be buried. His epitaph: “The immortal is scraped unconsenting from the mortal.”   Sept. 17, 1967: The Mount Washington Cog Railway goes out of control and plunges into a gorge, killing eight passengers and injuring 74 others. A Public Utilities Commission investigation will decide that the accident occurred because the crew failed to...

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Annual Monarch Festival joins streaming list
Sep11

Annual Monarch Festival joins streaming list

Every September since 2013, Petals in the Pines in Canterbury has looked forward to the Monarch Festival, which attracts hundreds of people from around New Hampshire. This year, because of COVID-19, they are going to do this event online. They are excited about this opportunity because now it doesn’t matter where you live, you’ll be able to take part in the festival. Starting at 9 a.m. on Sept. 12, they will broadcast to you from the...

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City newsletter: Mask mandate in effect
Sep11

City newsletter: Mask mandate in effect

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: Face mask ordinance On Monday, Aug. 31, the Concord City Council passed a face-covering ordinance during a special public hearing. The ordinance is effective immediately and will remain in effect through Jan. 2, 2021, unless otherwise...

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Bulletin Board: Authors share books virtually

Hall presents novel virtually Meredith Hall (Without A Map) visits Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on Sept. 14 at 7:15 p.m. to share her radiant debut novel, Beneficence, a study of love – both its gifts and its obligations – that will stay with readers long after the last page. With a rare tenderness and compassion, Beneficence illuminates the heart’s enduring covenants and compromises. Meredith will be joined in conversation by Wesley...

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Book: Game takes on life of its own
Sep11

Book: Game takes on life of its own

Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card (380 pages, young adult science fiction, 1985) It’s just a game. A game that means life or death for the planet. Our fate lies in the hands of children. They’re the only ones who can try the daring maneuvers necessary to defeat the aliens, the Buggers, without being hindered by an adult conscience. But what will the war do to the children? Ender starts to see things. The game starts taking on a life of...

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This week in Concord History

Sept. 10, 2001: A Barnstead police officer who had been suspended without pay is arrested for allegedly destroying paperwork after arresting a drunken driver. The officer a charged with tampering with public records, a misdemeanor.   Sept. 10, 2000: NBC’s The West Wing wins a record-tying eight Emmy Awards, putting the show about a president from New Hampshire in the elite company of ER and Hill Street Blues – the only...

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Book of the Week: Mysteries pile up
Sep11

Book of the Week: Mysteries pile up

The Old Success By Martha Grimes (243 pages, mystery, 2019) Brian Macalvie of the Devon-Cornwall police is called when the body of a woman is found by two young girls, washed up on Hell’s Bay, on an island off the Cornish coast. Around the same time, Richard Jury from Scotland Yard is at Land’s End, in The Old Success pub talking to Tom Brownell. Brownell is a legend in the London Metropolitan Police for solving nearly all of his...

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Looking back: Concord Lumber Company
Sep11

Looking back: Concord Lumber Company

Concord Lumber Company was established by Arthur G. Stevens in 1904 here in Concord. The founder’s son, Arthur W. Stevens, became part owner of Concord Lumber Company in 1915 and managed the company until his passing in October, 1962. Gallup Lumber Company of Plainfield, Conn., purchased Concord Lumber Company in 1964 appointing John Saturley of Pembroke the manager of the Concord operation. James Spain

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Shows pick up
Sep08

Shows pick up

Live music Friday, Sept. 11 Boneshakerz at 6:13 p.m. at Area 23. DJ Shamblez at 4 p.m. at Lithermans Limited Brewery (with pop-up by Dos Amigos) Saturday, Sept. 12 Crazy Steve Saturday Jam at 1:01 p.m. at Area 23. Stolen Covers at 6:13 p.m. at Area 23. Sunday, Sept. 13 Audrey Budington with Anders Larson at 3 p.m. at the Concord Community Music School/Fletcher-Murphy Park, 28 Fayette St., Concord. $13.75 in-person, livestream $5....

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Aerospace Fest
Sep02

Aerospace Fest

On Sept. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will present AerospaceFest, New Hampshire’s annual aerospace festival, with some notable changes. This year’s festival will be primarily outdoors, providing plenty of opportunity for socially distanced science and engineering fun.  Masks will be required and sanitation stations available. And admission will be free. On the grounds of the Discovery Center,...

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Ripe for the pickin’
Sep02

Ripe for the pickin’

Labor Day weekend seems to be the unofficial start to apple season with several local farms opening their orchards for pick-your-own apples. Other fall favorites, including pumpkins and squash, are not far behind. Apple Hill Farm 580 Mountain Road, Concord 224-8862, applehillfarmnh.com Opening for apple picking on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5), Apple Hill also offers strawberry picking earlier in the season. At the farm stand, youo can...

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Hatbox to host ‘Love Letters’ for three weeks
Sep02

Hatbox to host ‘Love Letters’ for three weeks

Love Letters, a two-person play by A. R. Gurney, will be the next play staged at the Hatbox Theatre in Concord opening on Sept. 11. The play is a Pulitzer Prize finalist. It follows the ever-changing relationship of Andrew and Melissa through 50-plus years of correspondence, starting at age 6 in first grade. Gurney deftly creates characters, their personal growth, locations, historic and cultural shifts through his articulate and...

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Bulletin board: Fun for the kiddos and more
Sep02

Bulletin board: Fun for the kiddos and more

Ending the trilogy Marjorie Burke returns to Gibson’s Bookstore virtually on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. to present Beyond Ice and Sand: The Conclusion of Our Story with Alzheimer’s, following her previous books, detailing Donald and Marjorie’s journey through of his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, Melting Ice – Shifting Sand, and Pilgrimage on Ice and Sand. This book completes the trilogy of a ten year Alzheimer’s journey caregiving and...

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City news: Primary election approaches
Sep02

City news: Primary election approaches

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: Elections 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: Ancient solutions
Sep02

Book: Ancient solutions

Lo-Tek: Design by Radical Indigenism By Julia Watson (418 pages, nonfiction, 2019) Ever wondered how other parts of the world live? What do third world countries use for bridges and ladders? How do they clear land without technology? How do they work with nature instead of against it? This is a big ol’ book of wisdom. It starts off with a heading, “Drowning in information while starving for wisdom.” The old ways were considered...

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This week in Concord history

Sept. 3, 1854: New Hampshire artist Benjamin Champney writes from North Conway to his fellow artist John F. Kensett: “We have a very pleasant congregation of artists here and they are all anxious you should be added to our number.” Champney will soon be known in Boston and New York as the leader of an art colony in North Conway and a central figure in the White Mountain School.   Sept. 3, 1914: Richard F. Upton is born in Bow. He...

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Book of the Week: Important lessons
Sep02

Book of the Week: Important lessons

City of the Beasts By Isabelle Allende (406, young adult fiction, 2002, available on Hoopla in English translated from Spanish)     A fast-paced adventure, this is a difficult book to put down, once begun! Fifteen year old Alex Cold is sent to live with his grandmother, still an active travel writer, when his mother falls seriously ill. His grandmother takes him on assignment to the Amazon in pursuit of an illusive “Beast,”...

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