City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction updates, Stuff A Cruiser and more
Sep24

City Manager’s Newsletter: Construction updates, Stuff A Cruiser and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some highlights: Penacook Landing update On Sept. 18, the city and Caleb Development Corporation closed on the sale of a 2.5-acre piece of the former Allied Leather site being sold by the city to Caleb...

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Capital Arts Fest to bring skilled crafters to Concord’s South Main Street
Sep24

Capital Arts Fest to bring skilled crafters to Concord’s South Main Street

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen will once again bring art and fine craft to the streets of Concord with the Capital Arts Fest, running this Friday through Sunday. The weekend-long event will showcase dozens of artisans, craftsmen, musicians and food vendors in front of the League’s headquarters on South Main Street.“After last year’s inaugural Capital Arts Fest, excitement is growing for this year’s event – which will be even...

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Instagram: Infinite colors ripple through the morning sky over Allison Street
Sep24

Instagram: Infinite colors ripple through the morning sky over Allison Street

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room – Michael Murphy (@michaelpmurphy) and Sheldon McKinley (@sheldonmckinley_) are the best Instagrammers in Concord, hands down. Sorry, it just is what it is. (No offense to all the other Instagrammers out there – you just need to step up your game!) These two are consistently putting their A-game material on Insta for the world to see, and few others can compete with these two. Now,...

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Three author events in three days at Gibson’s Bookstore
Sep24

Three author events in three days at Gibson’s Bookstore

On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at Gibson’s Bookstore, Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski will share their history of Manchester’s massive shoe industry, and how it shaped the city’s landscape, in Manchester’s Shoe Industry. Famous for its dominance in textile production, Manchester was also affectionately called “Shoe City.” More than 70 different shoe companies once called Manchester home, and thousands of area residents worked...

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Donations needed for annual Concord Christmas tree lighting celebration
Sep24

Donations needed for annual Concord Christmas tree lighting celebration

The 34th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration planning is underway. The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 29 by tradition with activities starting at 4 p.m. The committee needs to raise $8,000  to help offset the cost for the horse-drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, music, fireworks and lights. This event has become one of the premier holiday tree lightings in the state, drawing more than several thousand people of all...

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The Yogi: The intersection of the football season and yoga
Sep24

The Yogi: The intersection of the football season and yoga

For the Insider Football season is upon us. The juggernaut that is the National Football League is on full display, and each week the NFL machine grinds its way toward the new year and the inevitable Super Bowl. Football fever is so intense that I had a student come to Inferno Hot Pilates two weeks ago, phone in hand, and proceed to take the entire class while also engaged in a fantasy football draft. Glute bridges, forearm planks and...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Cologne Cathedral in Germany
Sep24

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ goes to Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Matthew Bodwell of Concord and Tim Bradley of Bow brought the Insider along on a recent trip to the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) in Cologne, Germany. Both of them are U.S. Fulbright Scholar awardees, and both will be teaching English at German secondary schools for the 2019-20 academic year as part of their awards. They attended their Fulbright Orientation meeting in Cologne a couple weeks ago, and once they had a break in the...

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Book of the Week: ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’
Sep24

Book of the Week: ‘Ellie and the Harp Maker’

Ellie and the HarpmakerHazel Prior2019, 327 pagesFiction Ellie Jacobs is feeling unsettled. She takes long walks in the countryside and writes poetry. She misses her father, who died a year ago. On the anniversary of her father’s death she discovers a barn filled with dozens of beautiful handmade Celtic harps. And she meets Dan Hollis, a handsome man with dark eyes, who introduces himself as the “Exmoor Harpmaker.” Ellie says that she...

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This Week in Concord History
Sep24

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 capitol. Sept. 24, 1957: In a referendum, Concord voters decide to abandon manager-council government for a strong elected mayor. The margin is so thin – nine votes – that opponents demand a recount. The margin will shrink to five votes...

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Bring the pup to Pope Memorial SPCA’s Walk for the Animals on Sunday
Sep17

Bring the pup to Pope Memorial SPCA’s Walk for the Animals on Sunday

Based on information from 2016, there are more than 5,000 registered dogs in Concord. That means there’s a community walk/run this weekend that should interest a whole bunch of you out there.Pope Memorial SPCA will host its 24th annual Walk for the Animals this Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental in Concord. The event is a one-day fundraiser for the SPCA, which works to find homes for homeless and abandoned pets.The SPCA is always very...

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Got any pets? Concord has all kinds of businesses that cater to them
Sep17

Got any pets? Concord has all kinds of businesses that cater to them

Concord is a pretty pet-friendly city. As of 2016, there were more than 5,000 dogs registered in the city, and one can only imagine how many unregistered cats, snakes, birds, sugar gliders, iguanas, hamsters and chinchillas are out there. Needless to say, there are quite a few animals living in human homes around here. Luckily, the city is chock-full of businesses that cater to pets. From food to grooming to training to medical care,...

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These adorable pets are ready for adoption at Pope Memorial SPCA
Sep17

These adorable pets are ready for adoption at Pope Memorial SPCA

Pope Memorial SPCA is in the business of saving and caring for pets who have been found or turned over to the organization. Of course, the ultimate goal is to find good homes for all of the pets at the shelter – this is where you come in. There are always so many cute and cuddly pets at the SPCA ready to be adopted. Shannon Camara, director of special events and educational outreach at Pope Memorial, sent over some photos and bios of...

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VCA Charities presented Pope Memorial SPCA with check for $6,400
Sep17

VCA Charities presented Pope Memorial SPCA with check for $6,400

VCA Charities and VCA Hospitals collected donations from VCA hospitals around the state for three months in an effort known as Pennies for Pets. The fundraising effort culminated with a check presentation to Concord’s Pope Memorial SPCA at an event at Russell Animal Hospital at the end of August. Pope Memorial SPCA was the lucky recipient of the jumbo check for $6,374.38, handed off during an ice cream social. The entire Pope Memorial...

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Making Good Health Simple: The persuasive power of pets
Sep17

Making Good Health Simple: The persuasive power of pets

I’ve never been a pet person. Ever. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t wish harm on them. I am not mean to them, nor do I mistreat them, it’s just never been my jam. I tried inventing a dog share business (instead of a time share) where you could have a dog just for a week, several times a year. Hold up. Take a deep breath. Before you judge me, let me explain. In second grade I was diagnosed with severe allergies to just about everything....

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Meet A&E star Rachel Osterbach, raise awareness at NHDSA Buddy Walk
Sep17

Meet A&E star Rachel Osterbach, raise awareness at NHDSA Buddy Walk

The New Hampshire Down Syndrome Association and Rachel Osterbach, star of A&E’s Emmy award-winning show, Born This Way, will join forces with the Down syndrome community of New Hampshire at the 2019 Buddy Walk on Saturday. The Buddy Walk is an annual event for people across the state to gather, celebrate, and advocate for and with the Down syndrome community. Participant registration for the annual event is now open...

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Entertainment: It’s getting chilly out, but the outdoor music scene is still hot
Sep17

Entertainment: It’s getting chilly out, but the outdoor music scene is still hot

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Gov’t Mule at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $65 plus fees at ccanh.com. Justin Cohn at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Ryan Williamson at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at...

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Bulletin Board: Free concert, fundraiser at Uno’s and more
Sep17

Bulletin Board: Free concert, fundraiser at Uno’s and more

Capital Area Memory Cafe The Capital Area Memory Café for memory-impaired individuals and their family members is Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The Memory Café is held on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time. This month is our “Café Chat.” Enjoy an opportunity to socialize and build relationships with others who have memory impairment. Family members can speak...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Ice skating returns, upcoming events and more
Sep17

City Manager’s Newsletter: Ice skating returns, upcoming events and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some highlights: Filing deadline for municipal office The city’s next municipal election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Anyone wishing to file for municipal office may file by petition through Friday,...

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Get over to Holy Trinity church on Saturday for the 20th annual Taste of Greece
Sep17

Get over to Holy Trinity church on Saturday for the 20th annual Taste of Greece

Baklava. Moussaka. Lamb kebabs. Dancing in circles.What do all of these things have in common? They will all be part of the 20th annual Taste of Greece Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church this Saturday.If you’ve never been to any of the previous 19 Taste of Greece festivals, you’ve really been missing out on some good stuff. The event is an all-day celebration of Greek culture held on the property of the Greek Orthodox...

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NH Food Bank to hold Stuff-a-Cruiser food drives in Concord
Sep17

NH Food Bank to hold Stuff-a-Cruiser food drives in Concord

The New Hampshire Food Bank and the Concord Police Department are teaming up to host a series of “Stuff-A-Cruiser” food drives in Concord as part of Hunger Action Month in New Hampshire. During these food drives, supporters are encouraged to fill a police cruiser with non-glass, non-perishable food donations. A food collection box will also be located at Concord Police Department headquarters at 35 Green St. in Concord. Donations will...

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The Yogi: Yoga and the Great Hummingbird Migration
Sep17

The Yogi: Yoga and the Great Hummingbird Migration

Imagine you are taking a trip this month. It will be a long trip. You’ll be heading south in September. Your likely destination is Florida, Mexico and, perhaps, Costa Rica. You might even make it all the way to Panama, or the West Indies. You’ll cross the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. You’ll see the beaches of Miami, the Mississippi Delta, the Panama Canal. You’ll see brilliant sunrises and fiery sunsets, cross mountains and...

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On Display: Two exhibits up for your viewing pleasure at NHTI library
Sep17

On Display: Two exhibits up for your viewing pleasure at NHTI library

The library at NHTI is home to all kinds of art, and right now there are multiple exhibits up for your viewing pleasure. One is the staff photo contest, which we featured a couple weeks ago. Go vote for your favorites.Then there’s an exhibit of portrait drawings by Michael Lemire, who has exhibited at NHTI before. His work will be on display until Sept. 27, so get there soon if you want to see these incredibly lifelike drawings.In the...

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NH Audubon receives $24K quality of life grant
Sep17

NH Audubon receives $24K quality of life grant

New Hampshire Audubon is proud to announce that it has been awarded $24,479 as part of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) High Impact Priority Quality of Life Grants and Direct Effect grants cycles. Seven High Impact Grants totaling $232,266 and 73 Direct Effect Quality of Life Grants totaling $1,244,263 were awarded. The Quality of Life Grants Program supports nonprofit organizations...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Loch Ness – no monster sighted
Sep17

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ visits Loch Ness – no monster sighted

Nick and Mary Jane Wallner of Concord recently spent two weeks in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland where they enjoyed a memorable performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. A boat ride on Loch Ness in Inverness (pictured) unfortunately did not result in a Nessie sighting. Mary Jane serves as a state representative in the N.H. Legislature and Nick recently retired after 45 years with AAA as the Concord Branch...

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Book of the Week: ‘Women Talking’ by Miriam Toews
Sep17

Book of the Week: ‘Women Talking’ by Miriam Toews

Women TalkingMiriam Toews2019, 216 pagesFiction Between 2005 and 2009, women and girls in Manitoba Colony, a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, would wake in the morning feeling drowsy and in pain, bruised and bleeding, having been attacked in the night. These attacks were attributed to ghosts and demons. Some members of the colony thought the suffering was brought on as punishment for the women’s sins; many accused the women of...

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This Week in Concord History
Sep17

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 17, 1847: With 85 recruits for the 9th Regiment, Lieutenant Charles F. Low, son of Concord’s renowned General Joseph Low, sails for Vera Cruz, Mexico, and the seat of war. Sept. 18, 1679: King Charles II ordains that as of Jan. 1, 1680, New Hampshire will have its own government. He names John Cutt, a wealthy Portsmouth merchant, the first governor. Sept. 18, 1987: In Concord, Elizabeth Dole defends her decision to quit her job...

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Fall Guide 2019: Everything you need to plan your autumn in the Granite State
Sep10

Fall Guide 2019: Everything you need to plan your autumn in the Granite State

Well, here we are again. While it’s still technically summer for another week and a half or so, it’s September, and many of us are already surrendering summer and moving on to fall. Such is life in New England. Although summer is pretty much in the rear-view mirror by now, that doesn’t mean it’s time to go into hibernation – not yet, anyway. One of the best parts about being in New England at this time of year is taking in all the...

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Concord Heights community mural project to bring city together, celebrate culture
Sep10

Concord Heights community mural project to bring city together, celebrate culture

Public art is kind of a big deal in Concord. Just take a walk downtown and you’ll see sculptures, murals, musicians playing tunes and people taking it all in. Now, you’ll have the opportunity to not just look at, but create some public art. The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Creative Concord Committee is organizing an effort for members of the community to come together to design, plan and create a mural to be installed on the...

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Making Good Health Simple: Hiking is a fun and healthy activity everyone can do – that means you
Sep10

Making Good Health Simple: Hiking is a fun and healthy activity everyone can do – that means you

So what if I go to bed a 7:30 p.m.? So what if I like to wake up before the sun to head north to the mountains? So what if I have several different backpacks depending on the length of my hike? So what? My non-hiking friends always ask me, “What’s up with hiking?,” “It sounds boring,” “What’s so great about it?” My response is always the same. “Come, and I will show you.” The truth is, there are so many “best parts” about hiking. I...

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Entertainment: All kinds of live music to be heard all over Concord this week
Sep10

Entertainment: All kinds of live music to be heard all over Concord this week

Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Songweavers and Songweaver Drummers Open Sing at Concord Community Music School at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday Paul Donahue at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Brad Myrick at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Senie Hunt at Concord Craft Brewing at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Thursday William Schmitt at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mallory...

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