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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Plenty to do online or in person

Bow nativepresents novelJessica Olson returns virtually to her hometown bookstore on March 17 at 7 p.m. to present her debut novel, Sing Me Forgotten, a YA fantasy, gender-swapped retelling of The Phantom of the Opera! She is joined in conversation by Adalyn Grace, author of All the Stars and Teeth.Purchases of Sing Me Forgotten from Gibson’s Bookstore will also include a free signed bookplate and themed art print!Registration is...

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City news: Winter activities coming to a close

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:New fire chiefSean Brown will take over as Fire Chief effective Feb. 28. Fire Chief Guy Newbery retired on Feb. 27.Brown has been with the Concord Fire Department since 1995, where he started as a Firefighter/EMT. In 2007, he was promoted...

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Debut novel mirrors reality
Mar04

Debut novel mirrors reality

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous By Ocean Vuong(246 page, fiction, 2019) Ocean Vuong’s 2019 debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is at once haunting, heartbreaking, beautiful, and poetical. In fact, it should come to no surprise to readers that Vuong’s previous work was largely poetry; the lyricism with which he paints his characters and their surroundings is striking.At the same time, the novel reads like a non-linear memoir,...

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Gorgeous journey
Mar04

Gorgeous journey

Take Your Time A Tale of Harriet, the Galápagos Tortoise By Eva Furrow and Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Laurel Molk (children’s fiction, 2017) Harriet the Galápagos Tortoise travels to see the world, swimming and walking for months on end, meeting all manner of wonderful creatures, great and small. Some push her to pedal faster, but her pace allows her ample time for observation and enjoyment.These simple and striking illustrations...

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A book for apprehensive little readers
Mar04

A book for apprehensive little readers

Madeline Finn and the Library DogBy Lisa Papp(children’s fiction, 2016)“I do NOT like to read!” asserts Madeline Finn. She tries to read but can’t figure the words; sentences get stuck in her mouth; classmates giggle.Then one day dogs come to the library to read with children. Bonnie the dog is the best audience for Madeline Finn, patiently and lovingly listening as Madeline painstakingly makes words out of the letters before her, and...

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This week in Concord history

March 4, 1777: Concord’s town meeting votes to “break off all dealings” with attorney Peter Green, Dr. Phillip Carrigain and merchants John Stevens and Nathaniel Green. Although the four are among 156 area men who have signed the Association Test, an oath of loyalty to the Patriot cause, they are suspected of being Tories.March 4, 1834: Mill workers in Dover and Newmarket walk out at mid-morning, the first work stoppage in New...

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Read book before Netflix serial
Mar04

Read book before Netflix serial

Shadow and BoneBy Leigh Bardugo(358 pages, YA fantasy, 2012)Sent to cross the Shadow Fold, Alina and her regiment are attacked by the monster predators therein. A strange light emanates from Alina, momentarily warding off the mutants and allowing a hasty retreat back to safety, but Alina’s life as a mediocre map-maker will never be the same. Her newly awakened magic may be just what her country needs to free itself from the darkness...

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Digital art display
Mar04

Digital art display

New Hampshire Art Association digital artist William Townsend will have his work on display in an exhibit titled, “Transformations: Nature And Beyond,” at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center beginning March 23.The images in Townsend’s exhibit began as photographs of natural objects. The photographs serve as the primary material for the transformations of line, form and color through the use of digital tools and...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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