This Week in Concord History
Jun04

This Week in Concord History

June 4, 1819: A great parade of Concord citizens, soldiers, musicians and legislators escorts new Gov. Samuel Bell, on horseback, from Boscawen to the new State House. The procession is greeted with “bells, the thunder of artillery, and the gratulations of the thousands,” the Patriot reports. “The day was remarkably fine.” June 4, 1973: Gov. Mel Thomson establishes a box at the Concord post office where residents are asked to report...

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It’s time to start thinking about which summer camps to sign up for in Concord
May28

It’s time to start thinking about which summer camps to sign up for in Concord

It’s that time of year again – time to start looking into which summer camps you or your kids might want to check out this year. While school may still be in session for a few more weeks, you don’t want to sit around and wait on summer camps – many camps have already started taking applications, and before you know it all the cool stuff will be full for the season. Don’t be that one kid who waited too long and missed out on the camp...

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Tour de Cappies, 2019 edition – checking in on some of this year’s big winners
May28

Tour de Cappies, 2019 edition – checking in on some of this year’s big winners

After a whole year of hand-wringing, nail-biting and general anxiety, the winners of the 2019 Cappies awards were finally announced last week. For many businesses – and patrons – the Cappies release date is the biggest day of the year, and for good reason. The Cappies are, of course, chosen by you, the readers. More than 2,000 votes were cast, deciding who was the best in fields ranging from ice cream to dog grooming to performance...

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Pair of Concord road races this weekend to benefit two great causes
May28

Pair of Concord road races this weekend to benefit two great causes

It’s going to be a busy Saturday for walking and running enthusiasts in Concord, as there are two road races scheduled for Saturday, with each one benefiting a different, great cause. The first event is the third annual Hoofbeats 5K, held at NHTI. That race will benefit the New Hampshire Rare Disorders Association. A couple hours later, the 16th annual Walk for Sight will get underway. The Walk for Sight is a fundraiser for Future in...

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Local photographer Eric Fleming has an exhibit up on North State Street
May28

Local photographer Eric Fleming has an exhibit up on North State Street

Eric Fleming of Concord is the co-founder of Makeout, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based experiential and content marketing agency that provides creative and production services to some of the world’s most respected brands. He’s also a photographer, and he has an exhibit up on North State Street until about mid-June. This is his first public exhibition — the result of hitting pause on the bustle, living in the moment and capturing the natural...

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Entertainment: Area 23 to host pair of album launch parties
May28

Entertainment: Area 23 to host pair of album launch parties

Music Tuesday Jared Steer at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Paul Heckel at  Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Paul Loveley at  Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Laser Show at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Charlie Chronopoulos  at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Shawn McGuyver at True Brew Barista at 8 p.m. Back to Back at Makris Lobster & Steak House at  8 p.m. These Trees and The Rhythm Upstairs album  release parties at Area 23  at 8 p.m....

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Making Good Health Simple: Build strength to reduce risk of injury
May28

Making Good Health Simple: Build strength to reduce risk of injury

I often get asked by parents, “What can I do to help my athlete stay injury-free?” My response is always the same: “Keep them strong.” Strength training, while often misunderstood and chronically miscategorized, is necessary for every athlete (and non-athlete, for that matter). Proper and appropriate strength training in season and off season is essential in reducing both the incidence and severity of injury. The body pays the price...

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The Yogi: Savasana – where all the magic of yoga happens
May28

The Yogi: Savasana – where all the magic of yoga happens

Let’s start today’s column with a story. Once upon a time, there was a Marine. This particular Marine had a long, distinguished career in the military, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Pentagon. He was steadfast in his beliefs and worked his body hard. He lived all over the United States, and in several places abroad. When it came time to retire, he chose Concord, and decided to try new things. It wasn’t easy for the former Marine...

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Grant helps bring dental care to capital-area student
May28

Grant helps bring dental care to capital-area student

Monitor staff Second-grader Anurag Das was nervous walking into Mary Davis’s makeshift dental office last Wednesday. He put the hood of his dark blue sweatshirt over his head and crossed his arms over his chest. “Is it going to hurt?” he asked, sitting on a recliner next to Davis’s chair. “I’m scared.” “It’s not going to hurt, buddy,” Davis said. “Lie down and put your hands on your belly. It will help your breathing.” Davis is a...

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Bulletin Board: Pride Pops Up at True Brew, roller skating returns and more
May28

Bulletin Board: Pride Pops Up at True Brew, roller skating returns and more

Pride Pops Up at True Brew Pride is Popping Up again! And it’s bigger and better thanks to our friends at True Brew Barista. On Saturday, June 1, True Brew Barista is rolling out the rainbow flag to welcome all LGBTQ and allies for an indoor/outdoor evening of great food and drinks, darts and live music. Start your day supporting our friends at the Concord Farmers Market and Concord Arts Market, join the festivities on the State House...

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Book of the Week: ‘When in Rome’
May28

Book of the Week: ‘When in Rome’

When in Rome Ngaio Marsh 1971, 260 pages Classic mystery   Sometimes I want the comfort of reading one of my favorite authors, and to read a classic mystery. Ngaio Marsh was a New Zealand author who wrote wonderful mysteries and plays. She also directed plays, many of them by Shakespeare, and some of her mysteries reflect this. When in Rome is a departure for her, and is set, not surprisingly, in Rome. Her detective, Roderick Alleyn,...

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This Week in Concord History
May28

This Week in Concord History

May 28, 2000: New Hampshire wildlife biologists are considering importing up to 150 Karner blue butterflies from New York, the Monitor reports. Concord’s unique population of the butterflies is close to extinction, and the biologists hope an infusion of new blood will help the species survive. May 28, 2002: Rents around the region have skyrocketed in the last decade, according to 2000 Census data released last week, the Monitor...

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Welcome to the 2019 Cappies!
May22

Welcome to the 2019 Cappies!

Like in years past, the entries for the 2019 Cappies flocked into Insider headquarters from all directions. Either by mail or by website form, readers across Greater Concord weighed in on their favorite things in and around the capital city, and we listened. In this issue, you’ll see the results of thousands of votes cast to determine the best of the best in the Capital Area. Winners are grouped into five different categories – For...

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3rd annual Running for Riley to raise awareness, money for rare diseases
May21

3rd annual Running for Riley to raise awareness, money for rare diseases

Rock ‘N Race is in the books, but don’t put those running shoes – or that spirit of giving – away just yet. The third annual Running for Riley, a fundraiser for the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders, will be held at White Park next Tuesday, May 28, and it figures to be a great time for the whole family. Riley Duquette, a 6-year-old boy who lives in Concord and goes to Abbot-Downing School, was born with a rare disease. The...

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Entertainment: A double dose of John Franzosa at Hermanos, plus lots of other fun stuff this week
May21

Entertainment: A double dose of John Franzosa at Hermanos, plus lots of other fun stuff this week

Music Tuesday Craig Fahey at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Andrew Merzi at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Mike Morris at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Shameless at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 8 p.m. Nuff Said at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. Rhythm Upstairs at True Brew Barista at 8 p.m. Fugue Mill at Hatbox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 to $17 at hatboxnh.com. Saturday John...

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Book of the Week: ‘Finding Dorothy’
May21

Book of the Week: ‘Finding Dorothy’

Finding Dorothy Elizabeth Letts 2019, 351 pages Fiction   This creative novel is centered on the fascinating character of Maud Baum. Maud was the wife of L. Frank Baum, the man who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This famous book was made into the beloved film, The Wizard of Oz. It starts in Hollywood in 1938 when 77-year-old Maud, now a widow, visits the MGM set. She wants to see how they are turning her husband’s book into a film....

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Lace ‘em up for a good cause and hit up the 2019 Rock ‘N Race
May14

Lace ‘em up for a good cause and hit up the 2019 Rock ‘N Race

It’s that time of year again. Birds are chirping, days are getting longer, the air is (very) slowly but surely getting warmer, outdoor patio sets are occupying sidewalk space – it can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s time for the 2019 Rock ‘N Race. The road race is one of the biggest community events in Concord, and for good reason – Rock ‘N Race is a big fundraiser for the Payson Center for Cancer Care at Concord Hospital. In the 16...

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HOPE Resource Center at Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care is there to lend a hand
May14

HOPE Resource Center at Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care is there to lend a hand

The Payson Center for Cancer Care provides traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation; however, in tandem with the HOPE Resource Center, they truly offer so much more. The HOPE Resource Center at Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care is there to lend a hand while treating cancer and providing complementary services for the patient, family members and loved ones. These services were important to cancer...

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The Yogi: Let yoga save you from your technology addiction
May14

The Yogi: Let yoga save you from your technology addiction

A couple of years ago, I was watching the TV show Family Feud with a group of friends and family. I had grown up watching Richard Dawson on the original show, and our group was having a good old time yelling out answers to the survey questions. Then came this one: “Things you do first thing in the morning.” The No. 1 response was “check phone.” We had a good laugh at that one. “No way,” I remember saying. “That can’t be right.” I...

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Have you seen this protected spotted turtle that was stolen from Audubon McLane Center?
May14

Have you seen this protected spotted turtle that was stolen from Audubon McLane Center?

As a general rule, the Insider stays away from crime stories. However, after receiving an email last week from Stephanie Parkinson, a volunteer at the Audubon’s McLane Center in Concord, about a missing spotted turtle, we couldn’t sit back and do nothing. Apparently, the spotted turtle is a threatened species in New Hampshire, and one was removed from the Audubon’s reptile room, where it has lived for several years. The story has been...

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Food Snob: Pulled Pork Sliders from Federal’s Cafe
May14

Food Snob: Pulled Pork Sliders from Federal’s Cafe

We got a tip that a new café across from the federal courthouse downtown was open, so we did some investigating and discovered the rumor to be true. The new place is called Federal’s Café (62 Pleasant St.), and the little eatery does breakfast and lunch and serves gourmet Italian coffee. We stopped in on a sunny day last week to check out the lunch options. Before even entering the café, a sign out front listing specials caught our...

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Bulletin Board: Big trees, yoga and wine, meetings and more
May14

Bulletin Board: Big trees, yoga and wine, meetings and more

Music school to host seminars During May, Mental Health Awareness Month, Concord Community Music School is partnering with Riverbend Community Mental Health with a choral concert, panel discussion and weekly presentations that highlight the use of music in mental and behavioral health treatment. The music school will host free weekly “Good Vibes: Music & Mental Health” presentations by licensed expressive arts therapists and...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Beaver Meadow in full swing, public works celebration and more
May14

City Manager’s Newsletter: Beaver Meadow in full swing, public works celebration and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. Here are some of the highlights: Beaver Meadow in full swing The driving range and the course at Beaver Meadow Golf Course are open, as well as the patio. Get out and enjoy some golf! A reminder that our 2019 Chet Wheeler Red, White & Blue Golf Tournament is coming up May 25 to 27. A unique tradition with this event is...

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Entertainment: John Cusack comes to the Cap Center for ‘Say Anything’ screening
May14

Entertainment: John Cusack comes to the Cap Center for ‘Say Anything’ screening

Music Tuesday Michael Loughlin at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m. Thursday Paul Hubert at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Klose Shave at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. Walker Smith at Cheers at 5 p.m. Friday Audio Jam at Pit Road Lounge at 8 p.m. Change 5 at Makris Lobster & Steak House at 8 p.m. These Trees at True Brew Barista at 8 p.m....

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Making Good Health Simple: Have trouble getting yourself to the gym? Get a workout buddy
May14

Making Good Health Simple: Have trouble getting yourself to the gym? Get a workout buddy

Exercise: “Yeah!” for some, and “Ugh” for others. The dichotomy among people’s attitudes toward exercise is clear. From the obsessive, early-morning rooster crowd (that arrive to the gym several minutes before the doors are open), to the people whose friends have to lure them to the gym with promises of post-workout nachos and margaritas, motivation seems to be the issue. To help us answer this age-old question of “How do I get myself...

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CYPN: State employee Noah Hodgetts is the Young Professional of the Month
May14

CYPN: State employee Noah Hodgetts is the Young Professional of the Month

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our Young Professional of the Month, Noah Hodgetts. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 31. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I am an Assistant Planner in the Planning Division at the New...

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Poet Deborah Brown to present ‘The Human Half’ at Gibson’s Bookstore
May14

Poet Deborah Brown to present ‘The Human Half’ at Gibson’s Bookstore

Poet Deborah Brown will visit Gibson’s Bookstore on Wednesday at 6 p.m. to share the intimate poems from her new volume of verse, The Human Half. Threaded with echoes of familial trauma – a sister’s battle with cancer, a brother’s struggles with depression – the lyric poems in The Human Half reveal an open-hearted speaker who finds solace in the beauties of celestial navigation, the flowers along the railroad tracks, and the brushwork...

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Book of the Week: ‘Unto Us a Son is Given’
May14

Book of the Week: ‘Unto Us a Son is Given’

Donna Leon 2019, 259 pages Mystery Detective Guido Brunetti is asked by his father-in-law, Count Falier, to look into something for him. One of the Count’s oldest friends, Gonzalo, a wealthy man, wants to adopt a good-looking and much younger man as his son. If he is adopted, this man would inherit Gonzalo’s entire fortune, which greatly concerns his friends. Count Falier is very concerned about this and hopes that Guido can help him....

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This Week in Concord History
May14

This Week in Concord History

May 14, 1726: Having made camp near the Merrimack River the night before, a surveying party of 34 men from Haverhill, Mass., fans out in the fields and woods of what will one day be Concord. May 14, 1846: The New Hampshire Patriot advises Concord that the United States has declared war on Mexico. New Hampshire will enlist a battalion of 389 men, including Concord’s Fire Engine Co. No. 2 and three Patriot printers. May 14, 1977: Two...

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Come along on the ‘Insider’ Field Trip to Tilton and Northfield
May07

Come along on the ‘Insider’ Field Trip to Tilton and Northfield

If you’re not from Tilton, what are some of things that come to mind when you think of that town? The Tanger Outlets? The slew of fast-food joints? The car dealerships? The big fireworks store? Nobody would blame you for associating these things with Tilton. After all, Exit 20 off Interstate 93 dumps you right into the heart of all that commercial stuff that makes up a good chunk of Tilton. But if you drive around a little more,...

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