Ahead of Making Strides walk, American Cancer Society thanks Concord community
Oct15

Ahead of Making Strides walk, American Cancer Society thanks Concord community

As we welcome another Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a heartfelt thank-you resounds through our community. Thank you for your support, your compassion and generosity. My name is Michelle Audet, and this will be my 10th year at Making Strides, however this year I will be joining all of you as Community Development Manager and American Cancer Staff Member for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer this October. I joined the American...

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American Cancer Society celebrates more than 25 years of saving lives nationwide
Oct15

American Cancer Society celebrates more than 25 years of saving lives nationwide

The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks unite communities to honor those touched by the disease and raise awareness and funds for a world without breast cancer. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the largest network of breast cancer events in the nation, uniting more than 1.2 million passionate participants supporting the noncompetitive 3- to 5-mile walks each year. Dollars raised help the American...

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Everything you need to know for the 2019 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk
Oct15

Everything you need to know for the 2019 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk

Concord’s 2019 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is upon us, and the Insider is here to help you navigate the big day. This guide provides all the information you need to get the most out of the event.11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Registration: Everyone on the field, regardless of whether they are fundraising or not, is required to register, either online or with a paper registration form, available at the registration tent....

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Survivor Place a very special part of Making Strides Concord walk
Oct15

Survivor Place a very special part of Making Strides Concord walk

The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer event is about awareness and fundraising to both provide support services and to fund important research to find the cure to put an end to all cancers. At the Concord Making Strides event on Sunday at Memorial Field, we have a special place for survivors, their caregivers and family to visit called Survivor Place. Survivor Place is a calming, quiet environment; a place...

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Making Good Health Simple: Make staying healthy a priority for post-grad life
Jun11

Making Good Health Simple: Make staying healthy a priority for post-grad life

The Freshman 15. Is it real life or an urban legend? With graduations aplenty both from high school and college, staying healthy needs to be a major part of post-grad life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a disproportionate amount of the weight we gain in life is in our 20s (Yikes!). An average 19-year-old man weighs 175 pounds, but by the time he hits 29 he is 9 pounds heavier, weighing in at 184 pounds....

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CYPN: Katharine Woodman-Maynard is the Young Professional of the Month
Jun11

CYPN: Katharine Woodman-Maynard 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,” Katharine Woodman-Maynard. 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? 34.Where do you live? Concord.Where do you currently work? I’m a graphic novelist and freelance graphic designer and...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Free sunscreen, construction project updates and more
Jun11

City Manager’s Newsletter: Free sunscreen, construction project updates 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:Stakeholder meeting on energyMore than 30 stakeholders from organizations, businesses and communities across the city will gather for a third and final meeting on Tuesday, June 11, to provide feedback on Concord’s 100% Renewable Energy Strategic Plan.The 3rd Stakeholder Committee meeting...

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Bulletin Board: ConcordTV taps new executive director, plus loads of awards given out
Jun11

Bulletin Board: ConcordTV taps new executive director, plus loads of awards given out

Chamber to host breakfast forum The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast forum on Thursday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Holiday Inn in Concord will feature a panel of stakeholders invested in projects aimed at improving energy infrastructure in New Hampshire. Panelists include Bill Quinlan, N.H. president of Eversource; Michael Licata, director of government and community relations at Liberty Utilities; and Chuck Willing, lawyer...

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Welcome to the 2016 Insider Summer Olympics
Aug02

Welcome to the 2016 Insider Summer Olympics

With the Summer Olympics set to kick off Friday with the opening ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, we thought it would be a great idea to take part. No, we’re not taking an all-expenses-paid trip to provide weekly updates in the Insider for the XXXI Olympiad, and it’s safe to say that we didn’t qualify for any of the events because that kind of info would have been plastered all over these pages for weeks. Instead, like we did way back in...

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Just imagine all that gold hanging around Tim’s neck
Aug02

Just imagine all that gold hanging around Tim’s neck

Sure, we could have done a pentathlon or a decathlon to decide the inaugural winner of the Insider Summer Olympics, but that wouldn’t really fit with our style. So we battled our way through a septathlon (that’s seven events) to declare the grand champion of meaningless games around here. While we expected it to be close – or at least much closer – it turned out to be a bit of a one-sided affair. But don’t worry, Jon will have a...

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We tagged along for a Pokémon Go session
Aug02

We tagged along for a Pokémon Go session

It’s a bird!It’s a plane!It’s a – Pikachu?If you have a smart phone – or even know anybody who does – chances are you’ve uttered or heard this very phrase hundreds of times already, caught up in the international frenzy known as Pokémon Go.Pokémon Go is an app-based game that launched less than a month ago and has taken a firm grip on modern society. It’s based off the uber-popular video and card game from the late 1990s/early 2000s,...

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We sent Megan to summer camp for a day
Aug02
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Look at all of this sweet public art we found
Jul26

Look at all of this sweet public art we found

We wandered around Concord last week searching for as much public art as we could find. As we journeyed around, we realized there was a lot more than we ever noticed. Check out what we found!

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Here are some other, lesser-known pieces
Jul26

Here are some other, lesser-known pieces

Sure, Concord has quite a few statues, sculptures and paintings, but what else is there? We asked ourselves the same question and decided to get to the bottom of it. We went out in seach of some things that have artistic value, but maybe they weren’t created with art in mind. We’re talking about things that were built for an actual purpose (other than to be gazed upon in amazement) that just so happen to look pretty cool, or things...

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Pink 2.0 sure did make some good nachos
Jul26

Pink 2.0 sure did make some good nachos

It’s not every day that you get to see a vegetarian dive into a pan of ground pork nachos. So when Monitor staffer Elodie Reed told us she was going to end her series of “A Pig’s Life: From piglet to pork chop” with a little taste test, we had to be there. Not only could we document Reed’s experience in the world of meat, but we’d probably get a few bites ourselves. The original plan was to get a bunch of bacon from Pink 2.0 (the...

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Thanks to GoBabyGo NH, kids get new rides
Jul26

Thanks to GoBabyGo NH, kids get new rides

Every kid wants a Power Wheels. Being able to cruise around the driveway just like mom and dad do on the road must be just the coolest thing when you’re little. So much so, we want one as adults. But unfortunately for children with mobility issues, the ones you can buy in the store don’t always match what a child needs in terms of safety and functionality. That’s where GoBabyGo comes in. The program started at the University of...

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Megan takes in her first farmers markets
Jul19

Megan takes in her first farmers markets

Two farmers markets in three days – quite an adventure. I arrived at my first farmers market ever. Not knowing what to expect, I walked onto that street ready to take it all in. The adventure started off at the Concord Farmers Market located on Capitol Street in downtown Concord. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, with new and old faces in the crowd. “You really get to know your regulars and what they will want to buy from you,”...

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Support local agriculture at CSAs
Jul19

Support local agriculture at CSAs

In today’s world, there’s a lot of focus on buying local, going green and supporting the “little guys” in society. Concord, in particular, is big on this idea, as it’s home to so many small and local businesses and people who support them steadfastly. Concord is therefore a big player in community-supported agriculture, and we checked out two CSAs that have pickup sites here in the city. Local Harvest CSA Local Harvest CSA has a...

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Pickin’ out the good ones at Rossview Farm
Jul19

Pickin’ out the good ones at Rossview Farm

We’re in the thick of the summer now, and that can only mean one thing – well, it can probably mean many things, but only one in this case: it’s pick-your-own blueberry season, and Rossview Farm has plenty to go around. One row of bushes was open for picking last Friday, but that was plenty. Every bush was teeming with tasty berries, and tons were already nice and ripe. It was a blistering hot day, but sometimes you have to make some...

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Which came first, the butterfly or the egg?
Jul19

Which came first, the butterfly or the egg?

The circle of life is on display at Cole Gardens in the form of monarch butterflies. The garden center recently acquired 12 monarchs – eight females and four males – which will lay eggs (each butterfly can lay up to 700 eggs) from Florida. Once the new generation is born and ready to go, owner Charlie Cole will release them all on the Cole Gardens property. They’ll hang around the property for a few days performing critical...

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Take a nice staycation right here in Concord
Jul12

Take a nice staycation right here in Concord

Now that we’re in the thick of the summer, many of you are probably thinking about vacation – Tim, for one, certainly is. But maybe you don’t feel like spending a ton of time and money jet-setting all over the place. Maybe you’re just kind of looking to hang out around here and relax a little bit. That’s the kind of thing we like to do, too. That’s why we’ve assembled the Staycation Issue, full of all kinds of fun and easy things to...

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Staycation options for Concord
Jul12

Staycation options for Concord

As you probably saw, we had a good time planning out our “Staycation” in Concord. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to actually do it all because we have a limited budget (like $0) and had lots of other things to get done over the course of a short week other than having a good time. We know, we don’t think it’s fair either. But nonetheless that’s the reality we were faced with, but we sure didn’t let that keep us from having fun...

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We gave Megan her first official assignment
Jul12

We gave Megan her first official assignment

Just over a week on the job and I receive my first assignment. With very little time to get from my summer job (the one I actually get paid for) to the first of three photo shoots, I was darting from one thing to another. My first stop on my first solo adventure was the Contoocook River Canoe Company. I pull into the driveway trying to catch the canoeing group before they finish for the day, so I hop out of my car and make my way up...

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Thomsons complete cross-country journey
Jul12

Thomsons complete cross-country journey

Derek and Dylan Thomson spent 46 days this summer riding their bikes across the country for the Connolly Tough Fund. During the 4,500-mile journey, the Concord brothers raised about $25,000 for former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly doing what they called Cycling the US For ALS. The Thomsons began their journey on May 23 in San Francisco and finished the long and arduous ride Saturday with a final leg on their bikes –...

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You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry
Jul05

You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry

Insider staffOne point. That’s all that separated the Fighting Finches and Demolition Dames in the first match-up of the season.The Finches, who trailed by 50 at one point during the June 25 bout and 30 going into the final jam, had a come back for the ages to win 155-154 and take the early lead in the season series. And the close decision only added to what has become quite a rivalry between the two Granite State Roller Derby home...

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Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate
Jul05

Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate

Insider staffThe most important thing when you sign up for roller derby is knowing how to skate. Whether you can take a hit and stay on your wheels is another obstacle, but being able to stand up and move forward on skates is a good first step – or glide.But next in line is having the right gear. So we stopped into Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop to see what it takes to be outfitted for a career in roller derby. Sure, it’s mostly a...

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Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall
Jul05

Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall

We’d like to introduce you to Megan Marshall. She is going into her senior year at Bow High School – and is also interning for the Insider this summer. So before you start seeing her byline in the paper and start wondering, “Who is this Megan Marshall person?” we figured why not ask her a few questions so you can all get to know her.   How did you end up interning  at the  “Insider”? For my senior seminar project I decided that I...

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Bonner b-ball campers got a special surprise
Jul05
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Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July
Jun28

Here’s the plan for Concord’s Fourth of July

With America’s birthday right around the corner, you’re probably scrambling to figure out your plan for summer’s biggest day. Sure, you could trek down to Boston or up to Ashland if you want, but who’s got time for that? You really only need to travel as far as Memorial Field, which will once again host the city’s annual July 4 celebration. There had been some talk about moving the shebang to the area behind the post office on Loudon...

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Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks
Jun28

Browsing the stock at Champny’s Fireworks

When it’s right around the Fourth of July, there’s one thing on everybody’s mind: fireworks. Since we live in the Live Free or Die state, we’re lucky enough to be able to buy our own fireworks and put on our own shows. One place to get them is Champny’s Fireworks in Bow. It’s a family business that’s been a fixture in town for nearly 20 years, and it’s home to all the fireworks anyone could ask for. We stopped in last week to see what...

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