Maple Weekend 2019: Everything you need to know to have the stickiest time of your life
Mar19

Maple Weekend 2019: Everything you need to know to have the stickiest time of your life

New Hampshire Maple Month 2019 is in full swing, with dozens of sugarhouses across the state opening their doors for tours, demonstrations, samples and sales. While the official Maple Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday only, many operations offer special experiences every weekend of March – some even open up every day. Here is a roundup of sugarhouses in Concord and the general surrounding area that have events planned for Maple...

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Don’t feel like traveling for Maple Weekend? You don’t have to
Mar19

Don’t feel like traveling for Maple Weekend? You don’t have to

Hardcore New Englanders and pancake lovers have longed to hear it – maple season is finally here. Hosted by the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association, March is Maple Sugaring Month, and this upcoming weekend is Maple Weekend, when dozens upon dozens of maple operations all over the Granite State – from commercial size to hobby size – open up their sugar shacks to let visitors in and check out the process. This is always a...

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Injustice for Brawl 2 to provide family-friendly fun for a good cause
Mar19

Injustice for Brawl 2 to provide family-friendly fun for a good cause

The Undertaker. Stone Cold Steve Austin. Randy “Macho Man” Savage. Hulk Hogan. The Rock. These names are all legendary in the pro wrestling world now, but they all started off somewhere else, likely bars and local sporting arenas. On March 31, Everett Arena will become one of those venues, as Injustice for Brawl 2 brings pro wrestling to Concord for the first time in about 30 years. The best part is that proceeds from the show will go...

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Album Review: Andrew North’s ‘Lost City’ a piano-lover’s dream
Mar19

Album Review: Andrew North’s ‘Lost City’ a piano-lover’s dream

If you’re a regular reader of the Insider or a regular fan of the local music scene, you’ve probably seen the name – and probably the person, too – Andrew North. Maybe you’ve seen it as Andrew of the North, or you’ve seen the full-band version called Andrew North and the Rangers. The point is, it’s all the same guy (with sometimes different accompanying members), Andrew Grosvenor of Concord, and he has a new solo album out. Following...

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Making Good Health Simple: Crock-Potting 101: Rules to live by
Mar19

Making Good Health Simple: Crock-Potting 101: Rules to live by

Crock-Potting – a verb. To some, a sport. For me, it’s a time-saver. In the late 1930s, Irving Naxon (one of my heroes) applied for a patent for a portable cooking device that would be able to cook evenly and replace hours of someone miserably and inefficiently standing over a stove stirring. The two-part appliance contained the crock housed inside a casing that contained the heating element. Can we say genius? I have attempted to...

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Entertainment: Loaded music schedules at Area 23, Hermanos, plus lots of laughs coming to Hatbox
Mar19

Entertainment: Loaded music schedules at Area 23, Hermanos, plus lots of laughs coming to Hatbox

It’s a pretty good week ahead – if you’re into music, comedy and movies, that is. There’s tons to check out, so stop reading this intro and go be entertained! Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Andrew Merzi at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 7 p.m., sign-ups start at 6. New Black Eagle Jazz Band at Concord City Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Richard Gardzina at Hermanos at 6:30...

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CASL: These students have bright futures ahead
Mar19

CASL: These students have bright futures ahead

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce welcomed 24 students selected to take part in Capital Area Student Leadership (CASL) 2019 during a reception on Feb. 20, also attended by parents, guardians, CASL committee members and Chamber staff program liaisons. The students assembled again last Wednesday at the City Wide Community Center for CASL Communication Day, during which students interviewed each other for this Insider feature, gave...

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Bulletin Board: Acting workshop, jazz show at Audi and more
Mar19

Bulletin Board: Acting workshop, jazz show at Audi and more

Poetry Out Loud champ named The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts announces that Rachel Budd from Bow High School is the winner of New Hampshire’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud High School Championship, which took place at the State House’s Representatives Hall on March 15. Alana Ervin from Oyster River High School was selected as alternate champion. As state champion, Budd receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: World Water Day, wastewater treatment facility open house and more
Mar19

City Manager’s Newsletter: World Water Day, wastewater treatment facility open house and more

Last Friday, the city’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter. The letter was too long to print in its entirety here, but you can access the full version at concordnh.gov by clicking the “Newsletter” button on the homepage. Fix a Leak Week and contest Join Concord General Services in celebrating EPA WaterSense’s “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18 to 24! Leaks can waste a lot of water and can lead...

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Fill your bellies while helping the homeless at the 10th annual SouperFest
Mar19

Fill your bellies while helping the homeless at the 10th annual SouperFest

The 10th Annual SouperFest, a benefit for the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, will be held Saturday, March 30, at Rundlett Middle School in Concord. This anniversary event will be the first with an international flavor, celebrating the diversity that makes Concord such a wonderful, welcoming community. The event begins at 2 p.m. with FunFest, sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord. The gymnasium will be...

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Delusive Relics address gender equality in their home country with latest project at Hatbox Theatre
Mar19

Delusive Relics address gender equality in their home country with latest project at Hatbox Theatre

Delusive Relics, a new electronic music project in the style of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails, will perform music from its debut album at Hatbox Theatre on Friday. Delusive Relics is the side project of Farhood Ghadiri, member of the Iranian progressive rock band Mavara, and his wife, Anis Oveisi. Ghadiri, who performs under the pseudonym Frank Nik and grew up with music from Depeche Mode, Gary Newman and other ’80s and early ’90s...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Ravenmaster’
Mar19

Book of the Week: ‘The Ravenmaster’

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Christopher Skaife 2018, 241 pages Nonfiction Legend has it that if the ravens ever leave the Tower of London then the tower “will crumble into dust and great harm will befall the kingdom.” But Yeoman Warder Christopher Skaife is there to make sure that this doesn’t happen. Skaife has been the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London since 2011. He tells us about his daily life...

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This Week in Concord History
Mar19

This Week in Concord History

March 19, 1967: The calendar says spring is about to start, but few believe it. The low temperature in Concord falls to 16 below zero, tying the record for the coldest March day in the 20th century. This follows a reading of 13 below the day before and 10 below the day before that. March 19, 2000: On its way to the NCAA championship game, fifth-seeded Florida cruises past fourth-seeded Illinois in the second round of the men’s...

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Check out some fine student artwork at Steeplegate Mall during Youth Art Month
Mar12

Check out some fine student artwork at Steeplegate Mall during Youth Art Month

It’s finally March, the month many New Englanders look forward to all winter long. It’s a month often associated with new beginnings – we turn the clocks ahead, days start to get a little warmer and signs of spring start popping up all over the place. Another big part of March is the abundance of student art that starts popping up, too, particularly at Steeplegate Mall. March is Youth Art Month, and every year around this time a big...

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Concertmaster String Quarter to present ‘An Invitation to Dance’ at Concord City Auditorium
Mar12

Concertmaster String Quarter to present ‘An Invitation to Dance’ at Concord City Auditorium

Fans of music, dancing and all-purpose partying won’t want to miss the next big to-do at the Concord City Auditorium, because it’s a show that combines all of the above. The fourth concert of the Concord Community Concert Association’s 88th season brings the Concertmaster String Quartet to the Audi stage on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It’s a concert and a party – festivities begin at 7 p.m. in the lobby with a dessert reception and a...

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Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let clutter compromise your home
Mar12

Making Good Health Simple: Don’t let clutter compromise your home

Knickknacks. Tchotchkes. Stuff. Junk. Gear – you name it, and I am sure I own it. My entire life I have been accumulating things. Some of them necessary to live, like a bed, furniture, automobile, clothing. And a ridiculous amount of completely unnecessary items I convinced myself I needed. The brain has the capacity to rationalize just about anything, including pointless purchases and keeping items you don’t need. During my years of...

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CYPN: Melina Murray is the Young Professional of the Month
Mar12

CYPN: Melina Murray 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,” Melina Murray. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I’m a real estate agent at EXIT Realty Great Beginnings with offices in both Concord and...

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Entertainment: So much live music to be heard in Concord this week
Mar12

Entertainment: So much live music to be heard in Concord this week

We have a very busy week on the entertainment front around here, with an absolutely full slate of music to go along with a number of stage shows and two comedy shows, including the second installment of the new comedy club at Tandy’s. Get out there and take it all in this week. Music Tuesday Dan Weiner at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Dan Walker at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Thursday Mike...

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Bulletin Board: Poetry Out Loud championship, meetings and more
Mar12

Bulletin Board: Poetry Out Loud championship, meetings and more

First DAR meeting of 2019 Buntin-Rumford-Webster, Concord Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, will have its first meeting of the year Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. at the Pierce Manse (14 Horseshoe Pond Lane). The program will be a welcome to new members and an orientation about the chapter, DAR and what to expect! March is literacy month and we ask that each person planning to attend pick a children’s book (new or used in...

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Blast From the Past: The old courthouse and the Era of Good Feelings
Mar12

Blast From the Past: The old courthouse and the Era of Good Feelings

During the early 1800s there was renewed turmoil and frustration with England resulting in the War of 1812. The good citizens of Concord rejoiced at the victorious conclusion of this war and entered into a period commonly referred to in American history as the “Era of Good Feelings.” This era started with the election of President James Monroe in 1816 and concluded with President John Quincy Adams in 1824. The world was once again at...

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Tasty Brews: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine from Dos Amigos
Mar12

Tasty Brews: Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine from Dos Amigos

We’re pretty late to the party here, but when it comes to good beer, better late than never is the motto. Sip of Sunshine, the mythical IPA from Vermont brewery Lawson’s Finest Liquids, has long been one of those beers aficionados have traveled to other states for – it was made in Connecticut and driven right through our state on its way to Vermont without ever stopping here. That all changed some time this past summer, when select...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Fix a Leak Week, Royal Leak Detection Contest and more
Mar12

City Manager’s Newsletter: Fix a Leak Week, Royal Leak Detection Contest and more

Last Friday, the city’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter. The letter was too long to print in its entirety here, but you can access the full version at concordnh.gov by clicking the “Newsletter” button on the homepage. Fix a Leak Week Join Concord General Services in celebrating EPA WaterSense’s “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18-24! Leaks can waste a lot of water and can lead to outrageous...

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Lithermans Limited to bring back Pink Boots Made for Walking IPA on March 21
Mar12

Lithermans Limited to bring back Pink Boots Made for Walking IPA on March 21

We’re big supporters of beer and the brewing industry. We’re also big supporters of diversity in the workplace and equal opportunity for all. But most of all, we’re big supporters of anything that combines all of the above. It should then be no surprise that we’re all fired up about the pending release of Lithermans Limited’s Made For Walking IPA, a beer project in collaboration with the Pink Boots Society. Our most astute readers...

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These three students from St. John Regional School have reached some impressive achievements
Mar12

These three students from St. John Regional School have reached some impressive achievements

Three students from St. John Regional School have done some impressive things academcially on a state level recently. Nathan Steigmeyer finished first in the Geography Bee and was one of 100 students to qualify to go to the State Geography Bee in Keene next month. Michael Thresher placed first in the Spelling Bee and has competed on the state level. (He was not given information as to where he finsihed, but it was not in the top...

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Book of the Week: ‘Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books’
Mar12

Book of the Week: ‘Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books’

Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books Cara Nicoletti 2015, 283 pages Nonfiction Cara Nicoletti grew up in her family’s butcher shop and was surrounded by family cooking. That didn’t start her cooking, though. She writes, “But the truth is that I fell in love with cooking through reading, and I learned quickly that being in the kitchen offered me the kind of peace that settling in with a good book did.” As she...

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This Week in Concord History
Mar12

This Week in Concord History

March 12, 2000: Bishop Guertin defeats Concord, 3-2, in the Division I hockey championship game, ending the Crimson Tide’s run of four consecutive state titles.   March 13, 1782: The Legislature meets in Concord for the first time. The site is “the Old North,” the First Congregational Church. The building will burn in 1870. It was on the site of the current Walker School.   March 13, 1852: For the third time in three years, local...

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Pizza Slice Showdown: Who has the best slice game in Concord?
Mar05

Pizza Slice Showdown: Who has the best slice game in Concord?

Welcome to the Pizza Issue, 2019 edition. If you’re a hardcore reader – which all of you surely are – you might remember that we put out a “For the Love of Pizza” issue on Jan. 30 of last year. In that issue, back when the Insider had a hearty two-man staff, my esteemed colleague and I hit the streets hard to learn as much about pizza as we possibly could. For this issue, working in the new reality of this being a one-man show, there...

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Making Good Health Simple: Yoga: You already have everything you need to do it
Mar05

Making Good Health Simple: Yoga: You already have everything you need to do it

“I’m not flexible.” “I am too old.” “I have a trick hip.” Just a few of the reasons people give for not practicing yoga. The truth is, you already possess all of the necessary equipment required to start practicing yoga – a body and the willingness to try. The term yoga itself means union. It is all about creating a connection between the brain, the body and the breath. One of the many great things about yoga is that there is a...

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CHS student blends high school, college, internship, industry job at CRTC+
Mar05

CHS student blends high school, college, internship, industry job at CRTC+

Max Lambert is 18, he’s taking two Concord High School classes and five on-campus courses at Manchester Community College, he’s working an entry-level job at Grappone Auto Group and he spends part of his week interning with a master automotive technician at Grappone. In other words, he’s not your typical high school senior. Lambert is an automotive technology student at the Concord Regional Technical Center, a high school career and...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Tree removal, special election and more
Mar05

City Manager’s Newsletter: Tree removal, special election and more

Last Friday, the city’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter. The letter was too long to print in its entirety here, but you can access the full version at concordnh.gov by clicking the “Newsletter” button on the homepage. Special election is March 5 Residents will vote for one at-large city councilor position and one Ward 10 councilor position on Tuesday, March 5. Polls will be open from...

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