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Call for art in New Hampshire’s Capital City
Feb12

Call for art in New Hampshire’s Capital City

The City of Concord, NH and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce invite sculptors to submit entries for Art on Main, a public art exhibit in the city’s historic downtown and beyond. Accepted entries will be on display from June 2024 through May 2025, and enhance the capital city’s award-winning Main Street. Concord’s seventh annual outdoor sculpture exhibition is open to sculptors 18 years or older, preferably from New England....

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Granite VNA marks 125th anniversary in 2024
Feb12

Granite VNA marks 125th anniversary in 2024

In 1899, Concord District Nursing Association was formed to serve the health needs of underserved residents of Concord, New Hampshire. Now known as Granite VNA, the agency has grown to become New Hampshire’s largest not-for-profit home health and hospice provider, and 2024 marks its 125th anniversary. From its humble beginnings with a single nurse, Katherine Hill, and a handful of volunteers who traversed Concord by foot, bicycle and...

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Schoolhouse at Shaker Village undergoes restoration
Feb12

Schoolhouse at Shaker Village undergoes restoration

By spring, staff at Canterbury Shaker Village expect to complete restoration of the Schoolhouse (c. 1823/63), a project made possible through key financial contributions, including a $10,000 grant from Daughters of the American Revolution. Begun in 2021, the multi-year project has included a new roof, repair and partial replacement of deteriorated clapboards, gutters, rainwater leaders, and other exterior features, along with...

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Bulletin board for the week of Feb. 15, 2024
Feb12

Bulletin board for the week of Feb. 15, 2024

Auditions for ‘Pride and Prejudice’ The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?! Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical than it does in this effervescent new adaptation. Playwright Kate Hamill injects...

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History for week of Feb. 15, 2024

  Feb. 15, 2002: The Diocese of Manchester releases the names of 14 priests who have been accused of sexual misconduct with children between 1963 and 1987.     Feb. 15, 1911: A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Weeks of Massachusetts, a New Hampshire native, calls for federal purchase of forest lands. The Weeks Act will lead to the designation of the White Mountain National Forest.     Feb. 15, 1943: As a war...

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Book: ‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’
Feb12

Book: ‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’

‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’ By Andi Watson (2020, 268 pages, Genre: Graphic Novel, Fairytales) Kerry and the Knight of the Forest, by Andi Watson, is an adventure with roots in familiar fairytales of yore. It’s an age-old story from the get-go: a young man, while obtaining medicine for his sick parents, becomes lost in an old, creepy forest. Thematically speaking, there’s nothing really new happening here. Watson’s story,...

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Young professional of the month: Erin Doonan gives hospitality a new spin
Feb05

Young professional of the month: Erin Doonan gives hospitality a new spin

Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to the “Young Professional of the Month,” Erin Doonan. Each month, the CYPN Steering Committee recommends individual in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. Erin Doonan How old are you? 25. Where do you live? Concord, NH. Where do you currently work? I own Pours & Petals, a local boutique catering company and mobile bar service. You might see...

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Commmunity Players to present ‘Witness for the Prosecution’
Feb05

Commmunity Players to present ‘Witness for the Prosecution’

From Feb. 16 to 18, the Community Players of Concord NH will present Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution at Concord City Auditorium. Part of the Community Players’ 96th Season, the famous Christie thriller is the most-performed courtroom drama and recognized as one of her greatest plays. Based on a short story the famous “Queen of Crime” wrote in 1925, the 1953 play covers a sensational murder trial both in the courtroom of...

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Myrtle provides a calm audience for readers
Feb05

Myrtle provides a calm audience for readers

  With her sweet disposition, non-judgmental nature, and calming influence, Myrtle has quickly become the most popular girl at the Kearsarge Regional Elementary School. When she struts through the front door, students run over just to say hi. And those lucky enough to spend some one-on-one time with her are ecstatic. “She’s become a celebrity,’ said School Counselor Taylor Fluery. Myrtle is not your average student, and not...

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Catholic Charities NH Mardi Gras set for Feb. 10
Feb05

Catholic Charities NH Mardi Gras set for Feb. 10

The 18th Annual Mardi Gras will be making its return to Concord on Feb. 10 at the Grappone Conference Center, bringing together the community to support NH neighbors facing poverty, homelessness, mental health challenges, and other timely issues impacting communities statewide. The evening will include a variety of authentic Cajun cuisine, games, live and silent auction items, dancing and more. The live auction will feature vacations...

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Bulletin board

Congress’s Power of the Purse Why does the federal government “shut down” when members of Congress fail to agree on new spending? Why is it becoming harder for Congress to pass routine spending bills? Why does Congress, rather than the President, hold authority over spending, and why does it matter? Professor Zachary Price will discuss Congress’s “power of the purse,” meaning its authority to control government spending, and provide...

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This week in Concord history

Feb. 8, 2002: Lindsay and Allyson Lemire, 21-year-old Bow natives, appear on Sally Jessy Raphael’s talk show. The show is a dating game-like episode titled “Love Search. . . For Someone Like Me,” and pairs the women with aspiring actors and Doublemint twins Jermyn and Joseph Daube. Feb. 8, 2001: More than 30 Concord police and state Drug Task Force officers raid an apartment complex in Concord to arrest three men and a woman who the...

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Book review of ‘Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman’
Feb05

Book review of ‘Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman’

‘Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman’ by Lucy Worsley (2022, 415 pages, Genre: Biography)   “Once I’ve been dead ten years, I’m sure no one will ever have heard of me.” This statement wouldn’t be nearly so ironic, had it not been uttered by one of the 20th century’s best-known authors: Agatha Christie. Even today, nearly half a century after her death, Christie is a household name. She has been identified by UNESCO as the world’s...

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Bulletin board for the week of Feb. 1, 2024

Civics lecture Join New Hampshire Civics on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for a virtual William W. Treat Lecture with Dr. Richard Haass. Dr. Haass and a panel of New Hampshire high schoolers will have a virtual discussion about what the American people can do – both individually and collectively – to ensure that American democracy not only survives, but thrives. NH Civics would like to thank New Hampshire Humanities and...

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History for the week of Feb. 1, 2024

Feb. 1, 2003: News spreads through Concord that the space shuttle Columbia has exploded, reminding many of the space shuttle Challenger. “It’s amazing how it brings those feelings right back,” says state Rep. Jim MacKay, who was the city’s mayor when the Challenger exploded 17 years ago with Concord teacher Christa McAuliffe on board. Feb. 1, 1971: The New York Times reports rising concern among some New Hampshire officials that...

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Super Stellar Friday at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center looks forward to welcoming Jacob Garside as our February 2024 Super Stellar Friday speaker. Jacob is currently a second-year student at Plymouth State University here in New Hampshire, pursuing a B.S. in Meteorology. He has been a part of the Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project since 2022. He was also a NASA Space Grant intern at the Discovery Center during the summer of 2023, and his campers...

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Gibson’s photographer, author Margo Cooper
Jan29

Gibson’s photographer, author Margo Cooper

Margo Cooper visits Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., on Feb. 20 to share her stunning new book of photographs and interviews, Deep Inside the Blues. Cooper will be joined in conversation by Holly Harris, host and producer of Spinning the Blues, a radio show airing Saturday nights on WUMB. Margo and Holly’s conversation will cover the musicians in the book, the music they made, the clubs in the Boston area, (including Harper’s...

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‘A great neighborhood activity’: Outdoor hockey and nearly two decades of memories
Jan29

‘A great neighborhood activity’: Outdoor hockey and nearly two decades of memories

Tom Philbrick’s basement has become something of a hockey sporting goods warehouse. Goalie equipment, sticks, skates, pucks – you name it, it’s probably down there. Oh, and don’t forget about all the hockey pucks not in the basement. “Hundreds of pucks around the neighborhood,” Philbrick said. “You find pucks from 10, 15 years ago stuck. I found them on my roof, found them on my neighbor’s roof. It’s unbelievable.” It’s a little more...

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Book review: ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer
Jan29

Book review: ‘Annihilation’ by Jeff VanderMeer

‘Annihilation,’ by Jeff VanderMeer (2014, 195 pages, Genre: Science Fiction / Horror) “’The map had been the first form of misdirection, for what is a map but a way of emphasizing some things and making other things invisible?’” This is an excerpt from the journal of the biologist, the otherwise unnamed main character in Jeff VanderMeer’s first installment of his Southern Reach trilogy. For over thirty years, a government agency...

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Concord Winter Fest returns for its sixth year
Jan22

Concord Winter Fest returns for its sixth year

The Hotel Concord and Intown Concord are thrilled to announce the return of Concord NH Winter Fest for its sixth consecutive year, Jan. 26 to 28. The event promises a weekend filled with ice-carving demonstrations, competitions, vendors, and a variety of family-friendly activities. Friday, Jan. 26 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Art & Bloom at Kimball Jenkins 3 to 9 p.m.: Sponsored ice carvings – State House Lawn 5 to 7 p.m.: Free wine tasting...

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New show opening at Two Villages Art Society
Jan22

New show opening at Two Villages Art Society

February 3 to March 2 The upcoming exhibition at TVAS features the work of Susan Rock, of Bow. The exhibit, “An Artist’s Musings on Lincoln Today and Mixed Media,” opens Feb. 3. Rock is a multimedia artist whose work has been exhibited throughout New Hampshire. One of her watercolor scenes received an Artist of Merit Award in Two Villages Art Society’s Summer Member Show. An avid gardener, Rock often depicts garden scenes and still...

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Art contest shines spotlight on youth mental health
Jan22

Art contest shines spotlight on youth mental health

Children’s System of Care Submissions are now open for the New Hampshire Children’s System of Care (CSoC) sixth annual Magnify Voices Expressive Art Contest. Now through April 21, New Hampshire students in fifth through 12th grade are invited to submit a creative piece about their experiences and connections to mental health. An initiative of CSoC, Magnify Voices raises awareness, erases stigma, and effects change to help ensure the...

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History for the week of Jan. 25, 2024
Jan22

History for the week of Jan. 25, 2024

  Jan. 25, 2002: Area lawmakers approve $24.2 million worth of renovations and additions to the Merrimack County jail, wrapping up years of discussion on whether and how much county taxpayers should pay to reduce the facility’s crowding. Jan. 25, 2000: Concord receives nearly 9 inches of snow, hardly an extraordinary occurrence for late January; however, it is the first significant snowstorm of the season, and for that to come in...

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Book review: ‘Manner of Death’ by Robin Cook
Jan22

Book review: ‘Manner of Death’ by Robin Cook

‘Manner of Death,’ by Robin Cook (2023, 337pages, genre: medical thriller)   Dr. Jack Stapleton and NYC Chief Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery are back with another chapter in the medical examiner’s office in NYC. What starts out as a simple way to interest a senior pathology resident in his required month of rotation at the office turns as the resident, looking to avoid actually attending autopsies, proposes a research project...

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Bulletin board for week of Jan. 18, 2024
Jan22

Bulletin board for week of Jan. 18, 2024

Food bank receives $10K donation Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack) is helping to fight hunger, and its root causes, with a $10,000 donation to New Hampshire Food Bank. The contribution will not only feed families and individuals across the Granite State, it will also support programming and education to those in need. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA), an estimated 6.2% of New Hampshire...

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Concord Garden Club’s Art and Bloom event returns to downtown
Jan16

Concord Garden Club’s Art and Bloom event returns to downtown

The Concord Garden Club is excited to announce its upcoming 21st Annual Art and Bloom exhibit. Art and Bloom is a Concord mid-winter tradition that attracts art and flower lovers to enjoy beautiful floral arrangements paired with works of art. This year, the club is partnering with the Kimball Jenkins Estate (kimballjenkins.com), which is where the event will be held. Club members and local floral professionals will create floral...

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NH Theatre Projects premiers ‘In the Garden of Z’
Jan16

NH Theatre Projects premiers ‘In the Garden of Z’

In the Garden of Z makes its world premiere at Portsmouth’s New Hampshire Theatre Project on Jan. 19. This powerful new drama is the story of one Russian girl’s reaction and response to the horrors of the War in Ukraine and how it motivates her to examine her family, her culture, history, war and the nature of propaganda- how it affects our lives and divides our communities. The play is written by Russian-Latvian immigrant Jelizaveta...

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Purple Finches Youth Chorus present open sing
Jan16

Purple Finches Youth Chorus present open sing

Calling all prospective Purple Finches. Ever wonder what it’d be like to participate in a community-wide musical group and make new musical friends? Try it and see for yourself on Monday, Jan. 29. The Purple Finches Youth Chorus (grades K-8), led by Maria Isaak, includes three age levels — the Fledglings, the Fliers, and the Finches. The three groups allow an age-appropriate sequence of musical development, as students learn...

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Bulletin board for the week of Jan. 18, 2024
Jan16

Bulletin board for the week of Jan. 18, 2024

Dr. Lloyd Sederer visits Gibson’s Dr. Lloyd Sederer, a Concord author, visits Gibson’s Bookstore to share the inspiring true story of how a small group of dedicated leaders achieved radical and relentless change to save McLean, Harvard’s historic psychiatric hospital from for-profit changes. Caught in the Crosshairs of American Healthcare shows readers that, with grit, brains, and support, we can still change our world. Sederer...

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Book review: ‘The Chinese Shawl’
Jan16

Book review: ‘The Chinese Shawl’

‘The Chinese Shawl’ By Patricia Wentworth (1943, 270 pages, genre: mystery)   Laura Fane comes of age in England and inherits a property called the Priory. Her older cousin Agnes lives there, and Agnes wants to buy it from Laura. Agnes is a formidable woman and was once engaged to Laura’s father. Laura’s father broke the engagement in order to marry Laura’s mother. Agnes never married and has hung onto her heartbreak and anger....

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