This week in Concord history
Nov30

This week in Concord history

Dec. 2, 2000: Shortly before 2 p.m. Canterbury Country Store owner Bob Summers rings up his final sale and then shuts the place down. The store will reopen nearly a year later, after members of the community invest several hundred thousand dollars to buy it. Dec. 2, 1774: New Hampshire’s committee of correspondence, formed the previous year to stay in touch with other colonies about acts of the British Parliament, sends a...

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Until the clock strikes midnight
Nov30

Until the clock strikes midnight

Maybe you trekked out among the throngs of mall shoppers for a day – or night – of browsing on Black Friday. And you’ve likely had packages dropped off on your front porch after some late-night cyber hunting on Amazon. Now, complete the trifecta by coming to downtown Concord to see what your local merchants have to offer. Concord’s annual Midnight Merriment is returning to downtown Concord for a night of shopping, deals, food and...

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City newsletter
Nov30

City newsletter

Fall leaf collection Bagged leaf collection continues through Dec. 9, regardless of weather. Unlike bulk collection (which is weather dependent), snow will not suspend bagged leaf collection. However, it is important to bag leaves early if necessary to avoid leaves getting covered in snow. Leaves will be collected by the City’s solid waste contractor, Casella, and will be collected separately from trash and recycling. Residents with...

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Entertainment for the week of Dec. 1, 2022
Nov30

Entertainment for the week of Dec. 1, 2022

Live music Dec. 1 Jordan Fletcher with Maggie Ryan, with opener Nashville Newcomers will be at the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. The Trio d’Anches de Concord presents “Exquisitely French! Reed Trios 1935-1945” as the December Bach Lunch Lecture at the Concord Community Music School at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 2 Spencer and the Walrus bring the music of the Beatles to the Bank of N.H. Stage at 8 p.m. Sam Hammerman at Over the Moon Farmstead from...

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Bulletin board for week of Dec. 1, 2022
Nov30

Bulletin board for week of Dec. 1, 2022

The crime that stunned the nation On August 19, 1997, in little Colebrook, New Hampshire, a 62-year-old carpenter named Carl Drega, a man with long-simmering property rights grievances, murdered state troopers Scott Phillips and Les Lord at a traffic stop in a supermarket parking lot. Then Drega stole Phillips’s cruiser and drove downtown to settle some old scores. By the end of the day three more were dead, Drega among them, and four...

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At Pitchfork Records, a downtown institution, what’s old is new again
Nov22

At Pitchfork Records, a downtown institution, what’s old is new again

With 49 years in the business of selling music, Michael Cohen has seen about everything. Lately, he’s seeing it all over again. “It’s gone back to the beginning!” said Cohen, the owner of downtown mainstay Pitchfork Records & Stereo, sounding both amused and a little incredulous. Cohen was a student at Henniker’s New England College in 1972 when he and some friends started selling vinyl records – then called LPs or long-playing...

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Entertainment for Nov. 23 to Dec. 3
Nov22

Entertainment for Nov. 23 to Dec. 3

Live music Nov. 25 Brad Myrick at Contoocook Cider Company from 1 to 4 p.m. Mikey G. at Over the Moon Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. Tina J at Makris Lobster & Steak House from 8 to 11 p.m. Brian Booth Jazz Quartet at Area 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Kilroy at Penuche’s Ale House Nov. 26 Chris Torrey at Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market form 9 a.m. to  12 p.m. The Hart of Sound (Colin Hart) at Contoocook Cider Company from 1 to 4 p.m....

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This week in Concord history
Nov22

This week in Concord history

Nov. 23, 2002: The Holiday Magic Parade, which has marked the beginning of the holiday season in Concord for 51 years, marches up Loudon Road in Concord. The procession includes emergency response vehicles, floats, decorated vehicles, equestrian units, clowns, eight marching bands and Santa Claus. Nov. 23, 1911: The New Hampshire Historical Society dedicates its building in Concord. The building was designed by Guy Lowell, also...

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CYPN: Mark Borak has a love of the outdoors
Nov22

CYPN: Mark Borak has a love of the outdoors

Concord Young Professionals Network (CYPN) introduces you to the “Young Professional of the Month,” Mark Borak. Each month, the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. Mark Borak Where do you live? Bow, NH. Where do you currently work? I am one of three Independent Financial Advisors at Bahr Casey Financial Services. I help people reach their...

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Bulletin board
Nov22

Bulletin board

Concord tree lighting Head downtown for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree in City Plaza on Nov. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. Several streets will be closed from 3 to 7:30 p.m. for the event, including Main Street, from Centre Street to School Street; North State Street, from Park Street to Capitol Street; Park Street from Main Street to North State Street; and Capitol Street from Main Street to North State Street. Writing mindfully...

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Christmas Parade among holiday events
Nov16

Christmas Parade among holiday events

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: Community Development Block Grant Awards On Nov. 3, the NH Community Development Finance Authority awarded the City $1,500,000 in Community Development Block Grants to support the development of a new Boys and Girls Club facility in...

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It’s showtime: Plan for holiday events
Nov16

It’s showtime: Plan for holiday events

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to save the date and get tickets for all of your favorite seasonal shows. Local theatre groups and performance venues have calendars filled with classics like the Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol alongside one-act plays and Celtic music. Some shows are free, while others require purchasing a ticket and reserving a seat, so make sure you don’t miss out on the merriment! NOV. 25...

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Playing this week: Live music and stage show
Nov16

Playing this week: Live music and stage show

Live music Nov. 17 Andrew North at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9 p.m. NHMC Artist Showcase at Area 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 Chris Powers at Makris Lobster & Steak House from 7 to 10 p.m. Scott King at Over the Moon Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. Thrown to the Wolves at Area 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Brian Burnout’s Birthday Special at Penuche’s Ale House Nov. 19 Chris Peters at Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m....

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Bulletin board: This week’s happenings
Nov16

Bulletin board: This week’s happenings

What does homelessness in Concord look like? Join the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce for this critical discussion on Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Concord. What does housing instability mean for individuals, youth, and families in the Capital Region? A panel of representatives from local agencies, who work directly with Concord’s unhoused population on a daily basis, will discuss the causes and...

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This week in history

Nov. 17, 2003: Opponents of New Hampshire’s new parental notification law announce that they are suing the state because the law doesn’t provide a broad enough exception when the health of the mother is at stake. They are also asking a federal judge to block the law from going into effect Dec. 31. Nov. 17, 2000: The state Fish and Game Department is considering the first increase in fishing and hunting license fees in more...

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Veterans Day: A time to reflect
Nov08

Veterans Day: A time to reflect

Veterans Day concert Part of the William H. Gile Community Concert Series, New Hampshire’s Own 39th Army Field Band will perform at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The 90-minute audio visual experience will also feature some of the best civilian musicians in the State, as we thank veterans from all of the service branches. The performance will include a wide variety of music genres including: rock,...

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Entertainment this week
Nov08

Entertainment this week

Live shows Nov. 10 Mike Morris at Hermanos from  6:30 to 9 p.m. Gardner Berry at Area 23 from  7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 Andrew North & The Rangers at  Area 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Nov. 12 Joel Begin at Downtown Concord Winter Farmers Market from 1 to 4 p.m. Crazy Steve Jam at Area 23 from 1 to  5 p.m. Colin Hart at Hermanos from  6:30 p.m. Karen Grenier at Over the Moon  Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. Mikey G at Chen Yang Li from 7 to  10...

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City News: Week of Nov. 10
Nov08

City News: Week of Nov. 10

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: City meetings City meetings are held in person in Council Chambers at 37 Green St. (unless otherwise specified on the City’s calendar). Upcoming meetings include: City Council Meeting: Nov. 14, 7 p.m. Planning Board: Nov. 16, 7...

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Bulletin board: Fairs and folk fun
Nov08

Bulletin board: Fairs and folk fun

Christmas craft fair The United Church of Penacook, at the corner of Community Drive and Canal Street in Penacook, will hold a Christmas Craft Fair and Bake Sale on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters will offer hand-crafted home décor, holiday decorations, knit/crochet goods, stuffed toys, jams and jellies, handbags, artisan soaps, and more. There will also be a bake sale. Visit ucpnh.org for crafter list and craft pictures....

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This week in history

Nov. 10, 2003: The Concord City Council votes to put an automated trash plan on hold until exact cost estimates are available. Nov. 10, 1777: Loudon townspeople vote to build a meeting house “the same bigness as the Epsom house.” Nov. 10, 1854: Concord’s Unitarian Church is destroyed by fire. Nov. 10, 1887: Robert O. Blood is born in Enfield. He will be a World War I hero, physician, dairy farmer and, throughout World War II, governor...

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Live music and theater — catch a show
Nov02

Live music and theater — catch a show

Live music Nov. 4 Kimayo at Over the Moon Farmstead from  7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 5 Chad Verbeck at Contoocook Cider Company from 1 to 4 p.m. Decatur Creek at Over the Moon Farmstead from  2 to 5 p.m. Charlie Chronopolous at Over the Moon Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. Chris Peters at Chen Yang Li from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 6 April Cushman at Contoocook Cider Company from 1 to 4 p.m. Eric Lindberg at Over the Moon Farmstead from  2 to 5 p.m. Eric...

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Choosing kindness over competition
Nov02

Choosing kindness over competition

By Gracie McHugh Many Americans know or at least recognize the name Jesse Owens. He was an American track and field powerhouse who won 4 Gold Medals at the 1936 Olympics under the cloud of racism, hatred and anti semitism. He is best known for being the first American in history to win four gold medals in a single Olympics. He is perhaps less well known for his ability to persevere with courage and integrity throughout his life, even...

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Bulletin board — A focus on book events
Nov02

Bulletin board — A focus on book events

Sen. Feingold visits NH Senator Russ Feingold visits Gibson’s Bookstore on Thursday, Nov. 3 at noon to talk about his new book, The Constitution in Jeopardy: An Unprecedented Effort to Rewrite Our Fundamental Law and What We Can Do About It. In this important book, Feingold, a former U.S. senator and Prindiville, a legal scholar, distill extensive legal and historical research and examine the grave risks inherent in this effort. But...

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Book review: A real odd couple
Nov02

Book review: A real odd couple

The Marmalade Diaries: The True Story of an Odd Couple By Ben Aitken (325 pages, memoir, 2022)   This is a charming and funny book about being locked down with a complete stranger because of the coronavirus. October 21, 2020 – Ben Aitken is a young writer looking for a cheap room in London. He finds one in a nice neighborhood, for a great price. He thinks that there must be a catch, and there is. The catch is Winnie. Winnie...

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The week in history

Nov. 3, 2003: Seven candidates show up at the secretary of state’s office in Concord, marking the first day that presidential candidates are able to file papers to enter January’s primary. The only one whose name carries any cachet in Washington is Dick Gephardt, who makes a lunchtime appearance between campaign stops. Nov. 3, 2002: Referring to a television ad that distorted her appearance, Democrat Martha Fuller Clark accuses her...

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Election update — what to know

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:   General voting info Residents will have the opportunity to cast their votes during the state’s general election on Tuesday, No. 8. City of Concord polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. More information about...

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Book review: A girl between two worlds
Nov02

Book review: A girl between two worlds

Child of the Jungle By Sabine Kuegler (260 pages, memoir, 2005)   Born in Nepal to a German family, Sabine Kuegler lived a childhood most don’t even begin to experience. Her parents were linguists and missionaries who traveled the world studying the languages of remote civilizations. Kuegler spent the majority of her youth in the isolated and primeval rainforest of West Papua, Indonesia, living alongside the Fayu, an indigenous...

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Book review: History at The Sandcastle
Nov02

Book review: History at The Sandcastle

Lady Sunshine By Amy Mason Doan (376 pages, historical fiction, 2021) There is just something about reading in the summer; lounging in the sunshine or shade (or hibernating by the AC during a heatwave), and being transported to another time through a good book. I’ve been enjoying a lot of summery, dreamy “beach reads” lately, and one of my top picks is Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan. The setting swings between 1979 and 1999 along the...

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Catch a show this week – some ideas for you
Oct26

Catch a show this week – some ideas for you

Live EntertainmentOct. 27 Brian Booth at Hermanos from 6:30 to 9 p.m. DJ Dicey Karaoke at Area 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 28 Ryan Williamson at Over the Moon Farmstead from 7 to 10 p.m. Channel 3 at Makris Lobster & Steak House from 7 to 10 p.m. BeefStu at Area 23 from 8 to 11 p.m. Scott Solsky & Friends at Penuche’s Ale House Oct. 29 Gary Hodges at Two Villages Art Society from 12 to 2 p.m. Justin Cohn at Contoocook Cider...

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Get yourself ready for Halloween
Oct26

Get yourself ready for Halloween

13th AnnualHalloween Howl & Trunk or Treat in downtown Concord Get your costumes ready for downtown Concord’s spookiest night out. Intown Concord’s Halloween Howl returns to Main St. on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The wicked fun on Main St. includes community trick-or-treating, festive costumes, and plenty of ghoulish games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Trunk or Treat will also be making a comeback this...

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