Coffee and Main 02/09/10
Feb09
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Great gifts for your valentine!
Feb09

Great gifts for your valentine!

Valentine's Day can be a tough holiday. Some think it's totally commercial and don't want to buy into the hype. Others appreciate the concept, but not the diet-thwarting chocolate component. We support a middle-of-the-road approach and suggest buying a little something for your sweetie that shows your appreciation for him or her. If he or she likes roses and sugary goodies, you have a plethora of options this time of...

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Book of the week
Feb09

Book of the week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net. A Place of Execution Val McDermid 1999, 404 pages Setting: Derbyshire, England, 1963-64 and 1998 Having watched the latter part of the PBS Masterpiece Contemporary production of “A Place of Execution” on television this fall, I decided to read the book and get the full story. What a well-written psychological suspense story. Of course it does differ...

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World's Fair building downtown?
Feb09

World's Fair building downtown?

We get story ideas in all kinds of ways – by phone, e-mail, snail mail and personal visits. But an anonymous message with a password? That's new. The call came in a few weeks ago. Mr. Anonymous said he heard from reliable sources that the building at the corner of Pleasant and Main, which currently houses Pitchfork Records, among other things, was originally built for the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. A local insurance...

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Where turkeys got their name
Feb09

Where turkeys got their name

Why is the turkey, a bird native to America, named after another country? Also, what is the current status of wild turkeys in New Hampshire? How the turkey got its name is shrouded in mystery, but the most probable scenario is an intriguing story. When Spaniards came to the New World, they discovered the turkey in Mexico and took several back to Europe. The country of Turkey was a central trading route and when some of the strange...

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Laugh your pants off with the Concord Community Players
Feb09

Laugh your pants off with the Concord Community Players

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’re sure your mind has continually wandered to . . . undergarments. No need to be embarrassed – you’re not alone. The Concord Community Players have been thinking about skivvies too, thanks to the upcoming production “The Underpants.” The players will reveal this comedy at the Concord City Auditorium, 2 Prince St., Feb. 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. For you history buffs, there will be a...

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Say ‘I love you’ with a song
Feb09

Say ‘I love you’ with a song

So, you’ve been dreaming of serenading your dearest since the day you met, but the only acceptable singing venue for a voice like yours is in the privacy of your car with your windows up. Sigh . . . what’s the non-melodious to do? The Concord Chorale is offering singing valentines Feb. 12 through Feb. 14. This is the chorale’s second annual singing valentines effort. All you have to do is pick up the phone to schedule one, and then...

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Ask the Tweens: Valentine's Day

Dear Tweens: Valentine’s Day is coming up. At what age are people too old to celebrate it? What is your favorite thing about Valentine’s Day? Hannah Linquata You are never too old to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is fun, so don’t ever let someone tell you you’re too old! My favorite part is all the candy I get! I love to spend my day eating candy and giving candy to others. Matt Dube Well, I think that there is no age...

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With the Penacook Village Association

There will be a Penacook Village Association meeting held at the Rolfe House on Penacook Street, Penacook, Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. Topics will include the Route 3 corridor improvements, updates about Penacook speed limits and possible sidewalk-plow storage. Links to the January meeting minutes, the February agenda and more information can be found at penacook.org.

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Pancake mania

Get ready for a maple syrup induced sugar rush because there are not one but two pancake dinners on Feb. 16 to help you kick off the Lenten season. Grace Episcopal Church, 30 Eastman St., will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Admission to the meal is $5, $2 for children younger than 11. The church is also accepting canned food and toiletry donations. For more information, call 228-0073. At...

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It's stamp time!

Meet stamp lovin' pals at the Merrimack County Stamp Collectors' monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

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Time to get musical

The spring semester is beginning at the Concord Community Music School and registration for inpidual instruction, classes and ensembles is ongoing. Inpidual instruction runs through June 5 and is offered in more than 20 instruments and voice. This semester, the school is offering classical guitar taught by Frank Wallace. If classical guitar doesn't strike your fancy, consider folk, jazz or rock. Call for an orientation today....

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Mystery photo revealed!
Feb09

Mystery photo revealed!

The Concord Historical Society reveals the answer to last week's question about what South End landmark is featured in the photo: Pillsbury Hospital, the first general hospital in New Hampshire, was built on South Main Street in October 1891, and the cross-street bears its name. It was at the end of the public trolley line and named after George Pillsbury, a 19th-century Concord mayor. The hospital made its mark by pioneering new...

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