This week in Concord history

– Nov. 16, 1861: After several devastating fires in the city in preceding months, a committee under Concord Mayor Moses Humphrey releases a study recommending that a steam fire engine replace the hand pumper stationed on Warren Street near Main. The new engine, the “Gov. Hill,” will go into service in early 1862. It will work so well that the city will soon be shopping for another. – Nov. 17, 1965: Opening Day at Concord’s...

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City briefly

The SNOB Film Festival got us thinking – will there ever be an independent flick made about City Manager Tom Aspell? Would it be the type of movie to make you laugh? Perhaps it would make you weep openly in public and not give a darn who sees you. In honor of the epic film that does not exist yet, we bring you the highlights from Tom’s weekly memo: Don’t monkey around The Friends of White Park will hold their annual meeting at the UNH...

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Wonderful milkweed
Nov15

Wonderful milkweed

Milkweed is a sun-loving plant that can flourish in many places such as in fields, along roads and on hillsides. The colorful monarch butterfly is dependent on the milkweed because the monarch caterpillar will feed only on this plant, the toxic elements of which are transferred to the caterpillar and eventually to the monarch butterfly. Birds will quickly learn to avoid the distasteful monarch butterflies in favor of more savory...

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The adventures of Ben Leubsdorf
Nov15

The adventures of Ben Leubsdorf

Monitor reporter Ben Leubsdorf just got back from a trip to Lebanon and Syria and brought us with him! In the first photo, Ben poses in front of the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle in Hosn, Syria. In the second photo, he stands with a street sign in Byblos, a Lebanese port city.

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Have I got some films for you

Concord is a fine place to have a film festival. It’s also a fine place to have a deli tray festival, but apparently the International Veggie Platter Federation thinks otherwise. Racine, Wis., you will pay for your delicious treachery! But we who have been shut out of that exciting world must put our bitterness aside, like a poorly stored mini tureen of onion dip, and take comfort knowing that good movies are harder to come by than...

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Join the Christmas parade!

The 59th Concord Christmas Parade is ready to march down Loudon Road on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The theme for this year’s parade is Our Christmas Wish. The parade units will begin formation at 8:30 a.m., with floats asked to be at the formation site at 8 a.m., in the parking lot of the Department of Transportation on Hazen Drive. The fire trucks will line up on the south side of Hazen Drive. This year’s parade will march from...

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A unique approach to learning at Concord High

Learning a second language isn’t easy, but for Concord High students who come here from other countries, it’s a necessity. That’s where the school’s ELL programs come in handy. ELL literally means “English language learners.” The program provides a judgment-free place where refugees from other countries can come and learn the English language and other subjects taught at Concord High School like math, world language, science,...

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Meet the man, and woman, behind the table
Nov15

Meet the man, and woman, behind the table

Local heirloom tomato salad with mozzarella and sesame sherry vinaigrette. Hanger beef bistro steak with mashed butternut squash and scallion butter. Grilled shrimp in a sweet Thai barbecue sauce with local baby potatoes. Is your mouth watering yet? Good. That means Sunny Chung is doing his job. Chung, 42, is the chef and co-owner of Sunny’s Table, a cozy Asian-American-fusion bistro on Depot Street. The restaurant, which celebrated...

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Drop by Dos to see some art
Nov15

Drop by Dos to see some art

Taco Tuesday at Dos Amigos is a favorite lunch stop for me, but the tacos aren’t the only reason to stop in at Dos. Lately I find that I look forward to what I find on their walls. Dos has long given a home to local artwork, and recently, all tacos aside, it’s been worth a visit just to see what’s hanging. Currently defying gravity on those walls: the fine art of Catherine Jennison. I did a little digging to contact the artist....

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Snobby briefly

Want to know the ins and outs of the SNOB film fest? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Opening night gala SNOB kicks off its three-day fest of movies, movies and more movies with beer, beer and more beer. On Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., an opening gala will be held at Red River Theatres. Representatives from Martha’s Exchange Brewery, Smuttynose Brewing Company, White Birch Brewing, Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery and Woodchuck...

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Craving a cold one? Check out free tastings at Barb’s
Nov15

Craving a cold one? Check out free tastings at Barb’s

It’s not technically winter until Dec. 21, but everyone has their unofficial start date for the next season. For some, it’s winter as soon as it starts getting dark at 5 p.m., or when we have to pull out our scarves and mittens. For others, it’s when the stores prematurely put out their Christmas decorations. For people like me, I know something different is in the air when the local breweries swap their fall beer for its winter brew....

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The return of SNOB
Nov15

The return of SNOB

We’re not big fans of snobs around here (they’re mean to us and make fun of us for still having Backstreet Boys posters hanging up in our bedroom) but we can get behind SNOB. The Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB, for short) film festival is coming to Red River Theatres on Nov. 19-21. In 2002, SNOB was created to provide movie buffs a chance to watch independent flicks they may have otherwise missed. The festival occurred annually . . ....

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The Insider visits America's favorite giant bean
Nov15

The Insider visits America's favorite giant bean

Pete Bowman brought The Concord Insider to Chicago. Looks like Pete caught up on the roller derby issue while hanging out at the bean. You’re a good man, Mr. Bowman.

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Load it up!
Nov15

Load it up!

Crossroads Chiropractic is attempting to fill a Toyota Scion (on loan from Grappone Automotive) with canned goods and non-perishables for the Pembroke-Allenstown Interfaith Food Pantry. They are collecting items through Dec. 20 at the Crossroads’ Pembroke office (556 Pembroke St.). Each person who brings in at least three items will receive a raffle ticket to be entered to win a $100 Tanger Outlets gift card. For more information,...

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The Bulletin Board

Nov. 27: Be at Eagle Square or be square Concord High School’s Class of 2000 10-year reunion will be held at 7 Eagle Square on Nov. 27 from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $45 for early registrants. We are still looking for volunteers to help plan and help with day-of set up. We look forward to seeing you all! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chsclassof2000.bbnow.org. – KELLEY KUGEL Tellabrate good times The...

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The Concord Garden Club isn't afraid to get its hands dirty
Nov15

The Concord Garden Club isn't afraid to get its hands dirty

The Concord Garden Club recently volunteered its time and cleaned flower beds, raked leaves, pulled annuals and trimmed perennials at the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association Hospice House. From left: Peg Blume, Judy Mathews, Susan Heinecke and Laurie Rivet.

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Keepin' it on the short side
Nov15

Keepin' it on the short side

So you like movies but have the attention span of a fly? Maybe the S.N.O.B film fest isn’t for you. Maybe you need something shorter, something zippier. On Nov. 27, the Short Short Story Film Festival returns to Red River Theatres for the fourth year. The emphasis of the one-day festival is on short films – really short films – all of which are less than five minutes in length. There are 40 films in total. The brief...

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Police log

Child welfare check On Nov. 4 about 4:20 p.m., detectives Marc McGonagle and Sean Ford went to a Concord Gardens apartment to conduct a welfare check on two children. According to McGonagle’s report, DCYF had received a report that two children, ages 4 and 6, were not being cared for properly by their parents. The report said both parents were intravenous drug users and that the children were sometimes left alone with no adult...

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