Concord's spookiest Halloween house decorations

We cruised around local neighborhoods to find the yards with the scariest Hallowee – OH MY GOSH A GIANT SPIDER!!!!!

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Used book sale

New Hampshire Audubon is holding its annual used book sale on Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McLane Center. The sale features a wide variety of used books, with a large selection of birding and nature books as well as mysteries and other fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, children's books and more. Come early for the best selection. All items are marked down to half-price beginning at 1:30.Donations are welcome through Nov. 11....

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A slippery slug engaging in some serious skullduggery
Oct25

A slippery slug engaging in some serious skullduggery

During one of my hikes, I saw what looked like a skull lying in a field. When I got closer, I realized it was a giant puffball mushroom being eaten by a slug. As I stood there pondering this spooky spectacle, the thought occurred to me that there must be a Halloween nature story here. At least, the photo of this skull-like puffball should get some attention in the Insider.Slugs love mushrooms, especially giant puffballs. They are...

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Opening soon

The Concord Cold Weather Shelter (at First Church) opens on Dec. 9 and has begun recruiting volunteers. The South Church shelter will open shortly after.New volunteer training for both sites will be Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at First Church, 177 N. Main St. Returning volunteers are asked to attend a refresher course – First Church volunteers will be Nov. 7 at First Church 5:30-6:30pm and South Church volunteers will be Nov. 5 at...

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Quarries: the core of Concord’s storied past
Oct25

Quarries: the core of Concord’s storied past

Although history is not often written in stone, the words that mark it are. In fact, the stone monuments that reflect major events, like the new Pentagon steps that Swenson Granite Co. made to replace those lost in 9/11, may even outlast the Pentagon itself.”You can't help but be emotional about that,” says Scott Herrick, 49, of finding and preparing the pink granite that was used to restore the building after the...

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Two-part workshop

Join the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and Concord Energy and Environment Committee for a two-part “Introduction to Permaculture Design” workshop. The workshops will take place Nov. 2 and 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Forest Society's Conservation Center, 54 Portsmouth St.Permaculture is a method of developing life skills for sustainable living and beyond. It aims to regenerate healthy,...

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Birthday bash

The Just Be Boutique is celebrating its first birthday and is throwing a big birthday bash on Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 62 N. Main St.The shop will be celebrating with free face painting, free hot cocoa, hot cider and goodies. It is also running a sweet buy one, get one free sale on all tees that day. Buy one regular priced tee and get any other one free!The boutique, which opened on Oct. 29, 2010, as a temporary store through...

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Trick or treat, Conant Elementary?

We asked the third-graders what they were going to be for Halloween . . . besides hungry for candy.

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Concord’s other golden dome
Oct25

Concord’s other golden dome

Tucked neatly away on Union Street, steps away from the State House, is Concord's other golden dome, a modern architectural touch atop an otherwise historic structure.The adornment is only fitting, of course. For it's inside the Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Church where you'll find an effortless blending of second-century traditions with tweets and Facebook posts, where images are equally comfortable on ancient...

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Master of disguise

We sent Keith down to Ballard’s Halloween and Costume Rental to try out this year’s hottest costumes

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Pick of the week

Here's what's happening on ConcordTV this week:Watch a lecture given by Warren St. John, the author of Outcasts United, which is the featured book in this year's “Concord Reads” program.Outcasts United is the story of a refugee soccer team, a remarkable woman coach, and a small southern town turned upside down by the process of refugee resettlement.The program will air on channel 22 on Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m.For...

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We just made all these huge tiny mistakes to lure him back, we swear

Surprised to see a picture of himself taken six months ago in the Insider, the Grammarnator took that as a hint that he should be extra scrupulous when perusing this week's issue. And he found a good half-dozen nits to pick. To mention just the highlights:The most obvious was a spelling error in a headline, always a bad location for a mistake. I'm sure that others have pointed out that the breed of dog associated with fire...

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Restored Welles classic

On Oct. 28, an extra special film event – any time there's an Orson Welles film on the calendar, it's special – is Welle's restored film, “The Stranger,” starring Edward G. Robinson. The film plays at 7 p.m. in NHTI's Sweeney Auditorium. Admission by donation.As always, for more information moviegoers can call 271-7185 or go to our website at nhti.edu.

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell goes down to the City Hall boiler room, puts on his striped sweater and fedora and then runs off into the night to terrorize the dreams of promiscuous teenagers. Then, he shows up at our front steps and scratches out a city memo on our door with his Freddy Krueger finger knives. This week was no exception.Candid cameraAt the fire stationThe crews of the Manor fire station are working with 40...

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This Week in Concord History

Oct. 25, 1843: Col. Richard M. Johnson, the noted Kentuckian who is reputed to have killed the Indian chief Tecumseh, visits Concord. Franklin Pierce and others greet him at the station, and Johnson rides down Main Street on a white horse.At the State House, he wears the same red vest he wore in the Battle of the Thames, during which he is said to have slain Tecumseh. Eleven shots pierced the vest. At a dinner presided over by Pierce,...

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We needle ink maestro Sean Ambrose
Oct25

We needle ink maestro Sean Ambrose

Name: Sean AmbroseAge: 28Title: Owner, Arrows & Embers TattooHow long have you been a tattoo artist?Nine years, and I've owned Arrows & Embers for the last two.How many tattoos do you have?I'm on a quest for one. There are too many to count. They all start blending together at some point.What's your favorite tattoo you've ever had done?My back piece. It took almost one year to complete.Any tattoo...

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The Snob stops by Cimo’s South End Deli
Oct25

The Snob stops by Cimo’s South End Deli

The annual Taste of Concord event is naturally a Mecca of sorts for the Food Snob. But even with the multitude of local food offerings, there aren't usually too many restaurants there that the Snob hasn't visited. So when we saw Cimo's South End Market's booth and its exotic reuben soup, we were intrigued to say the least. Last week, we packed our dining companion into the car and took a trip down to the South End to...

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‘Onion skins thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough’
Oct25

‘Onion skins thick and tough, coming winter cold and rough’

The onion is the world's most commonly eaten vegetable and, perhaps, one of the most interesting. A member of the lily family, the familiar onion is a bulb, not a root. Its slender green shoots are beautiful in the garden. Chives, scallions, leeks and the common onion, whose vapors move us to tears, are all part of the allium family.Originating in Asia some 5,000 years ago, onions made their way around the world, arriving in...

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His job literally rocks

Quarry Foreman Ken Littlefield has worked for 20 years with not-so-little blocks of rock — try 15 to 30 tons. Not pounds. Tons. It takes derricks, which are like cranes, and solid chains to pull the stone out of the ground. Teamwork and monitoring makes the day go round.What do you have to say about the physical aspect of the job?It keeps me in shape.What do you do all day?There are so many different aspects, operating and...

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Trick or treat, Conant Elementary?

We asked the third-graders what they were going to be for Halloween . . . besides hungry for candy.

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Master of Disguise

We sent Keith down to Ballard’s Halloween and Costume Rental to try out this year’s hottest costumes

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Concord's spookiest Halloween house decorations

We cruised around local neighborhoods to find the yards with the scariest Hallowee – OH MY GOSH A GIANT SPIDER!!!!!

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