Where the Insider goes – Tue, 06 Aug 2013
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Where the Insider goes – Tue, 06 Aug 2013

The Pemigewassett Choral Society, led by director Leslie McDonnell and assistant director Will Gunn and accompanied by pianist Catharine Dornin, gave a concert tour recently in Quebec City, Quebec. They gave a recital at the Museum of Civilization several hours before a show across the street by the renowned and high-flying Cirque du Soleil circus. Above, the musicians send a message home to readers of the Concord Insider after...

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Classic Concord photo – Tue, 06 Aug 2013
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Classic Concord photo – Tue, 06 Aug 2013

Reader Earl Burroughs sent us this classic photo, which depicts employees of the John Swenson Granite Company lining up for a parade (led by Swenson himself) way back in 1915. This photo rocks!

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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 06 Aug 2013
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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 06 Aug 2013

This shot of cool tiles at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation comes to us from Instagram user @pmichaud143. Want to see your Instagram picture on our pages? Tag us in the caption – we’re @concordinsider, naturally.

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This week in Concord history

Aug. 6, 1728: A grant creates the Plantation of Suncook (an Indian term meaning “place of the goose” or “rocky place”). Massachusetts grants the land to the 47 soldiers and survivors of an Indian-hunting expedition to the north known as Lovewell’s War. Francis Doyen of Penacook, one of Lovewell’s soldiers, is believed to have been the first white settler. Aug. 6, 1854: When President Franklin Pierce declines a besotted South...

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Missed Connections: ‘All I seen was your beautiful eyes’

We at the Insider like to scour Craigslist’s Missed Connections section to see if anyone in Concord has fallen in love with us from our headshots in the paper is finding true love online. Here, presented unedited as always, are some of the best recent posts. Gabby blonde at hannaford – m4w (Concord) Had a nice chat with you as you rang me up. You’re gorgeous and I love your smile. Let me know if you’re available. Concord – mw4m...

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Alexander McGinnis has a ticket to ride – everybody pile in!

The hood ornament that sat in retired Navy chief Alexander McGinnis’s closet for 23 years may have been out of sight, but it was never truly out of mind. McGinnis had to give up his beloved 1956 Chevy Bel-Air when a growing family necessitated a switch to a much more mundane van in 1979. Booooring. But he held onto the ornament, and the desire to find another hood to attach it to. So just how strong was that desire? Strong like bull....

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Lunch at the Dump: musical institution or frugal diet option? You decide

Sometimes, a name just draws you in. Maybe it’s a funny pun that grabs your attention or a string of foul words put together that shocks you so much, you just can’t look away.  Or, in this case, a title for a band that shares synonyms with, well, garbage. They’re called Lunch at the Dump and they’ve been playing on and off in the area, in one form or another, for the last 40 years. They play mostly bluegrass and roots style music and...

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City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell fills his pockets with $20 in change and heads downtown to shop at his favorite local stores. His jingling pockets attract a flock of birds, who peck at his pant legs as he tries to escape, poking numerous holes. The coins that fall out spell out the city memo in Mandarin. We translated it here for you. Here’s the pitch . . . in Labor is needed, dudes The 23rd annual Friends of the Audi “Pitch In”...

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Annual ‘cash mob’ shopping spree Aug. 10

Historically speaking, the relationship between municipalities and mobs is a prickly one. But stick-wielding crowds of angry revelers are so old news. We suspect having a crush of people descend on a densely populated area would be embraced much more frequently if every member of said crush carried a $20 bill in his or her hand. In fact, Concord – thanks to Nearby Registry – proved that theory last year, and will try to do so again...

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Concord Public Library book of the week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net. Astor Place Vintage Stephanie Lehmann 2013, 396 pages Fiction Amanda Rosenbloom owns the Astor Place Vintage clothing shop, but finds more than some beautiful old dresses when she visits 98- year-old Jane Kelly.  Among the consigned items is a fur muff with a diary from 1907 hidden inside. Rosenbloom, who loves New York history, reads the diary and...

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Bulletin board: VNA offering Note to Self presentation this month

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “Note to Self: I Am in Control” on Aug. 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Centennial Senior Center, Smokestack Center, 254 N. State St. Living with a chronic health condition can present many challenges. Discover approaches to overcome challenges while managing your condition. For more, call 224-4093 or 800-924-8620, ext. 5815.

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Bulletin board: Capital Quilters Guild to meet at Havenwood

The Capital Quilters Guild will meet at Havenwood, 33 Christian Ave.. on Aug. 9 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The program will be making Christmas ornaments. All quilters are welcome. For more information, contact Jean Donahue at jedonahu1@comcast.net.

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Bulletin board: Kid’s art opening at Mill Brook Gallery on Aug. 11

Come to a kid’s art opening at the Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden on Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. The event is free, and refreshments will be served. Bring your kids, grandkids, and neighbors – all ages welcome. Also, the 16th annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit continues through Nov. 3. At the Aug. 11 event, meet sculptor Andy Moerlein, the pied piper of outdoor sculpture in New Hampshire. He will lead an inspiring and fun tour of the...

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This old house
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This old house

That’s my house! Imagine my surprise as I perused the July 23-29 issue of the Insider, checking out the photos of the latest exhibit at McGowan Fine Art.  Didn’t recognize it at first, then I saw “White House, Green Trim”  – Omg!  That’s MY house!  And so’s “Clearing Skies, White House” and “Early  Snow, Clearing Skies” — how exciting! Guess I’d better go check out that exhibit!  (That’s actually “teal” trim . . . I know ‘cause...

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Bulletin board: McGowan announces new art work on display

McGowan Fine Art announces the opening of “New to the Gallery,” a group show celebrating new art and artists to the gallery. The show will run Sept. 10 to Oct. 11, with a free reception, open to the public, taking place Sept. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. The show features abstract paintings of Pat Gerkin, Shaio-Ping Wang, and Liz Wilson, and representational paintings by Amy Brnger, Julia Jensen, and Jan Roy. Jensen and Roy have been...

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Bulletin Board: Memory tree ceremony to honor lost loved ones

On Jan. 19, 2009, we lost our son Matthew Hampton to suicide. To honor him and all other loved ones we have lost to any cause, we are organizing the 3rd annual Memory Tree in Concord. This tree will hold a designated yellow ribbon with a name tag and a light bulb for every loved one who is honored. The light bulbs and yellow ribbons will remain in place and lit for one week for all to see. On Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., we will be holding our...

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Mill Brook Gallery’s ‘Fashion Statement’

The Mill Brook Gallery is located at 236 Hopkinton Road. For hours and more information, visit themillbrookgallery.com or call 226-2046.

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Mill Brook Gallery’s ‘Fashion Statement’

The Mill Brook Gallery is located at 236 Hopkinton Road. For hours and more information, visit themillbrookgallery.com or call 226-2046.

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Nicholas Harriman makes frozen yogurt cool

The Concord Young Professionals Network is happy to introduce you to another young professional of the month. This time, it’s Nicholas Harriman, 23, Dips Frozen Yogurt owner/operator. Where did you go to school? Castleton State College 2008, Montclair State University 2009-2012, undergraduate degree in business marketing. What do you like to do for fun?  In my free time I like to exercise, visit with friends and family, boat, ski,...

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Governor Hassan meets with the future leaders of Russia

On July 26, Governor Hassan met with two Russian visitors, Daria Poskannaia and Vitalina Velikotskaya, both from the city of Khabarovsk in the far eastern part of Russia, near the Chinese boarder. Poskannaia and Velikotskaya are in the United States as participants in the Experience America Program/Future Leaders of Russia Program, organized and operated by the New England Language Center in Rochester and now celebrating its...

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Molly Lanigan is cooler than cool – she’s ice cream cold!

Name: Molly Lanigan, 29  Job: Arnie’s Place (She’s owner Tom Arnold’s daughter) How long have you been serving ice cream for? This is my 17th year here. What keeps you coming back? Tom’s my dad. It’s a great job. You’re serving ice cream. People love you. What is your favorite flavor? Vanilla soft serve is actually my favorite flavor. For hard ice cream, it’s either French vanilla or Oreo. If you could create your own flavor, what...

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Whooping it up at the ACCESS talent show

School’s still in session at Concord High over the summer, and the kids from the ACCESS program celebrated by putting on a talent show! Gotta catch them all! We shot a couple quick videos at the show, too – check them out at theconcordinsider.com or on our Facebook page.

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Whooping it up at the ACCESS talent show

School’s still in session at Concord High over the summer, and the kids from the ACCESS program celebrated by putting on a talent show! Gotta catch them all! We shot a couple quick videos at the show, too – check them out at theconcordinsider.com or on our Facebook page.

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