In need of last minute gift ideas? We’ve got ’em

Don’t panic, but we’ve got some news for you – the time remaining until Christmas morning has finally reached the point where it’s more appropriate to count down by hours rather than days. And we know a number of you are like us, waiting until the last minute to do just about all of your shopping, so we understand just how overwhelming that can be. Last year we just about cancelled Christmas, but for some reason we didn’t have the...

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In need of last minute gift ideas? We’ve got ’em

We scoured downtown Concord for all the hottest presents (and baked goods!) you can snag as the Christmas clock officially winds down. Read them quick, though, time’s running out!

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We checked out the happenings at the holiday food basket project

The Capital Region Food Program kicked off its holiday food basket project last week.

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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 23 Dec 2014
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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 23 Dec 2014

Instagram user @charcole7said he was feeling blue about this poinsettia, so we threw on a lab coat, prescribed him two Insiders and told him to call us in the morning. We might miss the call, though, because we’ll probably still be staring at this mesmerizing photo!

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We checked out the happenings at the holiday food basket project

The Capital Region Food Program kicked off its holiday food basket project last week.

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All computer monitors go to heaven, at least in our office
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All computer monitors go to heaven, at least in our office

We rely on computers for a lot in our line of work – typing articles, creating a newspaper layout, getting back rubs while we slave away at our desks. Sadly, though, the machines have a life span, and sometimes you have to say goodbye to a trusty member of the team. Sometimes those trusty team members remain in your line of sight on a daily basis, though, as was the case for Kim Galbraith at the Concord Monitor. So she decided to...

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This is what NHTI’s visual arts students have been up to

It’s not everyday that we get to be part of a celebration, which is why we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what the students in NHTI’s visual arts program had decided to display for their capstone exhibits. And what we found hanging on the walls of the school library was a wide range of stuff from three NHTI artists. Bonnie Farren used ceramics to express her artistic side. Jessica Roberts is a photographer and shared her...

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This is what NHTI’s visual arts students have been up to

It’s not everyday that we get to be part of a celebration, which is why we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see what the students in NHTI’s visual arts program had decided to display for their capstone exhibits. And what we found hanging on the walls of the school library was a wide range of stuff from three NHTI artists. Bonnie Farren used ceramics to express her artistic side. Jessica Roberts is a photographer and shared her...

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Is that the original? – Tue, 23 Dec 2014
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Is that the original? – Tue, 23 Dec 2014

Recreating a painting is not as easy as it looks. Just ask Keith about his attempt to mimic the Green Martini and you’ll see. But despite our constant poking at Keith’s abilities (or lack thereof) seven members of the NHTI library staff decided to do the same. And they even put all seven on display for all library patrons to see. Here you see the handy work of Steve Ambra, but to see the rest you’ll just have to go to the...

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Don’t mess with Rita Hateworthy cause she’ll roll right over you
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Don’t mess with Rita Hateworthy cause she’ll roll right over you

About two years ago Essi Ronkko had this crazy pipe dream. Ronkko never thought in a million years there was even a slim chance she’d make the roster for Team Finland’s World Cup roller derby team, but she figured why not give it a shot. Dream big or go home is what we always like to say. “I just got this idea that I wanted to try out,” Ronkko said. “I knew it was ridiculous.” Ronkko had just recently picked up the sport and was...

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Here’s a comprehensive list of dont’s for your office Yankee swap party

We get it. It’s crunch time when it comes to getting that perfect Yankee swap gift for the office Christmas soiree. And sometimes when the pressure hits, you tend to make rash decisions. We all do, and when we say we, we mean all of you. But don’t worry, we’re here to help. We don’t you to make the same mistakes we’ve seen from coworkers in the past. So here’s a little guide of what not to wrap up for this year’s office gathering....

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Holiday basket program to benefit 2,500 families in Concord area
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Holiday basket program to benefit 2,500 families in Concord area

For seven hours, volunteers unfolded, taped and stacked boxes. Five thousand boxes, to be exact. And if you’ve never seen 5,000 boxes stacked almost to the ceiling of a warehouse, it was crystal clear to us that these people would be hard to beat in one of Jim Kinhan’s large cup stacking challenges. Just a few feet away, other volunteers combed through bins and pallets of donated food. They checked the dates on each can and the...

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Missed Connections: Romantic snow brushing and antlers

We at the Insider like to scour Craigslist’s Missed Connections to see if anyone in Concord wants to make our naughty list is finding true love online. Here, presented unedited as always, are some of the best recent entries. I brushed snow off your 2011 Accent – m4w – 24 (Concord) We work together in Concord, usually closing shifts at the store (different departments). As I was leaving work on Wednesday, the evening before...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell heads out on Christmas eve to pick up stocking stuffers for all of the ants in his ant farm, but can’t find anything to fit stocking that tiny. So he serenades them with carols instead, and their dance moves spell out a city memo in the dirt. You’re on thin ice Actually, stay off it The Parks & Recreation Department would like to remind everyone that, despite the recent cold temperatures, the...

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Jeremy Woodward to run for Tedy’s Team

Jeremy Woodward is a two-time open heart surgery survivor and tireless advocate for heart-related illness and heart healthy living. Tedy Bruschi, former Patriots linebacker, survived a stroke and is now a tireless advocate for stroke awareness and survivors. So it’s only natural that Woodward was selected to join “Tedy’s Team,” a group of runners training to complete the Boston Marathon and raising money for the American Heart...

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VNA offering ‘Making Yourself a Priority’

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a free presentation “Making Yourself a Priority” on Monday, Jan. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Penacook, Penacook Community Center Senior Program, 21 Merrimack St. in Penacook. When was the last time you had some “me time?” If you are like most people, you hardly make yourself a priority because you feel there is not enough time when there are so many...

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Building On Hope looking for next nonprofit project

New Hampshire nonprofits have an opportunity to get a major gift this holiday season as Building On Hope, a New Hampshire-based volunteer organization that collaborates with builders, architects, designers and suppliers, to provide physical improvements to non-profit facilities is currently searching for its next “Extreme Makeover” type renovation project. Building On Hope is accepting submissions from non-profit organizations in need...

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‘If I Built a House’ wins Ladybug Book award

New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, have voted If I Built a House the winner of the 2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award.  If I Built a House received 10,231 votes out of the 23,093 cast by children across the state. It was written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and is published by Dial Books for Young Readers. This book was a runaway winner, garnering 7,430 votes more than its closest competitor.  Sponsored by...

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Heart of the Grape Wine Tasting set for Feb. 13

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Concord Hospital, New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology, PA (NHOH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, cancer patients have access to genetic testing and counseling at Concord Hospital Breast Care Center. The program is led by national and local experts and enables cancer patients to learn if they are at high-risk of developing cancer. Early identification allows patients the opportunity to work with...

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Concord Public Library Book of the week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net or visit us on Tumblr (reading-rumblr.tumblr.com and concordteens.tumblr.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/ConcordPublicLibrary). Vinland Saga Makoto Yukimura 2013-ongoing, Pages vary Fiction Following the exploits of vengeance-driven Thorfinn, Vinland Saga is a spectacular visual tale of blood and warfare in Dane-controlled England at the start of the...

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