Get to know your friendly Parks and Recreation staff

Time to learn about the fun-loving people behind the scenes of the Concord outdoors, um, scene

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Get to know your friendly Parks and Recreation staff

Time to learn about the fun-loving people behind the scenes of the Concord outdoors, um, scene

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SPS fine arts faculty show off their talents with latest exhibit

Apparently the St. Paul’s School’s fine arts department does more than just teach art – they also create it. Want proof? Stop by the school’s Hargate Gallery before May 30 and see for yourself. Just make sure you do it when the gallery is actually open, ’cause if not, you won’t be able to see very much. Filling the gallery are paintings, ceramics, photography and drawings created by faculty members Colin Callahan, Brian Schroyer,...

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SPS fine arts faculty show off their talents with latest exhibit

Apparently the St. Paul’s School’s fine arts department does more than just teach art – they also create it. Want proof? Stop by the school’s Hargate Gallery before May 30 and see for yourself. Just make sure you do it when the gallery is actually open, ’cause if not, you won’t be able to see very much. Filling the gallery are paintings, ceramics, photography and drawings created by faculty members Colin Callahan, Brian Schroyer,...

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Let us take you on a tour of Concord parks

Want to know what amenities you can find at some of the city’s biggest parks? We did too, so we found out

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Let us take you on a tour of Concord parks

Want to know what amenities you can find at some of the city’s biggest parks? We did too, so we found out

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Ever wonder what parks and rec really does? Well, here’s the answer
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Ever wonder what parks and rec really does? Well, here’s the answer

Not every parks and recreation department is like the one in the recently ended show, Parks and Recreation. It sure would be nice, especially for our story-writing purposes, but it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a city to have a group of employees who don’t really put an emphasis on their jobs – nor really do them all that well. So if you walk into the Concord Parks and Recreation Department offices in the Heights...

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Thanks to donation, kids can learn to swim for free

Let’s be honest here, the summer would be a little boring and really hot without taking a nice refreshing dip in one of the city’s pools. Could you imagine a life without making a giant splash courtesy of a classic cannonball or jumping off the ping board into the deep end to look for lost money? But before you can pe right in, you’ve got to know what you’re doing in the water. You can only wear those arm floaties for so long. You...

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Parks and rec wants you to try something new, so you should do it
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Parks and rec wants you to try something new, so you should do it

When you think of programs offered by a parks and recreation department, the more traditional ones like soccer, basketball and summer camps usually come to mind. The ones that get you outside and active. But we guess you can say Concord Parks and Recreation isn’t your typical department. Yes, it offers those things we mentioned above, because those bring in a lot of participants, but it also has a variety of programs that for one, you...

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Our intrepid music man meets the Audi, and it’s love at first sight
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Our intrepid music man meets the Audi, and it’s love at first sight

A few weeks back, on a sunny but ice-cold Sunday afternoon, my son and I decided to take in a concert at the City Auditorium in Concord. Pat and the Hats and Dusty Gray were playing (for free!) and raising money for a local kitchen. Good guys. Having never heard of the venue (sad, since the Audi has been around since 1904) I figured on taking the ride north from Manchester and living it up a little on a Sunday instead of pacing the...

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Havenwood residents made maple syrup, then poured it on pancakes

For the second consecutive year, residents at Havenwood Heritage Heights teamed up with Dean and Meg Wilber of Mapletree Farm to tap trees on campus and make their own maple syrup. And for the second consecutive year, yum. This year’s yield was almost twice as much sap – 68 gallons compared to 40 last year – which led to almost two gallons of syrup, most of which was poured on delicious pancakes at a breakfast celebrating the haul...

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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 05 May 2015
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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 05 May 2015

Here at the ‘Insider,’ we like relics from Concord’s past. That’s why we stop by the downtown Franklin Pierce statue every Thursday to share a sandwich with him. And it’s also why we love this, a picture of a Concord library card from 1865. Who knew they even had books back then? Thanks to the fine folks at @concordnhlibrary for sharing the picture, and thanks to this reader from the past for checking out so many books back in the...

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For the second consecutive year, residents at Havenwood Heritage Heights teamed up with Dean and Meg Wilber of Mapletree Farm to tap trees on campus and make their own maple syrup. And for the second consecutive year, yum. This year’s yield was almost twice as much sap – 68 gallons compared to 40 last year – which led to almost two gallons of syrup, most of which was poured on delicious pancakes at a breakfast celebrating the haul...

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This Week In Concord History

May 5, 1944: An epidemic of German measles in Concord has driven the absentee list at city schools above 100. May 6, 2003: An elderly man whom California authorities called the Love Bandit is arrested in Concord after being on the run for four years. Officials says Richard Garcia, 71, preyed on widows over the age of 65, using his dancing skills to woo his way into their bank accounts. His preferred venues, officials said, were senior...

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Kids took the ball and ran with it during flag football opening day
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Kids took the ball and ran with it during flag football opening day

The NFL held its draft last weekend (maybe you noticed one of the 327 hours of coverage on ESPN), but that was only the second most exciting NFL-related event going on – behind the kickoff of the Concord Parks and Recreation Department’s brand new NFL Flag Football program! The kiddos got started at Merrill Park on Sunday morning and had a great time, with two age groups getting their first taste of springtime football. Who knows,...

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Usually living animals inside a library would be a cause for concern, but not when they’re supposed to be there like last Thursday when Critters ‘N Creatures made a school vacation appearance.

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We saw a snake, skunk and bat at the library and it wasn’t in a book

Usually living animals inside a library would be a cause for concern, but not when they’re supposed to be there like last Thursday when Critters ‘N Creatures made a school vacation appearance.

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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 05 May 2015
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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 05 May 2015

We got this photo of a parade down North Main Street from reader Earl Burroughs, but we’re all uncertain of the year. What we are certain of is the fact that we’d go to more parades circa 2015 if they had sweet steam engines pulled by horses. Take notes, parade planners. We want to see your classic Concord photos, too – dig ’em up and email them to us at news@theconcordinsider.com and we’ll take it from...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell enrolls his city memo in swimming lessons so it can work on its beach body for the upcoming summer. It must be working, too, because check out the bod on this thing!  When roads collide Intersection gets facelift Work began yesterday on the new configuration of the Washington Street/Borough Road/River Road intersection, Aspell writes. If they followed our proposal, all three streets will now...

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State Council on the Arts seeking grant applications

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is now accepting Arts in Health Project Grant applications through May 22. Not-for-profit health care facilities, rehabilitation centers and centers serving needs of the elderly are encouraged to apply. At the same time, qualified artists interested in working at health care facilities through the State Arts Council’s programs are invited to apply to join the N.H. Arts in Health Artist Directory....

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YMCA offering college student memberships

College students home on summer break can take advantage of the Concord Family YMCA’s membership offer for college students. Enjoy full access to the Y while home during the summer months. A three-month summer college membership runs from May 15 to Aug. 15 and costs $95. A four-month college membership costs $125 and runs either from May 1 to Sept. 1 or May 15 to Sept. 15. Stop by the Welcome Center or call 228-9622 to get the...

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VNA child grief program set for May 16

Concord Regional VNA is offering a free grief program for children ages 5-18 and their families, “Helping Hands, Healing Hearts,” on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Concord Boys & Girls Club, 55 Bradley St. in Concord. This program is for children and their families adjusting after the loss of a loved one. There will be activities for all ages; healing through music, movement and play; a commemorative “take home”...

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Learn to create and use videos for marketing

Want to learn how to create and use video in marketing your nonprofit or small business? Interested in learning how to get your videos on social media platforms and on your website? Then you’ll want to attend ConcordTV’s popular workshop, “The Power of Video in Marketing your Organization on Social Media and Beyond.” Using video to tell your nonprofit or business story has become an important tool in marketing today. And small...

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Presentation on healthier foods at Bow church

The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, will present “Choosing Foods for a Healthier Planet and a Healthier You,” on Wednesday, May 6, at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a plant-based foods potluck, followed with a presentation by Susan Duddy, registered dietician. Duddy’s presentation will include slides and research by Sharon Palmer, RDN, as well as discussion and goal setting. For further info, call...

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Scholarship applications accepted till May 15

The Merrimack County Conservation District is accepting applications for the Grimes Memorial Scholarship. This year, a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a Merrimack County resident who has been accepted into a two or four-year program of study in the field of agriculture, forestry, environmental science, horticulture, wetland science, environmental engineering, soil science, wildlife biology or other related natural resource...

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Show of games Friday in NHTI auditorium

The NHTI Animation and Graphic Game Programming (AGGP) department is proud to announce that its annual Show of Games will take place May 8 at noon in the Concord Orthopaedics Auditorium (Grappone Hall 106). The Show of Games is a year-end event showcasing the work of NHTI’s AGGP students. This year’s show will include work from first year students ranging up to the senior team capstone projects, which include games using Unity and...

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Spring Fling fair at East Congregational Saturday

A Spring Fling fair will be held at East Congregational Church on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join us for great food, friendly folks and lots of fun! The fair will feature crafts, deli food, spring raffle baskets, Mothers Day gifts, plants, books, a bake and candy sale table, games and toys, a silent auction, and a raffle of a beautiful handmade queen size quilt. The East Church Cafe will be serving a light breakfast and...

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Catch your first glimpse of the time capsule

At the stroke of noon Thursday, May 7, it’s Lid’s Off! time for the 1965 time capsule’s rustic wooden outer box. The Concord Historical Society invites all to be part of the action in the lobby at Merrimack County Savings Bank, 89 N. Main St. Community members will enjoy the first glimpse at the bulletproof 1965 time capsule nestled inside the outer wooden box. The newly revealed (but still sealed) 1965 time capsule will remain on...

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Concord Public Library Book of the Week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net and visit us on Tumblr (reading-rumblr.tumblr.com and concordteens.tumblr.com) and Facebook (facebook.com/ConcordPublicLibrary). A Man Called Ove Fredrik Backman 2014, 337 pages Fiction This quirky book features recently widowed, curmudgeonly Ove. For over 40 years his life and personality were balanced by his even-tempered wife, Sonja. With her...

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