Enjoying Venice – Tue, 07 Jul 2015
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Enjoying Venice – Tue, 07 Jul 2015

Patty and David Fesette took the Insider on a tour of St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. 

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Stick a fork in ‘em – Tue, 07 Jul 2015
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Stick a fork in ‘em – Tue, 07 Jul 2015

Dinner is served, and apparently it’s ‘Monitor’ maintenance wizard Earl Smith and his daughter, Taylor, who stopped off with the Insider in Jamaica this spring. Should we tell them there’s a rather hungry looking creature with cutlery behind them? Nah, we don’t want to interrupt vacation.

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It might get dusty in here as we bid Dusty farewell

Well, he’s made his decision and he isn’t turning back. Dusty Gray, the 29-year-old long time lead singer of the hugely popular Dusty Gray Band has flipped the switch and is heading to Nashville to chase the dream. And why not? He’s a rock star after all. Has been for nearly a decade in these parts. Watch him play and you see what a full on star looks like on stage. How he plays to the crowd, how he curls his countrified accent, how...

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We want to know everything we can about this old town pound thing
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We want to know everything we can about this old town pound thing

If you spend any amount of time driving on North State Street, you’ve probably developed successful coping strategies for road rage. But you’ve also probably noticed the old Town Pound. We sure did. And we’ve always wondered exactly what it was all about. After, oh, about three years of saying we’d stop and take a look for ourselves, we finally stopped and took a look for ourselves. You know what we saw in there? Nothin.’ That’s not a...

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This Week In Concord History

July 7, 2003: In a town hall-style meeting at Conant Elementary School in Concord, presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards claims that from tax cuts to education, President Bush favors the wealthy over the working class. Instead, Edwards offers his own life experience as more in touch with middle class Americans and the American dream. “We are a nation of people who believe there is nothing we can’t do,” he says. July 7, 1989: The...

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Check out this silent film at Red River Theatres on July 10 and hear live music from Jeff Rapsis, too
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Check out this silent film at Red River Theatres on July 10 and hear live music from Jeff Rapsis, too

Heat up Bastille Day this year with the fires of revolution. Orphans of the Storm (1921), a sweeping silent film drama set during the uproar of the French Revolution, will be shown with live music on Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St. Orphans of the Storm, set in 1780s France, follows the story of two sisters, one blind, who seek to cure her vision by risking a trip from their country village to Paris....

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Here are 10 of our favorite things about the Main Street project so far

With half of Main Street about half done (do the math, try to keep up), here’s the best stuff we’ve found down there.

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With half of Main Street about half done (do the math, try to keep up), here’s the best stuff we’ve found down there

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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 07 Jul 2015
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If you can run, bike and paddle, you should do this triathlon
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If you can run, bike and paddle, you should do this triathlon

Even hearing the word triathlon can be a bit intimidating. Not only does it mean actually working up the motivation to be physically active, but you have to compete in three different disciplines. Don’t worry though, we’re not about to try and convince you to participate in a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon (26.2-miles) in that order with no break. One reason is that most of you would laugh at us and flip the page –...

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Gerry Williams made all of this and it’s on display at the League

Gerry Williams was New Hampshire’s first artist laureate and his influence in the art world is undeniable when you check out the tribute show currently on display at the League of N.H. Craftsmen. Thanks to the family of the late potter, a collection of Williams’ work is also at the gallery and here’s just a sampling of what you might see. The exhibit runs through Sept. 18.

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Gerry Williams was New Hampshire’s first artist laureate and his influence in the art world is undeniable when you check out the tribute show currently on display at the League of N.H. Craftsmen. Thanks to the family of the late potter, a collection of Williams’ work is also at the gallery and here’s just a sampling of what you might see. The exhibit runs through Sept. 18.

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N.H. Potters Guild carry on Gerry Williams’ legacy with exhibit

The N.H. Potters Guild is paying tribute to the late Gerry Williams in the best way they know how – by creating pieces of art. The exhibit, entitled “Friends and Fellow Travelers” runs through Sept. 18 at the League of N.H. Craftsmen.

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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 07 Jul 2015
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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 07 Jul 2015

It’s just like the old saying goes, you can’t see the park through this forest. That’s mostly because this image of Rollins Park features dozens of what reader Earl Burroughs – who sent us the picture – calls “magnificent pine trees,” many of which were ultimately lost in the hurricane of 1938. It made the park much more parky and way less foresty (apologies for boring you with scientific terminology).

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N.H. Potters Guild carry on Gerry Williams’ legacy with exhibit

The N.H. Potters Guild is paying tribute to the late Gerry Williams in the best way they know how – by creating pieces of art. The exhibit, entitled “Friends and Fellow Travelers” runs through Sept. 18 at the League of N.H. Craftsmen.

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Concord wants to plant more trees – can they use your front yard?
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Concord wants to plant more trees – can they use your front yard?

Have you ever thought about adding something new to your front yard landscape? Do you have a nosy neighbor across the street who you’d like to prevent from watching through your front windows? Or are you just a big fan of nature and like surrounding yourself with it? Well, if any of the above applies to you, then you’ve definitely chosen the right story to read this week. You may not know this, but the city of Concord will actually...

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell puts the city memo through rigorous layup drills and free throw practice. It gets so good that it gets a lucrative multi-year contract in Europe. It sends postcards frequently, though, and we pieced them together here! The old switcheroo Ready, set, change sides This week marks the final week of work on the east side of North Main Street, Aspell writes. Let’s celebrate with cake! On Monday, crews...

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N.H. Humanities Council receives grant

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $11,250 grant to the New Hampshire Humanities Council to support their connections adult literacy program. Connections is offered in partnership with adult basic education and ESOL classes, the prisons, and refugee resettlement organizations. Participants are both native speakers and new Americans. The program uses the best of children’s literature and Humanities Council-trained...

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General Services wants to school you on flushing

Wipes, diapers, feminine products, cotton swabs and other common products may be labeled as “flushable,” but can actually cause serious problems if flushed down the toilet. Problems could include plumbing or septic blockages for the property owner, overflows and increased efforts by sewer crews and wastewater treatment plants if the property is connected to the city sewer system. “Flushable” products are not necessarily safe for your...

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Wednesday’s Wisdom continues this week

Wednesday’s Wisdom Pot Luck returns to Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden on July 8, at 6 p.m. The interactive printmaking talk and demonstration is sponsored by the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art and the Mill Brook Gallery. Don’t understand what printmaking is all about? Come meet Zdzislaw Sikora, a college professor and master printmaker, who is giving a hands-on interactive demonstration. If you would like to get involved,...

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Granite State Market Match at local markets

The Granite State Market Match is coming to Concord and Penacook farmers’ markets to make healthy eating easier for people receiving SNAP funds. The Merrimack County Conservation District is in its second year assisting these markets in accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds, often referred to as “food stamps.” Through a partnership with the N.H. Food Bank and Wholesome Wave, SNAP dollars will now be matched dollar...

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Friends of the Audi to hold meeting Sunday

What an anniversary year! The city of Concord is 250, Concord City Auditorium is 110 and the Friends of the Audi turn 25. It’s all being celebrated on Sunday, July 12, as the Friends of the Audi hold their annual meeting and start, deliciously, with a true pot luck supper at 6 p.m. in the Audi’s reception lobby. Everyone is welcome at the event, which reviews the past season, plans for the upcoming 2015-16 season and honors the...

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Sign up for river paddle with Five Rivers Trust

Sunday, July 26, Five Rivers Conservation Trust will host its third annual Merrimack River Paddle trip from Boscawen to Concord. The trip will provide a new perspective of the Merrimack River. Discounted canoe and kayak rentals will be available at Quickwater Canoe and Kayak and free shuttles between the put in and take out will be provided. Participants must pre-register for the trip by contacting info@5rct.org or 225-7225, and make...

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Quilters guild to make Christmas stockings

Capital Quilters will meet at Havenwood, 33 Christian Ave., Friday, July 10 at 4:30 p.m. for our community service project, Christmas in July. All quilters are welcome. Bring your sewing machines, basic sewing supplies and $5 for pizza. We will be making Christmas stockings. There will be no August meeting. For guild information, contact Evelyn at 224-6247.

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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 at reading-rumblr.tumblr.com and concordteens.tumblr.com, and also visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/ConcordPublicLibrary. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing Marie Kondo 2014, 213 pages Nonfiction KonMari tidying requires taking everything you own out of closets, drawers,...

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We got to hang with Matt Bonner for a second straight summer
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We got to hang with Matt Bonner for a second straight summer

We’re pretty sure you’ve all heard of Matt Bonner – you know the only NBA player from New Hampshire, all-time leading scorer at Concord High and a dude who is constantly in search of the best sandwich known to mankind. He also let us tag along on his tour of the city with the NBA championship trophy last summer and we have pictures to prove it.  Bonner has now played 11 years in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors,...

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Want to ball like a pro? Let Matt Bonner show you how

NBA veteran and Concord legend Matt Bonner held his annual youth basketball camp last week and we couldn’t think of a reason not to go.

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Want to ball like a pro? Let Matt Bonner show you how

We stopped by the NBA veteran’s basketball camp last week to see how good he is at coaching

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