This week in Concord history

Aug. 11, 2003: The Concord City Council strikes a deal with Portsmouth developer Michael Simchik to give both the Sears block and the Penacook tannery some much-needed TLC. Simchik will spend about $10 million to design and build a six-story building full of offices, stores and apartments on the site of the former Sears block downtown. Aug. 11, 2001: The Monitor reports: While speculation about who will run for mayor this fall has...

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Check out this funky stuff over at Mill Brook

Here’s a gander at some of the funky stuff on display at the Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Mill Brook Gallery. The pieces will be on display until Oct. 18.

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Check out this funky stuff over at Mill Brook

Here’s a gander at some of the funky stuff on display at the Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Mill Brook Gallery. The pieces will be on display until Oct. 18.

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Pam Tarbell has carved out a nice sculpture niche at Mill Brook Gallery
Aug11

Pam Tarbell has carved out a nice sculpture niche at Mill Brook Gallery

Most people don’t want strangers showing up unannounced and walking around their property. But not Pam Tarbell. She welcomes visitors to her 236 Hopkinton Road home between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. That’s because Tarbell’s home doubles as Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, which is closing in on two decades of sharing art with the Concord community. The gallery opened 19 years ago and the following year,...

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Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 11 Aug 2015
Aug11

Instagram photo of the week – Tue, 11 Aug 2015

Sometimes when it’s really hot, you just gotta take your horse into the Merrimack River for a quick dip. That’s what they say, right? At least that’s the scene Instagram user @tkc2000 presented recently. Makes sense, though – a kiddie pool in the backyard wouldn’t exactly cut it for this guy. Photo credit goes to Instagram user @kylephaneufmusic.

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International bird feeder powerhouse Duncraft stays true to local roots
Aug11

International bird feeder powerhouse Duncraft stays true to local roots

“Look at this list,” Mike Dunn tells us as he opens to a page in Stores Magazine, a publication of the National Retail Federation. The top of the page reads “2015 Top 100 Retailers.” The page he flips to lists the top 25, with the other 75 on the following page. “The highlighted ones sell bird feeders,” Dunn says. We count the companies he’s highlighted. Fifteen of the top 25, and every single one of the top 10. While the companies...

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They wouldn’t let us in the dome, so what’s Brian Pfitzer’s secret?
Aug11

They wouldn’t let us in the dome, so what’s Brian Pfitzer’s secret?

The headline for these photos might be a little misleading, because we actually know the answer: the 80s. That’s when Pfitzer finagled his way into the very top portion of the dome, because the 80s was a time when you could ask someone to do something and it wouldn’t spark a national investigation. So Pfitzer, now of the Monitor circulation department, asked someone he knew who worked in or around the State House if he could peek...

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City briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell does a million bicep curls to sculpt himself up. That’s a lot of work, though, so he just paper maches himself instead to become a city memo sculpture. Here it is, in two-dimensional format! Is Indiana Jones coming? Archaeologists dig the city Much of this week’s work on the Main Street construction project will be happening around the State House Plaza, Aspell writes. Yesterday, a team of...

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Got a couple bucks? You could help bring some Concord history home

Truth: Concord’s history ran off while we slept. Now folks growl when they speak of the railroad station. What’s left of the Dew Drop Inn? A wooden peg and a brick. How about the Tenney Chimes? Silence. The Italian garden on North Main? A gas station. Rumford Coffee House? A union hall. Gone. You have one to add? Tell me. And I’ll tell you another, one that’s six weeks shy of departure. Concord’s historic claim to fame was a factory...

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Kids are doing fun kid things at Camp Spaulding again this summer

After a brief hiatus, Camp Spaulding in Concord is back, and it’s sort of brand new this year thanks to a creative partnership between Child and Family Services of N.H., the Concord Family YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Nashua (the only such collaboration of its kind in the country, according to Kat Strange of Child and Family Services). The new setup features a day camp as well as the traditional residential camp, and if our visit is...

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Kids are doing fun kid things at Camp Spaulding again this summer

After a brief hiatus, Camp Spaulding in Concord is back, and it’s sort of brand new this year thanks to a creative partnership between Child and Family Services of N.H., the Concord Family YMCA and the YMCA of Greater Nashua (the only such collaboration of its kind in the country, according to Kat Strange of Child and Family Services). The new setup features a day camp as well as the traditional residential camp, and if our visit is...

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N.H. State Council on the Arts offering workshops

The N.H. State Council on the Arts is offering two Creative Aging Workshops for teaching artists and arts educators interested in working with adults 55 and older. The workshops will provide research on arts and aging, explore what is different about adult learning, analyze best practices and help participants combine their arts and education skills to form a strong basis for working with older adults. Research has shown that seniors...

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Capital Area Memory Cafe coming up Aug. 19

The Capital Area Memory Cafe for memory-impaired inpiduals and their family members is Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Granite Ledges of Concord, 151 Langley Parkway. The Memory Cafe is held on the third Wednesday of every month at the same time. The Capital Area Memory Cafe is a collaboration of Concord Hospital, Concord Regional VNA, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Concord and Granite Ledges of Concord. Enjoy an opportunity to socialize...

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Stamp Collectors meeting in Bow on Aug. 18

The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Aug. 18 beginning at 1 p.m. All who are interested in stamp collecting are welcome to attend. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and varied interests in philatelic resources and issues. For more information, call Dan Day at 228-1154.

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Piccolo Opera hosts opera competition Oct. 3

Piccola Opera is holding its Second Annual Opera Competition Oct. 3 at the Concord City Auditorium. This competition is open to all opera performers over the age of 18. There will be two rounds to the competition, with the preliminary round held during the day on Oct 3. The evening event will feature emerging singers in the live final round, which is open to the public. Forty singers will participate in the competition. Of the 40...

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N.H. Association for the Blind offers low vision evals

The New Hampshire Association for the Blind, in partnership with Dr. Kristen Bryant from Concord Eye Center, will begin holding monthly low vision evaluations. This functional eye exam focuses directly on how a particular person’s vision impairment affects day-to-day living. Ultimately, the evaluation serves to assist people who are partially sighted to use their remaining vision more effectively through the prescribing and training...

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Stop by Grace Episcopal Church for Game Day

PEO Chapter B will host an afternoon of card playing and board games during a Game Day, Aug. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church at 30 Eastman St. Bring a deck of cards and friends for a card game foursome or meet new people interested in playing a variety of games. There will be refreshments provided. Advance tickets are $4, or $5 at the door. Call Gert at 724-6304 or Marion at 428-7108 for tickets and information. Proceeds...

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Sign up to help with the annual Audi ‘Pitch In’

“We Do Windows,” say The Friends of the Concord City Auditorium. “Windows and orchestra seats and dressing rooms and stage floors. We sew curtains, polish chandeliers and send event calendars to thousands of area households. And all in three days!” The 25th annual “Pitch In” on Aug. 24-26, will get the historic municipal theatre ready for its 111th year as the home of Concord’s community-based arts and entertainment. The new season...

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Concord Regional VNA to host book discussion

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering “Beyond the Book: A Series on Age Related Topics,” on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Pembroke Town Library at 313 Pembroke Street in Pembroke. This program will be based on the book, Second Wind by Dr. Bill Thomas and the facilitator is Sherri Harden, Champion for Aging Well. The first 25 registered participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book, Second Wind....

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Concord Public Library book of the week

For more information about the Concord Public Library, visit concordpubliclibrary.net. We’re also on Tumblr (reading-rumblr.tumblr.com and concordteens.tumblr.com), Facebook (facebook.com/ConcordPublicLibrary), and Instagram. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: 
Phantom Blood, Vol. 1 Araki Hirohiko 2015, 245 pages Fiction Running since the late 80s, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has given its readers martial arts, inexplicable rivalries, vampires,...

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Sculptor Andy Moerlein embraces the daredevil spirit in his pieces
Aug11

Sculptor Andy Moerlein embraces the daredevil spirit in his pieces

If you’ve driven along Hopkinton Road, heading away from Concord, you may have caught a glimpse of Andy Moerlein’s work. You’d have to be paying close attention – though hopefully not when you’re behind the wheel – but trust us, it’s there. It’s tucked on the left side just as you start to head down the driveway for Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and it seems to defy logic. It looks like a bunch of really heavy boulders...

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