Get your March Madness, ‘Insider’ style

It’s that time of year when everyone you know is filling out brackets. But with college basketball teams?? Booorrrriiiing. How about a super Concord-ified bracket? Done and done. We started filling out this tournament, broken into regions, but we need your help to pick the winner! Fill out the matchups yourself and tell us your Final Four and champion by emailing us at news@theconcordinsider.com. We’ll tally up the votes and publish...

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It’s that time of year when everyone you know is filling out brackets. But with college basketball teams?? Booorrrriiiing. How about a super Concord-ified bracket? Done and done. We started filling out this tournament, broken into regions, but we need your help to pick the winner! Fill out the matchups yourself and tell us your Final Four and champion by emailing us at <a...

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Merrimack River Painters bring a splash of color to Audubon

The Merrimack River Painters are a group of 12 artists, spanning from New Hampshire to Maine and they also happen to be showing some of their work at the N.H. Audubon’s McLane Center through the end of April. You’ll see colorful landscapes, realistic wildlife and of course, rivers. But don’t take our word for it, head over there and check it out in the PSNH room. Although you should call 224-9909 to check the room’s availability or...

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The Merrimack River Painters are a group of 12 artists, spanning from New Hampshire to Maine and they also happen to be showing some of their work at the N.H. Audubon’s McLane Center through the end of April. You’ll see colorful landscapes, realistic wildlife and of course, rivers. But don’t take our word for it, head over there and check it out in the PSNH room. Although you should call 224-9909 to check the room’s availability or...

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Hey look, that thing! – Tue, 17 Mar 2015
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Hey look, that thing! – Tue, 17 Mar 2015

We were going to include this in our snowbank scavenger hunt a few weeks ago, but never got around to it. Still, that’s a pretty cool whatever that is. We’d have hopped up there to take a ride around Concord, old-school style, but there’s never a team of oxen around when you need it.

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Alumni concert highlights weekend

There’s nothing better than a little something special to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary. And with the Concord Community Music School celebrating 30 years of teaching locals all about music, it’s only appropriate that the something special is a concert. That’s right, the music school will kickoff its 30th anniversary weekend with an alumni concert Friday night with musicians spanning all three decades. Fiddler Audrey...

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Steeplegate is the place to get your walk on when the outside isn’t
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Steeplegate is the place to get your walk on when the outside isn’t

They say walking is good exercise. You know who they are. Those people who are all about avoiding pig out sessions on the couch and leading an active lifestyle. Walking may not get the blood pumping like a five-minute mile or a bike ride up Lake View Drive near District 5 Road, but it’s all about putting in the time and energy. Unfortunately, this winter has made walking nearly impossible, unless you’ve been doing laps around your...

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Lucky’s Barbershop is one step closer to (hair) world domination

You might do a quick double take if you haven’t been to Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor for a fresh cut recently. Don’t worry, owner Josh Craggy won’t hold it against you, because you aren’t the first and likely won’t be the last. Even though it’s been a little while since the business’s renovation and expansion were completed (around Thanksgiving to be more accurate), some of the shop’s loyal customers just haven’t needed...

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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 17 Mar 2015
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Instagram photo of the Week – Tue, 17 Mar 2015

These are the kinds of photos you wind up with when we’re stuck in sprinter, that weird void in the meterorological world where it’s kind of still winter but almost sort of spring. Also known as “when animals say hibernation shmibernation (in their cute little animal voices) and just start walking on snow. Either way, this little guy sure knows how to work the camera. Thankfully Instagram user @tkc2000 was there to catch the...

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Lucky’s Barbershop & Shave Parlor has changed a lot over the last year, including an expansion to add four new chairs and a bigger waiting area.

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Anni Stanley-Smith went to high school across the street from a jail
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Anni Stanley-Smith went to high school across the street from a jail

Name: Anni Stanley-SmithHow old are you? 26 1/2.Where do you live? In tropical Goffstown!Where do you work? The Capital Area Public Health Network, an initiative of Granite United Way.Where did you go to school?  Long story short, I was born in New Hampshire but grew up in Virginia. So, I went to high school at an awesome school called Rockbridge County High. One fun fact about Rockbridge is that it was designed by the same guy who...

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This Week In Concord History

March 17, 2003: Former governor Howard Dean, riding a wave of liberal dissent over the looming war against Iraq, offers local voters an alternative to both President Bush and to much of the ever-expanding field of Democratic presidential candidates. Invading Iraq will be the “wrong war at the wrong time” Dean tells a cheering crowd that packs Concord Auditorium at noontime.March 17, 2000: The attorney general announces a breakthrough...

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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 17 Mar 2015
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Classic Concord Photo – Tue, 17 Mar 2015

This photo gives us all a glimpse into the museum that honors Concord’s most famous residents that never had body parts from the shoulders down. It’s a select group, sure, but an accomplished one. We wouldn’t blame you if you thought it was the upper corridor in the New Hampshire Historical Building, though . . . they kind of look alike. Thanks to reader Earl Burroughs for the pic!

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City Briefly

Each week, City Manager Tom Aspell slides on his belly in the stream of running water from the melting snow outside the State House. Thankfully the asphalt burns spell out a city memo!Welcome to hockeyvilleVote for our arenaPlease nominate the Douglas N. Everett Arena to win Kraft’s Hockeyville USA contest, Aspell writes. Is that where they fill up the entire arena with macaroni and cheese? Oh wait, no, that was just a dream we...

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The Insider gets an invite to the CASL

Students from the Capital Area Student Leadership program held a communications day last week, and we stopped by to get in on a piece of the action. Here’s what they had to say

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Students from the Capital Area Student Leadership program held a communications day last week, and we stopped by to get in on a piece of the action. Here’s what they had to say

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The Capital Area Wellness Coalition wants to celebrate local people
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The Capital Area Wellness Coalition wants to celebrate local people

The Capital Area Wellness Coalition is pleased to announce the second annual Capital Area Well Done! Awards. These awards recognize and bring to the forefront wellness activities taking place at worksites, initiatives of community groups and the leadership of unsung wellness heroes within the community who are making a difference. The CAWC’s Capital Area Well Done! Awards shine a light on these efforts because they align with its...

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Multicultural fair in NHTI gymnasium March 31

Anyone wandering into the NHTI gym between noon and 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday March 31, might be forgiven for thinking they had strayed into the bazaar of some exotic foreign country. Colorful clothing dazzles the eye, the smells of unfamiliar yet alluring foods beguiles the nose and the polyglot sounds of a dozen languages clash in the ear, vying to be heard over the sounds of music from many cultures. Everywhere can be seen the arts and...

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Watch for load limit signs on Concord streets

The city of Concord has begun posting “No Trucking – Load Limit 9 Tons” signs to prepare for the spring thaw. The spring thaw refers to when the temperatures fluctuate and the roads begin to melt any ice frozen underneath the asphalt (forming frost heaves in the winter), thus contracting roads back down and causing cracks and breaks in the pavement. This weakens the road structure and eventually potholes can form. The City of Concord...

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Spring on the Wing at McLane Center March 28

The New Hampshire Audubon announces “Spring on the Wing,” a jubilant celebration of a long-awaited new season, returning birds and outdoor fun. The family-friendly event, which features a host of hands-on activities for adults and children, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 at the McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road in Concord. Attendees of all ages will participate in indoor and outdoor activities,...

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Community concerts continue Sunday at Audi

Concord Community Concerts tops off its third season of “Merrimack Music” on Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 5 p.m, with a main stage show at the Audi featuring Dusty Gray, Ben Knight Band and Pat & The Hats. The all-ages concert series showcasing young New Hampshire artists is free, thanks to the Walker Lecture Fund and the Merrimack County Savings Bank Foundation. For further information, call 344-4747.

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Nominations sought for annual Audubon awards

New Hampshire Audubon’s Board of Trustees seeks nominations for the Tudor Richards and Goodhue-Elkins awards to be presented at the annual meeting of the membership. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015. The Tudor Richards Award is presented annually to the person who best exemplifies Tudor’s love and knowledge of the outdoors and who has worked tirelessly and effectively on behalf of conservation in New Hampshire. Past...

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GLBTQ grief support group Wednesday

Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association is offering a bereavement program GLBTQ Grief Support Group on Wednesday, March 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St. in Concord. Support Groups are held the third Wednesday of each month. Within a safe and confidential environment, we support one another as we mourn and heal from our common and unique losses. The group offers grieving members of the...

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‘Tracks’ to be shown by NHTI film society

The NHTI Film Society’s Friday night film series continues on Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium with Tracks. Tracks, rated PG-13 (112 minutes), is visually stunning and this much celebrated film from director John Curran stars Mia Wasikowska who goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. Based on the book by Robyn Davidson, Tracks is an odyssey of...

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Concord Christian Academy to hold auction

Concord Christian Academy is hosting its annual Benefit Auction on Friday, March 20, at the National Guard Armory in Concord (1 Minuteman Way, off Regional Drive). The event features a silent auction, live auction and dessert extravaganza. Admission, registration and desserts are free. Pizza will be offered for $2 a slice. Over 100 items will be up for bid, all of which have been kindly donated by our local businesses, families and...

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Fun Family Friday at YMCA this week

Join us on Friday, March 20, from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. for Fun Family Friday at the Concord Family YMCA. There will be dinner followed by gym games, pool activities and the climbing wall. Please sign up at the Welcome Center (front desk) of the Y by noon on Thursday so we have enough food for everyone. You do not need to be a Y member to take part in this event. Cost is just $5 per family, dinner included.

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Blues musicians to team up at NEC Concord

Two popular New Hampshire blues musicians will join forces to perform at New England College – Concord, 62 N. Main St., for Bluesday Evening with Delanie Pickering and Erik Ray on Tuesday, March 24. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. From different backgrounds and different generations, the pair represent two of the Granite State’s most notable blues artists. Besides sharing a passion for blues music, both...

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Vote for Everett arena in Hockeyville contest

Kraft is holding a Hockeyville Contest and asking for people to show their love of hockey by nominating their community rink as the most passionate hockey arena. The winning community rink will win the title of Kraft Hockeyville, receive $150,000 towards arena upgrades, and host a 2015-16 NHL pre-season game with live broadcast from NBCSN. The city of Concord is encouraging the Concord community to nominate the Douglas N. Everett...

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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).Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & SorceryKurtis J. WiebeArtist, Roc Upchurch2014, 128 pagesFictionSet in a raucous fantasy world over-filled with adventuring parties, Rat Queens Volume One draws us into the messy lives and...

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