Everything you need to know about the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Feb02

Everything you need to know about the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, we decided to do an issue all about the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, the museum that bears the name of Concord High School teacher Christa McAuliffe, who tragically perished in the explosion. We figured we’d go down there and see what was going on and what they had to offer. But it occurred to us that maybe some of you don’t know about the Discovery Center at all....

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Look at what we found walking around the Discovery Center
Feb02

Look at what we found walking around the Discovery Center

We’re all about learning new things and taking a trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center last week sure did help us expand our knowledge. The place is filled with all kinds of cool stuff involving space, the study of the universe and things we just found quirky. And of course we took pictures to document our travels so we could share it with all of you.

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Food Snob: The CountDown Cafe is serving up food that’s out of this world
Feb02

Food Snob: The CountDown Cafe is serving up food that’s out of this world

If you haven’t stopped into the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center since the latter stages of 2014, you’ve missed out on a lot of cool things related to space stuff. And you also probably didn’t know the little cafe on the left as you walk in the door has gone through quite a transition. Back in September 2014, the former operator of the cafe ended its contract after opening a new restaurant in Manchester. So for about the next 10...

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Want to connect with people all over the world? Try using a ham radio
Feb02

Want to connect with people all over the world? Try using a ham radio

Kilo (K) Alpha (A) One (1) Sierra (S) Kilo (K) Yankee (Y) Those words strung together probably don’t mean a whole lot to you, but in the world of ham radio, that’s the call sign of The Sky is Not the Limit Amateur Radio Club at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. It’s their way to connect with the rest of the world – and the way other amateur radio enthusiasts can identify who they’re speaking with. They use the phonetic alphabet...

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Well, there’s wheelchair basketball, films and plenty of talks
Feb02

Well, there’s wheelchair basketball, films and plenty of talks

Tuesday NHTI’s Wings of Knowledge series continues with UNH Professor Harvard Sitkoff, who will be presenting “The Martin Luther King Few Remember or Know.” Sitkoff kinda knows what he’s talking about since he did after all write a biography titled, King: Pilgrimage to the Mountaintop. The presentation will be held in the Sweeney Hall Auditorium (S-122) at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow his...

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Discovery Center keeps kids entertained for light years on end
Feb02

Discovery Center keeps kids entertained for light years on end

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is no stranger to school field trips – it sees about 10,000 school kids every year – and Chichester Central School just took one there last week. Those kids really love space-type stuff!

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There’s lots to learn at Super Stellar Fridays
Feb02

There’s lots to learn at Super Stellar Fridays

Have you ever wondered what the sky looked like hundreds of years ago over Concord? What about how the stars aligned just last week high above the Arctic Circle? Well, if you make your way to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center this Friday night, you might just find out. Tonight’s Sky is a planetarium show that’s part of a little program called Super Stellar Fridays, which is not only held this week, but the first Friday of every...

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The Harlem Wizards blew the doors off Bishop Brady High School
Feb02

The Harlem Wizards blew the doors off Bishop Brady High School

The Harlem Wizards took their high-flying basketball road show to Bishop Brady High School last week as a fundraiser for Tedy’s Team, a Boston Marathon team started by former Patriot Tedy Bruschi to raise awareness about strokes. The house was packed, and a great time was had by all.

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Take a look at who took home the N.H. Theatre Awards this year
Feb02

Take a look at who took home the N.H. Theatre Awards this year

The 14th annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards were held at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Jan. 23. Production companies, professional and community actors, as well as those who work behind the scenes, were recognized for all they had done over the previous year. Many local actors and theater groups were nominated for their worthy productions and as you will soon find out, a few even took home some hardware. Concord Community...

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Nothing says winter in Concord quite like Black Ice Pond Hockey
Feb02

Nothing says winter in Concord quite like Black Ice Pond Hockey

The sixth annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship took over White Park last weekend, with more than 90 teams in seven divisions taking part in the three-day festivities that saw teams come from all over New Hampshire and beyond. Some play at a high level, while others simply play just to put the skates on again. So we had to stop by and check out the action and here’s a sampling of what we found.

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City Briefly
Feb02

City Briefly

Last week, City Manager Tom Aspell decided he wanted to become the first Concord City Manager in Space, so he spent many hours researching outer space at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discover Center in hopes the program would one day be created. Luckily, Aspell also had time to write his weekly city memo for the good people of Concord, which we decided to print a portion of. That sounds expensive Water main breaks An early morning water main...

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Instagram Photo of the Week
Feb02

Instagram Photo of the Week

Instagram user @a_bacher15 took this shot of a professional snow sculptor – yes, that’s a real thing – carving the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship logo into a somewhat man-made snow bank at White Park last weekend. Nice work, snow sculptor. Now, how can we apply for your job?

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This Week in Concord History
Feb02

This Week in Concord History

Feb. 2, 1942: Concord’s chief air raid warden, Gladstone Jordan, has signed up 304 wardens to watch the skies over the city. Jordan says 200 more are needed. Feb. 2, 1996: President Bill Clinton visits Concord’s Walker School and speaks to students at the Capitol Center. He praises Concord schools for innovative use of computers in the classroom. Feb. 2. 2001: WKXL, Concord’s local radio station, is about to make dramatic changes to...

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Bulletin Board

Capital Area ARES to meet Monday at Red Cross The Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Service will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Concord American Red Cross, 2 Maitland St. This meeting is open to all interested hams or people who are interested in getting a ham radio license. For more info, visit ca-ares.org. Don Curtis ‘Calendar Girls’ up next for Community Players The Community Players of Concord will...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Fold’
Feb02

Book of the Week: ‘The Fold’

The Fold Peter Clines 2015, 384 pages Fiction Mike Erikson’s students would say that he’s a normal teacher. His friends know differently. Although Mike doesn’t like to use it, his gift for synthesizing information and his photographic memory have made him the go-to guy for solving mysteries, and his best friend has just presented him with a new one. In the California desert, a team of scientists has invented teleportation (possibly)...

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