You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry
Jul05

You don’t want to miss this derby rivalry

Insider staff One point. That’s all that separated the Fighting Finches and Demolition Dames in the first match-up of the season. The Finches, who trailed by 50 at one point during the June 25 bout and 30 going into the final jam, had a come back for the ages to win 155-154 and take the early lead in the season series. And the close decision only added to what has become quite a rivalry between the two Granite State Roller Derby home...

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Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate
Jul05

Need derby gear? Go to Spank Alley Skate

Insider staff The most important thing when you sign up for roller derby is knowing how to skate. Whether you can take a hit and stay on your wheels is another obstacle, but being able to stand up and move forward on skates is a good first step – or glide. But next in line is having the right gear. So we stopped into Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop to see what it takes to be outfitted for a career in roller derby. Sure, it’s mostly...

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Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall
Jul05

Q and A with ‘Insider’ intern Megan Marshall

We’d like to introduce you to Megan Marshall. She is going into her senior year at Bow High School – and is also interning for the Insider this summer. So before you start seeing her byline in the paper and start wondering, “Who is this Megan Marshall person?” we figured why not ask her a few questions so you can all get to know her.   How did you end up interning  at the  “Insider”? For my senior seminar project I decided that I...

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Bonner b-ball campers got a special surprise
Jul05
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What’s in a name?
Jul05

What’s in a name?

When we are born, we’re given a name that is used for the important stuff. It goes on your social security card, your license and really any document that you intend to be official. As we get older, some of us are gifted with a nickname that can even take precedence over our given name. Sometimes people only know you by your nickname. And if you happen to be involved with roller derby, you have a name that should – and likely does –...

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Enjoy some summer at Mill Brook Gallery
Jul05
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Get some veggies to go with your fireworks
Jul05

Get some veggies to go with your fireworks

You’re picking up a load of fireworks to shoot off during the barbecue, but you forgot to get squash – what do you do? If you answered, “Go to the grocery store,” you are just so out of the loop. The obvious, correct answer is, “Just grab some in the parking lot.” We’re not talking about foraging here, we’re talking about shopping at Johnson Golden Harvest, which just opened up a pop-up farmstand right next to Champny’s Fireworks in...

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Live Music on the Lawn is a cool summer jamfest
Jul05

Live Music on the Lawn is a cool summer jamfest

Insider staff There’s something about listening to a band play outside that just screams summer. Throw in some hot dogs, pizza, ice cream and blankets spread out across the lawn and you’ve got everything you need for a perfect summer evening. That’s exactly the scene that played out on Prince Street last week as Live Music on the Lawn made its triumphant return. Put on by the Concord Public Library – whose lawn in the side yard serves...

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And the winners of Market Days Idol are . . .
Jul05

And the winners of Market Days Idol are . . .

First place, tie for second and a third. First was Katie Spooner – $1000 Second was tie between Stephanie Nichols and Ian Pahl – $500 to be split Third place to David Therrien – $100

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The awards keep coming
Jul05

The awards keep coming

Winning big-time media awards has become a routine thing around here. That being said, it doesn’t mean we’re not still super appreciative and thankful for all the praise we get around the community. That’s why we’re using this space to both toot our own horns and give thanks back. The most recent slate of hardware comes from ConcordTV, an organization quite familiar with the Insider. ConcordTV and its leader, Doris Ballard, have been...

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Food Snob: Reuben and hand-cut fries from Zac’s Snax
Jul05

Food Snob: Reuben and hand-cut fries from Zac’s Snax

We’re pretty big on portable food vendors around here. Whether it’s parking lot trailers, pickup truck hot dog stands or generic roach coaches, if it sells food, we’re down. A few weeks ago we did a hot dog stand feature that gave a little shout-out to Zac’s Snax. We would have done a full piece on Zac’s, but it hadn’t yet opened when we did that story. But it’s open now, and you better believe we went by to give it a try. We stopped...

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Bow Rotary Club’s summer concerts kick off Sunday
Jul05

Bow Rotary Club’s summer concerts kick off Sunday

It’s summer and there’s nothing better than sitting outside, listening to live, local music. So if you don’t have anything on the docket for Sunday, you might want to head down to the gazebo across from the Bow Community Center for a little entertainment. The concerts, put on by the Bow Rotary Club, begin this weekend and run each Sunday through Aug. 14. The concerts, which run from 6 to 8 p.m., are free and open to the public. In the...

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League of N.H. Craftsmen opening new exhibit

Bowl Me Over, the latest exhibit at the League of N.H. Craftsmen headquarters, will open for public viewing on Friday. An opening reception, where the public can meet and speak with participating exhibitors, will be held Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Craft Center, 49 S. Main St. Bowl Me Over showcases a variety of creative, inspiring and innovative craft. All work is handcrafted by juried members of the League of N.H. Craftsmen –...

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The end is in sight for the Thomson brothers
Jul05

The end is in sight for the Thomson brothers

Insider staff It’s been a long summer so far for Derek and Dylan Thomson, with riding their bicycles across the country and all. But the end is in sight for the Concord brothers, who will be pedaling their way into town on Tuesday (that’s today if you’re reading the Insider hot off the press). When we caught up with Derek last week, the duo was going through New York, on their way to New Hampshire and the ceremonial tire dip in the...

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Play a little golf for the Monahan Foundation
Jul05

Play a little golf for the Monahan Foundation

Do you like playing golf on a weekday? Do you enjoy being fed both breakfast and lunch? What about listening to a powerful speaker while eating said lunch? Well, you can achieve all of those if you sign up for the 4th annual Frank Monahan Foundation Fore the Kids Golf Classic. But it is on Monday, so you don’t have a lot of time to sign up. The best ball, scramble tournament is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Frank Monahan...

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This Week in Concord History
Jul05

This Week in Concord History

July 5, 1874: Prominent Concord lawyer Anson Southard Marshall dies of a gunshot wound. The previous day, Marshall took his wife and young son for a Fourth of July picnic near Lake Penacook. The family heard target shooting by a militia company nearby. Marshall stood to call to the shooters and request that they be careful. He was immediately shot in the abdomen.   July 6, 1849: The Legislature officially gives Concord permission...

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Missed Connections
Jul05

Missed Connections

We took to craigslist last week to see who had been posting on the missed connections pages in our neck of the woods during June. And lo and behold, we found all these great entries to share. So here’s a sampling of what we found and could print, unedited, of course.   Beefside Sunday afternoon – m4w (concord)–June 27 I was leaving the Beefside in an old antique car yesterday and you were sitting against a car wearing a...

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Bulletin Board

Join The Friends of the Audi on Sunday On Sunday, in the reception lobby, The Friends of the Audi will hold its annual meeting. Shining a spotlight on the little gopher who has watched over the house from his balcony railing perch since the Friends formed in 1991, the meeting day promises to be a grand community event. The Concord Community Concert Association meets at 4 p.m. for its annual meeting, where the five-concert season for...

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Book of the Week: Come Dark
Jul05

Book of the Week: Come Dark

Come Dark Steven F. Havill 2016, 298 pages Mystery   After a victorious game, the handsome coach for the girls’ high school volleyball team is murdered in the small village of Posadas, N.M. A young mother leaves her toddler and a puppy locked in a car and disappears, and a teenage graffiti artist (vandal?) is in the hospital after a serious car crash. Are these strange events all related? The case also involves a crime at the gigantic...

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