We asked the folks at Goodale’s Bike Shop what to look for when buying a new bike
May23

We asked the folks at Goodale’s Bike Shop what to look for when buying a new bike

Neither Tim nor I have bought a bike in at least a decade, but we still wanted to do a story about shopping for a new cycle, since this is the Bikes Issue. And since we don’t really know anything about this, we decided to ask for help from some of the pros. That’s how we ended up at Goodale’s Bike Shop. Goodale’s sells everything that has to do with bikes. There are road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, BMXs, fitness bikes, trikes,...

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Go Try It: Take a ride on an electric bike
May23

Go Try It: Take a ride on an electric bike

We’ve all heard the old expression, “It’s just like riding a bike.” But sometimes riding a bike is not exactly the same as just riding a bike. That’s what we learned last week when we tried out an electric bike at Goodale’s Bike Shop. We stopped by Goodale’s to learn about what to look for when shopping for a new bike. While we were there, we were captivated by the small selection of electric bikes – or e-bikes – they had for sale....

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Check out the ‘Ride the Divide’ event at Red River Theatres
May23

Check out the ‘Ride the Divide’ event at Red River Theatres

If you’re a fan of bicycling, movies and helping out your community, Red River Theatres has an event Thursday that’s right up your alley. The local nonprofit movie house will show Ride the Divide, a 2010 film about a small group of adventurous mountain bikers looking to traverse the longest mountain bike trail in the world – from Canada down to the Mexican border. It’s an exciting film about some hardcore cyclists, and it’s also the...

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There are plenty of events and rides you can join with S&W Sports and the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition
May23

There are plenty of events and rides you can join with S&W Sports and the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition

If you have a bike but nobody to ride with, today is your lucky day. No, we aren’t going to come meet you somewhere for a ride, but we found some groups that are all about that kind of stuff, and we figured we’d pass the info along to you. Now that the weather has really warmed up and it’s staying light past 8 p.m., it’s time to get out there and start covering some miles on the bike. We checked in with S&W Sports – which acts as...

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The Big Bicycle Project is all around the city
May23

The Big Bicycle Project is all around the city

If you’ve been downtown recently, you probably noticed an uptick in the number of bicycles on Main Street. The warm weather always brings the cycling community out of the woodwork, but in this instance, we’re talking about a collection of bikes that don’t actually move – and some that aren’t even in the form of a bicycle anymore. What we’re referring to is The Big Bicycle Project, an initiative by the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art in...

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We honed our public speaking skills at Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters Club
May23

We honed our public speaking skills at Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters Club

Tim and I like to think we can write a little bit (our bosses seem to think so, anyway), but when it comes to public speaking, we don’t have much experience. That’s why we went to Northeast Delta Dental last Wednesday to sit in on a meeting of the Horseshoe Pond Toastmasters. The group is part of the larger Toastmasters International, which teaches people all over the world how to be better public speakers and leaders. There are five...

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Two new plays showing at Hatbox Theatre
May23

Two new plays showing at Hatbox Theatre

An Evening with Gertrude Stein and Thornton Wilder is making its debut at Hatbox Theatre and will have a two-week run. Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American expatriate author, became a celebrity in Paris during the early 20th century for her salon that attracted artists like Picasso and Matisse and novelists like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. Her fame increased internationally with the publication of her best-selling book, The...

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The Concord Chorale loves to sing for others
May23

The Concord Chorale loves to sing for others

If you happened to be on South Main Street in front of O Steaks & Seafood and Red River Theatres last Friday a little before 6 p.m., you were one of the lucky few to catch a little show from the Concord Chorale. Since they are a group of people who really like to sing, somewhere along the way someone came up with the idea for a community service day – full of singing. The chorale used to do singing Valentines all over the city,...

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‘Mr. Connolly Has ALS’ playing at Red River
May23

‘Mr. Connolly Has ALS’ playing at Red River

Since former Concord High School principal Gene Connolly’s diagnosis with ALS, his story has played out in the public eye. Through the efforts of the Monitor, Connolly’s now three-year battle with the terminal neurodegenerative disease has been documented through a series of stories updating the community as to how the long-time face of the local high school was dealing with a disease. For two years after his announcement to the...

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On Display: Paintings, sculptures at Mill Brook Gallery
May23

On Display: Paintings, sculptures at Mill Brook Gallery

Mill Book Gallery & Sculpture Garden opened for the season with a group painting and indoor sculpture exhibit featuring the work of Janet Bleicken, Stephanie Bush, Ella Delyanis, Tamara Gonda, Roger Goode, Debbie Kinson, Dustin Knight, Patrick McCay, Sissi Shattuck, Soo Rye Yoo and Josie Campbell Dellenbaugh. The show will be on display through Aug. 27. 

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Rock ‘N Race is a big money maker for Payson Center
May23

Rock ‘N Race is a big money maker for Payson Center

The 15th annual Rock ‘N Race was held last week and the event continues to bring in lots of money for Concord Hospital’s Payson Center for Cancer Care. Nearly 5,000 people participated in the road race/walk that raised close to $400,000. After a decade and a half, the total amount brought in for the Payson Center is closing in on $5 million.

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Take a hike with the Concord Trails Committee
May23

Take a hike with the Concord Trails Committee

Join the Concord Trails Committee for a hike of the Sewalls Falls and Morono Park trails on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Sewalls Falls trail is approximately three miles roundtrip. The walk will take you north of the new bridge (which is quite a nice bridge if you ask us) to the Lower Oxbow Pond and back. If you’re so inclined, you can choose to continue the walk on the Morono Park trails for an additional two miles roundtrip. Plan for 2...

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Unitarian Church is producing solar power
May23

Unitarian Church is producing solar power

If you’ve driven past the Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street recently, you may have noticed a new addition to the front lawn. No, it’s not a group of picnic tables to eat your lunch at or hammocks to lounge around in. Rather, it’s a collection of 100 solar panels that will greatly help the church offset the cost of its electric bill. The array went live on May 2 and if the early meter readings are correct, projections of...

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You should see the James Foley documentary ‘Jim’
May23

You should see the James Foley documentary ‘Jim’

You may not believe it, but being a journalist can be difficult. Trying to get sources to talk, working all hours of the day – usually when it’s convenient for everyone else but yourself – and constantly feeling the pressure of looming deadlines. And now imagine dealing with all those challenges – while navigating your way through a war-ridden country. Welcome to the life of James Foley. Foley was a conflict journalist from New...

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Big plant sale in Bow on Saturday
May23

Big plant sale in Bow on Saturday

The Bow Garden Club will hold its annual spring plant sale on Saturday at the Bow Community Building, 3 Bow Center Road, from 8 a.m. to noon. Annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetable starters, hardy plants culled from members’ gardens and gorgeous hanging plants will be available for purchase with proceeds to benefit the Bow High School Scholarship Program and the club’s ongoing civic beautification efforts around the town of Bow. Garden...

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Zonta Club Concord gives out scholarships at NHTI
May23

Zonta Club Concord gives out scholarships at NHTI

The Zonta Club of Concord recently awarded $6,500 in scholarships to five NHTI students: Krista Boyce, Danielle Bragdon, Courtnie Clark, Jessica Daniels and Jennette Wolfgram. Scholarships from the Zonta Club of Concord are geared toward women who have returned to college five (or more) years after graduating from high school. Clark and Wolfgram are both first-year nursing students; Boyce is earning a degree in health science with a...

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Audition for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Audi on Monday
May23

Audition for ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Audi on Monday

While we understand that not a single one of you wants to hear the word Christmas right now, it’s kind of a necessary thing. That’s because the N.H. Theatre Factory and the Concord Community Concert Association are teaming up for a very special event this November. After debuting at the Concord City Auditorium in 2010, A Christmas Carol: The Musical Ghost Story – N.H. Theatre Factory Artistic Director Joel Mercier’s thrilling...

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Hatbox Theatre is having a launch party
May23

Hatbox Theatre is having a launch party

One of the most difficult things about going to see a new onstage performance is the uncertainty of what you’re getting into. Sure, if it’s a well-known play that has been performed all over the world, you’re probably fairly comfortable buying a ticket. But what if it’s an original production? There’s no real good way to tell if you’ll like it, love it or hate it. So Hatbox Theatre is doing something to change that. On May 31 (that’s...

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Bulletin Board

Celebrate Cancer Survivors Day Concord Hospital will celebrate Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 4, at the Payson Center for Cancer Care. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the program begins at 1 p.m. Bring your circle of support and join the festivities including guest speaker and cancer survivor Jamie O’Rourke. Music is provided by Performers Who Care. Other activities include educational exhibits, drumming for health and...

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This Week in Concord History
May23

This Week in Concord History

May 23, 1864: The Monitor is published for the first time. The city’s first daily newspaper, it is founded “to present the news . . . swearing to the words of no master.”   May 23, 2003: New Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord graduates its largest-ever class, handing out 528 two-year associate’s degrees.   May 24, 1844: Samuel F.B. Morse, who began his career as a Concord mechanic, sends the first message over his...

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Book of the Week: ‘Of Fire and Stars’
May23

Book of the Week: ‘Of Fire and Stars’

Of Fire and Stars Audrey Coulthurst 2016, 389 pages Genre: YA Fiction   Dennaleia is a princess betrothed to the prince of neighboring kingdom Mynaria. Having been prepared thoroughly in every subject and skill necessary to her position in her matriarchal homeland, she is frustrated by the disdain she receives for acting as a future queen in the much more patriarchal Mynaria. Her only escape from loneliness and annoyance at being...

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