Take a Tour de Fries around Concord
Dec18

Take a Tour de Fries around Concord

We did a Burgers Issue in February 2017, and although there was a small piece in that issue about fries, it wasn’t really enough to do justice to a food item that is such a staple of American cuisine. Therefore, welcome to the Fries Issue, at long last. For this piece, our self-imposed rules were pretty simple: order the smallest portion of fries possible from every burger place in town and eat them, comparing the merits of each. We...

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Grappone Conference Center to throw big New Year’s Eve bash
Dec18

Grappone Conference Center to throw big New Year’s Eve bash

Even though we haven’t even gotten to Christmas yet, the other big holiday around this time of year – New Year’s Eve – is fast approaching, and we figured we’d get the word out about a big bash going down before it’s too late. One of the challenges of trying to find a great New Year’s party to attend in Concord is that there usually aren’t many of them. The city stopped doing First Night celebrations years ago amid financial trouble...

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Hit your stride at the new Strive Indoor Cycling studio in downtown Concord
Dec18

Hit your stride at the new Strive Indoor Cycling studio in downtown Concord

As though you needed any more evidence that Concord is becoming more and more focused on health and wellness by the day, there’s now a new business – well, actually a pair of new businesses – downtown that aim to keep expanding on that theme. Strive Indoor Cycling, the city’s only dedicated indoor cycling studio, opened Dec. 8 at 10 Hills Ave., the former home of McGowan Fine Art. Since we’ve been in the habit of checking in on places...

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Entertainment: Last chance to see some Christmas plays in Concord
Dec18

Entertainment: Last chance to see some Christmas plays in Concord

This issue of the Insider comes out exactly one week before Christmas, meaning this will be your last chance to check out some Christmas shows this year (or at least your last chance to learn about them in this paper). If you miss out and have to wait until next year, don’t say we didn’t give you fair warning. Also, there’s plenty of non-Christmas stuff on the docket this week, including several concerts and movies that don’t have a...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Holiday hours, Beaver Meadow activities, utility work and more
Dec18

City Manager’s Newsletter: Holiday hours, Beaver Meadow activities, utility work and more

The city of Concord’s public information officer, Stefanie Breton, sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The newsletter contained too much information for us to fit into this spot, so we’re just printing some highlights here. For the full newsletter, go to concordnh.gov and click the “Newsletter” button on the home page. Holiday hours All City of Concord offices will be closing at 1 p.m. on Monday (Christmas Eve) and...

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Bulletin Board: Tickets now available for NHTI’s Winter Fling
Dec18

Bulletin Board: Tickets now available for NHTI’s Winter Fling

Stamp collectors’ meeting in Bow The Merrimack County Stamp Collectors will hold its monthly meeting at the Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, on Tuesday (Dec. 18) beginning at 1 p.m. We invite all who are interested in stamp collecting to attend, share their interest, buy, sell and trade. Meet other collectors and learn more about their hobby and enjoy the fellowship of others with varied interests in Philatelic...

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White Park skate house begins to take shape
Dec18

White Park skate house begins to take shape

The walls may be up at the White Park skate house, but Concord officials say the building won’t be ready for public use by the next 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championship. Work on the foundation, drainage and patio have been ongoing since the project kicked off this past summer, according to a December report from city director of redevelopment and special projects, Matt Walsh. But while the framing may be up, exterior work will...

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PHOTOS: Wreaths laid at veterans’ graves in Concord’s Old North Cemetery
Dec18

PHOTOS: Wreaths laid at veterans’ graves in Concord’s Old North Cemetery

Volunteers with the Pierce Brigade led the charge to lay wreaths at veterans’ graves Friday morning. The chilly weather couldn’t stop the dozen or so people from laying more than a hundred wreaths at Concord’s Old North Cemetery. “It gets very personal for me,” said Matthew Wieczhalek-Seiler, who brought Hometown Heroes to Concord and lost his own brother, who died two years ago while serving in the Army. Volunteers showed respect in...

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Comfort Inn wins Commissioner’s Award as 2018 Disability Employment Champion
Dec18

Comfort Inn wins Commissioner’s Award as 2018 Disability Employment Champion

The Comfort Inn recently received the Commissioner’s Award as the 2018 Disability Employment Champion by the Department of Business and Economic Affairs. The award was accepted by Comfort Inn’s General Manager Joyce McCabe along with four of her associates with hearing disabilities. The Comfort Inn, a property of the Duprey Hospitality Company, is a well-respected local business. The staff was recognized for their ability to hire...

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Blast from the past: Remembering Concord’s old lamplighter – the person, not the restaurant
Dec18

Blast from the past: Remembering Concord’s old lamplighter – the person, not the restaurant

Main Street, Concord, is pictured here on a dark night back on July 25, 1953. This photograph was taken shortly after Concord Electric installed new electric street lights on Main Street. Our Main Street wasn’t always so bright – light was indeed a luxury not easily afforded to our ancestors. In the 1880s, the Concord lamplighter still walked the old cobbled streets of downtown Concord – a lonely, solitary man fortunate to have a job...

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Book of the Week: ‘Deck the Hounds’
Dec18

Book of the Week: ‘Deck the Hounds’

Deck the Hounds David Rosenfelt 2018, 358 pages Fiction/Mystery   Lawyer Andy Carpenter sees a homeless man on a street in winter in Paterson, N.J., Andy’s hometown. The homeless man has an adorable dog with him and they are huddled together in front of a pawn shop in the cold. Andy gives him some money and a gift card for a pet store. When his wife finds out about it, she tells Andy that they need to let the man stay in a vacant...

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Way Back: Remembering the early sleigh parties of Concord’s past
Dec18

Way Back: Remembering the early sleigh parties of Concord’s past

There was a time when the sound of the falling snow was as audible as the wind between the bare branches of each grand tree around our little town of Concord. More than a century ago, contrary to common thoughts, we find our local merchants welcoming the deep snow to the hills and valleys surrounding our beloved Concord. Each storm would deliver joy in the form of profits and pleasure to our ancestors as the young and brave embarked...

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This Week in Concord History
Dec18

This Week in Concord History

Dec. 18, 1995: Concord’s Bob Tewksbury signs a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres for $1.5 million. Dec. 18, 2000: For the first time in anyone’s memory, a crowd gathers at the State House to watch the casting of votes for president by New Hampshire’s four members of the Electoral College. The electors all choose George W. Bush, doing their part to ensure his narrow victory over Al Gore. Dec. 18, 2001: David Rayment, a lawyer...

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