Late summer is a perfect time to grab a bite to eat outside in Concord
Aug20

Late summer is a perfect time to grab a bite to eat outside in Concord

August is nearing its end, and although the summer officially runs into late September, we all know that once you flip the calendar, it’s all over but the crying. It’s always sad to see summer end, but the upside is that the weather is close to ideal around this time. It’s still plenty warm enough to spend lots of time outside, but it’s generally not going to be oppressively and swelteringly hot, sending you running for cover in an...

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Food Snob: Nashville Chicken sandwich from Cheers
Aug20

Food Snob: Nashville Chicken sandwich from Cheers

Somehow, in all the years of Food Snob history, Cheers – one of Concord’s most popular eateries – had never been reviewed. We made sure to change that for this Outdoor Dining Issue, and it ended up being a fantastic decision. In honor of the theme of this issue, we set out to grab a bite somewhere where we could sit outside, and that classy patio at Cheers was begging to be visited. On a relatively comfortable 80-degree day, lunch on...

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Tasty Brew: Sam Adams’s new Summer Ale, on tap at Cheers
Aug20

Tasty Brew: Sam Adams’s new Summer Ale, on tap at Cheers

Samuel Adams Summer Ale – Sam Summer to most – is one of the original mainstream craft brews. Chances are you’ve probably had at least a few during your time on this earth, and for good reason – it’s a good beer. Well, the brewmasters at Sam Adams are always up to something, and they made a bold decision to change the formula on their popular summer seasonal beer. After trying one for the first time at Cheers last week (it went great...

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The Yogi: How to beat a traffic jam? Yoga
Aug20

The Yogi: How to beat a traffic jam? Yoga

I am sitting in traffic. It is a Sunday afternoon in August, and I made one wrong turn. Without thinking, I took the exit off of 393 onto 93 South. The masses (no pun intended) were heading home after another beautiful summer weekend in New Hampshire. It was a short-lived traffic jam, not even long enough to get through one at-bat of the Red Sox game on the radio. I only had to wait it out through one exit, and I was up on Loudon Road...

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Bulletin Board: Fundraisers, film fest, input sessions and more
Aug20

Bulletin Board: Fundraisers, film fest, input sessions and more

Protect Our Care health tour The Protect Our Care nationwide tour highlighting the emergency on health care is coming to Concord on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Protect Our Care formally announced its health care with an accompanying article in Roll Call. The “Health Care Emergency Tour” will make stops in key 2020 battleground districts and states for media events with members of Congress, local elected officials, health care advocates and...

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Entertainment: Some final outdoor concerts, plus three John Franzosa shows at Hermanos
Aug20

Entertainment: Some final outdoor concerts, plus three John Franzosa shows at Hermanos

Music Tuesday Kid Pinky at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Eugene Durkee at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Phil Billings at Capital Plaza at noon. Cold Engines at Rollins Park (part of Party in the Park) at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Nick’s Other Band outside Concord Public Library at 6 p.m. Brad Myrick at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Eric Lindberg at Concord Craft...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Bicycle survey, classes at community center and more
Aug20

City Manager’s Newsletter: Bicycle survey, classes at community center and more

On Friday, Stefanie Breton, the city’s public information officer, sent out the weekly City Manager’s Newsletter. You can read the full newsletter by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some of the highlights: Chair honors POW/MIA Members of Rolling Thunder Inc. New Hampshire Chapter 1, VFW Post 1631, and Mayor Jim Bouley were at City Hall last week to hold a brief ceremony dedicating...

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Have a ball at Rollins for Party in the Park 2019
Aug20

Have a ball at Rollins for Party in the Park 2019

Join the Associated Builders and Contractors Young Professionals Group, supported by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network, for the 3rd annual Party in the Park at Rollins Park! With live music by Cold Engines, food from Smokeshow Barbeque and ice cream from Arnie’s Place, you can’t go wrong. Rain or shine, join the ABC YPG and CYPN on Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a night of music,...

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On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a chilly July trip to Labrador
Aug20

On the Road: The ‘Insider’ takes a chilly July trip to Labrador

Tom and Kathy Gray of Penacook took a road – and ferry – trip to Cartwright, Labrador, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador in mid-July. This is nearly the easternmost chunk of land on the North American continent, and it isn’t your typical summer vacation destination – temperatures were in the 50s all week, Tom Gray said. Nonetheless, they couldn’t make a journey like that without taking a trusty Insider copy with...

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On Display: ‘From Our Hands’ exhibit at League headquarters
Aug20

On Display: ‘From Our Hands’ exhibit at League headquarters

The League of N.H. Craftsmen headquarters at 49 S. Main St. is exhibiting “From Our Hands,” featuring the work of the White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 13. The artists featured include Nancy Qualls, Sandra Grant, Heidi Martin, Rebecca Doherty, Mary Jane Peabody and Joan Sullivan. For more info, go to nhcrafts.org.

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CYPN: Melissa Vezina of Keller Williams is the Young Professional of the Month
Aug20

CYPN: Melissa Vezina of Keller Williams is the Young Professional of the Month

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Concord Young Professionals Network introduces you to our “Young Professional of the Month,” Melissa Vezina. Each month the CYPN Steering Committee recommends a young professional in the community it thinks readers would enjoy getting to know better. How old are you? 42. Where do you live? Concord. Where do you currently work? I’m a real estate agent at Keller Williams Metropolitan with...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug20

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 20, 1816: A wandering portrait painter named Samuel F.B. Morse writes to his parents that he has just been to a party in Concord and met a 17-year- old woman who is “very beautiful, amiable and of excellent disposition.” She is Lucretia Walker, a member of one of Concord’s most prominent families. Morse decides to stay in Concord for awhile. Aug. 20, 1844: Samuel Jackman, the oldest man in Concord, dies at the age of 96. He was a...

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Book of the Week: ‘Save Me the Plums’
Aug20

Book of the Week: ‘Save Me the Plums’

Save Me the Plums Ruth Reichl 2019, 288 pages Nonfiction   Ruth Reichl was a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times and an author. She knew nothing about running a magazine. So she was floored when Condé Nast asked if she would like to be editor in chief of Gourmet magazine. Ruth’s love affair with Gourmet started when she was 8 years old and she visited a used book shop with her father. On the floor were...

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Always in the rough: Trying out a little disc golf
Aug13

Always in the rough: Trying out a little disc golf

If you’re not familiar with disc golf yet, I won’t hold it against you. All I ask is, at the very least, do yourself a favor and get acquainted with one of the fastest-growing sports in the state sometime this year before the weather turns for the worse. I promise you won’t regret it. “What I see here is they start playing in the fall, they get all winter to think about disc golf and they come back in the spring/summer,” said Marty...

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Making strides, making beer with Lithermans Limited
Aug13

Making strides, making beer with Lithermans Limited

American Cancer Society Community Development Manager Michelle Audet and Lithermans Limited teamed up to brew Whole Lotta Rosé, a hibiscus and pink guava rosé ale crafted to raise awareness for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Concord. Whole Lotta Rosé will be released to the public on Aug. 25 at the brewery at 126 Hall St., Unit B, Concord. The event will run from noon to 4 p.m. The American Cancer Society will be onsite with...

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Food Snob: Nina’s Bistro offers classics and foreign fare
Aug13

Food Snob: Nina’s Bistro offers classics and foreign fare

There’s a new bistro in town, and you know as foodies, we had to stop in last week to survey the city’s newest breakfast and lunch option. Nina’s Bistro and Sandwiches has moved into the former Sandwich Depot at 49 Hall St., and although the menu has changed, customers are still welcomed to the same close-knit community feel when stopping by for a quick bite. The woman greeting us behind the counter spoke as if we had been regulars...

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Making Good Health Simple: What research tells us about good habits
Aug13

Making Good Health Simple: What research tells us about good habits

Since birth we have been told over and over again the same four things: Eat. Sleep. Exercise. Use your brain. These fundamentals of becoming more healthful have stood the test of time. Let’s be real. We have to accomplish all of these tasks on a daily basis, so shouldn’t we in fact be experts at these skills? Some days I am crushing it and firing on all cylinders at 100%, while other days I can barely seem to use my brain and feed...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Extended pool season, construction updates and more
Aug13

City Manager’s Newsletter: Extended pool season, construction updates and more

Here’s the Concord city newsletter for the week of Aug. 11! Pool season extended Concord Parks & Recreation is keeping the following three pools open until next Friday: Rollins, Rolfe and Heights Pools. The pool hours will be as follows: Saturday and Sunday 12:30-4:30 p.m., Monday – Thursday 12:30-4:30 p.m. & 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Friday August 16 from 12:30-4 p.m. White, Merrill, Kimball, and Garrison will close for the season...

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Bulletin Board: Health clinics, Audi events and more
Aug13

Bulletin Board: Health clinics, Audi events and more

Concord Regional VNA announces August senior health clinics Concord Regional VNA is holding the following senior health clinics in August in and around Concord. All clinic services are provided for a suggested donation of $10, however, services are provided regardless of a person’s ability to pay.  Services offered include foot care, blood pressure screening, B-12 injections, medication education and nutritional education. Call (603)...

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Penacook resident marks 104 years with dinner and a concert
Aug13

Penacook resident marks 104 years with dinner and a concert

Presidential Oaks Retirement Community welcomed a special guest during a recent Summer Concert as Penacook resident Bessy Jones kicked off her birthday celebrations by enjoying dinner and a performance by the Nevers Band. But this wasn’t just any birthday: Bessy just turned 104. Joined by her son, Jerry, and his wife, Diane, the trio enjoyed a turkey dinner and strawberry shortcake in the Big Oak Café before making their way outdoors...

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The Yogi: Tom Waits, yoga and the car salesman
Aug13

The Yogi: Tom Waits, yoga and the car salesman

“How you do anything is how you do everything.” Ever heard that one before? I always attributed it to the great Tom Waits, the eclectic singer-songwriter, carnival barker and modern-day troubadour. The quote has been used, re-used and tossed around so much that I’m not sure where it originated. Since I’m a musician, and fond of Tom Waits, I’ll let the phrase linger with him. It’s been used by authors, accountants, coaches and...

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Local nurse practitioner fights cancer with modified triathlon
Aug13

Local nurse practitioner fights cancer with modified triathlon

Monitor staff Cancer takes many different shapes, and Renee Plodzik is fighting back the same way. Three years ago, Plodzik started hosting Fit4acause bootcamp, “as a way to engage the community in a donation-only workout to raise money for patients with cancer,” she said. Last year, she began the Fit4acause Triple Challenge, a family-friendly, non-competitive modified triathlon, as another way to generate funds to fight cancer. The...

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This Week in Concord History
Aug13

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 13, 1852: The tallest flagpole in New Hampshire history is erected in the State House yard, put up to celebrate Franklin Pierce’s nomination by the Democrats to be president. It is 143 feet tall, higher than the State House dome. First flown is an emblem with pictures of Pierce and Sen. Rufus de Vane King of Alabama, his running mate. Aug. 13, 1979: At the official opening of his presidential campaign headquarters in Concord,...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Farmer’s Son’
Aug13

Book of the Week: ‘The Farmer’s Son’

The Farmer’s Son:Calving Season on a Family Farm John Connell 2018, 243 pages Nonfiction   John’s family has been in farming in Ireland for generations. But as a young man John left the farming life to pursue a writing career. He lived in Australia and Canada and wrote articles and books. But things went wrong, and John came home to Ireland to work on the farm. John became depressed, and writes honestly about how it affected him. A...

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Making Good Health Simple: Want to improve your health? Try doing nothing
Aug07

Making Good Health Simple: Want to improve your health? Try doing nothing

Before the advent of antibiotics, the most common thing a doctor would recommend to a sick patient was to drink water and get plenty of rest. This meant drinking water around the clock and no activities whatsoever (literally). The benefits of hydrating and doing nothing when someone is ill have always been the same – you feel better and you become healthier. Although we know this to be a universal truth, the same principle is rarely...

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Entertainment: ‘Constellations’ at Hatbox Theatre highlights a very busy summer week
Aug07

Entertainment: ‘Constellations’ at Hatbox Theatre highlights a very busy summer week

Music Tuesday Michael Walsh at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Nevers’ Second Regiment Band at Presidential Oaks at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Joel Cage at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Steven Chagnon at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. Karen Greiner at Concord Craft Brewing Co. at 5:30 p.m. Open mic at Area 23 at 6 p.m. Thursday Rees Finley at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Matt Langley outside The Hotel Concord at 5 p.m. Bend the Ride at Eagle Square...

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‘Apollo 13’ to be screened at Rollins Park on Thursday night
Aug07

‘Apollo 13’ to be screened at Rollins Park on Thursday night

Concord Parks and Recreation’s popular Movies in the Park series wraps up for the year Thursday evening with a screening of the 1995 film Apollo 13. The movie tells the story of the dramatic Apollo 13 mission to the moon in 1970, in which a catastrophic failure on the spaceship forced the crew to abort their mission to land on the moon, in turn creating a much more important mission – getting back home alive. After we just celebrated...

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Lakes Region Shakespeare company to bring ‘Measure for Measure’ to Eagle Square
Aug07

Lakes Region Shakespeare company to bring ‘Measure for Measure’ to Eagle Square

There are a lot of great venues in Concord to see a live theatrical performance – the Concord City Auditorium, the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Bank of N.H. Stage, Hatbox Theatre, just to name a few. There are also some great outdoor spots to catch a concert, from Bicentennial Square to the patio at Cheers to the lawn next to Concord Public Library. But how often do you get to see a live theatrical performance under the open...

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Bulletin Board: Comedy Club at Tandy’s Pub returns Thursday
Aug07

Bulletin Board: Comedy Club at Tandy’s Pub returns Thursday

VNA offers newly bereaved group Concord Regional VNA is offering a Newly Bereaved Discussion Group on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St. Groups are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the same time. This session provides grief education and support for those who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one. Registration is not required. For more information, please...

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Boston area TV stations are shifting this week – but they’re still easy to find
Aug07

Boston area TV stations are shifting this week – but they’re still easy to find

Monitor staff Many Boston-area TV stations are shifting their spot on the airwaves this week, requiring people who use over-the-air antennas to rescan their television sets to find them again. WMUR-TV in Manchester is not among the stations that will be changing. Cable systems and those using satellite dishes are not affected. The move is part of long-running shift in the nation’s broadcast spectrum, squeezing together TV stations...

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