Welcome to the 2019 Insider’s Guide to Gifts and Giving
Nov12

Welcome to the 2019 Insider’s Guide to Gifts and Giving

Welcome to the Insider’s 2019 Guide to Gifts and Giving, a collaboration between Granite United Way and the Insider. There are many service organizations in our general area, and they’re always looking for help. That need intensifies as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach, but the need is always there. The United Way put out a call to as many organizations as they could reach, asking them to share what some of their needs...

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315 parking meters to be added to downtown Concord — locals react
Nov12

315 parking meters to be added to downtown Concord — locals react

By Dec. 2, downtown Concord will have about 315 new parking meters at spaces that were previously free to park, and most people are not excited about that.The city began working on a strategic parking plan in 2013 to try to find ways to get the parking fund back in the black – the fund had operated at a loss since 2007. The first wave of changes has already been implemented – on-street parking rates increased from 75 cents an hour to...

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Food Snob: Banh mi sandwich from the Barley House
Nov12

Food Snob: Banh mi sandwich from the Barley House

It had been a little while since the last Food Snob installment, and even longer since I ate at the Barley House. On a snowy, windy day last week, we set out to change all of that.The Barley House may be most known for their burgers, and for good reason. Anyone who has ever had a Barley House burger knows that the hype is warranted. However, burgers are not the only things worth trying here.While browsing over the lunch menu last...

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The Yogi: Yoga and the Great First Bike Experiment
Nov12

The Yogi: Yoga and the Great First Bike Experiment

For the Insider“I can’t do it!”“Yes, you can.”“No, I can’t.”“Try.”“I don’t want to.”“One more time.”“I’m all done.”It was Oct. 1, 2013, my daughter’s second birthday. The sun was bright, the air was cold, and the balance bike was a surprise. Looking back, I think I was more excited about the bike than Lily. She was really looking forward to the Pooh Bear cake that my wife had created.“One more time. For an ice cream?”“No!”I picked up...

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Entertainment: Cult hero Steven Wright highlights funny week
Nov12

Entertainment: Cult hero Steven Wright highlights funny week

Music Tuesday Brothers Blues Band at Hermanos Cocina Mexicana at 6:30 p.m. Open mic with Mikey G at Tandy’s at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Dave Gerard at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Thursday Mike Morris at Hermanos at 6:30 p.m. Hometown Eulogy at Penuche’s at 9 p.m. $3 cover. Bach’s Lunch Concert: Transatlantic Celtic Tunes at Concord Community Music School at 12:10 p.m. Friday Scott Solsky and Mike Walsh at True Brew Barista at 8 p.m. Keith...

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Bulletin Board: Holiday craft events, free music and more
Nov12

Bulletin Board: Holiday craft events, free music and more

Teachers’ expo at Discovery Center Join the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. to learn about fun field trip and outreach opportunities that the Discovery Center and other organization across New Hampshire have to offer! The Expo will include information on offerings from across New Hampshire, classroom materials, and demos and opportunities to talk with informal educators from multiple...

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City Manager’s Newsletter: Garage update, road construction, Beaver Meadow sale and more
Nov12

City Manager’s Newsletter: Garage update, road construction, Beaver Meadow sale and more

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter on Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to the city’s website (concordnh.gov) and clicking the Newsletter button on the home page. Here are some of the highlights from last week’s letter:School Street parking garageThe contractor has installed water and sewer connections, which will serve a new maintenance room to be constructed on the first floor of the...

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Kimball Jenkins to host opening reception for Greater Concord Photography Club
Nov12

Kimball Jenkins to host opening reception for Greater Concord Photography Club

The Greater Concord Photography Club’s annual show and sale is now on display at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in the Carriage House gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in the Carriage House. The reception will be free, and refreshments will be served. You will even have a chance to win a door prize – a framed photo of your choice.

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CYPN: Photographer Kelly McCaskill is the Young Professional of the Month
Nov12

CYPN: Photographer Kelly McCaskill 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,” Kelly McCaskill. 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? 30.Where do you live? Hopkinton.Where do you work? Ridgelight Studio, my own photography business! I started one year ago and I...

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Concord Regional VNA celebrates 120th anniversary
Nov12

Concord Regional VNA celebrates 120th anniversary

Nearly 200 staff members, volunteers, partners, community members and local officials gathered recently at Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association to celebrate the agency’s 120th anniversary and to recognize one employee with the inaugural “Living Our Values” award. Concord Regional VNA was incorporated in 1899 as the not-for-profit Concord District Nursing Association to establish and maintain a system of district nursing in...

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Instagram: A reflective shot taken in downtown Concord
Nov12

Instagram: A reflective shot taken in downtown Concord

It’s been quite a while since we’ve run a cool Instagram shot taken by someone other than users @michaelpmurphy and @sheldonmckinley_, two of the capital city’s most prolific and talented Instagrammers. However, they’re not the only ones with some talent – and Instagram accounts.This shot here was part of a multi-shot spread from user @jrw_photos, who hasn’t been featured here before. While photos focusing on an image reflected in a...

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Help save the planet by taking part in America Recycles Day
Nov12

Help save the planet by taking part in America Recycles Day

The recycling industry has been significantly changing due to increased challenges with global market conditions. Recent market conditions have increased the demand for the improvement of the quality of materials in an effort to reduce contamination and help sustain recycling efforts. Concord residents are invited to get involved in celebration of America Recycles Day on Friday by learning more about what is recyclable and pledging to...

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Chamber celebrates Citizen of the Year at the 100th Annual Meeting
Nov12

Chamber celebrates Citizen of the Year at the 100th Annual Meeting

A local community leader received honors at the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s 100th Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year Award event, presented by Merrimack County Savings Bank on Nov. 6 at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The gala welcomed more than 350 community, nonprofit and business leaders from the Capital Region who came to celebrate 2019 Citizen of the Year recipient Claudia Walker.Walker’s nomination by a...

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This Week in Concord History
Nov12

This Week in Concord History

Nov. 12, 1818: A newly discharged convict from the state prison enters the State House and steals the keys to most of the doors. He is quickly arrested. Nov. 12, 1885: Ten women in their late teens and early 20s form the Flower Mission, whose purpose is to deliver flowers at Concord hospitals and homes for the aged. The mission survives to this day. Nov. 12, 2000: Concord High routs longtime nemesis Londonderry, 53-8, advancing to the...

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Book of the Week: ‘I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying ’
Nov12

Book of the Week: ‘I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying ’

I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying Bassey Ikpi 2019, 248 pages Nonfiction Bassey Ikpi’s collection of essays is tender and poetic while covering the difficult topics of mental health and trauma. The collection spans the complexities of living as a Nigerian-American in the U.S. and the fragmenting of Ikpi’s psyche prior to being diagnosed with bipolar II and an anxiety disorder. She is the first to admit that the splintered memories...

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