Write holiday card
Oct06

Write holiday card

The Holiday Cards 4 Our Military Challenge is up and running and ready for all that 2020 brings, even the complexities of COVID-19. Our troops will need our support and appreciation even more this year and each one of your Holiday Cards will bring joy and a taste of home. Last year, 175,000 cards were delivered to all five branches, all over the world. The card-signers were from over 45 States and Canada. While we are changing some of...

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City newsletter: Get smart about fire prevention in kitchens
Oct06

City newsletter: Get smart about fire prevention in kitchens

The city manager’s office sent out the City Manager’s Newsletter last Friday. The full newsletter can be found by going to concordnh.gov and clicking the “Newsletter” button. Here are some highlights: Election info Absentee ballots: The City Clerk’s Office expects to receive absentee ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3, 2020 Election in early October. Upon receipt of those ballots, from the Secretary of State’s Office, staff will begin...

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Book of the Week: An important collection on racism
Oct06

Book of the Week: An important collection on racism

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race Edited by Jesmyn Ward (288 pages, essay/poetry, 2016)   If you choose only one text to read in The Fire This Time…, let it be “The Tradition” by Jericho Brown. The poem rightfully opens this collection of essays and poems, the anthology itself a nod to James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time. Ownership, slavery, police brutality, death — the speaker of this poem connects these as...

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Bulletin Board: State park pass and more

Reserve your space Most hikers and outdoor enthusiasts will agree, the fall season is the best time of the year to hike. However, making a reservation before you head out is the most important step in the process. Many of N.H. State Parks most popular hiking destinations require an advance day-use reservation. The temperatures are perfect right now. The leaves are changing and as they fall they are revealing stunning views of...

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Lots to see and do downtown
Oct06

Lots to see and do downtown

While the Insider is always looking at local people, places and things to do, this week we wanted to send out an extra reminder of how important it is to think locally, eat locally and shop locally. Concord is lucky to a variety in its downtown and the wider city. Art, clothing, furniture, restaurants, homegoods, and so much more, all run by local people are available just about everywhere you look. Gibson’s Bookstore recently...

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This week in Concord history
Oct06

This week in Concord history

Oct. 8, 1938: Penny Pitou of Gilford is born. She will win two silver medals in skiing in the 1960 Olympics. She will also participate in the 1956 Olympics and be elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame.   Oct. 8, 1856: A show called Price’s Ethiopian Minstrels opens at Concord’s Phenix Hall. The show, according to an ad in Concord’s Patriot, is “affectionately portraying the lights & shadows of a darky’s life.”   Oct....

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Poem: A faded billboard

A faded billboard lost to time, selling goods for the old store, a business claimed by the years, many decades ago, perhaps more. Once a colorful sign so bright, hand lettered many years ago, on a brick wall, where people used to go. Many people pass beneath the old sign, unknowing children run and explore, a faded billboard lost to time, selling goods for the old store.   James W....

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Poem: A younger man so
Oct06

Poem: A younger man so

I wish I realized, when I was a younger man so, the sentiments the many years can bring, from my life so many years ago. There are people that have passed, I wish I could speak to them still, but life has a way of concluding, new chapters written at will. If I had known then, what I do know now, perhaps my life would be richer, or at least different somehow. When I think back over the years, of those I was fortunate to know, I wish I...

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Entertainment

Thursday, Oct. 8 Mark Bartram at Hermanos, 6:30 to 7:30 and 8 to 9 p.m. Open mic at Penuches at 8 p.m., sign up at 7:30 p.m. Queen City Improv at the Hatbox Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Comedian Bob Marley at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Recommended 14+) Tickets $37.50 plus $8.75 fee Masceo Williams at Penuche’s at 8 p.m. Dank Sinatra at Area 23 at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 Comedian Bob Marley at...

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