City Newsletter: Get books curbside, tax relief

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: City playgrounds open With the governor lifting the stay at home order, the city’s playgrounds reopened on Tuesday, June 16. On Monday, June 15, Parks and Recreation Department staff inspected and thoroughly cleaned all the...

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Playground fun
Jun16

Playground fun

With the expiration of the governor’s order, the city of Concord reopened its playgrounds Tuesday. So you and the kiddos can held on out from some fun in the sun. Some things to consider, however, are these recommendations from the CDC: Visit parks that are close to your home Don’t visit parks if you or someone in your home is sick, has tested positive for COVID-19, or was recently exposed to COVID-19 Try to stay more than 6 feet away...

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This week in history

June 18, 2003: House and Senate leaders strike a deal on a compromise state budget that restores most of the cuts to Health and Human Services that Gov. Craig Benson and the House proposed earlier this year. “We have presented a people’s budget,” Senate President Tom Eaton says. “And we did it without raising taxes.”   June 18, 2000: Organizers say the 77th edition of Bike Week brought some 340,000 people to the Laconia area. The...

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1907: Granite Railway Co.
Jun16

1907: Granite Railway Co.

A photograph from 1907 of granite loaded on a train of the Granite Railway Company, owned by John Swenson, as it leaves Concord. This particular load was part of a 4,000-cubic-foot order of Concord granite that was to be used to construct a pyramid tomb. If you look closely you will noticed the flatcar is lettered “Boston & Maine Railroad” and there is a B&M Railroad employee standing on the car as it departs. My family, like...

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Book of the Week: Artemis Fowl
Jun16

Book of the Week: Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl By Eoin Colfer (Young adult fantasy, 280 pages, 2001)   Artemis Fowl is a delight of a read. Pragmatic, cut-throat boy wonder Artemis posits himself against the entirety of The People, the collective species of fae and fairy folk world over. From dwarves to gnomes, these beings have hidden themselves underground to hide from the threats and encroachments of humans. Artemis discovers their existence and plots to steal...

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Making Good Health Simple: Lower into a lunge
Jun16

Making Good Health Simple: Lower into a lunge

While gyms are beginning to open at lower occupancy numbers and at least some social distancing precautions expected to continue through the summer, it might be hard to keep up the routines you are used to doing. However, it is still important to stay active for a healthy body and mind. Instructors from 43 Degrees North will be sharing quick exercises with the Insider that you can do at home. Lunge A lunge is a great exercise because...

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For young readers: Treasure Island
Jun16

For young readers: Treasure Island

Treasure Island By Robert Louis Stevenson Illustrated by N.C. Wyeth (fiction, 273 pages, 1911)   Young Jim Hawkins is helping his parents run the Admiral Benbow Inn in a coastal town in England in the mid 1700s. An “old sea dog” comes in to stay at the inn. He is a tall, strong man, tanned, with a sabre scar on his cheek. He is Captain Billy Bones. He sings an old sea-song, “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho...

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