Theme days
May22

Theme days

It seems as though we’re headed to a socially distant summer, and while some places are beginning to open up, people will likely be spending more time at home compared to past years. Here’s a brainstorm of ways you can have fun this summer at home or in your neighborhood. Do you have any other suggestions? Send us an email at news@theconcordinsider.com. Field Day Divide your family and/or close neighbors into teams, maybe with...

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Parade for parents
May22

Parade for parents

Mother’s Day at Presidential Oaks usually means lots of happenings: families enjoying a buffet breakfast with Mom or taking her out for lunch or stopping by to visit with an array of gifts. However, with the suspension of visitation due to COVID-19, none of those usual Mother’s Day activities was possible. Despite the pandemic, Presidential Oaks staff still wanted to be sure Mother’s Day was just as special. A vehicle parade was held...

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Look back: Remembering the ‘unknown’ soldiers
May22

Look back: Remembering the ‘unknown’ soldiers

As I walk the Blossom Hill Cemetery this brisk day, I stop to reflect on those less fortunate. My thoughts are with those that have perished tragically in a time of war, just 11 young men. No different than our very own brothers, sons and fathers. Just eleven young men that enlisted with a passion to defend our country and speak for those less fortunate and oppressed. It is a very special monument where I somberly reflect today for it...

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Poem: Once a family
May22

Poem: Once a family

Where there was once a family, there is none,   at this simple family cemetery, on a hill under the sun.   Their years were lived, on a nearby farm a century ago,   much like families today, it was great love they did know.   There were trials and tribulations, with the family that once lived near,   as the years claimed each, no one left to tear.   The old headstones casting shadows, askew with moss...

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This week in Concord History

May 20, 1927: Filing his nationally syndicated column from Concord, humorist Will Rogers writes: “No attempts at jokes today. A slim, tall, bashful, smiling American boy is somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, where no lone human being has ever ventured before. He is being prayed for to every kind of Supreme Being that has a following. If he is lost it will be the most universally regretted loss we ever had.” The next day, that American...

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Book of the Week: A YA must read
May22

Book of the Week: A YA must read

Alanna; The First Adventure By Tamora Pierce (Young adult fantasy, 288 pages, 2010) Currently on Libby for audiobook download     A must-read for budding fantasy readers, this is the first in a series weaving rich tapestries of magic and human nature in the fantastical Kingdom of Tortall. This captivating book chronicles the adventures, mishaps, and learnings of Alanna, a young girl yearning to become a knight of the...

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