Our take on local take-out
Apr29

Our take on local take-out

Over the last six weeks or so of social distancing, The Food Snob has missed being able to pull up to a table at one of Concord’s fine eateries and perhaps catch some live local music. But even still, people gotta eat, right? So here’s a look at some of the take-out The Food Snob and its household have sampled during that time. Smokeshow Barbeque Order: Pulled pork and ribs (½ pound each), loaded mashers and mac and cheese (a pint...

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Poetry: Social distance

The people did walk, about town on the street, social distance a concern, another person not to meet.   The air seemed purer, my thoughts were so clear, observing places passed on a normal day, places once far but now so near.   Deep thought was easy, no interruption from people that do, social distancing and clear thoughts, tend to allow you to focus too.   I passed this way many times, as a child long ago, when my...

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City newsletter: Road work, leaf pick-up continues
Apr29

City newsletter: Road work, leaf pick-up continues

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 information during COVID-19 We are continuously updating our coronavirus web page with information and resources. You can access it here: concordnh.gov/coronavirus. Downloadable PDFs with information for residents and businesses are...

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This week in history

April 29, 1948: The New Hampshire Christian Civic League, formerly known as the New Hampshire Anti-Saloon League, faces the prospect of disbanding after 50 years of fighting for prohibition. Donations have fallen off, and the organization cannot pay its bills. Nowadays, on the issue of reducing the number of people who drink alcoholic beverages, “even some of the church groups are easy-going,” laments league official Herbert Rainie....

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Community notices and happenings
Apr29

Community notices and happenings

Virtual workout with Matt Bonner Planet Fitness will continue its “Home Work-In” series Friday at 7 p.m. The New Hampshire-based company streams the classes live on its Facebook page and welcomes different hosts to lead each day’s work-out. On Friday, May 1, former NBA player Matt Bonner will join viewers. The Concord native and former San Antonio Spurs player will go live Friday at 7 p.m. The virtual classes are 20 minutes and don’t...

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Look back at history: A shilling and a dream
Apr29

Look back at history: A shilling and a dream

A young boy with just a shilling in his pocket rode his mare into Concord on August 26, 1826. His destination was the Columbian Hotel down on Main Street and a job serving the people that resided there. Concord had recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many a lad would still encounter people with the English accent down on Main Street as travelers arrived on the Concord Coach from...

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Book of the Week: Don’t judge by the cover
Apr29

Book of the Week: Don’t judge by the cover

Making Marriage Work: New Rules for an Old Institution By Lynn Toler (nonfiction/161 pages/2012)   This lady knows what she’s talking about. I was skeptical at first. It’s got a bit of an outdated cover, and I’ve read so many relationship books that just gave bad advice. But not this one. This one knows where a good relationship is at. Toler gives you the recipe to have one of your own. As the judge on the TV...

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Book review: Best cleaning guide
Apr29

Book review: Best cleaning guide

Joy of Less By Francine Jay (nonfiction/286 pages/2010)   This is by far the best cleaning, organizing, and downsizing book I have ever read. And yes, that includes Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book is practical. It is easy to digest. It has direct action you can take, like making 3 piles — one for trash, one for treasure, and one for transfer. It even goes room by room telling you exactly how...

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Book of the Week: Something for the children
Apr29

Book of the Week: Something for the children

The Little Blue Truck By Alice Schertle and Jull McElmurry (children’s fiction/28 pages/ 2008)   Hop on board for a fun ride with your friends Toad, the Little Blue Truck and a whole host of barnyard characters. Learn about how to make friends as the rhyme and rhythm take you along the road, meeting friends like Goat, Chicken and Duck. Children will learn the sounds each animal makes as you travel down the road with Blue....

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