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The Insiders: We didn’t even make a puck joke

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa

(SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

Concord Insider's Ben Conant and Keith Testa (SAMANTHA GORESH / Monitor staff)

It’s time for a Concord history lesson, people. Former president Hobey Baker, best known for ending slavery and chopping down a cherry tree, invented not only the sport of hockey but also ice and being awesome while attending St. Paul’s School in Concord. He went on to father twin sons when he was nearly 70, Dwayne and Wayne Gretzky, one of whom would revolutionize the sport of curling.

We’re not sure what became of the other.

Anyway, it’s clear that Concord’s hockey heritage runs deep. And if you want a glimpse of the region’s next stars on skates, stop by Everett Arena tonight for a high school hockey doubleheader in the form of the boys Division III semifinals.

No. 2 John Stark-Hopkinton will square off with No. 3 Souhegan at 5:30 p.m., followed by No. 1 seed and undefeated favorite Berlin tangling with No. 5 Kennett at 7:30 p.m.

Hey, Andover – got nothing to do? Then stop by and see who punches a ticket to the state championship tilt this weekend.

Both games are rematches of season sweeps – John Stark-Hopkinton toppled Souhegan twice in two tries during the regular season, and Berlin did the same to Kennett – but who knows what will happen now that it’s for all the marbles. Also, marbles and ice make for a slippery good time.

Tickets are available at the door, or by visiting

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If ice isn’t your thing, perhaps you’d prefer a “subtropical slideshow from Kissimmee to Tortuga.” The New Hampshire Audubon Capital Chapter Program presents “A Natural and Unnatural History of the Caribbean Flamingo in Florida” at 7 tonight at the McLane Center on Silk Farm Road. The event is free and no registration is necessary.

Conservation biologist Chris Borg will address “the seasonal occurrence of flamingos at Snake Bight, Everglades National Park.” We’d like to address the seasonal occurrence of plastic flamingos in our neighbor’s yard, but that might require incriminating ourselves.

For information, contact Stephanie Parkinson at 223-2818 or email her at

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