Concord Crier for Nov. 10, 2019

Published: 11/10/2019 3:00:50 PM
PENACOOKHelp makerspace

■Making Matters NH invites community members to stop by and lend their skills and time to help clean, paint, and update the new makerspace in the old Beede Electrical Instrument Co. building at 88 Village St., today and Monday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Making Matters is also seeking donations of funds and equipment. You can email or visit for more information.

■The Penacook Winter Farmers Market is now open every Wednesday, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Riverhill Grange, 32 Horse Hill Road.

■The Penacook Historical Society will meet on Wednesday at the Rolfe House, 11 Penacook St. Potluck supper begins at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the evening’s program, The Famous (N.H.) Tornado of 1821, will be presented by historian and author Jack Noon. All are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of local history.


EAST SIDEThank a veteran

■I hope everyone will take a few moments on Monday to thank our men and women who have and are serving in our U.S. Armed Forces. They put their lives on the line every minute of the day no matter what part of the world they are in. Thank you for your dedication to keep our country free.

■Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 180 Loudon Road, would like to remind members of the church the annual Christmas Fair is on Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 6 p .m. and Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be baked food table, raffles, silent auction, lunch served at noon in the downstairs in the parish hall. A youth with art skills is needed for face painting for the children. Please contact Judy Delisle at 856-5967 or email or last resort, the church office.

■Immaculate Heart of Mary Church invites everyone to the Marion Prayer Cenacle on Wednesday, 10 to 10:45 a.m. in the church. Those present will recite the Rosary, pray for our Holy Father and all priests, pray to St. Michael the Archangel, say the Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and sing a song to our Blessed Mother Mary.

■Fr. Ray will lead an Alpha Course today from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall. There is no cost; coffee and doughnuts are served while viewing a 25 minute video with questions and answers following. In addition, Fr. Ray will lead a course on the Theology of Fr. Bernard Lonergan SJ on Tuesdays until Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Please email if you are going to attend. The course will close at 8 p.m. The deadline to request a Thanksgiving Basket is Nov. 18. Call 224-4393 to request one or for someone else.

■Grace Episcopal Church, in East Concord across from Merrill Park will have Grace at Meals on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. For the next of his year’s Will You Be My Neighbor series, join for dinner and conversation with the Rev. Steve Blackmer, founding execitve dorector of Kairos Earth and Chaplain of the Church in the Woods in Canterbury which seeks to renew a widespread umderstanding of the natural world as sacred.

■Grace Episcopal Church will have a Pub Theology with South Congregational Church UCC on Nov. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at True Brew Coffee Shop and Pub at 3 Bicentennial Square. Grab a beverage and join the conversation about faith and life.

■A Celebration of New Ministry will be held Nov. 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. The Right Rev. A. Robert Hirschfield will institute Kate Harmon Sibeeine as Rector of Grace Church. Please join and enjoy a festive reception to follow!

■The Concord Council of Knights of Columbus No. 112 will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Activity Center. The council will be launching a membership drive for new members. The Council needs members to chair various programs. Please call Don Gagne at 479-9908 for information or an application. Pizza is served after the meetings.

■The Kiwanis Club of Concord will not meet Monday, but will meet Nov. 18 at 6:15 p.m. at the Red Blazer Restaurant on Manchester Street. Upcoming events include the annual Rotary-Kiwanis gathering, date to be announced. The members will be ringing the Salvation Army bells for the Red Kettle Drive at a time and location to be announced.

■Concord Grange No. 322 announced their next meeting will be Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the IBEW Hall, 48 Airport Road. It was announced that Dick Patten is the new State Director for the State Grange Member Services and Benefits provided by the National Grange. He will be meeting with a committee Dec. 14 at the N.H. Fire Academy at 9 a.m. to plan the program for the coming year.

■Brian Blackden is chairman for the 68th annual Concord Christmas Parade set for Nov. 23 at 9:30 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The theme for floats and decorated vehicles is “My Favorite Christmas Song.” The parade will begin forming at 8 a.m. for the parade at the DOT parking lot off Hazen Drive. The parade participants will march from Hazen Drive to Loudon Road going east to the intersection of Loudon Road, East Side Drive and Canterbury Road turning onto Canterbury Road disbanding at the former Sprague Electric in the parking lot. The emergency response vehicles and bands may go past the intersection and return to their communities. The parade committee has been using funds for this year’s event. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles has joined on as co-sponsor, however the fundraising is still $3,000 short. Please contact Blackden at 229-4967 or Dick Patten at 496-2917 for more information.

■The Merrimack Retired Educators Association will meet Thursday at Makris Lobster & Steak House on Route 106. The business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a program at 11 a.m. A donation bucket will be available for donations for the Friendly Kitchen. Steve Taylor, N.H. Humanities speaker, will present the program, “Rural One Room School Houses.” All retired teachers, support staff, and professional associates from the Concord area are welcome to attend. New retirees receive a free membership for one year. Reservations for the noon luncheon may be made by emailing

■Happy birthday to Steven Dame!



WEST SIDEGobble up laughs

■Gobble Up Some Laughs on Thursday when “Laughta in New Hampsha” kicks off with a Thanksgiving-themed night of standup comedy at Tandy’s Pub, 1 Eagle Square. The evening features the talent of five seasoned comedians that hail from Boston, Maine and New Hampshire. They are: Ben Davis, Karen Desmarais, Colleen McCauley, Trent Wells, and headliner Sam Pelletier. Tickets are $12 and available at Eventbrite NoDo Productions, and at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tandy’s Pub offers a full bar and refreshments. For more information, email

■The Greater Concord Chronic Pain Support Group marks their two year anniversary with a meeting and refreshments Tuesday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant St. Whatever pain you are experiencing, learn from each other, from speakers and from resources. Non-denominational. Accessible. Free. No registration necessary. For more information, visit or call 540-3119.

■The Concord Public Library offers a Lego Club on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Blanchard Room. Each month Lego fans have a chance to meet new friends and create a masterpiece with other builders. Designed for grades K-8. For more information, call 225-8670, ext. 4.

■The Concord Grange No. 322 is planning the activities for the annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration scheduled for Nov. 29 with activities starting at 4 p.m. Any businesses or individuals who are willing to make a donation are asked to contact Dick Patten at 496-2917. Your donation is appreciated and is needed to keep this tradition going. This community event includes fireworks, music, pony rides, horse drawn wagon rides, fire trucks, and Santa Claus!

■The City’s General Services Department Annual Fall Leaf Pickup is in full swing and normally runs through the first week of December. Place your leaves un-bagged at the curbside and the crews will pick them up. Leaves only will be accepted. Do not put any branches or debris with the leaves as they will not be able to be picked up. Coming back again this year is the bagged collection starting Nov. 18. For more information, call 228-3727 or visit

■The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 68 N. State St., is having a Greek Luncheon and Pastry Sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 225-6320.

■The Concord Crush Spring Lacrosse is open for registrations through Concord Parks and Rec. The cost is $150 and the program is open to girls and boys in grades 1 to 8 for the 2019-20 school year. All experience levels are encouraged to sign up. For more information or to register for a program, go to or

■Mark your calendars and reserve your spot at Pope Memorial SPCA low cost clinic. On Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to noon, bring your cats, dogs and ferrets for rabies vaccination ($20), microchip ($25), kennel cough vaccine ($15), and distemper vaccine ($15). Bring proof of past rabies vaccination to determine one or three year vaccine. Cats must be safely in carrier and dogs on leash. For more information or to reserve you spot, call 856-8756.

■Happy birthday, Paula Cantara!



SOUTH ENDJay Leno Live

■It’s a busy week at Gibson’s Bookstore, 45 S. Main St., so find your cheaters for all these books and let’s turn the page. On Tuesday at 6 p.m., go to hear from a “groon’up” of local authors, drawn from a wide range of genres. This evening they’ve got jazz mystery, science fiction, and more! Richard Cass presents Last Call at the Esposito, the fourth book in his Elder Darrow jazz mystery series. The Olympic Games are coming to Boston. Or are they? Joseph Carrabis presents The Augmented Man, a sci-fi novel asking the question, what do you do with a deadly weapon when it’s no longer needed? Nicholas Trailer is the last of The Augmented Men, beings created first by society and completed by a political group the public can’t even imagine exists. S.M. Stevens presents Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. After suffering harassment and abuse at the hands of others, two women fight to reclaim their careers, romances, and lives.

■Go back on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for an evening of poetry as Oliver de la Paz (The Boy in the Labyrinth) and Jeffrey Thomson (Half/Life: New & Selected Poems) present their newest volumes of verse.

■Round out the week on Thursday at 6 p.m. as Richard J. King sails in to Gibson’s to present Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick, a book sure to delight the naturalists among us. A revelation for Moby-Dick devotees and neophytes alike, Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a chronological journey through the natural history of Melville’s novel. From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatross, and sharks, Richard J. King examines what Melville knew from his own three years at sea, and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s.

Goblin Market is about two proper Victorian sisters who are now grown and mothers. Returning to the nursery of their youth, they relive their haunting memories there. Goblins woo them with luscious fruits, promising them ecstasy beyond their imagination. Goblin Market blends puppetry and poetry, journeying through the psyches of these two sisters. Note: This production is rated PG-13 due to Victorian-era eroticism and puppetry. See it at the Hatbox Theatre in the Steeplegate Mall, this weekend through Nov. 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

■It’s Jay Leno Live at the Capitol Arts Center on Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much-in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist … Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.” Tickets are $129, $85 and $65.

■Nov. 17 at 7 p.m will be a unique evening at the Capitol Arts Center including a full screening of Napoleon Dynamite followed by a lively, freewheeling, moderated discussion with fan-favorite cast members: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite), Efren Ramirez (Pedro) and Jon Gries (Uncle Rico). Tickets are $85, $39.50 and $29.50.

■The Community Players 92nd season celebrates Neil Simon with three of his works, starting with the sparkling Broadway classic Sweet Charity about a dance hall hostess searching for love in NYC in the swinging 60’s and includes songs including “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now”. Performances are Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $20, $18 juniors to 17 and seniors 65-plus (less $2 by Nov. 19) at or at the Audi Box Office fto Nov. 20. Call 344-4747 for more info.

■My grandfather survived pepper spray and mustard gas during World War II. He’s a seasoned veteran. I asked my veteran friend what the first ranking is in the military, but I couldn’t get a straight answer. He just kept telling me it’s private. My high school assignment was to ask a veteran about World War II. Since my grandfather had served during the war, I chose him. After a few basic questions, I very gingerly asked, “Did you ever kill anyone?” He got quiet. Then, in a soft voice, he said, “Probably. I was the cook.” A Bitter Army Veteran storms into a classroom and shouts “If it weren’t for me you’d all be speaking German!” “That’s right” replies the German teacher. All kidding aside, find a veteran, shake their hand, give them a hug if they need or want one, thank them and remember them the other 364 days of the year. You know you know one. Pick up the phone. Maybe you are one. I salute you! Only 1% of Americans join the military. They really are the elite! Thank you Charles F. Siletti, Brian Lewis, Lewis C. Briggs, The Briggses, Ray Sanger and Maureen Rinehart!



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