History: Weaving the safety net

History: Weaving the safety net

The safety net in Concord would be frayed without organizations such as the Friendly Kitchen, which fed Concord’s hungry. The Friendly Kitchen began in the food pantries operated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. In the late 1970s, Polly Bell of St. Peter’s Church...
A downtown reimagined

A downtown reimagined

Concord’s government and Chamber of Commerce continued to discuss the shortcomings of Main Street. The early 1970s, marked by the proliferation of strip malls and suburbanization, were a dark time for downtowns. Martin L. Gross, city councilor from 1970 to 1982 and...
A fresh look at our roots

A fresh look at our roots

Concord has never been known as a large center for fruit and vegetable farming, but these crops have always been an important part of the agricultural economy. Farmers usually located orchards on the hillside, where the air moves freely and warm air pockets protect...