A tribute to Katie

For this dad, only lilacs can capture his daughter’s beauty The idea hit John Bentley at the West Salisbury Cemetery. A horticultural geek since childhood, Bentley always loved lilacs best. His daughter, Katie, buried in the cemetery, always loved purple best. And the...
A Thousand Words: A big weekend in January

A Thousand Words: A big weekend in January

Each winter, weather permitting, hockey enthusiasts from across New England and beyond flock to Concord for the city ’s annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships in White Park. There, they find hockey rinks neatly segmented on the ice where players of all ages...

Hot on the trail

Hot on the trail

Fundraising efforts are inching closer to turning Concord into a destination for cross country skiing A winter wonderland for cross country skiing at city-owned Beaver Meadow Golf Course is close to reaching its first phase this season, but isn’t quite there. The...

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...

Not great at giving gifts? Some ideas

Not great at giving gifts? Some ideas

By DAVID BROOKS For those of us who are lousy at thinking up Christmas presents for family and friends, the pandemic has a silver lining: Finally, we have a good excuse. Some stores have closed, we don’t feel safe shopping in person, supply chain snafus mean stuff...

He’s paying it forward

He’s paying it forward

By EILEEN O’GRADY Clement Kigugu was on an airplane in the winter of 2006, preparing to land in the United States for the very first time when he realized just how challenging the language barrier was going to be. Kigugu, who was on his way to the U.S. from Rwanda as...

Setting Her Own Style

Setting Her Own Style

The first time Emelyne Adios wore kitenge fabric in a runway show, she fell in love. The New Hampshire fashion designer, who was in her early 20s at the time and working as a model in Burundi, was assigned to wear a jacket made from the vibrant African print fabric at...

The making of our modern schools

The making of our modern schools

As the economy improved, Concord School District confronted the long-simmering issues of high-school overcrowding and the 6-3-3 model of education that calls for six years of elementary school, three years of junior high, and three years of high school. In 1989, a...

Editor’s note: A reason to celebrate

Meet Emelyne Adios.She’s a 30-year-old fashion designer and health care worker from Burundi who runs her own small clothing business, Style by Emelyne.Her colorful clothes will be among the many things featured at this year’s Concord Multicultural Festival, held on...

Bounty of memories

Bounty of memories

There is a time of year, a very special time. You retire to bed one night with thoughts of summer only to awaken to cool air, bountiful colors of foliage, the season’s last smell of cut hay and a distant fire burning. Summer has officially ended and the fall harvest...