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Concord celebrates World Refugee Day with song and dance
06-20-2024 4:30 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

A few things in the world can reliably bring different people together: Soccer, food, a nice sunset. Shakira. When the Colombian singer’s 2010 World Cup anthem, “Waka Waka,” came on, the jumble of kids swaying nervously on the gym floor threw up their...

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‘Hot dog therapy’: In downtown Concord, hot dog stands rule summer
07-20-2024 10:01 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

At 2:45 p.m. at the steamy end of a summer workweek, Gretchen Peters was still busy. It was 15 minutes before she closed for the day, but the working people on Main Street were still hungry for hot dogs.Peters has been running Puppy Love Hot Dogs for...


In their 90s, Norm Abelson and Ellen Oppenheimer keep hope alive through their stories
07-19-2024 1:55 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Norman Abelson sometimes has trouble remembering what happened five minutes ago, but stories from decades ago stick like glue.He recalls with incredible detail the time his local rabbi knocked on his front door at midnight in the 1950s, John F....


St. Paul’s School closes Turkey Pond docks to public following violent altercation in June
07-18-2024 5:10 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Concord has one less place to swim, thanks to violence on the docks.Donald Sullivan, director of Safety and Compliance at St. Paul’s School, sent an email to faculty and staff at the private school July 12 announcing the closure of the public-access...


Zapped: Thunderstorm delivers brief reprieve from the heat
07-17-2024 2:45 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

With a sudden flash of lightning and crack of thunder Tuesday evening, the skies opened and Concord got a break from its record heat wave.The Concord area’s summer heat peaked at 94 degrees Fahrenheit Tuesday, tying July 8 for the hottest day of the...


NEC football turns to local players, seasoned coach for debut season
07-05-2024 8:55 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

In the summer, the grass on the practice field at John Stark Regional High School grows long, but Donnie White can still point out the roughest patches of gravel. He pokes one, hard, with his sneaker. This, he says, is a terrible spot to be...


Concord’s Vinnie’s Pizzaria back in business with new menu and historic charm
06-26-2024 4:52 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Five minutes after Vinnie’s reopened its doors, the classic Concord pizzeria had its first customer. Michael Arsenault pulled his car up to a building that has hardly changed in his lifetime, wondering if things would be different on the inside. He...


Boston-area native Kaz Grala gives NHMS Bay State flair
06-23-2024 9:36 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

“Three, two, one,” and the No. 15 Ford skidded to a halt in front of Rick Ware Racing’s control center.Four men dressed to drive, in black helmets and fire-resistant suits, ambushed the car with gold-spoked tires and a container of gasoline. In fewer...


Fans make annual pilgrimage to New Hampshire Motor Speedway: ‘It’s the Great American Race’
06-23-2024 5:03 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

On the hill, they call Dennis George the mayor.In a gray New Hampshire race hoodie, George — nearing his sixties, a Busch Light in hand, prescription glasses on his forehead — holds court behind the track, on the other side of the wire fence that...


Knitting together to foster conversations on democracy
06-22-2024 7:00 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Eve Jacobs Carnahan had a long career as an elections lawyer before her experiences with the American electoral system gave her the idea for something different. In 2018, she started “Knit Democracy Together,” a project that aims to fuel productive...


Granite State Games championship rosters filled with athletes competing for the love of the game
06-20-2024 1:43 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Concord local Alyssa Leppard planted her feet, clutched her bat and swung hard. She missed the yellow softball by several inches.Her coach, Jen Boyden, standing behind third base, met Leppard’s eye. They both laughed.It was the bottom of the fourth...


New Hampshire Fisher Cats celebrate Pride Night
06-14-2024 12:19 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

The crowd that watched the New Hampshire Fisher Cats take down the Richmond Flying Squirrels Tuesday evening was a little more colorful than one usually found at a mid-week regular season game at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester.That was thanks to...


Hometown Hero: A walk around the mall with Darbster volunteer Uncle Ross
06-13-2024 5:16 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Ross Mingarelli says he likes dogs more than people, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t kind to both.He’s a man who does things by himself. He operates CandleTree, his store on Main Street, as a one-man operation. He drives his ax-throwing truck solo. He...


Bike Week at Weirs Beach is for old leather and new friends
06-12-2024 5:09 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Nothing can keep Jim Peyser away from his motorcycle, not even a crash.He doesn’t remember the accident, but he can piece it together: A nighttime ride, a run-in with the curb and $23,000 worth of repairs.“He almost died,” said Diane Kline, Peyser’s...


‘Dog Man’ has his day at Beaver Meadow
06-10-2024 4:50 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

Drumroll, please.A pattering of tiny hands erupted, and a celebrity waltzed onto the blue gymnasium floor. The kids at Beaver Meadow elementary school cheered, pumped their fists in the air and waved at Dog Man.Monday afternoon, Gibson’s Bookstore...


Boys’ lacrosse: Bow drops intense battle with Campbell, finishes as D-II runner up
06-08-2024 10:42 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA – Bow and Campbell were locked in a wrestling match. Aggressive defense firing on all cylinders for both teams, it wasn’t until eight minutes into the first quarter that Gavin McCabe scored. The Falcon senior took advantage of a minutes-long...


Kearsarge graduation: ‘You feel like you’re more family than just classmates’
06-08-2024 4:12 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

A line of five-year-old future Kearsarge Regional High School graduates trotted slowly down the blue-carpet in the middle of the school’s football field. Rather than caps and gowns, the dozen or so students wore oversized white t-shirts emblazoned...


‘Starting off a new century’: Laconia Bike Week motors into 101st year
06-06-2024 4:36 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

“First in the nation” is a meaningful phrase in New Hampshire. For the leather-clad owners of Harley Davidsons, the Granite State makes its mark as the first-ever host of a motorcycle rally in the United States.For the last 101 years, Laconia has...


Boys’ lacrosse: No. 3 Hopkinton stymied by No. 2 Campbell in D-III semifinals
06-06-2024 1:44 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA — Deacon Blue’s white T-shirt had “Hawks Alumni” written across it in green. The head coach of Hopkinton boys’ lacrosse was a player on this team not too long ago. Now he closes out his 12th  season at the helm of the program with a run into...


Boys’ lacrosse: No. 5 Bow upsets top-seeded Pelham, moves on to state championship
06-06-2024 1:10 PM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

LACONIA — It took nearly seven minutes for something to happen in the third quarter of Wednesday night’s Division III boys’ lacrosse semifinal, but when it did, it was worth the wait. Bow senior Billy Smethurst catapulted the ball from deep and sent...


Softball: Bow’s best season in program history ends in semifinal loss to Coe-Brown
06-05-2024 12:09 AM

By SOPHIE LEVENSON

PLYMOUTH — Lillian Wright fell into her mom’s arms. Her eye black smeared under tears — not for the loss of a game, but for the goodbye she suddenly had to say to Bow softball.Tuesday night, No. 4 Bow took on No. 1 Coe-Brown on Chase Field at Plymouth...

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