Budding essayist wins Harry Potter contest

Kiah Walker recently won a Harry Potter essay contest, sponsored by Gibson's Bookstore on Main Street. Kiah waxed poetic on her feelings on Snape, the potions professor at Hogwarts School of Magic. Is he good, evil, or somewhere in between? Kiah examines the question in her essay below, for which she took home a limited edition copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The Two Halves of the Half-Blood Prince

Rosie wants to live with you

Green Mountain Pug Rescue is seeking a home for Rosie – a sweet little 6-year-old spayed female pug. Rosie would make a fine addition to any family – she is up-to-date on shots, gets along well with children and other animals, and is housebroken! Rosie's adoption fee is $350. To learn more about Rosie, visit or email Tammy Hall at [email protected] or call 802 425-3599.

GMPR is a non-profit, all volunteer, rescue group based in Vermont, and is dedicated to helping pugs in need in Vermont, New Hampshire and Upstate New York.

Winners, for now (DUN DUN DUN)

From the Concord Rec Department

Marissa Colby, Stacey Kinnier and Leanna D'Italia are counselors at Kids Camp for children entering grades 1st and 2nd.

Based on random spot check, these counselors are currently winning the 2007 Summer Staff Point Challenge. The random checks are tallied by a point system, a possible 110 points can be awarded each visit.

Don't hurt the whales!

Picture and text sent by Jen Kennedy at the Blue Ocean Society.

Rye, NH - Whale watchers got more than they hoped for during a whale-watching excursion aboard the Atlantic Queen on Saturday, July 14. It was a beautiful day, perfect for watching the whales that come up to Jeffreys Ledge, about 20 miles off the NH coast, to feed during the summer. The passengers had already seen several minke whales and had gotten great looks at a finback whale, one of the largest species on Earth.

Color-coded kitties

Finding your perfect cat is officially a science.
Have you ever adopted a cat, only to find that you and that cat just weren't meant for one another? Was Fluffy just a little too touchy-feely? Was Stripes just too independent? Well, now there's a much more scientific approach to adoption that can ensure that your cat is just your color.

Global warming prompts a long walk

The March to ReEnergize New Hampshire:

Building a clean energy economy for real global warming solutions

Global warming is real and it's happening faster than anyone predicted. At the same time American jobs are being outsourced faster than anyone feared possible. But with renewable and energy efficient technologies we can cut carbon emissions while building healthy, sustainable communities and economies.

UCP Community Yard Sale!

The United Church of Penacook, 21 Merrimack St will be hosting a community yard sale on July 21st from 8a-1p. There will be nearly a dozen vendors inside, and even more outside! Refreshments will be sold inside the church.
Interested in aquiring an outdoor space? The spaces are available for $15 each; you bring your own table and chairs. You keep what you earn, and bring home what you do not sell. Call 753-4072 for more information!

Massage Therapy coming to Main St. August 1

Rachelle Lowe & Nicole Richards
Licensed Massage Therapists
will be opening their practice on August 1
35 S. Main Street
(former home of Concord Wine Cellar)
(603) 225-9225
Come in between 10am and 7pm on August 1 to meet them & receive free chair massage & refreshments

Nasol sings hopeful songs

Above: Nasol Niyonsaba plays guitar. Photographer: Johanna Young

Despite the challenging chill and wind on the evening of June 23, the atmosphere was warm at the annual
Multicultural Festival, hosted by the Greater Concord Area Task Force Against Racism and Intolerance and held on the State House Lawn and Capitol Street.

By the time Nasol Niyonsaba, a Burundian client of Lutheran Social Services (LSS), was invited to the stage to share a few songs in his native tongue, Kirundi, the sun had come out and the wind had died down a bit. Niyonsaba arrived just three weeks ago from a refugee camp in Tanzania where he was part of a team of musicians supported by the U.N. to encourage repatriation to Burundi. With backup up from other Burundian refugees, and a borrowed guitar (courtesy of Nancy Jo Chabot, event organizer) he sang several songs about his hopes for a congenial life in America. LSS case worker Forkpah Sumo translated with the help of one of the refugees: "God in not black or white, but One, He is not hatred - all the mothers and fathers - come to God," he sang in one song. In another, he sang: "Education paths the way and is the way ... we are new here and just learning English in time we will perfect our English and I (Nasol) will pursue my arts."

Thanks a lot

The Fred Swymer Memorial Fund and the Swymer family would like to thank all those who donated to or participated in our silent auction.

We would also like to thank Concord American, Concord National, Merrimack Valley and Concord Northeast little leagues for allowing us to be part of the Hilliker Cup.

The outpouring of support was overwhelming, and we raised over $14,000. We are working with ChaD to make sure the money goes to good use in the pediatric intensive care unit and the advance response team. Thanks again for making our event a success and we look forward to next year.

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