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What You Might Have Missed Over the Holidays

A candidate emerges, a call to farm, Crosby's Corner construction, public health concerns and a few more Concord stories that could have been buried under the all-consuming Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Pat McGrath died unexpectedly last year, at age 64. Concord is now looking for someone to farm the land he had devoted his life to rejuvenating and maintaining. Photo courtesy Dee Funeral Home.
Pat McGrath died unexpectedly last year, at age 64. Concord is now looking for someone to farm the land he had devoted his life to rejuvenating and maintaining. Photo courtesy Dee Funeral Home.
It's a given: Christmas and New Year's command plenty of attention. But the holidays haven't been the only things happening over the past couple weeks in and around Concord. 

With that in mind, here's a quick roundup of some key headlines you might have missed during the holidays: 

In Concord, A Call To FarmThe town is requesting proposals for leasing the McGrath farmstead, a historic town-owned parcel available at a below-market rate as an incentive to promote local food production. Get the full story here. 

Wally Johnston is Running for Concord School CommitteeA new resident of Concord, Wally Johnston has declared his intentions as a candidate for School Committee, saying "Continued excellence will hinge on positively engaging ... parents, teachers, administrators [and] caring citizens." See the full text of his announcement here.

Night Work, Lane Closures Ahead for Crosby's Corner ProjectAs the multi-year, $65 million reconstruction project enters its mid-point, the latest phase includes night work this week and next. Get the details here. 

Stamp Prices to Increase in 2014Bummer, we know. The changes, which will hike the price of a single stamp to 49 cents, will go into effect on Jan. 26 and are intended to generate $2 billion in revenue for the postal service.

Flu is Widespread in MassachusettsPublic health officials in Massachusetts are encouraging residents to get flu shots as influenza is now "widespread" in the Commonwealth, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. See the full post here. 

How to Obtain Your 2014 Dog License in Concord2013 dog licenses expired on New Year's Eve, and we've got the details on how to re-up for 2014. Get the details here.

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