Thursday, April 5, 2012
Rotary Club sponsors Spring Pops, auditions for summer Shakespeare are this weekend, and there’s another Little Women lecture next week.
Hello, people, and welcome to Thursday! Just one more day stands between you and the weekend – and if you’re Christian, Easter candy. I’ve got my chocolate bunny all picked out and ready to eat. Here’s my question: do you start with the ears or the tail? Oh, who cares, it’s all good. We’ve got a bunch of good stuff coming up here in town so let’s get started. First up is the Rotary Club of Concord’s 37th Annual Pops Night on April 13, featuring renowned jazz vocalist Amanda Carr along with our own Concord Band. Here’s what Roger Crane, writing for the International Review of Music, has to say about Carr: “She is a singer who deserves to be heard, a singer who revives the finest qualities of the jazz vocal art. In fact, if we lived in a …
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Stewardship Council, Rotary Club, OARS working together to highlight a hidden gem.
On Tuesday, members of the Concord, Assabet and Sudbury River Stewardship Council, along with Rotarians from Concord, Bedford and Billerica, and members of OARS — a conservation organization focusing on the three rivers — took off from the Bedford boat launch in celebration of the new Concord River Trail Map. The Concord River map now completes a set of three maps — one for each of the rivers. Present for the boat tour were Captain Jim and his First Mate Betsy; Rotary Club members Dawn Marshall and John Peterson of Billerica, Christine Pinney and Ralph Hammond of Bedford, and June Grace and Dick Hale of Concord; Alison Field-Juma and Julia Khorana of OARS.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
A brand new guide to the Concord River.
The Concord River Boater's Trail Map, a guide down the historic and scenic Concord River, was launched today at the boat launch on the banks of the Concord River in Bedford. This map, the first of its kind for the river, has both an online and a pocket version. The map was produced with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Concord, Bedford and Billerica and from Rotary International, OARS, and the River Stewardship Council. Check Concord Patch tomorrow for a video of the Rotarians' river tour.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Looking back at last week in the news.
The past week included a town election with a dismal turnout, prompted, we hope, by the lack of candidates. Incumbents ran unopposed for moderator, School Committee and selectman. There was a three-way race for Housing Authority that K.C. Winslow won, defeating Anita Barker and Stephen Newbold. There was an April Fool's snowfall on Friday that did not pose any threat since the temperature was high enough to see it melt over the weekend. The Emerson Umbrella debuted "Ragtime," which is the subject of the upcoming "Viewfinder" this Thursday on Patch. We covered a forum on Haiti in Carlisle where representatives of nonprofits met under the aegis of the Concord Rotary Club to report on progress in the still-suffering island nation. According …
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Problems in island nation seem insurmountable.
The task defies accurate measurement, yet volunteers working in Haiti remain upbeat about the task of creating space for the devastated population to grab a foothold on a new life. A Rotary Club of Concord forum brought together three groups that are committed to building schools, homes and infrastructure in a country where there are no resources to accomplish the smallest job. David Campbell from All Hands Volunteers said he is now in a "transitional" stage where life-saving has become life building. Marie St. Fleur, a Boston-based Haitian activist, said what is needed is more than money, but a stable government where services like sanitation and utilities are commonplace. A representative from Oxfam America gave a report from Oxfam head …
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time for a little spring cleaning.
Concord Spring Cleaning I know the majority of you are excited to see the winter step aside and make room for spring. Yet, as those giant mounds of snow recede into the background in many areas, they leave behind a landscape littered with everything from bottles, to cigarette butts, to things we’d rather not discuss here. While trash-lined streets are nothing to brag about, there is no reason to be alarmed. People litter, a sad fact of life. Trash collects. Snow covers things up for awhile and now, everything is exposed. And yet again, your hometown has the cleanup under control. Each year the Division of Natural Resources (978-318-3285) designates the first week of April as the annual Concord Cleanup. This entails gloved volunteers …