Monday, November 12, 2012
Local Girl Scouts prepare to retire flags during Concord's annual Veterans Day Flag Retirement Ceremony held Sunday, Nov. 11 at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
In the photo above, Sarah Bagasra, Isabella Lopresti and Julia Clarke of Concord Troop 72678 are preparing to retire flags during the annual flag retirement ceremony. If you have photos from the ceremony, or of the veterans in your life, add them to the gallery above.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Anne French Bush may be driving force for Shaima Jastaniah
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday morning! Quick shout outs to Deb Konke and Chip Benson, both of whom celebrated birthdays over the weekend. Deb, I celebrated with you a little early Friday night, so I know yours was off to a good start. Chip, no doubt you had a Happy Birthday, too. As you know, I can go on and on about the wonderful things about Concord and I am always amazed at how I can link our community into the news of the day. Here’s a for instance. Today, Dec. 12 is “appeal day,” for Shaima Jastaniah, the 34-year-old Saudi woman who was caught driving in her hometown of Jeddah in September, and sentenced by her conservative government to 10 lashes. Shaima was hardly joy riding, she was on her way to visit someone in …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Make sure to thank a veteran tomorrow... or any day. Here is what the town is doing to recognize Veterans Day.
Tomorrow, the 93rd anniversary of the Armistice signing that ended WWI, is Veterans Day. In recognition of the sacrifices the men and women of the armed forces have made over the years, cities and towns all over the country are holding celebrations and ceremonies to thank and remember all those who have served the nation — and Concord is certainly no different. Veterans Service Agent Dick Krug said the annual salute and flag retirement ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The procession of veterans will enter from the second gate and stop at the first intersection in the cemetery for a flag raising ceremony, Krug said. The contingent will then be joined by the Fire Department, Boy Scouts, and the …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The Friends of Sleepy Hollow replace historic fencing around Munroe plot.
William Munroe did a lot for the town of Concord, and a bit of thanks was recently paid in the form of a new iron fence around the influential figure’s family plot in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The Friends of Sleepy Hollow recently restored the fence, which was originally installed around Munroe’s family plot in the late 1800s. In recent times, the original sections of the fence had fallen into disrepair and had been removed and placed into storage to preserve what was left of the historic artifact. According to the Friends of Sleepy Hollow, “The ornate black fencing that has now been restored is emblematic of enclosures that were popular in the Victorian era.” Munroe was a worldly man in the 19th Century, having lived all over the globe as a…
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Decibels is looking for votes for the CLASSY Awards.
I know it’s been a little muggy lately, and that makes some people a bit cranky. But I have to say, I like to take a little memory of these hot and sticky days and put it away in a corner of my brain to take out again in January, when it’s bone-chillingly cold and I’m wrapped in fleece with just my nose sticking out. Really, it’s just four months with heat of any sort before we’re right back in the lap of winter. Unless, of course, you “hop a plane and go to Florida," as Maureen suggests. A while back, I extolled the virtues of places in town where you could escape the heat with a little AC. But I think it’s also important to know of a few places where you can sit quietly outdoors, and enjoy all that nature has to offer, preferably without…
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Shadows of Emerson and the residents of the Old Manse loom in this week's continued exploration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
The following is part 11 of an ongoing Sleepy Hollow series. Leaving the grave of Robert Bulkeley Emerson, we'll walk down the narrow path to get closer to that five-foot, rough-hewn chunk of rose quartz. [Photo 1] Quartz is plentiful in the earth's crust; but a quartz stone of this size, colored rose by the presence of iron, manganese, and possibly titanium or lithium, is striking. A fitting symbol to mark the grave of the nature-loving Transcendentalist leader, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson (1803–1882), the philosopher, lecturer, essayist, abolitionist, and poet, led America's 19th century literary movement — indeed, America's literary movement. It was he who brought Bronson Alcott and his family to Concord; who influenced Thoreau to …
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Taking a walk through history in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
The following is part 10 of the Sleepy Hollow series. Leaving the grave of John Shepard Keyes and Marths L, Prescott, we continue walking on Hillside Ave. atop Authors Ridge several yards until Hillside peels off on our right [Photo 1]. We continue straight ahead on the dirt Ridge Path. In another 25 yards we come to the graves of Daniel and Harriet Lothrop on our left. [Photos 2 & 3 (Harriet's stone is partially obscured by sand.)] Daniel, after running several successful bookshops, found his true vocation as publisher. He published an array of periodicals and books, most directed at children, most stressing "right living" and the development of better citizenship. Harriet, under the penname Margaret Sidney, wrote a great many …