Sunday, June 27, 2010

No increase in fees for Audi

From the inbox:
The Friends of the Concord City Auditorium JUNE 2010 UPDATE

Greetings and Thanks to All as the 2009-2010 season starts its final week…
The wonderful cooperative spirit of all the Audi’s Friends – presenters, producers,
performers, and audience – has filled the theatre’s 105th year with its busiest schedule ever and the final item on the “wish list” we wrote together in July 1991.
We are delighted to report that thanks to all your help – working at the Pitch In, providing gracious hospitality, respecting and preserving the historic house, conserving the energy by monitoring lights and HVAC, adjusting schedules to allow the maximum use of the theatre, and promoting the Flyspace Project – the City-Friends Memorandum of Understanding meeting agreed there would be no increase in fees for the coming season!

The season ends and the Flyspace Project begins… Here’s the schedule:
Tuesday, July 6 -- Sapsis Rigging will begin installation of the new rigging system.
and we’ll have a preview glimpse of the system on
Sunday, July 11 – 6pm THE FRIENDS OF THE AUDI ANNUAL MEETING starts with a true POT LUCK SUPPER and includes year-end committee reports plus naming The Friend of the Year and The Golden Pineapple Award recipients! Everyone is welcome!
And…during the summer…the City’s General Services Department will complete a project upgrading all the windows in the Audi – a great energy-saving improvement!

Here’s the Update on the Flyspace Project Fundraising: Thanks to over 800 local Friends and some very special supporters, we are within $15,000. of reaching our goal! If you haven’t “chipped in” a “brick” yet, we hope you will get a check in the mail to Audi Friends, PO Box 652, Concord 03302 soon!

All summer long, the Audi Dollhouse generously donated by Winnie and Bob Baker to benefit the Flyspace Project will be displayed around town at Imagination Village, the former Suitcase storefront, First Colebrook Bank, Merrimack County Savings Bank, and at the Saturday markets. Raffle tickets are $2 or 6 for $5 – and the very lucky winner will be drawn at the GALA on September 19.

Speaking of lucky winners – Tom and Rita Curtis of Concord won the pair of Southwest Airlines tickets when their butterfly card #461 was drawn by Mayor Jim Bouley and Friends President Abby Lange at the May 10 City Council meeting!

More dates to mark on your calendars:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 23-24-25 – 9am-noon and 6-9pm – PITCH IN!
Sunday, September 19, 6pm – The 20th Annual Season-Opening GALA!

Marketing Committee Update:
We’re working on ideas for co-promoting the Audi’s 2010-2011 shows! Do you have special skills you’d like to use helping create posters, ads, press releases, or special events? There are no large time commitments. It’s just an opportunity to share your talents to help develop our community-based A&E…and to help build your portfolio or resume…and to work with other groups cooperatively promoting your shows and theirs. Cross-pollinating works for apples. Why not for shows? Sound interesting? Please hit reply and we’ll be in touch.

Re-thinking Main Street

There will be another session of the "re-thinking Main Street" project on Wednesday, June 30. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 172 N. Main St. in Concord.
There are some interesting ideas being discussed.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fireworks challenge ...

Around Town with Dick Patten
As many of you already know, the Concord Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration is in jeopardy. We are $3,000 short in paying for the costs.
At Large Concord City Councilor Mark Coen has issued a challenge this week, that he will donate $10 if 299 citizens would do the same.
Please make out checks to Concord Fourth of July Celebration c/o David Gill, at White Park Office, Concord.
Where can you go for $10 and enjoy wonderful music from Nevers' Band, at beautiful Memorial Field in Concord? It would truly be sad if the capital city of NH fails to observe our nation's birthday.
Please join Coen and myself in helping to keep this family celebration going. It beats watching it on television from Boston or New York City. David and I have worked very hard to raise the funds. We have many pledges but no cash. Until you have it in hand, you can't really count it. Please do it today! Thanks.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Demolition hearing dates changed

Editor's Note: The dates and times for the Kimball block hearings have been changed again according to members of the Heritage Commission.
The city council chamber has been reserved for Tuesday, June 22, at 7 p.m. for hearings on the demolition of the Kimball and Morrill buildings and Tuesday, June 29, 7 p.m. for the the seven homes abutting the Kimball footprint.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Conant, Kimball demolition hearings scheduled

I meant to post this yesterday but didn't get to it.

The magnificent school buildings - Conant and Kimball - eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, along with seven houses abutting the Kimball site, are scheduled to be demolished as part of the Concord School Board's elementary school consolidation plan.

Public hearings to consider alternatives to demolition will be held by the Concord Heritage Commission Demolition Review Committee.

All hearings will begin at 4:30PM in the City Council Chambers on the following dates:

* Tuesday, June 15 – Conant School Demolition
* Thursday, June 24 – Seven Homes, Kimball Block
* Tuesday, June 29 – Kimball & Morrill Schools

Come and Let your ideas, recommendations, and plans be known. These community resources should not be destroyed!

In addition, if you can't make the hearings and would like to submit testimony, email City Planner Doug Woodward, the liaison to the Heritage Commission. His email is Doug will see that all comments get to Fred Richards, who is the chairman of the demolition review committee.

Upcoming council hearings ...

Around Town with Dick Patten

The Concord City Council holds its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m. This is open to the public and shown live on CCTV Channel 17.

The next budget session is Thursday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. when city councilors will be discussing the budget, possibly adding items and deleting others. This is in preparation for the final budget presentation before the vote is taken on Monday June 21 at 6:30 p.m.
The public will be able to speak to the council and request funds be added to projects or deleted for this year. The Council will vote on the proposed budget following the input from the public. What would you like to see the council add or delete? I can think of some things.

I do want to apologize to my voters in Ward 8 because I won't be there on June 21. My wife ordered tickets for us to fly to Denver Colorado for a meeting she has for two days and then we are going to Las Vegas for three days. I had no choice, if I don't go, I pay extra to change and my wife wanted to surprise me, she didn't realize I had a meeting. So please understand it was not intended. I work everyday for my voters of Ward 8, I am always out there checking roads and neighborhoods for any problems or road conditions.

Pineconia Grange # 322 is starting a Farmer's Market this summer. New member Jim Cusano is organizing this effort. It will be held at the Stove Barn, located on Loudon Road next to Old Loudon Road. There will be no charge to set up this year. Anyone wishing more information is asked to call Jim Cusano at 568-8474 or Dick Patten at 496-2917.

Deepest sympathies are extended to Larry Ashford and family in their recent loss of his brother.

The Fourth of July Celebration in Concord is still in need of donations for the fireworks and band concert to be held at Memorial Field. Nevers Band will begin their annual concert at 7:45 p.m. There will be concessions offering food and items for sale.

The planning has begun for the 59th annual Concord Christmas Parade. This year's event will be held Saturday, November 20 at 9:30 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The theme for this year is "Our Holiday Wish" with floats, bands, decorated vehicles, emergency response vehicles, and more needed for the parade. Please call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information.

The planning for the 24th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting has begun. The event will be held at the State House Plaza and will feature a variety of activities. The event will be held Friday, November 26 at 4 p.m. and will feature music, petting zoo, and horse wagon rides and more. Please call Dick Patten at 4962917 for information. Money is needed to help pay for the fireworks and other events.

Local primary ballots shape up

A quick note here about the upcoming 2010 New Hampshire primary ballots:
Locally, Senate President, Democrat Syliva B. Larsen will face off against Republican Chris Wood.
In Concord's legislative races, it looks like Republicans could potentially pick up a seat.
In District 10, only three Democrats filed for four potential seats: Mary Stuart Gile, Fran Potter, and Steve Shurtleff, all incumbents. Myril E. Cox and Carrie McGee are running on the Republican side. Barring an aggressive write-in campaign by another Democrat or independent, it looks like Republicans could pick up a seat here.
In District 11, Michael Bartlett, Candace Bouchard, Jim MacKay, Dick Patten, and Bob Williams are all running for five seats. Three Republicans have also filed: Incumbent Lynne F. Blankenbeker, Jeff Newman, and Frank Rosano.
In District 12, there will be a Democrat primary, with five candidates - including three from Wilson Avenue - vying for four seats. Challengers Helen Deloge and Alex Lee face off against incumbents Chip Rice, Mary Jane Wallner, and Rick Watrous. Deloge, Rice, and Watrous all live in Wilson Avenue. On the Republican side, Pamela M. Ean and John A. Kalb are running again.

In the statewide gubernatorial race, incumbent Gov. John Lynch has two challengers in the Democratic primary: Timothy Robertson of Keene and Frank Sullivan of Manchester. On the GOP side, four candidates - Frank Robert Emiro, Sr., Jack Kimball, Jr., John Stephen, and Karen Testerman will face off.
In the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Paul Hodes has no opposition on the Democrat ballot. Republicans have Tom Alciere, Kelly Ayotte, Gerard Beloin, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie, Dennis Lamare, and Ovide Lamontagne. That's going to be a mess.
In NH CD 2, Ann McLane Kuster of Hopkinton and Katrina Swett of Bow face off. The Republicans have five candidates: Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass, Robert J. Giuda, Jennifer Horn, Joseph G. Reilly, and Wesley M. Sonner, Jr.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Donations still needed for July 4th fireworks

Around Town with Dick Patten
The Concord Recreation Department is in urgent need of donations to help keep the Fourth of July Celebration. Please send donations to him at the White Park Office, Concord. Please call him at 225-8690 for information. It would be a sad day if we have no celebration.

The Nevers' Band will be starting their concerts on Tuesdays this month. The first concert will be Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. at the State House Plaza. It will be great to hear the band, which I understand is bigger than previous years and a new conductor.

Pineconia Grange is beginning a Farmer's Market on the Concord Heights. It will be held at The Stove Barn on Loudon Road. Jim Cusano will be coordinating this new venture. The start up date is slated for July. Please contact Jim at 568-7464.

The planning is underway for the 59th annual Concord Christmas Parade to be held on the Concord Heights on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m. The theme for this year's parade "Our Holiday Wish". Please call Dick Patten at 496-2917 for information. This is my 39th year of organizing the event. Assisting Dick will be Jim Cusano as he begins to learn the chairman's role.

The same goes for the 24th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration slated for Friday, Nov. 26 at the State House Plaza. This event will be dedicated to the memory of the late Skip Houle who passed away recently. Dick Patten and Jim Cusano are organizing the event. Please call them for information.