To the Editor:
Congress needs to pass the Build Back Better Act and put it on President Biden’s desk for a signature as soon as possible.
The Build Back Better Act will help lift the burden on the middle class and all our families. We can and will Build Back Better with upgraded and modernized public school buildings, universal paid family leave, lower childcare costs for all families and more affordable prescription medications more affordable for everyone. The Build Back Better Act will make pre-K free for all 3- and 4-year olds a, make sure hungry kids have better access to free school meals, make college for affordable, and ease the crushing weight of student debt by increasingly loan forgiveness for the nurses and teachers serving our communities.
It’s time that those who can afford to do so pay their fair share by increasing the corporate tax rate and closing Donald Trump’s tax loopholes. We can help middle class families and increase the money for local services by scrapping the state and local tax cap and enhancing the Child Tax Credit.
It is time to invest in America. This bill will only be as strong as we demand. We know what works and we know how to pay for it. The time is now for Congress to invest in families, children and communities and pass the Build Back Better Act.
Upstairs Downtown Tour spotlights downtown Theatres this Saturday
CONCORD, NH (September 2021) – Intown Concord is excited to announce that the Upstairs Downtown Tour, presented by Merrimack County Savings Bank, is returning to downtown Concord this Saturday, October 2 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. This year rather than touring vacant upstairs spaces the tour will be shining a light on the rich culture that exists in Concord by touring downtown theatres and music venues while enjoying live local entertainment.
“It has been a really hard year for our downtown theatres and performers,” said Jessica Martin, Intown Concord’s Executive Director, “We are thrilled to be able to support them in person again, safely, as this will be a masked event.”
Tour stops and entertainment include:
• Red River Theatres for a short film. Everyone starts here at 1:00 pm!
• Capitol Center for the Arts for the Grateful Dead Tribute Band, “Crawl Space.”
• Bank of New Hampshire Stage for the acoustic stylings of, “Walker Smith.”
• The Phenix Hall for a preview of “Barefoot in the Park,” a Neil Simon play performed by the Concord Players.
• Final Tour Stop will be Eagle Square featuring Club Soda Band sponsored by Concord Parks and Recreation.
To register for the tour, go to www.Intownconcord.org. The cost is $40 which includes a guided tour, appetizers, and entertainment. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 29.
Major Event Sponsors include Merrimack County Savings Bank; Mason + Rich; Capital Regional Development Council; Zoe & Co. Professional Bra Fitters; Constantly Pizza; and Alan’s of Boscawen Restaurant.
Portsmouth, NH--- The Black Heritage Trail is pleased to announce the keynote speakers for this year’s Black New England Conference.
The Awards Dinner will be on Friday, October 22 at 6:00pm at Saint Anselms College’s Center for Politics. The Keynote Speaker is Dr Robert Livingston, Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government.
The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow, NH will be hosting its 16th year of our with 1,000 pumpkins covering our front lawn. Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes … for all your needs! Bring your family, neighbors and friends … take pictures! Proceeds from the pumpkin sales will go to support Friends of Forgotten Children, New Hampshire Food Bank and Disaster Relief.
Pumpkin Patch hours from September 28 to October 31:
Weekdays: 2 – 6 pm
Saturdays: 10 am to 5 pm
Sundays: 12 noon to 5 pm
For info: contact: 603-224-0884 or visit our website www.bowmillsumc.org
See you in the Patch!
NH State Veterans Cemetery - September 2021 Edition
We hope everyone had a restful Labor Day weekend. The transition from summer to fall is always so incredibly beautiful, as the temperatures moderate and the colors change. We love all times of the year, but autumn really is wonderful.
We conducted 111 interments in August for an average of 5.0 per day, which is just slightly higher than our 3-year August average. The staff remains busy placing grave markers, tending the grounds, and working on the Memorial Walkway. We will continue replacing bricks on the Memorial Walkway throughout the fall. There is always plenty to do.
The 100 Nights of Remembrance will conclude on Saturday, September 11th. The group will gather for a brief ceremony starting at 6:30 PM and concluding with the playing of TAPS at 7:00 PM. TAPS will be sounded by many of the volunteers, so it is a great chance to meet them and learn more about the program. Also, it will be Noel Taylor's final day as director of the 100 Nights of Remembrance. Noel was the founder and has served as director since 2006 and we are grateful for his service and sacrifice, both as an Army veteran and member of our community. The 100 Nights of Remembrance was created in NH and is a point of pride for our state and community. The Knights are always looking for volunteers, regardless of musical experience. Please go here to learn more about the 100 Nights of Remembrance. After 9/11, the group will return to performing TAPS once per week on Sunday at 1:00 PM. Nightly TAPS will resume on May 30, 2022.
Saluting Branches is scheduled at the NHSVC on Wednesday, September 22nd. There will be no committal services that day. This is a fantastic program for which we are very grateful. Learn more about Saluting Branches here.
The Army Air Corps Monument was dedicated on August 22nd. You can look at photos of the event here. Stop by and check out this beautiful tribute to Army Air Corps veterans.
Unfortunately, we've had to push the rebuild of the Army Monument back to Spring 2022. We still plan to disassemble the monument in October. We are grateful for the many individuals and companies helping with this project.
Upcoming events at the NHSVC
• Blue Knights Monument Dedication - Saturday, September 11th @ 2:00 PM on the Memorial Walkway
• 100 Nights of Remembrance Closing - Saturday, September 11th @ 6:30 PM @ the Circle of Flags
• Fall Memorial Walkway Clean-up - date TBD
• Place flags for Veterans Day - Wednesday, November 10th @ 1:00 PM
• Retrieve flags from Veterans Day - Monday, November 15th @ 1:00 PM
• Wreaths for Boscawen - Saturday, December 4th @ 10:30 AM
• Collect Wreaths from Graves - Saturday, January 8th @ 10:30 AM
If you would like to donate to Wreaths for Boscawen, please go here. As always, thank you to the Blue Star Mothers of NH for supporting this wonderful program.
Please share this letter with your friends. If you are interested in receiving these periodic updates, you can sign-up here or click on the News Notification tab on the NHSVC website.
Thank you for your support of the veteran community, and specifically to the NH State Veterans Cemetery. Have a joyful, healthy, and peaceful autumn.
Interchange Development LLC begins construction on Merchants Way at I-93 Exit 17
New Market Basket and NH Liquor & Wine Outlet buildings are taking shape in Penacook area of Concord NH
Interchange Development LLC announces the construction of “Merchants Way”, a new Market Basket anchored shopping center conveniently located adjacent to Interstate 93 Exit 17 in the Penacook area of Concord New Hampshire. The first phase of Merchants Way will include a new 80,741 square foot Market Basket supermarket, 22,500 square feet of attached retail space, and a new 13,500 square foot New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet. The buildings are currently under construction along with two private roads, Merchants Way and Interchange Drive, utilities to serve the 43 acre site, storm drainage, parking and sidewalks.
Market Basket is looking forward to joining Merchants Way with a projected opening in 2022. Market Basket is known for its wonderful variety of brand names and its great reputation of high-quality private label products. At 80,741 square feet, the new store will feature over 50,000 food items to shop from, including…
• several thousand health-conscious items that are gluten free, organic, all natural, vegan, and plant based alternative foods.
• a full-service Market’s Butcher Block featuring Certified Angus Beef steaks, roasts, chops, burgers, and marinated steak tips. Also, ready to cook meats – stuffed pork, chicken, kabobs, sausages, and pub burgers.
• A specialty Cheese department offering over 300 varieties of imported and domestic cheeses.
• Market’s Kitchen and Café for dine in or take out with complimentary Wi-Fi, and large screen tv’s. Prepared food offerings include, brick oven pizza, hot and cold dinners, sandwiches, subs, calzones, cheeseburgers, freshly made Niji Sushi, fresh cut fruit, fresh baked breads, pies, pastry, donuts, & muffins.
Market Basket is recognized by Consumer Reports as the top supermarket operator in Northeast and is known for its excellent service, quality, value, variety, and store cleanliness. As reported in Consumers’ Checkbook, a family of four that spends $200 a week on groceries can save $1800 annually at Market Basket when compared to other supermarkets. Market Basket operates in 4 states, with 51 stores in MA, 31 in NH, 2 in Maine, and 2 in Rhode Island.
The New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet at 11 Merchants Way will feature over 4,000 sizes and varieties of wines and spirits, showcase special sections devoted to premium and ultra-premium spirits, high-end wine, as well as Outlet Price Busters and Wine Power Buys selections. The Outlet will feature LED fixtures, spacious aisles, and iPad kiosks for perusing inventory and wine and food pairings. “We look forward to offering an expanded selection of wines and spirits in a new spacious shopping environment” said NH Liquor Commission Chairman Joseph Mollica.
The Merchants Way development is part of a public-private partnership with the City of Concord responsible for constructing off-site road improvements along Hoit Road (Route 4) and Whitney Road. A single lane roundabout will be constructed this fall along Whitney Road at the main entrance of Merchants Way and a hybrid roundabout will be completed on Route 4 at Whitney Road to coordinate with the opening of Market Basket in 2022.
Four additional tenants at Merchants Way are currently in the design and/or permitting phases and will be announced over the coming months. A total of over 200,000 square feet of space for restaurants, retail and services are planned for Merchants Way. The project has several thousand eager followers at www.facebook.com/SupermarketatExit17 where videos and photos provide regular updates on construction progress.
Merchants Way mid-summer 2021 construction video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmIoVrWe56E