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Walden Pond Closed Sat-Mon

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Closing tomorrow for Hurricane Irene from noon on Saturday through Monday.  (photo taken this morning at Thoreau's Cove at Walden Pond)

298184_10150770879390626_573905625_20507170_6565544_n.jpg©2011 Deborah Bier, all rights reserved

Alzheimers Disease Expert Gives Free Talk

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coste2.jpgJoanne Koenig Coste, author of Learning to Speak Alzheimers, a nationally-recognized expert on the living with the disease, will speak at Newbury Court in Concord on Wednesday, August 10 in a presentation free and open to the public.

Coste has been an outspoken advocate for patient and family care for Alzheimers patients since 1973. She is the ground-breaking co-inventor of the compassionate, easy-to-learn and common sense approach to Alzheimer's care known as habilitation.   Using this method, patients and those who care for them devote themselves to making life as comfortable and pleasant as possible for both the patient and family.

She is constantly in demand for lectures and consultations nationwide. "We are so fortunate that she is coming here", said Jim Reynolds, CEO of Caring Companion Home Care headquartered in Concord, MA. "Many of our client families have a loved one suffering from dementia and we recommend her book over all others. I found the training I took based on her work to be the most valuable I have had about dealing with Alzheimer's sufferers."

costebook.jpgHabilitation has won praise from health care professionals. The founding director of the National Institute of Aging, Dr. Robert N. Butler, wrote the introduction to Coste's book, and she estimates that at least 100 nursing homes and assisted-living centers have adopted her methods.

"When I first began my work in dementia care over 20 years ago, the philosophy of care and approach centered on Reality Orientation," says Claire Henry, Dementia Specialist and principle of Caring Resources in Norwood, MA.  "The philosophy of Habilitation Therapy has done tremendous service for the dementia client, particularly in regard to their need to preserve 'personhood'. "

Coste is currently in private practice as an Alzheimer's family therapist. She also serves as President of Alzheimer Consulting Associates, implementing state-of-the-art Alzheimer care throughout the United States.

This lecture will be held at 4 pm in the North Community Room at Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road.  Reserve your seat by calling Deb Boyden at 978 402-8223.

Orchard House Special Open House, Sept. 17

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Recipients of grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation "Partners in Preservation" will hold Open House Day on Saturday, September 17th, when they hope visitors will discover what a difference these grants have made. Participating sites will be open all day, hosting events that highlight the work they have achieved thanks to the Partners in Preservation grants and the energy and determination of their staff and volunteers.

Locally, a participant is Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts. See all the Boston area participants here.

Louisa May Alcott's Orchard HouseLouisa May Alcott's Orchard House
399 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742

Open Saturday, September 17, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Admission: Adults $9.00; Seniors (62+) and college students (w/ID) $8.00; Youths (6-17) $5.00; Children under 6 and members free; Family Rate (2 adults and up to 4 youths) $25.00

"This Old House" Visited Barrett Farm

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The PBS series "This Old House" visited Barrett Farm on Old Barrett Mill Road, the 306-year-old structure being restored by Save Our Heritage. Film crews taped an episode showcasing the preservation efforts, due to air next season.

See a photo gallery of the filming here:

Hot Weather Advisory, Cooling Shelter Opening

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By Mark R. Cotreau, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director, Town of Concord Fire Department

19080236.thb.jpgAs you are most likely aware, we are in for a few days of extremely hot weather conditions. Please see the below advisory issued by MEMA.  Additionally residents can access a cooling shelter as noted below:
In response to the extreme temperatures forecast for the next few days, the Harvey Wheeler Community Center will be open as a cooling center Thursday and Friday, 12 noon until 9pm. There are no age restrictions. Please feel free to stop by if you would like to escape the extreme temperatures forecast. If transportation is an issue, during business hours please call 978-318-3020 (the COA Office), or after hours please call 978-318-3400 (Public Safety Dispatch).
Please remember that the Concord Public Library -  Main Library and Fowler Branch - are also air conditioned and welcome the public. The Main Library and Fowler Branch summer hours vary somewhat, and are posted on the Library web site at 
Remember last winter when we all wished for warmer weather? 

With the extremely hot weather the Commonwealth is experiencing, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is advising people to be cautious and is offering some tips to help keep cool and safe.
"A few common sense measures can reduce heat-related problems, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments, who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures," said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. "Here are some tips to follow to stay safe during this hot, humid weather."
·    Slow down, avoid strenuous activity.  Do not try to do too much on a hot day.
·    Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.  Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.
·    Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated.
·    Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.  They can actually dehydrate your body.
·    Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.  Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic heat.
·    Stay indoors as much as possible.
·    If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun.  Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body.
·    Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
·    Check with your community for information about possible local 'cooling centers'. You may also want to call 2-1-1 for 'cooling center' information or go to <>
·    Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.  Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.
·    Avoid too much sunshine.  Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself.  If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
·    Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
·    Check on family, friends and neighbors.
In normal weather, the body's internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body.  However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency responsible for coordinating federal, state, local, voluntary and private resources during emergencies and disasters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  MEMA provides leadership to: develop plans for effective response to all hazards, disasters or threats; train emergency personnel to protect the public; provide information to the citizenry; and assist individuals, families, businesses and communities to mitigate against, prepare for, and respond to and recover from emergencies, both natural and man made. For additional information about MEMA and Preparedness, go to Follow MEMA updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Rabbit! Uses Tour to Spotlight Local Music Programs

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Rabbit! @ Barefoot Books Block Party

Live performance
WHEN: Thursday, July 15th @ 8:00 pm

INFORMATION: Barefoot Books

WHERE: 89 Thoreau Street

DSCN6861-1024x768.jpgIndie rock band Rabbit! today announced a U.S. tour to promote its new full-length album titled "Go For It," releasing August 2. The "Rabbit!'s Music Stand" cross-country tour will span 45 cities in 48 days, from July 6 to August 20. The tour will also set out to raise awareness about the continuuing arts and music funds-cutting in schools by promoting community programs that are finding alternative solutions from Florida all the way to California. Rabbit!'s Music Stand will include live performances, interviews and documentary-style video as the band seeks to educate themselves and others about this growing concern.

 "We want to use this summer tour as a vehicle to shine a little light on those individuals that, despite the economic circumstances, are still finding a way to provide a creative education and outlet for our nation's youth", said band co-founder Ashton Allen.

Indie rock band Rabbit! of Mount Dora, Florida, will tour the U.S. in a grassroots effort to spread awareness, uncover hidden realities, and celebrate the modern-day heroes of our nation's arts & music education system -- or lack thereof. In response to the progressively deteriorating state of arts education program funding in America's public schools system, the tour will set out to raise awareness through live music performance while shedding light on the community issues resulting from the recent or impending discontinuation of art-related academia. Rabbit!s Music Stand will be a 48 day fully-documented, interactive experience with live music performances by Rabbit!, interviews, and humble service as a part of each local stop, making for a 360-degree conservation & awareness effort felt nationwide. For more info go to

Sizzling Sidewalk Sales: Saturday, July 23

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All of our downtown areas -- Main/Walden Streets, Thoreau Street, and West Concord Village -- are having a big sidewalk sale on Saturday, July 23.  (The sale will move indoors if it rains.)

Dozens of merchants will be participating.  This event is coordinated by the Concord Chamber of Commerce.

Download flyer here.

Discouraging Purchased Bottle Water at Picnic in the Park

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By Bob Andrews, ConcordCAN

IMG_1737.jpgWere you at the "Picnic in the Park" on July 4? ConcordCAN was there, working with the Concord Water Department to help launch Concord's new campaign to promote Concord's healthy, well-regulated tap water and discourage the purchase and sale of water sold in single-serve plastic bottles. Tap water was available at the event at two large, colorful  "hydration stations" hooked up to a fire hydrant and equipped with multiple drinking fountains and faucets for filling up reusable bottles. It was really fun to see how many adults and kids were enjoying this fresh water, provided by the Concord Water Department. Some did not quite seem to know how to drink from a fountain, but, on such a hot day, many were obviously very grateful for this gift from the Town.

Next to the hydration stations was a table staffed jointly by the Water Dept. and members of ConcordCAN. Reusable bottles were on sale at the table at ten dollars each, and more than fifty such bottles were sold. On the table was a framed copy of the Board of Selectmen's Proclamation stating clearly that "Concord Discourages Bottled Water."  The Selectmen urged residents "to acquaint themselves with the many ways that increased reliance on bottled water causes harm to the environment."

IMG_1735.jpgAlong with discouraging the purchase or sale of bottled water, Concord's education campaign includes advocating for a revised and expanded statewide bottle bill that will require that a five cent deposit be collected on each bottle sold.   While there is now a deposit required on most soda pop, bottled water has been excluded--a very irrational exclusion that results in great harm to the environment. Our Board of Selectmen has advocated for the revised bill for several years. At the Picnic in the Park it was exciting to see that more than 100 citizens signed a petition calling upon the Legislature to pass the current bill.

Alongside the petition, the ConcordCAN table made available informational fact sheets pertinent to the harmful impact of bottled water sales on us and our environment. Reports on water quality from the Water Dept. were also available.

IMG_1734.jpgConcordCAN undertook to collect as many as possible of the plastic water bottles sold by vendors at the event.  Many were retrieved from recycling bins around the park while others were cheerfully thrown by passers-by into a large wire container near  the ConcordCAN table. ConcordCAN is committed to creating a giant sculpture out of these bottles, dramatizing the 1500 bottles consumed in the United States each second.. In the end, we were pleased to see how few discarded bottles wound up in our collection. Perhaps the availability of good tap water and the education about why to choose it are beginning to take hold in our community!  More and more people understand that convenience is not everything and that bottled water is not really a healthy or environmentally responsible choice.

Our campaign will not cost the community big money. Our campaign is all about consumer choice. Reusable bottles filled with tap water are just as convenient as commercially bottled water and are preferred by more and more people of all ages. If you don't like the taste at the tap, many different types of filter are available. Start enjoying our good local water from the tap!. Tell your family and friends what you are doing, and why.

Courtesy Photos

Picnic in the Park is Again Delightful

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Do you know what we like the most about Picnic in the Park? It's not for tourists -- it's pretty much for us locals. Sometimes, it's necessary to remove the yoke of being THE Concord, Massachusetts and just celebrate together being a community of approximately 16,000 interconnected souls.

Sure, tourists and out-of-towners can come, and when they do they just love it.  But they love it because it's all about us as a small town enjoying ourselves on a holiday. The decorated bicycle and doll carriage (and scooter and wagon, etc) parade -- pictured below -- is a perfect example of small town America at its sweetest.


July 7-10, The Thoreau Society's 70th Annual Gathering

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Henry David Thoreau's Environmental Ethos: Then and Now

thoreau.jpegCommunity-wide celebration of world-renowned author Henry David Thoreau. Presentations, guided tours, period music, nature walks, and workshops related to Concord, Thoreau, and the environment. Emerson Society Panel; concert by Dillon Bustin and Jacqueline Schwab, of PBS; Laura Dassow Walls on Thoreau's biography; Thoreau Institute dinner; Thoreau Birth House tour; panel discussion at Orchard House; Concord Art Association exhibit. Events at multiple sites.

Advance registration suggested at or 978-369-5310.

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