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Tim Croes Of “The Braysider” Again, Within The Year, Has A Conflict Of Interest. Will They Disclose This Time?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.managingconflictsofinteresta

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Just Some Related Posts:
>> Some atrocious news coverage … — June 30, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ shamelessly stays silent on May 13 meeting
>> — May 23, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key School Board meeting – May 3, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ refuses to confess conflict of interest — May 9, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>– May 3, 2013.

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From May 3, 2013. That was then and I am now talking April 17, 2014. Click to access May 3 post IF you can't remember.

From May 3, 2013. That was then and I am now talking April 17, 2014.

ethicso me the issue always has been and always will be one of DISCLOSURE.

If they disclose I have no problem.

But the problem is that being they, pathetic as they innately are, refuse to disclose breaching every ethical standard in the book. But then again, I am not sure of any book on ethics that will suggest that it is clever for an editor to brag, in print, as he did on November 29, 2012, that he was speeding along at 90 mph because he was in a hurry.

Not sure whether other than me cares. So this could be a non-issue.

Alton seems to be at peace. All strife but bad memories from the past. So ‘conflict of interest’ might not matter.

From Andrew Harvey's WordPress blog. Click to ENLARGE.

From Andrew Harvey’s WordPress blog. Click to ENLARGE.

Presentation On Pope John XXIII Canonization At The Taylor Community, Laconia — Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
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Taylor Presentation pictures
>>Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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It was far from packed, but it was fun. They forgot to do any PR on it. So nothing appeared in the local papers. Essentially word of mouth within the Taylor Community. It was my fourth time there in 5 months. Nice people.

Kids had fun and they thoroughly appreciate the very fine, and free, cookies.

I hadn’t had time to look at this presentation let alone think about it prior to drive over to Laconia. So, as I am wont to do, I winged it. Good that I still have s few brain cells left to enable me to do that. once I start talking it all just comes out.

New presentation at the New Durham Library (N.H.) this coming Thursday, at 7 pm, April 17, 2014. Max, the librarian there, wanted to do it on the eve of Easter. Makes sense.


The presentation.


IF you want more pictures.

Thanks.

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‘Good Pope’ Pope John XXIII ‘Salient Story Of His Life’ Presentation For Download (FREE).

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Related posts:
>> John XXIII presentation Alton Library
>> Apr. 5, 2014
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Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to download 26 page presentation as a safe PDF.

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Click to download as a clean and safe (but fairly big at 15MB)
26-page Adobe Acrobat PDF.


This is a PDF version of my (restraintly-animated) 26 slide PowerPoint for my “Pope John XXIII” presentations — Laconia, Alton, New Durham and Gilford.

I am sticking with and staying true to my trademark ’3 minutes per slide’ formula that I successfully used for 30 years and probably upwards of 400 presentations. I don’t have any notes. Have never used notes when I do a presentation. Something that was drummed into me BEFORE I was a teenager! Yes, I had done a bit of public speaking and debating by that time, at school, but I, for one, had NO IDEA that I would end up spending much of my working life (which was albeit short because I am really a lazy bugger) on my feet doing public seminars (for gain). It served me well. Became part of the reputation. “That bastard stand ups and spouts for hours never looking at any notes or consulting anything”.

Of course people resented me for that. I, as I have often pointed out in these posts, was blessed — and I don’t know why. I had some amazing people, come out of the woodwork, to help me …. I am sure I have mentioned his name before, but let me say it again. Steve Kane of ITT. I interviewed with him for a job as a consultant at ITT Data Systems in early 1980. Per the amazing ITT culture (that I privileged to enjoy for 3 glorious years) much of the interview was conducted at an upscale Italian restaurant, in Cockfosters (I kid you not), London over many glasses of wine. Steve was a pivotal influence in my life. Though I, like him, was an ex-IBMer, until I started working for Steve I was not in the habit of wearing white shirts per the IBM legend. He came from IBM sales (where you had to wear a white shirt everyday) and I came from IBM R&D (where you were allowed to work in your shorts provided that it helped). For the next 30 years, thanks to Steve, I only wore white shirts — french cuffed and with ‘AG’ monogrammed on the sleeve. It became part of the image — along with the cowboy boots. Who has ever heard of a darkie Sri Lankan who was known for wearing fancy cowboy boots.

Anyway, Steve told me at my very first interview, that ‘of course’ he was going to hire me. And he did and we had a GREAT TIME. Steve had a degree in psychology. He was a very gifted man. I wish I had 1/1,000,000,000 of Steve’s people skills, charm and his ability to mesmerize the ladies. WOW. Anyway, on our walk back from the Italian restaurant, after he had already told me he was hiring me … and we had even picked the ITT company car that I was going to get (a Ford 2L Cortina) he said, out of the blue, and it shocked me: “you know … people are going to RESENT YOU … they will resent you here for what you are and what you are making … but people will resent you ALL YOUR LIFE”! BINGO. The part about people resenting me at work, at ITT, had to do with me being hired as a consultant … with a company car, private office and a fairly decent salary BECAUSE I was never cheap. That I could fathom. But, the part about people resenting me for the rest of my life was NEW and sheer GENIUS. Steve, as ever, was right. Thank YOU Steve, my mate. Steve is mad at me right now — because my memory alas is better than his. Yep, he also resents me. He, and I am SORRY, didn’t want to be reminded of our past. Yes, we LIVED — and did we, by heck. We were blessed. This is why, how hard I try, I just can’t wipe that silly grin off my 60 year old face. WE LIVED.

Anyway, thank YOU, Mr. Steve Kane. You are a genius and that you made billions while I struggle to survive proves, conclusively, that YOU are and were, always, GENIUS. One of the cleverest people I ever had the fortune of knowing. Thanks to YOU, Steve, I tell youngsters, and have for 30 years, that they should get their first degree in psychology — because you are living proof of what a ‘psyc’ degree can do for YOU.

I am blessed. But, so is Pope John XXIII — though soon, like in exactly 2 weeks, he will go from being BLESSED to be being SAINT.


My Pope John XXIII Canonization Presentation At The Alton Gilman Library Also Makes It To Laconia Sun.

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Related posts:
>> John XXIII presentation at Taylor
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>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
>> Taylor Presentation pictures
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>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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The Alton Gilman Library presentation is the 3rd of four presentations that I will be doing to coincide with the Pope John XXIII canonization on April 27, 2014.

The first is at Taylor Community, in Laconia, on April 13.

Second at the New Durham Library on April 17.

Then this in Alton. The last, to date, will be at the Gilford Library on May 8th.

So glad to see that the Sun butchered my name. If they got it right it would have worried me. It might have shown that they were paying attention — heaven forbid.

Click here to access full newspaper coverage.


Yet another slide from the presentation 26 slides in total (per my trademark 3 minutes to a slide standard).

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Two ‘Honor Flight New England’ Flights Leaving Manchester, N.H. In The Coming Months. Heads Up.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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The two upcoming Manchester, N.H. flights. Click to access the official schedule page. I heard about this because some Granite State Ambassadors are involved. Good for them.

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Pope John XXIII Canonization Presentation At The Alton Gilman Library On April 22, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> John XXIII presentation at Taylor
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>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
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Taylor Presentation pictures
>>Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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The Alton Gilman Library presentation
is the 3rd of four presentations that
I will be doing to coincide with
the Pope John XXIII canonization on
April 27, 2014.

The first is at Taylor Community, in Laconia, on April 13.

Second at the New Durham Library on April 17.

Then this in Alton. The last, to date, will be at the Gilford Library on May 8th.

Anura Guruge John XXIII canonization.

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Click here to access full newspaper coverage.


A slide from the presentation.

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Pope John XXIII Canonization Presentation At The Taylor Community, Laconia — Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3pm. FREE. Open To Public.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>> Presentation videos — Nov. 5, 2013.
>>
Taylor Presentation pictures
>>Nov. 5, 2013.

>> I make it to NASA — Nov. 4, 2013.

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A slide from the presentation.

Anura Guruge Pope John XXIII, Giovanni XXIII, canonization.

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Gilford (N.H.) Superintendent Confirms That Alton Central Principal Sydney Leggett Is INDEED A Candidate For Gilford Middle.

Sydney Leggett, Alton Principal, Oct. 16, 2013.

Sydney Leggett, Alton Principal, Oct. 16, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Click to access Gilford Superintendent's far from bland, actually quite graphic and colorful, Website cum blog. Sydney announcement towards the middle. Click to access.

Click to access Gilford Superintendent’s far from bland, actually quite graphic and colorful, Website cum blog. Sydney announcement is towards the middle. Click to access.


So the e-mail I got 10 days ago about Sydney trying to try her luck at Gilford was indeed on the money. I didn’t have any doubts. The Alton mother who sent me the e-mail has formidable connections across the world! She is beyond awesome. If she tells me that black is white, I would trust her — because she has impeccable contacts. So we did get it right. 100% right. Said “3 finalists”. Bingo. 3 finalists. What more do you want?

I am kind of crushed on multiple fronts. Though I had had a number of e-mails asking me whether I had been able to find anything more on this, I had been remiss on checking around. It has been busy around here. I am still buried, but that I managed to get my taxes filed, two days ago, has given me a brief respite. Today, my day off from slogging it up Prospect Mountain Road, which gives me an extra hour of work, was the first time I had ’5 minutes’ to look around. I am crushed that I missed YESTERDAY’S ‘meet the candidates‘ meeting in Gilford. I would have gone to cheer on Sydney. Ooops! Did I say the wrong thing? No. No. I don’t want Sydney to leave Alton. So, I would have gone to tell the Gilford folks to keep their grubby paws off OUR esteemed principal.

I am crushed … but I am also relieved … but then again concerned!

OK. So now I know who she is up against. Kara Lamontagne! The Assistant. Did Sydney realize … work out … that Lamontagne would apply? Aahhh! LAMONTAGNE. I know the Laconia/Gilford Lamontagne clan — and I will not go into details. Talk about connected, influential and liked. Wow. Lamontagne. [[Why can't I stop grinning?]]

I, as ever, could be wrong BUT I have a feeling that a Lamontagne in Gilford is hard to beat even for somebody as exceptional and outworldly like our own Leggett.

Now what?

IF there is any justice in this world, Leggett should get it. She has to be the best qualified on the lot, BUT she is a ‘Leggett’ and not a “Lamontagne” — and not a Lamontagne that has worked at that school.

So, I am now worried for Leggett.

I don’t pray. IF I did, this would be a time that I would start praying. But, for those that do, PLEASE pray for our Leggett.

But, as ever, I am so confused (which goes with the territory of being a partial moron) and befuddled.

I don’t want her to go. I will miss her terribly.

But then again.

IF she doesn’t get this job what happens? OF COURSE she continues at Alton, making sure that ACS stays committed to Common Core. But, I, maybe unnecessarily, worry that the teachers might be a bit perturbed that she applied for this job. But lets be fair. She is a Gilford taxpayer. Makes sense for her to work in Gilford.

I don’t know. I am crushed. I feel betrayed — but that is immaterial.

So what do I … or what should I hope for?

That she gets the job and leaves me … or that she doesn’t get the job and continues at Alton all disappointed that she didn’t get the job?

Life is so complicated.


Please Tell Me It Ain’t So: Alton Central School Principal Sydney Leggett Thinking Of Leggin It To (Her Native) Gilford?

Sydney Leggett, Alton Principal, Oct. 16, 2013.

Sydney Leggett, Alton Principal, Oct. 16, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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>> Gilford Superintendent Confirms This! <<


I received the following e-mail from a typically impeccable Alton source this morning. Per the time stamp it was sent at 10:07 this morning.

I am beyond floored.

Despite the credentials of the source I have to believe that this cannot be the case. There are TWO major flaws as far as I can see.

I cannot for the world of me see Sydney abandoning the school she is so committed to. Can’t see that happen. So this has to be false.

The 2nd thing that doesn’t ring true is that she is ‘one of the 3 finalists‘. That CANNOT BE! Sydney, per everything she has told us over the last 3 to 4 years, is in a stratospheric league of her own. When I saw this e-mail, with its ‘Mrs. Legget‘ (sic.) subject line I immediately assumed that it was to tell me that Sydney, as we had been expecting, had won “New England Principal of the Year”. It was not possible for her to be ‘one of …’ — anything. IF she applied she would be the immediate and automatic pick — no contest. Matter closed. So this has to be bogus.


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I did a quick Google. OK, it is true that Gilford Middle School is indeed looking for a Principal.

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Click here to access original.

Wow, my “buddy” Paul Warnick is on the Search Committee. I was going to see him at the end of the month. Now I will have to e-mail him. [I did NOT get the above e-mail from Paul Warnick! I would not be that stupid to post it, if it was from any Gilford source. The e-mail was from an Alton parent -- as plainly stated right in the first sentence. Paul is much too professional and savvy to have divulged anything like that. Plus, he doesn't e-mail me!]

What should I tell him? That he can’t deprive Alton of the BEST principal that they have ever had? I can’t even imagine ACS without Sydney. Who would Champion Common Core and bravely stand up to the School Board? Who will make sure that the stringent dietary standards of Alton are not compromised by indulging in Pie on Pi Day? I could go on an on.

But, this is a FALSE ALARM.

Legget will never leg it from her beloved ACS.

Never mind the kids and the parents, what about the ‘poor’ teachers? They would be beside themselves.

I need to get back to some real work. This was a distraction BUT I am glad it was, like the Carbon Monoxide scare, just nothing. All I ever hear from the teachers (and to be honest it kind of gets tedious given that I have heard it so many times) is how things are so different under her leadership.


It Is Still Snowing In Alton, N.H. (at 10:40 am). Should It Have Been A ‘Snow Day’ Rather Than A 2-Hour Delay?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Snow coming down, and the road, at 10:20 am on Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Alton, N.H. Click to ENLARGE.


It is 10:48 am as I write this and it is still snowing in Alton, though not as hard as it was half and hour ago. WMUR, as you can see above, is talking about snow till 5 pm.

The roads around here are not plowed. The bus was 12 minutes late and I don’t blame the poor driver. He has to go half way up Prospect Mountain Road to pick up a kid and if it isn’t plowed he is dicing with danger if not another ‘d’ word.

I was told on Tuesday, unasked, that ‘we’ are down one plow truck — the one that plows our road. It is in Manchester getting fixed. That might explain why the roads around here have yet to be plowed. I haven’t bothered to go out to plow the drive myself. Seems pointless. Might as well wait for the snow to abate.

Question is how much snow will we have on the roads by 2:45 today?

Yes, I checked the other local districts. They have all opted for the ‘2-hour‘, not a ‘snow day‘, option. But, WMUR has trouble with this forecast. I actually stayed down till 11:20 pm just to watch it to see how wrong they had been. We hadn’t had any snow here — despite their earlier predictions. It was all rain. I understand. It all depended on where the storm track was and 15 miles to the South made all the difference. But, it now begs the question about today’s snow totals. I just hope the buses can make it, safely, through the afternoon snow — and the poor teachers that have to drive to remote places.


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