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Tour Of The “New Hampshire Historical Society” Museum In Concord By The ‘Granite State Ambassadors’ (GSAs).

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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>> New Hampshire Historical Society’s History Museum.

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This was the tour that the ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs) had been invited to that I talked about earlier in the month. I wasn’t sure whether we could make it till the day before the tour. Then I decided that we are definitely going though I am trying to see if I can get my latest book published this week. I called up, late in the afternoon of Monday, to say that I would like to attend and whether it would be OK to bring Deanna along. The tour was being organized by the redoubtable Virginia Drew, the Manager of the N.H. State House Visitor Center. She knows me from my visits and GSA stints at the State House and she is very nice. She was, as ever, welcoming. Suffice to say the tour was very well organized and it was also good to see Debbie Rivers, Virginia’s assistant on the tour. There were more people than I expected and I even knew some of them. It was very pleasant.

What a place. Exquisite building. We are definitely going back. We even plan to get Membership.

I don’t know how many pictures Deanna took but I took 137 with my Canon T3i (which I am finally coming to terms with). Here is a photomontage of the pictures that I took, as a YouTube video, with music. That will give you a feel of this great museum.

IF I ever get time I will create a gallery of the images on WordPress so you can access the individual images.

Photomontage of 130 images from the GSA Tour on YouTube.


Click to access 6:51 minute YouTube video, with music, of the museum tour.

Somebody paying close attention to the “New Hampshire: Then & Now” photographs. Click to ENLARGE.

A picture of me in my, correct-for-the-season, GSA uniform — an incresingly rare sight. Click to ENLARGE.

Bullying At Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: The Twist To The Twist To The Twist — Wow, WOw, WOW Turns To ‘Oh OH!’

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

ohohRelated posts:
++++ Search on ‘bullying’ for ALL the ‘bullying at ACS’ posts >>>>

>> Bullying at Alton Central School (ACS) Raises
>> Its Vicious,
 Ugly Head Again
 — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> New Hampshire Department of Education (DOE)
>> Offers
 3rd-Party Moderator Program For
>> Bullying Cases
Jan. 28, 2014.
>> Major bullying case at ACS — June 6, 2014.

Miracles never cease! Wow, WOw. WOW.
 June 30, 2014.

>> The Latest Twist: WOW! August 7, 2014.

>> Lynda Wihitehouse’s letter re. bullying of staff & teachers
>>Aug. 21, 2014.
>> Note to Lynda Whitehouse bullying letter … — Aug. 22, 2014.

The very good news to parents and kids is that I am NOT referring to an ongoing situation. Instead this is still the fallout from a very serious bullying case I brought to your attention on June 6, 2014. All of what is transpiring continues to be very good news for parents (or most of them) and kids.

Well, we are now entered a different plane altogether. I continue to be amazed ….

Is Alton Central (ACS) [N.H.] School Board Still Squabbling About ‘Common Core’ A Year After Their Landmark Vote?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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>> ACS continuing with Common Core?
>>Aug. 26, 2014.
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.
>> Board gets congratulated for
>> meaningless vote — Sep. 19, 2013.
>> Common Core Vote …
>>Sep. 16, 2013.

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or ‘Alton Central’
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Snippet from the frontpage of the Thursday, September 11, 2014, “The Baysider” talking about “much debate”. Use link below to access entire article at “The Baysider”. Click if you just want this ENLARGED.

Click to access the original article, in its full glory, at “The Baysider”,
frontpage, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 issue.


“Smarter Balanced” assessment (or testing) is aligned to Common Core. It is basically one of the testing components of Common Core. Click image to access the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” to learn more.

Don’t let the “Smarter Balanced” terminology confuse you. This is still about Common Core.

As I noted in this post, two weeks ago, the vote by the Alton Central School (ACS) School Board not to ‘support’ the use of ‘Common Core’ was taken at the September 16, 2013 meeting. So it would have been a year next week.

You would think that they have had plenty of time to come up with a strategy if not a plan.

Wasn’t this covered in the Strategic Plan? I don’t know. I haven’t looked recently.



From same article as above. Use that link to access original.

There are some statements in this article that are beyond the pale. It says that one of the Board Members was ‘NOT CONVINCED’ by the discussion and ‘the discussion’ appears to have hinged on ACS Superintendent, William (‘Bill’) Lander claiming that the State mandates that the test must be conducted. How many shades of gray can you have in that? Shouldn’t the Board have got better clarification of this BY NOW? They have had a year. Does the Board trust the Superintendent on these matters or do they not? Why are they openly questioning his claims? Shouldn’t he have, and I know he is super busy, put together a paper on this that the Board could have studied? He has had 11 months. As far as I know you can produce a baby in 9, so couldn’t these folks have got something sorted out in 11?

Further on it talks about the Chair ‘accusing’ a member of using a ‘crib sheet’ and that the two “went back and forth about this”! What is this. 4th Grade? Amazing.

Clearlakes Chorale’s December 2014 Concert Will Be “An Italian Christmas” Featuring Vivaldi’s “Gloria in D Major”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Spring 2014 Clearlakes virtuosismo — May 18, 2014.
>> Clearlakes 2013 Christmas: Stupendous — Dec. 15, 2013.
>> French Christmas 2013 concert – Oct. 14, 2013.
>> Our little Ad. for Clearlakes – Oct. 27, 2013.

>> Spring 2012 Clearlakes Chorale concert — May 12, 2013.

Click to access Clearlakes Chorale Website.


The musical program for the Clearlakes Chorale’s December 2014 concert, per its theme of “An Italian Christmas” (having done “Christmas in France” in 2013) will be as follows:

Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria in D Major

O Sanctissima

In Notte Placida

Quanno Nascette Ninno

Dormi, Dormi O Bel Bambin

Venite Adoriamo il Nato Bambino

Mille Cherubini in Coro

Venite su Pastori

Astro del Ciel

Con i Rami D’Agrifoglio

Gesù Bambino

Gloria in Terra

They have done the Vivaldi “Gloria in D Major”, to great success, in 2008 (though that was before ‘our time’)
and many of those singing this year were part of that concert.
This should be another great, uplifting, getting you into the mood of Christmas concert.
I can’t wait, though, I will be fortunate enough to listen to parts of it over the
next 11 weeks — only my desire to take an hour’s perambulation
around lovely Wolfeboro, at night, cutting into how much I get to listen.

Here is a YouTube sampling of Vivaldi’s “Gloria in Excelis Deo in D Major” IF you are not familiar with it.


Click to access YouTube video. Look around YouTube for more …

The chances are that Clearlakes will sound even better! 

Alton Central (ACS), N.H. Middle School Soccer Team To Be Known As The “Flying Cleats”.

flyingcleatscartAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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>> Common Core 2014 – 2015
>>Aug. 26, 2014.Fee-shipping-Messi-Soccer-Boots-Men-football-shoes-creat-Shoes-Genuine-Leather-soccer-shoes-green-black
>> Superintendent cocks-a-snook at
>> ACS Board  — Oct. 3, 2013.

>> Board gets congratulated for meaningless
>> vote — Sep. 19, 2013.

>> Common Core Vote … — Sep. 16, 2013.

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Appears that this year’s Alton Central Middle School soccer team is irrepressibly ebullient to the extent of putting the ‘Energizer Bunny‘ to shame. Good for them. Bravo. What a joy.

These kids are so full of pep that even after a game, on the way back on the bus, they are practicing their skills and exercising. They seem to have developed an exercise regime, ideally suited for the inside of school buses, called “dodge the cleats”. That is pretty descriptive. I have to applaud the coaches for encouraging such initiative.

Such a shame that a boot should fly out of the bus window and smash the windscreen of the car behind. Kids will be kids. And they called the police! What next?

They were just playing “dodge the cleats”.

Of course this was just a sporting accident. So I hope it is left at that.


New Hampshire Historical Society’s History Museum Has Moved From Storrs St./Eagle Square, Concord To Park St., Close To State House.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

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I had an e-mail about this new location from ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs) yesterday and thought I should share it since many people were so familiar with the old location, off Eagle Square, on the side of Storrs Street, partly hidden by the multi-story ‘members-only’ parking garage for the N.H. State House — confusingly labeled, as the parking for the ‘New Hampshire General Court’, which its the formal title.

So this is just a heads up. I have yet to visit the new location BUT have now been invited for a tour as GSA (that very occasionally does duty at the State House). I have been to the Museum, at the old location, a number of times. Taken the kids a few times. I like it. Very intimate and ‘personal’ collection. Like the gift store too. 

Well worth a visit. I have not been to the Library. Have an invitation for that too. [Yes, there are definite, tangible perks to being a GSA.]


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