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Dover, N.H., Greek Fest 2014 At The ‘Hellenic Center’ — Saturday, August 30, 2104.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related Posts:
>> Dover Greek 2014 Preview –
>> Aug. 22, 2014.
>> Dover Greek Festival 2013 –
>> Sep. 1, 2013.
>> Dover Greek Festival –
>> Aug. 22, 2013.

>> Teischan’s 2nd recital Dover …
>>June 16, 2013.


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This year we didn’t get there till, nearly 8:30 pm. As soon as we got there the priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’approached me, as he had also done last year, and thanked me for my post for this year’s (‘lovely’) post. That was nice. He is a very nice person. I like him. We also got to see Siroun Braun, Teischan’s ex-piano teacher — and Teischan got to help her with the raffle. That was nice. Teischan enjoyed that.

They were out of lamb. That is OK. The live music was good. I got to take some pictures of a  bouzouki which I always enjoy photographing and listening to as well. I guess I took too many pictures! They did not like it. Well, I kind of got the veiled message too. They don’t want my type at their function taking pictures. No problem. I won’t be taking any pictures next year because I will NOT be going. Simple as that. But, here are some of the pictures that I did take.


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Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: NO LATE Buses Till Mid-September 2014!

conserving-resources-for-a-better-planetAnura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> Common Core 2014 – 2015
>>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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88246127001_2069184013001_961896998-193-1357162962288School has started and there are after school programs — in particular the sports programs.

But, ACS in its infinite wisdom has decided that the late buses will NOT start till mid-September!

Is this a JOKE?

This is grossly irresponsible at multiple levels, key among them being the blatant disregard for conserving resources, reducing pollution and helping Alton parents with their budgets. All Alton parents, alas, are not rich like the handsomely compensated School Administration. We have buses to reduce the amount of cars that have to go to and fro to pick up (and drop off) kids at school.

This is inexcusable. I am going to take this to as many places as I can and my angel will be, quite rightly, that of resource conservation.

IF ACS claims that this is a COST ISSUE I will laugh in their face. They didn’t budget for this? Why not?

If ACS can now afford all these lawyers they can’t afford to provide late buses?

The biggest problem we have is that most in Alton just don’t seem to care.

IF we had local elected officials that cared about such matters, at a minimum, the Selectmen would intervene.

They claim to teach the kids about recycling, energy conservation etc. and then they do this? What a joke.

This is bad. This is sad. This is Alton.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Year After Infamous ‘Common Core’ Vote By Board School Continues With ‘Core’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related recent posts:
>> 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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It was September 16, 2013, when the ACS School Board voted 3-to-2 not to ‘support’ use of ‘Common Core‘ at Alton Central School. Starting immediately after this landmark vote there was confusion as to what the vote was supposed to mean. Within 3 weeks the ever pugnacious ACS Superintendent, William ‘Bill’ Lander, was telling the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ that the Board’s ‘rejection’ of Common Core has no immediate consequences — and let us now dwell on that word ‘immediate’. Of course we all understood that they wouldn’t and couldn’t change the plans for the 2013 – 2014 school year that was already underway.

But now we have started, as of yesterday, the 2014 – 2015 ACS School Year and Common Core is everywhere. I went to the ‘Open House’ last Thursday, and as ever it was good, positive and fun and it was a great pity that the new Acting Principal, William ‘Bill’ Lander, always busy with his heavy teaching schedule at Plymouth State (PSU) and his extensive repertoire of publications, was not there for usor at least we didn’t see him though we toured the whole school, end-to-end, and saw nearly everybody else. But we understand that he was there but I am puzzled as to why we didn’t see him because we were there from 5:30 till past 7pm. The new Associate Principal, Linda Willman shone — she was quite literally glowing. She is good news. She will do well. We are so happy that she, ignoring the meaningless titles, is heading up ACS. Good things will happen with her in charge.

I saw tons of ‘Singapore Math‘ books in various classrooms. I checked with a couple of teachers. Common Core is ALL GO.

So what gives?

Is the Board just going to forget that they had that vote?

Or is it that the Administration is going to ignore the board.

There is a bigger picture here, with these three incidents serving as landmarks:

Sept. 2013: Board votes against ‘Common Core’ administration continues with ‘Common Core’.

June 2014: Board overturns three bullying decisions made by the supposedly trained ACS Administration.

August 2014: The ACS Administration gets Diane M. Gorrow of the law firm Soule, Leslie, Kidder et. al. to write a letter to Jay C. Boynton, the ACS School Board’s attorney asking for a bullying hearing to be dismissed! When the letter appeared in my inbox it took me a second to work out the implications. The Superintendent is using a lawyer to communicate with the Board about a bullying hearing! As far as I knew the Administration ‘worked’ for the Board. Seems incongruous, if not downright wrong, to me — but what do I know. I just try to document this stuff BECAUSE nobody else does. I did not even realize that ACS now has, and it must mean, HIRES, two law firms: one by the Administration and the other by the Board. Who is paying for these lawyers — unless, of course, they are doing this pro bono because they like Alton and are committed to the cause of Public Education.

So, that is the state of play.


What Would ‘James Foley’ Have To Say About This Stolen Sign & The Arrest?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Though he is kind of ‘local’ I did not know James Foley. [I am not sure whether he is related to the Foley Oil folks. I have been meaning to find out.]

I wish I had known James Foley. From what I have read and heard he seems like a real neat person, kind, caring and a true humanitarian.

So when I saw this SAD story about a homeless man arrested, and held on bail, for stealing a James Foley memorial service sign, in Rochester, N.H., it perturbed me.

What would James Foley have said?
What would James Foley have done?

Seems a bit extreme to me — and, furthermore, I think, it detracts from the James Foley story and the efforts to commemorate (and even celebrate) his life.

I could be wrong but this seems like an over-reaction. Couldn’t they just have taken the sign away from this poor man — and poor would appear to be the appropriate word.

I honestly don’t know what the deal is. IF somebody does please contact me. My contact info. is on the sidebar >>>>

Can I just pay his fine, bail him out or whatever? What needs to be done to get this poor man out of prison and have this ‘charge’ taken care of.

I will do it as my part in honoring James Foley. This story has to go away and it has to have a GOOD ENDING.

We, in New Hampshire, owe it to James Foley.

I think we are better than this.


Fall Foliage In New Hampshire, 2014: Alton (Southern Lakes Region) — No Foliage As Such, August 25.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
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Gilford has foliage — Aug. 24, 2014.
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Nothing in AltonAug. 21, 2014.
>> ‘Official’ Fall Foliage Updater — Oct. 2, 2013.

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I made a point on my run up (and down) Prospect Mountain Road today to check on the foliage. It is a good, representative, rural N.H. dirt road when it comes to trees and vegetation. Plus, from the near the top I can see for miles across a beautiful vista of Belknap mountain hills. 99% green. Some dead branches. Just one tree, in a stand of three, where about 80% tree was a deep, rich maroon. That was at the edge of the Taylor (Blackberry) Farm. It was on this road that I spotted real foliage at the start of August last year.

The near ubiquitous Stag’s Horns around here, as shown in this picture, are getting orangy tips. Cute.

So that is about it. Not running tomorrow. My day off. But, I will, per my brief as a Foliage Updater keep you posted. I think, judging from what I saw in Gilford Saturday, that foliage will be upon us in Alton quickly.


A Resplendent Light Yellow, Pre-1955 MG T-type At Gilford Old Home Day 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Related posts:
>>
 Cars Alton Old Home Day — Aug. 10, 2014.
>>
1940 Buick Eight — June 24, 2014.
>> British cars in NH — July 27, 2013.

>> Triumph Stag story … – May 11, 2013.
>> Jensen Healey in Alton – Aug. 28, 2012.
>> 1977 MGB (BMC) in Pittsfield – Oct. 8, 2012.


As far as I can tell per my cursory research this is an
MG (Morris Garage) Type-T.

I don’t have the time to work out exactly what model,
viz. TF, TD, TC, TB, TA etc.

The support bars on which the headlamps are mounted
is what is throwing me.

They might have been an embellishment.

To be honest I only know MGs as of the MG Midget in 1961.
That does makes sense given my age.
I can’t remember any MGs in Ceylon.

Anyway enjoy this beautiful gem.

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This red c. 1961 MGB was also there, parked a few hundred yards away.


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