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Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Jan. 31, 2013, Baysider, About The Alton Central $18 Million Plan (Again).


Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.

Click to access 'The Baysider' article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.

Click to access ‘The Baysider’ article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.

I do not know this gentleman, or at least I think I don’t know him. I am very bad with names and faces. So he could be a parent that I chatted with, but never knew his name.

As with Steve Miller’s letter two weeks ago, I liked this letter. I liked it a lot. It hit a chord.

A few of the points mentioned have been discussed on this blog, relative to my post endorsing Steve Miller’s letter.

I am not sure if all of the points are accurate. I had thought that the infamous survey was conducted using grant money. If it was not, I would be distressed. As far as I know, there are ‘x’ kids in ACS right now, who are technically homeless, that ‘x’, as far as I remember, in the ‘6’ range. Plus there are over a dozen kids who are considered at risk for not getting a proper meal during the weekend. ACS packs backpacks for them with food. Sod a survey. If we have that kind of money to burn the board should be using it to feed these poor kids or get them housing.

The issue of the ‘one architect’ that I griped about comes up. I have an e-mail, from an interested party, that implies that the architect was paid — albeit, not the $750,000. Having just one firm, with so much to gain, bothers me. Mr. Daniels, as did I, mentions LOCAL experts. He also talks about cost per square feet. Yes, in the past, when I lived in Meredith and Gilford I explored adding extensions. Had binders of builders giving me estimates. I remember them always talking about $1xx per square foot. I had also heard that when I was buying property (and I have bought and sold quite a few) and especially when I was having them appraised. So, that had crossed my mind. Asking some of OUR parent builders what they would estimate per Square Foot. Some of them have built mansions. They would know.

My background is all in corporate. In the corporate world some of the words that we had to always contend with were: due diligence, full disclosure, conflict of interest. Well, as the comments have loved to point out I am not an expert in this matter — and do not plan to be. I don’t keep a dog and bark myself. I totally trust people like Steve Miller and I know that he, also with a solid corporate background, knows his stuff.

PALS Children’s Chorus Concert At Kingswood, Wolfeboro, NH, On Sunday, January 13, 2013, By ‘Friends Of Music’.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Kingswood Regional High School, Wolfeboro, NH: Holiday Concert … — Dec. 16, 2012.
>> Clearlakes Chorale Caroling Outreach At Wolfeboro, NH … — Dec. 14, 2012.
>> Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.

Happened to see an ad for this concert, serendipitously, in the Baysider this morning while I was having my pre-breakfast snack, after my run up Prospect Mountain Road. It looks compelling. Not sure whether we will be going. Kind of burned out after all the events we attended in the last few weeks: Clearlake Chorale, Revels, Kingswood, Alton Central School, ‘First Night’ etc.

But, I wanted to make sure that you wouldn’t miss out.

Click to access their site.

Click to access their site.

Click to access the 'Wolfeboro Friends of Music' site.

Click to access the ‘Wolfeboro Friends of Music’ site.

Click to access a YouTube video of the PAL Children's Chorus in action ... last year.

Click to access a YouTube video of the PAL Children’s Chorus in action … last year.

Only In New Hampshire: Newspaper Editor, In Print, Boasts About Speeding At 90 mph!

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, Sets Up Fund For ’2014 Winter Olympics’
>>Nov. 19, 2012.

This is from the November 29, 2012 issue of ‘The Baysider’.

Click image to access 'The Baysider' original as a PDF. Josh's column is on the very last page (of the 2-part newspaper).

Click image to access ‘The Baysider’ original as a PDF. Josh’s column is on the very last page (of the 2-part newspaper).

I, as ever, could be wrong, but I think this can only really happen in our ‘Live Free or Die‘ New Hampshire, a newspaper editor openly flaunting that he broke the law. Again, I could be wrong, but I think at least in NH, anything above 85 mph is called ‘criminal speeding’. I am not sure what the speeding laws are in Connecticut.

I am not going to comment on Josh’s speeding. My only concern, as is his audacity to brag about it in print. That seems churlish, though those that know Wolfeboro, NH, know that you can quite literally get away with murder in that town — where Mitt Romney goes to church. [This is also the same newspaper group that published an announcement from an Alton artist where she claimed that she was a ‘voyeur’ — a felony in NH.]

There is something that bothers me, quite a bit. In addition to being editor, Josh’s main role in life is that of a sports reporter for high school sports teams. In that role he is well known to thousands of local teenagers, many of whom would have just started driving. So, we now have Josh, supposedly the adult here, stating in writing, that not only is it ‘OK’ to do 90 mph, that speeding lets you cut down on travel time!

Yes, Josh, as an editor and a columnist in 5 (or 6) papers is a local VIP. As such he is above the law and reproach.

That is a shame. Josh interacts with a lot of coaches — folks who are supposed to instill values, discipline and standards into our kids. But I doubt whether any of these coaches will dare even mention this to Josh.

That is New Hampshire.

If this does bother you, try contacting the publisher of the Newspaper.

Alton Christmas Tree Lighting 2012 Will Be On Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
1. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
2. The Unique All Black Old Railway Semaphore Signals in Alton
>>Nov. 22, 2012.

The annual Christmas tree lighting in Alton, for 2012, will be on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

You will NOT find that crucial piece of information in the press release that was put out, about the tree lightning, by the Alton ‘Parks and Recreation’ department — the same group responsible for the poor, abused railway semaphore signals at Alton Bay (not to mention the unscheduled fireworks on ‘Old Home Day). Yes, they put out a press release WITHOUT the day and ‘The Baysider‘, as ever obliging, printed it, verbatim, on Thursday, November 22, 2012 — assuming that all interested parties must have ESP.

Here check it out if you find it hard to believe that somebody could put out a press release for an event WITHOUT mentioning when it was taking place!

Click image to access ‘The Baysider’ original if you want to see it with your own two eyes to believe this ludicrousness.

Yes, Josh Spaulding, my friend, the esteemed editor of ‘The Baysider‘ should have checked and fixed it. But, to be fair to Josh, he really is beyond busy and rushed — and he doesn’t have that many qualified staff to help him. So I am loath to blame Josh. He really tries so hard to please all and works like a crazy person. [He is the only person that I know who makes me feel as if I am idle].

It is not just Josh. All the Editors that work for ‘Salmon Press‘ do this — i.e., publish press releases without checking them. A couple years ago I was appalled to read a press release in the Wolfeboro, ‘Granite State News, by a local artist who claimed to be a ‘voyeur‘! Voyeurism is a felony in NH. So here we have a newspaper printing a statement where somebody claims to be a voyeur. I was perturbed enough to e-mail the editor and ask him whether he noticed it. He said he did, but was too busy to clarify or change it. So he just printed it. As far as I know the Wolfeboro or Alton police never investigated this. Hhhhmmm.

Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, Sets Up Fund For ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Prior post:
Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider,
To The ’2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.
Nov. 2, 2012.

Josh Spaulding, self portrait.

Good news. I had an e-mail from Josh this morning.

He has set up an account for this effort at TD Bank.

It is called the:
Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.

You can go to any TDBank and make a deposit specifying that account name, viz. ‘Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund’.

Or you can mail it to:

36 Center St.
Wolfeboro Falls 03896

Attn: Joshua Spaulding – 2014 Olympic Fund.

Josh’s publisher, Salmon Press, has also agreed to MATCH all donations (up to $5,000).

That is great.

Not sure we will need $10,000, but more the merrier for Josh.

Lets Get Josh Spaulding, The Baysider, To The ‘2014 Winter Olympics’ In Sochi, Russia.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Click image above to see it in its FULL GLORY.
The background is the official Sochi, 2014 banner (modified).

Click to ENLARGE it so it can be easily read.
Or if you want to read it in the Baysier per se click here to access the November 1, 2012 Baysider as a PDF.

Josh’s column above, as it appeared in yesterday’s Baysider tells it all.
All I am trying to do is make sure that Josh gets the necessary funds to make this happen.
I have already pledged a minimum of $10 (being the last of the big spenders, that I am).
Another 299 $10 pledges should be sufficient.

If you live around the Lakes Region you really should know Joshua Spaulding.

Josh, in addition to being the intrepid, indefatigable editor of ‘The Baysider’, the local weekly for Alton, Barnstead and New Durham, does double-duty as the Sports Editor for the Baysider and 6 (yes, 6) OTHER local newspapers! He covers 35 to 50 high school sports teams, ranging from skiing to football, as well as all of the local 5Ks, turkey-trots and even the NASCAR! Josh writes 7,000 to 9,000 published words a week — and that is quite a feat. Furthermore, Josh has been doing this Herculean (most likely unprecedented) ‘editor x editor x reporter‘ ‘beat’ for 10+ years WITHOUT EVER taking a week off.

How do we know that for sure? A few weeks ago, Josh, one of the most self-effacing, modest and humble people that I know (next to me, of course), let it be known, through his always extremely readable (and invariably entertaining) column that he had written 500 published columns — WITHOUT nary a single break. That is beyond impressive.

Josh, over the years, has chronicled the sporting exploits of thousands of kids — some that have gone onto find greatness. Josh has touched the lives of tens of thousands. He is one of the most obliging and helpful folks that I know. He is always trying help, make the lives of others pleasanter.

It is no secret that Josh is married to his job. His job and covering the local sports scene (and watching ‘Survivor’ among other other shows on TV (now augmented, quite recently, by a DVR)) is his LIFE. He gives us so much. I think that with his travel schedule, which makes me tired just reading about given that it covers around 8,000 sq. miles in total, he works around 70 – 80 hours a week.

Going to Sochi will be such a great thing for Josh. It will also be a great honor for us. Just think of Josh’s columns from Russia. We will learn stuff from Josh’s coverage that we will never hear from any other journalist. Josh will tell us how Survivor comes across in Serbian. Who knows. Josh might even meet a nice Russian athlete over there.

I haven’t spoken to Josh about my campaign as yet — other than pledge my (minimum of) $10.

I am sure that sponsorship opportunities abound. Yes, Josh would go to Sochi dressed like a NASCAR driver emblazoned with logos head to foot. I will also see if he will set up a bank account so that funds can be sent to it directly. Maybe he might set up a FaceBook ‘donate’ page.

But, we need to make sure that we raise a minimum of $3,000 to get Josh to Sochi.