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‘Acadia National Park’ (Maine) Remains Partially Open Despite 2018 Government Shutdown.

by Anura Guruge


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Despite the Shutdown that started at midnight Friday, Acadia National Park stayed partially open on Saturday, January 20, 2018 and the plans are that that would continue to be the case Sunday.

Only a very small section of the Park Loop Road, on Mount Desert Island, is open — due to snow and ice. They will not be opening any new stretches during the Shutdown.

All the toilets are closed and I assume as are the Visitor Centers. The Park Rangers will also not respond to any emergencies. You will have to call 911 and get State or Town help.

But, they have NOT closed the gates! That is good — but that can change.

An irony of such Shutdowns is that they STOP updating Government Websites! So, you can’t find the latest status of Park closing on the Web. They will not be answering the phone either.

But, for now, this is better than what happened during the 2013 Shutdown when they did close the gates pretty early on.

I will try to keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge


Does Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Have WORKING Industrial-Grade Carbon Monoxide Detectors?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> CO ‘thing’ Gets curiouser & curiouser …
>>Dec. 19, 2013.
>> Blocked air vents? Dec. 18, 2013.
>> Dec. 19, 2013 ACS
>> closure — Dec. 18, 2013.
>> ACS Air Quality presentation
>>June 24, 2013.
>> Air quality not an issue …
>>June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality —  April 3, 2013.
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A lot has been said (I hear) about the carbon monoxide brouhaha at ACS on December 18 – 19, 2013 and the resultant school closure on Dec. 19.

Fortunately NO carbon monoxide (or at least dangerous levels) was EVER found within ACS.

This e-mail from ACS confirms that, and I hear there are various documents on the ACS website confirming that NO CO was ever found.

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comonitorsindustrial666641Something that never got mentioned during this whole unnecessary, and ‘tempest in a gin glass’ incident, was whether or NOT ACS has working (and regularly) tested, industrial grade Carbon Monoxide detectors.

This, to anybody with even a modicum of scientific training and a capacity for some logical (sober) thinking, is the most germane of issues.

If there were working, reliable CO monitors NONE OF THIS had to happen!

Period. No doubt or debate.

If the alarms went off — then there was a threat, a potential danger.

IF the alarms were mute, and there was more than one tested alarm around, then there could NOT have been a danger.

Yes, there are even PORTABLE CO detectors and alarms — industrial grade. Does ACS have any of these? IF NOT why not — other than …

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digioxtt343What ‘they’ used at ACS to measure SUPPOSED CO was consumer-grade, Fingertip OXIMETERS — those clip on things that measure your oxygen saturation levels.

They are NOT CO monitors! Oxygen saturation is contingent on many, many factors — key among them your cardiovascular health. If you are sedentary with a BMI well over ’25’ you are unlikely to get a 98 – 100% reading on these fingertip meters. Google it. Get educated. Know the facts.

At ACS, on Wednesday, these were the ONLY devices used to begin with.

OK, full disclosure. I know more about what happened on Wednesday than I care to divulge. Two adults, and let us leave at that (rather than going into specifics), who were at ACS on Wednesday and saw the whole ‘thing’, contacted me: one on Thursday, the other on Saturday. Here is the crazy thing. I am, and was (as my posts testify), ALL in favor. My ONLY dissatisfaction was that they re-opened ACS on Friday. We should have had 2 days off! Everybody, especially the teachers, deserved that.

Oh, I hear that there is a movement afoot to have ACS closed because of this CO incident. I am fully in favor of that. We really should start from scratch. I agree. 

OK. This is enough.

But, lets just look at what happened at ACS that fateful Wednesday and FACTOR in WORKING, tested, industrial strength CO monitors and at least one, tested, reliable portable monitor.

If there were MONITORS in place there would have been NO REASON to even think of CO. That it was CO was planted in the heads of … by ….!

If only there were CO monitors and cool heads.

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H., Carbon Monoxide ‘Alarm’ Gets Curiouser And Curiouser … School Back To ‘Normal’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Blocked air vents?
>>Dec. 18, 2013.

>> Dec. 19, 2013 ACS
>> closure — Dec. 18, 2013.

>> ACS Air Quality presentation
>>June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue …
>>June 24, 2013.

>> ACS air quality —
>> April 3, 2013.

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This just appeared in my in-box.
Supposedly posted on the ACS Facebook page.

I recognize the stilted style.

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Well this is ACS.

Seems to be a slightly different tone to what was being implied yesterday.

Testing INDIVIDUAL people! Tell me more. Did they draw blood and do a blood test?

So who were these INDIVIDUALS?

Not my kids … for sure.

NO Carbon Monoxide detected in the building.

Very strange.

Gets curiouser and curiouser.

I am happy that the teachers got a day off to catch up on their Christmas shopping. They deserve it.

P.S. School, alas, is back to normal Friday.
I wanted the kids to have 2 extra days of Christmas vacation. Damn

Alton Central School (ACS), N. H., Carbon Monoxide ‘Alarm’ On December 18, 2013. Just Snow Blocking Furnace Vents?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Dec. 19, 2013 ACS closure — Dec. 18, 2013.
>> ACS Air Quality presentation — June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue … — June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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And latest.
And funny that it mentions the vents.


I just talked to an expert.

So, lets think about this.

The most likely, even only possible, source for the supposed Carbon Monoxide has to be the school heating furnaces. I gather there are two.

Of course they would have been working overtime these last couple of days.

We have also had a TON of snow.

Did anybody check if the furnace vents have been blocked by the snow? That alone would indicate a sudden elevation in CO levels.

Did an alarm go off today? What prompted the fire department to come to the school to check.

Why weren’t the kids released EARLIER if elevated levels of CO were detected?

I know that some mothers are asking that.

Good question. Why wait to tell the parents of the CO levels after the kids are released. When were the levels detected?

Without mixing metaphors the school is playing with FIRE. I hope they know what they are doing.

The timing just seems incongruous. Is it just a matter of shoveling the snow around the vents?

I am sure others will be asking questions. I sure hope so.


ALERT: Alton Central School (ACS), N. H. Closed On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, Due To Dangerous Levels Of Carbon Monoxide.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> ACS Air Quality presentation — June 24, 2013.

>> Air quality not an issue … — June 24, 2013.
>> ACS air quality — April 3, 2013.

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Also refer to this follow on post.
Could just be a vent blocked by snow!

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The phones have been going crazy.

ACS will be closed Thursday, December 19, 2013
because they suddenly discovered ‘dangerous’ levels of Carbon Monoxide.

The school, I just heard from the kids, was checked, today,
by the Fire Department.

So what does THIS mean?

Early Christmas — and I am ALL in favor of that.

It has been crazy and it would be nice to have the kids home for an additional few days.

CO-decal

I just checked the May Air Quality report. There were some spikes but everything was OK.

I am a professional cynic. The timing of this bothers me.

So are we again in for a January to March battle over ACS renovation — this time with CO to the fore?