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Alton, Where I have Lived For The Last 8 Years, Ranked 9th Worst Place To Live In New Hampshire And I Won’t Argue.

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by Anura Guruge


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Deanna saw this on Facebook this morning and sent it to me. I didn’t have a problem with it. I looked at the 10 names, knew them all, and concurred that the list, WITHOUT going into any of their numbers, looked ‘about right’ just in terms of gut feel.

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Click here to access original at “roadsnacks.net”.


I have lived in New Ipswich (NH) for 12 years, Meredith (NH) for 4, Gilford (NH) for 8 and owned a waterfront place in New Durham for 7. Of all the places I have lived in New Hampshire — and not counting the other places I have lived such as Colombo, Buffalo, Paris, London, Swansea, Winchester, Southampton, Woodbine (MD) etc. — I can say Alton does rank as my least favorite. We moved to Alton without giving much thought. We were homeless in 2007 and needed a place. So we came to Alton assuming that it, though it did not have a Walmart, a cinema or a liquor store, wouldn’t be that different to Gilford or Meredith. Oh BOY, did I get that wrong — to my cost.

I look at that list and I see Berlin and Rochester towards the top. Laconia and Wakefield above Alton. Claremont below. The only point I would argue is that maybe Claremont should have been #9 and Alton #10 — though to be fair Claremont, the last time I drove through, still had shops. Alton has Hannafords, three premium-priced hardware stores, a number of parochial banks (not capable of dealing with any foreign transactions such as pension from Europe) and not much else. We don’t have any fun shops! Period. Think of Meredith, Wolfeboro or even Gilford. You can go browse for things other than bread, nails and expensive bicycles.

C’est la vie. The die is cast. My dire pecuniary status ensures that I can’t afford to move away from Alton. I am stuck. So I soldier on. It was my mistake and I need to pay the price for it. But, bottom line. I don’t have any gripes with that list or where they put Alton. Others I know will disagree — but I have a feeling than many of them haven’t lived much outside of Alton.


Alton, N.H. Property Tax Assessment Values Recalculated — Statistically. Ours, Of Course, Went Up.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
0/ Alton: Rate Down 1.75% … — Nov. 30, 2013.
1/ N.H. 2013-2014 tax comparison — Nov. 9, 2013.
2/ Alton 2013 – 2014 tax rate — Nov. 8, 2013.

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Alton, N.H. in 2013 – 2014
is again 23rd lowest …


We got a letter today with our new, HIGHER assessment. C’est la vie. 

Given that we have a rather modest house — and as I said in a recent post I have seen local photographers with cameras worth more than our house — our assessment isn’t that bad.

Just a heads up.

The new 2014 – 2015 rates will come out towards the end of November 2014. They will GO UP. Of that there is no doubt or need for debate.

Enjoy.


Alton, N.H., 'Halfmoon Lake', June 2014.

Alton, N.H., ‘Halfmoon Lake’, June 2014.


Gunstock Inn, Gilford (N.H.) Reopens Under New Owners — The Same Folks Who Own Lazy E Motor Inn & Bear Tree Lodge. Hurrah!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Gunstock Inn has closed — Jan. 29, 2013.
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Gunstock Inn … To Close Soon …‘The Laconia Daily Sun’
>> – Jan. 15, 2013.

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Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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 Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


Click to access 'Union Leader' coverage.

Click to access ‘Union Leader’ coverage.


Wedding 103We happened to drive by there this afternoon and saw the sign that they were open — and that the restaurant and fitness center would be opening soon.

There were even some cars.

When we got home I Googled and found the above in the ‘Union Leader’.

That the new owners are the same as those that own the Lazy E makes us very happy. They, Les and Linda Shuster, are very nice people — as I have already said in this post and this.

Les and Linda Shuster, in 2007, gave us a fantastic suite, with Wi-Fi, when we were homeless. For that we will always be grateful and sing their praises. What is ironic is that the previous owners of the Gunstock Inn, though we frequented their restaurant, refused to help us out. So the worm has turned.

That Les and Linda Shuster were looking at the Inn was well known and previously reported.

This is great.

As most of my posts on the Inn will mention the Inn is special for us. That is where we got married, at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003.

Now that we know that Les and Linda own it, we will stop by. I see that they want to promote the Inn for weddings. They can use all of our pictures (even if they have to Photoshop me and put somebody else’s head on my exotic tux). Deanna looked great.


Alton, N.H. Property Taxes Due Today, December 17, 2013 — IF You Bother To Pay Property Taxes.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
0/ Alton: Rate Down 1.75% … — Nov. 30, 2013.
1/ N.H. 2013-2014 tax comparison — Nov. 9, 2013.
2/ Alton 2013 – 2014 tax rate — Nov. 8, 2013.
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Alton, N.H. in 2013 – 2014
is again 23rd lowest …


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I already paid mine.

As I have mentioned before, to my utter bewilderment,
Alton’s in its infinite wisdom and unbelievable largess
does NOT maintain a Tax Delinquent list!

That would also mean they don’t go after those that don’t pay taxes.

Wow.

I just guess I was brought up wrong.

I kind of have a very true and trusty moral compass
when it comes to what is right and what is wrong,
what one’s civic duties should be
and the importance of maintaining your credibility.

James Michener in his autobiography says something along the lines
“I always considered it a PRIVILEGE to have to PAY taxes …”
and the profoundness of that statement is worth pondering
because that is what I have also always felt about paying taxes.

If I was homeless (as I have been) and had no income
I too would not have to pay any taxes.

Whether you like it or not, whether you stand on your head or not,
you, even in this country, this state and this town,
only have to pay taxes on what you own
and what you make
(after the due exemption).

So I don’t begrudge my taxes
because it means that I still have SOMETHING
to pay taxes on.

I gather, and I could be wrong,
that some of the Alton Central School (ACS)
Board Members don’t pay Alton taxes
— and , of course, there is no requirement for them to do so.
There job is to tell those that pay that they should pay more.
Bully for them.
But they never appear to have had a moral compass.

Happy Tax Day
IF this applies to YOU.


Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH, Likely To Close Soon According To ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


Breaking News: Gunstock Inn is shuttered, at least as of
January 26, 2013, per the ‘Union Leader’

— check this January 29, 2013 post.

Click to read the whole story at the 'Laconia Daily Sun'.

Click to read the whole story at the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’.


That a bank holds a mortgage on this really bothers and bugs me. So the only REAL loser in this is going to be the bank — and if it is a public bank, its poor shareholders.

Yes, anytime anybody walks away from a mortgage it bothers me. Actually happens on this road — even the house across the road. Some of the neighbors, not savvy in matters fiscal, talked about ‘the misfortune’ of the family that walked away. Heck NO. With all of the Home Equity Loans they had piled on that property in the last 4 years before they bid adieu, they walked away with $180,000. To add insult to injury they sold all the appliances and even some of the light fittings. That is not right. I find it hard to appreciate why folks can’t see this for what it is.

I was surprised when these folks bought the Inn. Every once in awhile we watch ‘Hotel Impossible‘ on the Travel Channel and used to be big fans of the BBCHotel Inspector‘. Anthony of ‘Hotel Impossible‘ would say that this was a crazy proposition. They had no experience or background in the hospitality industry. Yes, I know what they did previously and I won’t bring it up. Well, obviously that didn’t help them much either. Yes, it is also true that they were very churlish to me in 2007, when we were homeless — and as such I have no sympathy for them. Yes, I called them up and asked them about getting a suite to tide us over until we could find a place to live. They knew us because we had frequented the Inn — the place that we had got married in 2003. They said that they will call us back. They never did! So, much for their hospitality.

We lucked out. Deanna drove around and found ‘Lazy E Motor Inn‘ at Weirs. Family run. Nicest people in the world. It was Winter and off-season. They gave us this big suite above the main building. It worked out great. We were there for about 2 or 3 weeks until we managed to buy this house. No, we were not totally destitute, just homeless because we had sold our waterfront place in Gilford, prior to being able to find another house. Nothing but the nicest and best words for the ‘Lazy E’. Great place. Great people. That is what an Inn should be. As it happened, we ended back there for a night just a few months later. We lost power in an April storm that washed down much of Prospect Mountain Road. We had only been there 2 months and had not realized that this was ‘Power Out Central‘. Teischan was still a baby, 16 months. No power, no heating. This was prior to us getting our two generators. So we went back to the same room at the ‘Lazy E’. Yet, again the owners were delightful. Got the room ready for us as soon as we called. That is how you win and retain customer loyalty.