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‘BEAT Stage Company’ Setup In Charlotte, N.C., To Promote Performing Art Education.

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Their goal is to bring everyone’s art together.

While I am always happy to promote any and all initiatives to do with ‘art’, in its broadest sense, there is a special reason that I am glad to be featuring this stage company.

Its founding Artistic Director & Producer is Jennifer Howard, the daughter of Raymond (NH District 8 State Representative) & Barbara (Alton School Board candidate and conscience) Howard.


New Hampshire State Reps, And My Friends, Lisa DiMartino (D-Gilford) & Don Flanders (R-Laconia) At Laconia Airport Open House Today.

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Ray Burton at the Laconia Airport Open House today.


I have known Lisa since around 2000 (when she worked at the Gilford Library) and Don since about 2001 when I joined Laconia Rotary. That we were huge supporters of Lisa is no secret and we are very glad and proud to have Lisa as a State Rep. I am, as with Ray Burton, rather fond of Don. He has a good head on his shoulders and you can always rely on Don, as with Ray, to be reasonable irrespective of the politics. Suffice to say I had long chats with both of them individually and then together. It was good. It was a pleasure and an honor. Good people, both.


Don Flanders, Lisa DiMartino, Laconia, Gilford, Airport

Don Flanders, Deanna, Teischan sitting on the tarmac and Lisa in front of the Laconia Airport terminal building today, at the Open House. Click to ENLARGE.


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New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.

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policememmay17I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.policememmay17bThere were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.

The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.

My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.

Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.



'New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums' in action from YouTube. Click to access video.

‘New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums’ in action from YouTube. Click to access video.



VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.

VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.



I Did My First ‘Granite State Ambassador’ Shift At The New Hampshire State House Concord This Afternoon. It Was Neat.

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When we visited the State House in December I told the excellent Director of the State House Visitor Center, Virginia Drew, that she should get the Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to help out. I am delighted that she heeded my advice.

I don’t check my GSA schedule that often. But, on Friday we all got an e-mail from Virginia Drew asking for volunteers to sign up for this week. How could I resist. Today, Monday, was a running day so I signed up for the afternoon shift, noon to 3 pm.

It was real neat. I got to accompany two 4th grade school groups on half each of their tours. With the second group I got to be with them when they met the Governor, Maggie Hassan. That was the first time I have seen the Governor in person. She is impressive. Very good with the kids. I was impressed. I didn’t get to speak to her.

Spent the rest of the shift in the Visitor Center with Debbie Rivers who works for Virginia Drew who showed me some of the stuff I need to come to terms with to do this gig successfully. It was all a lot of fun. A lot to learn but I am looking forward to that. I think our State House is way cool. And everybody is so pleasant and friendly. Just a sheer joy to be there.

This Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 am is the annual ‘New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorialceremony. It is going to be a busy morning. I was asked if I would come and volunteer. I was only going to do 1 shift a week – and even that is a huge improvement on what I have done in a long time – but I could not refuse. So I am doing Friday morning too. Two GSA shifts in a week!

I have to say, this is fun. I signed up to be a GSA for opportunities like this. Stay tuned. I am sure I will have more to say.

I live to learn. I want to learn at least one new thing a day. So, today I learned, from Virginia Drew, who is an oracle of such knowledge, two things. The first was how to read a NH State Representative’s car registration plate. The other was that in bygone days the NH legislatures were even more superstitious than some are today, and as such they eschewed the number ’13’. So there are no seats in the NH House Of Representatives Hall with number ’13’ though there is a ’13’ in the 24-member Senate Chamber.

I always suspected that the numbers, e.g., ‘4-54’ in the image here, in some way reflected seniority. The numbers represent the seat number in the Hall allocated to that member by the Speaker of the House. The 400 seats are divided into 5 sections as shown in the seating diagram below. So the first number of a seat number is the section number, in this case ‘4’. The second number is the seat number within that section. So in this case it is seat 54 in section 4. The speaker gives the best seats to the VIPs.

I found this in the 'New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook' at breathenh.org. I couldn't find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number '13' seats. Click to ENLARGE.

I found this in the ‘New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook’ at breathenh.org. I couldn’t find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number ’13’ seats. Click to ENLARGE.


Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/

Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/