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The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not NH, Stonewall Road, Was Graded Toady. Maybe The First Time This Year.

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Anura Guruge


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Oct. 9, 2012.

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>>Nov. 19, 2012.

>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.


This is the first this year as far as I recall, but, I could be wrong. Plus, contrary to what folks think I am not always here. They could have snuck in and done some work while I was away. Plus, I don’t get out of bed much before 9:20 am and look outside much before 9:40. As Deanna loves to point out most normal people have got 1/2 morning’s work done before I decide to brave the day. Well, I have never aspired to be normal. 

The road is good. It needed to be graded. If the past Springs are anything to go by we should, in a few weeks, have a full time road crew billeted on the road, for daily attention. But, this year could be different! We will have to wait and see.

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Stonewall Road, The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not New Hampshire, Was Graded AGAIN Yesterday.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not NH, Was Graded Today
>>Oct. 9, 2012.

>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years
>>Nov. 19, 2012.

>>
Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.


November 20, 2012 on Stonewall Road. They tried to get the better of a large boulder buried in the road. The boulder won, quite convincingly. Nature 1 Town of Alton 0. Click to ENLARGE.

The stone is winning. They are backing off.

The winner — THE STONE. Still buried, but knowing them they will be here Friday morning, crack of dawn, with dynamite and a crew of 40.


So that is the second time they have graded Stonewall Road in 42 days. To be fair they didn’t grade all of it, just the 250 yards in front of our house. Yes, we are special, though I wish we weren’t. Water Street didn’t even get a looking. Just the 250 yards in front of our house! 

We have never called up and asked for the road to be fixed. The road is fine — though it should be given the exceptional care it gets. I wear shirts that have more wrinkles than Stonewall Road in front of our house. There is an adage that a ‘starched, well ironed shirt front‘ is the epitome of ‘smoothness‘. Well if you want to see smooth come and see Stonewall Road in front of our house — albeit a few days after they grade, so that the stones they unearth can be buried back in the dirt.

My taxes went up 7% compared to last year. I would much prefer if they reduced my taxes by 7% and didn’t grade the road every 42 days — when the road was perfectly fine to begin with. It is amazing.

Now when I say that this was the second time in 42 days, I could be wrong. It might have been more! They come, sometimes even at night, to work on the road. In the Summer they could be here at 5:30 am. Plus, given that I do get out and about every once in awhile it is possible that they came and did some work that I did not notice.

I don’t want to appear churlish. They are the nicest guys possible and I know that they are doing this to help me out. I thank you. It is just the taxes. I moved from Gilford to here because I could no longer afford the Gilford taxes. I really am in a bind. Oh how I wish they wouldn’t treat me so special.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Stonewall Road, The BEST Maintained Dirt Road In Alton, If Not New Hampshire, Was Graded, With Care, Today.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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This is an attempt to document the exceptional care we get on or road. We are so lucky. When I tell others in Alton about the service we get they don’t believe me and think I am just trying to make them jealous. More than once I had said that I will keep a journal for a year so that I can show them the amount of undivided, unstinted attention that this stretch of dirt road, at most a mile long, receives. Now that I am blogging here, more of less daily, this is the perfect place to maintain that journal — with full visibility to all.

So today, Tuesday, October 9, 2012 the BIG grader was here for awhile, making multiple sweeps, grading the road. Thank you.

Nicest bunch of guys ever. It is always an honor and pleasure to have them.

I have created a new Category called ‘Stonewall Road’ for all the journal entries related to the painstaking upkeep of our little stretch of Alton.