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Remembering, With Fondness, John P. Kimball II, JP (1948 — 2018).

by Anura Guruge


John P. Kimball II, on Jan. 1, 2003, at our wedding — he, as a JP, was our officiant.


Obituary picture.


In the Nov. 6, 2018, “Laconia Daily Sun”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to original below.


Link to obituary — click.


At our wedding — where he was the JP — and he had a BALL.


December 31, 2012, Wolfeboro — ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant — 10-year anniversary of John marrying us.


I do NOT get ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘ on a regular basis — nor do I read it online. I just happened to pick up a copy this morning, at Hannaford, when I rushed into get some salmon.

When I got home I glanced through it. Saw an obituary for someone I knew and I worked with. That gave me pause. Then this rather strange thought crossed my mind. I have never seen the obituaries of two people I have known on the same. Why that thought crossed my mind I do not know …

Turned the page and there was John’s picture. I did NOT have to look at the name.

Another STRANGE coincidence. Last week I thought about John. That I had not seen him in some time and that I should rectify that. I just don’t go to Tilton much — and that is where we used to meet.

This was sad. I knew he was older than I, but I forget how much older.

It is a shame.

John was a GOOD GUY. Heart of gold. Always ready to help. Always a grin on his face. He will be missed. He was a very generous soul.

I met him, when I joined Laconia Rotary, in 2001. He was irrepressible and was immediately your friend.

In December of 2002 we needed a JP to marry us. I was told, by another friend in Rotary, that John was a JP. I called him. He agreed at once. Later I learnt that he was quite apprehensive — it would be his first wedding and we had some elaborate rituals.

He did GREAT. He did us proud. He took it very seriously. He insisted on going and getting us our certified marriage certificate and hand delivering it.

Over the years we had some memorable dining experiences with John — at our house, Uno’s in Tilton & the ‘Sea Bird‘ in Wolfeboro.

I will miss John. I wish I had spent more time with him.

Not sure what that claim in the obituary is about dying 25-days after being diagnosed with cancer. He had numerous bouts with cancer — mainly skin cancer. I know that. I also think he had prostate cancer. But, that is all now history. A shame. But, John lived the life. Yes, he, alas, had some setbacks but he took them well in his stride. I always admired him for that.

John Kimball II
(1940 — 2018)
R.I.P.


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by Anura Guruge

“Market Basket” — ‘Bag or Box’ Option Is Brilliant. Why Hadn’t We Thought Of This Before.

by Anura Guruge


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Two of the five boxes of shopping we brought back from ‘Market Basket’ Saturday night. By 3pm Sunday they had already been taken to the Alton dump for recycling. The Town makes some money too.

We were in Portsmouth on Sunday (just to enjoy being there) and as is my wont when I am within 5 miles of either the Concord, Portsmouth or TiltonMarket Basket‘ I had to stop just to see what they had. I said it was to get some dog biscuits but we ended up spending $179 (which is par for the course).

We hadn’t taken our reusable bags because we were only going into get some dog biscuits and possibly some milk. I am standing at the checkout when I see this fairly small green sign: ‘Bag of Box’. Wow. I was overjoyed. That was GREAT. We recycle boxes every week (given the amount of shopping I do on Amazon). This was cool. So much better than plastic and so much easier than lugging reusable bags. Plus I could have packed (albeit it heavy) boxes which minimizes unload time.

So I asked for boxes. I guess it is new. They weren’t too slick about it BUT tried. In the end I went and picked out the boxes that would work for us best. I even packed a couple.

Love it.  Arthur T. Demoulas YOU remain THE MAN. Brilliant. I hope other Supermarkets pick up on it.

Thank YOU, Art. It is no wonder that I love MB and have done so for 30 years.


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by Anura Guruge

Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH: I Was Impressed. Now On My Radar.

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Anura Guruge


Some of our other favorite restaurants in NH:
1. Red Arrow Diner, Manchester — Apr. 8, 2012.
2. Sea Bird, Wolfeboro — Dec. 10, 2012.
3. Giuseppe’s, Meredith — Oct. 11, 2012.


Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH. [Image from Yelp, by ‘Ian W.]


Circle Restaurant, Epsom Traffic Circle, Rte 28, in Epson, NH. [Image from Yelp, by ‘Ian W.]


Google Map view of the Circle Restaurant,  Epsom, NH

Google Map view of the Circle Restaurant, Epsom, NHfter


After getting foiled at the stupid Manchester Science Museum yesterday, we were at a loose end. Deanna suggested that we go to the Huge ‘Goodwill’ store they have on Rte 3, close to Merrimack. So I cut across town and got there. Yes, we then, and Deanna will claim that it was mainly me, proceeded to spent 4 times what it would have cost at the museum. I still felt kind of guilty that the kids didn’t get to go to the museum — though they did get a (as usual) very nice lunch at the ‘Red Arrow Diner’ — and even got to sit and eat with a local, business ‘VIP’. It was a good lunch.

The kids, as ever, wanted to go to another restaurant — but, Teischan didn’t want to go to “Applebee’s” because we had just been their on Tuesday (in Tilton). So, I am driving back on Rte 28 thinking where to go. I was thinking of stopping at “Dominicks” (near Barnstead) where we had eaten a few times before. Then I sailed around the circle and was proceedings along Rte 28 when I drove past the Circle Restaurant.

We had had breakfast there before. I always thought it was only open for breakfast and lunch. But, as I was driving past I saw cars and lights. There was no traffic, so I pulled a U.

Glad we went. It was fun. It was good. It was cheap — especially the red wine at $2.75 a glass! I had two and got Deanna to drive home.

Warm place — in all aspects. Very friendly. Sense of fun.

Good, decent food. Nothing pretentious. Prices just right. Kids liked it.

Since I am off carbs, I had the meat loaf and a salad. It was good. That they don’t charge $6 to $12 for a glass of house wine definitely appealed to me. I even commended them on it. Even at that they are making a profit — since we are here talking ‘no name’ house wine, that they can buy in 5 gallon boxes for $12.99. Bravo. [By the way, I have lost 10 pounds in a month. Deanna is livid.]

They are on my list, and as such we will go back.

Google Maps 'street view'. It must have been dusk when they drove by.

Google Maps ‘street view’. It must have been dusk when they drove by.

AutoServ In Tilton, NH Opens A Gym For Employeess & Customers. I Am Impressed.

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Anura Guruge


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Was in Friday, January 18, 2013 edition of ‘The Laconia Daily Sun’. Click to access their Website.


We have yet to buy a car from them. The last car we bought, actually leased, was a Kia from TeamKia in Concord and they impressed as mightily.

But the J.P. who married us 10 years ago, John P. Kimball II, now works there as a salesperson and we got to know the ‘owner’, now NH Senator Andrew Hosmer during the election. So things might change.

But, I was impressed to read about the gym. It is definitely good for the employees. I have heard, from John, that they have quite a nice restaurant/cafeteria for employees and customers. So, this makes double sense. Not sure I want to exercise while I am waiting for them to fix my car — though I will confess that it is an option to think about. We usually get a shuttle to take us to a shopping mall.But, this is good. Bravo, AutoServ. Maybe I will buy my next vehicle, most likely a van, from you. Cheers.

Us with John Kimball, of AutoServ, having dinner at the Sea Bird, Wolfeboro, on New Year’s Eve 2013 — the eve of our 10 year anniversary; John having married us.

Ten In New Hampshire: Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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.by Anura Guruge


A series of personal lists to share ‘MY New Hampshire’ with any interested reader.
In no particular order other than trying to intersperse the Chinese restaurants so they don’t all appear together.


The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, 'Common Man' empire.

The Italian Farmhouse. Part of the Alex Ray, ‘Common Man’ empire.

Restaurants (Non-Buffet) In Central NH, Worth The Drive.

.1. The Italian Farmhouse– Plymouth.

.2. Green Ginger — Tilton. Œ

.3. Mame’s — Meredith.

.4. Red Arrow Diner
>>Concord.

.5. West Lake
>>Wolfeboro
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.6. Common Man— Ashland.

.7. Peking Tokyo
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— Gilford. Œ

.8. Giuseppe’s— Meredith.

.9. Walter’s Basin — Holderness.

10. Fratellos — Laconia.



Œ — Chinese.



Mame's in Meredith. Classy adult dining.

Mame’s in Meredith. Classy adult dining.