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Snow Covered ‘Halfmoon Lake’, Alton, NH, On A 40°F Day — January 20, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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This is our lake; we don’t live waterfront, but we do have deeded beach rights. So, given that it is but about 10 minutes walk from the house, we do try to get down the lake whenever we can.

This was the first visit this year, i.e., in 2018. It was a gorgeous day, temps in the 40s°F (4°C), blue skies (nary a cloud) and the sun beating down. So, around 3pm we sallied forth, with the 2 dogs — though the dogs and I had already done a 3-mile run earlier in the day. The dogs don’t complain (though you could tell they were tired when we got back).

It was good. Beautiful. We were the only ones there — which is not unusual. Typically I would venture out onto the lake. After the earlier run I was happy just to potter about on the beach and take pictures.

Enjoy.


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Maine’s Famed Artist “Bernard Langlais” Was Deanna’s 1st Grade Teacher’s Husband.

by Anura Guruge


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Some of Bernard Langlais’ work. Click to ENLARGE and savor. From Google Images. Just do a search on “Bernard Langlais”.


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original. Deanna saw this online and forwarded it to me.

Click here to access the original.


You can see from the above that the Langlaises lived in Cushing, Maine. That, waterfront, is where Deanna, a lobsterman’s daughter, grew up. Cushing is also famous for its Andrew Wyeth connection — he having a Summer Home there.

Helen Langlais was Deanna’s 1st & 2nd grade teacher (c. 1972 – 1973). She would take the kids to her farm, the 90-acre spread talked about above, on ‘field trips’. So Deanna has seen much of this artwork.

Just wanted to share this with YOU. Enjoy.


by Anura Guruge


Feel Good Video — Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire, At Its Best — June 2015.

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Click to access short 45 second Photo-Montage YouTube video.


Laconia Bike Week 2015 — Lake Winnipesaukee Waterfront Rental In Alton, N.H.

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This belongs to my friend Darla. I can vouch for the location and Darla is beyond requiring any vouching. Click on image to access eBay listing.



Laconia Bike Week, June 13 to 21 (Father’s Day). Click to access official Website.


Darla Monzione’s Stunning
“Welcome to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire”
Real Estate Brochure.
Darla Monzione Real Estate Brochure for Lakes Region New Hampshire with words from Anura Guruge

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Link to download Darla’s stunning PDF.


Boat Ride On Lake Winnipesaukee (NH), Alton – Wolfeboro, Glorious Fall Foliage Day, September 30, 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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We are no strangers to Lake Winnipesaukee. When we lived waterfront on the lake we should to go out, by boat (or jet ski), quite a bit.

When I was a part of “Waiters on Water“, where we delivered take-out food to the Islands and moored boats on Lake Winnipesaukee, by boat or jet ski, I used to be on the water, every day during the Summer, sometimes multiple times a day.

Though I swim in the Big Lake (i.e., Winnipesaukee) without fail every year, off the Alton public dock, this was the first time we have been on the lake in a boat since we moved to Alton in 2007.

A local marina owner in Alton, an Alton famous fixture, invited us for a boat ride in his amazing, 1967 wooden Lyman. I used to be his customer 1993 – 1997. That was two decades ago.

Today, the day before the government shutdown, weatherwise on the Lake, was picture perfect: warm, sunny, calm as it gets and hardly any boat traffic. We actually didn’t see any boats in Alton Bay per se. That is pretty amazing. Not good, however. Boat traffic on this lake has plummeted noticeably over the last decade. These days I repeatedly hear that our mandatory ‘Boating Certificate‘ (I call it the boat license) is a factor. I can believe that. I don’t have one. 2007 was when I needed to get one. I wasn’t boating that year so I didn’t get it. Haven’t bothered since. Might get it, or TRY to get it, next year. Something I learned today: ONLY NH and Louisiana have such mandatory boating certification — and LA does not require that you sit a test! So the ‘Live Free, Or Die‘ state is the only one that requires boaters to pass a test. Seems wrong, especially in terms of the ‘Live Free’ — THOUGH I fully understand that this is to stop people killing others. Anyhow …


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Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH, Has Closed, Per The ‘Union Leader’.

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Related posts:
>> 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.
>>
Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


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Click to read ‘Union Leader’ article.


So it has finally happened. I must say that I feel a sense of relief. That poor Inn had to be put out of its misery. The last owners did it no favors. From what I know this was an UPS (yes, United Parcel Service) IPO folly in the 1990s; a guy, from MA, who had worked for UPS for a long time and made a killing on the IPO bought it. His wife ran it while he continued to work for UPS.

In my last post I mentioned the ‘Lazy E Motor Inn’ as a well run Inn with great owners — what Gunstock needs. In the Union Leader article I read that the Lazy E owners are trying to buy Gunstock! Is that a coincidence? Should I get a piece of the commission.

What cracks me and and distresses me at the same time is how these reporters never ask the right questions or find the relevant facts! So, they bought it for $1.1 million. Bully for them, BUT how much did they borrow? That is THE question. If they borrowed 80%, i.e., $880,000, which I suspect they probably did, and just put in $220,000 of their own money into it, the ONLY VICTIM is the poor (but greedy) bank. As I said before, it is the bank that I feel sorry for, and I am glad the bank is being more cautious the second time around. If and when the Inn is sold these folks, most likely, will get back some of what they put in. It is the bank, and its investors, that will suffer the loss.

But, all said, I am glad for the Inn. It needs a break. Somebody that will run it as it should. That said, I wouldn’t rave about its architecture. What they did to the dinning room, albeit 25 or 30 years ago, was beyond amazing. It would have, especially then had a great view of the lake. So you could have had ultra romantic lake view dining, especially at night with the lights twinkling across the lake. That would have been an asset. So what did they do; they built the swimming pool next to the dinning room and blocked the lake views. Yes, of course, if this was Arizona, Nevada or California, it might be fun to have a view of a pool while you ate. But, this is NH! There are times that what you see by the pool convinces you to stop eating, at once, and go on a diet. I have always said, that if I bought the Inn, I would knock the pool down and relocate it. My days of being able to afford the Inn are long gone — because unlike some, I would never borrow money to buy an investment. I would feel terrible if I could not pay it back. I am used to losing my own money and over the years I have lost a lot. But, judging from my credit score and reports I have hardly ever stiffed anyone.

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

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Related post:
>> Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
>>
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.

Alton, NH Tax Base Went Down For 3 Key Reasons — Necessitating The ‘Large’ Increase In The Tax Rate.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Just a few of the related posts:
[do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘Tax’ for others’]
1. Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year
>>Nov. 28, 2012.

2. Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! I Am Humbled …
>>Nov. 26, 2012.

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


Click to ENLARGE. Comparison of Alton’s tax structure for the last 6 years — from the Alton Town Web site. Note that the ‘Town Valuation’, i.e., tax base, has gone down.


A typical 'mobile' home valuation in Alton -- this is one of the nicer 'parks'.

A typical ‘mobile’ home valuation in Alton — this is one of the nicer ‘parks’. Click to ENLARGE.


Alton Christian Conference Center fire on April 13, 2009 — Easter Weekend [which we witnessed.]


Yesterday was ‘Tax Day‘ in Alton. I dutifully trudged up the stairs and wrote a check. It was around 4pm. It wasn’t busy, but I saw two others coming in with their taxes. Yes, I do know that most pay by mail or have it paid directly by their mortgage holder.

As promised I did, however, dally around and make some discreet (by my standards) inquiries as to what happened to our tax base. Yes, the tax base did go down — as is very clear from the above table.

It appears there were three main reasons for this decline, which in turn forced the Tax Rate to go up because the requisite money has to be collected somehow. The 3 reasons why the base went down were as follows:

1/ Some high-end properties [read ‘waterfront‘] had (by now) unrealistically high (pre-2007) valuations.

2/ A major drop in the value of ‘mobile’ homes. [Anybody who follows the local property market would attest to this. Nonetheless, I went and did some checking using our online ‘Appraiser Valuation’ database. Wow. $62K for a nice, big, well maintained ‘mobile’ — which I think was on the market a few years ago for upwards of $100K. Wow.]

3/ The large number of building that were lost in the 2009 Christian Conference Center fire. The taxes associated with these buildings are gone. Hhhmmm.

I also found out that nobody had said a word about the higher tax rate — confirming my belief that Alton is a very rich town.