Archive | August 11, 2012

Alton, NH, Old Home Day 2012. So Much For The Fireworks. IF You Saw Them Bully For You.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Well it says it all.

Suffice to say we missed the fireworks and WE are not amused. Yes, we had gone down to the Bay in the afternoon and walked around. Granted it wasn’t the best of days. But it looked a bit empty, lackluster and downbeat. Didn’t see any notices about fireworks being early in case of bad weather. I have to say that I am underwhelmed by how this event is organized and in particular publicized. I would have gladly have posted whatever they wanted to say about times, rain dates, early fireworks.

C’est la vie. Par for the course for Alton. No, we didn’t check before we left — at 8:55pm. It wasn’t raining at that point.

Got to hear two songs from Echotones. They seemed good. Nice beat. A few old folks, even older than me, were bopping around the bandstand. Tried to get Deanna to get out and dance. She wasn’t having any of that.

So a bit of a damp squib in general. Maybe starting next Summer I am going to give Alton fireworks a miss all together and just go to those in Wolfeborough and Pittsfield.

The lightning show was good. Waiting, patiently, to lose power.

PSNH Serving Alton: We Lost Power AGAIN Yesterday; 3rd Time In Last 33 Days.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge



This is beyond a joke. We have been without power for over 16 hours in the last 33 days — and this is the middle of the Summer, and we haven’t had that many bad storms. We lost power on Sunday, July 8 on a day when there was not even a breeze in the air, let alone a storm. It was gone for most of that day. We lost power for over 7 hours on Tuesday, July 17th, in the evening – and yes, there was a storm passing through. Then yesterday — BEFORE the storm!

PSNH only has less than 200 customers in Alton, and alas and alack we happen to one of them. We are on a spur. Literally the end of the line. PSNH does not give a hoot about us.

I have had PSNH through my entire 26 years in NH, though these days I buy my power from Resident Power though, alas, I still have to rely in PSNH to have it delivered — for which I pay a pretty penny.

Yes, we have two generators and yet again yesterday I hooked them up.

I really want to get my service from the local Alton Co-Op, BUT I understand that PSNH will fight me every step to try and get us moved because it is a MONEY thing. With PSNH it is always money, and just money. It is beyond ironic that they have the word ‘Service’ in their name. ‘Service’ is the furthest thing from their mind. All they want is money, money, money.

I really have to do something about getting off PSNH. I just can’t stand it.

Alton, NH: Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% In 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge



Mr. Thomas Sargent & Nancy Scott.

Just got a letter, dated August 10, 2012, from the Alton Assessor, Mr. Thomas Sargent.

Our assessment has gone up 7.2%!

Kind of surprised. Way, way above reasonable market value. Houses on this street go on foreclosure.

Yes, having lived in NH for 26 years I know how property assessments work; I know the system well. Yes, they can lower property assessments and increase the tax rate. Problem of late is that towns are increasing both, though they deny doing it.

I will GLADLY sell this house, no questions asked, no haggling, furniture and all — and even move out within 5 days — IF somebody offered me the CURRENT assessed value, never mind the 7.2% increase.

Suffice to say I am not happy. Yes, I will request an re-assessment. From my very limited experience with Mr. Sargent he tends to be reasonable and fair. That is always nice.

The current increase, with the current tax rate, is a hike of $26 a day!

Yes, Deanna will check the Alton ‘Vision Appraisal’ property assessment database to see how other have done.

Current Alton property tax rate is $13.07 per $1,000 assessed value.

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