Archive | October 19, 2012

UNH Marine Program: Know The Coast Day — We Went. It Was Good. It Was Fun. It Was Educational Too.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Deanna found this through the Homeschooling Alliance that we belong to. It was free and looked quite promising. Yes, I was amused that UNH was holding a ‘Know The Coast Day‘ in landlocked Durham, NH (when I know that UNH does have research facilities on the coast). That said, they did all of us proud. I like UNH Durham. There is always a nice vibe in Durham. We have been to numerous events and camps at UNH Durham, some to do with Destination Imagination (DI).

It was a gray day, though the rain held off and it was pleasantly warm. Parking is always an issue at Durham, but I managed (after I flashed my smile a few times).

It seemed to be well thought out, coordinated and laid out. Lots of volunteer, many retired folks like me. Some representatives from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Very helpful, in particular Mr. Rick Cecchetti. Gave me a ton of information pertinent to Devanee. Altogether a very nice. Very helpful.

The squid dissecting was a hit. I learnt a lot. Did you know that they now have a separation device attached to U.S. trawler nets to help whales escape IF they get entangled in the nets? I liked that.

I was impressed with this SeaPerch, DIY remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Appears I can get the parts for about $50. I can build kits, so putting it together shouldn’t be too hard. I can see an ROV in our future.


I was struck by the level of detail in this model.

 

They had two large tanks, this the smaller, by quite a bit, was for wave and tidal studies. Very neat.

Keene Pumpkin Festival: HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ & Another World Record Attempt


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM
Oct. 16, 2012.
2/ Keene (NH): Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon —
PARKING, $15/car — Oct. 19, 2012.
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3/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

4/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click to watch video on Yahoo (from NH Channel 9, WMUR).


Click image to read more about HGTV program. My kids plan to be on it!

Not much more I can add that is not already in the above ‘clips’. On HGTV ‘Pumpkin Wars’ and an attempt at the Guinness Book World Record.
See you there. Cheers.

Keene (NH): Pumpkin Festival Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon — PARKING, $15/car


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1/ Pumpkin Festival In Keene, NH, Saturday, October 20, 2012 From Noon Till 8:30 PM
Oct. 16, 2012.
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2/ Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)
July 14, 2012.

3/ New Hampshire Stories: Laconia Rotary Club
—-and the ‘University of Whales’ — Oct. 9, 2012.


Click to access the ‘Parking’ page at the official Website.


Just a heads up, because it caught me by surprise when I saw it late last night. $15 per car for parking.

Admission is free, BUT I now find out (because I will be one of them collecting it), that all will be asked for a $5 donation per adult! So, again, a heads up. It is, however, definitely, categorically, voluntary, no obligation and they will not make you wear a ‘yellow start’ to denote you didn’t make a donation.

The two main attractions are the 40′ Ferris Wheel and a Haunted Alley. Yes, you have to pay for those too. So come prepared, especially if you have kids.

This is my 1st time so I have no data or parameters to work with or off. Just in terms of initial reaction the $15 for parking and $5/adult voluntary DONATION seems a tad high! That can add up to a LOT of loot. Who gets that money? I am sure it is registered as a non-profit … but that doesn’t say anything out outlandish ‘expenses’ (and I will leave it at that).

I will, as is my wont, try and find out.

I have been told, but won’t know if it is true till I get there, that we (i.e., those of us volunteering at this event) have special parking. Maybe it just means we will be asked to pay $25/car.

Stay tuned.

 

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