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.
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 —
.5. West Lake —
.7. Peking Tokyo
>>— Gilford. Œ
.8. Giuseppe’s— Meredith.
.9. Walter’s Basin — Holderness.
10. Fratellos — Laconia.
Œ — Chinese.
…by Anura Guruge
1. Wolfeboro, NH, ‘First Night’ Celebrations New Year’s Eve … Worth Going
>>— Nov. 29, 2012.
2. Wolfeboro, NH, Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012 — Nov. 24, 2012.
3. Wolfeboro Christmas Tree Lighting, 2012, Clearlakes Chorale,
>>Wolfeboro’s Community Chorus Sings Carols — Nov. 24, 2012.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am very partial to harp music, acutely aware that I need to get my fill of the chords down here on earth, while I can. So, I was delighted that there was to be an harpist, Áine Minogue, was scheduled for two one hour slots at the All Saint’s Church (South Main St.) at 6:30pm and 7:30 pm.
Her name intrigued me. ‘Minogue‘ is a name I am familiar with from Sri Lanka. I was also vaguely familiar with the Australian Kylie Minogue from the work that she has done in Sri Lanka. So, I went looking. No, she has no Sri Lankan connections, but I will not hold that against her.
This is her Website. She has some good stuff there. Her slideshow of ‘Avebury, Glastonbury and Stonehenge‘ was a trip down memory lane for me. She has a well stocked ‘Listening Room‘. I listened, some. It was soothing. Mainly Celtic, and there is nothing wrong with that. I do like a bit of classic harp, but I will take what I can. So, I am hoping I will get to see her. Will have to ‘drag’ the kids straight from the parade and the 1st batch of fireworks. Might be able to make the 7:30 IF I bribe them with Chinese! The Church is small. So it could be packed.
Talking of Chinese, I am going to get my Chinese in Wolfeboro. Usually I get it in Alton, but the new owner, as she has made abundantly clear, has a problem. She pays too much in taxes. So I am trying to help out, as I also did with a local insurance company. When it comes to income and business taxes (including the dreaded NH ‘income & dividend‘) you only pay taxes on what you make — sans deductions. So, one way to pay less taxes is to make less money. Now, property taxes on the other hand … That is another story. Might do West Lake. Deanna likes it. Plus it will be the eve of our 10th wedding anniversary. More than likely ‘the sister-in-law’, as she invariably does, might be along. That could be fun. She was adamant that our marriage wouldn’t last, just because we had only known each other for a month!
…by Anura Guruge
I often get told off, mainly by my wife, about my very off-beat sense of humor. Though those that have had the misfortune to follow my writings over the years (and, alas, I have written much) have been shocked and delighted in equal part as to how naughty I can be, with a straight face. I have always maintained that this wicked (in the truest sense of the word) sense of humor was a very British thing. I just saw proof of it, and it cracked me up — especially as it is a word I use often.
This was in ‘The Economist‘ no less. ‘The Economist‘ is an highbrow, well respected British publication that has been in continuous print since 1843. (So that is from before the Civil War for those whose history starts with the advent of Google).
Note to wife: ‘No dear, I don’t want this for Christmas. God didn’t draw mine anyway, as you know. I think my parents did a fairly good job with the artwork.‘
I don’t have this book, but I have read quite a bit about it. This is a book that I would like as many people to read, since this is a topic that I am fervent about. No, circumcision is not practiced in Sri Lanka, thank God.
If you are buying books, it is indeed perfectly acceptable if you buy some of mine. I could do with some royalties.
.by Anura Guruge
As mentioned in the above two posts Bob Montana of Archie comics fame was a resident of Meredith, NH for a significant part of his life. I know that at least two of his daughters lived there given that I have met them. So, I was intrigued when I happened to see this old eBay listing. $1,000 and no bids. Not sure whether it did sell. Not for me. Not that bigger a fan. But, as ever I wanted to capture these ‘gems’ for posterity given the NH link. [No, my lips are sealed about other related nudes in Meredith.]
…by Anura Guruge
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! … — Nov. 26, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years.
>> 29.4% Rise Since 2007 — 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.
Here are the actual numbers:
What I wanted to establish, for Alton, was the real tax impact, i.e., the increased total tax rate against the change in property values.
That, as anybody who follows NH property tax will tell you is the only way to get a true read.
For 2012 – 2013, following the latest reevaluation of property prices, the total taxable property value base for Alton went down; albeit it, at -0.6%, by not that much, though it is the lowest it has been since 2007.
So, realistically the total tax rate had to go up to compensate for that. That is how it works. That meant the total tax rate had to go up at least 0.6% to maintain par.
The problem is that the Total Tax Rate went up 4.7% — the town portion & the school portion both going up.
Compared to 2007, the tax impact in Alton has gone up 14.2%.
On our road, THE best maintained dirt road in NH, the 21 properties saw an average tax increase (per property) of $352.34 from 2007 to 2012. Maybe that is par for the course. All I know is that my taxes have gone up. I guess most people in Alton don’t really care. It is but mere bagatelle to them no doubt given that Alton is a rich town. I just wanted to see how things stacked up. Since I do it all in Excel, cutting and pasting the data from the State Website, it doesn’t take me long and it makes sure that I keep my Excel skills polished.
The one thing I really would like to find out is how Alton lost $9.2 million in overall property value when most values, as far as I can see, went up. It could be that the default rate has increased. IF I can muster enough courage I will try to broach the subject when I take in my check for the taxes in a couple of weeks. Happy holidays.