Archive | April 7, 2013

Alton Central School (ACS): Safety Inspection Report, Feb. 26, 2013, By The NH Department Of Labor.

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Anura Guruge


A Couple Of Related Posts:
>> Air quality at ACS — Apr. 1, 2013.
>> Town requests ACS to address malodorous sinks — Apr. 4, 2013.

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I was given a copy of this report last week. What struck me was that I had mentioned in my recent ‘air quality’ post that ACS in addition to being a school was also a workplace and that workplaces do have to meet certain safety standards. So, I am delighted that the state Department of Labor has conducted this test — though they did not check for air quality (because as I am now learning NH does not have any mandatory standards for indoor air quality, even in schools). The timing of this inspection, exactly a fortnight prior to the $18 million school renovation bond election, must have been a coincidence.

I think we have had at least two ACS School Board meetings, viz. March 5, 2013 & April 3, since this report was issued. Not sure whether the School Board addressed this report.

I have looked at the report multiple times. On the whole, as far as I can tell, there are no outright, show-stoppers. But, there are quite a few disturbing findings. Here is one that bothered me since Devanee would have been in this classroom if not for the fact that we are homeschooling her.

VIO # 35, ‘Housekeeping’ • Grade 6 – math – the secondary exit is blocked with a desk and bookcase.

I could, as ever, be wrong, but that doesn’t sound good. I don’t think that we as a community would be too amused if we heard that our kids couldn’t vacate a classroom in an emergency because a door was blocked.

Now here is where it gets even more disturbing. I am getting told (even today, i.e., Sunday) that some, if not many, of these concerns had already been reported to the administration by concerned residents, one from what I gather even going to the trouble of providing a set of photographs of the infractions.

A lot of it appears to be procedural stuff that is not getting done. Appears that classrooms cannot have the glass panels on the doors obscured. That would appear fairly easy to fix, assuming that the school administration knew about these requirements — which I hope that they did.

Then there is another violation that bothers us, especially since Deanna, totally independently and coincidentally, happened to notice it too. This actually on the first page.

VIO #4, ‘Duties and Responsibilities of the Joint Loss Management Committee (JLMC)’, Not In Compliance, SAU Office: The JLMC has not been meeting quarterly.

I will let you make up your own mind. I assume that this report will start making its rounds around those that have concerns. I guess the School Board might address this at some point.

I will leave it here. But, when we start talking about SAFETY lets make sure that these things cited in this DoL report are addressed.



We have also heard that there was some ‘excitement’ at ACS on Friday afternoon. Hhhmmmm. Appears to a lot happening these days.



We Saw C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) Tonight From Alton, New Hampshire, Through Binoculars, Thanks To Heads Up From Dave Eagle.

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C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) fron New Hampshire

C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) seen with binoculars from Alton, NH, on April 6, 2013. Click to ENLARGE.


Dave Eagle, in an e-mail this morning, gave me a heads up that C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS) is still visible (though I am not sure whether it is still naked eye). Per Dave, and he would know, it will be close to ‘M31‘ — i.e., Andromeda.

It was more of less where I told you to look this morning. I used those same instructions, which were: For us in New England, that would be low in the Northwest sky around 8 pm. I think trees will be the problem for us. From what I can see from my trusty Sky Charts our best bet would be to start with The Pleiades (the easy to spot ‘Seven Sisters’/Subaru cluster). They (i.e., The Pleiades) should be close to West around 8 pm. Then start scanning North from there. With luck you should be able to spot the ‘W’, the upside down crown, of Cassiopeia. M31, and hence the comet, should be below Cassiopeia.

Beautiful night for admiring the firmament. Not a cloud in the sky. The cold air making everything bright and crisp. We started off on a cleared, abandoned housing estate site close by but it didn’t have enough elevation. So headed up Prospect Mountain Road to the very top. Got to see two delightful porcupines frolicking on the road. Yes, we stopped and watched. Then we turned into Ridge Road at the end of Prospect and parked right at the zenith, off the road. Now we were above the tree line. We used Google Sky Map on a Google Nexus 7 Android 7″ pad to fine tune our direction. Great App. Very easy to use. bang, Right there. Deanna could hold it up and match Cassiopeia with what is in the sky. That helps.

I started scanning with a pair of old, very old, Carl Zeiss, 10x50W binoculars. Took me a while. But then I saw it and I said: ‘WOW’! No escaping it. When you see it you know that that is different. It was rewarding. I saw Hale-Bopp, C/1995 O1, most nights for nearly a month in 1997. That made an indelible impression. I also saw Kohoutek, C/1973 E1, faintly, in 1974, after spending days clambering up hillocks in The Mumbles, near Swansea, Wales, with like minded fellow students from the University, spread over 4 months. That was dedication. C/2011 L4 was better.

Deanna thinks it is the first comet she has seen. She is not sure whether she saw Hale-Bopp. She was thrilled. She too went: ‘Wow’. It was, of course, a first for Devanee. Teischan wasn’t interested.

So this was a nice, welcome warm-up for C/2012 S1 (ISON) later this year. That should, with luck, be more spectacular. 


Where C/2011 L4 was in the heavens when we saw it. It was pretty far away. Click image to access NASA JPL prbital data.

Where C/2011 L4 was in the heavens when we saw it. It was pretty far away. Click image to access NASA JPL prbital data.


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