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Alton Central (ACS) School Board Summer ‘Workshop’ — Thursday, August 8, 2013, 1 pm – 5 pm. It Should Be Hilarious.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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entertainmentmaskAt this ‘workshop’, originally billed, erroneously, by the Superintendent, William Lander, as ‘the retreat’, will address, in public, ‘Common Core‘ and the new charter for the ‘Buildings & Grounds Committee‘.

There is also a session on the future vision of the board, but I think there is nothing that cannot be easily and inexpensively fixed there with some pairs of Dollar Store reading glasses.

The scheduled 1 hour segment for discussing ‘Common Core’ should prove to be the BEST public forum entertainment that has been available in Alton all Summer. Forget the July 3rd fireworks. The fireworks during this session should be spectacular. Jane Cormier, Alton’s indefatigable State Rep, Jane Cormier, per her husband, School Board member Carlos Martinez, will attend and speak on this issue. Per a request I had made in May, Carlos asked whether she could be on the agenda. That was denied. She will have to speak during ‘public input’ so to speak. This should be a very entertaining hour.

Now that the Board, made an about-turn, and decided that they are not going to move the 4th Grade modulars, we should also have some fun discussions during the ‘Buildings & Grounds’ segment.

I am assuming that the SAU, will per custom, tape all of this and put it on YouTube. My guess is that parts of this will go viral. Now if we could only monetize that through YouTube. That will pay for a $36 M school.

Chinese Picnic By The Side Of Cotton Valley Rail Trail in Wolfeboro, NH Last Saturday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Our picnic ‘table’. Doesn’t get better than this.


P1040238We knew we were going to the British car rally in Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday. We knew the weather was going to be spectacular. We knew that the kids would be asking for lunch. Plus, Deanna wanted to ‘do’ the Cotton Valley after hearing my rave reviews. So I decided to synthesize all of this together for the best results. We all like Chinese though we have cut back drastically since I started my no-carb diet. The last time we had Chinese was May 30 — in Manchester when we went to meet my son, Matthew, for his 21st birthday.

Wolfeboro’s (other) Chinese restaurant, the Sea Bird, is right by the trail and we are talking abutting. We like the Sea Bird. Good, non-greasy, fairly authentic food and very nice owners. So on the way to the rally we stopped and picked up a menu (though I am sure there was one already in the car). We were done at the rally just before 1. I called and ordered 4 luncheon specials — two of them heavy on the appetizers because I would have to get by just on uncoated meat. We got the Sea Bird and only had to wait a few minutes. Gave us a chance to chat with the two owners Lan Sam and Guy Phu. Always very nice. When we told them our plans they gave us plenty of plates, utensils and some plastic containers. I carried the bag — and it did not break though we walked a total of about 3 miles with it. Strong bag.

It was delightful. It really is an exceptional trail. Pleasing to the senses in so many different ways. Picture postcard perfect scenery of lakes and mountains behind them. Lots of trees. Turtles in the water. Birds in the trees. Boaters of all varieties. The N.H. lakes region personified — at its best.

We stopped and ate. Chatted with some boaters and walkers. The food hit the mark. We left the soups till later. The fried rice last the kids till the next day.

It was very civilized and pleasant. So typical of Wolfeboro. It really is a quintessential Summer Resort.

Definitely recommend it. Get some takeout. Walk about a mile. Find a stone bench and Bob really will be your uncle.

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