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Stainless Steel Meat Tenderizer Handcrafted From Scratch By Devanee.

by Anura Guruge


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She made this in her senior-year metal works class at Prospect Mountain High School. Very impressive. A lot of detail. She is very happy. We are treating it like a work of art. She likes metal work. This is meant to be a precursor to her going to college to pursue an engineering degree.


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Teischan Playing Her Trademark Pink Flute At The ‘ACS’ Holiday Concert — December 5, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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I would be an untruth if I said she does this by choice or with grace. From these pictures and from what we could see she seems to enjoy it and was quite ebullient after it (though that could have been just a sense of relief and adrenaline). But, it was a struggle, quite a struggle, to get her to perform at this concert. I took grief from her nearly everyday. Claimed she hated it. Well, I got her to it and that was an achievement. Now, as she has already pointed out a number of times, we all get a break from band till next year. And trust me, I could do with that. Did I say it had been a struggle. This homeschooling lark is no easy — or at least not for I.

But, it was good. Always a joy to see the kids perform and all the relatives there to see them.

Happy Holidays. It is in full swing around here.


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Turkey Tracks On Fresh Snow — New Hampshire.

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We have a lot of turkeys around here — the feathered variety and the not-so. These tracks, obviously, from a feathered one. This morning. We had a light coating of snow, perfect for tracks. This was right on our drive. Had both turkey and deer tracks. I knew about the deer. We have had deer in the yard the last few mornings. That is neat. Just wanted to share with those that might not get to see fresk turkey tracks in virgin snow.


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Got Flu (0.5 Fluzone HD) & Pneumonia Shots, For 2018-2019, At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

by Anura Guruge


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I resisted getting the flu shot till around 2010. I was willing to roll-the-dice and take my chances. But, as I approached 60 I realized that I better pay heed to what the medical profession was advocating especially since I am very susceptible to infections.

So, far so good.

Over those 8-years, I have got my shot most often at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy. 

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time. Today, they were rather buy and it took just over 30-minutes. Still easier than driving to an hospital.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year and the year before.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances. This year for the first time I got the 65+ flu vaccine in my left arm, and for the first time ever, a pneumonia shot — the latter in the right arm. That way ‘they’ know which is which; ‘flu’ with an ‘l’ in it in the ‘l’eft arm. Clever.


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Winter Storm Names For 2018 — 2019, Starting With ‘Avery’ Later Today.

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Pretty eclectic — though one could even say ‘exotic’ — list. There is no way you could blame ‘them’ of bias. You can see that they have tried hard to be equitable. Some pretty fancy names — Quiana. Wow. 26 names — corresponding to the alphabet. I hope we don’t see all of them.

But, we start with ‘Avery’ later today.

Well, you know the names. You have been warned.

Yes, we have a Golden named ‘Maya‘.


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Alton (N.H.) Property Tax Rate Up By 8.8%!

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I got the Town of Alton (New Hampshire) property tax bill for December 2018 and it seemed high. Much more than I was expecting. So, I checked it against the prior bills.

WOW!

A 8.8% increase with no change to the assessed property values. No wonder the bill seemed high. It is HIGH. The school again. Funny thing is I can’t recall reading or hearing about a major increase to the tax rate.

I realize that most people don’t see the increase per se. Their property tax payment is included with their mortgage payment. But, they will see it at some point and it will be a shock.

Well, I have given you a heads up.

We have had higher tax rates, BUT valuations were lower. It is the COMBINATION of the two that adds up and counts.


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