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40-Minute Eversource (PSNH) Power Outage In Alton (NH) — June 18, 2018.

by Anura Guruge



It was from around 7:05 to about 7:45pm, on Monday, June 18, 2018. We, in Alton, New Hampshire, were having but light rain — but we know there were thunderstorm to the South of us.

We were watching Episode 2 of “Anne Frank Diaries” on Acorn TV went all went dark.

We were the first to call to report an outage.

To be fair to Eversource (a.k.a. ‘Eversore’) this appears to be the first outage we have had since November 29, 2017 — i.e., 201-days!

WOW. 201-days.

In November 2017 we had three (3) outages in the month.

Well, I am not complaining.

On January 3, 2018, in anticipation of the “Bomb Cyclone” snow storm we had got a new generator — our 3rd. This was meant to be a backup for the other two — we needing two generators to power up 70% of the house.

Well today was the first time I got to use the new generator, a 7,000-watt Troy-Bilt (from Lowes), with electric start, in action. Once I remembered how to start it, it started first time. [I have now put a sticker on the switch I need to have on ‘ON’ before the electric starter kicks-in!]

So, that alone was good. I like to run my generators for 30-minutes every 6-weeks or so to prevent rust. So, this achieved that.

Glad power came back ….

I was expecting it to be out till the early hours of the morning.


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Flowers Of New Hampshire: Close To Home — June 10, 2018.

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All of these are from within 1.6 miles of home. The bulk are from our yard. The lady slippers was from my ‘secret’ spot and I took that picture when walking the dogs. Four of the pictures, with the vast green fields are from a neighbors. I went to visit them. They had called and told me to come and take some pictures!


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The Views From Mount Major, Alton, New Hampshire — June 8, 2018.

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Mt. Major is the best known and most rewarding hike in and around Alton, New Hampshire. You can’t beat the views from the top. It is a relatively easy hike, albeit with a few tough spots, and you can get to the top in about 45-minutes. The elevation at the top is 1,785′ — and there is, cutely, a roofless remains of an old house built in the 1920s when folks used to go up by horse. I feel bad for the horses.

This was my second visit to the top and I can’t understand why I don’t do it more often. I am going to try.

It was an Alton Central School (ACS) field trip and I was a chaperone.

It was perfect weather (though there was a haze and Mt. Washington was behind clouds).

Well, I thought you might enjoy the pictures — taken with my Sony a6500.


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Flowers Of Alton Bay, New Hampshire — June 8, 2018.

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I was chaperoning a school field trip to Mount Major, in Alton, New Hampshire, and had about 40-minutes to ‘kill’ after I had dropped Teischan off at the school. So, since it was on the way, I stopped at Alton Bay with my coffee, camera and a book. And see what happened.

Enjoy. They always do us proud.


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Flowers Of Central New Hampshire — June 6, 2018.

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My travels on June 6, 2018 took me to Somersworth and Rochester in addition to my usual perambulations around Alton. These were taken in all three places. The flowers of New Hampshire are truly in bloom.

I love all the flowers after our long, bleak winters. So, you have to let me indulge.


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Flowers Of ‘Aubuchon Hardware Store’, Alton, New Hampshire — June 3, 2018.

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We stopped at the ‘Aubuchon‘, at the Alton Traffic Circle, Sunday afternoon, to get some propane (for the grill) and some bags of water-softener salt.

As is always the case, this time of year, they had a mighty fine display of flowers. I had to take some pictures. We had a bunch of things to do and we were in a hurry. So, I had to rush these pictures. Hence the somewhat poor quality on some. But, still decent enough to enjoy.


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‘Prepdog.org’ Is Great For Homeschooling — Just Make Sure You Are Using ‘Chrome’.

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Though we are now homeschooling Teischan, I like her to take the same NWEA Testing, at year end, as she would have taken at school. That way there is never any misunderstandings, with anyone, as to whether she completed the year or did the appropriate testing.

One challenge of homeschooling is finding test preparation material — especially online and with automated, self-assessment.

I stumbled upon ‘prepdog.org’ this weekend and was delighted. It has a fair amount of tests and automated scoring — PROVIDED that you use Chrome. We found that out to our costs this morning. Teischan, on a Windows 10 PC uses Internet Explorer. She was NOT getting the scores. I tried it on an Android Tablet and on one of my PCs and I would get the results, each time, with no problem. Then it dawned on me. Chrome. Downloaded and installed it, BINGO. Everything works.

So a heads up.


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