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‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ & Dr. Elizabeth Ring — Very Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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Braxton, our (rescue) Harrier, has had a real bad rash for some days now. We knew it was due to allergies but it was clear that he needed some heavy-duty prescription medication.

Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.

Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.

Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.

Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.

Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.

But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.


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Ed Engler, Mayor Of Laconia, Publisher/Editor Of ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ & My Friend At The 2019 ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’.

by Anura Guruge


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That Ed had some health issues is no secret. He, himself, let it be known, in the Press, before taking some time-off.

I was delighted to see him today at the Laconia Multicultural Festival. He was seated on the lawn. He looked good. We spoke. I met him, when we were both in Laconia Rotary nearly 20-years ago. He tells me he is still Mayor for another month. He is not seeking office again, though from what I gather he will win, easily, again.

Well, I happened to take this picture, from afar, and it is SO ‘Ed’ that I wanted to share.


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Planet Fitness’ Delightful “I Lift Things Up And Put Them Down” Commercial, From 2011, Is BACK!

by Anura Guruge


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Happened to see it, this morning, on ‘GMA’ and it made my morning. Recognized and remembered it at once. What a classic. The guy is such a natural.

Good move by Planet Fitness. Reuse a memorable commercial — and make a definite impact — without spending money on a new one.

Kudos to their marketing team.

They got it right the first time and got it right again. Not too many marketing departments are that savvy.

Watch it again.

I am NOT a great fan of commercials. I Fast Forward through them or change channels and then come back.

But, this one I will watch.


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8.89cent/kWh Electric Rate In New Hampshire Till 2021 From “North American Power” — I Am Locked In.

by Anura Guruge


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I got THE letter in the mail today. So, it is official, I am locked in and there is nothing further I have to do.

I am happy. It was pretty painless and quick to RENEW with ‘North American Power‘. Yes, I had been with them, uninterrupted, for quite a few years. So, it was a straight, straightforward renewal.

I did the renewal, over the phone (since they do NOT permit it online), on August 29, 2019. Letter is dated August 30, 2019. So, that was pretty efficient.

It is actually LOWER than what I was paying for the last two-years, though the rate is for 14-months as opposed to 24-months. But, I can live with that.

I am getting a 8.89¢/kWh for 14-months starting October 2019.


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New Hampshire Electricity Rates: I Got A 8.89cent/kWh Rate For 14-Months From “North American Power”.

by Anura Guruge


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What I had for the last 2-years.

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Wow. It is actually LOWER than what I was paying for the last two-years, though the rate is for 14-months as opposed to 24-months. But, I can live with that.

They, as they promise, send me a renewal notice a couple of weeks ago. I had until mid-September to make a choice. I decided to get it done today.

Not sure why, but ‘North American Power‘ now insists that YOU have to call for everything. Kind of made me leery. They hadn’t quoted a renewal price and I was concerned that they would try to stick me with a much higher rate than what I was paying currently. I need not have worried.

I did a quick check on New Hampshire rates last night.

I liked the ‘North American Power’ 14-month 8.89¢/kWh. I was willing to stay with them if I could get it.

I called this morning. After the usual, tedious, verification process and having been put on hold for about 5-minutes, she quoted me that rate and apologized for it being just 14-months.

But, I was happy. 14-months takes me up the end of 2020. That was good enough.

I have now been with ‘North American Power‘ for over 4-years. So far, so good. No drama. They just seem to tick along. That is fine with I.

So, that is the story. I am getting a 8.89¢/kWh for 14-months starting October 2019.


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TDS Telecom, To Their Credit(?), Still Prints Local Telephone Directories — Albeit Ultra Skinny Ones.

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It came in the mail Saturday. Thought it was a magazine. No. The 2019 Directory for this area. Cute. Yes, they have been doing printed directories every year or most years. But, they used to be more substantial. Yes, they have gone to a larger format. Previous ones were narrower and shorter.

I checked a few names I knew. They were all there.

They have done their best to pad it. Even includes a page on ‘TDS TV‘ channel listings.

Maybe they are legally or contractually obligated, and YES I appreciate that WE, as paying customers, eventually end up paying for the costs of printing these. But, this is a waste and an anachronism. Sure, there will be a few that still appreciate a printed phone directory BUT you are not going to find the phone numbers you want in it. That is the problem.


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New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2019 — First Definite Proof.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken the last couple of days in Alton, New Hampshire. Not unusual to start seeing definite signs in August. I have seen fall foliage in July. The last few nights have been ‘cool’ — i.e., 60s. That will get the juices retreating. I as ever will keep and eye and share with you. That is what I do,


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