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‘Bella Winni Salon’, By Jessica Rothwell, The Premier Hair Salon In The Alton [NH] Area.

by Anura Guruge




I have known Jessica as of last year; she was one of my first ‘students’ at Wolfeboro Adult Education. She was already well into visualizing this salon at the time. 

She has done an AMAZING job. It is blinking beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen a more visually congenial hair salon in my life (and I have bummed around quite a few cities in the world). I am sure there is nothing like it around here. Jessica is also extremely good at what she does, very dedicated and conscientious.

She asked me to do this Website for her because she, as she should be, is swamped. The salon is already doing very well though it only opened last month.

Read it about it in ‘The Baysider‘.

Enlarge and read here. From the June 22, 2017 issue of ‘The Baysider’.


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Braxton, Our Harrier’s 4th Birthday, July 20, 2017 — McDonald’s As Is Customary.

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Per what is now a fairly long-standing family tradition we take the dogs, on their birthday, to the local McDonald’s (in Alton, NH) for cheeseburgers (in addition to the other times during the year they get treated at McD). I used to get an ice-cream cake for Ulysses, who loved it, but I was never sure whether ice-cream cakes were the best birthday treats for dogs.

Braxton was a rescue dog that we believed was a beagle until we were told he was a harrier — a beagle on steroids. As such we don’t know his real birthday. The vets believe that he was born around the third week of July in 2013. July 20′ was Deanna’s (now deceased) father’s birthday, so she opted to make it Braxton’s official birthday since it would be easy to remember.

So today, Thursday, July 20, 2017, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 4th birthday — which he shares with Sir Edmund Hillary. It was also the day of the first moon landing.

There is no chance we will forget his birthday. Teischan, now 11, a great fan of birthdays keeps track of the dog’s birthdays. So we were reminded of it for days.

I think the dogs enjoyed the birthday. They went for a swim, in a lake, after that — albeit after about a 90-minute rest to digest the burgers. They get two each now.


Braxton’s 3rd birthday last year.

Déjà vu all over again.


Braxton’s 1st birthday in 2014.


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Does Alton, New Hampshire Really Need 3 Bandstands Within 200 Yards?

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Alton flowers Summer 2017 Anura Guruge Sony a7 II New Hampshire



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Alton has, historically, had two bandstands — one very serviceable one (especially after it had significant maintenance work done during the winter), quite cutely, in the middle of the bay.  The top two pictures.

Then this weekend I saw that the ‘Alton Bay Christian Conference Center‘, across the road, had put up their own — diagonally across from the main bandstand. Looks incongruous, if not downright strange. After seeing it I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed possible to have too many bandstands close together. Yes, maybe the Conference Center thinks of theirs as a gazebo. Possible. Just looks out of place. How they got planning permission baffles me.


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Possibility Of ‘Northern Lights’ (Aurora Borealis) Over New Hampshire TONIGHT, Sunday, July 16, 2017.

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Per ‘Weather Underground’ @wunderground.com we should have CLEAR skies over New Hampshire tonight.



This is per the U.S. National Weather Service in Boston — albeit based on an experimental forecast model.

However, from everything else I have seen, at places like spaceweather.com, there appears to be a very good chance and the weather will cooperate over New Hampshire.

It is possible that we might see the lights earlier but we most likely will still have ‘dusk’ (as opposed to to ‘dust’) till past 8pm.

So, if you can make sure to go out and take a gander.


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Neha Parikh’s Sensational Indian Dancers At Concord (NH) ‘Multicultural Festival’, June 24, 2017 — Part I.

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I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Neha Parikh at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ in September 2015. Given that I was yet again taking pictures we struck up a relationship and I send her all the pictures I took.

Click image to access the pictures from Laconia.

When I joined the organizing committee for the 2017 Concord ‘Multicultural Festival’ I put forward Neha’s name as a ‘must have’ — before I had checked with Neha whether she would be amenable. Luckily for I and for Concord, Neha, ever gracious and helpful, agreed to participate. The rest is history.

As I always knew Neha’s amazingly talented and dedicated dancers were a HUGE HIT. I heard people talking in AWE as I was taking these picture.

This was a HUGE coup for Indian culture and in particular these dancers. I was PROUD and so happy — particularly so for the parents. Bravo. Kudos. THANK YOU. Enjoy.


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All pictures taken with my Sony a6500. Also see these 30 pictures of the Multicultural Festival.


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Which Signs Do YOU Like — Poor People’s Pub, NH or Geddy’s, ME?

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Geddy’s, Bar Harbor (Acadia), Maine (Left)

Poor People’s Pub, Sanbornville, NH (Right)


They “Poor People’s Pub” & “Geddy’s” are both fun places to eat at and just visit. 

I have been to both of them more than once, and will continue to frequent them.

Very different settings, one in the hustling, bustling heart of Bar Harbor and the other in rural New Hampshire. Yes, the artwork also is slightly different, though I am sure the Pub’s clientele will have no objections to the Bar Harbor flair.

 

I had seen the signs at Geddy’s a few years back. My first visit to “Poor People’s” was, however, just this April. Their signs reminded me of Geddy’s. Now you can see them side-by-side.


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