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Eversource (PSNH) 13 Hour Outage In SW Alton From 6pm July 23 to 7pm July 24, 2015.

by Anura Guruge


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Though we knew that the storms were coming the Eversource (née PSNH) power outage that started around 6pm on Saturday, July 23, 2016 caught us off-guard BECAUSE we didn’t experience any wind. Just rain and it wasn’t even hard. The storms were to our South. This happens to us. We, at the VERY EDGE of Eversource’s service area, lose power when things look pretty calm at our end. To begin with we didn’t think it was ‘serious’. It was daylight … So I didn’t bother with the generators. Deanna called up and reported the outage. On the first call we got a recorded message that indicated that the outage should be fixed by 7:30pm! Wow. The lights did come on for a ‘second’ around 7pm and then go off.

Come around 7:30pm, and still now power, I had enough. PLUS I hadn’t run the 2 generators in awhile — and I like to run them for at least 30 minutes ‘once a month’ to prevent ‘rust’. So I decided I might as well kill two birds … So hauled the generators out with Teischan’s help. Worked the first time which is always gratifying. I kept on expecting the power to come on. By 9:30pm I was not amused. But we are lucky. With the two generators cranking we are 80% functional. We even had Wi-Fi. Then we started hearing that the outage would continue till Monday THOUGH I knew that there was some leeway and poetic license there. Nonetheless I turned off the generators at 11pm and went to bed.

Power came back on at 4am and we were glad. Went back to sleep. Around 6:20am, Sunday, July 24, our alarm system started beeping to say that power was OFF! Ahhhh!

I kind of had a hunch that Eversource was waiting for 7am. I was right. Just before 7am the power came on. There was some slight flickering but it has stayed on.


From what I can tell, NOT counting the Brownouts on July 6, 2016, this was the first Eversource outage in our neck of the woods since February 5, 2016. 169 days.

First outage of over 4 hours since Thanksgiving 2014.


Two Images That Capture Our July 23 – 24, 2016 Outage.


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Braxton’s 3rd Birthday, July 20, 2016 — At Alton McDonald’s.

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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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). Yesterday, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, was Braxton’s ‘official’ 3rd birthday. Given that he was a rescue dog 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 that is what it is.

I have no compunctions about giving dogs McD cheeseburgers! I eat them (but not the buns) and the kids eat them. If it is good enough for us, it is good enough for the dogs. I really doubt if there is anything in those (ordered plain) burgers that can truly harm my dogs. The fat, carbs and calories are NOT a problem at all. These dogs get a LOT of exercise — and the vet confirms that they are as fit as can be. They run (at least) 2.5 miles most days and now it is Summer swim in our lake, Halfmoon, for 30 – 40 minutes, non-stop, at least a couple of times a week. Actually that is what we did after the burgers. Down to the beach to swim — and no, the no swimming for 2-hours after a meal does not seem to apply to dogs.

This is trying to put them on leashes and get them out AFTER they have been swimming free, far and wide, for about 30 minutes.


This was a picture from Maya’s 3rd birthday May 15, 2014.

Not much seems to have changed in 2 years!

May 15, 2014 — Maya’s 3rd birthday. Compare with above pictures. Deja vu all over again.


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