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Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 4, 2018.

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The Wolfeboro (New Hampshire), 4th of July fireworks, as ever were good. As good as you can get with hand fired fireworks I would think — though I could be wrong. From what we can see all the fireworks are set off by three intrepid souls carrying flares and scuttling, like beatles, from one pod to another. As always the Wolfeboro fireworks were much better than those of Alton the previous night — but that is to expected, Wolfeboro being one of the wealthiest towns in the State.

Good crowd and LOTS of boats (especially in contrast to Alton, the night before).

We sat, as ever, on the grass bank, in Brewster, right across from the field where the fireworks are set off. It was the most crowded that we have experienced. This time, after last year’s fiasco, we parked at Huggins Hospital and walked. Getting back on Rte 28 was a piece of cake, so I suspect this will become the new norm.

Unlike Alton, which started late, Wolfeboro, started right on time at 9:30pm … with some folks even having a countdown to 9:30 which proved to be spot on. That was cool. The show lasted 26-minutes. So, it was all good.

I will never rate a public firework display as even been a total disaster — provided they get at least a few up in the sky. In my book all firework shows are ‘good’ by definition, though some, of course, are much better than others, and you are unlikely to get a truly spectacular one in New Hampshire outside of the BIG cities and Jaffery (the home of ‘Atlas Fireworks’).


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Alton, New Hampshire Fireworks — July 3, 2018.

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It was the usual mediocre July 3rd fireworks, to mark July 4th, which is what us long term locals have come to expect from Alton.  Alton does noticeably better when it come to the “Old Home Day” fireworks in August. That is just how things are in Alton — in terms of how they spend their fireworks budget.

The 2018 July 3rd Alton fireworks did NOT deviate from that norm. They were not spectacular — just a halfhearted firework show. BUT, in my book any firework show is a firework show. As usual there was nothing to write home about — but just enough for this blog post. Another beautiful evening. Goldilocks. The weather was just perfect.

For the second year in a row it was not that crowded. That worries me.


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Alton, New Hampshire “July 4” 2018 Fireworks — 9:20pm, On Tuesday, July 3 (THREE).

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This band will perform, beforehand, from 7pm to 9pm.

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Unlike with some prior years weather, in 2018, should not be a factor. I just checked again. Looks good — bar a totally unexpected thunderstorm due to the heat.

As always Alton’s fireworks are never on the 4th. That days is left for the ‘Big Boys’ like Wolfeboro.

So, Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 9:20pm at ‘The Bay‘.

The Pete Kilpatrick Band‘ will perform starting at 9pm.


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

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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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Bullying At School, Alas, Continues To Be A Problem In New Hampshire, BUT This Was Such A Great Response.

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If you do a search on ‘bullying‘ on this blog you will see that we have weathered more than our fair share of bullying at school — in Alton.

We were even forced to homeschool because of bullying.

There were 2 – 3 years when we tried hard, at the School Board, level to try and get the school to respond to bullying.

This, from a 5th grader, was GREAT, BUT it was horrifying to hear the stuff they had been threatening her with. Those bullies should be in police custody.

School bullying is still a BIG problem, across the world.

We need this kind of intervention.

BRAVO. Kudos.

I had to share this with you.


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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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