Advertisements
Tag Archive | Chamber of Commerce

Feeding Seagulls — Permitted At ‘Hampton Beach’, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge



Despite the far from amenable weather, we went to ‘Hampton Beach‘, yesterday, for Mother’s Day — and as is our new wont had a lunch (and a very good one at that (as we knew would be the case)) at ‘Jumpin’ Jack Java‘. Then, we promenaded the ‘boulevard’. On the way back we saw a number of people casually feeding the seagulls. I had to stop and take some pictures.

But, that got me wondering.

Folks feeding seagulls at a public beach. That can’t be kosher.

So, at the next notice board I stopped to read it to see if there were any signs that said ‘No Feeding The Seagull‘. Nada. No signs.

We were walking by the ‘Chamber of Commerce’ office and stopped to inquire.

NO LAWS about feeding seagulls.

I guess this is ‘Live Free, Or Die‘ New Hampshire.

When I got home, I, of course, Googled. I was shocked. Being able to feed seagulls with impunity is quite common in the U.S. of A. WOW. I never realized.

I would have thought that feeding seagulls was a really bad idea. You are making associate humans with food. And I have seen seagulls attack humans. 45-years ago, on Mumbles Beach, near Swansea, in Wales, I had a seagull brazingly dive in and steal my piece of fried cod from the ‘fish-and-chips’ I had just purchased. I was not a happy camper.

I need to keep an eye on this. I am fairly sure that seagulls can be a real nuisance once them get used to too much human dependance. I will also have to check what the story is at other places — like Acadia. So, stay tuned.

Click to ENLARGE.


Related Posts:
Search ‘seagulls‘.


by Anura Guruge

Advertisements

NO Wolfeboro, N.H. ‘First Night’ For 2016 (Official).

nowolfefirstnigh22222Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail.
.
.
.
.
.
.
by Anura Guruge


⊗ ⊗ ⊗ ⊗ 
This is the December 31, 2015 post!

You need the December 31, 2016 post — HERE.
⊗ ⊗ ⊗ ⊗ 


Related posts:nowolfefirstnight0000
>>
Wolfeboro 2015 First Night.
>>
Wolfeboro 2014 First Night.
>>
Wolfeboro 2013 First Night.

>> 2015 Christmas parade & tree lighting.

++++ Search ‘First Night’ for MANY
posts about Portsmouth, Boston and
Wolfeboro First Nights, 2011 -> 2015 >>>>

∝∝∝∝ Search ‘Hogmanay’ for other related New Year’s posts >>>>

**** Search ‘Wolfeboro’ for many, many other related posts >>>> 


nowolfefirstnight111

‘Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce’ events Webpage from this morning. Click to ENLARGE and ponder over here. Use link below to access original.

Click here to access the original at the
‘Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce’ events Webpage.


I just called up the Wolfeboro Chamber and checked. Yes, it is official. No Wolfeboro ‘First Night’ this year; i.e., December 31, 2015 — January 1, 2016.

And NO midnight fireworks!

Yikes!

Instead fireworks at 6:30 pm. Mitt Wept (I hope).

This is very sad.

Yes, folks like us are to blame. We did NOT attend the last two years, having been stalwarts for a few years previously. We wanted a BIGGER, BETTER show. Yikes.

Wolfeboro Inn and others are putting on their own events. But that is not the same.

As far as I am concerned double-whammy for Wolfeboro in 2016 ALREADY — and we haven’t even begun the year. First ‘Great Waters’ CANCELS the gala ‘Chorus & Orchestra’ event for 2016. Now this.

And the crazy thing is that it ISN’T  as if Wolfeboro, NH — the Capital of Heated Driveways in the Northeast — does NOT have the money to fund such events. Any of the folks that run the Heated Driveways — and I am sure that some of them have them on even now though the temperature is in the 40s — could easily finance First Night without even flinching.

Shame.

Well, there is ALWAYS Boston. I am no longer big on Portsmouth. Their First Night is ‘neither here nor there’. Just go to Boston.


Wolfeboro, ‘First Night’ 2014 – 2015: The Schedule And Button Availability.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

..
.

.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Portsmouth ‘First Night’ 2015.

++++ Search ‘First Night’ for other MANY posts about BOTH Portsmouth and Wolfeboro First Nights, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 >>>>

∝∝∝∝ Search ‘Hogmanay’ for other related New Year’s posts >>>>


wolfeborofirstnight2014

Click to ENLARGE. Use links below to access original and to buy buttons.

To access original of the above programme … click.
To buy Buttons for the event from the
Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce … click.

I am glad to see that they have a Web presence this year and that the event is alive and ‘well’. We are big supporters of this event — the only other real ‘major’ “First Night” in New Hampshire being the bit more gala one in Portsmouth.

I know that management changed, for the first time in decades, last year and that this is still a ‘work in progress’ for the new crew. I also see that our own “Clearlakes Chorale” (for the first time that I am aware of) and our friend Dan Monahan’s “Lakes Region Chordsmen” have star-billing. That is great. Dan had already given me a heads up.

As an adopted Scot who takes Hogmanay very seriously (as one really should) I will just make this one observation. An event that ends by 10 pm on New Year’s Eve is not exactly “First Night” for the diehards and young at heart. Ideally I like fireworks (in the air and other varieties can come later) at Midnight. No Portsmouth does not have fireworks at midnight because of noise ordinances! Wolfeboro used to. 

I wish them all the best. They will fine tune it and refine it with time. 


Wolfeboro, First Night 2014. New Website Coming. Old Website Has 2013 Details! Chamber Has Details.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

..
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
++++
Search ‘First Night’ for other posts from 2012 etc. >>>>

Portsmouth 2014 ‘First Night’
— the latest


I was right.
Wolfeboro ‘First Night’ has NOTHING on the Web for 2014!

What they have is last year’s events and buttons.

That is official and confirmed.

I just called up the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce.

wolfe1stcontact

They admitted that there will be a NEW ‘Website’ and with 8 days to go it is still NOT UP.

Why folks around here have trouble doing Websites confounds me.
I can do a new Website, from scratch, in a couple of hours
and have done 4 in the last 5 weeks to prove that.

The Chamber says that they have PRINTED stuff and that
they will be mailing it shortly.

How cute! How provincial.

But, main thing. Don’t be duped by the old Website.

wolfefirstcancel


Wolfeboro, Indeed, Per Custom, Is Having A Gala ‘First Night’ 2014 — Though There Is Nary Any Details On The Web.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.p2012fireworks7

..
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
++++
Search ‘First Night’ for other posts from 2012 etc. >>>>

Portsmouth 2014 ‘First Night’
Dec. 1, 2013.



It is official, it is true and it is as it should be.

There will be a ‘First Night‘ in Wolfeboro for 2014, i.e., December 31, 2013 …

Yes, it is true that their Website, their Facebook or that of the Wolfeboro Chamber doesn’t mention that. They are still carrying 2012 and 2011 content.

But, I have checked.

We probably, breaking our tradition of the last few years, will NOT be going this year. The kids are older. We can venture further afield!

IF I find more details, I sure will post them.

Happy New Year, Wolfeboro.


Meredith, NH: Halloween ‘Trick or Eat’ Event, Sunday October 28, 2012 To Benefit Got Lunch!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
by Anura Guruge


We saw this in the ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ and decided to sign-up.
Not sure what it is all about. But it involves food & music!

But, it includes Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante (our favorite restaurant in the Lakes Region), Phu Jee Chinese Cuisine (which is noted for its authentic Chinese), Mame’s (that is invariably good) and Georges Diner (with its generous portions). I used to live in Meredith and am quite familiar with the surroundings and characters. So this could be fun.

Hoping that Lisa DeMartino, who is running for NH State Rep., Belknap County, District 2 (Gilford & Meredith), might be able to join us. We are scheduled for the 2pm tour. See you there.

There is supposed to be music from Happy Tunes Band, Julie Velie and New Horizons — all of which are new to me. No Paul Warnick and Phil ‘n The Blanks. Shame.

Call 603-279-6121, the Meredith Chamber of Commerce, for more details.

Click to access October 13, 2012, ‘Laconia Daily Sun’ article.

Click to access this write up at the ‘Meredith Chamber of Commerce’.

Back Volunteering As A Granite State Ambassador (GSA)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

….
……
by Anura Guruge


I ‘passed’ my 2-day, SNHU run, GSA certification course, in Laconia, in the Spring of 2001. So, I have been a GSA since then. I was fairly active during the first 18 months, typically volunteering Thursday mornings at the Laconia Chamber of Commerce. It was the then director of that Chamber, the larger-than-life, Kinney O’Rouke, who got me involved with the GSA.

Kinney O’Rouke at our Gilford house in 2003.

It was the first warm day of Spring in 2001 and I was at the Laconia CVS in my daughters bright yellow 1995 Corvette (with its distinctive WOWNH plates), with the hood down. As I was about to pull out, this tall, ruddy figure, in a Hawaiian shirt walks up to my window, looks down at me, over his tinted glasses, and asks: ‘where are you from?’. In my case that questions has multiple answers. But, I could tell that Kinney was after ethnicity. He grilled me for a few minutes. He established that I was self-employed and worked my own hours (albeit quite a lot of them). Then he says, nary any compunction: ‘I have a 2 day class starting next week, in Gilford. I want you to attend. We need more people like YOU.’ That was the GSA certification class. It was a blast. As is invariably the case when I attend any kind of class (which thankfully is very rare since I turned 18) I was the ‘trouble maker’. They even made me switch seats the next day. But, I do remember winning a rather fancy moose cap from Molly Hodgson Smith, who had something to do with NH tourism at the time, for getting the answers right on some questions she posed. Over the next two years Kinney changed my life, most times without actually telling me beforehand. Shortly after the GSA course he had me inducted into Laconia Rotary. Kinney was the then President (and to be fair he was, in my case, just trying to fill his designated quota of new members). A few months later, in August, I was congratulated by another member for being elected the new ‘Sergeant-at-Arms‘. Another cute Kinney move. He needed a Sergeant-at-Arms and had me co-opted at a Board Meeting without even asking me beforehand if I would be interested. I was Sergeant-at-Arms for over 2 years, even after Kinney ceased to be the President.

Somewhere around 2003 I stopped the GSA volunteering. There was too much going on in my life. Time has always been a premium. I try to use every spare minute that I can salvage on writing and research. Between 2003 and 2011 I wrote 7 books – and managed to become an expert on papal history! So that is where much of the time went, though during that period I also ended up having two additional kids.

A couple of months ago, upon receiving a flyer, I agreed to volunteer at the upcoming HopFest on July 20, 2012. That got me thinking. I felt bad that I had not done any GSA work. So, I e-mailed them. They were, as ever, very nice. They didn’t chastise me for having gone missing for so long. Just wanted to know when I would start. Well, that was today. I did ‘3 hours’ at the Alton Bay information Center. It was fun. I like the interaction. I have a lot of fun. As has been noted, I am a ‘way off the scale‘ extrovert. Psychologist actually have a scientific definition for extroverts and introverts. Introverts are exhausted after public interactions; extrovert re-energized. Interacting with strangers has never made me tired.

%d bloggers like this: