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Somebody Broke Into The New Hampshire ‘State House’ In Concord?

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Boston WCVB Channel 5 original.


Ahhh?

This UPSETS me, greatly, at multiple levels.

I am VERY FOND of OUR wonderful, HISTORIC State House. As a ‘Granite State Ambassador‘ (GSA) I have volunteered at the State House — and if the truth be told, I did have a hand in getting GSA volunteering there.

It is one of the FRIENDLIEST, most open Government facilities I have ever visited (and yes, I have visited the Pentagon to do a presentation for an Army General).

I also know, starting with our AMAZING Governor, Maggie Hassan, quite a few people who work, visit and volunteer there. I know that my friends in the “Visitor Center” will feel this violation at a very personal level.

Ironic that just last month they were talking about increasing security at the State House. See below. Two years ago, as a GSA, I attended a 2-hour discussion on this very same issue — though we never even touched upon break ins at night. 

That they did NOT have any infrared security detectors is inexcusable!

When I saw this on TV this morning my second thought, after thinking of how this will upset the folks who work there, was to think of all the irreplaceable, historic items we have at the State House. We even have some moon rock. That some objects were damaged upsets me, GREATLY.

This is NOT good. I am not happy.


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by Anura Guruge

“John Paul Jones House” Museum In Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge


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From Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones_House


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Also from Wikipedia. Click to ENLARGE and read here. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Paul_Jones


I had not heard of this House (though I am sure I have been by it) which is now the museum of ‘Portsmouth Men, Women and Children‘ (where their stories live).

Starting this Summer the ‘Granite State Ambassadors‘ (GSAs), of whom I am a ‘Lifetime Member‘, are going to be helping out at this House/Museum. They are having two orientation sessions for the GSAs this coming week. I am going to go check it out. I like old houses like this — being mainly familiar with the historic properties on ‘Strawbery Banke‘ in Portsmouth. I am sure my Fuji X-E2s will go with me. So I will try to share some thoughts and pictures with you.


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2016 New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony — May 20, Concord.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access NH LEOMA Website.

Click here to access the “New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Association” (NH LEOMA) Website.


This is definitely a very worthwhile and moving ceremony to attend. In 2013 I was lucky enough to participate as a “Granite State Ambassador” (GSA) volunteering at the State House.

If you can you should definitely try and attend.

Per Governor Maggie Hassan’s edict flags in New Hampshire will be at Half-Staff on that day.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From governor.nh.gov.


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by Anura Guruge


New Hampshire Fall Foliage 2015 — Some Color Makes An Appearance.

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As is always the case in late August I start to notice hints of color emerging as I huff-and-puff up Prospect Mountain Road, in Alton, on my near daily run. On Monday, August 24, 2015, I went back up the hill, this time in our van, with my camera, to snap some pictures. Not much, but you can definitely see the leaves that have changed.

I knew that I had taken some pictures, on the very same hill, last year and had posted them here. I went looking for them. They were taken on August 25, 2014, I day later than this year. Cool. Well, it hasn’t really been cool enough to start the foliage process. BUT, I will keep you posted. I will most likely, for the 3rd year in a row, end up as an ‘official’ NH Fall Foliage Updater in my capacity as a Granite State Ambassador (GSA) [Lifetime Member].


Two other sights on Prospect Mountain Road.


Deanna’s flowers on August 24, 2015.


I Get My Permanent ‘Granite State Ambassador’ (GSA) ‘Lifetime Member’ Badges.

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4. Back to GSA.

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I was made, totally unexpectedly, albeit to my humble delight, a “Lifetime Member” last July. I had been a GSA for 13 years by then.

On Wednesday, just before we left for “Tall Ships“, these two badges arrived in the mail. I was chuffed. 


Pumpkin Festival (Ex-Keene) Coming To Laconia, New Hampshire In October 2015.

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See April 26, 2015 Update.



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Google Map view of downtown Laconia, NH.

Just heard that the troubled Keene, N.H. pumpkin festival is moving to Laconia, New Hampshire this October. That is great news.

We are big fans of the Pumpkin Festival. We all volunteered in 2012 and I even made it to the HGTV TV show. We couldn’t make it last year because Devanee had a track meet — and as such, fortunately, missed the riots. Ditto the year before also.

I am delighted to have it in the Lakes Region. Laconia, with its long history of hosting ‘Bike Week’, is no stranger to holding big events. So that, at least, is good. But, I have some concerns — knowing both Keene and Laconia well. Laconia is no Keene! That could be an issue. Keene is handy to both MA and VT and I am sure that that played a role in the success of their festival. Laconia, dare I say it, also does not have the amenities. So it will be rather different. Yes, we will most likely get involved. I know a lot of people in Laconia plus I am a Granite State Ambassador (GSA).

Given my experience at Keene I would think that Weirs Beach Boulevard, the focal point of Bike Week, would be the best spot to anchor the festival. The long, broad sweep, by the Bay would be the ideal place to place all the pumpkins. But Weirs Beach is a few miles from downtown Laconia. This will be much bigger than Laconia’s ever successful ‘Multicultural Day‘ — which is held downtown. The location, to me, will dictate the overall success of this new venture.

I will try to make this blog ‘Laconia Pumpkin Festival’ central — for YOUR edification. OK? So stay tuned. This was but a heads up post. This should be exciting and fun. Can’t wait.


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