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‘Portland Pie Co’ (Manchester, NH) — Do NOT Bother Unless You Just Want Pizza.

by Anura Guruge

Riverdance — 20th Anniversary Tour‘, at the SNHU Arena, on June 7, 2017, was at 8pm. We decided to get there early to get some good parking and have dinner before the show.

Since the ‘Portland Pie Co.‘ was just a block away we decided to go there. We had been there, once before, a couple of years ago, with all four kids and it had been ‘OK’.

There was a 20-minute wait, though all the tables were not taken. I think it had to do with staffing.

It is nice enough inside and the house red wine is pretty damn good.

I ordered the ‘Fryeburg Fair Cheeseburger‘ without any bread and opted to UPGRADE with a fruit salad.

The two-patty cheeseburger sans a bun was pathetic. Emaciated and anemic. The burger patties at McDonald’s are twice as thick and ten times more flavorful. NOT IMPRESSED. It was insipid and unappetizing.

The fruit salad was a total bloody JOKE. 9 slices of apple, one grape and a sliver of peach. That was it. 98% apple. I couldn’t believe it.

Deanna had the ‘Steak and Bleu Salad‘ and was not enthused by the salad part!

Devanee had a pizza and that was fine.

Teischan had the ‘Nacho Grande‘ appetizer with the $3.00 beef burger upgrade. A lot of Nachos but, at best, there was probably half of a burger of meat. 

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“NH Friends Of Diversity” Initiative (& Website) — Timely & Topical.

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Click here to access the new Website.

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This, of course, is a very worthy and worthwhile initiative — one that I feel very strongly about.

It is spearheaded by Jessica Livingston, of ‘JLiv Inspirations‘ and the head of the ‘Concord Multicultural Festival‘ committee, a remarkably committed and driven spirit extremely proactive in making New Hampshire a welcoming home for ‘New Americans‘.

So, please, get behind this and spread the word. Thanks.

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Got My 2016 – 2017 Flu Shot, 0.5 FLUARIX QUAD AX At The Alton, N.H., Hannaford Pharmacy.

by Anura Guruge


This is the fifth year running I got my annual flu shot at our local, Alton Hannaford Pharmacy — this last Saturday, November 19, 2016.

It does not get any easier or more convenient. And now they tout and honor a ZERO co-pay. So, no cost other than what they bill your insurance.

Very efficient. Very professional. Quite fast. Very little wait time.

Yes, I know that they don’t even KNOW what this winter’s flu virus is going to be!

Same story as last year.

The vaccine, quite literally, is a shot in the dark. Best guess, hope for the best, fingers crossed.

But in my old age and with very little blood cells, red or white, I can’t take any chances.

In 2010, around Thanksgiving, I nearly died — a doctor at Dartmouth Hitchcock going to great lengths to see if he could make it happen. Since then I have been getting a flu shot, every year, in November.

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New Hampshire (N.H.) 2016 – 2017 Property Tax Rates: Highest, Lowest & Everything Else.

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New Hampshire property tax rates Anura Guruge

As I did for last year, i.e., 2015 – 2016, I am going to do just this ONE post and update it as more and more towns report.

So ideally anybody and everybody looking for 2016 – 2017 New Hampshire property tax information will always end up at this post. OK? Clear? Thanks.

As of December 12, 2016, 225 towns had published their 2016 – 2017 Property Tax Rates. (As always I have excluded the (exotic) N.H. Townships, Grants, Locations and Purchases that had $0.00 tax rate for the year. Wikipedia has a list of all these N.H. ‘exotics’. The other, non-zero exotics have a grey background and a (U) notation.)

This 225 list (marked ‘Final’ by the State) constitutes our ‘full house’.

PLEASE note that these property tax rates in isolation are MEANINGLESS unless you also factor in the relative property values of the towns. Please read this post. Click image on right to ENLARGE.

All the data used from the NH Department of Revenue Administration Tax ‘page’.
For 2015 – 2016 they have a new Website. The data provided and the format is a bit different.
They have included a ‘dashboard’ to try and make it easier IF you understand their lingo.

Click here to access the official N.H. Website page.

2016 – 2017 New Hampshire Property Tax Rates

December 12, 2016.

225 Towns Reporting.

[Towns in ‘grey’ rows are non-zero ‘exotics’ — possibly uninhabited.]

Sorted by Name.

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Sorted HIGHEST to lowest.

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sorted highest-to-lowest.


25 towns with highest tax rate.

Sorted LOWEST to highest.

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sorted lowest-to-highest.


25 towns with lowest tax rate.

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Antioxidants For Eye Health — In Particular The Retina.

by Anura Guruge

To be honest I am not really sure whether all this recent talk about ‘vitamins’, supplements and antioxidants for eye health has any real basis or whether it is just another ploy by the pharmaceutical industry to get us to spend money on things we don’t need.

However, I have enough problems with my eyes and I am desperate to retain the vision I have for as long as possible — knowing full well that down the road I will end up with some level of serious impairment.

So when my new eye doctor, Eugene Baylus, of ‘Capital Vision Center’, Concord, NH, tells me that I should take ‘eye vitamins’ I don’t have the luxury of ignoring him. I don’t want to give him the opportunity to say, “told ya to take care of your eyes”.

So for the last 3 months I have been taking these. Yes, I did some research. These are supposed to be the VITAL ‘stuff’ I must ingest. Here is the link to the Amazon listing.


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Then yesterday I get a newsletter from ‘Capital Vision Center‘, via e-mail, that contained this.

I though I should share it with you. Click here for the full original.


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‘Dollar General’ in Barnstead, New Hampshire Is Now Open.

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Saturday morning, July 16, 2016, we set out for Barnstead [NH] to check out the farms that were supposedly participating in the “Barnstead Farming and Gardening Network” Open Day. That proved to be a bust. Noticed that the much talked about “Dollar General” (on Route 28) was open and looking very fresh and resplendent. So on the way back to Alton we stopped in. I think it is only the third “Dollar General” I have visited — and by far it was the nicest; it being very yellow, very bright and very new.

Good selection of stuff. Not “Walmart” but not bad for a local store. Lots of name brand products. Deanna was impressed with much of the pricing. So we can’t wait for the Alton “Dollar General” to open — possibly within the next month. That would be good.

Some of the stuff is expensive compared to “Walmart” or “Dollar Tree” — and I am a confirmed “Dollar Tree” addict. Given that we all take one a day, I buy lots of 14-tablet packets of generic Zyrtec Allergy Relief at “Dollar Tree” (at a $1/packet) or Walmart (at $0.84/packet). They had the SAME packets as “Dollar Tree” but for $4. Wow! That was a shocker.

Definitely good news for Barnstead residents. Happy for them. Can’t wait to see how the Alton store will work out. It will be closer to us than Hannaford. 

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