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Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor Is Doing Well, Looks Great — He Was At The Laconia Airport Open House Today.

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Just yesterday when I was volunteering at the State House I happened to be going past the Executive Councillors’ Office and inquired how Ray Burton was doing. I was assured that he was in fine fettle.

This morning, as soon as we got to the Laconia Airport Open House I spotted Ray with his distinctive ride. I, of course, went up and asked him how he was. He was GREAT. That is good news. He looks good. Said that he was feeling good, had lots of energy. This was 10 am in the morning. At 1pm he was going to a Polly’s Pancakes in Sugar Hill to celebrate them being in business for 75 years. At 2pm he had another meeting in Littleton. Just hearing his schedule made me tired.

He, as ever, being who he is, told Deanna to take a picture of us together. Though I have shook hands with him many times I think this is the ONLY picture I have with Ray. I like Ray. He is a great politician and a good man. IF we just had a dozen more politicians like Ray in Concord things would be so much better for the State.

Way to go Ray. So happy that you are doing well.

Yes, I am wearing my Granite State Ambassador (GSA) shirt and badge though this was not a GSA event. But we are allowed, even encouraged to show the colors when we volunteer in NH.


Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

Ray Burton, NH Executive Councillor and I, around 10:20 am June 8, 2013 at the Laconia Airport 2nd Annual Open House. Ray looks good. Great news for the State.

New Hampshire As Of June 4, 2013 Has An Official State Vegetable — The White Potato.

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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


NHpotatoIt is amazing what you learn when you spend a few hours at the State House. Today, I learned that on Tuesday, June 4, the Governor, in front of a group of kids from Derry, who pushed for the bill, created the white potato as our official State Vegetable. I now need to go update my ‘NH Facts‘ page. I must confess that I thought it was kind of incongruous that the Granite State and potato cultivation would go hand-in-hand. Like all true Brits, of at least all true Brits pre-1990s, I had hands-on experience growing spuds. It is something that all British men were expected to do, like going to the pub. I used all sorts of stuff to soften the clay soil. I think it is basically plaster of Paris that you dig in, water causing the plaster to expand ‘cracking’ the soil. So, I am thinking, it was hard enough growing spuds in England where the soil isn’t that bad, BUT in NH where we have solid ledge poking through the soil.

I myself immediately thought of Virginia (no, no, NOT the Director of the State House Visitor Center). The State. Also thought of MA. But, as the WMUR article states Virginia (the State) has conceded — though I, as a hostorian, think that they might have been a tad too rash. I checked my favorite first source for all such matters. Wikipedia. They don’t mention NH. Never mind. We have a State Vegetable. Pity I don’t eat potatoes anymore. Very fond of them, but they are so, so high in carbs.


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New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.

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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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policememmay17I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.policememmay17bThere were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.

The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.

My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.

Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.



'New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums' in action from YouTube. Click to access video.

‘New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums’ in action from YouTube. Click to access video.



VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.

VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.



I Did My First ‘Granite State Ambassador’ Shift At The New Hampshire State House Concord This Afternoon. It Was Neat.

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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


When we visited the State House in December I told the excellent Director of the State House Visitor Center, Virginia Drew, that she should get the Granite State Ambassadors (GSAs) to help out. I am delighted that she heeded my advice.

I don’t check my GSA schedule that often. But, on Friday we all got an e-mail from Virginia Drew asking for volunteers to sign up for this week. How could I resist. Today, Monday, was a running day so I signed up for the afternoon shift, noon to 3 pm.

It was real neat. I got to accompany two 4th grade school groups on half each of their tours. With the second group I got to be with them when they met the Governor, Maggie Hassan. That was the first time I have seen the Governor in person. She is impressive. Very good with the kids. I was impressed. I didn’t get to speak to her.

Spent the rest of the shift in the Visitor Center with Debbie Rivers who works for Virginia Drew who showed me some of the stuff I need to come to terms with to do this gig successfully. It was all a lot of fun. A lot to learn but I am looking forward to that. I think our State House is way cool. And everybody is so pleasant and friendly. Just a sheer joy to be there.

This Friday, May 17, 2013, at 10:00 am is the annual ‘New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorialceremony. It is going to be a busy morning. I was asked if I would come and volunteer. I was only going to do 1 shift a week – and even that is a huge improvement on what I have done in a long time – but I could not refuse. So I am doing Friday morning too. Two GSA shifts in a week!

I have to say, this is fun. I signed up to be a GSA for opportunities like this. Stay tuned. I am sure I will have more to say.

I live to learn. I want to learn at least one new thing a day. So, today I learned, from Virginia Drew, who is an oracle of such knowledge, two things. The first was how to read a NH State Representative’s car registration plate. The other was that in bygone days the NH legislatures were even more superstitious than some are today, and as such they eschewed the number ’13’. So there are no seats in the NH House Of Representatives Hall with number ’13’ though there is a ’13’ in the 24-member Senate Chamber.

I always suspected that the numbers, e.g., ‘4-54’ in the image here, in some way reflected seniority. The numbers represent the seat number in the Hall allocated to that member by the Speaker of the House. The 400 seats are divided into 5 sections as shown in the seating diagram below. So the first number of a seat number is the section number, in this case ‘4’. The second number is the seat number within that section. So in this case it is seat 54 in section 4. The speaker gives the best seats to the VIPs.

I found this in the 'New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook' at breathenh.org. I couldn't find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number '13' seats. Click to ENLARGE.

I found this in the ‘New Hampshire Youth Network Advocacy Handbook’ at breathenh.org. I couldn’t find it on a State Website. Notice the absence of number ’13’ seats. Click to ENLARGE.


Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/

Same handbook as previous seating chart. Thanks. Click to ENLARGE/

We Visited The New Hampshire State House In Concord. Part I (of many to come)

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Yes, this is the impressive, iconic, white edifice with the ever shining gold dome, completed in 1819 and now having the distinction of being the oldest state house in the U.S. where the legislature still meets in the original chamber. [Some simplify that to say that it has the oldest ‘working’ chamber.] Our visit was for home-schoolers. It was organized by the same lady that arranged the equally successful and rewarding trip to the UNH ‘Know the Coast‘ day in October. It was originally going to be on Thursday, but got postponed till Friday because of the Nor’easter. We had to be there at 10 am. We had to first shovel the drive again and clear up the approach to the mailbox before we could leave. Since it was a ‘holiday’ parking wasn’t a problem and we parked right behind the State House, at a meter, with six quarters for 2 hours.

We lucked out in multiple ways. There were only three families the group just met the minimum 10 requirement for a guided tour. Furthermore, though their was another tour at the same time for a troop of boy scouts, we got the Director of the State House Visitor’s Center, Virginia Drew. She was good. She has been doing this for 12 years. She was knowledgeable, engaging, friendly and very helpful.

I was surprised how ‘open’ the State House is. I know it is the people’s house, but it was different. You just walk in. Everybody was ultra friendly. It was a good visit, a good tour. I was impressed. It was my first time. Devanee had gone with her school in Grade 4, as is the norm. Deanna had never been, and neither had Teischan. I am going to go again. See NH government in action. That we know a few legislators will make it even more fun. We got to see where Senator Andrew Hosmer will be sitting. Teischan even tried it out.


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New Hampshire Governor's Office, State House, with the Christmas trimmings.

Governor’s Office with the Christmas trimmings.

NH House Senate Chamber.

Teischan getting a one-on-one from our tour guide, the Director of the Visitor’s Center, Virginia Drew — in the Senate Chamber.

Virginia Drew with Barak Obama

That is our guide, Virginia Drew, the Director of the Visitor’s Center with one of the many visitors that call in. She is the one on the right.

Anura Guruge December 28 2012 at the New Hampshire State House

Trying out one of the tall chairs at the back of the Senatorial Chamber. It was very comfortable.

Andrew Hosmer, The Perfect Gentleman (Though A Lawyer), Wins HUGE In NH Senate District 7. Great News For NH.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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The first time I met Andrew Hosmer was at this year’s Laconia Multicultural Day when he was doing the rounds. We chatted briefly and I was hugely impressed. I introduced him to a ‘friend’ from Gilford who had lost his job at Hannaford’s. Andrew spent a lot of time talking with him. I decided that I was going to follow Andrew. I was not disappointed. Then I found out that my friend Lisa DiMartino, who also just won a seat in the NH house, was acting as Andrew’s fiscal agent. For me the deal was done. I was not just going to follow Andrew, I was going to root for him though Alton (where we live) is outside of his District 7. I am glad I did. Andrew has done all of us PROUD! Bravo. This continues to be a great, great, wonderful week for me, the family, Alton, NH, THE COUNTRY and the World. I am so happy and proud. Having folks like Lisa and Andrew in Concord is so good for the 47% — which includes us.


Andrew Hosmer introduced Dr. Jill Biden when she visited Laconia, NH on October 26, 2012.

Andrew Hosmer with Jill Biden taken by Anura Guruge

Andrew Hosmer after he had done a great job introducing Dr. Jill Biden who captivated the gathering. Please refer to link above for another picture of Andrew at this event. Click to ENLARGE.


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Though I knew of his company, I only knew of Andrew’s opponent from what I had read in the media, as of the September primary race. I was amazed. For there to be so much smoke around him had to mean that something was smoldering. I was worried for Andrew. His opponent, in terms of signage and letters to the Laconia Daily Sun, seemed to be on a tear.

I had a brief, private chat with Andrew after the Jill Biden visit. He assured me that he was ‘looking good. Told me not to worry. But, I still worried. I counted signs on election day as I was in and around Gilford and Laconia doing my stuff for Obama. His opponent definitely won the sign contest. But, as with Obama, this election proved that signs means NADA. If anything it was those that had the least signs that won. I am so delighted. I had 4 Obama signs stolen. But, that is OK. Obama won. Romney lost. Same with Andrew. Andrew won. The signs lost.

I saw his opponents truck, emblazoned with the name of his company, illegally parked at the Gilford voting station. Yes, I have a picture of it — but I didn’t post it because I did not want to give his company any free publicity. To me seeing his truck illegally parked said it all. I wanted Andrew to win.

Andrew won. Life is good.

I can add another ‘I WON’ to my list. How great is that?

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