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Hurricane Sandy: Alton Central School (ACS) Closing & Lack Of Phone Notification


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Alton Central School (ACS) closed for the day on Monday, October 29, ahead of Sandy.

Given that the safety of the kids is the #1, #2 & #3 priority of all concerned, I have NO problem with that. That was fine, though the heavy rain and winds didn’t kick in till about 4pm Monday.

I assume that the decision was made by the new Superintendent. IF SO, I hope he is as diligent about school closing and delayed start when we have SNOW.

We live off Prospect Mountain Road, and the school bus that serves us has to go down Water Street and up Muchado.

I have seen the school bus go down Water St. SIDEWAYS, more than once — with no traction and obviously no control, despite the automated chains! Yes, the bus has got stuck in snow on Muchado.

But, at least in the past, there was a cavalier attitude about ‘snow days’ — the excuse being that they would have to make it up in June. So, we also then get the ‘delayed start’ and ‘early release’ game play — because those don’t count as ‘snow days’. My point is simple, IF they closed yesterday, can we also CLOSE when we have snow so that I don’t have to watch the school bus go down Water Street SIDEWAYS? Though I am a fairly hardy person, and nothing much phases me, seeing a school bus sliding down a hill is not a pleasant sight. Yes, we did call up and complain.


We did not receive any telephone notification on Sunday that ACS was to be closed Monday.

Last school year, we would get 3 phone calls (house line, my cell, Deanna’s cell) every time somebody sneezed at ACS — with the phone calls always timed to perfect for 7pm.

On Sunday there were no calls.

Deanna just happened to check her e-mail late Sunday night. Usually I too get an e-mail, but I must be black-listed, or at least brown-listed, because I write posts such as these. C’est la vie.

Monday night Deanna called the school to see if there was a message about Tuesday. NADA.

Kind of strange all together. Yes, Deanna called and talked to somebody about it today.

Alton, NH, Old Home Day 2012. So Much For The Fireworks. IF You Saw Them Bully For You.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


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Well it says it all.

Suffice to say we missed the fireworks and WE are not amused. Yes, we had gone down to the Bay in the afternoon and walked around. Granted it wasn’t the best of days. But it looked a bit empty, lackluster and downbeat. Didn’t see any notices about fireworks being early in case of bad weather. I have to say that I am underwhelmed by how this event is organized and in particular publicized. I would have gladly have posted whatever they wanted to say about times, rain dates, early fireworks.

C’est la vie. Par for the course for Alton. No, we didn’t check before we left — at 8:55pm. It wasn’t raining at that point.

Got to hear two songs from Echotones. They seemed good. Nice beat. A few old folks, even older than me, were bopping around the bandstand. Tried to get Deanna to get out and dance. She wasn’t having any of that.

So a bit of a damp squib in general. Maybe starting next Summer I am going to give Alton fireworks a miss all together and just go to those in Wolfeborough and Pittsfield.

The lightning show was good. Waiting, patiently, to lose power.

Alton, NH, Old Home Day 2012, With Fireworks, This Weekend August 11 – 12, 2012

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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by Anura Guruge


Alton Bay in olden days.

Alton Bay in olden days. Ticket office is still there. I did a 3 hour stint in it this afternoon.


I have mentioned Alton Old Home Day once before — pointing out that the fireworks on the Saturday of that weekend is usually better than Alton’s hit-or-miss July 4th fireworks.

So, I now feel a bit responsible to provide you with a heads up as to when they are. They will be, with luck (and weather permitting), this Saturday, August 11 most likely between 9 and 9:30. There will be a concert at the Alton Bay bandstand, no no not the one in the middle of the bay, the more mundane one in the parking lot, at 7pm.

To many the highlight of the Saturday is the 5K road race. I am usually in bed at the time it starts, though I do run close to 5K, on Prospect Mountain, at least 5 days a week. Honest. [IF you don’t believe me, try this. It is ultra neat, even if I say so myself. You can find ME on Google Maps, yes Google Maps … running on less. Do a Google Maps on Water Street, Alton, NH. Then select Street View. Yes, that brown guy is ME. What is funny. I do not remember seeing a Google car with the cameras and I usually don’t miss much. OK. It is not Prospect Mountain. I used to run other routes.]

There will be the usual antique boat show at the docks — though I think it wraps up quite early in the afternoon.

And the inevitable craft fair.

I did do a Google. Tons of results for the 5K race, but couldn’t find the program for 2012. Yes, they do have a program and if you look carefully it is for 2011. That is par for the course for Alton. I am surprised it is that recent. If I get some more info I will put it up here. Enjoy.

I will most likely be at the Bay in the afternoon. Look out for THE brown guy, usually with a big smile on his face. That will be me. OK? Cheers.

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