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No sound now no picture

I wanted to watch the planning board meeting tonight on channel 22. 20 minutes in no sound , so I drove over whispered in Sylvia’s ear then came back.

I came back to no picture now.

Its time to place blame and correct this matter once and for all.

mike

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String Bridge

The String Bridge is in need of a rehabilitation, it’s scheduled for  sometime in the next 2-3 years. Whenever I drive by on the Bridge it seems a shame that the buildings are not at street level. Apart from the aesthetics it would seem to complicate any development of their use. The island buildings were purchased from Don Robie by the Green Bean owners. I run into Mr Robie often at the Mill, and asked him about raising the platform on which the buildings rest.

“Money, time and will” was his approximate reply. He added  that indeed the idea has been floated around.

In 2008 the wall behind the buildings suffered a collapse and you could see right inside through the hole.

AR-807250400.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315Lara Bricker took this photo while working for the ENL.

P1050363Even an iconic view could use an upgrade.

Think Old Man of the Mountain.

My next door neighbor relocated a barn some years ago. It went off with only a small hitch. The lifting beam bent on  the first lift. It was rushed back to the yard and had a stiffener welded  on it then the lift went fine. I  think those buildings on String Bridge  could be parked on a barge while the wall and foundation are raised. I have been in one the offices located there and they appeared to be simple buildings.

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Here is the link to Jennifer Feals story on the String Bridge wall collapse from 2008.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20080725/News/807250400

Mike

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trouble in river city

I was just reading some  meeting minutes from Hampton NH, their Conservation Commission. There were some good reads. One about a guy that was digging up his yard to build a new garage and a place to park all his trucks. He is one of those guys that runs his business from his home I guess. He bought the house without any clue as to how little his  lot really was, the guy was surrounded by wetlands.

The tale was replete with the “I asked the building inspector” “he told me to talk to the highway dept” sort of stuff.

I also stumbled across another hearing and Jones and Beach were mentioned. One of those quoted was piqued that the plans J&B were presenting were “different”

“There were more wetlands delineated on the last map we saw” or something like that.

We are not alone in our confusion.

In my minds eye I see a Planning Board or Conservation meeting and everyone is in a kerfuffle. This occurred some time ago in Exeter it was about a homeowner and his lawn debris. The fellow was dumping this material in the wetlands at the back of his yard. A development probably that was at one time before a board and all sorts of protections were discussed for the sensitive areas getting a waiver. I think they decided that each home should have granite posts  or signs to stop this practice of dumping.

Who checks that anyway?

Maybe the meeting went very long and everyone went home tired.

All that work, all that talk.

There is a push on now to reduce the buffer zones around wetlands on lands off Epping Rd. There is also the adder of a Economic Director new to his position trying hard to make his mark. It seems that if this is put off on him it might give those with a fading conservation stripe some cover by signing on to the change.

F the wetlands and they will come. Promises of deals in the offing.

Lower taxes, that’s funny.

Some will tell me “they are keeping their cards close” till the Planning Board meeting this week.

Another would send me a long email with the history and pros and cons of such action , but close his arguments with lingering pessimism.

Here is a niblet from todays mail

“Our Boards do not have a good history of consistency in their rulings. It seems like it depends more like whims of the night or public opposition from abutters, not scientific or legal reasoning.
For example, stating a wetland that is on “poorly drained soil” is less important than a “very poorly drained soil” has no scientific basis. In fact, a “very poorly drained soil” can have a lessor importance to environmental function specifically because it cannot recharge the water table, as an example.
In fact, basing wetlands on soils is kind of stupid. Their are many wetlands that exist in sand and gravel soils due to high water tables or adjacent to river systems. Our regs don’t even address that.”

I am not really interested in the details.  I just always want to be doing the right thing as a Community regarding our local environment of which we are the stewards.

Changing the regulations will not do anything to enrich this Community and its natural beauty and  it will not lower your tax bill .

I had a major DES guy once tell me “I am just tired , tired of fighting the same battle”

Another local major player tells me “Maybe we have preserved enough”

Oh the doubts creep in , exposure, public ridicule, the scorn of peers.It’s fun to be a player, in the loop, those shiny shovels , the hard hat, a ribbon to cut. Much more difficult to be an outlier, someone concerned about the true future. Let’s see if a few harboring doubts can find their sea legs at this weeks Planning Board meeting.

Best,

Mike

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just over there- Epping Rd version

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 2015-01-18 14.21.59If you were to stroll across the ice and enter the woods left of center in about 200 yards you could purchase one of Clydes delicious cupcakes.

Epping Road lies in a straight line in front of me through the woods.

You would not believe what is buried in them thar woods.

You might enjoy visiting the Facebook page of a Colcord Pond resident. Here you will find wondrous photos of this special spot.

In Summer and Fall.

Just over there.

Mike

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Changes to wetland buffers put on fast track

 

I have watched the Conservation Commission meeting, made some phone calls, received some emails and stood silently yesterday on the edge of Colcord Pond.

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I can report that many players are quite nervous about this change, maybe they are not so ready to board the development train, the Exeter Express.

Queasy.

Feeling the pressure.

“Hey , this is what you hired me for right?”

“But Charlie has been with the firm since my Dad owned it!”

More later, after a day of interior painting and thinking.

Mike

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8.O IOS

This is an actual update! It’s faster, I  actually like the typing prompts, and the camera flash is working now, not intermittently.

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I did not care for my recent contacts showing up in the app switcher and thought this was going to require another update from Apple. I see this am  some are up in arms over the loss of the camera roll too. If all your precious photos are on your phone you got a real problem and really need to address that with Dropbox  or Flicker or something else.

I still primarily use a Dell desktop as I enjoy sitting at a desk , a large monitor,a real keyboard, the Ipad and Iphone are extras really.

Funny..

Have you ever been asked by your child “Why are you doing it that way Dad?” Then they take your device or push you away from the keyboard and bang there “it ” is ?

These devices in most cases are not being utilized at all to their full potential and we pay a bundle for them and the services to make them connect.

This am on CNET I found the settings  fix  for the recent contacts annoyance,as well as many other tips. Most of us would do well to sit down, allot some real time, and view a few tutorials to make sure we are using these wonderful devices to their full potential .

I would also suggest that all of ones privacy settings are checked.

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/disable-recent-favorite-contacts-from-app-switcher-in-ios-8/

Mike

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ETC visitors

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I understand some of these, there is a Exeter Town Crier in the UK of course, and we had a Brazilian guitarist perform recently here in Town. Word Press stats are difficult to understand and you  have to be self hosted to install Google Analytics to be able to have precise counts and locations of visitors. Word Press. Com just provides averages.

It is still fun though, blogging.

 

 

 

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just a bit odd

There is a fellow I know that is concerned about contrails that jets leave in the sky as they hurtle to their destinations. I have stepped inside from the patio and brought up the the Flight Aware web site that allows you to see where a flight is going. I just bring up the Pease Tradeport and look at the local traffic. I did this on Sunday June 1st as we had just had an email exchange about contrails and I was  assuring the fellow that it’s just water vapor. A jet was streaking overhead at max altitude so I popped in to check it and was perplexed by a fight plan deviation. I had never seen such a thing. It was an Aeroflot flight headed to Cuba. I am just posting this for its mystery. The Aeroflot jet made a rather odd turn from it’s planned route  ducked up to Greenland, to a point that is all ice, then headed back South.

Screenshot 2014-06-01 15.07.50If you click on the image you will be able to see the  planned track & deviation in greater detail.

Mike

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UFO

Linda and I have been taking a walk most mornings quite early and this last Sunday was no exception as we were planning on a boat ride.

The first ride across the Great Bay this season.

When we arrived on the Swasey Parkway at the pavillion I spotted something over my boat that perplexed me, it was hovering. This is at some distance and I really had no clue what it was, perhaps my angle of view was confusing my eyes. Then it zoomed straight up and away, to a tremendous height.

2014-06-08 06.47.10Now  we were   much closer to the Phillips  Academy boathouse and from above one could detect a faint whine , and I just then spotted the human controller at the boat ramp.

A drone.

We went over to check it out and there were two squad cars there too, so initially I thought this might be something the police were testing .Nope, it was just a  hobbyist and we stopped our walk for a bit to pepper him with questions.

2014-06-08 06.47.20The controller was quite simple and when  following up later on the web  I read how one can seriously upgrade the controller, with a video screen , a camera gimbal control, you could really max out the rig.

This gent was employing a fixed GoPro camera set to take a pic on 5 sec intervals. The drone has a flight time of 10 -15 minutes and blinks a red light when the battery is running low. If it loses contact with the controller it defaults to a home program and returns to it’s launch point. You don’t have to land it, just bring it in close and grab the handle.

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2014-06-08 06.50.18This is not a toy, the design and housing are quite robust, upon lifting it you would say “gee this is heavy”

I asked him to send me a couple of his  aerial photos and just got them this morning.

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town hoverIt is fascinating to explore the many uses for which these are being employed.

It would seem that about a 1000.00 is required between the drone and a camera, though you could spend a lot more. It’s not at all about the flying as the operator allowed is rather boring since the flight model is limited, it is all about the images produced.

Mike

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Youth Art Show

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It’s one of our favorite shows…we LOVE watching the students viewing their creative endeavors up on the panels of the Town Hall Gallery!! From the Harris Family Pre-school through Exeter High School and the Great Bay Charter School, it’s all waiting for your visit.

Opening reception this Saturday, March 8 from Noon-4

Then, every following Saturday and Sunday through March 23.

Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Babysitters, Neighbors and All Who Love the Joy of Children!! Come on Down (or UP, as it were…elevator on the inside, left side of the building)

Facebook: Exeter Arts Committee!!

Kathy Lewis-Thompson, Chair

Jane Kiernan, Vice Chair

Exeter Arts Committee

http://www.exeterarts.org

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