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The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #105 ~ April 9, 2006
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Notes from my Back Porch

Recipes of the Week:
Parsnips, Three Ways
Easy Brunch Menu (for Mother's Day, Graduations, Communions)

New England Gardening
Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat...in the Wilds of Vermont

Prize of the Month
New Prize!  Beautiful NH-Made Earrings or Pendant

Calendar Pick of the Week
Bunny Express & Easter Lily Express Trains

Thrifty Tips of the Week
For the frugal New Englander in you...

Worth Quoting

"Sometimes all you can do is put your body in front of a problem and
stand there as a witness to it."

~ Doris "Granny D" Haddock (Dublin, NH)

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Notes from my Back Porch

Greetings from The Heart of New England!

I have been busy adding lots of new travel stories to the site to
prepare for the upcoming summer, the start of New England's busy
season.  Here is a sampling of the new stories I've adding this week:

Visit a New Hampshire Waterfall
Spring is in the Air:  Visiting NH's Colorful Gardens
Top Maine Festivals this Summer
New Hampshire Outdoor Adventures
Maine's Bar Harbor & Acadia National Park

I've also been adding quite a bit to our travel news pages.

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what YOU want to read about!  Please send me your comments on
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The Heart of New England!

Happy Easter!

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Recipes of the Week

Parsnips, Three Ways
by Charlie Burke

"If asked to name the first spring vegetable in New England, few
would think of parsnips. There is a catch, of course, because spring
parsnips were planted the previous summer. Able to withstand the
severe winter temperatures of our northern winters and harvested as
soon as the soil thaws, these are the sweetest and best tasting of all...."
Read on...


Easy Spring Brunch Menu
" ‘Tis the season!  (Thank goodness it’s not that season yet!)
Springtime brings many familiar holidays, festivities, and
celebrations such as Mother’s Day, graduations, and first
communions. In New England we are not yet into the barbecue
season although we long for those days (oh…do we ever)! So, when
one of these events comes into my life I use a brunch menu that
works for any of these events...."
Read on...

For the complete list of our recipes, visit our food archives.

New England Gardening

Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat...in the Wilds of Vermont

"...At first the thought of joining (the National Wildlife Federation's
Backyard Wildlife Habitat) program seemed silly; after all I live in
Vermont for heaven’s sake! The wild animals are everywhere in
Vermont. But as development fast becomes a reality, habitat for
wildlife is shrinking. These animals are going to have to adapt to the
development and accept it, just like people must learn to do. What
choice do we have? Move? Relocate to where: Wyoming? I’m not
ready to give up Vermont just yet!"  
Read on...

For more gardening tips & stories visit our Garden Archives
MML Brand
Calendar Pick of the Week

The Bunny Express at Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Sat, April 15, 2006 -

A family train ride on Conway Scenic Railroad to the Josiah Bartlett
School where there will be a special children's program and a ride
with the "Bunny" himself. Tickets may be purchased starting April 12
by phone or walk in from  9:00am to 4:00pm daily. Visa and
Mastercard accepted.

Phone: 800-232-5251
Location: Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle, North
Conway, NH -
Route 16
Time: 10:00am and 1:00pm
Price: $10.00 and up

Easter Lily Express at Conway Scenic Railroad - North Conway, NH
Sun, April 16, 2006 -

Celebrate the coming of spring with lilies and happiness throughout
the year. Reservations not required, sales on a first come, first served
basis. Train  Station and Brass Whistle Gift Shop open at 9:30am

Phone: 800-232-5251
Location: Conway Scenic Railroad, 38 Norcross Circle
Time: 10:30am, 12:15pm & 2:00pm to Conway (55-minutes roundtrip)
Price: $12.00 & up adults, $8.50 & up children (4-12 yrs) Ages 1, 2, 3
Free on an adult lap

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Thrifty Tips of the Week
For the frugal New Englander in you...

Five Things You Should Be Doing but Probably Aren't

People hate to think about negative things happening, but it's a
fact of life that they happen.  The more people prepare for
unfortunate events the less stressful these times will be.  Here
are five simple things that you probably aren't doing but need to

1.  Photocopy credit cards.

If your credit card were lost or stolen, could you quickly find
the number to call to report it?  Most cards have these numbers
printed on the back of them, but that doesn't do much good when
they're missing.  Instead, photocopy the front and back of each
credit card and store the copy in a folder labeled "wallet."
Simply lay all the cards face down on a scanner and then made a
copy.  Then,  flip them over and copy the backsides.  Now, if
something happens to the cards, you can easily locate all the
information you need such as the number to call to report the
lost card as well as the account number on the card.

2.  Make a list of everything in your wallet/purse.

Having to report lost cards is a nuisance, but remembering
everything that was lost is difficult.  List all the items such
as library cards, ID cards, medications, and other information
that you carry regularly.  This will make replacement easier, and
seldom used items won't be forgotten.  File this list in the
folder marked "wallet" along with the credit card copies.

3.  Leave document copies behind when you travel.

Even if you're taking a short trip, leave personal information
with a family member or at least let someone know where to find
it.  In case an emergency would arise or your wallet would be
lost while traveling, someone can contact you with the
information that you'll need to report the loss.  Make a copy of
your driver's license and passport to include in this folder as
well.  Travel agents warn not to carry passports with you while
sightseeing or shopping; instead, make a color copy and carry
that instead.

4.  Program personal information into your cell phone.

It's a good idea to keep an emergency contact card in your
wallet, but add the information to your cell phone as well.  When
assisting unconscious accident victims emergency personnel look
in cellular phones for information about the person such as home
number, emergency contact information, and even the person's
name.  Program such information into the phone's address book
under the title "self" or "emergency contact."

5.  Shred documents.

If you're not already shredding documents, you need to start.
According to the Federal Trade Commission identity theft is one
of the fastest growing crimes with 9.9 million reported victims
last year.  With information that is readily available on items
such as utility bills and bank statements, a "dumpster diver" can
easily assume your identity and begin fraudulent actions.  Shred
anything with your name, address, or any other important

By dedicating an hour or so to completing these five simple
tasks, a disastrous day might transform into a simply bad day.

Thanks to Thrifty Fun for this week's tips!

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