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The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #106 ~ April 16, 2006
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What's New in the Heart of New England...

Notes from my Back Porch
Spring Peepers

Recipe of the Week:
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

New England Gardening
Garden Walks in New England (Book Review)

Calendar Pick of the Week
Celebrate Earth Day!

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

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To function well in a small New England town requires patience, humility,
common sense, compassion and a strong natural instinct for the sensitivities of
others.  Of these, patience may be the most difficult for a outsider to learn or

~ Judson Hale, from his book, "Inside New England"

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Notes from my Back Porch

Greetings from The Heart of New England!

What is the best sound of spring for you?  The robin's sweet warbled song?
The ping of a ball hitting a sweet spot on a bat? The excited shouts of the
neighborhood kids streaming in through the open windows of your house?
For me, the best sound of spring comes from a tiny amphibian, singing out its
melodious mating calls from the marshes and vernal pools.  I love those little
spring peepers!  Barbara Erler, a naturalist with the Squam Lakes Natural
Science Center in NH writes this week's feature about the emergence of  
peepers who usher in spring with "peeps" that last from dusk to dawn (about
4,500 "peeps" per night!)  Read story at:
Spring Peepers.

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And here's the latest northern New England travel (and other) news:

Wild Blueberries Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

'Strolling of the Heifers' Celebrates 5th Anniversary
Furniture Festival
Cultural Heritage Festival

New Hampshire:
Lupine Festival in the White Mountains

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The Heart of New England!

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Recipes of the Week
by Charlie Burke

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies
When our grown sons were young, these oatmeal cookies replaced chocolate
chip  cookies as the family favorite.  
Read on...

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

New England Gardening

Garden Walks in New England (book review)
"Morning glory seeds tucked in their peat pots, fingers crossed for sprouting,
once again I imagine the garden that might be but never is. Gardeners are
dreamers. And for gardeners like me, this is the time of year when my garden is
at its best -- full of possibilities, weed and bug free. For inspiration, I turned to
Gardenwalks in New England: Beautiful Gardens from Maine to Connecticut
by Marina Harrison and Lucy D. Rosenfield. The authors describe destination
gardens where, when the earth warms and the blooms pop, you can soak in sun
and color while admiring the accomplishments of gifted gardeners and
Read on...

For more gardening tips & stories visit our Garden Archives
MML Brand
Calendar Pick of the Week
Celebrate Earth Day in Northern New England...

Discover WILD New Hampshire Day - Concord, NH
Sat, April 22, 2006 -

Celebrate Earth Day by bringing the family to the N.H. Fish and Game
Department's fun-filled community event, Discover WILD New Hampshire
Day, set for Saturday, April 22, from 10:00am-3:00pm on the grounds of Fish
and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive in Concord. Admission is free.
Hands-on fun for all ages, including archery, casting, nature walks and arts
and crafts. Over 35 exhibits by conservation organizations from throughout
the state. See the new full-size mount called "The Battling Bull Moose of
Fowlertown." Presentations on wildlife topics throughout the day, plus live
animals and big fish. Call (603) 271-3211, or visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us.

Phone: 603-271-3211
Location: Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Price: Admission is free

Earth Day Celebration at College of the Atlantic
April 22, 2006

207-288-2945 ext. 291  (phone)

A country fair highlighting sustainable living, with activities from sunrise to
sunset. Come to the college to learn about how to live lightly on the earth -
and have some fun doing so. From a morning invocation to a sunset bonfire
and dance, expect music, children’s activities, and plenty of information on
how to live lightly on the land.  Bar Harbor.  times: 8:00AM-8:00PM

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

Shred Credit Card Offers

Identity theft is on the rise. Purchase an inexpensive paper shredder and you
could save yourself a lifetime of headaches and a lot of money in the long run.

Editor's Note: The above tip was published last year but the story below really
hammers this point home. It recounts a story by a blogger who as a test, tore up
a credit card offer, re-assembled it and then mailed it to Chase bank. Chase
actually processed the credit card offer saying:

"When Chase receives an application for credit, we are legally obligated to
appropriately handle it, regardless of the condition."

Shred those credit card applications, if companies like Chase bank can't muster
up the minimum amount of common sense, clearly, tearing up your junk mail
isn't good enough. Make sure to shred any convenience checks your credit card
company sends you or keep them in a safe place.

Small Gifts to Slip into Greeting Cards

Even if you don't want to send a big present - look for something you can slip
into a greeting card - a pin - a bit of jewelry - a tiny book - and so on - It's easier,
meaningful and thrifty.

When Adding Fabric Softener

To keep the softener dispenser in the washing machine from becoming gunked
up, first put in a half cup of water and then the softening agent.

Thanks to Thrifty Fun for this week's tips!

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