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Issue #107 ~ April 23, 2006
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Notes from my Back Porch
Down in the Dumps

Recipe of the Week:
Asparagus Soup

New England Gardening
Lawn Care that is Good for You, Your Family, the Environment

Calendar Pick of the Week
Fisherman's Festival (Maine)

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

Worth Quoting

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry
it with us, or we find it not."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

More quotes
Prints of the Week: Tribute to the Asparagus                        More Prints
Notes from my Back Porch....

Down in the Dumps

Greetings from The Heart of New England!

When I first started working as a reporter for the Keene Sentinel, one of my
first assignments was to go to a town dump and interview some folks there
about what they were recycling.  Well, I discovered more than what people
recycle, I found out that the "dump" (or what we called the "landfill" back in
NY) is actually the town social center on Saturday mornings. Going to the
dump is more than a place to get rid of your garbage and do some
recycling....it's a place to catch up on some gossip and partake in the New
England pastime of finding free treasures.   
This week humorist Brendan
Smith writes about his first trip to the dump.  
Read his story here....

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And (just in case you'd much rather not visit a dump) here's the latest
northern New England travel news for:

New Hampshire

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Recipes of the Week
by Charlie Burke

Asparagus Soup

"This unseasonably warm spring surprised us with the sudden emergence of
asparagus this week. The unexpected first spear was beheaded by a hose
dragged across the oldest of our three beds but was soon followed by several
more, and we look forward to several weeks of this special spring crop. I
avoid buying out of season asparagus - who knows where it comes from or
what chemicals have been applied? The flavor of fresh, locally grown spears
is vastly superior and signals the true arrival of spring...."
Read on...

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

33rd Annual Fishermen's Festival
April 28, 2006 - April 30, 2006

Waterfront Park and
Commercial Street
Boothbay Harbor, ME  04538

(207) 633-2353  (phone)
(800) 266-8422  (phone toll free)

Fun for every one! Miss Shrimp pageant, trap hauling contests, crate running,
cod fish relay races, tugs of war and much more. Blessing of the fleet on
Sunday, 4/30.

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

Shoe Boxes for Building Kids Blocks

Use safe shoe boxes and other similar size boxes to make large building blocks
for you kids.  Tape the lid of the box on and then cover them with contact
paper.  You can even find contact paper with a brick or wood pattern on it.

Rubber Gloves as a Jar Grip

Having a hard time opening a jar?  Put a rubber dishwashing glove on one of
your hands.  It will help you grip.

Milk Carton Buoy

Paperclip Bookmark

A paper clip works well as a bookmark, especially if you are carry books in a
bag or backpack.  The paperclip won't fall out the way a loose bookmark can.

Changing a Hot Light Bulb

If you don't want to wait a few minutes for the light bulb to cool down, just use
an oven mitt to untwist the hot bulb.

Use for an Old Mail Box

If you know a toy train enthusiast (or are one yourself) you can use an old
metal mailbox to create a tunnel for your train.  Just remove the door and back
of the mailbox and let your toy train travel through it.

Use for Mesh Onion Bags

Use those mesh onion bags in the dishwasher to keep small items from getting
thrown about.  This works great for washing baby bottle caps and nipples.

Thanks to Thrifty Fun for this week's tips!

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