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The Heart of New England's Weekly Newsletter
Issue #115 ~ June 18, 2006
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Greetings from The Heart of  New England!

Feature of the Week:
Mt. Monadnock: An Overrated Climb?

In Season Recipe:
Duck, with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

Calendar Pick of the Week
Olde New England Days - Lincoln, NH

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Notes from my back porch...

My Role Models
When I grow up I want to be just like Mrs. C who lives in our neighborhood.  

I have not seen Mrs. C all winter and caught up with her while I was walking
the dog the other afternoon.  She was several blocks away from her house,
vigorously pushing one of those metal carts used for shopping, and walking
at a brisk clip.  "Hello Mrs. C, haven't seen you in a while.  How are you
doing?"  She gazed at me and said "Do you know how old I am?"  and did not
wait for me to answer.  "I'm 99 years old!!" she said, surprising even herself.  
Later that day I saw her dragging her garbage out to the curb.  Mrs. C lives
alone in an old two-story house where she raised her children, now senior
citizens themselves.  "I have someone come in to help," she once admitted.  

She is by far the oldest person in our neighborhood, deserving of the Boston
Post Cane if neighborhoods awarded such a thing.  While Mrs. C is the oldest,
she is not unusual.  There are many elders "aging in place" where we live,
ranging anywhere from their mid to late 70s well into their 80s (although it is
hard to tell how old they really are).  I love seeing them walking the
neighborhood, around the block, toward the park.  Or riding their bicycles.  
Or gardening.

Is this unusual in American communities?  Particularly those that are not
geared toward "retirement living"? To be honest I'm not sure.  I am just glad
that they are here, and that I have, at mid-life, some real life role models.  
People who I want to be just like when I grow up.  :)

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This week's feature: Mt. Monadnock, an Overrated Climb?

Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, New Hampshire is North America’s most
climbed peak, and reputed to be the second most climbed mountain
in the world, after Mount Fuji in Japan.

Though I’ve been close to the mountain on other trips I’ve never climbed it,
and really was a tad perplexed by its popularity. After all at 3,165 feet it’s
hardly a Mount Fuji, or even the geographical closer Mount Washington.

Read on...

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In Season Recipe: Duck, with Fresh Rhubarb Sauce

With rhubarb in season, I felt the tartness of rhubarb would combine well with
the richness of the duck.  
Read on...

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Calendar Pick of the Week

Olde New England Days - Lincoln, NH
Sat, June 24, 2006 - Sun, June 25, 2006

The Splash into Summer Weekend continues on Saturday with Olde New
England Days. Come on Saturday for more more than 40 artisans and crafters
along Main Street, a kids fair, horse drawn rides, fire truck rides, face
painting, food, the Second Annual Olde New England Days Brewfest and so
much more. It kicks off with Summer Splash at Whale's Tale on Friday and is
the biggest summer event of the year in the White Mountains. Great early
season lodging values are available.

Phone: 603-745-6621
Location: Main Street in N. Woodstock and other locations
Time: 9:00am
Price: Most events are free

Click here for more June events

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Hot off the Press...Travel News

Second Annual Ice Cream Creation Competition Starts at Town Docks in

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has
beautiful Common Ground Country Fair posters and note cards available

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Marcia Passos Duffy
Publisher & Editor
The Heart of New England
Keene, New Hampshire
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