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Issue #152 - March 25, 2007
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In this issue...
Forcing Branches
Maine's Fragile Coast
Chicken (with Feta,
Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives)

Plus Events!


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Worth Quoting

"Many of our disappointments and much of our unhappiness arise from our
forming false notions of things and persons."

~ Abigail Adams

More New England proverbs & quotes

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Notes from my Backporch...

I was on line at a local store this week when I noticed a well-dressed woman
in front of me, fiddling with her BlackBerry that she had on her hip, like a
holster. I knew she was from "away."  Her cart was filled to the top with shoes,
dresses, and a very large suitcase.  "This is the upteenth time the airlines have
lost my luggage," she said breezily, handing the sales clerk a credit card for
the $500+ bill she racked up.  "What's around here anyway?"  The sales clerks
smiled politely and said there was a movie theatre right down the street.  
"Woohoo!" exclaimed the woman, her voice dripping with sarcasm, "I'm going
to really paint the town tonight."

The sales clerks looked at her with what was, to me, an amusing and totally
recognizable look: the stifling of an incredible urge to laugh or make a remark
with the typical New England dry humor.

I watched the woman leave the store, coat-less, rolling the suitcase behind her
as snow fell all around her.  Little did this woman know about our little
northern New England city...the bonds, the history, the people, the sense of
community that make it special.  But that's okay...perhaps by the end of her
visit, she just might.

This Week's Stories

Forcing Branches into Early Bloom
“Forcing” branches is a rather harsh word for a technique that I like to think as
“gentle coaxing” – it is persuading branches into believing that their time to
bloom has finally arrived.  You can “coax” many different types of flowering
shrubs and trees – but timing is everything.  
Read on...

Maine's Coastal Islands: Bold, Beautiful but Fragile
When I gaze out from my sea kayak upon a cluster of spruce clad islands off
of our rockbound coast, the sight is so beautiful that it just plain hurts. If you
paddle or cruise the coast of Maine, you know what I mean. These submerged
mountains guard the coast and help create our rich marine ecosystem. Even
though these islands look rocky and rugged, they are really quite fragile. The
soils are thin and the number of visitors is increasing, so it's important that
visitors tread lightly.
Read on...

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Feta & Olives
In Mediterranean kitchens, cooks use what is available, and I enjoy doing the
same.  Today, we had chicken breasts, which are healthy sources of protein,
and I thought of other ingredients in the refrigerator: Black olives, Feta cheese
and sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, which I figured would go well with the
chicken.
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

All Aboard the Bunny Express! April 14, 2007 ~ North Conway, NH
Celebrate spring with a ride on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Travel from
North Conway to Conway, with a stop at a local school for a musical
performance, and meet the Bunny himself as he travels on board with you.
For more information visit
Conway  Scenic Railroad or call 1-800-232-5251

Spring Family Farm Day, Tuesday, April 24, 2007, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Inn at East Hill Farm ~ Troy, NH
Bring the kids to the farm!  The Inn at East Hill Farm will be hosting a family
farm day.  The price is $25.00 per adult (age 16 & up) and $15.00 per child (age
2-15) including tax, tip and the entire day of activities! Check their website for
a schedule of events.  Reservations required.  Please call 603-242-6495 or go to
www.east-hill-farm.com for more information.

Five Colleges Book Sale, April 21-22, 2007 Hanover, NH
This is a traditional book sale that has been happening every spring since
1961.  Books on all subjects, carefully sorted and modestly priced, will be
offered for sale as well as maps, prints, memorabilia and ephemera, CDs,
videos, DVDs and tapes. Auction items of special interest will be offered on
Saturday morning. Most books on Sunday will be half price. All profits go to
scholarship funds for New Hampshire and Vermont students at Mt. Holyoke,
Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley. Held at the Hanover High School
Gym. For more information visit
5 Colleges Book Sale.

For  more Northern New England events this season visit:
Calendar of (Uniquely-Northern New England) Events

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