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Issue #153 - April 23, 2007
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In this issue...
America's Quirkiest Sailboat Race (Maine)
Have You Spotted the Spotted Salamander?
Haddock Chowder Recipe
Plus...It's an Official "Ice Out!"

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"The mill cannot grind with water that is past."

~ New England proverb

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Notes from my Backporch...

I'm back from my trip to Brazil...and have been battling "Montezuma's
Revenge" for weeks (but nothing that a 45-minute IV and good antibiotics
can't cure!)  In spite of that, I loved the food, the people, the climate, the
scenery, the music, my relatives (all of my extended family lives in Rio).  So
what's a Latina like me doing in northern New England?  While I certainly
had second thoughts about living here when I landed in the midst of a spring
blizzard last week (yet this week has certainly made up for that with 85
degree weather),  I love northern New England.  While Rio is in my blood,
New England is in my heart...and I'm glad to be back.  (For photos of my
Brazilian adventure,
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This Week's Stories

America's Quirkiest Sailboat Race Held Every Year in the Midcoast of Maine
The captains are the first to admit it. The Great Schooner Race is one of the
quirkiest events in modern maritime history. There’s no set date, no
predetermined race course, spectators never know where they can view the
race, and yet, if you can find your way there, you’ll never be disappointed.

Read on...

Have You Spotted the Spotted Salamander Yet?
The spotted salamander is distinctive-looking:  
long (4 to 7 inches) dark brown/black body,
decorated with two irregular rows of vivid yellow
spots, is distinctive.  But it’s possible you may not
notice your guest in your backyard.  
Read on...

New England Fresh and Smoked Haddock Chowder
by Charlie Burke
There are many “authentic” New England chowder recipes, but the quality
and authenticity vary widely. When it is billed as “so thick your spoon will
stand in it” or it’s called “chowda”, I pass it by. The only thickening in true
New England chowder comes from potato starch and from heavy cream, not
from flour, so the broth is slightly thicker than milk; also, any New England
cook who takes making chowder seriously would never use such tourist trap
Read on...

And this just in today...ICE OUT on Lake Winnipesaukee!  
New Hampton, NH April 23, 2007 -- "ICE OUT" on Lake Winnipesaukee
occurred at 3:17 pm on April 23rd, 2007. The official "ICE OUT" was declared
by Dave Emerson of Emerson Aviation of Gilford.

Observers have maintained a close watch of the disintegrating ice over the
past several days. This weekends winds and high temperatures helped move
out the remaining strongholds.

"ICE OUT" becomes official when the route of the
MS Mount Washington is clear and navigable.
That is, the ship must be able to cruise among
its five ports: Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Meredith,
Weirs Beach, and Wolfeboro. Records of "Ice Out"
date back into the 1800's. The earliest "Ice Out"
reported was on March 28, 1921 and the latest
on May 12, 1888.

On average Ice Out appears in mid- April. The event serves as one of the
annual omens of warmer weather, creating much speculation locally. More
importantly, the occurrence signals the advent of another tourist season.

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


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