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Issue #170 - August 26, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Tips: Back to School Advice
Profile: Recipe Paintings
Recipe: Fresh Salsa!

Calendar Picks:
ME: Common Ground Country Fair
NH: Cardboard Boat Festival
VT: Vermont State Fair

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Worth Quoting

"Give neither salt nor counsel until asked for it."  ~ New England Proverb

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Notes from the Heart...

The weather has finally warmed up to a seasonable temperature.
I ALMOST turned on the heat this past week, but I was held back
by sheer stubbornness: I refuse to refuse to crank up the
thermostat in August!  But one night we had
frost in some parts
of northern New England.  All that is behind us now (until next
month anyway), as the temperature outside registers a balmy
85 degrees.  Ah, summer returns!  Just in time for back-to-school!
This week for all you parents out there we have some
common-sense advice from the Maine Department of
Environmental Protection about some New England thrifty
ways to save money -- and the environment -- when packing your kids back to
school.  Click here to read
Back-to-School: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  ~M

Readers Write

"With companies like Wal-Mart, Costco, Sam's (just another store owned by the
Waltons), New England is in danger of losing it's small town charm. There are
people in Merrimack (NH) who are upset that a new Wal-Mart is going to be
built without even a vote etc. These companies move in, hack down trees, and
put up tons of concrete, and as well take the business away from locals. All of
New England is in danger of strip malls, and these big box stores ruining the
area. All in the name of 'convenience'. Since when does it matter if it is
convenient in New England? Isn't it supposed to be about country living and a
laid back lifestyle?  It has happened to many other states in the area, and I
suggest that all New Englanders fight to keep it from happening there as well.
Especially the last bastions of the New England lifestyle -- Vermont, New
Hampshire, and Maine.

"You may want to check out the web forum on states called City Data. Here is a
link for instance on
Wal-Mart invading Merrimack. I hope you don't think I am
a nut case. I just want to preserve New England from the invasion of urban
sprawl, big business and all those things New England is NOT. We are moving
back to New England in 3 years. Currently I and my family are in Texas, but we
are sick of it here and are moving back north. The situation down here is
(a reader from Texas)

Editor's Response: Thank you for your email.  No, I don’t think you are a “nut case!”  If
you are, there are plenty of us here in northern New England who feel the same way!  
Merrimack, NH is very close to Boston (1 hour away), which makes it a commuter town
and prone to sprawl.  Unfortunately, the Wal-Marts and Home-Depots of the big box
world are invading everywhere – but the good news is that states like Maine, New
Hampshire (the more rural parts) and Vermont are giving them a good fight for the
money.  In Rindge, NH, for example, they just fought off a Home Depot.  And they have
been fighting Wal-Marts in Vermont for years. It’s an uphill battle, I’ll admit.  ~ Marcia

Thanks for your letters, folks!  Keep 'em coming :)  Send your comments to ~ Marcia

This Week's "Made Here" Profile:

Brenda Erickson, Recipe Paintings (Maine)
Brenda started her recipe painting business as a hobby three years ago, but
today she has a business painting favorite family recipes.  Her most popular
paintings?  "Lobsters, lobsters, lobsters!" and, of course, anything with
blueberries, mussels, apples and strawberries. "And, of course, Whoopie Pies."  
Click here to read Brenda's profile about her unique Maine business, Recipe

This Week's Recipe

Claudette Varney's Fresh Salsa
By Charlie Burke
This salsa's bright fresh flavor, spiced
with the heat from a hot pepper has made
it a favorite in our house, and we make
it at least once a week (often doubling the
recipe) when all the ingredients are available
locally, often in our own garden.  
Read on...

Mark Your Calendars:

September 21, 22, 23, 2007
Common Ground Country Fair  (Unity, Maine)

Come to the Fair and see why Downeast
Magazine calls Common Ground "Maine's
most authentic country fair, uniting, as it does,
old-time folkways with progressive
ideas about living the good life on a fragile
planet. For more information visit:
Common Ground Country Fair

~ ~ ~

New Hampshire:
September 8, 2007
Cardboard Boat Festival (Merrimack, NH)

Fun-filled family event featuring full sized boats made entirely of cardboard
racing on Lake Naticook. Event also features used book sale, entertainment,
face painting, food, sand castle building contest, raffles and other surprises.
Free  transportation will be available to the waterfront. See whether a boat made
of cardboard will sink or float! For more info visit:
Cardboard Boat Festival.

~ ~ ~

August 31-September 9, 2007
Vermont State Fair   (Rutland, VT)

The Vermont State Fair began as a one-day event on September 24, 1846.
The Fair was founded with an agricultural background and has continued its
agricultural heritage in today's fair. Agricultural events include horse & cattle
shows and exhibits, farm museums, crafts, 4H building, horse, pony & ox
pulling contests, maple sugar house, country and western concerts, demolition
derbies and a great carnival midway by Castlerock Shows. For more
information visit
Vermont State Fair.

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

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