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Issue #172- September 9, 2007
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Greetings from
of New England!

In this issue...
Wildlife: Goldfinches
Tips: Winterize Your Barn
Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob

Our Event Picks:
ME: Fryeburg Fair
NH: Scarecrow Festival
VT: Tunbridge World's Fair

Don't miss this month's *Giveaway*!  
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Worth Quoting

"Neglect mending a small fault, and
it will soon be a great one."  
~ New England proverb

More New England proverbs & quotes
Notes from the Heart...
When I tell my parents (who live in Florida) that the weather here has gone
from near-frost to a heat wave with temps in the 90s -- all in a span of about a
week and a half -- they find it hard to believe.  As New Englanders, we all know
that we never put away our fleece in the summer.  And when the seasons
change, we can expect wild fluctuations...almost like it is not sure what season
it really is.  That's just the way it is here...and it sure gives us a lot to talk about!  
But fall is approaching -- I could feel it even in these past few day's tropical hot
and humid weather.  And the trees also know...and I've already spotted reds in
our maple trees.   :)  ~ Marcia

Readers Write

"I learned about your site while surfing the net looking for information on
beach glass.  Every year my husband and I vacation in Maine (Boothbay
Harbor).  We also try to take a brief fall vacation to Vermont most years.  I have
frequent 'cravings' for New England and need to get my Vermont and Maine fix
or I get very depressed and cranky!"  
(A reader from New Jersey)


"We are seniors living in Vermont...we came here (from the Niagara Fall, NY
area) to be with family.  Here, I am the happiest I have ever been.  If I were to
have any regret about the move, it would be only that we should have moved
here much, much earlier in our lives.  I need not repeat what you and your
subscribers love about the area -- I LOVE IT, TOO! says it all.  However, is this
the time and place to ask about the term 'flatlander'?  I once saw it used in a
very derogatory sense in a New England letter to the editor, a
response to this, was the only one chosen for publication.  I do understand and
believe that some Vermonters are 'teasing' when the use the word, 'flatlander',
but for others it definitely takes on a darker meaning.  Regardless of the
definition of a Vermonter (and a 'real' Vermonter), I now consider myself a
Vermonter, nothing more nothing less!"  
(A reader from Vermont)

Editor's note: If you haven't read it already, you might want to see my story,
"A New Englander, at Heart."  You might also want to read humor writer Brendon's
Smith's articles, "
Wood You Believe?","Getting There from Here" "Down in the
Dumps."  Brendon is a self-proclaimed "flatlander."

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

This Week's Stories:

Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob
By Charlie Burke
I’ve seen complicated recipes for corn
on the grill, advising soaking the
un-husked corn in water, cooking them over the fire, and then removing the hot
husks before serving. This and other recipes using foil to wrap the cobs result
in good flavor but miss the opportunity to add the flavor of smoke and
Read on...

Tips: Winterize Your Barn
Do you have an old barn?  It's lasted this long...make sure you know how  to
preserve it for many generations to come.  Winter can be rough on old
structures.  Here are some tips from the NH Preservation alliance on
maintaining your old barn.  
Read on...

Wildlife: Goldfinches
Nothing cheers up a day like a goldfinch. Those little, bright bursts of yellow
are always a welcome site at your feeder, bird bath or perched on a flower in
your garden.
Read on...

Our Event Picks of the Week:

Sept. 30-Oct. 7, 2007
Annual Fryeburg Fair
Fryeburg Fairgrounds
Fryeburg, Maine  

There are 3000 animals on the grounds for eight days - dairy,
beef, draft show horses and ponies, pulling horses and oxen,
a forestry research center, an agricultural exhibition center,
a flower show, a llama show and fiber demonstration, sheep
dog trials and a huge parade on Saturday. Of course there
is a midway with local and commercial food vendors, as well
as amusement rides. For more information visit:

~ ~ ~

New Hampshire:
Sept. 30 - Oct. 14, 2007
Wolfeboro Scarecrow Festival
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Uptown, downtown, all around the Town! Festival maps, showing the locations
of all the scarecrows are available at the Wolfeboro Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more info: 603-569-2200

~ ~ ~

Sept. 13-16, 2007
136th Annual Tunbridge World's Fair   
Tunbridge, Vermont

Celebrating Vermont farming traditions at an annual agricultural fair in a
beautiful rural setting.  This is the 136th year of this fair. With an antique
museum and living history exhibits, horse, pony and oxen pulling, horse
racing, cattle and horse shows, junior 4-H, contra dancers, midway and much
more.  For more information visit

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

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