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Happy 2008! As New Hampshire
residents our family can't help but be
swept away by primary fever.  Living
here offers a unique opportunity to see
the candidates up close and personal.  
Political conversations around this
time with friends and neighbors start
with "Have you seen him (or her) yet?  
What do you think?"  It is hard to
imagine making a decision without
first looking a candidate right
in the eye and shaking hands.  Political
house parties are common.  Our neighbor hosted a Rudy party across the street a
few months ago  -- I wasn't invited but did wave when he drove away with his
entourage.  We've seen many candidates together as a family and my kids have
been fortunate to really understand how politics works (or
should work!) and rub
elbows with influential leaders. While I try to be politically neutral on The Heart of
New England...after all, this is a travel and lifestyle newsletter (plus, I'm
Independent) we do have a favorite candidate based not only on his beliefs, but
based on our gut feelings when we shook his hand and looked him in the eye.  
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January 6, 2008
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This Week:

Green Resolutions for
the New Year

Poached Lobster Wrapped in
White Wine Pasta

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2008 Winter Festival/Carnival Season in Maine

Mushers Bowl Winter Carnival
Jan 18 thru Jan 27, 2008. Bridgton, Maine. The award winning Mushers Bowl Winter
Carnival is a weekend of fun filled family activities including dogsled and
skijoring races, a snowmobile parade, bonfire, horse drawn sled rides, crafts fair,
star gazing, ice skating, dance, polar bear dunk, ice fishing and lots of great food!
This event is sponsored by the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of
Commerce and Downeast Sled Dog Club. For more info phone  (207) 647-3472.

Snowmobile Snodeo
Jan 24 thru Jan 26, 2008. Rangeley, Maine. Enjoy all sorts of snowmobile events and
family fun at the annual Snowmobile Snodeo. Chili/chowder cook-off, sleigh rides,
antique snowmobiles, obstacle course, radar run and fireworks.   

Annual Snowfest
Jan 26 thru Jan 27, 2008. Norway, Maine. The Annual Snowfest (aka the Oxford
Hills Snowfest) at Lake Pennesseewassee (Norway Lake) is run by the Norway
Trackers Snowmobile Club. It is always held the last full weekend in January.
Enjoy Drag Racing. Radar Runs, an Antique Snowmobile Show and a Chowder
Fest. Hot food is available on the ice during the event. All proceeds go to the trail
grooming and maintenance of the Norway Snowmobile Trail System. For more
information contact Stan at (207) 743-6483 or Richard at (207) 527-2175.   

Moosehead Lake Region Ice Fishing Tournament
Jan 26 thru Jan 27, 2008. Greenville, Maine. The Moosehead Lake Region's first
annual Ice Fishing Tournament targeting Togue (lake trout). With NASCAR special
guest Ricky Craven. For info phone (207) 695-2702.  

Feb 02 thru Feb 23, 2008. Greenville, Maine. Snofest in Moosehead Lake is a
month-long series of events including a 100-Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race on Feb
09 (see separate listing), a Chili/Chowder Cook-Off on Feb 15, a Bonfire and
Snowmobile Parade on Feb 16, the Annual Chocolate Festival on Feb 17 and more.
For info phone (207) 695-2702.    

Caribou Winter Carnival and Snowmobile Festival
Feb 07 thru Feb 10, 2008. Caribou, Maine. The Caribou Winter Carnival features
music, dancing, good food, a family fun day, darts, a chocolate festival, cribbage
and other family activities. Also during the Winter Carnival is Snowmobile Drag
Racing at Collins Pond on February 10. It includes stock, modified and improved
sled classes, with cash prizes, more good food and hot drinks. For info phone (800)

Waterfront Winterfest
Feb 15 thru Feb 16, 2008. Brewer, Maine. Things to see and do at the Brewer
Waterfront Winterfest include an ice carving demonstration, a snow creation
competition, a sniffleball competition, a chili and chowder cook-off, a snowball
dance, fireworks and more. Phone (207) 989-7500 for details.   

Skowhegan Winter Carnival
Feb 16, 2008. Skowhegan, Maine the Skowhegan Winter Carnival runs from 10 a.m.
to noon at the Skowhegan Community Center, 39 Poulin Drive. There will be
games, a bake sale, sleigh rides and more, plus snowshoe and cross-country ski
races. For more info phone (207) 474-6901.   

Derby Fest
Feb 22 thru Feb 24, 2008. Windham, Maine. Derby Fest is run by the Sebago Lake
Rotary Club. On Friday night there is the Hardwater Classic, Maine's richest purse
for car racing on ice. Ice racing for motorcycles as well. The races will be held at
Point Sebago Resort. A two-day ice fishing derby starts on Saturday, with over
$25,000 in prizes. Also on Saturday is an air show and fly-in at Raymond Beach,
with skating, sliding, snowshoeing for the kids and food vendors. Sunday features
snowmobile events, including antique snowmobiles, a huge radar run at Raymond
Beach and a proposed extreme snowmobile jumping show. Fundraisers for Maine
Children's Cancer Program will also jump into the frigid waters (about 34 degrees)
of Sebago Lake.   

Maine Winterfest and Ice Derby
Feb 22 thru Feb 24, 2008. Casco. Annual Maine Winterfest and Ice Derby. The ice
fishing derby is Maine's richest derby. Professional snow and ice carvings,
children's activities, entertainment and games. Car and motorcycle ice racing, X-C
rate, Fly-in, snowmobile speed runs, "ice mall" shopping, food vendors, "ice cube
lounge" and more. For more info, phone the Maine Snow and Ice Sculpting
Foundation at (207) 749-9438 or Point Sebago Resort at (207) 655-3821.  

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This Week's Stories:

Gardening: Green Resolutions for the New Year
With mention almost daily in the media of global warming and environmental
issues, now is a good time while making resolutions for this coming year to think
green.  Here are several ideas how you can practice “green gardening”, avoiding or
lessening negative impacts on the environment.  In some cases you may be having
a positive environmental impact.
Read on...
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Recipe: Poached Lobster Wrapped in White Wine Pasta with Lemon Beurr Blanc
by Charlie Burke
Cold winter days provide time for more complex recipes, and this week’s lobster
dish requires several steps. None of these is difficult, however, and much of the
work can be done ahead, leaving only the quick preparation of the beurre blanc and
the cooking of the pasta before serving
 Read on...
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From our Archives: Too Many Clothes? Swap 'Em!
I bumped into a friend at the supermarket the other day.  She eyed my sweater a bit
too enviously.  “Love that color,” she said.  “Do you want to get rid of it?”  We both
laughed and I politely told her to take her paws off.  It wasn’t ready to be swapped
– not yet.  
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