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Most people I know are suffering from cabin fever right about now.  For me, I'd
just like to see the ground instead of snow.  I'm ready for spring.  So is Maine
writer Lill Hawkins who starts to get pretty testy right about now.  Don't miss her
funny take on her "favorite" season in this week's two-part feature "I 'Love' Maine
Winters".  And let's brace ourselves for yet another snowstorm tomorrow!  

Dear Heart...

"Thanks for your newsletter.  I am originally from California, but live in the
Middle East now.  In the autumn, my sisters, who still live in California, and I
meet in New England.  We love to drive through scenic Connecticut,
Massachusetts and the upper New England states.  We love the small towns,
pumpkins, autumn leaves, farms, orchards, old cemeteries, and the slower pace
of life.  We don't like seeing Wal Mart, and Loews move into the towns because
that means the small businesses shut down.  We don't like chain restaurants.  We
like to explore the diners and other individually owned restaurants.  We take
photos of mills from by gone days that are now shut down.  We are glad to see
that some have been renovated and used for other purposes, still it is sad to see
manufacturing move abroad and people lose their jobs.  This past autumn, we
toured Rhode Island and Cape Cod because we had never been there.  We spent
one week in Great Barrington, Ma. While we were there I read that the cafe used
in Norman Rockwell's painting, The Runaway, was in Lee Ma.  We drove to Lee
and found the cafe with the original owner, who was in the painting, sitting out
front.  It is called Joe's Diner.  Joe is retired but it was nice seeing him, a part of
history.  This coming autumn we will go to the upper states again.  I read the
article in your magazine on
heirloom apples in Dummerston Vt. and I hope we
can get there at the right time and buy some.  I found your magazine by chance.  I
love articles on cooking, recipes, travel and anything New England."  
(Donna A.)

"Please pass along my thanks for  the wonderful broiled grapefruit recipe.   I
made one for lunch ( I know strange) as I'm trying to get myself to eat more fruit.  
It was delicious!! Like a grapefruit macaroon.  Can't wait to make another one and
I don't usually care for grapefruit at all, even though we have beautiful looking
Ruby Reds here in TX,  That's all changed now though thanks to this recipe!"

(Donna W. from Texas).

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Issue #195
February  25, 2008
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This Week:

I "Love" Maine Winters

Sautéed Chicken in Red Wine,
Balsamic and Mushroom Sauce

From the Archives:
Old Fashioned Sleigh Rides

Calendar Pick:
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This Week's Stories:

Feature: I "Love" Maine Winters
By Lill Hawkins ( Maine)
You know winter has gone on too long when your spouse says "Good morning,
Sweets," and you snap, "Do you have to be so sarcastic?"

Recipe: Sautéed Chicken in Red Wine, Balsamic and Mushroom Sauce
By Charlie Burke (New Hampshire)
We are looking forward to a trip to Rome later this month with our friend,
and, when she came to dinner recently, I prepared an easy sauté with flavors
we’ll be enjoying in Italy.

From our Archives: Go on an Old Fashioned Sleigh Ride
By Lorie King Rogers (New Hampshire)
With a snort and slight jerk, the team stepped forward in tandem and we were on
our way. Snow crunched under the runners and the sleigh bells jingled in time
with the rhythm of the hoof beats. At that moment it was hard to tell who was
more excited - the children about to go forward into a winter wonderland or the
parents about to go back into childhood memories.

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Calendar Pick of the Week:

Maine Inns Offer Deep Discounts to Help Needy in State
Visitors Get Deep Lodging Discount from May 1 - 23, 2008

Maine Innkeepers across the state will slash their rates in half this spring to
support “Hospitality for Habitat”, a program which raises funds for Habitat for
Humanity projects in Maine, announced Greg Dugal, Executive Director of The
Maine Innkeeper’s Association. (MEIA) This year participating MEIA members
hope to entice visitors to their properties with half price discounted rates offered
between the
1st and 23rd of May. In exchange for the deep discount guests write
a check for a $35 donation to Habitat for Humanity.

Sponsored by The Maine Innkeepers Association, Hospitality for Habitat was
initiated in 2004 and has been successful in raising money for the Maine chapters
of the national organization. It is the only Habitat for Humanity program in the
state where chapters work together and share funds. Every year The Maine
Innkeepers Association has increased its donation to Hospitality for Habitat, and
in 2007 thirty-one participating properties raised $6240. “The program has been
embraced by Innkeepers because it relates perfectly to the hospitality industry,”
said Dugal. “The support and enthusiasm from our members for this program is
inspirational and I’m sure we’ll see an increase in both participation and
donations again this year.”

To take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to a great cause while
visiting some of Maine’s finest inns, hotels and B&B’s at affordable rates, visit
The Maine Innkeepers web page at . Click on the
Hospitality for Habitat Logo for a complete list of participating properties. Direct
Links to each property will provide information on specific room rates,
availability, and restrictions. Reservations should be made in advance and
donations for $35 should be given to the Innkeeper, made in the form of a check,
and written out to Habitat for Humanity. Every dollar donated will help build
houses for deserving families in Maine.

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