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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day......Sept 26, 07....Massachusetts ~ "The Old Bay State"
Mama_Bear | JustAmy | The Mayor

Posted on 09/26/2007 12:02:52 AM PDT by Mama_Bear






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We're
"On the Road Again"...

Please join "A Few of FR's Finest" as we make a cyber-visit to another state in this great Union of ours.




These are the states
we have presented to date:

05-23-03 Alabama
06-27-03 Maryland
07-11-03 Vermont
07-25-03 Utah
08-05-03 Texas
08-22-03 Nevada
08-26-03 Wash DC
09-05-03 Tennessee
09-17-03 Florida
09-19-03 Minnesota
10-03-03 New Mexico
10-14-03 Georgia
10-17-03 Louisiana
10-22-03 Michigan
11-04-03 South Dakota
11-14-03 California
01-09-04 South Carolina
02-06-04 West Virginia
02-20-04 Oregon
03-09-04 Pennsylvania
03-30-04 Wyoming
04-13-04 Mississippi
04-27-04 Missouri
05-25-04 Indiana
07-21-04 Virginia
08-18-04 Colorado
09-29-04 Idaho
10-20-04 New Hampshire
12-07-04 Hawaii
02-09-05 Maine
03-09-05 North Carolina
04-13-05 Arizona
06-15-05 Iowa
10-19-05 Alaska











"I shall enter on no encomium upon Massachusetts; she needs none. There she is. Behold her, and judge for yourselves. There is her history; the world knows it by heart. The past, at least, is secure. There is Boston and Concord and Lexington and Bunker Hill; and there they will remain forever." -- Daniel Webster, 1830



"By the sword we seek peace,
but peace only under liberty."


On November 19, 1620, a shout went up aboard the Mayflower: "Land!" Everyone rushed on deck. Barely visible many miles away a strip of shoreline could be seen. The Pilgrims dropped to their knees and wept with joy, thanking God. After sixty-six days and nights on the Atlantic, God had delivered them to the New World. Two days later the vessel reached Provincetown Bay in what would become the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The 102 settlers aboard the Mayflower hold a rightly revered place in the history of America. Before disembarking, before even setting foot on the new land, these settlers blazed a new trail in participatory government, a trail that would guide a new nation toward democracy.

On November 21, 1620, the Pilgrims and other colonists met in the cabin of the ship and forty-one men signed an agreement that became known as the Mayflower Compact. This was the earliest attempt at self-government in the New World.










Click the graphic below....


From June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over eighty years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided.






Fast-forward to 1775 and the
Revolutionary War









Click here for an excellent
Revolutionary War Time Line





***Touring Massachusetts***


Massachusetts is special in New England as the epicenter of several major chapters of Colonial and Revolutionary War history. Visitors can see the rock where the Mayflower supposedly landed in Plymouth; examine the sites of the 1692 Witch Trials in Salem; see where Henry David Thoreau developed his ideas about living close to nature in Walden; and walk the paths where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Lexington and Concord.

When visiting Boston, be sure to take "The Freedom Trail". It is a 2.5 mile red-brick walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, every one an authentic American treasure.




Freedom Trail Information
Historic Homes and Sites
90 Great Things to do in Massachusetts
Visiting Salem
Massachusetts Beaches





Cape Cod lays claim to the majority of cranberry production in the United States. Its history began back when the Indians introduced cranberries to the Pilgrims in the early 1600s. The Pilgrims learned the benefits of cranberries quickly and began using them as a remedy against scurvy--similar to the way the English used limes. A recipe for cranberry sauce first appeared in The Pilgrim Cookbook in 1633 and forty-four years later ten bushels were sent back to King Charles II of England. The Pilgrims made other uses for cranberries including using the fruit to make dyes and poultices and whalers and residents used cranberries as a major source of Vitamin C.


More information available at Time for Cranberries


Thank you, JustAmy, for your research
and contributions on the subject
of Massachusetts cranberries! :-)



Apples and cranberries are a delightful combination!
Two-crust piecrust
12 oz. cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup maple sugar
6 cups sliced apples
1/4 cup arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water

Line a 9-inch pie plate with piecrust dough and reserve the rest for making lattice. Place cranberries and maple sugar in a saucepan. Peel and core the apples and cut into 1/2-inch slices; add the slices to the cranberry/maple sugar mixture (which could also be called a syrup) as you go. Bring syrup to a boil and cook, stirring, for several minutes until cranberries begin to pop. Stirring constantly and quickly so not to create lumps, add the arrowroot/water mixture and cook another minute more, continuing to stir. Let cool slightly. Pour into pie shell. Make a lattice to cover the cranberry/apple mixture and bake at 350°F degrees for about 45 minutes.










  • 552 original documents pertaining to the Salem witch trials of 1692 have been preserved and are still stored by the Peabody Essex Museum.
     
  • Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
     
  • Although over 30 communities in the colonies eventually renamed themselves to honor Benjamin Franklin. The Massachusetts Town of Franklin was the first and changed its name in 1778.
     
  • Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.
     
  • The Fig Newton was named after Newton, Massachusetts.
     
  • The visible portion of Plymouth Rock is a lumpy fragment of glacial moraine about the size of a coffee table, with the date 1620 cut into its surface. After being broken, dragged about the town of Plymouth by ox teams used to inspire Revolution-aries, and reverently gouged and scraped by 19th-century souvenir hunters, it is now at rest near the head of Plymouth Harbor.
     
  • The Basketball Hall Of Fame is located in Springfield.
     
  • The American industrial revolution began in Lowell. Lowell was America's first planned industrial city.
     
  • 1634: Boston Common became the first public park in America.
     
  • 1891: The first basketball game was played in Springfield.
     
  • Massachusetts holds the two largest cites in New England, Boston, the largest, and Worcester.
     
  • The creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which was formerly private town and state owned land, marked the first time the federal government purchased land for a park.
     
  • Robert Goddard, inventor of the first liquid fueled rocket, was born and lived much of his life in Worcester and launched the first rocket fueled with liquid fuel from the neighboring town of Auburn.
     
  • Quincy boasts the first Dunkin Donuts on Hancock Street and the first Howard Johnson's on Newport Ave.
     
  • Glaciers formed the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard during the ice age.
     
  • The first U.S.Postal zip code in Massachusetts is 01001 at Agawam.
     
  • Brewster has become the de facto "Wedding Capital of Cape Cod" because of its many small and larger inns that cater to weddings.
     
  • The birth control pill was invented at Clark University in Worcester.
     
  • The signs along the Massachusetts Turnpike reading "x miles to Boston" refer to the distance from that point to the gold dome of the state house.
     
  • Harvard was the first college established in North America. Harvard was founded in 1636.
     
  • In 1838 the Boston & West Worcester Railroad was the first railroad to charge commuter fares.
     
  • The Boston University Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train driving under a car driving under an airplane.
     
  • John Adams and John Quincy Adams are buried in the crypt at the United First Parish Church in Quincy.
     
  • Princeton was named after the Reverend Thomas Prince, Pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, and one of the first proprietors of the town. Princeton was incorporated in 1759.
     
  • The Pilgrim National Wax Museum in Plymouth is the only wax museum devoted entirely to the Pilgrim's story.
     
  • In 1908, Miss Caroline O. Emmerton purchased The House of the Seven Gables - built in 1668 - restored it to its present state and, in 1910, opened the site to the touring public. The seven-gabled house inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write his famous novel of the same name.
     
  • The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16th.
     
  • Balance Rock in Lanesborough is named in honor of a 25' x 15' x 10 boulder that balances upon a small stone below it.
     
  • The 3rd Monday in April is a legal holiday in Massachusetts called Patriot's Day, the day the Boston Marathon is held each year.
     
  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
     
  • Charles Goodyear in Woburn first vulcanized rubber in 1839.
     
  • Elias Howe of Boston invented the first sewing machine in 1845.
     
  • The first nuclear-powered surface vessel, USS Long Beach CG (N) 9, was launched at Quincy in 1961.
     
  • The USS Constitution 'Old Ironsides', the oldest fully commissioned vessel in the US Navy is permanently berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard.
     
  • Revere Beach was the first public beach in the United States and is host to Suffolk Downs horse racing track, Wonderland dog racing track and a 14-screen cinema complex.
     
  • The official state dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie.
     
  • Milford is known the world over for its unique pink granite, discovered in the 1870's and quarried for many years to grace the exteriors of museums, government buildings, monuments and railroad stations.




With appreciation to the following
websites for text and images...


Puritans Become Pilgrims
Salemweb.com
Visit New England
Massachusetts Facts and Trivia





And a special 'thank you' to JustAmy and The Mayor for
their contributions to our cyber-visit to Massachusetts.



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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: history; massachusetts; oldbaystate; tribute
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To: Mama_Bear; JustAmy; The Mayor; All
Oh my goodness ... this is spectacular!! The history is profound. Thank you for all that hard work about my home state. It's so beautifully done ... outstanding!

Agawam, MA .. my old hometown ... geographical reference.

Capt. Charles Leonard House ~ historical structure on Main St.

"This historic structure dates from 1805 and was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

It was originally a tavern on the road from Hartford to points north where stage coaches deposited their tired passengers for overnight rest and refreshment before continuing on the next day with a fresh team of horses.

Restored in 1938, it boasts original fireplaces and woodwork and is furnished with many pieces of authentic furniture, making it well worth a visit in its own right. It now serves as a Community House for the Town of Agawam and, in its present state, offers a room capable of holding 75 people for events of various sorts."

Over the bridge to Springfield, MA

History and Points of Interest

A favorite hangout .. Riverside Amusement Park ..eventually bought and completely upgraded by Six Flags

Interesting history of the The Connecticut Valley ~ Springfield, Agawam, Westfield areas of Western Massachusetts ~ Starts on Pg. 283

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Thank you again for this lovely page.

51 posted on 09/26/2007 1:41:52 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Lady Jag
Hi Lady Jag :)

52 posted on 09/26/2007 1:42:31 PM PDT by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You!. Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: Mama_Bear; All
The front of the Old North Church ... if bricks could talk.

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

Additionally, the Old North Church makes its entrance in the very next stanza:

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the NorthChurch tower as a signal light,
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

53 posted on 09/26/2007 1:52:09 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Wheelbarrow
"it was the place Bakers Chocolate came from."

This reminds me of a story that I had almost forgotten .... My girlfriend and I arrived at Logan about 10:00pm. After getting directions from the car rental company, we left the airport area and immediately got lost. :)

We saw a security guard so stopped to ask him how to get to our motel. His directions were go past the "old chocolate factory", turn left at the ??? road and the hiway was within 1/2 mile.

We drove for awhile but had no idea if we had seen the old chocolate factory or not. We finally found a phone and called the motel for directions. We arrived between 11:30 and 12:00.

After that, we laughed whenever we couldn't find a certain place and would say, it is just past the old chocolate factory.

Massachusetts and New England was a wonderful experience.

Hopefully I will get back there some day.
54 posted on 09/26/2007 1:58:03 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: jwfiv
he little town I spent a few days near on that wintry long ago was Williamsburg ... classic little burg it was, too.

I googled Williamsburg and found it is fairly near Pittsfield, where some of my husband's family comes from. Very pretty area!

My family is from a bit further east; Ashland. My was grandmother born in Lynn, my grandfather in Southbridge. My dad's family were Irish immigrants who settled in the Weymouth area. Massachusetts is definitely in my blood. :-)

55 posted on 09/26/2007 2:11:17 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: La Enchiladita

Oh.....that looks good! Looks like it would melt in your mouth. :-)


56 posted on 09/26/2007 2:13:03 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Outstanding presentation, Mama Bear.

Been to Massachusetts only one time back in ‘95 when I was a chaparone for a group of high school exchange students. Would loved to have seen more, but we were on a pretty tight schedule.


57 posted on 09/26/2007 2:13:19 PM PDT by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: GodBlessUSA

I loved New England! :)

Being a native Californian, I found the small, clean and quaint towns and villages a pleasure to visit.

We visited in October so the leaves had changed or were changing. The villages all had little white churches and were nestled in the rolling hills.


58 posted on 09/26/2007 2:14:50 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: STARWISE

Walking the FReedom Trail, took us to many of the historical buildings. We toured the Old North Church and saw Paul Revere’s house.

I’ve forgotten, where is the House of Seven Gables? I think we were on a bus tour of Boston. Darn memory!


59 posted on 09/26/2007 2:19:32 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Billie; Mama_Bear; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Aquamarine; JustAmy; dansangel; ...
Simply Supurb, Lori!

Thanks, Billie......and WOW what a lot of time you must have put into that map!! I cannot believe that so many states have been profiled. You're right, we really do need to finish them up.

I'd like to have dibs on Illinois and Montana. Wolfie can probably help me some with Illinois, since he has said he knows that state well, and my daughter-in-law is from Montana, so I can get some input from her on her state. I started on Kentucky but never finished it, guess I could finish that one up too. The rest of them I will leave to the other sistahs. :-)

60 posted on 09/26/2007 2:20:35 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: jaycee

Reading through comment I see Your kind words re the chodwer ping,thank You!


61 posted on 09/26/2007 2:24:41 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: La Enchiladita
Thanks for the ping, Mama_Bear. It’s a beautiful thread, full of history and beauty.

Thanks so much, Dita.

Yes, Massachusetts looks beautiful and I love history. Someday I want to walk the Boston Freedom Trail. How cool to be in the place where our country began!

62 posted on 09/26/2007 2:26:10 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Very well done Lori, glad to see you highlighting the states again. Spent the night in Springfield Mass while passing through New England on a return trip from Canada, it’s a very beautiful area.


63 posted on 09/26/2007 2:32:20 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Purple Mountains Maj

I’m DYING for some of that chowdah!!! .. the best I ever ate was at a golf club in FL... the salt pork/pancetta made it so YUMMY.

http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1748,129183-246196,00.html


64 posted on 09/26/2007 2:33:26 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Billie

That’s impressive Billie! Have this feeling I’ll be giving a Cyber Tour of my Home state Oklahoma one day. :)


65 posted on 09/26/2007 2:34:32 PM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Wheelbarrow
As a person born and raised in Massachusetts (and a historical/government “buff” on the State), I’d like to congratulate you on a most complete and accurate presentation.

Well, thank you, wheelbarrow. How nice of you to say.

So, you are a native of Massachusetts too? My family is from the Framingham/Ashland area and my ancestors go back to the 1600's in Massachusetts.

Thank you so much for adding the information on the Thayer Academy, the first railroad, Bunker Hill, etc. There was so much more to say about Massachusetts that I could not include because it would have been WAY too long, so I really appreciate posts like this that add to the factual information about the state. It was truly a fascinating state to present. SO much history, it was difficult to know what to include and what to leave "on the cutting room floor". :-)

66 posted on 09/26/2007 2:35:03 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thanks for Your enthusiastic and thoughtful reply M B!

The only way I like the clams in any chowder is minced...barely there, but can taste the flavor of them still.

The only other clam dishes I’ve had are razor back clams; in shell;sauted in butter, at a restaurant.

I loved that way of clam prep/taste also and of course the clam strip w/diping sauce...

Chowda/razorback/strips love ‘em all!!!

& I love corn chowder too,like You do...I enjoy all kinds of homemade soup!

I’m sure You do to.


67 posted on 09/26/2007 2:36:19 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: All

Need to leave for awhile, but I will be back as soon as I can to answer the rest of my pings.


68 posted on 09/26/2007 2:37:33 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Mama_Bear; JustAmy
Wonderful thread Lori and "assistant amy". It's great to see another state thread (and to see you two!). Plus another state I have yet to visit but certainly want to now. What a rich history! Thanks so much!

Need to work on John (won't post until tomorrow morning) Hope to stop back later. ((((((hugs)))))
69 posted on 09/26/2007 2:40:05 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: Billie

Hi Billie Thanks for the ping to Your # 37 map.


70 posted on 09/26/2007 2:46:45 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: La Enchiladita

Thanks for the clam chowder ping mention Dita!


71 posted on 09/26/2007 2:48:23 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: Purple Mountains Maj
(Going backwards on my pings)....

You are very welcome, Maj - hope you're feeling better, but if you're not - just know we care.

72 posted on 09/26/2007 2:49:09 PM PDT by Billie
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To: dutchess; STARWISE


"Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts - birthplace of the conservation movement.

Walden Pond is the site of H.D. Thoreau's cabin where he wrote his book Walden.

I didn't add much to the thread but I really enjoyed doing some research and remembering my vist to Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Didn't get to spend enought time in the New England area.
73 posted on 09/26/2007 2:53:11 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; All
Heeeyy! It's Aqua! Would you do Oklahoma?!!! No rush - no timeline, no deadline. Would LOVE for you to do another state!

Thank you for the kudos, though it really wasn't that hard - it WOULD have been if Lori had not had all the states we've done (with dates) listed in her topper. :)

74 posted on 09/26/2007 2:54:23 PM PDT by Billie
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To: DollyCali

Hi MIss Dolly ... pleased to drop in, nice to see you ... the Finest IS the place to be.


75 posted on 09/26/2007 2:58:32 PM PDT by jwfiv
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To: STARWISE

Awww there’s Your reply T Y!

& Thanks for the link too!

I kid You not, I prefer saltpork/sidepork to bacon!
But the grocery stores around Here stopped stocking it on the shelves...drat!

As You know (taste wise) I love how much side pork tastes just like a pork chop in strip form!
Yummy!

*For those reading who don’t know this,side pork is uncured bacon...(Pre what makes it switch from pork chop flavor, to bacon flavor, prep steps.*

From what You wrote I know You already know this factoid Starwise.
:)


76 posted on 09/26/2007 3:00:45 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: Billie; Aquamarine; DollyCali; JustAmy; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; The Mayor
Hi sistahs...was just testing my text for tomorrow and saw you all here. GREAT to see you Aqua...and yippie...Oklahoma huh???

Great map biillie. So do you have a fave on dancing with the stars yet???

Dolly...yes...we need to do Ohio...I'll get with you soon!

Rus, Geebee and Dolly...this is the first I've heard about your gettogether (I've been AWOL lately obviously) Could one of you post a link to pictures, report?????

Again great job Lori and Amy...LOVE cybertravel (AND am also craving clam chowder!) Hope to BBL

(((((hugs all around))))))
77 posted on 09/26/2007 3:03:54 PM PDT by dutchess
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To: Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; DollyCali; dutchess; GodBlessUSA; JustAmy; Diver Dave
Thanks, Billie......and WOW what a lot of time you must have put into that map!! I cannot believe that so many states have been profiled. You're right, we really do need to finish them up.

I'd like to have dibs on Illinois and Montana. Wolfie can probably help me some with Illinois, since he has said he knows that state well, and my daughter-in-law is from Montana, so I can get some input from her on her state. I started on Kentucky but never finished it, guess I could finish that one up too. The rest of them I will leave to the other sistahs. :-)

Sounds like a deal to me! I think there are 15 remaining - if you do Illinois, Montana, and Kentucky; and Aqua does Oklahoma, GeeBee does New York, and Dutchess & Dolly do Ohio, that only leaves 9!

Hey, Dave, want to work on one - Washington maybe? You know how I like to put yours together. :)

I will do Kansas.

So....then there were 7.......c'mon, Sistahs!?

78 posted on 09/26/2007 3:04:06 PM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy

Thanks much Amy for Your pic ping etc...@ 45.


79 posted on 09/26/2007 3:06:39 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: MEG33

Sweet lil Chicadee pic ping,T Y Meg!


80 posted on 09/26/2007 3:08:59 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: dutchess
HI!! Gosh, I'm glad I refreshed my comments and see you here!

A fav on DWTS? Wow, after last night I think that the racecar driver is the one to beat! Things can change a lot, but he really looked polished doing the foxtrot.

The boxer was AWFUL!! MY GOSH! I expected him to really do well. Hope Mr. Las Vegas goes home tonight. Just. Do. Not. Like. Him. He seems so nice, but I hate looking at him.

How about you? Who'se your pick after they've all danced? :)

81 posted on 09/26/2007 3:09:40 PM PDT by Billie
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To: JustAmy

WOW! That is a GORGEOUS picture! Hi, Amy - it’s been such fun today seeing another new thread here!


82 posted on 09/26/2007 3:13:05 PM PDT by Billie
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To: jwfiv
I’m a Westerner, but dang me if New England doesn’t feel like home, too.

Well, you have been sorely missed, whether Westerner or New Englander. :)

83 posted on 09/26/2007 3:14:23 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Finest FRiends; Mama_Bear; Billie; The Mayor; Lady Jag; jwfiv; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; ...


"Manchester by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
Manchester by-the-Sea is one of New England's most picturesque harbors."

In addition to history, Massachusetts has sooo many beautiful sights.

84 posted on 09/26/2007 3:16:28 PM PDT by JustAmy (I wear red every Friday, but I support our Military everyday!!)
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To: Lady Jag
This voice from the Bay State says, "Thank you. Great job!"

Thanks, Lady Jag. I had forgotten that you live in Massachusetts. It's a Fine state, for sure. If I have my way, our next vacation is going to be to New England. :-)

85 posted on 09/26/2007 3:18:17 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Billie

I’ll do Rhode Island & North Dakota. (and if aqua cant do Oklahoma, I will)...

geeze. I volunteered for all that w/o the benefit of an adult beverage to loosen my brain.

In for a bit heavy rains. Need to get dogs out yet.. a


86 posted on 09/26/2007 3:19:15 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: La Enchiladita

I want a bite!!!


87 posted on 09/26/2007 3:20:42 PM PDT by Billie
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To: All

Did someone from Mass post this THREAD LINK on the state board?????

This is one thread that should have been a two day one.. and I have a feeling it probably will in some respects.


88 posted on 09/26/2007 3:21:06 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Mama_Bear
did you tell wheelbarrow that one of your far back grandmas was a witch.. (well, they thought she was)
89 posted on 09/26/2007 3:23:31 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Wheelbarrow
My father was a “colonial” church architect specializing in restorations; churches, such as this, were often inspirations for churches he designed (I spent many hours w/him as he precisely measured these old treasures). Bil

That is very interesting! I do love the small white steepled churches. I saw lots of them in West Virginia too. So pretty.

90 posted on 09/26/2007 3:24:44 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: Billie
I want a bite!!!

Well if you insist....

or do you prefer vampires?

91 posted on 09/26/2007 3:27:16 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: DollyCali
It was interesting too as I recall to see the evolution of HTML & graphic skills with you Lori..

Yes, indeed. I was quite a novice in the beginning. It is interesting how I improved as I went along. (Mostly from watching (actually, copying) Billie, LOL.)

So sorry to hear about your neighbors' car accident. :-(

92 posted on 09/26/2007 3:29:15 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: DollyCali; Aquamarine; Mama_Bear; dutchess; GodBlessUSA

Yay! Thanks, Dolly! Okay....tentative remaining states to profile:

Montana ~ Lori
Illinois ~ Lori
Kentucky ~ Lori
Oklahoma ~ Aqua
Ohio ~ Dutchess & Dolly
New York ~ GeeBee
Kansas ~ Billie
Rhode Island ~ Dolly
North Dakota ~ Dolly


93 posted on 09/26/2007 3:30:53 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Have to go - company coming in a few minutes.


94 posted on 09/26/2007 3:32:34 PM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie

Thanks soooo much for the caring commment in # 72...

still not there yet re stuff of life that is knocking my usual joy outta wack...the reasons are many and many reasons are a constant, that’s all i can put into words about it all.

Knowing & feeling the care from You & Others,really helps.

I don’t want to stop keeping in touch/ pinging/posting replying during times like these.

I muster up the want to keep going/trying/hoping/praying/trusting/...No,not i but JESUS musters it up in me.


95 posted on 09/26/2007 3:36:25 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I w s l m e t s m a p a/o p a s m o l a/o e i t t l f m...s i c l a o. *Note to self*Can't explain*)
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To: DollyCali; Wheelbarrow
....did you tell wheelbarrow that one of your far back grandmas was a witch.. (well, they thought she was)

No, I didn't. I thought everyone had heard that story, probably too many times. LOL.

Yes, wheelbarrow, my 9th great grandmother was one of the Towne sisters who was hanged. Mary Towne Esty (my grandmother) and her sister Rebecca Towne Nurse were both hanged during the summer of the witch hunts in Salem. Their sister, Sarah, was also found guilty but managed to escape the hangman's noose. The Towne sisters were the epitome of humble Christian women. The Salem witch trials was a very dark period in our history.

A wonderful documentary was done on PBS about the sisters, called "Three Soveriegns for Sarah".


96 posted on 09/26/2007 3:44:30 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: DollyCali

Oh, my goodness! That is very disturbing. LOL


97 posted on 09/26/2007 3:45:50 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: STARWISE
Oh my goodness ... this is spectacular!! The history is profound. Thank you for all that hard work about my home state. It's so beautifully done ... outstanding!

Thank you for the compliments and for your contributions to our Bay State cyber-visit. I LOVE that house - love the architecture! So pretty with the bunting and flag out front.

Thanks also for all those links. This is exactly the kind of participation that I hope for when I post my state threads! There is no way I can cover even a fraction of the history and points of interest in Massachusetts, so your links and images are very much appreciated.

I didn't know you are from Massachusetts. It's my home state too. Although I never lived there, I was born in Framingham. My family has very deep roots in Massachusetts.

98 posted on 09/26/2007 3:57:45 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: JustAmy
Most of our Massachusetts time was spent in the historical areas of Boston, Concord, Lexington and Salem.

Those are EXACTLY the places I want to visit!

Thanks again, Amy, for your help. I love the Cranberry information and recipe you provided.

99 posted on 09/26/2007 4:01:35 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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To: All

Darn....I have to leave again for a few minutes. I will be back. :-)


100 posted on 09/26/2007 4:02:26 PM PDT by Mama_Bear (My heroes wear camouflage!)
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