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Musing on wet garbarge in an urban environment
by Stephen Weir

A relative from the Ottawa Valley wrote to ask what I thought about Toronto's garbage recycling programme. Her community is getting the green bin ( wet garbage i.e. food bits, egg shells and used diapers). Here is my response:
I am really very supportive of the green bin (wet), blue bin (paper/glass) and grey bin (dry trash). No one else in the family is, so part of my routine is to go the garbage and seperate the garbage. My wife will use the green bin, except when I am not looking.

There are big problems with the programme at least for us:

* Rodents and racoons. The green bin was suppose to be animal proof. Took about a month before the racoons learned to open the bins. We now bungy chord the bins. Others don't. The racoons crack open the bins by knocking them over (or trying to chew through the bungies) and then have a noisy banquets. If the mess isn't cleaned up immediately the rats move in. Our nei…

New Hampshire says "Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow"

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Chill out on Hot Savings This Winter Skiing
Winter 2011. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

Skiing: New Hampshire
from Chris Ryall's Maple Gazette

There has never been a better time to plan a New Hampshire winter vacation. Ski New Hampshire (www.skinh.com) has announced special deals and promotions for the 2011 ski/snowboard season, with savings from January through to the spring.
This winter got off to a good start in December with ideal snowmaking conditions and large snowfalls in the mountain regions of the state. Weather forecasters are predicting snow, snow and more snow this winter (you can check in real-time cross-country and downhill conditions throughout the state at http://www.skinh.com/ski-conditions.cfm?size=3739.
The savings begin in the month of January. Ski NH and its 37 member resorts are participating in a national program to introduce guests to skiing and boarding. Bring a friend to try out the sport and save on lift tickets. Travellers can visit SkiNH.com's…

Inn the Spotlight - Green B&B in New Hampshire

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North Conway's Cranmore Mountain Lodge
from Chris Ryall's Maple Gazette

While the skiers and snowshoers who stay at the Cranmore Mountain Lodge are already seeing white, Frederique and Thierry Procyk are thinking green! That is because their historic farmstead inn won the 2010 Mt. Washington Valley Sustainable Business of the Year Award.
This family friendly and pet friendly inn is secluded on more than 8 peaceful acres in a quiet residential area. It is close to the North Conway Village and skiing at the Cranmore Mountain Resort.
Featuring all the charm of an inn built in the 1840s, Cranmore Mountain Lodge features 20 modern smoke-free units (13 in the main building and 7 in a nearby loft building). All have private bath, cable television, wireless Internet access and phone service. Some rooms include a Jacuzzi tub, refrigerator and microwave.
"Four of the rooms are dog friendly," writes Thierry Procyk. "Our suites and family rooms welcome families as large as 7 p…