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compass  April 2011

New England

Your guide to

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Kayaking • Fishing • Camping • Hiking • ATVs & More!

Gone Fishin’ youth fishing derbies

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Fun stuff to do with the whole family

Hook them up with the right equipment.

Live Bait • Fishing Tackle • Kayaks • Canoes • Row Boats Pedal Boats • Archery Equipment • Guns & Ammo Kayaks & Canoe Rentals and Lessons

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Editor’s Note: First off, thank you to our loyal readers. February was a very difficult month for me, as I lost my mother. She had been sick for a long time, and even tho you know they might leave you, it’s very difficult when that time does actually come. So, it’s Spring (sort of) and now is the time to register for those youth fishing derbies. In this issue we have a list of ones to register for and how to prepare your youngin’s for the excitement of it. Please join us on facebook at

Happy Fishing! Wendy Thibodeau, Publisher

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Owner/Publisher | Wendy Thibodeau Contributing Editor | Robert Thibodeau Art Director/Graphic Design | Wendy Thibodeau Writer | Whitney Butler Illustrator | Sara Sullivan Main Office: PO Box 288, Douglas, MA 01516. Phone: 508-476-5477 Email: To place an ad: Email: Input/Reader Submissions: Email:

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7 out in the great wide open — april cover story 7 g  one fishin’:

get your kids hooked on fishing

every issue 9 Gobble guide:

Where to chow down around town

14 Blazin’ trails: Where to hike 16 cabin feva: Getting you out of the house 21 classifieds: Buy. Sell. Trade.

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Where YOUR kids will



Send ‘em over to our Outdoor Adventure Program!

SPRING 2011 Outdoor Adventure Clinic 4 Hiking 4 Archery 4 Camping Skills 4 Canoeing 4 Wilderness Survival 4 Tracking

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Kiley’s first archery shot!

Ages 6 - 14 year olds Weekly Fee (Tues - Fri) $185 per child Date: April 19th - April 22nd (Tuesday - Friday) • 9 am - 2 pm Extended Day hours available: 8 am - 9 am • 2 pm - 4 pm - $5 per hour per child This program has a minimum participant requirement of 25 (MAX 65)


All participants will need to bring supplies for being in the outdoors: A back pack with: Spring weather gear, hat, gloves, good hiking boots and a change of clothes. Also Lunch, snack and water daily. Equipment and Live bait supplied. Hot chocolate daily and Hot Lunch (Pizza) on Friday included.

For more information: Fin & Feather Sports, (508) 529-3901 • Email

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Youth fishing derbies Get hooked!

Growing up with a grandfather who lived on Buzzard’s Bay, and loved to fish is every girl’s dream, right? Well I am happy to say that’s what I was exposed to almost every weekend growing up: Fishing. With three big brothers and my Papa to take me out, it was truly a wonderful experience growing up with weekends in Cotuit. No — I didn’t sneeze, it’s really a town called (Co-to-it.) The first fish I ever caught was a sand shark. I vividly remembering reeling it up, pulling it in Papa’s sailboat and it chomped

the great wide open | Gone Fishin’ down on my big toe. While sand sharks teeth are small, they still hurt... and will make you bleed. I start crying, flaying, screaming “Get it off!” My grandfather was standing there, watching and laughing uncontrollably. Finally, the little jaws unlatched and Papa threw him back in the water. The classic catch and release. Regardless of that pain, it was a memory I will never forget. I want that for my own two boys (not to get bit by sharks) but to discover of the love of fishing. While I can’t give them a life on the ocean, my husband and I have been able to be fortunate enough to purchase a lake house. We live 200 ft from the water and

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have our own dock. Fishing from that dock on a warm spring or summer day is just the best. By the time my oldest was 4, he was fully trained on how to hook a worm, cast and reel—just like I was. My boys are lucky, they get to participate in good ‘ol sportsmanship. The Fishing Derby. I never entered a fishing derby, but I can tell you if I did, I would have one first place. Spring is finally here, and we are getting ready for all the excitement a youth fishing derby brings with it. Please find on the next a list of youth tournaments around New England.

Gobble Guide

Where to chowdown around town

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Joey LaClaire Upton, MA

New england youth derbies 2011 NEW HAMPSHIRE Location: Lake Winnipesaukee Date/Time: May 13-15th, 2011 Description: Entry fee is $40 per adult and $30 for Junior. Junior Derby participants must be under the age of 16 upon the completion of the Derby. Late registration will be available at A.J.’s Bait & Tackle, Main St., Meredith and online on May 13th for fee of $50. Late registrations are valid only for Saturday & Sunday.  No one will be able to enter thereafter.  Duplicate tickets will be $5. Register: Derby participants may enter by mail, in person or buy at 10 |

Location: Waterville Valley Town Square 6 Village Road, Waterville Valley Date/Time: May 28, 2011 • 8am-11am Description: Kids, grab your parents & tackle for a fishing derby on the shores of beautiful Corcoran’s Pond! All entrants receive a t-shirt and cup of bait.  Learn about ‘catch & release and life in Corcoran’s Pond.  Prizes awarded across age groups. Sponsored by the Waterville Valley Recreation Department & Department of Public Safety. Register: (603) 236-8175

RHODE ISLAND Location: Carolina Fish Hatchery 3 Old Richmond Townhouse Rd., Carolina, RI 02818

at 1pm. on Friday!!**. This card must be worn at all times while fishing at the pond. All participants are eligible for prizes but you must be present when your name is called to win.  There is a limit of 5 fish per child and only one fishing pole in the water per child.  The event will be held if raining, however, in case of severe storms call the recorder phone for information.

Date/Time: May 7, 2011 10am-2pm Description: Enjoy the Spring with family and friends at the third annual Rhode Island OMK Fishing Derby. With the help of RI DEM’s Aquatic Resources Education Program we will be able to supply rods, bait or lures for those who need them. The competition will be held from 11-2 and we invite all families to bring picnic lunches. There will be a place to set up blankets and chairs.

Register: Location: Mill Pond, Newington Date/Time: April 30th • 9am- 12 noon

Register: By mail or email by May 1st, 2011. RI OMK 75 Peckham Farm Road Kingston RI or Please visit for flyer and registration forms registration deadline is May 1. By mail: RI OMK 75 Peckham Farm Rd. Kingston, RI

connecticut Location: Sage Park Pond, Berlin Date/Time: April 16 for ages 3-7 and Saturday, April 30 for ages 8-15 for Berlin youth only. Description: An adult must accompany ages 3-10.  You must pre-register at the Parks and Recreation Department to be able to participate in the derbies and to fish at the pond during the end of April and the entire month of May.  You will receive an identification card when you register.  The deadline to register is the Friday before each event.  **Remember the Parks and Recreation Department closes

Description: Newington Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fishing Derby is open to boys and girls ages 3 through 15 years. Sponsored by Newington Parks and Recreation Department and Trout Unlimited. Bring the whole family to enjoy this wonderful spring time event.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and all participants must provide their own fishing equipment.  In case of inclement weather, please call our program hotline at 860-665-8686. The rain date will be Sunday, May 1st.  This event is FREE!  We are also offering a FREE family fishing class that begins in early May.  This free fishing class is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection’s Fisheries Division.  Register:

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massachusetts Location: Mill Pond Park, 600 Oravetz Rd. Lakeland Hills, across from Auburn Riverside High School. Date/Time: May 7th , 2011• 8:30am-12Pm Description: Mark your calendars for the 52nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby Green River Steelhead Trout Club cordially invites youth, 14 years old and under, to Annual Youth Fishing Derby. The GRSTC and the State of Washington happily stock the pond with trophy size trout for the community’s enjoyment. Light breakfast and lunch available. Please join us for a great time. Register: For information call Don Payne 253-833-0767 or Call Auburn Sports and Marine 253-833-1440

West Arlington: Arlington Fish and Game Club,Gilbert Wilcox 375-6993, Firemans Pond May 23: Chittenden: Teenie’s Tiny Farm, Bob Bearor 773-2637, Teenies Pond Springfield: Robert L. Johnson, V.F.W. Post 771, Conrad Guerrette 886-2799, Ferguson’s Pond May 24: Manchester Center: Harned-Fowler V.F.W., James Johnson 362-9840, 362-3039, Comb Pond May 30: Weston: Weston Rod & Gun Club, Peter Jannke 362-4824, 362-1776 June 1: Rutland: Vermont Achievement Center, Brian McDermott 775-2395, 235-2229 June 3: Pittsford: Mendon Fish & Game Club, Jeff Smith 773-7959, 773-3772

Location: Sudden Pond, Andover 6am-noon. Register: Call 978-865-9768

vermont May 9: Pownal - Pownal Fish and Game Club, Mark Leonard 823-5250; 823-0144 Augustines Pond May 16: Brandon - Neshobe Sportsman Club, E. Rhodes Wyman 247-6738, Wyman’s Ponds Chester: Chester Rod and Gun Club, Robert Cassidy 875-2024 Lover’s’ Lane Brook Dorset:Dorset Sportsmen’s Club Inc., Jack Stannard 867-0225, 867-4420, Prentiss Pond Ludlo: Black River Valley Rod and Gun Club, Ronald Holm 773-7019

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Mike and Brody Bennett, Douglas, MA

Kid’s Fishing Safety Tips

• Establish rules. No running. Keep your shoes on, and look around before you cast. • Set up a buddy system. The youngest anglers need an adult “buddy” and constant supervision. • Make sure each angler, swimmers and non-swimmers alike, wears a personal flotation device at all times — on the boat, on the dock, or on the shore. • Bring a long-handled fish net, not just for netting fish, but in case you need to reach out to someone in the water. It will also retrieve trash or valuables from the water. • F  irst Aid Kit. You should have a kit with medical supplies to deal with all manner of cuts and scrapes, bruises and bumps, bites and boo-boos. You’re likely to be some distance away from professional medical assistance so remember, in the meantime, you’re the “doctor.” Johnson & Johnson First Aid Pocket Pals are a smart addition to the tackle box.

• C  old drink breaks. Summer temperatures can get pretty warm, so bring lots of cool water and other healthy drinks and make sure the young anglers drink fluids often to prevent dehydration or even heat stroke. • Sunscreen. The ultraviolet (UV) light of the sun can do a lot of damage to skin, eyes and lips. Outfit young anglers with proper sunglasses, a billed cap, and clothing appropriate to the climate and sun conditions. Avoid fishing in the middle of the day. Cover face, neck, ears, the back of hands and all exposed skin with sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. Apply chap protection wax on lips. • Insect repellent. Mosquitoes, ticks, bees and other insects not only sting, they can carry diseases of one kind or another. Apply insect repellent. Follow the directions on the container. If your insect repellent contains “Deet,” it may be better to apply it to the clothing instead of the skin. • S  afety comes first. All the checklists in the world can’t anticipate all of the safety problems you or your young anglers might encounter on a fishing trip. So the best advice is think safety at all times. Look for trouble before it finds you. If it finds you anyway, know how to deal with it. • Wear non-slip shoes to avoid slipping on slippery surfaces or cutting yourself on sharp edges. • When you’re carrying your fishing rod make sure the hook is secure (not dangling) and hold the rod parallel to the ground

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blazin’ trails | Spring Hiking


The Long Trail, VT

The oldest long distance hiking trail in America The Long Trail is a hiking trail located in Vermont, running the length of the state. It is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States[1], constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. The club remains the primary organization responsible for the trail, and is recognized by the state legislature as “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail System. Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, which coincides with it for one hundred miles in the southern third of the state.

With its 273-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail offers endless hiking opportunities for the day hiker, weekend overnighter, and extended backpacker. The Long Trail is marked by two-by-six-inch white blazes. Along the trail, intersections are usually marked with signs. Double blazes may mark important turns. Side trails are blazed in blue and signed.

Although the Long Trail is known as Vermont’s “footpath in the wilderness,” its character may more accurately be described as backcountry. As it winds its way to Canada, the Trail climbs rugged peaks and passes pristine ponds, alpine bogs, hardwood forests and swift streams. The Long Trail is steep in some places, muddy in others, and rugged in most. Novice and expert alike will enjoy the varied terrain of the trail as it passes through the heart of Vermont’s backwoods.

Park location: Starts at Massachusetts border (near Williamstown, Massachusetts) For information on safety and park hours, please visit 14 |

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cabin feva | Getting you out of the house

calendar of events Friday, 1 Red Sox Opening Day! April Fool’s Discount Day. The Discovery Stop, 44 Nashua Rd., Unit 20, Londonderry, NH. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Child Admission discounted to $6/child All day today! $1. 603-421-2790,

Saturday, 2 NanoScience with Brandeis University. The Discovery Museums, 177 Main St., Acton. Drop-in from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Science Discovery Museum. Meet members of the Brandeis University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and learn about their exciting interdisciplinary research that explores the interface of biology and nanoscale materials science. Try hands-on activities to discover how materials have unexpected properties at the nanoscale. $10.50 -$9.50. 978-264-4200, Ukrainian Easter Egg Decorating Workshop Museum of Russian Icons, 203 Union St., Clinton, MA. 8:30 a.m. – noon. . All materials provided. $30pp NM. 978-5985000 x17, Annual Easter Egg Hunt Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton. 12 to 3 p.m. Offers a relaxed, non-competitive hunt, that allows children to explore the beautiful nature trail to find colorful, treat-filled eggs. Plus, tour the entire sanctuary, play on the playground, and of course 16 |

interact with over 200 animals. *Event is outdoors so weather is permitting. $7, Sr.$7, C$7. 508-285-6451, Also April 3, 9,10,16,17, 23. Worm World Providence Children’s Museum, Providence, RI. 11 a.m.- 2 p .m. Kids observe how worms wiggle, meet giant night crawlers, wear worm suits and squirm through a maze, and get their hands dirty digging through a wormy habitat. Ages 3 – 11. Program free with $8.50 admission; under 12 months free. 401-273-5437, Also April 3.

Monday, 4 Piggin’ Out. Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Lincoln. 3:30 – 5 p.m. Uncover the many interesting facts about pigs. Dig in the garden dirt, help the farmer with chores, share pig stories, paint like “Pigasso,” and try to eat like a pig. $12NM. Preregister: 781259-2206,

Thursday, 7 Science for Ages 4 – 6. EcoTarium, Worcester. First Thursday of every month. Session one: 10:15-10:45 a.m. Session two: 11-11:30 a.m. Explore the world of color and create secret messages. There are two identical sessions and attendance is on a first-come, firstserved basis. A$12, C (2- 18) $8, Under 2 FREE.

Saturday, 9 Stars, Moons and the Rings of Saturn Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife

Sanctuary 280 Eliot St. (Rt.16), Natick. 8 – 9:30 p.m. View Saturn’s rings through a telescope as it makes its closest pass to Earth during the year. Why does Saturn have rings? Learn about Saturn’s moon.

Sunday, 10 Wild about Reptiles Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, 280 Eliot St., (Rt.16), Natick. 1-2:30 p.m. Learn about our wonderful scaly friends and take a short walk to see more reptiles in the wild. Pre-registration highly recommended. Member rates available. A$15, C$8 NM. 508-655-2296, massaudubon. org/broadmoor. 508-767-9725,

Wednesday, 13 A Peek in a Pond Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln. 1 – 2:30 p.m. All ages. See who is stirring in the pond and meet resident pond animals up close. $12NM. Preregister: 781259-2206,

Friday, 15 Shark and Ray Touch Tank Opens. New England Aquarium Central Wharf, Boston. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Trust Family Foundation Shark and Ray Touch Tank will feature sharks and rays in a 25,000-gallon tank surrounded by shallow edges and viewing windows, allowing visitors to experience a close encounter with these animals. Included with admission. 617-973-5200, Opening Day Garden in the Woods. Framingham.

Saturday, 16 12th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. At sites along the Charles River and its tributaries. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. FREE Earth Day: Party for the Planet. The Franklin Park Zoo, Boston. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about the incredible animals that call the Zoo home as well as the ways everyone can contribute to create a healthier planet. 617-989-2000,

Monday, 18 Patriots’ Day and Marathon Monday

Tuesday, 19 Spring School Vacation Week! FREE The Dragon King Puppet Show. Auburn Recreation and Culture, Pakachoag Church, 203 Pakachoag St., Auburn. 11 a.m. For pre-K to grade 3 but all ages will enjoy. Preregister: 508-832-7736,

Friday, 22 It’s Earth Day! Blue Discoveries Family Day: Earth Day Celebration. New England Aquarium, Boston. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn more about the blue planet through art, science and storytelling. Programs highlight Aquarium favorites as well as oftenoverlooked inhabitants.

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It’s Earth Day! African Violets for Young Growers. Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Dr., Boylston. 1 – 2:30 p.m. Learn to grow and love American’s favorite house plant, the African Violet. Pot up a young plant to take home and learn to “put down” a leaf to propagate new plants. Designed for young growers, aged 9-14. Younger children may attend with an adult companion. $8ppNM. 508-869-6111 x124,

FREE Hidden History at The Wayside. The Wayside: Home of Authors, Concord. 7 p.m. Consider how The Wayside was home to slave owners and later harbored a fugitive slave. Study letters and diaries of residents and decide for yourself who was an abolitionist and who was not. 978-318-7825.

Easter Egg Hunt. Burbank YMCA, 36 Arthur B. Lord Dr., Reading. 10 a.m. - Noon. Hunt for eggs and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Sign up: 781-944-9622. $10 per family NM. 781-944-9622,

Saturday, 23 Film: The NeverEnding Story. Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline. 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 6+. A$9.75, $7.75. Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, Norton.

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Saturday, 30 FREE Hopkinton Green Expo & HopSwap. Hopkinton Town Common (Corner of Rt. 135 and Ash Street), Hopkinton. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rain Location: Hopkinton High School Gym, 90 Hayden Rowe St., Hopkinton. Area museums, conservationists, school and scout groups, artists, speakers and green vendors will present earth-friendly exhibits, demos and activities. Music, arts & crafts, food and entertainment for all ages. Bottle & can recycling and HopSwap from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Center School next to Town Common. A Hop Swap is an event to swap children’s clothing, maternity clothing, toys and much more. Fill a bag for $10. Bring your own bags. Lots of name brands. 508625-1028,

Happy Easter! A Farmer’s Morning. Natick Community Organic Farm, 117 Eliot St.,Natick. 9 - 10:30 a.m. Do it the farmer’s way! Take care of the animals, feed and water them. Thehn collect fresh eggs for breakfast, and head inside for a hearty farm breakfast. A$16, first child $12, subsequent children $6, under 3 free 508-655-2204,

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baby/kids stuff thomas the train table. Good Condition, 2 under drawers. $50, Call 508-476-5255.

home improvements Hardwood Flooring at great prices. Excellent references. Call Tim at Southern New England Hardwood today. 508-451-1243.

Home Improvements. Roofing, Siding, Decks, Handyman services, Doors and Windows, Log Stairs and Railings, Custom Finish carpentry, Remodeling. Call Mike 508-943-1255.

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Rockin’ Spring Fling Friday, April 29th, 2011 • 8-Midnight $10 per person

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Raffles • Fun • Dancing • Cash Bar Help preserve Manchaug Pond! All proceeds benefit the Manchaug Pond Foundation, a newly formed 501c3 non profit dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Manchaug Pond a 380 acre great pond in Sutton and Douglas, Massachusetts. Live music featuring Final Notice Dudley Gendron Post 414, 156 Boston Road, Sutton, MA Live Band, Raffles, Dancing, Food, Cash Bar For tickets email

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