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1.0 General Information
•This forum is for discussing everything about New England - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT. Anything from transportation, sports, weather, special events, and everything in between, can be discussed in here. It doesn't matter if you live in the area. Anyone is welcome to join in on the discussions! Almost anything goes as long as long as it is respectful, responsible, considerate, and civilized. Please show respect for others' opinions!
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•Site Posting Rules
•Forum Posting Rules
How do I get my photo added to the forum's logo collection?
The photos in the New England logos are contributed by the visitors to the New England Forum. If you'd like to add your photo to the logo collection the only requirement is that the photo must have been taken in New England.
Here's how you do it:
• Upload a picture into the New England Photo Album with a description which includes where it was taken. Be sure to include the name of the state where the photo was taken. Notify the moderator you'd like the photo added to the logos. The moderator or some other forum member will play with it to make a logo from it.
• You can make a logo yourself and upload it to the photo album or the Forum Logos topic. If you go this route the image size can't be any larger than 130x90 pixels and your description must include the name of the state where the photo was taken.
Here is the logo thread:
»[All] Forum Logos
New England Webcams
For more cams see this thread:
Tourist info for ALL of New England
Where can I find information about local sports teams?
Who is the New England forum mascot?
Introducing The New England Patriot
the New England forum mascot.
Our mascot was submitted by bbrcat
in this thread:
»[All] Forum mascot?
Connecticut State Trivia
State Name origin - Connecticut was an established name early in the 1600's in particular reference to the Connecticut River. The word itself was translated from the Indian name "Quinnehtukqut" and means "beside the long tidal river."
Nickname - The Constitution State: (Official) John Fiske, the historian, claimed that The Fundamental Orders of 1638-39 comprised the first written constitution in history. Though this claim has been disputed by some, it remains a landmark document. It is thought that many of the features of the Federal Constitution were drawn from this document. The General Assembly designated Connecticut "The Constitution State" in 1959.
Residents - People who live in Connecticut or who come from Connecticut are called Connecticuters. In 1702, Cotton Mather referred to Connecticuters as Connecticotians. Samual Peters referred to Connecticutensians. Nicknames for Connecticuters include Nutmegs or Nutmeggers.
Connecticut Official State Symbols
•Animal - Sperm Whale
•Bird - American Robin
•Flower - Mountain Laurel
•Folk Dance - Square Dance
•Hero - Nathan Hale
•Heroine - Prudence Crandall
•Insect - Praying Mantis
•Shellfish - Eastern Oyster
•Song - Yankee Doodle
•Tree - White Oak
Is there more information about Connecticut in other forums?
Things to do and see in Connecticut
Travel Information for Connecticut
Connecticut is the picturesque southern gateway to New England. It is an an easy drive from New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and eastern Pennsylvania for day and weekend trips.
•Official CT Tourism Site - Link submitted by vaxvms
Where is the Conneticut state web site?
Maine State Trivia
State Name origin - It is really not known how the name for this state originated. One theory suggests that the state was named by French colonists after the French province of Mayne. Another mentions that "Main" was a common term to describe a mainland.
Nickname - The Pine Tree State: This common nickname for Maine is given because of the extensive pine forests that have covered the state. The White Pine is considered to be the largest conifer in the northeastern United States and some of the tallest trees in eastern North America grew in Maine. The White Pine has played an important part in the history of Maine and has been afforded appropriate recognition. In the early days of colonization, the tall White Pines of Maine were valued for ship's masts.
Residents - People who live in or come from Maine are called Mainers. Variants of this are Maine Staters and State of Mainers. You may also hear Mainers referred to as Down Easters (because of the eastern longitudes of the state).
Official State Symbols
•Animal - Moose
•Berry - Wild Blueberry
•Bird - Chickadee
•Drink - Moxie
•Cat - Maine Coon Cat
•Fish - Landlocked Salmon
•Herb - Wintergreen
•Insect - Honeybee
•Soil - Chesuncook Soil Series
•Song - State of Maine Song
•Tree - White Pine
Things to do and see in Maine
Maine is not only the largest state in New England, it's also larger than all the other New England states combined. It's divided into eight regions: South Coast; Greater Portland & Casco Bay; Mid Coast; Downeast/Acadia Region; Western Lakes & Mountains; Katahdin/Moosehead Region; Kennebec & Moose River Valleys; and Aroostook County.
•Things to do
•Maine Vacations Submitted by Dominokat
•Touring the Maine Coast Submitted by Dominokat
Travel Information for Maine
Where can I find some historical facts about Maine?
Where can I get Skiing information and conditions for Maine?
Maine has several skiing opportunities for all levels. Pro, novice, beginners and, don't forget the first timer getting lessons! You can take a weekend getaway or ski during your lunch break. There are plenty of budgets to fit your need. It's up to you so bring along your snow board, skis or tube and have fun!Maine Ski Areas, Conditions and Events
Where is the Maine state website?
Boston TV stations
Cape Cod Chambers of Commerce
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
Brewster, MA Chamber of Commerce
Cape Cod Canal Region C of C
Chatham C of C
Dennis, MA C of C
Eastham, MA C of C
Falmouth, MA C of C
Hyannis, MA area C of C
Mashpee,MA C of C
Orleans, MA C of C
Provincetown, MA C of C
Sandwich, MA C of C
Yarmouth,MA C of C
Wellfleet C of C
Cape Cod Ferries
Cape Cod Museums
Massachusetts State Trivia
State Name origin - This state was named after the Massachusetts Indians that lived in the Massachusetts Bay Region. Massachusetts means "large hill place."
Nickname - Massachusetts is most commonly known as "The Bay State" or "The Old Bay State" in reference to the Cape Cod Bay where early settlements were made and to the Massachusetts Bay Company given a royal charter in 1629 to promote settlement of the new land "from sea to shining sea."
Residents - People who live in Massachusetts or who come from Massachusetts are called Bay Staters after one of the state's nicknames. This designation was made Official by the legislature December 18, 1990.
Massachusetts Official State Symbols
•Bean - Baked Navy Bean
•Berry - Cranberry
•Beverage - Cranberry Juice
•Bird - Chickadee
•Cat - Tabby Cat
•Children's Book - Make Way for Ducklings
•Cookie - Chocolate Chip Cookie
•Dessert - Boston Cream Pie
•Dog - Boston Terrier
•Donut - Boston Cream Donut
•Fish - Cod
•Flower - Mayflower
•Folk Hero - Johnny Appleseed
•Folk Song - Massachusetts
•Game Bird - Wild Turkey
•Heroine - Deborah Samson
•Horse - Morgan Horse
•Insect - Ladybug
•Muffin - Corn Muffin
•Polka - Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts
•Rock - Roxbury Puddingstone
•Shell - New England Neptune
•Song - All Hail to Massachusetts
•Sport - Basketball
•Tree - American Elm
Museums outside of Boston
Public Transportation in Massachusetts
Things to do and see in Boston
Travel information for Massachusetts
What do the lights on the old Hancock building mean?
The old John Hancock Building in Boston is topped by a weather beacon with red and blue lights
, which use a code to present the local weather forecast, using a popular rhyme as a mnemonic:
Steady blue, clear view.
Flashing blue, clouds due or changes due.
Steady red, rain ahead.
Flashing red, snow instead.
During baseball season, flashing red means the Boston Red Sox game has been called off on account of weather.
Where can I find information on road conditions for Massachusetts?
Where is the Massachusetts state web site?
Worcester Visitor Information Website
Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuaries
5.0 New Hampshire
Museums in New Hampshire
New Hampshire State Trivia
State Name origin - Captain John Mason received a grant for land in 1629. He named this land New Hampshire after the English county of Hampshire where he had enjoyed a number of years as a child.
Nickname - The Granite State: New Hampshire's most popular nickname, "The Granite State," refers to the extensive granite quarries in the state. Granite is the official State Rock of New Hampshire.
Residents - People who live in New Hampshire or who come from New Hampshire are called New Hampshirites and sometimes New Hampshiremen and New Hampshirewomen.
Official State Symbols
•Animal - White-tail Deer
•Bird - Purple Finch
•Butterfly - Karner Blue
•Freshwater Fish - Brook Trout
•Flower - Purple Lilac
•Insect - Ladybug
•Rock - Granite
•Song - Old New Hampshire (there's more than one state song)
•Sport - Skiing
•Tree - White Birch
•Wildflower - Pink Lady's Slipper
Things to do and see in New Hampshire
Travel Information for New Hampshire
The Granite State is a vacation land of rugged outdoor adventure and urban charm.
•Visit New Hampshire
Where can I get New Hampshire Ski information?
has everything you need to find about skiing and other snow fun in NH.
Where is the New Hampshire state website?
6.0 Rhode Island
Can I go skiing and snowboarding in Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Trivia
State Name origin - This state was named by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He named it "Roodt Eylandt" meaning "red island" in reference to the red clay that lined the shore. The name was later anglicized when the region came under British rule.
Nickname - The Ocean State: (Official) This nickname was formulated to attract tourism to Rhode Island and appears on non-commercial license plates. "Ocean State" began appearing on Rhode Island license plates in 1972, replacing "Discover." The Rhode Island Tourism Division promotes over 400 miles of coastline. This is not all ocean frontage but includes Narragansett Bay extending inland from the Atlantic Ocean north to the center of the state. All Rhode Islanders live within a 30-minute drive to the Atlantic Ocean or Narragansett Bay.
Residents - People who live in Rhode Island or who come from Rhode Island are called Rhode Islanders.
Official State Symbols
•Bird - Rhode Island Red
•Drink - Coffee Milk
•Fish - Striped Bass
•Flower - Violet
•Fruit - Rhode Island Greening apple
•Rock - Cumberlandite
•Shell - Quahaug
•Song - Rhode Island's It's For Me
•Tree Red Maple
•Yacht - Twelve-meter yacht "Courageous"
Things to do and see in Rhode Island
There is always something interesting to do and see in Rhode Island and not just in the summer. Special events, fairs, festivals, and concerts are happening year-round throughout the state.
Travel Information for Rhode Island
Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State. Spectacular shorelines and interesting towns give Rhode Island beauty and verve.
•Visit Rhode Island
Where is the Rhode Island state website?
Things to do and see in Vermont
Travel Information for Vermont
Vermont, the Green Mountain state, is the place to simply stand still and enjoy the beauty of outdoors and nature. Beauty ranges from rustic to refined, and it all feels special to the Vermont way of life.
Vermont State Trivia
State Name origin
- Vermont is an English form of the name that French explorer Samuel de Champlain gave to Vermont's Green Mountains on his 1647 map. He called them "Verd Mont" meaning green mountain.Nickname
- The Green Mountain State: This well-known nickname for the state of Vermont is in reference to the Green Mountains named by Samuel de Champlain in 1647. Currently, this nickname is displayed on Vermont license plates. Earlier plates pleaded "See Vermont" or simply stated "Green Mountains."Residents
- People who live in Vermont or who come from Vermont are called Vermonters. They are also called Woodchucks.Woodchucks submitted by Vtblues .Official State Symbols
•Animal - Morgan Horse
•Beverage - Milk
•Bird - Hermit Thrush
•Butterfly - Monarch Butterfly
•Cold Water Fish - Brook Trout
•Flavor - Maple
•Flower - Red Clover
•Fruit - Apple
•Insect - Honeybee
•Mineral - Talc
•Pie - Apple Pie
•Rocks - Granite, Marble, Slate
•Soil - Tunbridge Soil Series
•Song - These Green Mountains
•Tree - Sugar Maple
•Warm Water Fish - Walleye Pike
What's happening in Vermont?
Where can I get current road condition reports for Vermont roads?
Where can I get skiing and snowboarding info?
has the scoop for ski info in Vermont. It provides all the information you'll want to know; conditions, a media gallery, alpine and cross-country destinations, trip planning info and more. From the web site:
The Vermont ski resorts are excited to welcome you to the world of skiing and snowboarding. Vermont's alpine and Nordic resorts have something to offer everyone from the expert skier to the beginner. It's the perfect destination for family ski vacations. Vermont is big-mountain skiing with great snow, fabulous terrain and ski resorts with at least 2000 feet of vertical.
Where is the Vermont state website?