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The Pine Tree State borders Canada on three sides. It also shares a border with New Hampshire and has a long, rocky coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, making Maine the only state in the contiguous forty-eight that shares a border with just one other state. Maine also sets itself apart by being the only state in the Union whose name can be spoken in one syllable. Maine is synonymous with lobster. But because early colonists considered them barely edible, commercial lobster fishing did not get started in Maine until the mid-1800s. It was cod that first enticed Europeans into crossing the Atlantic to fish off the banks of coastal Maine, even before the pilgrims reached the North American continent in 1620. Maine is not all seafood. Other specialties include wonderful blueberries and fiddlehead ferns. The countryside is 90-percent forested with lots of wild game, including moose, deer, and bear, making it a prime place for hunters. Like Louisiana, Maine has a sizeable Acadian community. Driven from eastern Canada by the British in 1755, many Acadians settled in northern Maine, where their French-Canadian culture endures.

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I am Meme to 12 grandchildren, who belong to my four children. My greatest joy in life is being with my family...anywhere we can get together. We meet at camp grounds and at each others' homes throughout the year...we are spread out from New England to PA

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