August 24 – September 30, 2018 Vol. 20, No. 12


Summertime in the Belgrades

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End of Season Letter

A late summer sunset over Lake Cobbosseecontee in West Gardiner. Photo by Gregor Smith.

As summer businesses shut down and students head on to school, as loons will soon raft and the foliage of fall will light up the hills, Summertime in the Belgrades as always thanks everyone who is so supportive of its pages:

  • To our advertisers, who remain so positive and make the newspaper possible.
  • To our contributors, especially Pete Kallin, Martha Barkley, Rod Johnson and Dale Finseth, who share their special interests in our pages.
  • To our small but diligent staff, especially Michael Breault and Gregor Smith, who mastermind the logistics and electronics, and accomplish a good share of the distribution.
  • And to our family, especially 3rd generation Ethan and Corey, who have survived many summers of deadlines and distribution.

Of course, we thank our readers. You are amazing because we see you reading Summertime everywhere and anywhere throughout central Maine, because you reach for a copy before it is even on the shelf, and because you continually compliment us about the paper's contents.

The summer of 2018 was hot, it was humid, it went by too fast, it was a lot of work for seasonal businesses and workers, but it was no less special for vacationers, visitors, and residents who equally enjoy the sparkle of open water around almost every bend on any route taken, who revel in the freedom of long days and lightweight clothes, and who know that fun outings and events abound whether it is possible to do them all or to just select the one or two that highlight the summer.

May you move on to a great fall and a good winter. And then? It's summer again.

Esther, Corey, Ethan Michael, and Gregor