June 3 – 16, 2016Vol. 18, No. 1

Welcome Back!

Dear Readers:

Welcome back. . . . to Summertime in the Belgrades, to the region whose heartland is the lakes and waterways, to the season that so many visitors, vacationers and residents live for and love.

Although the classic Maine greeting always includes a weather remark, since the weather outside keeps changing, Summertime in the Belgrades starts this season with an ode to the predictable the migration of people, that tide of seasonal returnees and new arrivals, who embrace the lifestyle, endorse the region and support the diverse activities our pages and the surroundings offer and do so regardless of the weather.

There is a tide of seasonal people, too staff, columnists, advertisers and readers, both returning and new that surface with the first issue of Summertime in the Belgrades. We welcome them all: you, the readers, definitely, but also the advertisers who make Summertime in the Belgrades possible and popular, the highly dedicated staff, and the columnists who form the frontline of communication.

This summer, weekly, Pete Kallin will be writing about the great outdoors and how great it is for all of us; Rod Johnson, a.k.a. "The Luckiest Boy," returns with a warm and wonderful look back but not too far in Belgrade time; Susan Gay will offer LakeSmart tips in an "a-ha" format which clarifies all those conservation terms; The Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District through Dale Kinseth and his staff will take us around the county introducing projects and problems that they work on daily; Dam Keeper/Captain Dick Greenan will provide reports on the dams and on the Great Pond Yacht Club and sailing activities; and we will be hearing from fishing guru Mike Guarino and other familiar contributors throughout the summer.

Since each summer experience may be relived but is also new each season, Summertime in the Belgrades salutes summer as a forward-looking season. Starting with the first and the busiest weekend in June, the events, the activities and the opportunities get bigger and better. There is a welcoming bustle to summer, a busy-ness balanced by a thankful laziness. So here's to summer, here's to the freedom, adventure and beauty of the open water and scenic woodland, and here's to the seize-the-moment opportunity to step unhindered out the door and head to an activity or the nearest lounge chair.

Summer is fun, and we wish the greatest of summertime fun to you.

Esther and Erle
Michael, Gregor
Corey and Ethan