Summertime in the Belgrades
Summer of 2010: What a great weather summer! Cheerful weather comments became the standard greeting of the season. What an event-full summer! Music, theater, art, children's activities — mostly outdoors, casual, enriching, every day of the week, and almost always free.
Major Samuel C. Leigh was a Belgrade native. In 1992 he graduated from Messalonskee High School in Oakland where both his parents were teachers for three decades. In October 2009, he was killed in a mid-air collision off the coast of San Diego. To honor his memory and service to country, his close friends from high school have created the Samuel C. Leigh Memorial Scholarship Fund.
"Spreading but manageable," is the assessment by Peter Kallin, Executive Director of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA) of the variable leaf milfoil infestation in the Great Meadow Stream Outlet on Great Pond's North Bay. First discovered in July of this year in Great Meadow Stream just south of the Route 225 bridge on the Smithfield/Rome line, the milfoil infestation appeared to be limited. Not until three days of hand-pulling by roughly a dozen volunteers removed 230 gallons of milfoil in August was the extent of the infestation discovered.
For those still around camp, now might be the time to build a buffer so it is ready to do its job next spring and summer. It will even be helpful in this fall's rain. Remember that the primary object of the riparian buffer is to intercept and treat the water flowing off your property and into the lake or stream. If you want it to look pretty or become a landscaping feature of your property, that is only secondary. It's all about water quality!
Low water levels are causing fishermen to scratch their heads and bump their props and skegs all around the Belgrades this month. As water temperatures continue to stay above normal and water levels continue to drop, fishermen are scrambling to adapt to the changing conditions, but there is a lot of good news and great fishing stories to be heard as August winds down.
Brownies and apples and a scenic rural setting