August 27, 2010 Vol. 12, No. 12

Summertime in the Belgrades

August 27


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Visitors to Aquafest enjoy a tour in a replica of turn-of-the-century, steam-powered, lake boat. Aquafest, one of the highlights of summertime in the Belgrades is held annually on the second weekend in July. More . . .

Cover Story

What A Wonderful Summer It Was!

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. More . . .


Thanks to Those Who Serve

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. More . . .


Milfoil Infestation On Great Pond

"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. More . . .

Conservation Too

The Final 2010 "Buffer Story"

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! More . . .


Low Water Levels and Bear Talk

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. More . . .


Brownie Bakery Moves To Kents Hill

Brownies and apples and a scenic rural setting . . . what a great destination for a fall drive. In June, Maine's nationally recognized gourmet brownie company, the mother-daughter owned Simply Divine Brownies moved its baking operations from Freeport to the Apple Shed Bakery at Kents Hill. More . . .

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