June 29 – July 5, 2012Vol. 14, No. 4

A flag-bedecked pontoon boat with a stuffed figure of Uncle Sam secured to the bow takes part in the Belgrade Boat Parade. Held on the stream that flows from Great Pond to Belgrade Lakes Village, the boat parade a Fourth of July tradition. More . . .


Cover Story

The Best of the Summer Holidays

The 4th of July, 2012: a special holiday . . . the height of summer . . . so much to do! There are parks and picnic sites to visit, parades and fireworks to watch, quiet traditions and crowded festivities, more awesome activities than are possible to attend, and everywhere wonderful outdoor recreation. More . . .

Editorial

O'er The Ramparts They Waved

The United States flag with its fifty stars for fifty states is a major symbol of the celebrations of the 4th of July, but it didn't always have the number fifty. Looked at through the history of conflicts and wars the United States has fought the stars take on a new meaning. More . . .

Legacies

Local Pair Joins Kotlas Anniversary Celebration

Recently, two Water­ville area resi­dents spent five days in Kotlas, Russia to help cele­brate the city's 95th anniversary. Since 1990, Kotlas has been sister city to Water­ville and the sur­rounding towns, and the two visitors, Martha Patterson and Mark Fisher, are members of the executive com­mit­tee of the Kotlas - Water­ville Area Sister City Con­nection, the nonprofit organi­zation that promotes and sustains the sister city relation­ship on this end. More . . .

Milfoil
Matters

A Delicate Plant That Causes Big Problems

A single stem of non-native milfoil doesn't appear to be much of a threat. The plant's fine, delicate, feather-like appearance makes it very attractive in the water. That's clearly why it was such a popular fish tank plant sold in pet stores for so many years, but when invasive milfoil gets loose there's not one stem but thousands and thousands growing in the lake and no natural enemies to stop it. This feathery plant can totally transform a lake from a recreational gem into a weed-infested nightmare that makes boating difficult, reduces lakeshore property values, and is expensive to control. More . . .

Katy's
Column

Boynton's Market Is Back!

If you haven't driven through Hallowell since last February, have I got news for you! Boynton's market is back in business — well, not the same market anymore that it was when the Bakers, the Boyntons, or the Bucks owned it. Today, it's in a different building, but let me assure you that the local people and those who come and go from time to time are really happy with the new arrangement. More . . .

Conservation
Too

Energy Help Is Available for Small Businesses

As energy costs climb ever higher, Maine businesses are looking for ways to reduce consumption or find alternatives to produce their own energy. When considering energy solutions, conservation should always be the first consideration. Any energy audit that's worth the paper its printed on will stress this point. But once all the equipment is upgraded, and all the light switches are on motion-sensors, maybe it's time to look at energy production (or at least energy capture). The Kennebec Soil & Water Conservation District can help. More . . .

Fishing

Another Great Day on the Lakes

The day started out like any other: up early to get fuel for the boat and some live bait for a fun day of northern pike fishing. It was beautiful outside with calm winds and a slightly overcast sky — one of those perfect days anglers dream about. More . . .