There's something about summer in central Maine — outdoor concerts are everywhere, sort of like the region's lakes and waterways — just around the bend, over the next rise, linked to the nearest village. Want to be a summer music follower? The easiest way to know where to go is remember: every town has its day.
Almost everyone knows a song by Woodrow Wilson ("Woody") Guthrie. In the hundred years since his birth in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1912, his songs about good times and bad times, kind folks and evil folks, and the darker side of American life have lodged at the forefront of our cultural imagination. Two Maine-based performers, Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb are honoring his legacy with their tribute for his centennial. "Woody's A' Hundred" returns the Dustbowl Troubadour's finest songs to centerstage.
Milfoil is a very real threat to our entire community. If we lose Great Pond and Long Pond to milfoil, everyone will suffer: lakeshore property owners, non-lake shore property owners, renters, vacationers, boaters, fishermen, and local businesses. We're all in this together. We can stop the spread of this milfoil infestation. But in order to do it, the whole community must help.
In late May, 73 sixth grade students from Hall-Dale middle school in Hallowell spent three days at the Chewonki Outdoor Classroom for Schools. Not only the children but several teachers were there &151; at no cost to any of them because, through the generosity of a grant from someone who realized the need young people have today to see the natural world.
How much fun can you pack into one week? Well, we went white water rafting with the fifth grade graduating class of Belgrade Central School! How about that for fun? Unfortunately, the rafting companies don't let you fish out of the rafts when you are going down river, so we headed back to Belgrade to focus on some largemouth bass fishing.
A common problem that plagues dogs and owners alike has been making the local rounds again recently. This complex of organisms is technically referred to as infectious tracheobronchitis, but for most of us, the term "kennel cough" is more than sufficient to describe the dry hacking cough that dogs can get after spending time with other dogs in a closed area.