June 19 – 25, 2015Vol. 17, No. 3

This view shows Waterville's Main Street, looking south from the crosswalk at Temple Street, late in the afternoon on a late summer's day. No matter what season or what time of day, there's something to do in Central Maine's downtowns. More . . .


Cover Story

What's Up, Downtowns?

The lakes are great, the woods are wonderful, the outdoor recreation is at its best and . . . there is always a downtown. Vacationers and visitors still appreciate the proximity of the lakes to the town hubs, and residents do, too, and the downtowns are up and coming. What's up, downtowns? More . . .

Conservation
Too

Roads as Stream Barriers

Over the past few years many towns, road associations and land owners have begun to address problems with roadways that cross streams. In most cases, the crossing uses a culvert. There seem to be two primary issues. More . . .

Take It
Outside

National Trails Day and More Alphabet Soup

June 6 was National Trails Day. To celebrate, I led a nature walk on BRCA's Mountain Trail. We did the Long Pond Loop followed by the Outer Loop, a roughly 2.6 mile trip. I also have a few important additions to the "soup" that I didn't have room to discuss in last week's issue. More . . .