In the beginning, it was the fish that put Maine lakes on the map. A few hardy souls, men known as "sports," escaped from urban areas and took the transportation and wilderness challenge to get away from it all and fish. They stayed with families near the lakes, usually on farms, ate well and fished successfully.
On June 26, a six-member delegation will arrive from Kotlas, Greater Waterville's Russian sister city, for a one-week visit to Waterville. The visit marks the silver anniversary of the sister city partnership.
Last week I spent some time discussing the importance of fixing stream crossings, i.e. places where roadways cross streams. This week I'll take a stab at discussing the beneficial results of stream barrier removal. While the restoration of salmon gets the flashy media attention, more and more in Maine the local impact of StreamSmart practices is the restoration of alewife runs.
Most students of philosophy are familiar with French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes. The bedrock of his philosophical principles is, "I think, therefore, I am," first expressed in French, "Je pense, donc je suis." I am actually an adherent of his less well known older brother, Pierre Descartes, whose philosophy is usually expressed as, "Je pêche, donc je suis," or "I fish, therefore I am."