July 3 – 9, 2015Vol. 17, No. 5

Relaxing on a dock is one way to enjoy the 4th of July. More . . .


Cover Story

The 4th of July: Large Day, Little Traditions

Hot dogs, s'mores, slow parades winding through small towns, fireworks lighting up a summer sky! A vast and diverse country takes time out to celebrate with the most simple of traditions and patriotic legacies its birth as an independent nation. More . . .

Community
Update

It Has Been A Forty-Year Dream Come True

Yes, dreams can come true. I had dreamed of owning a high-end gift shop that I could operate on my own from my residence. The dream became a viable option when my husband and I bought property on Lakeshore Drive and the Village Peddler was born. More . . .

Legacies

Norlands Opens for the Summer Season on July 2

Experience the heritage and culture of 19th-century Maine in a unique, rural setting and witness the humble beginnings of Livermore's Washburn Family, instrumental in changing the face of politics and business. Throughout July and August, the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center in Livermore will be open every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for "Living History Tours." More . . .

Conservation

The Belgrade Purple Martin Project

People and purple martins have a long history of getting along well, and Belgrade has a long history of cooperation between its human residents and these large, handsome swallows. One case in point occurred recently when a small band of bird enthusiasts teamed up with landowners and residents to upgrade the accommodations of a martin colony which has been present since at least 1909. More . . .

Take It
Outside

Conservation for Future Generations

The Belgrade Lakes Watershed is a special place to live or visit. The lakes, hills, and forests provide four season recreational opportunities for all. This week I have been fishing, hiking, and canoeing. The windy afternoon weather has made for very pleasant, bug-free hiking, and I run into lots of friends and families when hiking the trails. More . . .