June 3 – 16, 2016Vol. 18, No. 1

Street festivals, like this one in the municipal parking lot on Commercial Street in Skowhegan, are one of summer's many delights. More . . .

Cover Story

Summer of 2016: Ready! Set! Enjoy!

Summer again! The season moves in. First the snowbirds return, the sandhill cranes, the loons, the Golden Pond sunsets and the early-season anglers. The open lakes beckon around every bend in the road and green creeps softly up the hills. More . . .


Welcome Back!

Welcome back. . . . to Summertime in the Belgrades, to the region whose heartland is the lakes and waterways, to the season that so many visitors, vacationers and residents live for and love. More . . .


Tadpole Patrol: Summer Fun in the Watershed!

Tadpole Patrol is the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed's innovative and immersive learning experience aboard the Otter II, our 22' pontoon boat. For 11 years, children have boarded our "floating classroom" to learn about lake ecology and how to test and protect water quality. Today, we offer five different versions of Tadpole Patrol for children of all ages to explore, play and learn outdoors in the Cobbossee Watershed! More . . .


Keep Your Soil Where it Belongs, Not in the Water!

Rule # 1 of lakeside living is to never, ever put anything into the water that you wouldn’t want to drink, swim in, or find in the fish you catch and eat. If you wish your water to remain clear, not green, and free from algae and aquatic plants, remember to keep your property’s soil out of the water. More . . .

Museums &

Exhibit Explores Maine's Open Spaces

The L.C. Bates Museum is proud to announce its new exhibition, Open Spaces: Reimagining Pastoral Maine. The show aims to explore the natural beauty of Maine's fields and the flora and fauna that fill them. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Spring Fever

What is it about this time of year that gives us all the feeling that something special is going on? There's a subtle but definite sense of enlightenment, a rekindled awareness of our surroundings, with noises and smells not heard or sensed for nearly a year. It's not just one or two things that cause us to feel a little giddy, but a whole shopping list. More . . .

Take It

We Can All Learn from Mother Nature

When I was growing up and there was any kind of ruckus in the house, which was pretty common with six kids, my mother would tell us to, "Take it outside!" The Belgrade Lakes Region offers plenty of opportunities to do just that. More . . .