Summertime in the Belgrades
August 5 – 11
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Colby College and the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes Village announced a formal partnership devoted to watershed research and water quality improvement. The MLRC-Colby Watershed Research Project builds upon an existing fruitful collaboration. It provides a framework for continuing research by Colby College professors and students on the lakes and in surrounding communities, as well as the potential for considerably expanded initiatives.
Pick a weekend — not just any weekend. Pick the first weekend in August when Belgrade Lakes Village and the many lakes of the Belgrades are humming with activity. Most other weekends there is a lot of hum, too, but this particular weekend is vibrant with some pretty special, and pretty typical, traditions.
'Twas February in the winter of '64 and Central Maine was buried in snow. We'd had back-to-back storms for most of what seemed like a month straight. My father had hired me and my summer friends Ralph Pope and Hunt Dowse during the February school break to help shovel the roofs of the 22 camps that he was responsible for.
The weather was warm last week, making jumping in the lake quite attractive, so I did some snorkeling looking for invasive plants in Tracy Cove and took my biweekly water quality measurements. I happened to have a fishing rod with me so I began trolling.