August 19 – 25, 2016Vol. 18, No. 11

An old, wood-shingled building is perched over the rocks at the Pine Island Boys Camp on Pine Island in Great Pond.

Cover Story

The World of Names in Maine

Maine is in France, right? It was a hereditary countship in the 10th century. But who thinks of that? Maine is here and it's a great place to be. So, what are some Maine place names and what do they bring to mind? More . . .


A Succesful Season for the Great Pond Yacht Club

The Great Pond Yacht Club is wrapping up a third successful season of youth sailing classes on Great Pond at the Belgrade Center for all Seasons. The Great Pond Yacht Club has partnered with SailMaine, the premier sailing organization in Portland, to offer classes for 8- to 17-year-olds to teach sailing skills and instill a lifelong passion for sailing and greater appreciation of our beautiful lakes. More . . .

Conservation Too

More about Local Agriculture

Kennebec County still has a great deal of farming and forestry within its territory. As you travel around the most frequent examples may be the farm stands and farmers' markets along the roadways, but there is much more going on behind the scenes. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Water Skiing behind Junior's Airplane

Here we go with another Great Pond adventure from a long time ago. I must admit being a spectator only, as this happened when I was 7 or 8 years old. One feat that I was able to watch, was my older brother and his friends water skiing behind an airplane over in Sahagian Cove. More . . .

Take It

Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

There is an old expression that says, "Time flies when you're having fun." I must be having a lot of fun because I am completely amazed at how quickly this summer has flown by. This is already my 11th weekly "Take it Outside" column this summer and every week seems to go by more quickly than the last. More . . .