July 14 – 20, 2017 Vol. 19, No. 6

Summertime in the Belgrades

July 14 – 20


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Henry David Thoreau: Surveyor of the Soul, a new documentary by Portland filmmaker Huey, is one of the hundred or so movies that will be shown at this year's Maine International Film Festival. More . . .

Cover Story

Say Yes to Summer Fun

Say yes to hot feet dipped in refreshing water. Say yes to a cold drink sipped in a sidewalk setting. Say yes to summer sounds of music, birds, insects, voices and laughter. Say yes to shimmering sunsets, to knarly thunderheads, to tunes under the stars and the man in the moon. More . . .


Book Review: The Wreck of the Essex

Herman Melville read Owen Chase's version of the Essex tragedy which became the classic Moby Dick. Rome, Me. author Kathryn Swegart has researched the fourteen-year-old Thomas Nickerson's version of the Essex sinking and has written a book about it. More . . .

Conservation Too

Invasive Bugs: Be a Citizen Scientist

It is that time of the season when we want to help people out hiking or even in their back yards to identify invasive forest pests. While some of those bugs have not yet appeared in Maine, we need to be vigilant and identify them should they appear. More . . .


Lights, Camera, Action: The Maine International Film Festival Is Ready To Roll!

The first seven days of the twentieth annual Maine International Film Festival will bring screenings of diverse Maine-made movies old and new, presentations of MIFF's Mid-Life Achievement Award and of a new award for cinematography, the screening of a silent film with a new score, the diamond jubilee of an animated Disney classic, and a retrospective of the work of a dearly departed friend of the festival. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Tearin' Down Pudge's House

Whattaya' mean, "tearin' down Pudge's house," and who is "Pudge" anyway? Well, it's a bit of story and may take a few hundred words or so, but worth telling I do believe. Here we go. More . . .

Take It

Hooked on Fishing

This was another busy week. The Maine Lakes Society received grants that have allowed us to bring our 30 ft. floating classroom, the Melinda Ann, to a number of lakes across the state and partner with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's (IFW) "Hooked on Fishing" program. More . . .

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