July 28 – August 3, 2017 Vol. 19, No. 8

A line of fire engines on Cemetery Road (Rte. 135) in central Belgrade. (Photo from the Belgrade Fire and Rescue Facebook page.) More . . .


Cover Story

When Minutes Matter

Dial 9-1-1 and they appear. They assess the situation, stabilize injuries, reassure everyone at the scene and set up a perimeter. Best of all, they take charge. They are the first responders, the EMTs, the volunteers. More . . .

Books

Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

I found this precious, scrapbook-style, colorful book last fall at the Charleston Southern University library in South Carolina. It was exhilarating to peruse the art work meticulously done by Sweet, many collages, and clever drawings beyond photos in this very well-done children's biography of E.B. White. More . . .

Conservation Too

How To Manage Those Ditches We Call Driveways

As part of our focus on non-point source pollution, I'll discuss gravel roads. Here in Maine, and particularly around our lakes and ponds, we frequently need to travel on and frequently are responsible for a gravel camp road or our own gravel driveway. Those road surfaces often collect and direct runoff into our lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

A Summer Full of Drag Racin'

Like most towns in the 1950s and '60s, Belgrade had its share of youth, who upon getting their driver's licenses, used their cars for much more than transportation. We drag-raced on a marked, quarter-mile stretch just south of Belgrade Lakes Village on Route 27. We called it Dalton's Flats or just "The Flats." More . . .

Take It
Outside

More Grandkids and Loons

The third Saturday in July was the annual loon count in Maine, coordinated by Maine Audubon. Every year over 1000 volunteers, of which I am one, attempt to count all the loons on a couple hundred Maine lakes at the same time. More . . .


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