August 11 – 17, 2017Vol. 19, No. 10

315: Wearing traditional garb, women, children, and men greet visitors from the Belgrades at the folklife center in Pecherino, near Kotlas, Greater Waterville's sister city in Russia. More . . .

Cover Story

Scenes of Summer

Vacation, stay-cation, getaway-cation, one-day-cation. The great days of summer are here . . . and they are the best!! There's sun time to spare to boat and fish and swim. And water ski! More . . .


Road Crossings Are Frequently Stream Barriers

As towns, road associations and land owners continue work on their roadways this summer and fall, the sites where they cross streams need special attention. Usually this involves installing or replacing a culvert and sometimes a bridge. There seem to be two primary issues. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Water Skiin' Under Castle Island Bridge (and Other No-No Places)

Okay, this is one of those stories that requires a side note saying, "Don't Try This!" Just take these tales with a grain of salt, and realize that we were kids who took chances in an era when it was expected as part of growing up. We were warned before the fact and scolded after, but regardless, risky behavior continued. More . . .

Take It

Seniors Outdoors

Early last week I was headed to BRCA's Great Meadow Stream property in Smithfield to pick some wild raspberries and blueberries. As I crossed the RouteĀ 225 bridge at the Rome-Smithfield line, I noticed a bunch of SUVs and pickups pulling in with canoes and kayaks on the roof. The group was from Gold Leaf, a member-run organization devoted to lifelong learning in the Franklin County area, for anyone age 50 or older. More . . .


A Kotlas Centennial: Feasts, Festivities, and Fireworks

In June, four residents of the Belgrades flew to Russia to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of Kotlas, Greater Waterville's sister city. The festivities including a parade and pageant, musical and theatrical performances, a gala dinner in a nightclub, and fireworks. More . . .

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