Summertime in the Belgrades
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Last summer we were so fortunate to have quadruple amputee Travis Mills present his comedy hour at Belgrade Public Library. He was not trying to sell his book Tough as They Come, but he was trying to promote the renovation of the Elizabeth Arden Estate on Long Pond for veterans of war.
On Monday, August 21, much of the continental United States will be treated to a rare celestial spectacle, an eclipse of the sun. This singular event provides both the inspiration and the setting for a new motion picture, which will star local actress Debra Lord ("Dee") Cooke and which will be shot partly in Belgrade.
Last week the Appalachian Trail Conservancy held their biennial conference at Colby College in Waterville. Entitled "Views from the Maine Woods," this year's conference included a lot of presentations about both national and Maine conservation topics, as well as lots of outdoor activities, including hikes, birding expeditions, and paddles throughout Maine. Mel Croft and I were among the roughly 100 or so volunteer "trip leaders."