Summertime in the Belgrades
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East Pond is awesome! It's the headwater of the Belgrade Lakes chain. It has the second oldest lake association in the Belgrades. It is home to one of the chain's four remaining traditional fishing camps and two thriving youth camps. And it has just successfully raised one million dollars to implement an alum treatment plan to prevent algae blooms.
It's terrific to watch people who have never kayaked before, learn how, then get in a boat with their child in front of them and take off happily to paddle about watching loons dive, seeing eagles overhead and waving to other people on paddle boards and in boats. Some take a fishing pole along, and we've seen a few catch good-size bass. All the activities are for families for fun and they all seem delighted to be doing things together in the Maine sunshine.
In Plain, Honest Men the founding fathers are portrayed as individuals. Its author, Richard Beeman, approaches each member of the Constitutional Convention as a friend, a very well known and understood friend. History buffs who heard Beeman's presentation several summers ago told me that he really knew his stuff!
For the sake of this story, let's say that the early years were the 1960s up into the 1970s. Certainly snowmobiles were invented and lightly manufactured prior to those years, but it seems to me that they were not prevalent, at least in Central Maine. Snowmobiles began to creep into our little town of Belgrade in the 1960s, and I remember the first one that showed up.
Summer seems to be in full swing, with long lines at Day's Store and more out-of-state license plates than Maine plates on the cars parked in the village. This past week has seen a mixture of weather some hot, some cool, some wind and finally a bit of rain in what has been a relatively dry spring so far.