June 29 – July 5, 2018 Vol. 20, No. 4

Summertime in the Belgrades

June 29 – July 5


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The Friends on the 4th 5K Run/Jog/Walk is held each 4th of July in Winthrop along the eastern shore of Lake Maranacook. It is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed.

Cover Story

Fourth of July Reflections

Relaxing, low-key, no pressure to gift-give or visit or travel somewhere better. The 4th of July is a great opportunity to stay here, to take the day, the holiday, and enjoy what's nearby. More . . .


Queen Bee

"Roxanne Quimby, Burt's Bees, and Her Quest for a New National Park" was headlines last summer, 2017. Thomaston author Phyllis Austin wrote a comprehensive 2015 biography of Quimby and history of her very successful Burt's Bees business. It was not easy research. Austin persevered and gained personal access beyond the public record. More . . .

Conservation Too

Buffers and Mulch

This week I'll try and focus on two methods to slow down stormwater runoff. For those of you familiar with the LakeSmart program this will seem familiar. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

The Day the Ents Attacked

The storm of October 30, 2017 caused catastrophic damage throughout the Central Maine. Descriptions of the carnage from homeowners, weather people, emergency providers and so on varied, but in one particular family's case, their perceptions of what happened to the family cottage takes us to the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien's books where Ents exist. More . . .

Take It

Fishing and Hiking

The week began with a Father's Day picnic at Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park in Freeport with two of my kids and their families, which happened to include both my grandchildren, as well as my grandkids' "other grandparents," Rem and Taylor Briggs. We hiked the perimeter Harraseeket Trail, a roughly 2-mile loop and then had a picnic lunch on the beach overlooking Casco Bay. More . . .

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