July 6 – 12, 2018 Vol. 20, No. 5

Summertime in the Belgrades

July 6 – 12


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Kids stand behind a table of animal skulls at an L.C. Bates Museum. More . . .

Cover Story

When Kids Go To Summer Camp

When kids go to summer camp, whether for a day, a week, a season or a class, magic happens. They learn new skills, make new friends, discover new worlds. They sing silly songs, tell stupid jokes and create interesting and sometimes awesome crafts. They feel more connected to the world around them, to the wonders of nature, to the state around us, to their own town, to peers, and to their own unique selves. They know that someone cares. More . . .


A Waste Reduction Tip for Us All?

The most effective way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Consider telephone directories. Each year, as regularly as a head cold or spring allergy, telephone directories land on my door step. I can't even read them even if "New Larger Print" is claimed on the cover. I used to keep them, stacked up in a corner,…just in case. And sometimes the photos of baby loons on the cover have made them just too precious to toss. More . . .


A Midwife's Tale

A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, makes a clear cover explanation of this very splendid Pulitzer Prize in history for 1991. You may have seen the fine American Experience adaptation of this biography in 1997. More . . .

Conservation Too

Planning to Work on Your Camp Road or Driveway?

In rural Maine we frequently need to travel on and are often responsible for a gravel camp road or our own gravel driveway. Those road surfaces frequently collect and direct runoff into our lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands. Unlike public roadways, you or your road association are directly responsible for their impact on water quality. More . . .


A Decade of Classical Concerts: The Atlantic Music Festival Returns

Now in its tenth year, the Atlantic Music Festival has brought nearly 200 classical musicians to Colby College's idyllic campus for four weeks in July to study, practice, rehearse, and perform. Starting on Saturday, July 7, they will present over 20 concerts, all of which are open to the public without charge. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

The Big Blow of '17

ROAR — BANG — CRASH! These noises not only awakened the people of Belgrade and other Maine communities, but were heard all across New England. On October 28 and 29, the weather people were predicting that a low pressure system would enter our area during the evening of the 29th and the wee morning hours of the 30th. They said that heavy rains and near hurricane force winds were likely. Here in Central Maine, by 5 a.m. on the 30th no one could doubt their predictions. More . . .

Take It

Fishing and Sailing

The week began with the annual meeting of the Maine Lakes Society, on whose board I have served for ten years. Meanwhile, my friend Dick Greenan, the Commodore of the Great Pond Yacht Club, assisted by the Franklin family, was hosting the 2018 Ashera Challenge that ended at the Jamaica Point Lodge. I also managed to get out fishing for a bit and caught quite a few large bass that were chasing schools of alewives. More . . .

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