Summertime in the Belgrades
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It is a pleasure rereading André, The Famous Harbor Seal, a picture book that was so well loved and worn out that it had to be discarded from our local public library. Fran Hodgkins wrote that children's classic, illustrated by Yetti Frenkel, in 2003, and a A Seal Called Andre by Harry Goodridge and Lew Dietz, 2014, was still on the juvenile shelf.
Buffers are not "one size fits all". Whenever designing a buffer for a landowner the first things to consider are the goals and objectives of the landowner. It does no good to install a planting that the homeowner dislikes. And it is depressing to install a buffer only to have the homeowner shear it down because it is in the way.
The twenty-first annual Maine International Film Festival has ended. The projectors have been shut off; the screens have gone dark; and the theaters are empty, save perhaps for a few discarded bubble gum wrappers and half-filled bags of popcorn. Ah, but the memories linger.
We now continue our stroll up the east side of Main Street in Belgrade Lakes Village. We left off at the home of Lydia and Albert Johnson, 39 Main Street, and were shuffling our way north. Remember, this is 1959.
The third Saturday in July was the annual loon count in Maine, coordinated by Maine Audubon. Every year over 1000 volunteers, of which I am one, attempt to count all the loons on a couple hundred Maine lakes at the same time. It's organized like a military operation and I am the coordinator for the dozen or so volunteers on Long Pond.