Summertime in the Belgrades
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Lingering memories, muscles, souvenirs, a tan! There's no way that summer definitively ends, but leaving it for other climes and times and seasons and reasons is best transacted with the celebration of the great, late days of the season. How to celebrate? Check these out or check them off
As summer businesses shut down and students head on to school, as loons will soon raft and the foliage of fall will light up the hills, Summertime in the Belgrades as always thanks everyone who is so supportive of its pages.
On October 6, the City of Waterville will dedicate a new walkway and park at Head of Falls, a once-thriving residential and industrial neighborhood that is now a largely vacant strip of land adjacent to downtown Waterville along the Kennebec River. The $1.5 million project will be the property's most visible enhancement since it was cleared of buildings during Urban Renewal more than four decades ago.
Linda Rice is Maine Lake Society's first recipient of Lake Steward of the Year. A lifelong summer and now year-round resident of North Pond, Linda goes above and beyond every day, year round, when it comes to her precious lake!
August is blueberry picking time in Maine. I shopped for this children's favorite by Robert McClosky at both Maine Made in the Village and Day's Store: sold out, of course! So back to the public library I go once again.
Are we talking about actual flying birds that stay in snow country all year long or those that leave for warmer climates during the winter months? Actually neither, we are speaking of the exodus of humans, usually retired older folks, that leave their beloved abodes in north country and head for somewhere warm. Being one of them, I have been silently studying this phenomenon that has been going on in my family and thousands of others for many decades.
Suddenly the days are getting a little shorter; swamp maples are beginning to turn red in the wetlands; and birches are turning yellow high on the hillsides. It is still quite warm during the day, but the nights are growing cooler. Soon it will become easier to find a parking place in Belgrade Lakes Village, at least until the roadwork resumes on Main Street again after Labor Day.