August 24 – September 30, 2018 Vol. 20, No. 12

Summertime in the Belgrades

August 24 – September 30


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An artist's conception of part of the RiverWalk, now under construction at Head of Falls in Waterville. The former Scott Paper Mill appears background right. The completed walkway will be dedicated in early October. More . . .

Cover Story

Fifty Nifty Ways To Exit Summer

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 More . . .


End of Season Letter

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. More . . .


Rebirth of the Riverfront: A New Park To Open in Waterville in October

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. More . . .


North Ponder Wins Lake Steward Award

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! More . . .


Bluberries for Sal

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. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Snowbirds On the Loose

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. More . . .

Take It

Hiking Again

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. More . . .

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