Summer of 2019: It's time for the five lake associations in the Belgrades to hold their annual meetings, and the first to assemble is the McGrath Pond/Salmon Lake Association. Small, dynamic, forward-looking, the MPSLA is celebrating its 30th anniversary — celebrating a lot of good things this year and celebrating three decades of a steady track record working to improve water quality.
As we reach the middle of summer, you may see more and more algae growth in our lakes. By late August, you may even see algae blooms. In some states, these blooms have made lakes unusable and unsafe, leaves a lot of us wondering: How can we slow down the growth of algae? How can we keep our lakes safe and usable? What can I, a lake-loving property owner, do?
Everyone around the globe was updated and informed about the famous Bar Harbor fire, but few heard the rest of the story: towns in southern Maine completely devoured by fast flames and southern coastal resorts destroyed so very dreadfully fast that people fled for their lives to the freezing ocean and wet sands on the beaches. Wildfire Loose: The Week Maine Burned, non-fiction by Joyce Butler was published thirty years after the disaster in intricate detail, and the novel The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve shares the family turmoil on the southern coast of Maine during the drought and tragic losses of homes right beside the ocean.
Maine's Soil & Water Conservation Districts have a project with the Maine Forest Service to help people identify invasive forest pests, i.e. bugs that could do serious damage to our woodlands or in some cases cause you illness. While some of them have not yet appeared in Maine, many have. We need to be vigilant and identify them should they appear.
In the Moon's Shadow, a movie set partly during the total solar eclipse of August 2017, shot partly in Belgrade, and co-starring Belgrade actress Debra Lord Cooke, will have its world première at this year's Maine International Film Festival.
The Luckiest Boy
As many of you may recall, for each of the last five summers strange happenings have occurred on Great Pond. Several "near sightings" and "close run-ins" with ghostly beings lead us to believe that the Guide Ghosts of Great Pond may in fact have an annual outing on the very pond where they guided fishermen a century ago.
I couldn't believe it when my morning paper had a "Back to School" flyer in it already! I don't think the kids are reading the paper, though. They are too busy having fun in and around the water and hiking the nearby trails. As the air has warmed to the high 80s and the water into the upper 70s, more and more people are swimming, sailing, and tubing.