July 26 – August 1, 2019Vol. 21, No. 8

Last summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville at the Alfond Youth Center was proud to have received a grant from the United Fresh Start Foundation's Community Grants Program. In 2018, the Washington, D.C. foundation awarded $50,000 to 20 hunger-fighting and Boys & Girls Club programs in eleven states that increase children's access to fresh fruits and vegetables after school, on weekends, and during summer breaks. More . . .


Cover Story

Heroes Against Hunger

If it's Tuesday, a door opens in Belgrade; if it's Wednesday, Sidney; Thursday, Oakland. Almost every day of the week in some town in Central Maine, food pantry volunteers are helping give out food to residents who simply cannot afford enough food to keep away hunger or stave off the feelings of food insecurity. More . . .

LakeSmart Tip

Define Your Pathways

Another way to save your lake is to define your foot pathways. Trees, shrubs, and plants act as a shield between the lake and groundwater runoff. Plants catch rainwater, slow it down, and filter out the unwanted chemicals. But plants can only grow if they don't get trampled, and a pathway tells humans how to walk around them. More . . .

Books

A Secret Gift

Take a beautiful coastal drive from the author Ted Gup's small cabin in the woods near Bucksport to visit his mother near Kennebunk for Virginia's surprise 80th...What would mother give him this trip? Something from the attic, of course! Even the author's son Matt could not imagine what would come from this surprise birthday party at Grandma's. More . . .

Take It
Outside

Crepuscular Fishing

The past week has been hot and humid with some rain. Early in the week we got a brief visit from our granddaughter Maddy, when her parents dropped her off on the way to delivering her older brother to Jazz Camp at UMaine Farmington. While she was here, we headed out for bit of crepuscular (twilight) fishing. More . . .