August 9 – 15, 2019Vol. 21, No. 10

Featuring locally grown food and handcrafted goods, the Belgrade Lakes Market is held on Sundays from 8:00 to 1:00 from mid-June until mid-September outside the Maine Lakes Resource Center in Belgrade Lakes Village. To find other farmers' markets, go to Get Real Maine.

Cover Story

When Camps Contribute To Water Quality

At the East Pond Association meeting in Oakland this summer, Alden Camps, Camp Manitou, and Sadulsky's Camps received distinguished LakeSmart awards, particularly for reducing runoff into the lake. These three camps represent the range of fishing, lodging and youth camps that have not only provided the rhythm of the Belgrades for well over a century but are also are part of a unique "clean water" future. More . . .

LakeSmart Tip

Pump It!

When was the last time you had your septic pumped? If you don't know, you're not alone. When it is functioning properly, the system keeps pollutants from entering the lake. More . . .


Kids Books for Reading Aloud

Many, many moon books to celebrate our landing on the moon, but at bedtime it is time to read aloud a great story about Astronaut Scott Kelly, My Journey to the Stars. More . . .


Local Author Makes Good On A Dream

When Holly J. Martin was growing up in Norridgewock, she spent hours reading at the Norridgewock Library. Later, as a young mother she spent hours making up stories for her children. During her long career, she often thought about the books she would write...sometime. She had an ambitious plan for ten romance novels, following the separate lives of ten siblings from Maine. Today, Holly is a published author of six books and is working on a seventh. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Some Things Do Not Change

Over the last several years we've heard a lot of conversations and read many articles about change. People say this has changed, that has changed, are the changes good or bad, what do you think of the changes and so on. As summer slides on through its time, my wife and I are continually noting the things that do not change. More . . .

Take It

A Grandkid Returns

Two weeks ago, 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. This week, my wife attended a morning jazz concert and picked up her older brother Nathan, when his camp ended. More . . .