June 26 – July 2, 2020Vol. 22, No. 3

Laura Darrell looks out over Moosehead Lake in "Oh For a Muse of Fire," one of eight Maine Shorts to be presented at this year's Maine International Film Festival. More . . .


Cover Story

25 Years Ago: A Milestone Year

Golden sunshine, clear blue skies, warm scented pine carpets and clean refreshing waters…The summer of 1995 seemed like any other beautiful summer in the Belgrades, except that change was afoot. More . . .

Dams
Report

The Dams Keeper Report, 6/18/2020

I know that this is already sounding like a broken record, but we're into the beginnings of another drought. Belgrade has only received 0.16" of rain (actually drizzle) in the past eleven days. Not nearly enough replenishment for our ponds or our gardens. With a lack of precipitation should be an increase in water quality/clarity due to the lack of phosphorous run-off but such is not the case this year. More . . .

Books

Settled in the Wild

As we were doing the laundry in Thomaston, I had to escape the hot building for the breezes on Main Street to discover and enter The Personal Book Shop. Of course, I bought a book, Settled in the Wild: Notes from the Edge of Town, by Susan Hand Shetterly. This was way back in 2010. Much to my surprise, I found the very same title in our Belgrade Public Library in May 2019 and quickly checked it out. More . . .

Conservation Too

A Focused Watershed Group Helps

Watershed groups are an essential part of protecting water quality. The level of expertise that exists in a watershed group and the effective manner in which they can communicate it to their neighbors is a great way to educate the people who live around and use a lake, pond or stream. It also serves as an excellent way to introduce new ideas for how to protect water quality and sometimes provides a way to change misguided or erroneous beliefs or practices. More . . .

Movies

MIFF Presents Maine Shorts

Although this year's Maine International Film Festival has been considerably slimmed down, an important element of the festival remains: The festival will be presenting a new batch of Maine Shorts. Collectively, the eight films, comprising two documentaries and six works of fiction and averaging 8½ minutes in length, represent the best of new Maine cinematography. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

Mrs. Herling's Helpers

Growing up in a rural Maine town during the 1950s and 60s surely was an experience that one never forgets. In addition to the fun stuff that we kids usually created, we were expected to be helpful around our own family homes. In addition, in keeping with our parent's expectations, getting small jobs that earned money happened fairly early in life, usually around the age of 10. More . . .

Take It
Outside

Summer Arrives

Although the calendar says summer has barely begun, it already seems to be flying by with lots going on with the various groups I work with, all under the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am inspired by the way various groups have used originality and technology to carry out their missions and still comply with the restrictions and social distancing of the governor's executive orders. More . . .