The summer of 2020 is like every summer in terms of beautiful surroundings and unpredictable weather, stunning views and satisfied vacationers, hot dogs the color red and ice cream named after Maine wildlife and a wealth of outdoor recreation. The summer so far has proven that this is the right place at the right time to enjoy the freedom of a world with fresh air, healthy recreation, calming nature and an economy that will adapt to a pandemic's health concerns and restrictions.
Enough with the rain already! Turn off the faucets! We have enough water! Our ponds are full as are our wells! Even are gardens and farms are doing great! Heck, even the lawns through the Village are green and exquisite!
According the back cover of his Kennebec: Cradle of Americans, "Robert P. Tristram Coffin was a descendant of the original English settlers of Maine and an acclaimed historian of his time. He was also a poet and essayist and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1935." You can open this 218-page history from 1937 to any page and discover Coffin's pure poetry in prose about our beautiful lakes and mountains surrounding the Kennebec.
How can I plant a buffer and not lose my view? Do pet wastes affect water quality? How can I stop my shore from eroding? How can I keep my camp road from washing out each spring? Do outboard motors pollute the lake? Read on for the answers.
The Luckiest Boy
As many of you know, the Luckiest Boy collects antique outboard motors. To date the number in the collection is just shy of 50, and we've named it the Antique Outboards of Belgrade. The old outboards have come from many sources including outright purchases, barn finds and land fill metal scrap heaps. In addition, many have come from good friends and neighbors at no cost, and yes, even auctions. Here is the story of our most recent acquisition.
The third Saturday in July is the annual loon count in Maine. Every year over 1000 volunteers, of which I am one, attempt to count all the loons on a couple hundred Maine lakes at the same time. It's organized like a military operation, and I am the coordinator for the dozen or so volunteers on Long Pond, which is divided into nine survey areas, with a tenth in Ingham Pond.