July 31 – August 6, 2020Vol. 22, No. 8

Water Street in Gardiner — one of Central Maine's many vibrant downtowns. More . . .


Cover Story

The Uplift of Downtown

Even when milk and fresh produce were delivered by boat to remote camps on these lakes, even when there were no cars and few roads connecting towns, even when vacation meant not going anywhere or doing anything, going to town in central Maine has been a favorite, if not a standard, part of the summer experience. More . . .

Community
Update

A New Arts Collaborative for Downtown Waterville

Imagine a street-level, performance and display space for art exhibits, concerts, poetry readings, lectures, discussions, and small theatrical and dance productions in downtown Waterville. Imagine meeting artists from around the world who have come to Waterville to create new works and share their knowledge and skill. These two elements are the crux of Colby College's new "arts collaborative," which is taking shape in the former Waterville Hardware building at the base of Main Street. More . . .

Dams
Report

The Dams Keeper Report, 7/23/2020

Well, it looks like we are finally back to a fairly normal summer with the occasional afternoon shower. Anything close to "normal" is such a blessing nowadays! We have received a 1.3" of rain in the past ten days and are forecasted for 0.60" more for the next 10 days, so all is good. It's not quite keeping up with evaporation, but we'll take it. More . . .

Books

The Lobster Chronicles

The Lobster Chronicles by Colby College graduate Linda Greenlaw, bestselling author of several nonfiction books and novels, has new meaning for me in 2020. I bought my first lobster to cook at the Sunday farmers market in Belgrade Lakes Village. Yes, I finally did it, and boy was it delicious, carefully extracted with heavy duty cutters because of the hard shell and juicy meat dipped in melted butter. More . . .

The Luckiest Boy

The World of the Old Garage

I'd like to tell you a little about some of the old garages and their operators that existed right here in Belgrade in the decades gone by. Most towns or villages had at least one. There are a few left, but running one is not something that is easy to do these days for multiple reasons. More . . .

Take It
Outside

Foraging, Fishing, and Hiking

Last year at this time, the papers were full of "back to school" ads. This year, not so much, but as the air has warmed to the high eighties and the water into the upper 70°s and low 80°s, more and more people are swimming, sailing, and tubing. The bass and pike are continuing to feed on schools of landlocked alewives, the only schools that seem to be following their normal routine. More . . .