There are nine Belgrades in the world, ranging from Belgrade, Serbia with more people than the entire state of Maine to Belgrade, Texas billed as a ghost town. Seven are in the United States, the oldest of which is our own Belgrade, founded in 1796.
So, not quite what I was expecting in my first year as Belgrade's town manager. But I'm a relentlessly butter-side-up person. If I must endure a pandemic, there's no place I'd rather do that than in Belgrade, Maine. That's because of our abundance of blessings that salve the soul despite our being unable to live, play and work as we'd like.
As I write this week's column, we have received a paltry 0.33" of rain in the past ten days and are forecasted to receive 1.25" of precipitation for the next 10 days. Great Pond is currently 2.04" above full pond, with Long Pond holding right at full pond. Although Snow Pond is still in relatively good shape at 2.5" below full, Salmon Lake is now 6" below full. Hopefully the rain in the coming week will help us all.
Two places to visit with outdoor tramping grounds and rural life at its best, South Paris, Me. and Plymouth, Vt., are not that far away. They are the hometowns of Lincoln Vice President Hannibal Hamlin and 30th President of the United States Calvin ("Silent Cal") Coolidge.
The Luckiest Boy
At age 85, Bill Pulsifer is our Belgrade Lakes expert and knows much about the other Belgrade villages as well. When I asked him about the old boathouse that was on his family property, now torn down, I got more than I could have hoped for. Below are short memoirs of that boathouse and a potpourri of other interesting information.
Summer is racing by. As the State eases COVID restrictions, more and more visitors are returning. The local trailheads have more and more out-of-state plates in their parking lots and many more families hiking together. Similarly, there are more boats on the lakes every day and more and more people in the water. As the air has warmed to the high eighties and the water into the upper 70s and low 80s, more and more people are swimming, sailing, and tubing.