August 21 – September 30, 2020Vol. 22, No. 11

Sunset over Great Pond: As the day ends, so does the season. Photo by Frank Barkley.

Cover Story

Fall 2020: Going With The Flow

Welcome to a beautiful time of year — clear, crisp, colorful, mellow. Welcome to the playground that is the whole outdoors full of lakes and trails and scenic vistas and places to pause for a nap or a snack. There is a flow to fall that in 2020 will not be changed from all the falls that have topped off beautiful summers in this region. More . . .


End of Season Letter

You did it! All of you. You got through the summer of 2020 pretty darn well, you hugged the outdoors, you kept your distance, you wore masks, you read Summertime in the Belgrades, and we thank you. More . . .


Colby on the Kennebec: Campus Life in the 1880s

Previously, we wrote about Colby College's new Arts Collaborative, the college's latest investment in downtown Waterville. Today, we look at a very different era in the college's history, when the college was much smaller than it is today and well before it made its move to Mayflower Hill. This look back was inspired by the serendipitous discovery of a Colby yearbook from 1889. More . . .


The Dams Keeper Report, 8/13/2020

We are back in drought, as the only precipitation in the past 10 days has been the 0.94" of rain recorded at the Wings Mill Dam from Tropical Storm Isaias. Nonetheless, both Great and Long Ponds are at full pond, and Salmon and McGrath are still at 6" below full pond. Snow Pond is doing somewhat better at 3" below full, but we could all still use some rain. More . . .


It's Not Easy Going Green

Even if you don't live on North Pond, you might have heard that North Pond recently experienced a significant bloom of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae). So why did this happen? More . . .


Camp Tracy Adopts A Shoreline

Camp Tracy, located on McGrath Pond in Oakland, recently adopted about a mile of shoreline, adding to a growing number of landowners in the Belgrade Lakes who have committed to surveying their shorelines for invasive aquatic plants. Adopt-A-Shoreline is a citizen science initiative where 7 Lakes Alliance works with and trains volunteers from the community to survey their shorelines twice each summer, identify invasive aquatic plants, and share their findings with 7 Lakes Alliance. More . . .


Morning Star Wolf

Struggling through the years of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of her adoptive parents, Morning Star Wolf clings to the path of her ancestors and maintains her Native American identity against all odds. More . . .

Take It

See You Next Year!

Mother Nature is marching forward with her schedule, pandemic or not. Suddenly the days are getting a little shorter, and I am noticing more swamp red maples beginning to turn red in the wetlands and birches turn yellow high on the hillsides. It is still quite warm during the day but the nights are growing cooler. Like the birds and squirrels, I am double checking my summer "to do" list and trying to make sure everything gets done. More . . .


Take in a Tasting: Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery

Local business, local craftsman, local ingredients and a lot of fun! In a socially-distancing time when tasting rooms and bars have been categorized together and have yet to be able to re-open due to COVID-19 precautions, Tree Spirits in Oakland has been successfully offering tastings all summer…outdoors. More . . .