July 2 – 8, 2021Vol. 23, No. 4


One of the highlights of July is the Maine International Film Festival. This year, from Friday, July 9 to Sunday, July 18, the festival will screen eighteen new feature films, two remastered classic films, and four collections of short films at the Waterville Opera House, at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville, at the Skowhegan Drive-In, and online. Above are Winston Duke as Will and Zazie Beetz as Emma in Nine Days, the opening night film. For much more about MIFF, see our next issue.


On the Cover

Hello, July!

July, the middle month — of the summer, of the year, of the school schedule — is ideal for vacations and celebrations, for evenings that can be stretched out and outings that can be squeezed in. More

In Memoriam

Peter McManus Leaves Lasting Legacy

Peter McManus, long time resident of Belgrade Lakes, passed away peacefully with family and many Great Pond Yacht Club friends by his side on May 24, 2021. More

Community Update

What a Difference a Year Makes

What a difference a year makes. Last summer could best be characterized by … uncertainty. This year, however, is marked by … hope — an abiding faith that life will be better. More

Call of the Loon

A Day Chasing Loons

Belgrade Lakes Association board member Paul Feinberg accompanied me on a recent Great Pond Loon territorial survey and was so moved by the experience that he penned this beautiful poem. More

Dams Report

Feeling A Drought

Our ponds are really starting to feel the effects of another drought, although to date, we're in better shape than in the past five years at this point in the summer. More

Book Review

This Day in Maine

Every summer is full of surprises. Joseph Owen proves this in his This Day in Maine with carefully selected news articles and many photos from the Pine Tree State's history. Your eyes will be glued, I guarantee. More

Take It Outside

Grandkids on the Lake

Just as most schools finished up and Fathers' Day came, we had a few hot days. As the water gets warmer, the trout are heading for deeper, colder water and the shallow areas are being taken over by spawning sunfish and kids of all ages, including lots of grandkids. More