June 19 – 25, 2020Vol. 22, No. 2

Red plastic Adirondack chairs glisten in the rays of the setting sun after an early evening thundershower.

On the Cover

Count Up To Social Distance

Alone with a book, a kayak, a dog. Family-only evenings — laughing, talking, enjoying a meal and learning more about each other….Summer in the Belgrades is the right place at the right time for individual passions and outlets, independent adventures and sports, creative spaces, quiet places, quarantines. Let that safer, saner, more socially-distanced — and rewarding — summer begin More

Conservation Too

Your Part in Protecting Water Quality

Non-Point Source Pollution comes from many sources instead of a single "point. It's the rain runoff from roofs, parking areas and roadways. It includes the unimpeded runoff from your yard/lawn or a farmer's field. It may include the runoff from a local commercial/retail activity. Some of it may come from an area of the watershed where septic systems are not working effectively. More

Dams Report

Feeling the Effects of the Lack of Precipitation

Great Pond, Long Pond, and Salmon Lake/McGrath Pond are full or starting to feel the effects of the lack of precipitation. We are getting some showers, but we need steady rain to bring our water levels back up and to keep them up. Sporadic light showers are a welcomed relief for our gardens and farmers but of little consequence for our water levels. More

Book Review

Ken Roberts: Historical Novels

E.B. White stated that Ken Roberts's Trending into Maine "…takes you into the kitchen, sits you down by the stove, hands you a doughnut, and stuffs you full of Arundel, Maine traditions, Maine smells, Maine people, the hardships of soldiering, the pleasures of ducks' breasts, the bravery of sea captains' daughters". Arundel was a favorite of mine years ago and it had a dark, yet bright, oil painting by N.C. Wyeth on its cover. Both March to Quebec and Boon Island were unforgettable in land and water descriptions and historic happenings. More

Take It Outside

Fishing at Dawn and Dusk

So far this has been a cool and windy transition to summer. The fishing has continued to be productive, especially early in the morning and late in the evening. I love fishing these crepuscular periods when the lake is typically dead calm, and it is easy to spot fish feeding on or near the surface. More