June 25 – July 1, 2021Vol. 23, No. 3

A family of Canada geese. Photo by Ethan Perne

On the Cover

Oh, To Go To A Maine Fair

Maine agricultural fairs start up in June and extend practically nonstop into October. They date back to 1820; they number in the couple of dozen; and they are back on the circuit this year. More

On the Lakes

Youth Conservation Corps Matching Donation Program

In memory of Alan Charles, his family and others will match every dollar donated to the Youth Conservation Corps up to $15,000 to help the YCC continue to offer reduced-cost erosion control work while also gaining job experience while protecting the lakes. More

Call of the Loon

The Territory of a Loon

Great Pond currently has fourteen loon territories and Long Pond, eleven. Territories are in most cases, very specific coves, islands, and even marinas. More


Good News, Bad News, and A Local Initiative

Overall, the water quality of a significant number of rivers, streams and lakes in Maine has improved, but climate disruption is having several impacts on local lakes. More

Conservation Too

Planning to Work on Your Camp Road or Driveway?

Private ravel roads and driveways will collect and direct runoff into our lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands if not maintained properly. Unlike public roadways, you or your road association are directly responsible for their impact on water quality. More

Dams Report

Gentle Rain Would Be Nice

Belgrade Lakes just received a paltry one half inch of light rain, which was a little less than what we needed. Both Great Pond's Village dam and Long Pond's Wings Mill dams are currently 0.96″ above full pond with all gates still completely closed. More

Barkley On Books

Mill Town

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains is a mixed bag of the good, the bad, and the secretive ugly in author Kerri Arsenault's life story and our Maine towns of Rumford and Mexico on the Androscoggin River. More

Take It Outside

Summer Arrives

Summer is already flying by, as the various groups I work with all transition back to in-person events. Almost all summer camps and sporting camps are again hosting clients, and vaccinated families are traveling again. It is good to see our friends from away returning. More