June 10 – 16, 2022Vol. 24, No. 1

A view southeast of Great Pond from an overlook near the summit of Mt. Phillip in Rome. Photo by Gregor Smith. More

On the Cover

2022: Summer’s Rich Inventory

Waking to the songs of birds…falling asleep to the call of the loons…walking into the hug of a camp or the hum of a business…lingering along a trail of fragrant pine needles…gazing at green hills in the morning sunlight — or across a lake rippling in a gentle breeze…eating outdoors… More


Welcome Letter

Welcome to the summer of 2022! The approach to the season has been positive and promising, filled with the scheduling of return events and of awesome new ones, with the reopenings and new openings of businesses, with the possibility of safe trips and outings and with the sudden, amazing burst of green leaves and warm sunshine and inviting waters. More

On the Trail

A Hike Up Mt. Phillip

In 2004, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and Pine Island Camp bought 207 acres on Mount Phillip, including the hiking trail and summit. The well-marked, 1.9-mile loop is mostly wide and gentle, and an able-bodied adult can reach the top in about 25 minutes. More

Call of the Loon

First “Call” of the Season

Welcome back to another summertime in the Belgrades and the second year of our Call of the Loon! This year, we will be interspersing this column with weekly photo galleries of our iconic bird in action which we hope you will enjoy as much as we have bringing them to you. More

Dams Report

Where the Waters Flow

Welcome to the seventh year of the Dams Keeper Report. As of this writing, we are beginning our summer with Great Pond’s Village dam 1.2″ above full pond with both gates completely closed. More

Barkley On Books

Like The Willow Tree

Lois Lowry’s Like The Willow Tree is a Portland, Maine diary-style story takes place during the Spanish flu of 1918. If you are looking for an informative read about our nearby Shaker Community during this perilous time like today’s pandemic in Sabbathday Lake, Maine, then this Scholastic young adult book is for you or a young person you know. More

On the Water

Boating License Law To Take Effect in 2024

Most of you have heard about Maine’s new law that wil require boaters younger than 25 to pass an education and safety course prior to January 2024 in order to operate a boat on Maine’s lakes and rivers, excluding for the time being, the coastal waters. More

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