June 17 – 23, 2022Vol. 24, No. 2

Gilead Road, an acoustic duo from New London, Conn. performs at the Union Church’s Coffeehouse On The Village Green on the evening of Saturday, June 11, one the many activities that will take place in Belgrade Lakes Village this summer. More

On the Cover

Where Would We Be Without Camps?

There’s a word that is loaded with definitions, that means something — but not the same things — to almost everyone, that has fueled the local economy for well over a century, and that has formed the best memories of a lifetime for generations of vacationers and visitors and year-rounders alike. More

Community Update

Bikes for Books

Students at Mt. Vernon Elementary School and Belgrade Central School held annual Bikes for Books program events recently. Bikes for Books is a program sponsored by The Masonic Grand Lodge of Maine, which encourages reading in school and provides bikes as incentive. More

The Luckiest Boy

Our Friends are Back

Yes, the loons ARE back, and we are thankful for their annual arrival. Don’t you marvel at how quickly they appear after the ice leaves a lake? And why are we so enamored with the loons? We don’t do jumping jacks when the ducks show up, but the loons make us do hand stands and feel warm and cozy inside. More

Call of the Loon

Loon Bathing Antics

Dick Greenan took all of these photos while doing my loon survey on lower Long Pond’s Ingham Pond on June 7. There are some action shots that he had never seen before! More

On the Road

Belgrade Lakes: One Destination for Many Reasons

For sidewalks to stroll, shops to visit, vistas of surrounding waterways and a variety of community activities, Belgrade Lakes is ready with an exciting small town, why-we-are-in-Maine, mostly outdoors summer schedule. More

Dams Report

Water Levels in Great Shape

We are happy to report that, all of our pond water levels are in great shape, thanks to these persistent showers! It hasn’t been exactly Chamber of Commerce weather but we do need the rain — I just wish it took place while I was sleeping. More

Barkley On Books

Maine at 200, by Tom Huntington

Maine at 200 is another history of our state published by Down East Books in 2020, which I purchased at Bull Moose, discounted to $18.97 this summer. That COVID year delayed many celebrations throughout the state. Now we can gather, thank goodness, and celebrate 202 years of statehood, for “shuwah!” More

Take It Outside

Crepuscular Fishing

Like last year, we have had a cool and windy transition to summer, with some occasional very hot days. 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

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