June 30 – July 6, 2023Vol. 25, No. 3

Located on Main Street and Castonguay Square in Waterville, the Paul J. Schupf Art Center opened in December 2022. It boasts galleries for Ticonic Arts and the Colby College Museum of Art on the first floor and three cinemas and a rehearsal room for Waterville Opera House productions on the second. It is the new home of the Maine International Film Festival, which runs July 7–16 this year.

On the Cover

Freedoms of Summer

The freedom to be a kid or watch a kid receive so much excitement and satisfaction from the rewards of the season…freedom to be outdoors, to know the outside world is loyally out there even when work and life demands take over…the freedom to pursue a sport…the freedom to join a crowd…the freedom to celebrate….Here’s to the freedoms of summer! More

Call of the Loon

The First Chick and An Abandoned Egg

This has been a very interesting week with our loons. We observed our first chick of the season in lower Long Pond but, the parents once again, abandoned the second egg! Just like last year’s pair off the same nest. More

Dams Report

Turn Off the Rain!

We’ve been doing practically daily rain dances for the past five years of drought and I guess someone was listening all along, albeit a bit late! Our long-range forecasters had predicted another summer with 26% less rain, and they still are!!! All they need to do is open the blinds and look outside! Enough is Enough!!!! Turn off the rain! More

Barkley On Books

Maine’s Hidden History

In the foreword of this fine book, David Tyler writes, “In our small state, individuals often have a greater impact on the state than impersonal historic forces.” Stories about people usually hold my interest, how about you? My review will mention only a few from Harry Gatwick’s 122-page Hidden History of Maine, but I bet you will find every single person’s life worthwhile reading. More

Take It Outside

School’s Out, And So Are the Kids!

Last week was the first week of summer vacation for most schools in the area, and families with kids are beginning to show up everywhere. Almost all of the summer camps and sporting camps are back to an almost normal schedule. It is good to see our friends from away returning. These camps are not only very important to the local economy but often bring visitors from all over the country who learn the joys of living near a lake in Maine. More

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