August 4 – 10, 2023Vol. 25, No. 8

This spectacular beaver dam across Trout Creek at the northern end of Great Pond is about 75 feet long. Paddling through this area is a delightful excursion, but twenty feet beyond the entrance, the photographer’s canoe was blocked by the work of some of Maine’s finest engineers. Photo by Kay Overfield.

On the Cover

Celebrating Our Surroundings

Traditional Saturday night fare, iconic bird calls, outdoor concerts, summer theater, agricultural fairs, lake association meetings, business and community anniversaries, games, competitions and recreation. August is the high point of summery celebrations. More

7 Lakes Alliance

Boat Inspector Stops Invasive Curly-Leaf Pondweed

Courtesy Boat Inspectors are the first line of defense against costly invasive aquatic plant infestations. Recently, one made a crucial save at the Great Pond boat launch, removing curly-leaf pondweed from a propeller of a boat from Massachusetts. More

Call of the Loon

A Very Succesful Evening of Banding

Last night, we banded six adult loons in Great Pond. Along with our two previous evening banding sessions over the past two weeks, our team has banded sixteen adults and one large chick, which is a credit to their logistics and expertise!. More

Dams Report

Watching Out For Weather Warnings

Overall, our weather has been great, but we just received another warning of potentially severe storms and flooding from our the Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency. More

On the Water

Boating and Lakes’ Use Etiquette

This list of dos and don’ts is meant to familiarize lake users with accepted behavior while boating. It is about promoting safety and socially acceptable behavior while sharing our lakes. More

Barkley On Books

A Senator’s Eye

Don’t let politics scare you off. A Senator’s Eye is a photo album of fun situations and stories by Angus S. King, Maine’s Independent former governor and now U.S. senator, serving with Susan Collins. Motorcycles and Angus and Susan, yes it is all in this colorful, funny collection of commentary and photos. More

Take It Outside

Summer Is In Full Swing

I am part of a 7 Lakes Alliance program called “Adopt-a-Shoreline.” Basically the program is to patrol your shorefront at least twice a summer from a small boat or by snorkeling to look for invasive plants that weren’t there before. More

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