August 18 – 24, 2023Vol. 25, No. 10

Based at the Center for All Seasons on Great Pond, the Youth Sailing Program offers classes for pupils aged 8 – 17. More

On the Cover

Inviting All Kids to Sail

Sailing is a world that people learn about and love. It is a lifetime, individual sport, a builder of character and self-confidence. And, it is a social outlet across the country and the continents. Sailing can be learned at any age, but it’s the area’s youth that sailing enthusiasts and youth leaders in the Belgrades want to introduce to the sport. More

7 Lakes Alliance

Colby Students Continue Legacy of Lake Science

For more than a decade, 7 Lakes Alliance has partnered with Colby College to better understand the ecology of the Belgrade Lakes watershed and to develop exceptional research, education, innovative approaches, and guidance for the community. This partnership provides students with real-world experience, a research laboratory, field station, conference space, and teaching resources. More

Call of the Loon

Saving a Loon Chick on Long Pond

We scored another first yesterday morning on upper Long Pond. We were not 50 yards from the dock when we saw of our two Tracy Cove chicks up against the shore. We motored over and within three to four minutes, there were numerous splashes and our chick disappeared! Less than 30 seconds later, an intruding adult loon popped up but still no chick. Where did this intruder come from? What happened to our chick? MASS PANIC SET IN!! More

Dams Report

Caught With Our Pants Down

We’ve had numerous close calls this summer, but fortunately the Belgrade Lakes have avoided the severe flooding that many of our neighbors north and east of us have endured. Well, we got nailed this time with 4″ of rain in less than 24 hours. We were prepared for 1″ or 2″ of rain, but not for 4″. This unfortunately resulted in washing out several of our neighbor’s docks. More

Barkley On Books

Good Prose

Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd grabbed me because of my having read and remembered Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains. I did enjoy reading how these two friends and writers grew into this book of knowledge about writing investigative journalism and the editing process. More

Take It Outside

Memories Being Made

Many of the roads entering our watershed have welcoming signs calling it a place “where memories are made.” There was definitely a lot of that going on last week. We had over two dozen members of my wife’s family in from as far as Hong Kong for a family reunion of food, swimming, biking, listening to loon calls, etc., while over on Messalonskee Lake, my friend J.J. Jurdak went out fishing with Mike Guarino along with a few members of his extended family. More

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