August 25 – 31, 2023Vol. 25, No. 11

Sunset over North Pond from Pine Tree Camp in Rome during the North Pond Association Annual Meeting, Monday, August 14, 2023. Photo by Ethan Perne. More

On the Cover

2023: Maine Is A Great Place To Be

It was a renaissance summer. There were unrestricted camps for kids, and concerts, and families on outings, and dogs in tow and it was okay to be invaded by visitors because all of these traditions of summer are typically Maine. More


End-of-Season Letter

One of the best endings of the season is saying how much we appreciate everyone who helps make Summertime in the Belgrades such a success: you (our readers), our advertisers, our delivery crew, our columnists, and the owners of the various venues where we leave copies for you to enjoy. More

In Memoriam

Cabin Girl

In her late teens, Jodie Mosher-Towle took a September gig waiting tables at Bear Spring Camps. It was a perfect filler because she was still undecided about what she wanted to do or where she wanted to be. That direction would come from a guest at one of her tables, renowned author E.B. White. More

7 Lakes Alliance

LifeFlight Training for Emergency Landing

In an uncommon partnership, LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s only air ambulance service, recently held a “Ground Safety and Users” course for local first responders at the 7 Lakes Alliance building in Belgrade Lakes Village, followed by helicopter landing on a field in Rome. More


Community Chorus Seeks New Singers

The Colby-Kennebec Choral Society invites all interested singers to join for its fall program “Canções D’Além Mar,” or “Songs from Across the Sea. The rehearsals and the performance will be held in Colby College’s new Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts.” More

Community Update

A New Parking Lot for Belgrade Lakes Village

Belgrade Lakes Village badly needs additional parking. If all goes as planned, a new parking lot, just south of the Village Green, will be ready for use by next summer. More

Call of the Loon

Our Loons in Winter

As fall approaches, many seasonal residents button up their camps and migrate to warmer climates. The loons prepare to depart as well. Some loons leave as early as mid-August for some birds, while other linger till November. More

Dams Report

Getting Back to “Normal”

Whoever said, “Summer in Maine is nothing but two weeks of bad sledding,” wasn’t too far off! It seems like summer should be getting longer, but here we are at the end once again! More

Barkley On Books

Summer Revelations

How good it was to read Dead Man’s Wake, Paul Dorian’s novel about murder at Great Pond. This popular author apparently stayed at Bear Springs Camp at the Mosher farm a few years ago, as did famed author E.B. White in the last century. More

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