Summertime in the Belgrades
August 24 Fall
Summer ends, doesn't it? Or does this season that is still with us, still gracing the lakes with sunshine and dousing the gardens with rain just add to all those summers that are stored in a special place where memories blend, where change stands stiller, and where better times always rise to the surface.
With summer winding down and this year's milfoil work in Great Pond coming to an end, it's a good time to do an assessment. Just what have we accomplished and what do we face in the future?
Since the aftermath of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, many believe that we have done what we need to do to protect our nation's birds. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The issues causing songbird population declines are many, but there is something we can do to help birds in our own backyards. Keeping domestic cats indoors or in fenced enclosures is one of the best things we can do for the birds. Each year four billion birds and small mammals are killed by free-roaming cats.
Earlier in the summer, I wrote a piece saying that "Hallowell residents are 'for the birds.'" Not for a minute am I about to recall that statement but rather add to it by saying that Maine natives as well as hundreds of summer visitors in this amazingly beautiful state are dedicated birdwatchers. That fact alone prompts me to tell you about a book recently released by Tilbury House.
Ahh! Look — September is right around the corner. But, WAIT — no longer do I have to think about kids getting ready to go back to school. Every one of them has graduated, not only from high school but from college, and they have been on their own since — when was it — 1989 — and I have no need to think of the back-to-school tasks! But, having brought this thought realistically to mind, I truly wonder what my life will be like.
Even though it's the last 2012 issue of Summertime in the Belgrades, most of the readers remain in the area. There is still plenty you can do to protect water quality before winter sets in. You can do things now that will actually help throughout the winter. We all benefit from clean water and we all live in a watershed Even if you are not on the shoreline of a pond or lake you impact a water body in one way or another.
As I sit here and write the final article of the season, my mind drifts over all the memories created during our fishing excursions this summer. We made a lot of memories and caught a lot of good fish, but even more memorable was getting to see all my summer friends who travel to the Belgrades each year to enjoy our beautiful playground.