Summertime in the Belgrades
June 14 20
Earlier this month, sixty-year-old building material supplier Hammond Lumber, which employs more than 400 people in 12 locations across Maine, received an award for workplace safety at the annual meeting of workers' compensation insurer Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company. Shown here is Hammond's flagship store in Belgrade.
The time was yesteryear. It was harder getting around. Or was it? Most people arrived in this part of Maine via Boston and Portland by train — arrived at Belgrade Depot or North Belgrade. They were met by hired wagons, transferred to their lodgings, and stayed put. The summer was on. Whatever they needed could be delivered — or done without.
The Belgrade Lakes Association has been awarded a $150,000 matching gift grant to fight the invasive milfoil infestation in Great Meadow Stream and North Bay of Great Pond. An anonymous foundation will match all gifts to the Stop Milfoil Capital Campaign by
Few of us have the deep pockets of writer Stephen King or the late philanthropist Harold Alfond, but most of us could find a few dimes or a quarter or two. That's all it would take to meet a challenge to raise money for a local library, a way to feed people or when any amount of dollars are needed for something that local people see a need for. Would quarters do it?
As it turned out, the small outboard tucked away in the boathouse closet was a 4.5 horsepower Champion. It was kind of a silvery color, with a little blue paint left here and there. After years of non-use, old grease and motor oil had collected dirt and dust as well as plenty of spider dung.
Mother Nature certainly woke up on the wrong side of the bed this past Memorial Day weekend. That spring storm dropped a
lot of rain and brought some serious winds. And while the weekend was a washout, there is a silver lining to the story.