Grand Lake Stream

Andrea Swift opened our First Annual Wreaths across Grand Lake Stream with a beautiful grave side prayer in honor of all our loved ones that we have lost.  Veterans Sam Sprague and Jack Perkins had the honor of laying the first wreath on the grave of a Vietnam Veteran, Kenneth Batista.  He was the last veteran to pass in Grand Lake Stream.  Thanks to all who made this dream possible! (Photo submitted by David McCullough).

Dave McCullough

Here are some excerpts from the Facebook page of Karen Sprague. “For those of you that have not heard, My Kenny sustained a serious fall on the 26th.  After a great response from the ambulance and the CRH ER staff he was life Flighted to EMMC.  It has been a world wind week but we are progressing forward and anticipating a winter of rehab, mostly at home after his rehab in Bangor.  He has had his hip repaired, his left forearm and some repair around his eyes; his jaw is wired for 6 to 8 weeks.  Monday he will have another surgery around his upper lip…… this point I do not have the time to thank all of you that have done everything we have needed including a beautiful wreath on our door.  You can send letters to our home address but Kenny cannot answer you at this time so calls are out.  I will try to post updates from time to time. We are grateful that he will be able to mend, it could have been much worse.  Thank you for your prayers.”

On Wednesday evening, November 28, 2012 my son Sean and I drove to the Frontier Café and Cinema in Brunswick to view the new film that is part of the promotion of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust. The film was comprised of beautiful scenes from the air, land and water and many local people expressing their views about the purposes and work of the Land Trust. Some of the highlights of the evening and film for me are as follows.

Mark Berry provided an excellent overview of the Land Trust and how it was formed and what the Trust has been able to accomplish thru the years and the challenges facing the future.  Over the years I have heard that Bob Upham frequently whistled as he walked about town and the movie displayed some of Bob’s fine whistling tunes.  Chris Wheaton and Dale Tobey represented the image of a Maine guide very well with a “no nonsense” approach to their points of view. Various other elements of Grand Lake Stream were represented by the knitting group and town officials. Lee Whitely expressed his perspective clearly in a beautiful setting overlooking the stream. Grand Lake Stream has much to be proud of and the formation of the Downeast lakes Land Trust and its work is an excellent example. 

The underwriters for the film are:

Bangor Savings Bank

CEI Capital Management

Judy & Rich Guggenhime

Jerold & Pam Hamza

Lyme Forest Fund


Mark Berry spoke of his experience in this way, “It was great to see the film and so many of the people from Grand Lake Stream that has dedicated their energies to conservation, on a big screen.  It was nice to talk about our community and our work with some people who love Grand Lake Stream, and to meet new friends of conservation in Maine.”

Also of additional note:

Dale Tobey and Mark Berry were the featured guests on the “Maine Outdoors” radio program on Sunday, December 2nd, on WVOM 103.9, for a discussion about Downeast Lakes Land Trust.  

The 10th Annual Memory Tree will be held on December 9th at 5:00 pm.  Come and join your neighbors in Celebrating the Holiday by placing an ornament in memory of someone loved and lost.  This event is held at the home of Damon and Linda Curtis on Water Street.  After the lighting and dedication there will be refreshments served.  Thanks Damon and Linda for doing this event!!

In reviewing last week’s column I see that my computer played some tricks.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Have a joy filled week:  Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-839-4205