Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

What a great relief on the wood pile this past week has been.  Every day the temperature was above freezing and several days in the low fortys! With firewood in tight supply, it took good luck to find a couple cords to hold in reserve should the more seasoned wood run out by springtime. A quick look at the forecast over the next 10 days looks like more very cold weather coming our way. It is this cold weather that makes ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing and a snowman possible.

Speaking of snowmobiling here is a note from Andrea, President of the West Grand Snowmobile club.

The Snowmobile Club will be hosting a fund raising Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 29th from 5 to 6:30 pm at the School House. There is a cost. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat balls, salad, garlic bread, dessert, coffee or tea. The club is open weekends from 10:00-2:00 pm for brunch and lunch.  The Snowmobile Club also has started collecting returnables as a fund raiser.  Leave the bottles at the Club House on weekends.  

In a conversation with The Pine Tree Store owner, Laurel Farrell she mentioned that the store will be opening on January 30 to be ready for ice fishing season.  A shipment of gas has been delivered. More details to follow.

The Women to Women group has had great success by opening the Schoolhouse on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 to 12:00 for coffee, conversation and exercise.  They are hoping everyone will stop to pick up their mail and come in to have a cup of coffee, visit with their neighbors and try out all the wonderful equipment in the town exercise room!  

Up Coming Events from the Downeast Lakes Land Trust: Trees in Winter. Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 1:00 PM, Town Building. Water St, Grand Lake Stream

Identifying a dormant tree is not nearly as complicated as it might seem at first glance. Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s forester, Kyle Burdick on a hike through the winter woods and learn to identify local trees by their branches, bark, and buds

Nature Club Starts at Area Schools

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to launch after school Nature Clubs at Indian Township and  Woodland Elementary this week. Nineteen students gathered to start a winter garden at Peter Dana Point, on Tuesday. Students collected and rinsed out milk cartons to use as recycled starter pots.  They then planted nasturtiums, spinach, lettuce, peas and sunflowers.  “I didn’t know there were flowers your could eat!” enthused one student as she planted nasturtiums. 

“I’ve never seen kids, so excited about spinach before,” said DLLT Education and Communications Manager Tanya Rucosky. “Kids growing their own food empowers them and builds their willingness to make healthy food choices.”

At Woodland Elementary, seventeen students donned blindfolds and adventured out into the woods holding each other’s shoulders in a long caterpillar to explore with their less commonly used senses. 

Students explored with their fingers and noses everything from birch conks, to robin nests  and beaver chews to woodpecker holes. Even without their sight, the nature club identified beaver jaws, old man’s beard, and chaga. 

“Both these groups are imbued with a huge amount of energy and knowledge, and I am looking forward to our next adventures,” said Rucosky.  

Nature clubs will meet once a week at Indian Township and Woodland, and will begin at Princeton Elementary as well in March.

Munson Island Ice Cutting Hike—February 1st or 2nd

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 9:30 AM Munson Island, West Grand Lake Water St, Grand Lake Stream

Join DLLT for a guided snowshoe/ski/hike on West Grand Lake to Munson Island for the traditional ice harvest. Dave Tobey, Maine Guide, and Munson caretaker, will demonstrate how he cuts blocks of ice and carefully packs the ice house, providing refrigeration for the island that lasts all summer long. 

Maine Guide Dale Tobey will lead the trip. Participants will meet at the Grand Lake Stream Town Building on Water St. and carpool from there to access the lake from Whitely’s private camp partway up the shore on the Bonney Brook Rd.

Round trip over the ice to Munson Island and back is a little over 1 mile. Come prepared for the weather, and bring snacks, water or a thermos with a warm drink.  After the hike, Lee and Sue Whitely invite everyone to their camp for a cup of hot cocoa to warm up.

Please contact the DLLT or watch this website for confirmation of date. All outdoor winter activities are weather dependent – timing of the ice harvest depends on ice conditions.

Jenifer is doing well with the knee replacement surgery and while resting from therapy she saidthere are only 20 weeks before we are in Grand Lake Stream for the summer! Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough dmccull1@maine.rr.com or 207-839-4205