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Dave McCullough

Top of this week’s activities is the two day yard sale in the basement of the School House Building starting Friday and Saturday from 9 to 3. Contact Elaine Brown for donations and further details.  This sale is sponsored by the Women to Women Group. The proceeds will be used to purchase and install new seating in the playground area.

Let’s take a look at the July 4th events that are just around the corner! Can you imagine that July 4th is only two weeks from this Friday? “My how time flies when you are having fun”. Fun and enjoyment for us is to be looking forward to a great summer here with Nolan. Nolan is working on another idea for his July 4th Parade float. How is your float coming? Remember that the parade forms at the GLS cemetery by 10:30 with a staring time of 11:00 sharp.

Let’s review the day’s activities. There will be an opening service at the Guide’s Wharf at 8:00 to give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy in America.  Also at 8:00 the breakfast begins  held in the bottom floor of the School House Building. Breakfast is open until 10:00. The 5K race will be registering in front of the DLLT building starting by 8:00.  Following the race and the closing of the breakfast folks should take their favorite place to watch the “Best Parade by a Dam Site in America”! Following the parade is the opening ceremony and the food tent will be open for traditional BBQ Foods and new this year will be delicious lobster rolls. The traditional frog race and pie eating contest will follow as well as the horse shoe tossing contest.  This event’s registration and game will commence.

The evening event will feature the delicious BBQ Chicken dinner put on by the Grand Lake Stream Guides and at 7:00 will be the well -known band featuring the Keltic Schmeltic music until 8:45.  A great evening of food and music!  Following the music you may go to the dam and watch the shorefront owners  provide a display of fireworks to end a fun filled day of food, games and music. There are “July 4th informational Tri-Folds” available at the Pine Tree Store. See you there.

News from the Downeast Lakes Land Trust

Foresters for the Birds Lands in Maine

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to welcome the Forest Guild for a workshop on Forest Management for Maine Birds on May 30th. The Foresters for the Birds program is a silviculture-based landowner outreach tool that helps foresters use birds to tell the story about how forest management activities can help enhance migratory songbird breeding habitat. Designed so that the birds tell the story, the program encourages woodland owners in a positive manner to take stewardship steps on their property. This program has been successfully underway in Vermont and is expanding to other states, including Maine.

Foresters met at the School Building in Grand Lake Stream and learned about the program’s goals as well as brushed up on their bird identification skills.  Speakers included Sally Stockwell from Maine Audubon, and  Amanda Mahaffey from the Forest Guild. They explained local efforts to revamp the tool for Maine’s forest and ownership landscape, outlining the partnership between Maine Audubon  the Forest Guild and others.  Touring the DLLT’s spruce-fir-hemlock stands, they introduced participants to the potential use of this tool on large ownerships dominated by softwoods.

“It’s a new way to talk to land holders about habitat values that we’ve been trying to address with them all along.  It will broaden the conversation about habitat beyond just managing for game.” said one participant.

Up-Coming Events:

When Maine was California: How Earthquakes and Volcanoes Made the Maine We Know and Love. Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm School Building, Grand Lake Stream

The Last Great Walk—Book Discussion with Wayne Curtis. Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Grand Lake Stream Historical Society

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-796-2286 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com