Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

Above, Pop Moore canoe built by Bill Shamel and donated by Joel Gott to the Save the Maine Bear Hunt. It was auctioned off at their fundraising banquet Saturday August 9. The proud new owner is standing beside Mark Gray and John and Bean Arcaro. Dale Tobey is in the background. (Submitted photo).

Another great week in Grand Lake Stream but there is a touch of sadness in the air as the summer season is moving along. School is starting in many districts in late August or very early September. This past week held a special surprise in the Grand Lake Stream Village Church. Four of Elaine Berger’s grandchildren started the service with a rousing “My Country Tis of Thee”. The children’s names are Blaine, Wilhelmina, Georgianna and Bennett Rose Harsh.  It was a joy to see and hear the children’s enthusiasm and spirit.  Later in the service yours truly had the opportunity to provide a children’s story. Pastor Ray had a spirited lesson based on sound Christian teachings. Come and visit your G.L.S. Village Church to lift your spirits and see all the improvements that have been made inside.

News from the Downeast Lakes Land Trust

Earth, Wind and Fire: Hand building and Contemporary Pit Firing Pottery Class Wraps up

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was pleased to host potter Felise Levine for a multi-day primitive style pottery class. Participants began by learning basic hand building pottery techniques, producing pinch pots, as well as pieces utilizing the coil and slab methods.  After a two-week drying period, pottery students returned to decorate, create texture and burnish their pots in preparation for their firing.

The pottery was then taken to Cobscook Community Learning Center, who generously agreed to bisque fire the pieces.  While bisque firing is not a traditional step in primitive pottery making, the process assures that more pieces survive the final less controllable pit firing process.

Upon the pottery’s return, the real excitement set in, as materials as diverse as seaweed, corn husks, pine needles and cattle dung were gathered for the pit fire. “Contemporary pit firing techniques often yield remarkable surface effects on decorative ware. Vibrant and exciting colorful designs are imprinted on unglazed clay forms by dancing flames carrying fumes from selected combustible materials and chemicals.” explained Felise.

Following a night in which the pieces were baked in the pit beneath a large piece of metal roofing, the pit was unloaded. “It’s like Christmas or Channuka,” said a delighted Felise, as she engaged in the archaeological process of removing the pieces from the pit.  ”Each item is an unexpected gift!”

Coming up at the Downeast Lakes Land Trust

The Bone Orchard with Paul Doiron Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM School Building Water St, Grand Lake Stream

Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in welcoming Paul Doiron for an evening discussing his latest book, “The Bone Orchard.”  Paul Doiron is the author of the Mike Bowditch series of crime novels. His first book, The Poacher’s Son, won the Barry Award and the Strand Critics Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for an Edgar Award, an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and a Thriller Award.

The Editor Emeritus of Down East: The Magazine of Maine, Paul is native of Maine, attended Yale University and holds an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in fly fishing and lives on a trout stream in coastal Maine. “The Bone Orchard,” Paul’s fifth book in the Mike Bowditch series.

Here are two upcoming events sponsored by the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club.

September 6   Full “Harvest” Moon Ride to “Hole in the Wall” camp.  Led by Deanna Sainati and Dayle Owen.  Meet at the dam at 6:00 pm  

Hosted by Barry and Patty Weeks   RSVP Patty Weeks   603-767-4599 or email:

Rain date of September 7 same time.

September 14 Ride to and Dinner at Fox Hill Restaurant on Route 9.  Led by Carole and Bruce Minner RSVP 796-5354 by September 7 Payment in advance.  Meet at dam at 3:00 pm Dinner at 5:00 pm

Rain date:  September 15    if raining, group will drive to restaurant.

Here is the latest from the Farm Cove Snorkeler/Hermit.

“Rock of Ages.” My youngest son checks on me every month; a four hundred mile ride from southern Maine. Each visit he helps me with chores that require an extra set of hands. “What’s on the docket Dad?” he asked last weekend. “Let’s measure the rock I am pointing at.”

He gave me that look but hauled over the extension ladder. According to my 50’ tape the boulder was 15’ high and 35’ around the center.

The annual meeting of the Grand Lake Stream Historical Society will be held on August 27, 2014 at the James Bright School House at 7:00. Jackie and Duane Nelson will do a presentation on old post cards of Grand Lake Stream. Come and be part of this annual event and listen and learn from this informative presentation.

Remember to send in your stories of what is happening in your life and family!

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough   207-796-2286.