Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

Following the Grand Lake Stream Guides’ Association meeting this past week they determined the following schedule for the dinner meals on Friday and Saturday of the Folk Arts Festival weekend. Friday evening (7-29) will be their famous BBQ chicken dinner for only $18.00 and Saturday night (30th) will be their delicious “LOBSTA” dinner for $20. Serving times each evening will be 5:30 first serving and 6:30 for the second. Tickets are available at the Pine Tree Store or contact a member of the Guides’ Association.

Remember that a Sunday morning visit to the Village Church in Grand Lake Stream is a great way to start your week. A nice crowd gathered on this past Sunday. Come join the gathering at 9:15 Am and get your week off to a caring start.

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the 21,870 acre West Grand Lake Community Forest (WGLCF), completing an eight-year, $19.4 million campaign and fulfilling a 370,000 acre community-led conservation vision in the Downeast Lakes region.  

“Serious Skills for Boys & Girls” meets this Thursday morning and heads out on West Grand Lake for a morning of fishing!  Bring your fishing pole and tackle.  Next Tuesday, July 19, “Explorations and Adventures” learns all about bats.  Discover this unique mammal and all of its adaptations, and then learn how to build a “bat box” to provide shelter for these important creatures.  For more information on weekly children’s education programs, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100, or email

Moonlight Paddle on Big Musquash: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On Tuesday, July 19th, experience an annual summertime treat in Grand Lake Stream: a moonlight paddle on Big Musquash Stream!  Join DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown for a flatwater expedition through one of Maine’s finest wetland ecosystems, under the light of the full moon.  This waterway is the eastern boundary of the West Grand Lake Community Forest and is home to a variety of wildlife and rare plants.  Paddlers will meet at Big Musquash Bridge on Milford Road at 7 pm.  Interested participants should bring their own canoe or kayak, personal floatation device, and paddle.  For more information, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

Thanks again and see you this Thursday morning!

The Wednesday evening Community Pot Luck Supper has continued this year with great success. Folks gather at the Guides’ Wharf at 5:00 pm where float boats are available (or bring your own watercraft) to take you to the picnic site. This Wednesday the plan calls for the picnic to be held at Irving’s Beach. If rain is eminent the event will be canceled. Contact Bob or Sandy Clark, Andrea Swift or Dave McCullough for further details. All are welcome to participate. Bring a dish of your choice, a portable chair, sun glasses and a smile to share with everyone!! See you there!

“Each summer, biologists and volunteers capture and band approximately 500 Canada geese in Maine as part of a region-wide effort to monitor and manage populations throughout the eastern United States. This week, I joined our staff in western Maine as we located, rounded -up, captured, banded and released two good sized flocks of Canada geese. The team consisted of Biologist Kelsey Sullivan (and his young son Frank), Biologist Kyle Ravana, Regional Wildlife Biologists Chuck Hulsey and Bob Cordes, District Game Warden Kris MacCabe, Fish and Wildlife Technicians Lisa Bates and Matt O’Neal, two students from local colleges and two local volunteers.” Info from IF&W.

It may be summer now but fall is right around the corner in Maine and with fall comes our 4th annual OGT Fall Fun shoot at Scarborough Fish and Game on Sunday September 25th, 2016 (9am start).  This event will sell out so you don’t want to wait till the last minute to sign up.  Come join the Wardens, Marine Patrol and State Police compete for the annual “Guardian Cup” award.  As in the past SFG is allowing us to use their top notch 100 bird sporting clay course to host this event with all funds going to benefit OGT’s mission of protecting all of Maine’s resources by issuing rewards for reports of illegal poaching activities throughout the state of Maine. Major Sponsors: LL Bean, Cabelas, and Kittery Trading Post filled the shooter bags with goodies worth 75$.  A 20$ KTP Gift Card, an LL Bean custom LED Hat, and a Cabela’s deer blind chair will be given to all early registrants by September 1st.  You must register by Sept 1st to receive this great giveaway bag.

SOUNDS OF SILENCE by the Hermit: “I live in two different worlds.  I can’t control seven of the twelve months because it is dominated by microchip devices and constant noise.  The other five are by “sounds of silence” and no regulation is necessary.

One environment is urban and the other deep woods. Arriving at camp this spring I was beyond ready for peace, quiet and solitude.  Here, long periods of quiet are broken only by the sounds I can usually identify such as a large variety of birds as well as wind, water and trees with their own harmony and cadence.  Add to this the constant visual landscape changes (nature’s light show) and the star spangled night sky which is invisible in urban areas where it’s never dark.  The audio and visible displays at camp sooth, relax and restore – the sounds of silence.

T.V. hammers us with ads and commentaries about the long term impact of diet and exercise.  Nothing is reported about damage to our system by exposure to loud noise (some of which is self-administrated).

The experience of Grand Lake Stream and surrounding areas is health food for mind and body.  We have both space and silence to spare and share.  Spread the good news.  Be a long time before we need a traffic light on Water Street!”  (Thanks Hermit for your thoughtful articles)


Your Humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough  207-796-2286 or