Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


Another delicious pot luck community dinner this past Wednesday evening hosted by Bruce and Gwen Dubee at their beautiful location on Big Lake. A nice breeze ensured no flying insects and pleasant temperatures made for an ideal setting.  Thanks Gwen and Bruce for being such welcoming hosts! This coming Wednesday Lance and Helen Rogers will be hosting the event at the “Timberlee Camp” off the Farm Cove Dam Road. Their scenic location is in “The Gut” just as you enter Farm Cove after going by Caribou Rock.  If you need more travel details, please call Andrea Swift or Dave McCullough. Travel by auto, ATV or boat. Plenty of docking or parking as needed. People start gathering at 5:00. Bring a dish of food to contribute to the pot luck and a foldable chair. Everyone is welcome. See you there!

On Thursday, August 4th there was a gathering of people interested in discussing the issues circulating around about the West Grand Lake Dam. Congressman Bruce Poliquin was in attendance with state and local government officials and union and mill personal from the “mill” in Baileyville. I counted about 85 people in attendance but as the meeting was held outside people moved around and the number is subject to validation. The Federal Government is establishing criteria for dams that is very expensive. The dam in GLS is critical to the flow of water and levels throughout the entire region and supports hundreds of jobs around the surrounding area. The bottom line is that the dam at Grand Lake Stream has been doing the job for over 100 years under the direction of agencies in Maine. Let’s keep it under Maine oversight rather than imposing another federal overlay of regulations. Letters to national and state elected officials would be helpful. (See photo).

Did you notice the large celebration in the air this past Tuesday? August 2nd was mid-summer day and the absence of a celebration is heart warming! Where has this summer gone?

If my records are correct there is a store owner who has a birthday this week! Happy Birthday B______.

Serious Skills for Boys & Girls - August 11 – Meet a Game Warden – DLLT is pleased to have Warden Brad Richard host an in-depth look into the daily life and career of a Maine Game Warden.

Explorations and Adventures - August 16 – Pocumcus Trail Hike – Join DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown for an interpretive hike along DLLT’s Pocumcus Trail.

Medicinal Plant Walk and Workshop

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

On Wednesday, August 10th, Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to be hosting a “Medicinal Plant Walk and Workshop.”  Amy Zipperer will lead a plant identification walk around Grand Lake Stream, discussing various medicinal properties and uses of common plants native to the Downeast Lakes region.  Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 5 pm.  A resident of Eastport, Amy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Dogwood Herbs.  For more information, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

Don’t forget to join DLLT this upcoming weekend for the annual outdoor races!  On Saturday, August 13th, DLLT is pleased to be hosting Baxter Outdoors for the “Downeast Lakes 5-Miler” – A gorgeous, 5-mile trail run along DLLT’s Little Mayberry Cove Trail.  Registration starts at 8:30 am and the race begins promptly at 10 am.  The next day, Sunday, August 14th, DLLT hosts the 12th Annual West Grand Lake Race.  This paddle race covers distances of 4, 6, and 12 miles, along with a shorter kids race.  Registration starts at 9:15 am and includes a t-shirt and cookout lunch after the race.  Bring your running shoes for Saturday and your boat and paddle for Sunday!  For more information on these events, please call Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email Many Thanks! Colin Brown

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