Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

Here are some reflections of this summer at Grand Lake Stream now that it’s officially coming to a close this month.  What beautiful weather was sent our way to GLS!  If you love the sun, the summer could not have been nicer. The town seemed especially busy with activities sponsored by the various groups. To name a few:  the GLS  ATV Club social and riding events, the Folk Arts Festival bringing folks from all over the country enjoying crafts, specialty foods and music for several days, the July 4th Celebration with great floats and other activities and  the annual meeting of the Land Trust. Committees addressed local issues surrounding the West Grand Dam, the Fire Department proudly showing off their new improved building and training skills as well as the fishermen bringing in good fish from the stream and lake.  The area guides picked up sports at the Pine Tree Store which provided food, fuel and a friendly smile (one day they made 25+ pizzas for the school activities plus serving the public and packing lunches for fishermen going out). The large ukulele band under the direction of Bill Shamel performed on numerous occasions with singing and foot stomping as an extra treat! As an older summer resident it has been comforting to know that the relationship with the Township for EMS services and mutual cooperation in firefighting seems to get stronger as time marches on. THANK YOU TOWNSHIP!!  Behind all this activity are great people who live full time as well as the seasonal residents in this beautiful area of this great state of Maine.

The last Wednesday evening community picnic for 2016 was held with 34 folks in attendance at the Farm Cove Dam. A beautiful evening with a gentle breeze and lots of food and conversation. The roads and trail 517 were in good shape and folks came by auto and ATV. Several participated who had not attended before. WELCOME!! This is a great tradition and way to meet your neighbors. Already looking forward to the picnics of 2017.

Be sure and participate in all the activities planned for this weekend by the Land Trust and the ATV Club including a spaghetti dinner on Friday. Call the Land Trust 796-2100 or Sue at Chet’s Camps for more details or review last weeks column.

“IT’S A BIRD; IT’s a PLANE, NO??? It’s the new super hero of Grand Lake Stream. A few days ago ladies were sitting on a porch on the west side of the cove as you enter the dam area. While they enjoyed the view a rather large turtle surfaced and grabbed the foot of a duck which was part of a spring gaggle. “OOOOO” the ladies screamed! Around the corner came our new super hero, tall, handsome, lean and distinguished ready to correct an injustice! Quick as a flash of lightening the hero grabbed the turtle’s neck and plucked the duckling’s foot from the turtle’s mouth.  He sent the turtle on its way and the duckling swam to its mother who was very distraught. The ladies went back to enjoying the pleasant view and lemonade. Our own Grand Lake Stream Super Hero!!!! One more rescue like that and we will commission him with his own cape.

Several times in the past few years there has been a need by someone to get a tire fixed or a mechanical service. Such was my case so I went to Princeton on a Sunday and visited “Ollie’s” service just on the left as you cross the bridge into Princeton. The tire was repaired well and we were on the road again. Stop by sometime and get the details on hours, phone etc.

Some of you will recall the tragic death of my relative, William Blake Marston, a Navy Seal who died in a parachute exercise in January, 2015. He is the son of my close cousin, Nancy Irving Marston and her husband, Bill Marston. Blake was a member of Seal Team 6, stationed in Virginia Beach, VA. He  served 2 combat tours in Afghanistan and was highly decorated. Blake is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He grew up in Bedford, NH and Concord, NH and graduated from Stonehill College.

His longtime family friend, Mark Girardin, will make a solo 30 day bicycle tour later this month from the Seal Base in Coronado, CA to the Seal Base in Virginia Beach, VA. He is doing this in Blake’s honor and to help raise $50,000 for the 31 Heroes Project, which was Blake’s favorite charity.

I am contacting you in hope that you will support this very worthy cause by soliciting any business you may be acquainted with for a corporate donation, or to make a personal donation.

The 31 Heroes Project provides assistance to family members of the 31 service members killed in Afghanistan in August, 2011, many of whom were Navy Seals. This charity also raises money for the treatment of traumatic brain injuries and. P.T.S.D.

You can learn more about Blake Marston, the bicycle tour and the 31 Heroes Project at Donations in any amount can also be made at this site.

Thank you for your support. Howard Irving

The annual “Smoker” event sponsored by the GLS ATV Club was held at the home of Bob and Sandy Clark on the shores of Big Lake. Wonderful company, outstanding food and a special extra by having the ukulele band from Grand Lake Stream! Become a member of the GLS ATV Club not just to go ATV’ing but to also participate some of the best social events in the area.


Your Humble correspondent; Dave McCullough (with literary guidance from Jenifer) contact info: 207-839-4205 or