Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough


Walking up the driveway, arm in arm, the three kids pictured are singing away. Their song is TOMORROW from the musical Annie.  The hopes and dreams of a fantastic future dance in their heads. (Painting by Tom Brennan).

This Wednesday, September 7th is the last of the summer pot luck dinners. It will be held at the Farm Cove Dam with folks gathering at 4:00. As always bring a dish to contribute, a chair and news to share with friends. For further details contact Nancy Cornwall or Dave McCullough. Come by ATV or auto. There will be plenty of parking.

Remember that this weekend is the ATV Trail Smoker at the home of Bob and Sandy Clark. The event is held on Saturday, social time at 2:00 p.m and dinner served at 5:00 p.m. When asked about some words for this event he said; “Only news is we are trying to get the GSL Uke Club to join us again this year to enjoy the company, food and play a few songs. The menu this year will include smoked amberjack (a Florida game fish that usually goes 15- 35 pounds). Amberjacks are known in Florida as “reef donkeys” because of their incredible tackle twisting strength. They also resemble our moose being superb table fare grilled or smoked”. Hope to see many folks attend this ATV event! 

Have you been out riding in the back roads and come across a strange looking device near a beaver dam or flowage. It might be a beaver deceiver! Enjoy the following details: With the abundance of wetlands in Maine providing quality wildlife habitat for a variety of species, regional staff are in consultation with many landowners regarding the management of wetlands, particularly with those that change under the influence of beaver.

Good road design and recreational trapping help minimize beaver related complaints, but at some chronic problem sites, a beaver deceiver is a viable long-term option. This structure, when property installed using good materials, can help achieve a water level that is acceptable to the beaver and the abutting landowners or road commissioner.

Biologists in Region A-Gray have installed several of these, including one last week in South Berwick at a high value wetland owned by the Great Works Regional Land Trust. This structure utilizes a plastic culvert and heavy duty fencing installed in the beaver dam, allowing water to drain to a lower level. Three staff and 6 volunteers worked the better part of a rainy day on this installation. Any alteration of a beaver dam requires consultation with IFW.

Timing is also critical to minimize short term impact on wildlife. August and September are the best months to install a beaver deceiver. Costs vary based upon size of structure needed, but most installations cost under $400 for materials. The landowner is responsible for purchasing materials. The more suitable materials you can salvage, the lower the cost. 

Some Animal Damage Control Agents deployed by MDIFW staff, are trained in the installation of beaver deceivers. For more information on wetland management, call a wildlife biologist at your nearest IFW regional office. By Scott Lindsay, IFW Wildlife Biologist.

A pleasant evening unfolded on September 2nd as Penny Guisinger presented her new book, Postcards From Here. She read several stories and observations from her book. Thanks, Land Trust for sponsoring this event.

A date reminder! Tower Hill Trail Hike, Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Don’t forget the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is September 16-18, with tons of family friendly outdoor opportunities taking place around the state! Thanks Emily MacCabe for this info. The event closest to Grand Lake Stream is as follows.

As part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, on Saturday, September 17th, DLLT is hosting a hike along the newly created “Tower Hill Trail.”  Visit the historic Grand Lake Stream fire tower.  Meet at the Grand Lake Stream Dam parking lot at 9:00 a.m.  For more information, please call DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email

When possible I like to attend the GLS ATV meeting and am always impressed at how well the meetings flow. Congratulations to the ATV leadership! If you enjoy your ATV and all the social events as part of the ATV Club take the time to attend their planning and business meetings!

The descendants of Henry and Maude Wilkins McLaughlin held their annual family reunion at the Brown Homestead in Grand Lake Stream.  Attending from Grand Lake Stream were:  Jane Brown Shepard, John and Elaine Brown,Joyce Brown, Pam Gallager, and Angie Cole.  From Baileyville: Jim and Vicki McLaughlin, Billy and Vickie McLaughlin, Betty and Larry Newman and Melinda Burke.  From TWP.: Ebonica, Saybre and Kobe Newman and Sara. From Calais: Rita McLaughlin, Butch and Linda McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin,and Gaynor Nelson. From Holden: David, Hanna, Lucas and Natasha McLaughlin andFancy From Freeport: Don and Nan Pummill. From Santa Monica: Vonda and Jack Froom and Brianna Shepard. From San Diego: Luana and Jim Carroll From Natick Ma.: Darna, Axel and Rayne Brown Nelson, and Erik (Chris) Brownstein. From Mendon, Ma.: Duane and Jackie Nelson and Rova. 

It was especially nice to have Nan and Don join us after such a long time with encouraging news concerning Jeannine.  The Hail Marys are still on their way Jeannine.        

Princeton Rod & Gun Club. Youth Field Day (Ages 8-15)- Saturday, September 17- 10am-3pm. Location: Greenland Point Rd., Princeton. FMI Contact: Tina Crowe  207-796-2147 or Ruth Curtis 207-796-0821

Tour Our Trails Weekend: Grand Lake Stream ATV Club on September 24 and 25, 2016. Saturday night supper at the school house will be $10 per person and include homemade lasagna, fresh garden salad, homemade rolls, and ice cream, brownies, and hot fudge. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. Following dinner, there will be musical entertainment, followed by bingo with prizes. A 50/50 raffle will be held. Riders and non-riders welcome. Reservations needed. Please call or email Sue LaPlante by September 15 at 207-796-5557 or for more information and reservations


Your Humble correspondent, Dave McCullough 796-2286 or