Grand Lake Stream

Dave McCullough

What wonderful weather we are experiencing! It is always refreshing to be reminded that when you need a helping hand a person will step up and help. Have a new truck I had not been anticipating any flat tires but a tire did blow out on West  Street this past week.  Tim Curtis and Aaron Murray stopped to lend a helping hand. Many thanks. It was much appreciated. 

I received this story from Ed and Jill McGrath: “Two teenage grand-nephews of Ed and Jill McGrath, never having traveled beyond Washington, D.C., arrived in Grand Lake Stream with their grandmother (Jill’s sister) the week before the GLS Folk Art Festival. Those who hold our Plantation dear will not be surprised by Justin’s and Jonathan’s immediate reactions to “all the trees, the wonderful air and the clear water” of West Grand Lake.  

‘On a fishing trip they witnessed a feeding eagle, a moose and a loon couple with their young chick. The boys caught bass and perch and enjoyed a delicious shore lunch with Guide Ray Sockabasin on Big Lake. They saw deer, ate lobsters at a GLS Guides dinner and worked for three days at the Festival. One day, they traveled to Lubec and Campobello. They were full of compliments of all whom they met.  After a week here, they are making plans to return again to this “awesome, amazing” place next summer. 

Here are the events being sponsored by the GLS ATV Club during August.

August 9: Trail Smoker Event. Hosted by Bob and Sandra Clark @ 4:00 pm    RSVP 796-2644  arrive anytime after 2:30 pm    See previous e-mail for further info. Rain date:  August 10 same time.

August 14     Red Rock ride and lunch at Jack’s.  Led by Mike Remillard    @ 9:00 am RSVP 796-2553    Meet at the dam, bring fuel. The club also elected new officers for the coming year.

OFFICERS FOR 2014-2015, Sue LaPlante, President; Bruce Minner, Vice-President; Al LaPlante, Trail Master; Carole Minner, Treasurer; Patty Weeks, Membership and Club Secretary; Bruce Minner and Al LaPlante – ATV Maine Representatives. With this leadership team the GLS ATV Club will continue to be a vibrant  group in Grand Lake Stream!

News from the Downeast Lakes Land Trust: The Downeast Lakes Land Trust Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of David Montague as Executive Director and Kyle Burdick as a full time forester.

David comes to the DLLT with an extensive background directly relating to its mission.  He is a registered Maine guide; has a BS in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University; and is completing a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.

Kyle Burdick is a University of Maine graduate in Forest Management.  His philosophy and priorities as a forester support the DLLT-maintenance of its working forests while protecting wildlife and their habitats. Kyle Burdick will be responsible for the management of DLLT forests and roads.

Both David and Kyle are passionate supporters of conserving natural ecosystems for multiple uses, and their skills, experiences and energy will contribute immensely to the efforts of the Downeast Lakes Land Trust to conserve our forests and lakes, for people, forever.

Up Coming Programs from the DLLT

Animal Tracking (Children Ages 6-12 years) Tues., August 12, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM School Building Water St, Grand Lake Stream. This is a free program. Children should come equipped with sensible shoes, a water bottle, a snack, sunblock and bug spray. 

Fly Casting (Children’s Program Ages 11-16). Thurs., August 7, 2014 - 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM School Building Water St, Grand Lake Stream.  This is a free program.  If possible, students should bring their own tools and equipment. However, no tools or equipment are required to participate.

Moose Calling with Roger Lambert Friday, August 15, 2014 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM School Building Water St, Grand Lake Stream. Roger Lambert is one of Maine’s top moose callers.  Attendees to this free program will learn various moose calls as well as moose biology and lore from this master of the Maine woods.

For more information regarding programs, please contact the Downeast Lakes Land Trust by calling 207-796-2100 or by emailing

I keep hearing of environmentalists pushing for more laws, rules and regulations. A visit to Maine would educate everyone how we care for most of our land and water. People make the difference!

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