Grand Lake Stream

Town News

Dave McCullough

Now that the voting is over I am eternally thankful we do have a relatively free society where citizens can participate in the selection process of those who represent us!

November 2nd was a wild day in Grand Lake Stream with 10” or more of snow, lost power, high winds and lots of trees down.  Folks on the west side of the stream were out of power for 10 hours or so and the Bonny Brook road also was out of power for several hours. Thank goodness November 3rd was more of a normal early winter day with temps above freezing and melting taking place.

The Farm Cove Hermit has a story to tell this week.    

BAD SAMARITAN   Sound asleep, ‘Bang, Bang Bang’!  Jolted awake I hollered “Stop pounding on that door, what do you want”?  No answer. Grabbing my flashlight I went to the back-door and yanked it open.  The figure standing there said “we are lost and out of gas”.  Shadow Man on the ground repeated their plight.  Both seemed very up-set.  “How’d you get here”?   “By boat we’re at the beach.”  “Where’d you come from”?  They named a sporting camp down town. 

On the way down I asked a series of questions.  Did they have a plan - notify anyone of a return time – call phone – lake map – check with a camp owner if they got lost?  “No” to all my questions.  I mentioned the Boy Scout Moto: “Be prepared”!  Little conversation followed.  I did learn one was an electrical engineer, the other owned his own business.

Arrival at our destination they thanked me and offered to pay – I just took off.

Driving back to camp I reflected how rude and uncivil I was.  There is an unwritten Maine ethics law:  “You render assistance to those in trouble and seek aid for them”!  Next time and there will be a nest time, I’ll be the Good Samaritan or my name isn’t The Hermit.  Thought for the day:  Kindness is its own reward.   

Louie Cataldo has prepared an information paper on “Rebuilding our Historic Boathouses”. If you did not receive a copy of this sheet call the Town Office and request the same.  The next meeting of the LUCP Commissioners is on November 12th and will decide the fate of the burned boathouses.  Louie hopes the Commissioners will hold their meeting in Grand Lake Stream. Call the GLS Town office or the Downeast Lakes Land Trust for details. A strong attendance at the meeting is a signal to the Commissioners of how important the Historic Landmarks are along our waterfront.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust Honored with Prestigious State Award

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust was presented with the Maine Department of  Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Conservation Land Owner of the Year Award in a ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center on October 21 hosted by the Department’s Landowner and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board.

Nominated by the Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA), Executive Director Don Kleiner said, “We were delighted to nominate the Downeast Lakes Land Trust because of their interest and willingness to see Maine Guides and other recreational users of the land base as a critical part of the future. Their vision includes guides as an important part of … the future of the land they manage. The DLLT sustainably manages…for wildlife habitat, forest products, and public recreation. DLLT provides guides and sporting camps an environment that supports their continued success, contributing to the preservation  of the heritage and culture of Grand Lake Stream.”

The IF&W’s Landowner/Land User Awards highlight the positive relationship between landowners and users across the state. “Over 90% of Maine’s land is privately owned. Outdoor enthusiasts rely on the generosity of private landowners to allow public access to their land. Additionally, the responsible and appropriate use of private land by various user groups has helped to build relationships between landowners and land user groups, which allow many outdoor recreational opportunities to flourish. The IF&W Landowner Relations Program seeks to maintain Maine’s unique heritage and ensure that the outdoor recreational opportunities available today, will continue to be available to future generations.” said Shon Theriault, Game Warden Captain for the Maine Warden Service.

Community Group Advises on Yacolucci Woods

The Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) was pleased to host members of the Waite and Talmadge communities to an initial planning session regarding the Yacolucci Woods.   Education and Communications Manager Tanya Rucosky introduced DLLT with a presentation highlighting the Trust’s goals and philosophy, which emphasize conserving both the local forest economy as well as the environment. “We understand we are a large land owner, and we want to do our utmost to be a good neighbor.” said Rucosky.  “Though we are a charity, we pay property taxes.  We also maintain our roads and invite people to come and use the properties we have conserved for hunting, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling and all the other outdoor activities Mainer’s enjoy.  Yacolucci Woods will be managed similarly.”

The question posed to the members of the community was, “How should Yacolucci Woods be managed in terms of silviculture, vehicular access, parking, signs and trail development?”  Attendees drove to the 100 acre Yacolucci Woods, which was given to the DLLT by Bob Yacolucci in early 2014, to see the property first hand. “I’ve hunted through here,” said Talmadge resident Steve Follette, “Any changes to the management plan we make, it’s important we respect the wishes of Mr. Yacolucci, who made this possible.”

Have a wonderful week and do a good deed each day!! Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough 207-839-4205