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Dave McCullough

On Saturday, May 21, join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Grand Lake Stream ATV Club for the 2nd Annual Community and Forest Clean-Up.  After a long downeast winter, trash can build up along roadsides in the Farm Cove Community Forest and around Grand Lake Stream.  Environmental stewardship and the generosity of local residents are very important to small communities in the Downeast Lakes region.  Show your support and come out to help clean up the community, as we usher in the warm spring weather!  Participants should meet at the Grand Lake Stream School Building at 8:30 am to receive trash bags and get their area assignment.  After the clean-up, “pickers” will be treated to a hearty lunch of soup, served in handmade, souvenir bowls.  This event is fun for the whole family! For more information or to pre-register for this community event, please contact Downeast Lakes Land Trust at (207) 796 – 2100 or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org

The Women to Women are planning another yard sale, June 17 and 18!  Please save all your stuff!  The Women would love to have it!  If you need to drop some treasures off or need to have something truly amazing or even ordinary picked up please call Sue Whitely 796-0888 or Elaine Brown 796-5269 and they will assist.  Also mark your calendars , come find some treasures and have lunch!

Again, another successful fishermen family and friends breakfast! They came from Brookton,   Belfast  and we saw many familiar faces from the various lodges in GLS.  There was great representation from local families as well. I would like to thank all who made this day possible with their help from setting up, cleaning up and all in between from flipping pancakes, serving , baking and the washing of the dishes. Thanks to everyone! Thanks Elaine, for all your leadership.

Harvesting Economic Impact: $650,000 Awarded To The Town Of Grand Lake Stream From A Completed New Markets Tax Credit Cycle, by CEI Capital Management LLC

 Collaboration among CEI Capital Management, the Town of Grand Lake Stream, Northern Forest Center, The Lyme Timber Company LP., Downeast Lakes Land Trust, Bangor Savings Bank & US Bancorp preserves forestland, way of life. 

The Town of Grand Lake Stream has been granted $650,000 to apply to future housing, economic development, and community facilities projects that sustain the traditional jobs and way of life for this rural community. 

The grant, announced by CEI Capital Management today, is the last phase of a 2009 New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing here that protected 22,000 acres of forestland to support the outdoor recreation industry, including sporting camps and lodges and professional guiding. It is an industry that is central to the economic way of life in the Downeast Lakes Region of Maine. 

As one of the community benefits incorporated into the NMTC financing, The Lyme Forest Fund (an investment fund sponsored by The Lyme Timber Company LP) donated a total of 132 acres of land to the Town for the development of light industry and housing, and the Town was able to purchase an additional 50 acres at a discount for future mixed use development.  The new $650,000 grant to the Town was made possible by the successful repayment of the NMTC financing.

For the residents of Grand Lake Stream, a small community in Washington County, the newly announced grant equips them to maintain control of their destiny.  “This entire project has been a big win for the town, and the grant is an important component that will play a huge role in securing the town’s future,” said Louis Cataldo, First Selectman of the Town of Grand Lake Stream. “The project gave us land to enable us to expand, and the grant provides the resources to make that a reality. Among other things we look forward to creating jobs for local residents, promoting residential development to attract young families to move into the town, and creating a senior citizens housing project for current and future residents.”

Cataldo added: “We are grateful to CEI Capital Management, the Northern Forest Center, Lyme Timber, and the other partners for everything they have done to make this all happen.”

National Safe Boating Week is a great way to kick off what will be a fun and safe summer on the water. From May 21 - 27, 2016, the Maine Warden Service asks boaters to pay EXTRA attention to their boating safety behaviors, and to especially ALWAYS wear their life jackets. Remember, even the most experienced boaters can fall victim to boating crashes. 

Although May is not considered to be the height of boating activity here in Maine, Safe Boating Week provides a great opportunity to remind those who are already recreating on the water to remember these important tips. Remember the dangers of springtime water temperatures. If you think you have enough time to get to your life jacket before a crash or incident, think again. More information related to the National Safe Boating Week campaign can be found here. http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/

 

Have a great week!  your humble Correspondent, Dave McCullough  207-839-4205 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com.