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Another great hike in this beautiful fall weather….

Indian Hill Moosehead Lake Bulletin

This is a very beautiful hike. You will pass three very picturesque mountain ponds in a distance of only four miles.

Directions from Greenville: Travel approximately 5.3 miles north on Route 15. Take a left on the dirt road directly across from the Forest Fire Danger level sign. (Just past the Maine Forest Service Squaw Brook Campground.) Travel a little less than a mile on this road. Look carefully for a sign on the right, which marks the trailhead. Follow the road beyond the Big Squaw trail head to the Y to the gravel pit. You will see the post headings of the trail approximately 1/2 mile from the gravel pit. Follow the trail to the edge of Little Squaw pond. Papoose Pond will be on your left. After Papoose Pond, you may follow the trail to the left which ends behind the Moose Mountain Inn or you may follow…

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Three members of the exemplary team at the Dairy Bar in downtown Greenville, left to right: Haylie Genoa, Ava Henderson & Aysia Jardine. ~Jonathan Pratt Photo

Three members of the exemplary team at the Dairy Bar in downtown Greenville, left to right: Haylie Genoa, Ava Henderson & Aysia Jardine. ~Jonathan Pratt Photo

By Jonathan Pratt

Courtesy Moosehead Matters August 20 Edition

GREENVILLE – Since 1952, the Frostieland Dairy Bar has served visitors in the Moosehead Lake Region, all with a smile under the lakeside summer sun. This year, however, stands out as extra special to Manager Darralyn Gauvin, “This has been the least stressed summer I have ever had.”

Evidence of the top-notch service exhibited by the 2013 Summer Staff can be summed up by a story from Gauvin of a recent encounter that left she, and the ladies of the Dairy Bar, smiling ear to ear.

One evening, Gauvin was shopping at Indian Hill Trading Post, when a gentleman stopped her and showered the Dairy Bar girls with praise, as he went on and on about the efficiency and teamwork he witnessed as a patron of the Dairy Bar. For her part, Gauvin thanked the man and went about her business shopping.

The next thing she knew, the gentleman returned with a bank envelope. He handed the envelope to Gauvin and asked her to give “one of these to each of the girls at the Dairy Bar.”

When she returned to the Dairy Bar, Gauvin opened the envelope and found ten fifty-dollar bills! One for each of the ten girls at the Dairy Bar. The “team” includes Aysia Jardine, Ava Henderson, Haylie Genoa, Carli Peat, Molly Foley, Miranda Drinkwater, Courtney Mann, Grace Bilodeau, Katie Perry, Kylie Roberts and Drewan Berbaker (both from Virginia).

As one can imagine, the girls were ecstatic to hear that someone had been so impressed with their work ethic and their “spirit”, they felt compelled to tip each of them in such a way.

When the girls came down from their elation, they talked it over and decided they would pay it forward by donating ten percent of the tip to a charity of their choice. And they chose the Riley Lizotte Memorial Playground.

The lesson of the day may just be that this particular gentleman picked the right group of young people to tip, and the ladies of the Dairy Bar learned just how important it is to treat everyone as a special customer, because you never know who the person on the other side of the counter may be!

If you would like to donate to the Riley Lizotte Memorial Playground Fund you can donate through PayPal email prudy @myfairpoint.net or send a check to Prudy Richards PO Box 248 Greenville, ME  04441. You can also donate your returnables and drop them off at Rick & Brenda Lavigne’s Redemption Center.

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Another Project to Improve Access for Anglers

 You may recall last winter I wrote a fishing report outlining our collaborative efforts with Elliotsville Plantation Inc (EPI) to improve access to popular fishing holes like Big and Little Benson Ponds in Bowerbank.  We received a lot of positive feedback from anglers after they learned they could once again access Big Benson Pond in the winter on their snowsleds using some of the traditional trail routes.

EPI also owns land in the Town of Elliotsville that includes some premier wild and stocked brook trout waters.  EPI representatives have been working hard to develop a trail network to these ponds and recently teamed up with the IFW and Boy Scout Troop 61 from the Parkman-Guilford area to build some canoe storage racks along the shore of three of these trout ponds.  Some of the scouts hiked in the day before from Shirley and camped overnight.  On Sunday, the team went to work using materials purchased by EPI constructing nice new racks on the shores of Little Wilson Pond, Moose Pond, and Prescott Pond.  This effort will help keep the area clean and organized while giving anglers the opportunity to once again store their canoes at these remote ponds. While the no motorized vehicle rules are still in place on this parcel, anglers can carry their canoes in and leave them on these new storage racks.  EPI simply requests that you label your canoe with your name and phone number so they can keep track of derelict boats in the future.  Anglers and hikers can park at the campsites near Little Wilson Falls then hike a little more than a mile into these great trout ponds.  This is a terrific opportunity to fish some beautiful trout ponds in a remote setting.  We hope anglers will take advantage of it.

Submitted by: Tim Obrey – Regional Fisheries Biologist

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I wish I had better news to report but the recent rainstorm and warm weather has taken a toll on our trails.  Trail Master Andy went out to inspect the Scammon Ridge Trail and reports that it is passable but to expect areas of no snow/bare ground and ice.  The Beaver Cove end of this trail is down to mud and bare ground in the area that the logging operation is working  so it will be very difficult to travel through to ITS 85/86 north.  We have suspended grooming operations due to the conditions.  I suspect that there may still be some riding out in the Lily Bay Mountain area if you have the ability to trailer up north towards Kokadjo and ride in from there.  Sounds like a possible storm next week so perhaps we can get an extension on the season.   Good Luck and Ride Safe!

John Cobb, Pres. MRSC

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Seasonal Assistant Henry Obrey with a nice trout from Up North

Submitted by Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Biologist, Moosehead Lake Region

You have to make hay while the sun shines the old saying goes, and if you’re a fisheries biologist for IFW, the time to evaluate your coldwater fisheries programs is September and October. As the water temperatures fall, brook trout and salmon begin to cruise the shoreline making them fair game for our trapnets.  Trapnetting is a sampling technique to capture a considerable number of fish to monitor age and growth. The fish are then returned to the lake unharmed.


It has been another very busy fall for the Fisheries staff in the Moosehead Lake Region.  In September, we started our fall trapnetting on a number of wild brook trout ponds in the Chamberlain Lake area.  We were very impressed with the number of quality-sized brook trout we were able to sample. Clearly there is no shortage of big trout in the North Country.


In October we turned our focus to a number of salmon waters in the Greenville area including Maine’s largest water, Moosehead Lake.  We are still netting as I write, but initial impressions are very good.  The salmon at Moosehead Lake seem to have really turned the corner. In 2008, IFW liberalized the size and bag limits on lake trout on the big lake in an effort to reduce competition for food and improve growth for both salmon and lake trout.  In the following 3 years, an estimated 80,000 lake trout were harvested by anglers.  Since then, forage has improved in the lake and we have readjusted the regulations. We have documented good smelt runs in the spring for the past several years, and both salmon and lake trout growth rates have improved each year.


We have documented similar results on First Roach Pond where salmon growth crashed after a very restrictive regulation was put in place.  We liberalized the fishing regulations and slashed the stocking rate.  This fall the salmon have shown a remarkable improvement.


These evaluations are very important for the management of the fisheries resources. Our work will determine whether a management program is working or needs refinement. It can result in stocking changes, regulation changes, and hopefully, a better fishing experience for the anglers.



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Display of “Fight Like A Girl” and “Save A Rack” T-Shirts.

By: Heidi St. Jean

GREENVILLE – The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 8,990 new diagnoses of Breast Cancer in Maine by the end of 2012. Those statistics are staggering. With numbers like these Maine ranks the highest in the nation per population. Linda Osborne of East Millinocket knows this all too well. On January 2, 2011, Linda’s mother was diagnosed. At the time Linda was in her 9th month of pregnancy with twins and at home on modified bed rest when she got the call.

“My mother, Ellen had been suffering with severe chronic hip and back pain for months. She had been to the doctor’s office, specialists, had x-rays and MRIs…and yet still no answers. The medical professional in me knew this could not be good, but the daughter in me was optimistic.” Linda stated.

Linda’s mother lost her courageous battle on July 18th of 2011 at the young age of 58 (the same age her mother lost her battle with cancer) with her family by her side.  Ellen Lakeman left behind her loving husband Willis “Mickey” Lakeman, married in 1974. Two daughters; Linda Osborne and her three children Brayden, and twins Ella & Lily. Ann Hebert and her daughter Kylie.

Linda then asked herself, “What does one do in this situation? How do you recover from such a loss?” It was then that Linda learned about the “Relay For Life” through a local softball tournament. Relay For Life is the largest fundraiser held nationwide for the American Cancer Society. The Relay For Life gave Linda an outlet to give back, at least a little, and to give more meaning to the loss of her mother. Since 2011 she has been fundraising for the ACS via the Relay For Life of the Katahdin area.

For Linda, the hope that one less family will have to go through what her family has been through makes every minute she has invested into the Relay For Life and the ACS worth it. “If one less person loses their mother, one less child cries himself to sleep at night because they miss their Grammie, or one more Grammie gets to meet their newest granddaughter…every penny I have helped to raise, every ounce of energy I have expended has been worth the time and effort. This gives me a reason and a purpose, here I can give back.”

And give back she does. Last year Linda helped raise $15,000 for Relay For Life. She designs her own “Fight Like A Girl” and “Save A Rack” T-Shirts. Indian Hill Trading Post in Greenville has generously donated their space and time to carry a line of these t-shirts, giving 100% of the profits to Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. There are also donation cans on the counters and if you wish you can write a check out to the American Cancer Society and Indian Hill will pass it on to Linda. For those of you that are familiar with the Indian Hill Employees, you will recognize Linda’s dad “Mickey” as he is affectionately called, working the counter in the Sporting Goods section of Indian Hill.

Indian Hill Trading Post is carrying the Save A Rack T-Shirts (for both men and women) and the Fight Like A Girl T-shirts. If you can’t find what you are looking for you can get in touch with Linda below for special orders. She has hoodies and long sleeved T-shirts that can be ordered here:

Save A Rack

Fight Like A Girl

Please give your support today. Remember: “Cancer never sleeps, so we won’t either.”


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By Shelagh Talbot

School Days School Days, good old Golden Rule Days. That used to be a rhyme from a long-ago time when going to school was considered more of a privilege than a right. Certainly in Greenville, as in many towns in Maine, going to school has changed dramatically over the years. The thread that ties those early years is the same however, parents wanting their children to have the best education possible in order to equip them for their lives once school days were done.

The Moosehead Historical Society has an excellent exhibit of what it was like during those early days, and traces the history of Greenville schools with a combination of artifacts and fascinating photographs and ephemera from the past. It is worth noting that although the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house will be closing for the season at the end of September, the Carriage House and the building housing the school and sports exhibits remains open all year.

The first school in Greenville, located on the East Road next to Autumn Brooke Farm was essentially a tarpaper shack – board-and-battened together with a large wood stove occupying the center of the spare-looking room. Not only was this building used for school, but also it was a public meetinghouse for those early settlers. The teacher ‘s desk was a wide board set upon saw horses. She had a large slate board for writing and students were relegated to

The first students of Greenville. From left to right in front; Mary Curtis, Eva Shaw, Florence Shaw, Hartwell Shaw, Noel Shaw and Stan Walden. In rear from left: Harold Walden and teacher Sibbyl Paine and Nora Hilton. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum.

high-backed benches that also served as desk space for them to practice on their own smaller slates. An early photograph of the Greenville school shows seven students, three of whom are barefoot, and most related to each other. No book bags or fancy iPhones for these kids, just having a pair of shoes was the big luxury back then. But despite the lack of supplies, these youngsters learned the basics – reading, writing and arithmetic – which gave them important tools to be part of the growing community of Greenville. Later the school was moved to the village at the south end of Moosehead Lake and the original building was hauled away by a team of oxen and joined to another house on Pleasant Street.

Less than half a century later, Greenville had a much larger school, located on what is now known as Pritham Avenue. Many families had moved to the area to take advantage of all the work opportunities available and the size of this large and elegant building was a testament to the progress in the area. In an 1883 math textbook it was noted, “Arithmetic was taught essentially so the student would gain skills needed in the common business of everyday life.” In those days teachers required much respect and children not paying attention could expect to be placed in a corner with a Dunce cap, or even whacked with a wooden ruler or switch. How times have changed since then! But some things remain the same. Students would stealthily write notes to each other. One note that caught this writer’s eye was as follows: “November 30,1886 – I never shall forget the fun you and me had down at that house” said the note. Hmmmm…. makes you wonder what that adventure was?

Then there was a poignant note carefully scribed in the back of another math book. It said: “Dear Katie, Twelve pleasant weeks we spent together. Soon we must part, perhaps forever. But if parted we must be, my last request is to think of me. From an Admirer.” One wonders what the backstory for that little inscription could be.

In those early days, in spite of the scribbled notes passed back and forth, school children took good care of their books and they were assigned to students year after year. McGuffy Readers were popular during that time and in the preface of the book students were admonished to keep their books neat and clean. “Your parents are very kind to send you to school. If you are good and if you try to learn, your teacher will love you and you will please your parents.” It all sounds rather quaint today, but the basic message was that school was a privilege. Most Greenville kids took that to heart. There was no such thing as school lunches. If you were close enough to school, you went home for lunch; otherwise you brought it along in a paper sack. Books were slim and small in those days and could be easily strapped together for carrying. If you were lucky you would have a pencil case to carry all your needed supplies, pencils, rulers, erasers and such. There was a place in your desk for a glass inkwell and you would learn how to carefully write your letters with a metal-nibbed pen. Good penmanship was expected and students would practice over and over to make their cursive writing something to be proud of.

First high school in Greenville – early 1900s. Photo courtesy of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum.

As the schools grew, there were sports offered as well the usual studies. Greenville had its own football team in addition to baseball and basketball. In 1934 Louis Oakes presented the Town of Greenville a magnificent brick building to replace the older schoolhouse. It is interesting that once again, that building houses K-12 Greenville students as it did almost 80 years ago.

The old schoolroom recreated at the campus of the Eveleth-Crafts-Sheridan house is well worth seeing. And you still have time between now and the end of the month to take a tour of the main house. Tours are offered Wed. through Fri. from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Carriage House is open all year from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tues. through Fri. Visit them on line at mooseheadhistory.org or email mooseheadhistory@myfairpoint.net. You may also call 207-695-2909 for more information.

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Campers span a broad range of age, ability, and ruggedness, and campsites are designed in many ways as well. Many campgrounds have sites with facilities such as fire rings, barbeque rings, utilities, shared bathrooms and laundry, as well as access to nearby recreational facilities, but not all campsites have similar levels of development. Campsites can range from a patch of dirt, to a level, paved pad with sewer and electricity.

Today’s campers have a range of comforts available to them, whether their shelter is a tent or a recreational vehicle. Those choosing to camp closer to their car (“car camping”) with a tent may have access to portable hot water, tent interior lighting and fans, and other technological changes to camping gear. For those camping in recreational vehicles (RVs), options may include air conditioning, bathrooms, kitchens, showers, and home theater systems.

Tent camping sites often cost less than campsites with full amenities, and most allow direct access by car. Some “walk-in” sites lie a short walk away from the nearest road, but do not require full backpacking equipment. Those who seek a rugged experience in the outdoors prefer to camp with only tents, or with no shelter at all (“under the stars”).

Indian Hill Trading Post is equipped with anything you might need for your next camping trip. Stop by today and see our large selection. We have new items arriving daily.

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IF&W Fisheries Biologists Jeff Bagley and Steve Seeback testing the solar panels and PIT Tag antenna

This past spring the Greenville office of the IFW teamed up with the Natural Resource Education Center at Moosehead (NREC) and was awarded a Maine Outdoor Heritage Grant to purchase solar panels to power our remote fish tracking equipment.  If you are frequent readers of these weekly fishing reports, you may recall that we have tagged hundreds of salmon and trout over the past several years on Moosehead Lake, many of which passed through our weir on the Roach River and on Socatean Stream. The antennas and dataloggers used to track these fish are powered with 12 volt batteries and are located in very remote areas, but the batteries must be re-charged twice a week. This is tough to do when there are just 3 staff members to cover the entire Moosehead Lake Region which includes nearly a quarter of a million acres of lakes and ponds and another 4,100 miles of rivers and stream.  The new solar panels will power two antennas this fall around Moosehead Lake and we will have them in the future if we are involved with other tracking studies in the remote areas of the region.

The solar panels were purchased locally at Moosehead Solar and they have been very helpful with the project. We also want to thank NREC and all the individuals and groups that have contributed to NREC’s Fisheries Internship/Enhancement Fund.  Donations to this fund have been used to support a number of great projects that directly benefit the management of the fish resources in the region.  For example, in the past 5 years this NREC fund has paid for college interns that worked under our supervision to conduct competition removal projects to improve the brook trout populations on several ponds and we have more on tap. The fund helped purchase our new fish weir which allows us to catch large number of fish in stream/river habitats. We have used the weir on both Socatean Stream and the Roach River.  This weir will be a very valuable piece of equipment for us in the future as well. Last year, NREC purchased the materials for several picnic tables that were constructed by our local Boy Scouts to create a public picnic area on Rum Pond. The fund also donated money to help with the Big Wadleigh Pond charr restoration project to help save one of just 12 native charr waters in the lower 48 States. You can learn more about this local non-profit organization and its mission at: http://www.nrecmoosehead.org/NREC/Welcome.html

Submitted by: Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Biologist

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Photo Courtesy Phil Lockwood

SEAPLANE Take Offs, Spot Landings, Accuracy Bomb Drops, Two Person Bush Pilot Canoe Race and organized Fly-Bys Craft’s Fair and plenty of food vendors, fun for everyone.All happening on beautiful Moosehead Lake


  • September 6 – 9
  • Moosehead Lake
    East Cove Lily Bay Rd Greenville
  • Contact Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce for more information
    207 695-2702 or info@mooseheadlake.org

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