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TOWNS

Augusta

Belgrade

Farmington

Fayette - Call the Town Office before doing any cutting or clearing to avoid a fine! Remember that some Lake View Estates lots have designated driveway header locations (see LEHA Handbook).  Lots within the shoreline protection zone have more stringent standards.

Greenville - On Moosewood Lake, this area is well worth the two hour drive for a day trip or an overnight get-away.

Lewiston

Mt. Vernon

Readfield

Vienna

Winthrop


LAKE ASSOCIATIONS

Basin-David-Tilton Ponds Association

Belgrade Lakes Association

Echo Lake Association - 2013 Newsletter

Flying Pond Improvement Association

Maine Lakes Society Information on LakeSmart program

Parker Pond Association

Pleasant Lake/Parker Pond Association (This is a different Parker Pond than the one next to David Pond, close to Casco Bay)

Sebago Lake Association (Chamber of Commerce)

Torsey Pond Association


ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS

30 Mile River Watershed Association - Numerous town officials and lake association members in the 30 Mile River Watershed, from Kimball Pond down to the Androscoggin Dead Water, joined to form a non-profit corporation to protect and preserve the watershed. Vienna’s eight-year lake warden and courtesy boat inspection program was the local model, and the group sought out other organizations in Maine during its planning. See annual kayak run described on the site.

EcoMaine - This is the organization that handles recycling from our association waste disposal site.

Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District - “to protect and enhance Maine's soil and water resources by providing educational programs, conservation information and technical assistance to municipalities, schools, landowners and residents of Kennebec County."

The Kennebec Highlands Project

The Kennebec Land Trust - Excellent local group (consider joining). They offer walks, talks, and other educational and recreational activities.

Lakes Environmental Association

Lakes of Maine – Database of Maine Lakes

Land for Maine's Future

Maine Audubon Loon Count

Maine Lakes Society - Among other activities, LakeSmart is an education and reward program that assists lakefront homeowners manage landscapes in ways that protect water quality. The program is free, non-regulatory and voluntary.  All shoreline property owners are encouraged to participate!

Maine Nature News - This is an informative site with lots of local "nature news"

Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP)

Nature Compass in Maine - This site has a list of environmentally centered sites.

The Nature Conservancy in Maine

North American Lake Management

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions - A forum hosted by U. of Maine for sharing environmental data.


AGENCIES

Kennebec County Soil & Water Conservation District

Maine Department of Conservation

Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Maine DEP Camp Road Maintenance Webpage

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Maine Fishing Regulations

State of Maine fishing information for David Pond


RECREATION

DEW Haven, formerly known as DEW Animal Kingdom, is an animal refuge located on Rt. 41, is operated by Robert & Julie Miner, 918 Pond Road Mount Vernon, ME 04352.  This is a great outing for the whole family.  A must see!  Check out the TV show Yankee Jungle on Animal Planet

Exploring Maine/MaineToday

Maine.info - Local festivals, lodging, dining, and events.

MaineToday.com - has a great list of things to do in the region. Check out the Calendar,

The Monmouth Fair - Still has the feel of a real country fair. (Early August)

The Skowhegan State Fair - Great day trip for the whole family. (Early-mid August)

Yankee Magazine Explore New England - Lots of activities for kids online. Great site for a rainy day!


FINE ARTS

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce - A good site to find things to do and places to visit.

The Maine International Film Festival - Early July in Waterville

The Theatre at Monmouth - Repertoire includes Shakespeare and other classics as well as children's theatre. Shakespeare camp is a great summer activity for teens.

Snow Pond Center for the Arts


MUSEUMS

Maine Archives and Museums

Statewide list of Museums - An impressive list on Wikipedia.

FOOD

The Readfield Emporium (Facebook) - A great place to enjoy reasonably priced food and local entertainment.

The Red Barn (Augusta) - simple but GOOD seafood!

The Weathervane - A family owned restaurant in Readfiled. Delicious chowders, entrees, and great desserts. Also, downstairs karaoke and  live music!

Slates - In Hallowell, on the Kennebec River just south of Augusta.  There are also other restaurants, antique shops, and other attractions in this quaint community.

Sadie’s Restaurant on Great Pond, Belgrade Maine.  Great food with a view of the pond.  Only open seasonly Friday-Saturday, so call ahead.

The Old Post Office Café - in Mt. Vernon, offers “delicious fresh-baked goods and quiches, omelets, homemade soups, specialty sandwiches,” etc.


LODGING

Home-Nest Farm - A member of the Maine Farm Vacation B&B Association. Chosen to be included in National Geographic Traveler's select Stay List of 150 preferred lodgings in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The Lakeside Loft - a unique guesthouse in Mt Vernon, ME.