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The swift flowing, large-volume river not only provides an excellent source of power, but also recreation. During the Industrial Revolution the area became a hotbed of industry, due in large part to this wonderful resource. Like many other communities in America, industry has waned, and though that has created stress to local economies, it has opened up many recreational possibilities. Once named one of the ten most polluted rivers in the country, the Androscoggin River has made an incredible comeback and is now so beautiful, clean and serene- you’d swear you were miles away from civilization when you are on it. Today, the river has countless boat put-ins along its entire length. Once on the endangered species list, bald eagles are now a very common sight in the area. A canoe or kayak ride on most any stretch of the river reveals a world of beauty and tranquility. You may see an eagle harassing an osprey for its catch, or a kingfisher, fishing for its brood, sitting on an exposed branch and later, skimming along the water in flight, firing off its “rat-tat-tat” call. You might see a green heron under an overhanging bank, crouched motionless on a branch, watching warily as you float by. On pond-like stretches, great blue herons sit statuestill, stalking fish fry in the shallows. But there is plenty of fish to go around! The Androscoggin boasts some of the best bass fishing in the northeast! For the fly fisherman who wants a real challenge, wily brown trout lurk in the riffles. You may see a group of children fishing with worms below Riley Dam, and on the other end of the spectrum you might see a fly-fishing class being conducted by LL Bean near Pine Island. Our Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Androscoggin Land Trust and local businesses to develop maps of our region that highlight trails, open space, and access points to the Androscoggin River and our numerous ponds. See page 22 for some of the area’s recreation locations.

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For more information or to acquire a map on where to find recreation areas along the Androscoggin River, call the Androscoggin Land Trust at (207)782-2302 or visit www.androscogginlandtrust.org. The natural wonder that is the Androscoggin River is an untapped treasure waiting to be discovered.

A Place Rich with Agriculture and Artisans For generations, this valley was known as apple and dairy country and there is still ample evidence of the area’s agricultural roots. As you explore the valley, you will pass pastures with livestock, hay and corn fields, orchards, and farms specializing in crops such as potatoes, pumpkins, apples and strawberries. During the spring, you can see many maple trees tapped for the season, with buckets ready to capture the sweetness that becomes Maine maple syrup. Roadside stands offer fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, honey, maple syrup, flowers, herbs, craft items and much more. Check out the list of businesses that offer locally grown and pick-your-own berries, fruits and other Maine- made products on page 31. Check out our calendar of events on page 9 as well to see what specific opportunities may be available for you to experience with our locally grown and crafted goods. While we have all that we need right here in our communities, if you desire larger big box style stores or outlet malls, they are only a short drive away: Farmington to the north, Augusta to the east, and Lewiston-Auburn, Freeport and Portland to the south. Major cultural and sporting events are also within easy reach from our area.

JUNE June 6 21st Annual National Trails Day The public and trail enthusiasts locally can join others nationwide to discover, learn about and celebrate America’s trail system. FMI on the events and locations, check Androscoggin Land Trust at: www.androscogginlandtrust.org and chisholmtrailsmaine.org or call (207)782-2302

JUNE 13-14 5th Rally Civil War Reenactment

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membering life during the Civil War in the spring of 1865. Organized by the 3rd Maine Company A and the 14th Alabama Company G to benefit Norlands. FMI: www.norlands.org or (207) 897-4366

JUNE 20 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Maple Lane Golf Course, 295 Maple Lane, Livermore. The Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce hosts this 18 hole golf scramble to raise funds for scholarships to RSU 73 students who pursue a course of study in business or technical education at a university, technical school, or accredited trade school. FMI: www.jay-livermorelf.org or call (207) 897-6755

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