Alanna Doughty of Lakes Environmental Association and Mike Davis of the Bridgton Historical Society shared a wealth of knowledge with the 17 participants who joined the Stevens Brook Trail History Walk on Thursday, October 21st.  The entire trail is rich with history.  This walk focused on the mills from the Pondicherry Woolen Mill at the Food City site to the Smith Sash, Furniture and Coffins Factory on Smith Avenue. Participants were from Waterford, Sweden and Bridgton, along the brook and beyond.  Newcomers and folks with a history of family members working in the mills participated and shared along with the educators. 

When Rotarian Carol Madsen who chairs the Club environmental committee asked Kerry Cushing and Mike Davis of the Historical Society if they’d like to sit down and explore how we could work together, they jumped at the opportunity to collaborate to bring this historic trail more into the public eye.  In November a meeting with representatives of LEA, BHS, Rotary and perhaps others will explore how a partnership might be formed and what we might hope to achieve over the next few years. 

Anyone seeking a role in this activity, please contact Carol Madsen at carjmad@hotmail.  To learn more about LEA, go to  For more information on the Bridgton Historical Society, go to  For more about Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club, go to