Belmont by Laura MacLeod                                Tel 342-2882

By Laura Macleod | Apr 13, 2014

Town Offices
Located at the intersection of Back Belmont and Lincolnville Roads. Tel. 342-5722. Fax 342-2252

Office Hours
Monday thru Thursday from 9 am to 4pm. Tuesdays includes extra hours from 6pm to 9pm. Special appointments can be made to meet with the selectpersons during these extra hours.

Animal Control                         
Belmont’s animal control officer is Kari Drake. She can be reached at Tel. 322-5967.

Community Center Rental Fees
Belmont’s annual Town meeting has recently come and gone, but it will not be forgotten. Perhaps the most notable item on the agenda was a compromise reached by the voters to lower the usage charge for events held at the Town Office’s Community Center rooms.

In the past, the Town has charged a usage flat fee of $100.00 to anyone or group who wished to hold an event there. Now the fee has been lowered to $50.00 for Belmont residents, but will remain $100.00 for nonresidents. The space for rent is a very large room with many tables and chairs and an adjoining kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave and restrooms nearby.  

For anyone looking for a space where they can put on a special event, such as a birthday party, anniversary celebration, fundraiser, or yes, even a wedding, The Belmont Community Center is just the place. It is sparkling clean with a lot of windows for natural light and fresh air too! The money is used to help pay for the heat, electricity and upkeep for the center.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
It’s SPRING FEVER. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want ... oh, YOU DON”T QUITE KNOW WHAT it is you DO want, but it just fairly makes YOUR HEART ACHE, you want it so! - By Mark Twain  - Found on the back page of Chickens magazine under a picture of six Buff Orpington hens looking down at (or nibbling on) dandelion and daisy flowers.

As I commence writing this column, Spring is bursting out all around and within the Duck trap nature preserve. The Duck Trap River is roaring as it flows down stream from the high volume of snow melt and recent rains we’ve had.

Flocks of Robins can be seen and heard arriving everywhere, along with Redwing blackbirds and purple grackles invading all the marsh areas. Woodcocks arrived a few nights ago announcing their presence with their funny little sounds that indicate they are looking for a mate. A flock of what I counted to be nearly a hundred Canada Geese were flying very high overhead. Because they were so high up was indicative of them being migrators that had not yet reached their final destination. Numerous Cardinals are singing their little heads off, while they too are preparing to nest. There have been too many Sparrows to name, although the beautiful song of the White Throated Sparrow has yet to be heard. There has been a few sightings of the little YelIow Crowned Kinglets with the anticipation of seeing the Ruby Crowned Kinglets and the little Red Starts very soon to follow. I received a call from someone telling of seeing  a pair of little Brown Creepers as they crepted in circles up their pine trees. I spied a Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker on my Maple tree as it pounded away looking for bugs, and last, but not least, I heard some wood frogs yesterday afternoon, as the temperatures soared to approach the high sixties. As yet, however, no sounds of the peeper frogs, but they will be heard in a few more days ... I hope.  

Andrew and Laura up on the Lincolnville Road, had a flock of one hundred or more Bohemian Blackbirds in their field, only to see another flock of thirty more Bohemians the next day down on the Dickey Mill Road, while Judith and Sonja called to say that for the first time ever they had a Cardinal that appeared to have come to stay, They also reported having a large amount of Purple and Gold finches at their feeder. There have begun to be numerous sightings of what appear to be very healthy looking deer. This is somewhat surprising after such a long, cold, Icy and snow filled winter.

Norman the moose has not been reported as being sighted yet. If anyone thinks they have seen him, please call me and let me know where he is.  He should be about seven years old now.

Several residents have called to share their speculation that the “Ice Out” may not take place on Tilden pond this year until May. That is because the ice was reported to be so thick that it far exceeded the length of any respectable Ice fisherman's auger. I hope someone will call me with the date the ice leaves Tilden Pond so I can announce it here in this column.

It wont be long before the black flies will be swarming around our heads, mosquitoes will be buzzing in our ears, and a little creepy crawly thing, called a tick, will be announcing it’s presence on our skin, and alas, the humidity will be making us feel very sticky the warmer the temperatures get.  

No matter what kind of nuisance may try to invade our world this spring and summer, maybe we all shouldn’t complain too much. Instead, we should try to take a deep breath and remember back to what we all had to endure over this past very long and brutal winter. We should try to tolerate the bad along with the all the good this summer.  Enjoy it all because next winter will arrive back here much quicker than we will want it to.

FREE STRAY CAT FIX, NEUTER & VACCINE CLINIC   
This is not just for Belmont residents, but for everyone who may find themselves feeding or having other problems with stray cats. Stray cats, if not rescued or controlled in a timely manner, will become feral or wild. This can result in problems that can cause irreparable damage to our natural environment and to our pocketbooks. Unspayed and unneutered cats can reproduce uncontrollably resulting in a huge population explosion of more uncontrolled reproducing cats. These cats are able to kill and wipe out an area population of chipmunks, flying squirrels and other squirrels. They can also wipe out complete species of our wild birds. Unvaccinated feral cats can be carriers of rabies, distemper and other diseases dangerous to man and other wildlife. However, now there is help to aleviate the problems associated with stray cats!... And it is a special opportunity that is not offered to us, or the cats often enough.

The fine folks at PETSMART CHARITIES are sponsoring a free clinic for the whole month of April, to help all of us who have problems with these stray cats try to resolve these problems once and for all. It costs you nothing, and it doesn't hurt the cats. Once the cats are spayed, neutered, and vaccinated, the problem will resolve itself naturally over time. All you have to do is put forth a small amount of effort to humanely trap the cats and deliver them to a clinic representative.

Please call the Community Spay-Neuter clinic at 207-865-0772 or go to www.spayneuterclinic.com or Email them at communityspayneuterclinicme.com This is an invaluable opportunity, and I strongly urge everyone to take advantage of it and tell everyone else about it so we can get this very threatening problem under control.      

Tid-Bit’s Message
Yes, it’s me once again, Tid-Bit Tiddledywinks, the little Poultry Professor of wisdom and kindness, just dropping by   to announce, what I think, just might be the true coming of spring ... finally!  I also want to urge all of you human beings out there to enjoy this wonderful time and the great warmer weather that is arriving with the onset of this beautiful season. Take time to look at the abundant flowers bursting into bloom all around you. Smell them and breathe in the clean and earthy smelling air of spring. Savor it for all its worth because it will disappear so fast, and you’ll all have to wait a very long time before you get to enjoy once it again.

Also remember those famous words of Ellen’s when she tells you to “please be kind to one another”. For now, it’s “over and out”, “cock a doodle do and too da loo” from me, “Tidles”.

“Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment”.
- Ellis Peters -

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