Belmont Town News
By Laura MacLeod
Located at the intersection of Back Belmont and Lincolnville Roads. The telephonenumber is 342-5722 and the fax number is 342-2252.
New office hours
Monday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact Kari Drake at 322-5967
Town Block Party
Correction: I wrote that this year's Block Party was scheduled for Aug. 24 — my mistake. It is on Aug. 31 from 3 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited, so please come to the Town Office grounds at the intersection of Back Belmont and Lincolnville Roads. There will be craft tables indoors for those wanting to exhibit and sell their craft items. Outside there will be games for all, as well as a water slide and bounce house for the kids. Refreshments include, but are not limited to hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn. The drinks will be sodas and water. It sounds like a lot of fun to be had by everyone who comes.
Volunteers and crafters needed
Volunteers are still needed to help with the block party and crafters wares are still needed to be offered for exhibit and sale at the provided indoor tables.
It has been brought to my attention that a number of residents along Lincolnville Road have been having gas siphoned from their vehicle's gas tanks. Be this the antics of kids attempting to get into mischief or an adult who thinks they need the gas bad enough to steal it from a neighbor, it is not anything to laugh about. This act is causing your victim(s) an undue undeserved hardship, forced on them when they least expect it. It is not important to know who you are, but instead that you return the amount of gas you took back to your vicitims. May I suggest returning the gas in gallon spring water containers and putting them near the vehicles at a time when you are least likely to be noticed. Or better yet, apologie to these people in person while returning the gas to them. It seems they may be so happy for this return, they will gratefully accept the gas and your apology without taking any further action. This action takes a lot of courage to do and it should go a long way to restoring their faith in their fellow man.
Wildlife and bird report
Belmont residents Andrew and Laura took a trip to Rockland recently to walk the breakwater out to the lighthouse. What a surprise they had while seeing a harbor seal swimming about. Then a bunch of porpoises showed up, and they too put on quite a show for them while they played and caught their dinner.
Andrew also reported seeing a group of about si night hawks flying around together. His research found that female nighthawks often gather like that, especially now that the fall migration has begun.
Speaking of the fall migration, in and around the Duck Trap Nature Preserve huge populations of warblers are showing up feeding ravenously so as to build up energy for their migration south. Also building up energy are humming birds, many of which are newly fledged babies that are racing around dive bombing anything and everything in sight. Cedar waxwings are busy gorging themselves on cherries and berries. I also have discovered that many hawks have been eyeing all those well fed and tasty looking chickens from the Dickey Mill Chicken Asylum. As I write this, a juvenile bald eagle just circled about those chickens about 15 feet overhead, causing them to run for cover. Fortunately for the chickens this time there was no tasty poultry dinner for that young and inexperienced eaglet.
People of Belmont around us
Down a little dirt road in Belmont, heading towards Tilden Pond, lives the Bonarrigo Family; Jay, Kim and their children Gracie, 13, and Vincent, 11, a.k.a. Vinchenzo. Over the last few years, the Bonarrigos have begun raising White Belted Galloway cows. All this week the Union Fair has been going on where Gracie and Vincent have been showing their cows. Gracie's cow is a 2012 calf named Brooklyn. Vincheno's cow Emily is the same age as his sister's. The categories they are showing these cows in are: showmanship, breed, and overall showmanship. Tune in to this column in net weeks paper to see how Gracie, Vincent and their cows did in the competition.
Tid-bit Tiddledywinks discovers beauty in Belmont
Hello, it's rooster Tid-Bit Tiddledywinks again, the little Poultry Professor of wisdom and kindness, but you can call me Tiddles, because that's what the “management” calls me when she's in a hurry or she isn't too happy with me.
It seems some of you humans like to slave away all of your free time working in your gardens. To me, of course, all of that hard work doesn't make any sense, but I have reaped the fruits of that labor from time to time. Sometimes friends of the “management” will bring by veggies and fruit that doesn't meet the high standards of you fussy humans. She spreads it around for me and my harem of little hens to munch on. It tastes so good that all of that hard work starts to make some sense to me after all.
The “management” told me about one place up on Lincolnville Road, where there are such beautiful gardens that passers by often stop their cars and stare at this breathtaking beauty in complete and utter amazement. I will tell you about this garden, so that when you have a chance you can go by to see it for yourselves. Traveling on Lincolnville Road you will come upon the cutest little yellow Cape Cod style house. Out in front and along side this house are the most beautiful gardens I have ever seen. Of course, to poultry, a garden is a place that has all this freshly turned over soft soil, just sitting there while inviting all of us chickens to go wallow in it, so we can take our mesmerizing dirt/dust baths. For some reason our dirt baths have upset many a serious gardner, but we just can't figure out why they get so upset with us. Back to the gardens, here there are not just flower gardens, but also vegtables and herbs all harmoniously mixed in together with a lot of flowers. There are squash, cukes, tomatoes, onions, potatoes and garlic, etc. For flowers Judith and Sonya have plants that will bloom for all the seasons except winter. For spring there are tulips, daffodils, peonies, a phlox, purple cone flower, white hydrangea, and of course this great big gorgeous red bee balm plant, which they did not plant themselves. They say it planted itself, perhaps by a seed dropped by a squirrel or a bird. As the bee balm grew it pushed out the intentionally planted black eyed susans. The bee balm then turned into a massive bunch of red blossoms that bloom throughout most of the summer. Lastly they planted this winter hardy, very tall and feathery stuff called silver feather grass, which can also be seen scattered along some roadsides and on the interstates. These gardens are faithfully tended and maintained by Sonya and Judith who are the “management” of the property. By the way, did I mention they are both professional landscape gardeners? It's no wonder that their own gardens are the best advertisement they could have for their businesses. I urge all from Belmont and afar to drive by to see these great works of beauty, as it will be well worth everyone's while to do so. So it is that my quote for this week is from the back page of this month's “Birds and Blooms” magazine and goes like this : “The person who has planted a garden feels that they have done something for the good of the world”—Charles Dudley Warner
Until this time net week, this is Tid-Bit Tiddledywinks saying too-da-loo and cock-a-doodle-doo!