Belmont town news
By Laura MacLeod
Located at intersection of Back Belmont and Lincolnville Roads - Telephone: 342-5722 Fax: 342-2252
New Office Hours:
Monday, 9 am – 4 pm
Tuesday, 9 am – 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm
Wednesday, 9 am – 4 pm
Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm
Animal Control: Kari Drake, telephone: 322-5967
Fall Clean-Up Day
Saturday, September 28 is Belmont’s Fall Clean-up Day. All trash that is not normally allowed to be put out for pick-up every Monday morning can be brought to the town office parking lot from 9 am to 1 pm on the 28th. Things to bring include but are not limited to, asphalt shingles, some construction waste, old furniture, etc. No bagged household trash. No batteries, tires, LP cylinders or refrigeration/AC units. You may dispose of TVs, monitors/printers, microwaves, florescent bulbs and mercury devices for a fee.
This service is free and for Belmont residents only. Tickets for Fall Clean-up Day are provided in the “Fall” Belmont Town Newsletter. If you did not receive the newsletter, call the Town Office for more information. You must have these tickets with you or you will not be allowed to dispose of anything there.
All metal and cast iron goods are to be taken to Newton’s Salvage Yard on the Lincolnville Road, including but not limited to washers, dryers, stoves, etc.
Underhound Railroads: Fall Yard Sale Fundraiser
It’s time for the annual fundraiser for the “Underhound Railroad.” Each year, U.R. Inc. holds a huge yard sale at the Belfast Self Storage facility located at 77 Belmont Avenue, Route 3, Belfast, Maine 04915. All the proceeds from this fundraiser provide desperately needed aid to animal shelters and are used to make the dogs comfortable and healthy. This aid provides rescue fees, vaccinations, heart worm treatment, microchips, food, responsible transportation, toys and supplies. Most importantly of all, this money enables the shelters to pay for spay and neuters. If all animal owners would, or as it is in many cases due to the high cost of veterinary care, “could” spay and neuter all their pets, it would greatly reduce the huge number of abandoned pets now filling up all of our animal shelters.
Underhound Railroad and Belfast’s Self Storage provide tables for rent where you can bring your unwanted items to donate and sell. Even the money generated from the rent for tables all goes to shelters, so gather up all of those unwanted items cluttering up your home and yard and donate it all so you can help these shelters. We all love our pets so please provide this aid to shelters, so these abandoned dogs can be adoptable and prepared to go to homes where they will receive the love they so deserve and need, the love that your own dogs already enjoy. For more information and to reserve your table by October 1st, please call Lisa at 930-5480.
The Bonarrigo Kids Win at the Union Fair
In my last column, I told you about Gracie and Vincent Bonarrigo entering their white belted Galloway calves in the breed-and-showmanship competition at the Union Fair. I am happy to report that both of them did very well, going home with a number of ribbons. Gracie and her calf, Brooklyn, earned a win in showmanship, another in breed confirmation, and another in overall showmanship. Vincent and his calf, Emily, also picked up wins in showmanship, breed, and overall showmanship. Considering how tough the competition really was, and that the competition was not limited to cows (it included the sheep and goats being judged all at the same time all together), these kids from Belmont did really well. Congratulations to Gracie and Vincent! The Town of Belmont is very proud of you and wishes you good luck with your competition next year.
Belmont’s Annual Block Party
A little over a week ago, Belmont held its second annual block party – and what a party it was! I always knew the town of Belmont was a special place, but now I know why. I am so very proud to be a part of such a great little town.
The block party started early Saturday morning on the last day of August with Brent and Kristen Waterman setting up all the tents. Their youngest son, Luke, also lent his hand at decorating. As the morning progressed, other town members gathered to help them out, putting the finishing touches on the tents, setting up games, and preparing what would be the food to be served when the party started at 3 pm. There were a lot of games, including a toilet paper toss – into a real toilet! Tire hopping and horseshoes were some of the other games, just to mention a few. There was a huge bounce house for the kids that did not become deserted until the party ended.
There was only a lot of weight to be gained with all the food that was offered, consisting of tacos and cheese, old-time steamed hot dogs, popcorn, and perhaps best of all, that famous and oh, so very tender and delicious pulled pork, prepared, provided by, and served by Steve and Donna Hopkins. There were all kinds of juice, iced tea, water, and last-but-not-least those unbelievably delicious cold snow cones. Need I have to mention that no one went home hungry? And, to top it all off, we had live music throughout the whole day provided by Candice Brooke-Goodwin with her fine voice and accompanying herself on guitar.
It was one of the last very humid and sultry summer days to be had, and the rain kindly held off as the daylight all too quickly turned into dark. Then it started to rain and the promised show of fireworks looked pretty doubtful. Just as it appeared the fireworks might have to be cancelled, the rain subsided long enough to allow members of the town fire department (Kasey Drake and Brent Waterman) to set off one of the most beautiful and lengthy display of fireworks that I have seen in a very long time. One of the most outstanding and precious memories I have of this party was seeing all the little kids safely and happily running around barefoot and riding their bikes and tricycles all over the town office grounds and on lawns mowed to perfection. Whoever mowed those lawns, a great big bunch of thank-yous to you!
Eat your heart out other small towns, as you will be hard pressed to pull off anything as sweet and satisfying as this year’s block party, put on by this very small and somewhat old fashioned town. On this day, we painted a picture of what a true old Maine town is supposed to look like. If you’re looking for a lot of pretentious architecture, modern facilities and a lot of fancy material objects (which have to be bought, of course, only if you have a lot of money – you know, all of that stuff which is advertised and portrayed in those glitzy, hip magazines claiming to be about Maine, which of course are just marketing Maine as a state of mind) – don’t come to Belmont, because you won’t find that stuff here. But . . . if you want to witness just a little bit of what the real Maine is all about, then come to next year’s block party. Don’t try to change it, but you could participate in donating for the following year’s block party and fireworks.
Much appreciation goes out to all who volunteered their help and to those who donated goods and money to make this small, Maine town party an overwhelming success. Thank you to the following: Doug and Sue Littlefield of Y Knot Farm (who, by the way, were the first parents to Tidbit Tiddledywinks, my little poultry professor of wisdom and kindness who writes a couple of paragraphs for this column); Belmont Boatworks, Inc.; Brian and Sue Totman and Totman’s Towing and Auto Repair; the Belmont Women’s Auxiliary; Clyde and Verlesta Wellman, who, for such a very long time have helped make this town what it really is; Kristin Waterman and Anita Wellman for their hard work and great ideas; Kari Drake and the rest of her family; Jacob Waterman and his brothers; Sharon and Buzz Reed-Hall; Barbara and Jim Boobar; Lyn Suit; Doug Cross and Carrie Cross, who have been such an important part of this town for so long; Jared Vaughn; Nancy Joslin; and whoever I may have forgotten who participated in making this event as great as it ended up being.
There will be a meeting on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6 pm at the Community Building to plan for next year’s block party. Everyone in town is encouraged to come.
In closing, we all must remember the famous words of Ellen DeGeneres, brought to our attention in this column a few weeks back by Tidbit Tiddledywinks, the little rooster and poultry professor of wisdom and kindness, “Be kind to one another.”