Belmont Town News
By Richard S. Lenfest
Town Office hours are Monday, 1-6 p.m., Tuesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and Wednesday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Board of Selectmen meets Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. Code Enforcement hours are Tuesdays 7-9 p.m. or by appointment. The Town Office phone number is 342-5722, and the fax number is 342-2252. Code Enforcement is 322-3011.
The Crossroads to Calvary Church on Route 3 in Morrill will hold a blood drive Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. There is rarely enough blood of all types in storage to cover all possible emergencies. if you haven't given blood, or you haven't donated recently, consider his opportunity within just a few miles of your home or business. There is no time like the present to assist in this necessary drive to augment blood supplies locally.
Ducktrap Valley weather
Frost advisories were up for last night, but the best we could do here in the valley was 36 degrees. I had left the squash and pumpkin patch uncovered. On Thursday, the 20th, it was covered the previous night with no indication of frost on exposed plants that were not under cover, but less than 100 feet away the thermometer read 30 degrees and there was an eighth of an inch of ice on the roof of the care. Early and late frosts are often spotty, and the morning of the 20th qualified for that description. Back in the spring of 2012, most Maine apple orchards got through and had or have a substantial crop. However, Sewall's Orchard, high on the slope of Levenseller Mountain in Lincolnville, got hit by some of that spotty late frost, with their trees in full bloom because of the advanced growing season, and lost all or most of their crop. This was not known to me at the time, a number of weeks ago, when i made a comment in this column about a general great apple harvest in Maine. Four tenths of an inch of rain over the weekend and one inch, even during last week because that icy morning.