The Our Town Belfast office was packed with standing room only as business, government, residents and volunteers gathered Monday, March 26, for the first annual meeting at the office located at 171 High Street, Suite 6.

What is a Main Street Community you may ask? The National Trust for Historical Preservation developed the Main Street Program with a Four-Point Approach® which has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for transforming and creating vibrant, healthy downtowns.

In Belfast, at Our Town Belfast, our four committees are Organization, Economic Restructuring, Promotion, and Design. Our mission is to advance the vitality and quality of life in Belfast and support preservation-based economic development in Belfast.

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new board members, Jeannie Hurd and Paul Doody of Camden National Bank. The group also recognized Gail Small for her service for many years, Pat Felton as Volunteer of the Year, and Marjie Byers as Board member of the Year.

Interested in learning more about our 2012 work plan? Visit ourtownbefast.org for more information. Projects in progress include flowers, holiday lighting, walking maps, fundraising, street art, coordinating promotions, planning events including the Belfast Street Party, and much more. Interested in volunteering? There specific projects that might last a few hours to ongoing larger projects and we’d really appreciate your help! Call Dorothy Havey at 323-9100 for more information.