Belmont by Laura MacLeod                              Tel # 342-2882

By Laura Macleod | Apr 20, 2014

Town Offices
Located at the intersection of Back Belmont and Lincolnville Roads, Tel. 342-5722. Fax 342-2253. The Town Clerk is Anita Wellman, and the Tax Collector is Kristen Waterman who are always there cheerfully willing to help you register your vehicles, pay your taxes, or provide any other information you will need to know.

Office Hours
Monday thru Thursday from 9am to 4pm. Tuesdays offer extra hours from 6pm to 9pm. Special appointments can be made to meet with our select persons during these extra hours.

Code Enforcement and Plumbing Inspector
Bob Temple is Belmont’s Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing inspector. He is State of Maine certified and licensed in both areas, and is very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. His office is conveniently located at the Town Offices, and he is available to meet with anyone needing information and permits on Tuesday evenings from 7pm-9pm, or you may reach him by phone at 993-2512 (home)  or 632-4741 (cell).

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

Community Center Rentals
Looking for a place to hold a party, birthday, anniversary, fundraiser or whatever you might need a large space for? The Belmont Community Center rooms are available for such events. The fees are $50.00 for residents of Belmont and $100.00 for nonresidents. This fee includes the use of clean, airy and spacious rooms, well equipped kitchen, and squeaky clean restrooms. Please call the Town Office at 342-5722 for more information.

Mothers Day Dinner
Saturday, May 10th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm there will be a special Mothers day dinner at the Town Office Community Center. Besides the dinner, there will be a silent auction to raise money for our annual Block Party.

Bottle Drive
Belmont is having a bottle drive now thru the end of August to help fund the Towns new Veterans Memorial. It will be dedicated at this years annual Block Party in August.  So if you’re planning a trip to the redemption center in an effort to  rid your place of all those returnable bottles and cans that have been cluttering everything up, instead, why not donate them to a worthy cause remembering our veterans.  A container for drop-off will be located just outside the Town Office, or you can call me and I will arrange for someone to come pick them up from you.

By the way, other than the dedication for the veterans memorial at the block party, Belmont will also be celebrating it’s Bicentennial, or the 200th anniversary of the founding of this great little Town of ours.

Free Cat Spay/Neuter/Vaccine Clinic
Have you been feeding stray cats?, or has your own beloved cat been injured from attacks by a wild or feral cat causing you to pay vet bills to have your cat treated for injuries from the attack?  And are you worrying about whether or not the offending cat may have the proper vaccinations to insure that your cat will be protected from life threatening diseases? ...  Well worry no more, because Pet Smart Charities is funding a free clinic for the whole month of April, to trap, spay, neuter and vaccinate these cats.  There is no cost to you!  All of this is free!, yes free!  All you have to do is call The Community Spay-Neuter Clinic at 207-865-0772 for help with the trapping and to get further directions to a clinic.  This is a gift for all involved, both humans and felines alike!

It should be realized that these cats are in the position they are in due to no fault of their own. Because someone somewhere didn’t want or love them, they were abandoned and were never spayed or neutered. This resulted in these cats and their offspring uncontrollably mating and creating many unwanted litters of homeless cats, who then uncontrollably breed and create more unwanted cats, which results in multitudes of unwanted cats in a very short period of time.  Thanks to Pet Smart, and a very small effort on your part, this problem can be resolved in a relatively short amount of time.  

Please everyone, cat lovers and non-cat lovers alike, please take advantage of this valuable opportunity which will also help prevent devastation on our song birds and small wildlife, such as chipmunks and flying squirrels that unwanted cats prey upon in order to feed themselves.

Bird and Wildlife Report
As I wrote this column throughout the past week, spring has continued to develop in and around the Belmont portion of the Ducktrap nature preserve.

A few days ago I awoke to the beautiful melodious song of the White Throated sparrow. Phoebe arrived back to my garage and began calling for its mate. A Pileated Woodpecker has commenced pecking out a huge hole (that I hope will become the home for its nest) in my old dead sugar maple behind my garage. The peeper frogs are now in full chorus all around us, and large numbers of Purple, House, and Gold finches are gorging themselves full of thistle seed from my bird feeders.

Although I don’t know if the ice has gone out of Tilden pound yet, many Ducks and Canadian Geese can be heard arriving at the outlet of the pond, which is also the headwaters for The Ducktrap River.  Also, and perhaps the biggest treat of all, is that I heard the call of the loons announcing their arrival back on the pond Saturday afternoon, on April 19th. Another spring delight is that the temperature hit 72 degrees on my thermometer one day this past week. What a wonderful and refreshing time of year this long awaited season of spring is!

Tid-Bit’s Message
Hello all you humans out there in this crazy world we are all struggling to sanely live in today. Yes, its me again!, Tid-Bit Tiddledywinks, the one and only little Poultry Professor of wisdom and kindness just dropping by to drop a hint to you people on how you can treat each other just a little bit better:

Be sure to always smile and say Hi to whoever you come in contact with when you are out and about doing whatever it is you humans do everyday. I firmly believe it will make you, as well as everyone else you come in contact with feel so much better than it would if you didn’t smile or speak to them at all.

And now, with Ellen’s famous last words I’m going to say:  “Please be kind to one another” So long for now, “Too Da Loo and Cock a Doodle Doo” from yours truly “Tiddles.”

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