Belmont Town News

By Sarah Reynolds | Nov 19, 2012

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 Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., or by appointment. The Town Office pone number is 342-5722, and the fax number if 342-2252. Code Enforcement is 632-4741.

Holiday greetings

Are you full of turkey or the alternative ham? I hope you've had a happy  Thanksgiving and enough football to last until the Sunday slate of games. The weather is promised to be good and a bit warmer than we have been experiencing most of the last week or so. Now it is time to finish off those leftovers; turkey soup or stew and lots of turkey sandwiches.

Shop Small Day

Here in Maine there are enough leftover Blue Laws that the big-box stores can't start their Black Friday celebration on Thanksgiving and have to wait until midnight to open their doors. Saturday, Nov. 24, is designated Small Business Saturday, and everyone is urged to shop the smaller stores, the downtowns and farmers' markets, after getting Walmart, Target, Sears etc. out of their system on Black Friday.

Ducktrap Valley Maple Farm will be open all day Friday at its farmstand at 153 Dickey Mill Rd. in Belmont and on Shop Small Day will be at the Lincolnville Farmers' market from 9 a.m. to non, and at the farmstand as soon as returning, generally by 12:30 until 5 p.m., or as long as there are customers. The farmstand is heated and there will be free ot coffee or hot chocolate. Several varieties of pie-by-the-slice adn other snacks will be available.

Ducktrap Valley Weather

The two inches of rain from Sandy gave us 8/10 inches for October, double our normal, but far from a record. if I get into my records I'm pretty sure I'll find 19 inches of rain for the month of october somewhere back around the mid-2000s. I'll  let you know as soon as I have time to look. Our snow measured five inches, with one inch of water content (heavy west snow). Our low temperature of 15 degrees one moring before the snow may have established a record low for the date. Bangor ahd a reading of 17 degrees that tied the old record set in 2002. I'm going to have to be careful with my rain gauge from this time forward, or I'll find it cracked form freezing with water in it.

It seems odd having winter storms with names such as we do with hurricanes. Athena left us with the snow, while Brutus gave us a day in the 60s a week ago, as it moved into Canada, well to our west. This stretch of colder weather has probably used up a few of the heating degree days we had saved!

Ski season open

Both Sunday River and Sugarloaf will be open for the thanksgiving holiday weekend. Sunday River opened on Tuesday, Nov. 13, with the Loaf following on Friday, the 16th. Both resorts are sporting new snowmaking equipment that cranks out more snow at considerable cost savings.

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