Belmont Town News

By Sarah Reynolds | Jan 07, 2013

By Richard 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 phone number is 342-5722, and the fax number is 342-2252. Code Enforcement is 632-4741.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday schedule

The Belmont Town Office will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday observance.

Trapped in the Valley

Three consecutive days of negative numbers, -9, -4 and this morning a -11. I don't know where the Weather Channel equipment is located, whether it is in Belmont or Morrill for Zip code 04952, but it must be at higher elevation, because, as happened this morning, as the wind shifted to a more southerly direction their readings warmed up much faster than mine. About 8:30 a.m. their 10 degrees compared to our -1, while most of he time we're right on or very close.

Last weekend's storm brought another 8 inches of generally wind-drifted power. The Thursday storm was breaking up as it got us, while the weekend storm caught the computers by surprise and bombed (as they say) in the Gulf of Maine, a true hookup of the jet stream and the Gulf of Maine that dumped huge snowfall just the other side of Penobscot Bay and further Down East. Our forecast of 1 to 3 inches became 8 inches. There is no formula for judging the drifting factor. But the time you read this, there may be temperatures in the 40s and even a little rain.

Olde Dickey Road and the Ducktrap River Preserve

With 16 inches of fresh powder, the conditions are prime and the best in a few years for skiing and snowshoeing on Old Dickey road and Exploring the Preserve between the road and the Ducktrap River. The road extends fo up to a mile and a quarter form Dickey Mill road to Gardner road in Lincolnville, just a few feet from Greenacre Road. The old historic stonework is visible in a number of places and the Preserve can be replete with wildlife sightings, such as porcupines wintering in hemlock tees and many animal trails

We are fortunate to have this resource available for use here in Belmont. Ducktrap Valley Maple Farm will makes its Syrup Finishing and Sales Building available as a warming hut on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and all day on martin Luther king jr. Day and during the February school vacation week. if prime conditions hold, take advantage of this opportunity!

Strange happenings in the Valley

On Dec. 26 at approximately 11 p.m., a neighbor reported an unknown man who came to his door. In making this known to neighbors, another reported letting their dogs out at about that time and when the dogs barked, a man's voice was heard from the direction of the street, in the dark. Saturday, Dec. 29, at about 1 p.m., as I was returning form the Lincolnville Farmer's Market, a dusky blue late model SUV parked in the Valley and three  young men first walked a short distance out Old Dickey Road, returned and proceeded to walk out Dickey Mill Road toward Lincolnville road, no apparent vehicle problems. These incidents have been reported to the Waldo County Sheriff's office. Wherever you are, in Belmont or elsewhere, please be vigilant and report unusual behavior to law enforcement. There have been burglaries and thefts, even in broad daylight, in Belmont and other local communities int he not-too-distant past.

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