Newsletter

 

TOWN OF BELGRADE WINTER NEWSLETTER

Belgrade Town Office: 495-2258

Center for All Seasons: 495-3481

Belgrade Library: 495-3508

Belgrade Transfer Station: 495-3326

Website: www.townofbelgrade.com                                                       December 2014

NOTES FROM THE TOWN MANAGER

PAVING: One of the articles being voted on at the 2015 Town Meeting will be dealing with paving.  The plan is to pave three miles of the West road.   Starting at Sunset Grill, going south on the West Road and stopping near Jack Sutton’s property.  The road work will include preparation work, reclaim, driveways, shoulders, pave 20’ wide by 1.5” finish lift and a .5 shim lift.

WINTER ROADS:This will be the second winter season that we will be spraying a wetting solution onto the sand/salt as its being put out onto the road. According to M-DOT, Local Road Center, we will be using 50% less of the sand/salt mixture by wetting the mixture. We reduced the sand allotment by 500 yards in the 2015 budget the wetting solution helps the mixture stick to the roadway and melts the snow from the pavement up, which makes for more slush during heavy snow periods. The solution used is made by M-DOT at their Fairfield facility and is called “brine”. 

We will also be doing one plow loop using just the wet salt solution with no sand added. This is the same way the State maintains all their roads at this time.  The changeover to salt priority from sand priority means you’re driving conditions will change as the process will be to melt the majority of the snow not to plow it off. The Select Board does have the right to remove the salt priority plowing loop if they feel it’s not working.  And this year for the first time the contractor has the right not to use straight salt if they feel it’s too cold. 

IF YOU NEED HELP:

We are here to help residents that are having problems making ends meet. Please do not go without food, or heat, or electricity, or medications. Come into the Town Office and see me as we usually can help most people one way or another. We do have some emergency funds that we can use, usually just one time, and we have plenty of food as the Belgrade/Rome Food Bank is doing an excellent job keeping the shelves full.  And thanks to everyone that has donated to the food bank as it was and is greatly appreciated.

Remember we offer a monthly TAX PAYMENT PLAN and you can now get burning permits on line!

Come in and visit anytime; my door is always open.  Have a great and healthy holiday season,

G. Gill/TM 

Clerk’s Corner At the General Election, held November 4th, Belgrade voters cast 1694 votes.  I registered 120 new voters on Election Day.  Election results for the Town of Belgrade are available on our website.  For comparison 418 voters cast a ballot in the General Election in 2013.

The next election will be in March, for the Annual Town Meeting.  Nomination papers will be available December 24th, 2014 for the positions that follow:

            2 Selectpersons - three year term             1 Road Commissioner- one year term

Dog licenses are due by December 31st.  There is a mandatory $25.00 late fee that starts February 1st.  To license your dog, we need a current rabies certificate, and proof that he/she has been spayed or neutered.  You may also register your dog online, which is available on our website.

The Town Office will be closed for the holidays on the days that follow:

·         November 27th & 28th - Thanksgiving

·         December 25th & 26th - Christmas

·         January 1st. & 2nd - New Years

·         The Town Office will close at 1:00 pm on December 24th & noon on December     31st. 

 

TOWN OFFICE INFORMATION   - Looking for a few good people!

One of the things that make Belgrade such a wonderful community is the level of civic engagement. The people who volunteer to serve on a Town Board/Committee help set the course of the Town’s future.  A few hours of your time can really make a difference.  The Town has boards/committees that cover nearly every topic, so you are bound to find one that fits your interests or that can use your life experience.  Please consider joining one of the following boards/committees;

 

·         Board of Assessment Review has two openings

·         Board of Parks & Recreation has four openings and two Alternate positions

·         Budget Committee has one opening

·         Transfer Station & Recycling Committee has two openings

·         Board of Assessment Review has one opening

 

Please notify the town office if you are interested or visit the town website at www.townofbelgrade.com for a committee application.

 

ADVERTISING

The Town of Belgrade is now offering businesses the opportunity to advertise in the newsletter, beginning with the first newsletter in 2015. There are four quarterly newsletters. Businesses may submit their business card to the town office along with a fee of $15.00 per newsletter or for the year a fee of $60. All requests for advertising must be prepaid one month prior to the newsletter mailing. Quarterly newsletters come out March 1st, June 1st, September 1st and December 1st.  Please address your submission to Town of Belgrade Newsletter, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME, 04917

All checks need to be made out to “Town of Belgrade” and Attention: Mary Vogel and addressed to, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME   04917

 

“TOWN OFFICE GIVING TREE”

The Town Office has a holiday "Giving Tree" to assist local teens ages 13 through 17.  The tree is on display at the Town Office and is decorated with tags for residents to choose from. Donors must return the wrapped gift, with the tag attached, to the Town office no later than Thursday, December 17th.


Some of the items requested are;                                                                        

Winter Hats & Gloves, Playing Cards, Puzzles, Board games, Arts/Craft Supplies, Country CD’s, PG-13 and under movies,  and Sports Equipment (footballs, baseball gloves, basketballs, Ping Pong Paddles/balls, etc.)             

                                                                                           

If you would like to choose a tag and cannot make it into the office, call and we will pull a tag and write your name on it.  Any help you can provide during this holiday season, to these teens, is appreciated. For more information, call the office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at 495-2258.


NEWS FROM THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

The Fire Department would like to remind residents to take precautions and make sure your chimneys are clean during this winter heating season.  


Other Holiday and Christmas tree fire safety tips include:

• Making sure all exits are accessible, and not blocked by decorations or trees.

• Keep the non-artificial trees watered. Shorts in electrical lights or open flames can easily catch a  dry, neglected tree on fire.

• Do not place the tree close to a heat source, including a fireplace or heat vent.

• Never put branches or needles in a fireplace or wood burning stove.

• Inspect holiday lights each year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or      cracked sockets, and excessive kinking or wear before putting them up.

* During your travel in winter months please take extra precaution for slippery and snowy road  ways

INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

Starting December 1st you will be able to:

·         Register boats for 2015

·         Purchase 2015 Hunting & Fishing licenses

Just a quick reminder, you can now register snowmobiles for the 2015 season.  They all make a great holiday gifts so stop by the office to pick them up!

Belgrade Public Library

124 Depot Road

(207)495-3508

www.belgrade.lib.me.us

HOURS: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-7; Wednesdays 2-6; Saturdays 10-1

It’s official!  The Library will be keeping its Saturday hours indefinitely.  We have gained many new patrons and the number of visitors to the library on Saturdays has shown the new hours to be a success.  We are so happy to continue seeing you.

With Old Man Winter fast approaching, this is the perfect time to visit the library and prepare to cuddle up with a warm blanket and a cup of hot cocoa.  Come browse the new DVDs and Audio Books added to our collection.  Check out one of our newest bestsellers.  Grab a picture book to share with your little ones.  Perhaps one of our cookbooks will inspire a new holiday dish.  Or better yet, reenergize by joining us for book club and story time. 

Did you know that the library is now a donation site for the Belgrade Food Pantry?  You can now drop off non-perishable food and household items at the library to help others less fortunate in your community.  We are looking forward to a great collaboration to benefit all of Belgrade.

Come join us this winter.  Some of our ongoing events include (all programs are free and open to the public):

  • Story Time & Crafts (every Thursday morning at 10:30am)
  • Minecraft (the last Thursday of every month at 3pm)
  • Book Club (second Tuesday of every month at 10:30am) 

Don’t forget that our wi-fi extends outside the building and is available 24/7. 

As always new books are being added to our collection.  Check out the new titles on display or search our catalog online at the library website.  Let us know if you have suggestions to enhance our library collection!  Don’t forget to check out the library website or our Facebook page (facebook/BelgradePublicLibrary) for more information and updates.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Patterson - Library Director

Belgrade Recreation Department

1 Center Drive

Belgrade, Maine  04917

communitycenter@townofbelgrade.com

 

Fall has flown by here at the Recreation Department.  It is amazing how quickly time passes when you are having fun!  And we have been having tons of fun here! 

Just look what is happening every week……

Toddler Open Gym at 9:30 on Monday mornings.  It is a great opportunity for little ones to run around and play together.  Moms, Dads, Grandparents and all adults that love them are welcome to join in any Monday morning.

Mondays from 3:30 - 5:00pm Youth basketball open gym, adult supervision required. Cost is $1.

Monday evenings drop in for Ping Pong in the gym starting at 5:30pm.

Monday and Tuesday afternoons are Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class.  Although it started as a one afternoon class, it quickly filled up and we added a second class.  We will be offering another class sometime after the New Year.

The new Gentle Yoga Class on Wednesday mornings is so popular we added an additional class.  Now you can join Julia Galbraith at either 9:00am or 10:00am.  The 45 minute class costs $36 for 6 weeks or $7 for drop-ins.  

Wednesdays starting at 7:00pm and Sundays at 6:00pm are Adult Basketball.  These pickup games are a $1 per night.

Thursday evenings Julia Galbraith teaches Yoga from 6 – 7pm.  Cost is $50 for 6 weeks or $10 for drop-ins.

We are here each week day for After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) until parent pick up at 5:30pm.  We offer Kidzone from 7:30am – 5:30pm on school vacation days and teacher workshop days.  We are also here on RSU #18 snow days as long as the Town of Belgrade is open.  Check our FaceBook page for questionable days.  https://www.facebook.com/BCCforallseasons

Special Events coming up include….

*Saturday, December 6th, marks the Belgrade Center for All Seasons 9th Holiday Fair and Gingerbread House Contest.  From 9:00am-3:00pm crafters and vendors will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to purchase their exceptional products.  At 10:00am, our 3rd Gingerbread House Contest will kick off.  You may bring a house made at home or decorate a house here using one of the Recreation Dept. gingerbread house kits. Individuals, families and groups are encouraged to enter.  Prizes will be awarded; judging begins at 2:00pm. There is a $10 per house entry fee.  Later that day, the 17th Annual Belgrade Lakes Village Holiday Stroll begins with the tree lighting at 4:00pm.

*Friday, December 12th from 6:00 – 8:00pm join us for our Annual Santa Movie and Model Train Night.  This is such an exciting evening!  You can visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus; watch the amazing model train displays provided by the Great Falls Model Railroad Club and the Maine 3-Railers Club and enjoy popcorn, cocoa and a movie!!!  You can have your Christmas photos taken with Santa for $5; proceeds will go towards our new playground.  This is a fantastic family evening!

Please be sure to visit us soon!

Look for information on reduced lift ticket prices to Sugarloaf in 2015!

Don’t forget the Pot Luck Dinner at the North Belgrade Community Center on the second Saturday of each month.  The dinner starts at 5:00pm and everyone is welcome.

Both the Community Center for All Seasons and the North Belgrade Community Center are available for rentals.  Please contact us if you need a rental space.

If there are additional classes or activities you would like to see offered or are willing to teach at either facility please contact us.

The Belgrade Board of Parks and Recreation meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6:00pm at the Center for All Seasons.   If you are interested in recreation in Belgrade, please join us at our next meeting. To find out what is happening or to learn more about the programs, call 495-3481 or visit: http://www.townofbelgrade.com/belgrade-center-for-all-seasons and be sure to like us on Facebook.  Sign up for our monthly E-Newsletter on our website or facebook page or email your info to us at communitycenter@townofbelgrade.com

Warmest wishes,

Valencia Schubert  

Recreation Director

Town of Belgrade

495-3481

BELGRADE/ROME SPECIAL NEEDS FOOD PANTRY

The Food Pantry has seen an increased number of clients needing our services. The reasons are many – the end of the gardening season means local food is no longer available; colder weather means having to spend limited funds to pay heating bills; seasonal jobs are finished, etc.   There are many reasons – and the Food Pantry has been able to meet the needs of all who have visited.   We are open Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 in the Belgrade Town Office.

The holiday season is a busy time at the Food Pantry –

·      Our local high school and primary school hold an annual Food Drive and the Pantry receives a large food donation of canned and boxed goods which are essential to keeping our shelves stocked.  This involves many hours of additional volunteer help to sort, count and stock items.

·      The Pantry provides an annual “Holiday Food Basket” for all eligible residents who have registered.   This December 16th we will be distributing turkeys, fresh potatoes and squash, vegetables, fresh fruit, milk, pies and all the fixins’ for a great holiday dinner.  Last year over 45 baskets were distributed.  This event also takes many volunteer hours. 

·      The Pantry has also been attempting to shop regularly at Good Shepherd in Auburn where we are able to buy substantially more product for our dollar – once again, additional time to drive, shop and stock shelves.

 

Thanks to the donations of our community we are able to continue to provide this needed service to our neighbors.   It is the holiday time of year and we hope all will remember the Food Pantry generously.  We are also always eager for new, able-bodied volunteers to help with this valuable outreach.  If you are interested in offering your services, please call Marylou Butterfield, 495-2022.

 Friends of the Belgrade Public Library

After eight fundraising activities this summer, the Friends wound down the season by having a new steel roof installed on the garage at the library. Because the garage is a viable storage space for both the library and the Friends, we needed to make sure that the roof, which was in need of repair, was replaced.

The Friends will have a table or two at the craft fair at the Belgrade Center for All Seasons on Saturday, December 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. We have homemade jellies, jams and pickles, hand knit mittens and other hand knit items; Christmas Cards, All Occasion Cards and replicas of the new library done by Cat’s Meow, plus other items too numerous to mention.

We hope that you will come and support the Friends for all of their hard work to maintain the new Belgrade Public Library for the community of Belgrade. See you on December 6th at the Craft Fair!

Historical Society: As the new Chair of the Belgrade Historical Society (the Society), I am pleased to say that this has been an exciting year for the society, a year filled with accomplishments.   At our annual June meeting we reorganized…adopting new by-laws for our Society.  We established a web presence at: www.belgradehistoricalsociety.org  and a facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/belgradehistorical.  These are good sources for you to learn more about the history of Belgrade and our lakes region and to keep up to date with our activities.   

We have been continuously updating and improving the exhibition at the Center for all Seasons (CFAS) and have acquired display cases and purchased new secure storage for our collection. We also provided a full schedule of educational programs that were very well attended.  (Note:  We are currently developing programs for the upcoming year.  As soon as they are finalized you will be able to view the schedule online.)  We are actively working on our strategic plan and expect to put a draft out to our membership early next year.

”We have nearly tripled the number of memberships to nearly 100.” Note:  We have membership applications available at the CFAS or you can become a member using the website.  Our 2015 membership campaign is beginning in December…please consider becoming an active member in the Society.  By joining you will become part of a rejuvenated organization dedicated to preserving our history and providing a source of educational materials for both our full-time and seasonal residents and others who are researching our town and region.

As part of our efforts to preserve the Old Town Meeting House, we have worked to make necessary repairs, re-setting the granite foundation, replacing sills, replacing siding, and repairing the porch.  We are now finalizing plans for our full preservation/restoration of the facility and in the near future we hope to be able to announce these plans and the start of our first major fund-raising campaign to fully implement the plan.  This is truly an exciting time for our organization. 

At this time I want to express my thanks and gratitude to all who have made this a successful year and on behalf of the entire Society wish everyone the best of Holiday Seasons

Belgrade Lakes Village

17th Annual Holiday Stroll

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

9:00am - 3:00pm @ BELGRADE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR ALL SEASONS

Holiday Fair and Gingerbread House Contest! Start your day off shopping at the Holiday Fair or entering the Gingerbread House Contest.  Gingerbread House judging at 2:00 pm.  Enjoy lunch & goodies in the Holiday Café.

 

12:00 - 3:00pm BELGRADE REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER ~ snowshoeing, igloo building and Olaf Snowman Contest ~ fun Winter activities regardless of the weather!   Hot Cocoa and a toasty fire too!

 2:00-5:00pm WINGS HILL INN  ~ Cookie Walk($): Collect a box of cookies made by local bakers to take home!            

4 -7pm STROLL THE VILLAGE AND ENJOY THE HOLIDAY SIGHTS AND SOUNDS.

 4:00 PM LIGHTING THE GIANT TREE IN THE VILLAGE TRIANGLE!

Join the Messalonskee High School Chorus and stroll through the Village singing carols.

~DOCKSIDE PHYSICAL THERAPY and COLORSTORM PRINTING ~ Open House & Refreshments while you wait for the Horse Drawn Wagon ride through the Village.

~MHS KEY CLUB at Colorstorm ~make a Memorial Luminaire to put around the Village Tree.

~UNION CHURCH ~ Chowder tasting supper, homemade Candy Shop, & crafts.

~BELGRADE FIRE & RESCUE AND DELTA AMBULANCE @ Marina Storage ~ Demos & Cocoa!

~DAY’S REAL ESTATE @ Marina Storage will have a giving tree.

~THE 1830’S HOUSE ~ Free homemade sugar cookies and hot cranberry spiced cider. Raffle drawing for a Holiday gift basket.

~MAINE LAKES RESOURCE CENTER ~ Santa arrives at 5:00! Conservation and local art displays, gingerbread cookies too!

~THE VILLAGE INN ~ "Warm yourself by the fire and enjoy Complimentary Fireside Appetizers and Holiday Punch from 4- 5 PM! Dinner Served 5 - 9 PM. Don't Miss our Last Night Of The 2014 Season!"

~DAY’S STORE ~ Make your own S’MORES in front of a cozy outdoor fire! Music By Gerry Fotter!  Outdoor movie (weather permitting).  Specials on Holiday Decorating Merchandise in the Gift Shop.

~MHS ROBOTICS CLUB @ the Belgrade Lakes Post Office ~ Demos and Chili Dogs and Waffle sales

~THE BELGRADE LAKES WELLNESS CENTER AND DAY SPA ~ Stop in to Write A Letter To Santa and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa.

~LAKEPOINT REAL ESTATE ~ Come inside to enjoy music by Five Foot Ficus, visit with Frosty the Snowman and have a refreshment while you wait for the Horse Drawn Wagon to take you through the Village.

~BELGRADE BOAT SHOP ~ Winter Fun Sledding on the hill at Wings Hill Inn (weather permitting).

~SIGN UP FOR RAFFLES AT PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES!

 Enjoy the beautiful lights and luminaries throughout the Village!  Sponsored by the Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group www.belgradelakesmaine.com

 Special Thanks to the Belgrade & Rome Fire Depts.

For questionable weather check our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BelgradeLakesRegionBusinessGroup


News from the Belgrade Regional Health Center

The BRHC held a very successful free flu shot clinic on Saturday Oct.11, 2014 during the Harvest Festival.  There is still an ample supply of flu shot doses available for all Health Center patients.

 

The staff reports that the walking trial at the BRHC is being utilized at all hours during the day and on weekends.  Some use it as a good relaxer after a day at work.  It will be open during the winter months for snowshoeing.  For those who do not own snowshoes and would like to give it a try, the staff is trying to collect a few pairs in various sizes that can be borrowed for an hour or so.  If anyone has a pair of snowshoes that are no longer being used, you might consider calling Wendi Wainer, the practice manager, at 495-3323.

 

The staff will be participating in the Christmas Stroll, Saturday December 6.  There will be winter activities at the Health Center from 12:00 – 3:00.  Stop by and see them.  All are welcome.

 

Another Dam Committee

Believe it or not, there is actually a Dam(s) Committee!    And I am not referring to the fictitious yet gripping comic-mystery novel “The Dam Committee” and its sequel “More Dam Trouble” by Belgrade’s very own noted author, Earl H. Smith.

 

Belgrade Village Spillway Dam with water flowing over the Spillway

The actual Dams Committee is an inter-local Agreement for the management of all of the Belgrade area dams to control those waters within our watershed.   Specifically the spillway dam in the Belgrade Lakes Village, the Wings Mill Dam at the lower end of Long Pond, the dam at Salmon Lake and lastly, the Oakland dam for our neighbors on Messalonskee/Snow Pond.  This Agreement was adopted back on October 16,1987 by the Towns of Belgrade, Rome and Oakland, all whichmake available volunteer delegates. 

 

As you can well image managing the water levels of the seven Lakes in the Belgrade Chain is no easy task based on the many unpredictable snow and rain events, the variations in watershed slopes, the needs of our State Departments of Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and not to mention, those of Essex Hydro who generate local power with the Oakland dam.

 

To make matters ‘worse’, one inch of rain falling on Great Pond actually results in a 1.5-2” increase in Great Pond’s water level.  Due to the relative mountainous and steep slopes of the Long Pond watershed, that increase is approximately 3” for every inch of rainfall – and it may take two to three days to see that increase.  In addition, with such a runoff and due to the hydrology involved of a lake with a gate open, it is not uncommon to see a 6” difference between the dam at Wings Mill and upper Long Pond 9 miles away, with just 2 inches of rain!  The reason why your dock on upper Long Pond maybe under water yet the dam at Wings Mill registers only 1” or so above full pond.

 

Wings Mill (Long Pond)

For the official Fall Lake Drawdown, the DEP mandates that by October 31st, the lakes are drawn down to their winter levels, 1.0-1.5’ below full for Salmon Lake and 1.5-2’ below full for both Long and Great Ponds.  Of course this is an ideal and all dependent on the whims of Mother Nature!The spring objective this year was to open the gates to allow for the inevitable Spring melt and run-off without flooding our friends at Castle Island Camps, in particular!   This summer, the Dams Committee wisely chose to keep all of the ponds ideally 3” above full pond in the event we encountered another dry summer – which fortunately was not the case.  Full pond incidentally is when water levels are right at the top of the respective spillways without running over.

Salmon Lake Dam

So please be considerate and understanding of the hours put in by your local and, did I forget to

mention, “volunteer”  Dams Committee members as they try in all earnest to protect our beautiful Belgrade Lakes watershed!   See you next summer!


Dick Greenan, Rome delegate and Secretary,

Belgrade Lakes Watershed Dams Committee

 

SPIRIT OF AMERICA TRIBUTE

2014 Nomination

Once again the Town will participate in the Spirit of America Tribute, please take the time to fill out and submit your nomination for someone who exemplifies the individual qualities of this award. This nomination is for service to community.

 

The Spirit of America Foundation is a public charity that was established in

Augusta, Maine, to encourage and promote volunteerism.  Its recognition program has spread through more than twenty-six cities and towns in Maine. The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute historically is presented to honor local Individual(s), organization (s) and /or projects for community service. The award recognizes individuals and organizations in appreciation of exemplary community service.

 

Please submit your nomination to the town office by March 1st, 2015

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Town of Belgrade

Spirit of America Tribute

Nomination Form

 

Nominee Name:  _______________________________________________________

 

Nomination made by:  __________________________________________________

Date:  ________________________________________________________________

Reason for the nomination: 

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You may drop this form off at the Belgrade Town Office or mail it to 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME  04917

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