TOWN OF BELGRADE
Belgrade Town Office:
Center for All
www.townofbelgrade.com December 2014
FROM THE TOWN MANAGER
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.
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
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
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,
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:
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:
27th & 28th - Thanksgiving
25th & 26th - Christmas
1st. & 2nd - New Years
Town Office will close at 1:00 pm on December 24th & noon on
INFORMATION - Looking for a few good people!
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;
of Assessment Review has two openings
of Parks & Recreation has four openings and two Alternate positions
Committee has one opening
Station & Recycling Committee has two openings
of Assessment Review has one opening
notify the town office if you are interested or visit the town website at www.townofbelgrade.com for a committee
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
checks need to be made out to “Town of Belgrade” and Attention: Mary Vogel and
addressed to, 6 Manchester Road, Belgrade, ME
“TOWN OFFICE GIVING
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.
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,
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
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
• 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
FISHERIES & WILDLIFE
Starting December 1st you
will be able to:
boats for 2015
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
Belgrade Public Library
124 Depot Road
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
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
- 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
Janet Patterson - Library Director
1 Center Drive
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
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.
Special Events coming up
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
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
Both the Community Center
for All Seasons and the North Belgrade Community Center are available for
rentals. Please contact us if you need a
If there are additional
classes or activities you would like to see offered or are willing to teach at
either facility please contact us.
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 email@example.com
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
· 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,
Friends of the Belgrade Public Library
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.
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
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
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
Saturday, December 6th,
- 3:00pm @ BELGRADE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR ALL SEASONS
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
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!
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
Join the Messalonskee High School Chorus and stroll
through the Village singing carols.
PHYSICAL THERAPY and COLORSTORM PRINTING ~ Open House
& Refreshments while you wait for the Horse Drawn Wagon ride through the
KEY CLUB at Colorstorm ~make a Memorial Luminaire to put
around the Village Tree.
CHURCH ~ Chowder
tasting supper, homemade Candy Shop, & crafts.
FIRE & RESCUE AND DELTA AMBULANCE @ Marina Storage ~ Demos
REAL ESTATE @ Marina Storage will have a giving tree.
1830’S HOUSE ~ Free homemade sugar cookies and hot cranberry
spiced cider. Raffle drawing for a Holiday gift basket.
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
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
BELGRADE LAKES WELLNESS CENTER AND DAY SPA ~ Stop in to Write A Letter To Santa and enjoy
cookies and hot cocoa.
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
BOAT SHOP ~ Winter Fun
Sledding on the hill at Wings Hill Inn (weather permitting).
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
questionable weather check our facebook page:
News from the
Belgrade Regional Health Center
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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.
So please be
considerate and understanding of
the hours put in by your local and, did I forget to
“volunteer” Dams Committee members as they
try in all earnest to protect our beautiful Belgrade Lakes watershed! See you next summer!
Greenan, Rome delegate and Secretary,
Lakes Watershed Dams Committee
SPIRIT OF AMERICA TRIBUTE
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.
Spirit of America Foundation is a public charity that was established in
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
Town of Belgrade
Spirit of America Tribute
drop this form off at the Belgrade Town Office or mail it to 6 Manchester Road,
Belgrade, ME 04917