Quarterly 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


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. 


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.



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




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.



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


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



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



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




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


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!           





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.


~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).


 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 which

make 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)


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.

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!

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



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



Town of Belgrade


Spirit of America Tribute

Nomination Form


Nominee Name:  _______________________________________________________


Nomination made by:  __________________________________________________

Date:  ________________________________________________________________

Reason for the nomination: 






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


Belgrade Town Office: 495-2258

Center for All Seasons: 495-3481

Belgrade Library: 495-3508

Belgrade Transfer Station: 495-3326

Website: www.townofbelgrade.com                                     September   2014




Report on the Belgrade Transfer Station: This year we started taking Maine Stream Waste (MSW) from the Town of Rome along with their recyclables. Belgrade Residents have increased their recycling to the point that we have a huge increase in the amount of recyclables coming into the facility. Because of the demand at the recycling building the Select Board voted to open the transfer station to the public on Thursdays from noon to five.  This action didn’t increase the cost of running the facility as the workers were already working on that day from seven to three. The workers now come in at 9:00 a.m. and process recyclables until noon (12:00 p.m.) then are open to the public until 5:00 p.m..


Truck Scales:

The Select Board has directed me to work up a complete cost analysis of installing truck scales at the transfer station. Everything we have removed from the transfer station is billed to us by the pound and we have no way of weighing anything; so, we are measuring loads and charging by the cubic foot.  The huge problem with this method is that different items have different weights. A cubic foot of pressure treated wood is a lot heavier than a cubic foot of pine boards and we are charging the same rate for both items. 


The cost of the scales installed along with a scaling building and the earth work is estimated to be in the $50,000.00 range. We will know more about better of the cost once the cost analysis report is completed. We would also have to have an employee stationed at the scales who is a licensed scalier and the location of the scales is also a problem as we don’t want to change our present traffic flow pattern into the facility.


Too Good to Throw Away- Building:

The, “Too Good to Throw Away”, shop is way too small for the amount of goods being dropped off and picked up there.  Some of the Select Board members want to close the shop because of the operational problems caused by the volume of items while others are open to discussion.  We do have a cement pad that is currently being using as a drop off area for item that have freon. We could build a building on that cement pad that would be big enough to handle the flow of free items being dropped off and picked up which should fix the present operational problems with overflow items being left outside. We would be looking at a 24 ft X 24 ft building designed like a two vehicle garage with a side door and a couple of windows.  The cement pad is already in place; so, we would have to put down a row of cement blocks then either purchase a garage package or have a garage built.


Mandatory Recycling:

The main reason we developed the Solid Waste and Recycling Committee was to help reduce the cost of running the transfer station. Over the years the Committee has greatly reduced the overall operational cost of the facility and it now seems there is only one change left that should be addressed that being MANDITORY RECYCLING. We already have in place mandatory clear bags and the Commercial Haulers are suppose to keep their customers recycling items separated as they pick them up.  Some of the commercial haulers do a good job at recycling while others don’t.  Most residents do a good job at recycling with most items; however, a lot of glass containers are not being recycled and they are heavy and costly items going into the MSW hopper. 


I believe the Committee is going to recommend to the Select Board that mandatory recycling needs to be implemented in order to reduce our cost of running the facility. We presently raise over $100,000 for tipping and trucking fee for the disposal of MSW and the Committee believes we could help reduce that cost if we had mandatory recycling.  Mandatory recycling can only be approved by a vote at Town Meeting.


It would be greatly appreciated if you would take the time and complete the following questionnaire:  Please drop off the completed questionnaire at town office or at the transfer station –thank you!


________________________________Cut off _______________________________


Name: _________________________________: I am a property owner in Belgrade.


#1) Do you support the purchase of truck scales for the transfer station?  ___Yes ___N0


#2) Vote to close down the Too Good to Throw Away Shop? ____Yes ___No


Vote to build a bigger building for the Too Good to Throw Away Shop? ___yes ___No   


#3) Town Warrant article asking to implement mandatory recycling? ___Yes ___No



New full-time Position:

Travis Burton has been hired to fill the new position of Firefighter 1& 2 / Paramedic for the Town of Belgrade. He was employed by Delta Ambulance Service serving as their Captain; he also has eighteen years of service with the Belgrade Fire Department.Travis will be working four days a week in 10 hour shifts and we have several per-diem paramedics signed up to work the fifth 10 hour shift giving the Town 50 hours a week of scheduled rescue service. We have purchased a new rescue vehicle which should be in service in late October of this year.


Town Signage:

I believe all of our, “Welcome to Belgrade” sign have been installed. We still have some base work to do on a couple of them by adding some blocks & shrubs and we are going to light the CFAS sign.  We still have a four foot wide two sided sign for the North Belgrade Community Center left to install.


Peninsula Park:

We just completed having the other half of the Peninsula Park lot surveyed (south side towards Day’s Store) and will be installing a fence along that side of our lot from RT # 27 to Upper Long Pond. This section is about 0.7 acres in size and will be opened up to the public once the fence is installed. Opening up the south side of the Peninsula Park lot will greatly increase public access to Upper Long Pond.  The Town also owns a small piece of land on Great Pond directly across the road from this section of Peninsula Park. We are also looking at using this land in some way to serve the public.


Building Site:

The Select Board has directed me to contact several land owners to see if they would be interested in selling their property to the Town for the purpose of building  a new Town Office. All the locations were chosen due to their central location in the Town and their size as parking is very important for a Town office. The Select Board would like to have two or three location to present to the voters at our next Town meeting and let the voters decide which location they want.  The Town of Greene has offered to give us their building plans and we have made several trips down to their office to view the design.



It was our intention to have the paving projects completed in August as we bid out the paving package in early June.  A long wet season along with a lot more pre paving repairs than expected has caused us to go into September before the paving project could be done. I have been told that September 22 will be starting day for our paving program and the paving should be completed that week contingent on the weather. We apologize to the residents of the Chandler Road who have had to put up with dust for the entire summer season, but the contractor would not come into Belgrade until all the roads were ready to be paved at one time. We appreciate your patience.



For those of you who like to set off fireworks at all hours of the night and set them off over your neighbor’s property or out over one of the lakes, please take notice!  At this point the Select Board has chosen to not act on the complaints that have been coming into the office dealing with fireworks. (I believe if this continues the Board may take some action). This is a common sense issue to me. Don’t fire rockets over your neighbor’s property; as they are picking up the pieces and bring them into me in baggies. Don’t fire them off over the water into some ones sail boat mask or power boat. Stop setting them off prior to 10:00 p.m. or so at night just out of common sense. It will be too bad if a select few force the Select Board into taking action against setting off fireworks as a whole.  Common sense people common sense! 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 Fall!

Greg Gill, Town Manager




Notes from the Town Clerk:

The General Election is held nationally on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.  In 2014, voters will elect the Governor, one United States Senator, United States Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature (Senators and Representatives) and certain county officers.  County officers may include Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, Sheriff, District Attorney and County Commissioner. Absentee ballots will be available 30 – 45 days before the general election at the town office.  You can apply for an absentee ballot in person, online, by mail or by telephone.  The last day an absentee ballot may be requested is October 30th.  An absentee ballot is available after this day for special circumstances, only.  Voting will be held at the Center for all Seasons from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.


The Boston Post Gold cane is given to the oldest accepting resident of the community.  Howard Boston is the latest willing recipient. He was awarded the cane on July 15, 2014.  His daughter, Selectman Ernest Rice, former Town Clerk, Cheryl Cook and I were in attendance. Legislature Dennis L. Keschl provided Mr. Boston with a legislative sentiment.


On behalf of the Board of Selectpersons, the Town Manager and Town Office Staff, I would like to congratulate Mr. Boston for being awarded this honor.








Please welcome the “New” Transfer Station Manager Kenneth Scheno, he is from Mount Vernon and has several years of experience in solid waste operations.


New Additional Hours have been implemented at the Transfer Station in addition to the Wednesdays from 11 am to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 am to 3 p.m., the Transfer Station will now be open on Thursdays from 12 p.m. (Noon) until 5 p.m.  These new hours will continue until Columbus Day in October. Then will begin again the 1st   week of May. 


KVCOG’s Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program October 2014

The Town of Belgrade will be participating in a “Hazardous Household Waste Collection Program” this year. This event is being hosted by the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG).


This is an important event that provides citizens with the opportunity to dispose of many items that the local Transfer Station and Recycling Center may not/does not accept.  Such items include: oil/alkyd based paints (no latex); stains, paint strippers/thinners; solvents (e.g. acetone), varnishes and lacquers; wood preservatives; adhesives, waste fuels (kerosene, gasoline, and diesel); degreasers and brake fluids; antifreeze; poisons, insecticides, weed killers, pesticides, moth balls; many types of chemicals; compressed gas cylinders, and many other items. 


More information about this program will be available at the Town Office on or about October 1st.  Remember you need to pre-register at the Town Office to participate in the program.  The location is yet to be determined.  The Town will pay for the first unit (one five-gallon container) for the first 25 (twenty-five) people that sign-up for the program. This is a $27.50 value.



Notes from the IF&W Agent: Snowmobile stickers are available for registering for the 2014-2015 season. For those of you interested in purchasing Recreational licenses they should be available by the first of December.  




Notes from the Tax Collector



A reminder that 2014 Property taxes are due September 12th, interest begins the next day. We do accept credit cards, with a 2.45% convenience fee. You may also pay online at townofbelgrade.com and click on online services. You may use either a credit/debit card with the convenience fee or your checking account for a fee of $1.50. You will need to have your Real Estate account number to use the system.


Tax Relief Programs:

The Town will set up a formal tax club upon your request, which provides tax payers an opportunity to pay monthly, with interest accruing as normal or you may set up your own payment schedule and send in monthly payments, please just enclose your account number so payments may be properly applied. Please call the Town Office for more information on either program.


Homestead Exemption: This program provides a measure of property tax relief for individuals that have owned homestead property in Maine for at least twelve months and make the property they occupy on April 1st (first) their permanent residence. Property owners would receive an exemption of $10,000. This program is not income based and is available for all Maine Residents who meet the criteria. The forms are available at the Town Office prior to April 1st to receive this benefit. If you have already applied there is no need to send in an application annually, once you receive this benefit, you will get it every year.


Veteran’s Exemption: This program provides an exemption to residents who are veterans.  The application is available at the Municipal Office and on the Town of Belgrade website.  Requirement for this application is that you provide a copy of your DD214 prior to April 1st of the year.






“Fall Lake Drawdown Activities”



Throughout the year our Dams Committee is actively working and maintaining water levels on our lakes.  However, there are three planned activities that create public interest.  These are Lake Drawdown and Winter Management activities, Spring Refill, and our Summer Water Level Management practices.  The Committee is now preparing for FALL LAKE DRAWDOWN activities.


Pursuant to the Belgrade Area Dams Committee’s Water Management Plan,

Section I – FALL Draw downs and WINTER STORAGE of the plan specifies that:


  1. “The primary objective of fall and winter water management is to lower the lakes to accommodate increased rainfall and runoff which occurs in the fall and again in late winter and early spring.” FALL DRAWDOWN ACTIVITIES WILL DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF RAINFALL RECEIVED IN THIS AREA.


  1. Optimum drawdown levels: 


SALMON LAKE - 1.0 to 1.5 feet below Spillway

Great Pond         - 1.5 to 2.0 feet below spillway

Long Pond          - 1.5 to 2.0 feet below Spillway


  1. Water level limits – At no time shall the lakes be drawn down lower than:


SALMON LAKE   - 1.5 feet below Spillway

Great Pond          - 2.5 feet below Spillway

Long Pond           - 2.5 feet below Spillway


  1. General management programs: Draw downs must end by October 31st to avoid adversely affecting fish and wildlife.  Therefore, whatever lake level is achieved by October 31st will be the lowest level at which the lake may be kept throughout the winter, unless an unusual amount of rainfall in September and October force emergency provision for additional drawdown.  Note:  While there are more restrictive requirements as to what levels must be achieved by various dates, due to significant public interest in providing for lake use through Columbus Day weekend, the Dams Committee has and will continue to try to meet the needs of lake-side residents and, depending on water levels and the weather will endeavor to manage water levels to minimize any impacts through Columbus Day each year.


This “Public Notice” is provided as an on-going attempt by the Belgrade Area Dams Committee’s to keep you informed of their water level management activities for our lakes.  If you have any questions about these activities please contact your Town Office or the member of the Committee that represents your town:


Belgrade:495-2258                          Rome:397-4011                         Oakland:465-7357


Dennis Purington                            Timothy Comeford                     Donald Borman

Doug McCafferty                              Jack Schultz                                                

George Hoy                                       Richard Greenan

Raymond Hewett

Craig Alexander





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 hard to believe that summer is almost gone and fall will be right around the corner! 


We had a fantastic summer at the library with authors such as Susan Poulin, Paul Betit, and Richard Beeman.  Special programs from Dinoman and Mad Science brought big crowds for our summer reading.  We were excited to offer a glimpse of eReaders and Tablets at our Technology Zoo program as well as an opportunity to participate in our Science Experiments program and a step towards safety with our Child Identification program this summer.  Our Story Time/Crafts programs and Minecraft programs expanded imaginations and encouraged creativity.  All in a short ten weeks!


Local school libraries even loaned us some of their books over the summer.  This increased our collection by 225 items during that ten week span – all of which were very popular!  With schools and towns all facing budgetary limitations, this collaboration enabled us to broaden our resources available while allowing the community to utilize their tax dollars in multiple ways.  Many thanks to school librarians Sylvia Jadczak, Liz McMahon, and Kate Bailey for this opportunity!


If that’s not enough, we are expanding outside.  The library added a beautiful blue bicycle rack this summer and some outside patio furniture.  Bike on down and get comfy with a good book in the sunshine.  If computers and eBooks are your preference, no problem!  Don’t forget that our wi-fi extends outside the building and is available 24/7.


The library is also happy to announce that, beginning in September, we are becoming 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 fall.  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)


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




The summer of 2014 was spectacular! Children attending Camp Golden Pond and Camp Loon for Teens were able to enjoy swimming, field trips, boating and just being kids.  New this summer, Great Pond Yacht Club offered Youth Sailing Camp.  It was wonderful to see the excitement in the eyes of the new sailors and we look forward to collaborating with them again next year.  Many thanks to the camp staff and volunteers that made this summer fun for all of the children that attended; you have added special memories to their lives.


After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) has begun.  School age children can come to the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons right off the Belgrade Central School bus.  Once here, children are given a healthy snack, time do their homework, have the opportunity to play games inside and out, and work on crafts until parent pickup at 5:30pm.  We also offer Kidzone from 7:30 – 5:30 on school vacation days and teacher workshop days.

September is bringing many programs and events to the Rec. Dept. some old favorites and some new.


Mondays ~ Ping Pong at 5:30pm and beginning September 15 ~ 9:30am Toddler Open Gym Playtime


Tuesdays ~ Pickleball at 5:30pm and beginning September 23 ~ 3:30pm Kids in the Kitchen Cooking Class for grades K – 5


Wednesdays ~ Adult basketball at 7:00pm and beginning September 17 ~ 10 - 10:45am Low Impact/Gentle Yoga


Thursdays ~ Bridge at 12:30pm and Yoga at 6:00pm


On September 16, 17 or 18 ~ 3:00 - 4:45pm our new Drama Club will have interviews & tryouts for parts in the fractured fairy tale “Cinderella or the Story of Bigfoot”.  Drama Club will then begin meeting on Mondays and Fridays starting September 22 at 3:30pm, with a dinner theater/public performance on November 15th.


Also at the Community Center for All Seasons:

September 13 ~ 4 - 7:00pm Elvis Tribute Artist - EP Rock will be performing for a Team Hallowell Fundraiser for the Dempsey Challenge


September 27 ~ 6:00pm Friends of John Skinner Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser & Auction


September 30 ~ 8:00am Bus Trip to Fryeburg Fair leaving the Center for All Seasons at 8:00 am and returning at 6:30pm.  Admission to the fair that day is free for seniors over 65 years of age, however all ages are invited to make the bus trip with us. Cost is $20 for Belgrade residents and $23 for non-residents.  Please be sure to contact us early if you would like to go. 


October 11th is Harvest Festival, with fun family activities at the Center between 11:00am and 2:00pm.  There will be a bounce house, pumpkin carving, food, scarecrow stuffing, touch-a-truck, and so much more.


Look for the Belgrade PTO/Rec Dept. Halloween Party on October 24th and the Teen Zombie Dance the 25th of October.


Sunday, November 9th we have a bus trip to Boston on VIP Charter Bus, leaving the Center for All Seasons at 7am return around 9pm, $45 per person.

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


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.


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 on September 22nd.


To find out what is happening or to learn more about the programs and fees, call 495-3481 or visit: http://www.townofbelgrade.com/belgrade-center-for-all-seasons and be sure to like us on Facebook.




Valencia Schubert  

Recreation Director

Town of Belgrade





“The Town would like to thank the Board and Committee Volunteers who have stepped down from their positions this year, the town appreciates your willingness to support town government by volunteering!”


For those of you who are interested in participating, we have several openings; Board of Assessment Review (2), Board of Parks & Recreation (2 Alternate Positions) and Transfer Station & Recycling Committee (2)






News from our Lake Associations


      Friends of Messalonskee Report - 30,000 Pounds and Still Counting

Friends of Messalonskee greatly appreciates the Belgrade volunteers, Belgrade businesses, the Town of Belgrade and FOM “friends” for making our efforts possible this year. We have pulled over 30,000 pounds of milfoil, placed burlap barriers, weighted with burlap sandbags, mapped several miles of shore line, and unfortunately discovered many new areas of milfoil infestation.


Making all this possible were three interns, a licensed diver and a recent Marine Biology graduate, an assistant boat captain, all from Unity College, and a certified hookah diver and local resident. They worked collaboratively this summer to map the shoreline for invasive aquatic plants and put in over 110 hours of Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) time at the boat launch ramps.  Neighbors volunteered, hand-pulling and filling onion bags with milfoil while The DASH boat (Diver Assisted Suction Harvester) hummed, chugged and gurgled while vacuuming and separating the invasive species from its home.  The DASH was put to work in various coves around the lake including the launch area and boat channel headed toward the Route 27 Bridge. The adjacent marsh and Black Tern Habitat were also areas of DASH activity.


Bill Libby, FOM board member has coordinated a milfoil site visit to Lake Messalonskee with the commissioners of Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W) to view a typical infestation of variable milfoil and see first hand the potential destruction of the watershed.


We are seeking “Cove Coordinators”, who might be boaters, swimmers, dock walkers and property owners to adopt a cove and keep an eye out for invasive plants.  We will provide you with plant ID cards and onion bags, like those on the DASH boat, to pick up and contain fragments. Scopes are available as well to aid and locate milfoil at the bottom of the lake.  Contact Ned Hammond 660 5069 or Janna Townsend 465 0928 for more information or updates.  Please visit our website; www.friendsofmessalonskee.com.  


Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance (BRCA)

Milfoil removal program update:

BRCA continues to work in partnership with Belgrade Lakes Association and Friends of Messalonskee to remove variable milfoil from Great Pond, Belgrade Stream, and Messalonskee Lake.  During the summer of 2014, over 10,000 gallons of milfoil was removed from the Great Meadow Stream and Great Pond, significantly decreasing the size of the milfoil infestation in this area.  Efforts were increased, thanks in part to funding from the Town of Belgrade, for removing milfoil from Messalonskee Lake and Belgrade Stream.  Priority areas this year in the Belgrade Stream and Messalonskee Lake include:


1. Boat launches (both public and unofficial launch sites);

2. Areas close to uninfested waterbodies (the area next to Wing’s Mill Dam); and

3. Endangered wildlife habitat (Black Tern and Least Bittern habitat in Messalonskee Marsh). 


BRCA also built a Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) boat this year for doing milfoil removal work.  This boat was built with technical support from staff at Colby College, and with funds from a USFWS grant, BRCA membership contributions, and contributions from the Belgrade Lakes Association.  This new DASH will help increase efficiency and the effectiveness of our Milfoil Program.  Stay tuned for year-end program reports in the December newsletter, and contact BRCA at brca@belgradelakes.org for more information. Thank you




                           Belgrade Historical Society



The Belgrade Historical Society has had a productive year. Beginning with a fascinating program on Maine Horse Soldiers in the Civil War in January, eight additional programs were scheduled for 2014. An ambitious membership campaign has doubled the number of memberships, and at our Annual Meeting in June, members approved changes to our by-laws to operate with a Board of Directors. The current Chair is former Belgrade Town Manager and representative to the Maine Legislature, Dennis Keschl.


            Since that time, the Board has been working hard in several areas. New archival storage units have been added to the Belgrade History Room at the Center for All Seasons, with a plan to have as large a portion of our collections as possible there when we open the room on a regular basis for those interested in learning more about Belgrade’s history. Curator Nancy Mairs has been assisted by other volunteers in organizing and cataloging various documents and artifacts in our collection, some of which are on display in this room.


            The Belgrade Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of the Old Town House on Cemetery Road, where town meetings were held as early as 1815. Thanks to assistance from Hammond Lumber, in the last year volunteers were able to remove large water tank from the building, and the Town of Belgrade rebuilt the porch in time for traditional Memorial Day Services.


            Perhaps the highlight of our 2014 achievements has been the creation of a Belgrade Historical Society website. For updates on upcoming events plus historical information and images, click on www.BelgradeHistoricalSociety.com.


Picture of

 “Alvah Watson and William Withers of Belgrade (front seat) and friends returning from a successful hunting trip in the early 20th century.”





News from the Belgrade Regional Health Center



Many exciting things are happening at the Belgrade Health Center all in an effort to help patients and the community at large to lead a healthier lifestyle.


  1. A walking trail that follows the perimeter of the property has recently been completed and open for anyone to use. It is ADA accessible and will be open year round. Snowshoes and cross country skis will be welcome in the winter months. It is an easy walk through both a wooded area and out in the open. Enjoy the walk and watch the seasons change.


  1. A new Healthy Gains class has just begun which helps patients monitor their health issues, learn about healthy lifestyles, diet , and exercise. Members can also take part in an exercise program run by Jill Rancourt, a physical fitness trainer, at Dockside in Belgrade Lakes. The next class will begin on Wednesday November 12 from 5-6:30.



  1. A Cooking Matters course is also available where participants learn to prep ingredients, cook healthy meals, eat the meals, visit a local Hannaford to learn tips for stretching a dollar and taking home a bag of groceries to prepare one of the meals from the class.


  1. A Living Well Series has also been well attended to help individuals with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, chronic pain, and high blood pressure controls their situation to make their lives more comfortable and manageable.



  1. A Pre-Diabetes Prevention Class was also brought to the health center to help individuals learn skills to prevent diabetes. These classes had full attendance. Call the BRHC to see when the next class might begin.


  1. The annual Flu Shot Clinic will take place from 9:00 – 12:00 on Oct. 11, the same day as the October Fest in Belgrade. This is open to the public and free.



  1. Remember that the health center also offers Behavioral Health Services.


  1. The Belgrade Regional Health Center is accepting new patients both adults and children. Call for information on any of these programs that might be on interest to you. 495-3323







Friends of the Belgrade Public Library

The Friends of the Belgrade Public Library would like to thank the people and visitors of Belgrade for another successful fundraising season. The money raised will assist in the maintenance of the building and provide for a new roof for the garage.  Again our thanks!





Public Service Announcement


 Dear Friends;


 Whether you are a resident of Belgrade, a surrounding town, or just concerned, John & Cindy Skinner need our help.  John is currently at Tufts Medical Center in Boston undergoing treatment for Amyloidosis, a rare bone marrow disorder, which will take several months. 


While John is receiving his treatment he will not be working and his income will be drastically reduced.  Friends of John would like to help!  On September 27th, Friends of John Skinner will be holding a free spaghetti dinner with dessert and a silent auction; a donation of any amount would be greatly appreciated and ALL proceeds from this event will go directly to John and Cindy to defray medical costs which are mounting. 


So please join Friends of John Skinner at the Center for All Seasons on Friday September 27th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm and bring your appetites. Cards and letters (no flowers) can be sent to John Skinner, Tufts Medical Center, North 8 Room 8037, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111.