August 20 – 31, 2021Vol. 23, No. 11

Belgrade First Responders Memorial

First responders — those who make the necessary sacrifices to be there for us in an emergency — deserve our gratitude. Their efforts, both past and present, are kind, compassionate, and caring.

Some Belgrade residents believe a public acknowledgment of our appreciation is long overdue. The first phase you may have already noticed — photos honoring our Fire and EMS volunteers displayed on the walls of the Town Office. The second phase is creation of a memorial to Belgrade first responders. A group of residents has been meeting to discuss potential locations and designs for this proposed memorial.

We believe it should be a public/private partnership, with the Town contributing some of our tax dollars, as well as private fundraising to cover the rest of the expense. We are hoping to obtain the funding this winter and construct the memorial during the summer of 2022.

We are planning to propose our recommended memorial design and location to the Board of Selectpersons in September. This will give us plenty of time to draft a Town Meeting warrant article.

If you are interested in contributing to this effort, please write a check to "Belgrade Fire & Rescue Association." In the memo/for line at the bottom of the check, please write "First Responders Memorial" so that the Association can put it into our account. You can mail the check to Belgrade Fire & Rescue Association, P.O. Box 404, Belgrade, ME 04917. You can also drop off the check at the Belgrade Town Office, and staff there will give it to the Association.

If you would like more information, please contact any of the following people: Mac Stocco (465‑2806, macstocco@yahoo.com), Penny Morrell (pmorrell2@roadrunner.com), Fred Perkins (perkfperk@gmail.com), Kate Damren (kdamren@rsu18.org), Bruce Galouch (bobtheplumberme@gmail.com), Phil Sprague (ljplsprague@gmail.com), Michial Heino (msp15ret@roadrunner.com), Jay Bradshaw (jaybrad@gmail.com), Dan MacKenzie (dan@generatorsofmaine.com).