REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK

October 23, 2010

Cats free thanks to surplus

Kennebec Journal Staff

AUGUSTA -- There are free cats at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society this weekend.

The animal shelter is waiving the adoption fee on all cats older than six months old, through Sunday.

Hillary Roberts, executive director of the shelter, said the shelter has so many cats, it is full and its resources are being depleted caring for the animals.

She said, with more cats and kittens arriving at the shelter every day, the need for loving, adoptive homes is critical.

"Now we really need community members to come forward and help provide loving homes for these animals in need," Roberts said in a news release.

All cats and kittens are spayed or neutered and up to date on routine vaccinations.

The shelter is also always in need of donated items such as cat and kitten food and cat litter.

The shelter is on Pet Haven Lane off Western Avenue in Augusta. More information is available by calling Kennebec Valley Humane Society at 626-3491 or online at www.pethavenlane.org.

MONMOUTH: Clerk works

The town's new deputy clerk is no stranger to municipal work.

Kim Dalton, who took over as Monmouth's deputy clerk and deputy tax collector on Sept. 24, arrived fresh off a stint as the tax collector for the city of Gardiner.

Dalton, who lives in Monmouth with her husband and three children, ages 18, 12 and 10, said the thought of working closer to home was appealing.

"I'm excited to work in my hometown," Dalton said.

Dalton's duties include running elections, issuing dog licenses, keeping statistics and helping administer general assistance. She graduated from high school in Colorado and attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.

Dalton has worked for the Maine State Police and was a supervisor for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Colorado.

WINDSOR: Bus-safe

Nine students from Windsor Elementary School were honored in a Blaine House reception on Wednesday for being named winners in a statewide contest that asked students to create posters promoting school bus safety.

Ashleigh Treannie, Stephanie Libby, Jakob Mills, Angela Morris, Dakoda Roinestad, Daniel Rice, Morgan Bailee Dowling, Kaitlynn Howes and Cassidy Bowden claimed prizes in the contest.

"We're really proud of those kids," Regional School Unit 12 Superintendent Greg Potter said. "The school has been part of this contest for a number of years. This was an incredible number of winners."

The contest was sponsored by the Maine Association for Pupil Transportation.

GARDINER: Ghosts and ghouls

Downtown businesses will hand out candy to children who are dressed up in their Halloween best from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday. Water Street businesses that are participating will be marked with a balloon outside of the businesses.

"This event has been happening for the past few years downtown, and it is a way for all of the kids in the community to get together in one place dressed up for Halloween," said Chris West, executive director of the Gardiner Main Street Program, the sponsoring organization.

MOUNT VERNON: Municipal changes

Selectmen will begin holding their regular meetings on every other Monday beginning Nov. 8.

Volunteers are needed to serve on the Board of Appeals.

BELGRADE: Drawdown

The Dams Committe has begun planning for fall water level drawdowns, primarily in Long Pond, Great Pond and Salmon Lake. Drawdowns are to occur no later than Oct. 31.

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