The Recreation Committee is looking to spearhead a project to revitalize the Friedrich's Beach property in Rome. Owned by the Town of Rome, the "town beach" can be accessed via the access road across from Rome Baptist Church. The Recreation Committee has been working with Maine DEP, BRCA, the Road Commissioner, and Code Enforcement Officer to ensure this project is done properly to meet the needs of residents, but also giving great consideration to the protection of Great Pond water quality.
For more information, you may contact Recreation Committee member Tammy Lyons at [email protected]
Want to contribute? You can volunteer your time (coordinate with Tammy for available tasks), or you can donate to the cause by sending a check to: Town of Rome, Attn: Recreation Committee Beach Project, 8 Mercer Rd., Rome, ME 04963
The Rome Board of Selectmen and Rome Recreation Committee recently hosted a light reception to honor Rome's 2016 Spirit of America Award recipients. The award recognizes individuals and/or organizations for their exceptional volunteer service to the community. Alan LaBelle and Dick Greenan have invaluably served our community. As with all of our Town events, Dick has kindly taken and shared photographs. View them here!
Town of Rome Scholarship
The Town of Rome Scholarship has been approved by voters to award the top three 8th grade graduates with $50. This small token is shown as an encouragement by our townspeople for these students to continue to achieve. This year, 8th grade graduates Dylan Mercier, Alexander Pierce, and Erin Haggarty were awarded the 8th grade awards.
The Town of Rome also awards one $1,000 scholarship to the top Rome senior. This award is paid after the successful completion of the first semester of college. This award recognizes the hard work and achievement completed through childhood learning. This is also sent to inspire our top Rome learner as he or she begins the next adventure of higher learning. Julia Dudley is this year's scholarship recipient.
Check out this Morning Sentinel article featuring Julia!
All scholarship recipients were recognized at their respective recognition gatherings. The Town of Rome is proud of your accomplishments.
Congratulations, Julia, Erin, Alexander, and Dylan!
The Board of Selectmen is pleased to announce that Rome Fire has been awarded a $2,000 grant from Maine Municipal Association (MMA) Risk Management Services! The Board applied for the grant on behalf of the department to fund the purchase of an additional set of turnout gear. Last Fall, the Board voted to change insurers to MMA, which made grant opportunities like this available to the Town, two times per year.
Maggie Hickey trick-or treating at the Rome Fire Station
The Town is in the process of building a page on this site to list local businesses and services. If you are interested in having your business listed on this page, please contact us with your business information at [email protected]
Summer 2015 road improvements made on Crystal Spring Lane.
Rick Labbe Construction, Crystal Springs Association, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and the Town of Rome teamed up to provide adequate ditching and slow water flow. This project benefits the town roads and will stem negative impacts of our local roads on Great Pond.
Rome Scholarship Fund Update
The Rome Scholarship Fund awarded four scholarships to some of Rome's top students at recent recognition events.
MollyAn Killingbeck, recent Messalonskee High School graduate was awarded a $1,000 scholarship at the top Rome high school graduate. MollyAn will be attending Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA this fall.
Cameron Smith, Brianna Hobbs, and Alesha Cerrato were recognized as Rome's top three eighth-graders attending Messalonskee Middle School. Each of these students was recognized at a recent event and will receive an award of $50 from the scholarship fund.
Best of luck and wishes for continued success to MollyAn, Cameron, Brianna, and Alesha!
Clothes Closet in now open to the public!
A free Clothes Closet is now available to residents of Belgrade and Rome. The Clothes Closet is open from 9:00am to 11:00am on the first Tuesday and the following Saturday of each month at Belgrade Bible Church,
Augusta Road, Belgrade.
For more information see the organization's flyer here.
Rome is situated in the north-westerly part of Kennebec County, 19 miles from Augusta, and 16 miles from Farmington. Vienna lies on the west, Mount Vernon on the west and south, Belgrade lies on the south and east; a portion of Smithfield, in Somerset County, lies on the east of the northern part, and Mercer on the north, and New Sharon in Franklin County on the west of the northern portion. Long Pond, in the southern portion, Great Pond at the south-east, and North Pond at the north-east, take up nearly half the surface area of the township. It was settled about 1780.
Among the early inhabitants were Benjamin Furbush, Tripp Mosher, Stephen Philbrick, Starbird Turner, and Joseph Halbo. These obtained their titles to their lands of Charles Vaughan, R.G. Shaw, Renel Williams.
It was first called West Pond Plantation, but was incorporated under its present name in 1804. Rome sent into the war of the Rebellion 103, and lost about 40. The town is much broken by hills and valleys, but furnishes excellent grazing, and has some superior farms. The principal rock is granite, and the soil in general is gravelly. There are two post-offices - Rome, near the center of town, and Belgrade Mills, at the south-east. The principal manufactures are a saw-mill and a grist-mill.
The Baptists and the Adventists each have a society and a church in the town. Rome has seven schoolhouses, valued at $1,400. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $149,731. In 1880 it was $129,857. The rate of taxation in 1880 is stated as being .003 on one dollar. The population in 1870 was 725. In 1880, the census gave it 606.
History of Rome, Maine
A Gazetteer of the State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B.B. Russell, 57 Cornhill, Boston 1886
Town of Rome, Maine
8 Mercer Rd.
Rome, ME 04963