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This column is for May 31, 2012

NEW BENCHES

            Shapleigh Commons was established years ago as a project of elementary school teacher Jim Brown’s classes who put a lot of sweat equity into the making of this park at Shapleigh’s center. The land had been purchased from the Crediford Heirs as a strategic parcel for “downtown Shapleigh.”   A landscape plan was prepared by Jim’s son.  Trees and shrubs were purchased by individuals in memory of loved ones.  Benches were also provided for in the same manner.  The sixth grade students held bike-a-thons and other activities to earn money for their project.  Other funds were raised by the Town from selling commemorative granite blocks to be set into the stone walkway which surrounds the pond and offers ingress and egress from the park. 

After many years the benches are in need of replacement because of the deterioration of the concrete and the wooden slats.  New benches have been purchased, assembled, and will be installed at the Commons.  Commemorative plates from the original benches will be affixed to the new benches which will be situated in the same spaces along the walkway as the original benches.  The new benches are made of a recycled plastic with a metal frame and should last a lifetime without any further maintenance. 

PLANNING BOARD OFFICERS

Re-elected by the members of the Planning Board at a meeting on May 8, 2012 were Roger Allaire as Chairman and Madge Baker as Vice-Chairman.  Other members of the Planning Board include, Roland Legere, Maggie Moody, Diane Srebnick.  Also present was alternate Joseph Stanley and land use secretary Barbara Felong.

HIGH GROVE CEMETERY

                        The annual meeting of the Highland Grove Cemetery Association will be held at the Shapleigh Town Hall on Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7 pm.  All persons who own cemetery plots within the Highland Grove Cemetery grounds are considered voting members and are encouraged to attend. 

SPEED HUMPS

            Installed at the Shapleigh Transfer Station at the upper level are new “speed humps” as well as warning signs noting their placement.  The purpose of this action is to enhance the safety of those persons using the facility.  Previously motorists intent only on driving down to the lower level would speed past those trying to off-load their household trash at the hopper creating a dangerous situation for all concerned.  Thank you in advance for accepting this safety feature for what it is intended.

DEMO CARDS

            Anyone planning on using the free loads demo card which was mailed out to property owners covering a 2-year period may still do so if they have in their possession the card.  However, there are no replacement cards available if anyone has lost or misplaced the card.  New property owners will also need to wait until there is a future mailing before being a recipient of a free load demo card.  Although all property owners with structures on their land had been sent these cards there has been an overabundance of individuals who have come to the Town Hall claiming that they never did receive the mailing. 

OBSTRUCTIONS IN PUBLIC ROAD

            Maine Municipal Legal Department has provided the Board of Selectmen and Road Commissioners with information from statutes which clearly state that people interfering with the municipality’s ditches, drains and culverts are subject to a fine of not more than $500, imprisonment or not more than three months, or both.  The purpose of this article is to alert property owners that piling brush or leaves or other debris in ditches on roads would clearly be a violation subject to the provisions of these laws.  Take warning and notice of same.

APPOINTMENTS

            Kenneth Paul has been appointed by the Board of Selectmen as an alternate Code Enforcement Officer/Local Plumbing Inspector for when CEO/LPI Steve McDonough is on vacation.  The main reason is to provide plumbing inspections required within a specific time frame according to state law.

PERFECT DAY

            A Sanford News reader, after seeing a request for the words to hymns sung at a funeral nearly 100 years ago, searched through her old hymnals of yesteryear and came up with one.   Thank you, Charlotte, for the time and patience it must have taken to locate “Perfect Day” which was written by Carrie Jacobs Bond and sung in the key of A flat. 

            “When you come to the end of a perfect day,

            And you sit alone with your thoughts

While the chimes ring out with a carol gay

For the joy that the day has brought;

Do you think what the end of a perfect day

Can mean to a tired heart?

When the sun goes down with a flaming ray

And the dear friends have to part.

Well, this is the end of a perfect day,

Near the end of a journey too;

But it leaves a thought that is big and strong,

With a wish that is kind and true.

For memory has painted this perfect day

In colors that cannot fade,

And we find at the end of a perfect day

The soul of a friend we’ve made.

FOOD DRIVE

            Annually the United States Postal Carriers conduct a Food Drive to collect non-perishable food items for local food pantries.  Accordingly, on the second Saturday in May the rural carriers in Shapleigh made their rounds delivering mail to residents at their homes and picking up the bagfuls of groceries which had been left by the rural mail boxes.  Persons in Shapleigh who are down on their luck and are in need of a helping hand will benefit from the 437 pounds of food that was collected and turned over to the Shapleigh Food Pantry which is administered by the deaconate of the First Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd.  The Pantry is open on Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 7:30 pm down back at the lower level of the church.  FMI call 636-1662.  A hearty thank you is extended to the postmaster and her carriers for their time and effort in collecting, weighing and delivering the food to the church.

SCHOOL BUDGET

            Voters from the six towns that comprise Regional School Unit 57 (Alfred, Limerick, Lyman, Newfield, Shapleigh and Waterboro) met at the Massabesic Middle School in Waterboro on Tuesday, May 22, 2012; then and there to vote on the 2012-2013 proposed budget of $35.9 million.  All the warrant articles passed with little discussion.  Several motions were made to vote by written ballot but they failed for lack of a second.  The next action to be taken on the RSU57 budget will be ratification in the individual towns on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 from 8 am to 8 pm in conjunction with the primary election.  The polling place in Shapleigh is the Town Hall at 22 Back Road, next to Shapleigh Commons.

LIONS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

            Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Acton Town Hall the Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club will be offering its famous “All  you can eat” Pancake Breakfast.  For only $5 a persons can enjoy a meal of scrambled eggs, pancakes and syrup, sausage, baked beans, hot buttered toast, coffee, orange juice, and milk (plain or chocolate).  Come on over, bring the family, friends and neighbors.  No cooking, no dirty dishes, just a good relaxing way to start off your weekend.

OWLS TRAIN TRIP

            The Older Wiser Liberated Seniors are scheduled to take a two hour train trip on the Lake Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad on Wednesday, June 13, 2012.  Folks who have signed up should meet at the Acton Town Hall no later than 8 am.  Earlier is better since the bus is scheduled to leave at 8:15 am.  There are several seats still available for the general public at $44 each.  This includes the bus trip, the train ride and a turkey dinner catered by Hart’s Turkey Farm.  FMI or for reservations call Claire Bragg at 636-1810.

FIELD TRIPS

            Students at Shapleigh Memorial School will be soon ending up the school year with field trips and fun times scheduled:

Tuesday, June 5 – Grade 3 field trip to Gray Animal Farm 9 – 2:45

Wednesday, June 6—Grade 4 field trip to Augusta 8:15 – 4

          Friday, June 8--field trip to Srawberry Banke 8:30 – 4:30

 

Monday, June 11—Field Day

Tuesday, June 12 –Talent Show pm

Wednesday, June 13—Little Red Wagon

Wednesday, June 13—Grade  5 celebration 6 pm

Thursday, June 14—Early Release 12:30