This column is for June 14, 2012
Red, white and blue petunias have been planted at the Town Hall monument grounds by Superintendent Ron Rivard in memory of the veterans of all wars. Flags commemorating all the wars our country has been engaged in are also placed in honor of all those men and women who have served so that we can enjoy the freedoms they fought to preserve.
Throughout the town at all of the known cemeteries where veterans are interred flags have been placed so that these veterans will never be forgotten. Many of these cemeteries are small plots tucked away in forested areas and not easily found but Supt, Rivard has been diligently recording their location with a GPS for future generations.
Forest Works http://www.forestworksme.org/ is a collaborative project to encourage sustainable forest management and voluntary conservation easements to support private and municipal working forests. Working forests contribute to the local economy, protect important wildlife habitat and water quality and continue recreational access.
A regional meeting is being held in Newfield at Willowbrook Village on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 5 pm to 8 pm to learn about Forest Works.
The program consists of a brief introduction by Forest Works Project Manager Marcel Polak; an overview by Lee Burnett Forest Works Outreach Coordinator; a landscape conservation vision with focus areas and corridors by Steve Walker of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife/Beginning with Habitat. After a dinner break the program will continue the Marcel Polak of the Maine Association of Conservation Commissions speaking, followed by Greg Caporossi of the Trust for Public Lands. A general discussing about “What’s happening in your towns?” will wrap up this informative session. RSVPs required by calling Marcel Polak at207-665-2577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
MORE ABOUT FOREST WORKS
A grant from the United States Forest Service was received jointly by the Three Rivers Land Trust, the Frances Small Heritage Trust and the Conservation Commissions of Alfred and Shapleigh to implement a Working Forest Protection Project called “Forest Works”. This project encompasses a ten town region stretching from Newfield to Lebanon.
An invitation has been sent to the Board of Selectmen and others to attend a presentation on the project and related conservation efforts in the Walnut Hill at the Alfred Town Hall on Thursday, June 21at 7 pm.
The Walnut Hill region has been identified by the State of Maine as a region of ecological significance. Several State agencies gave talks on the diversity of the region.
In the following year Three Rivers Land Trust was awarded a grant from the State’s wetland mitigation fund to purchase an 88 acre parcel of property in the Walnut Hill area. The Land Trust completed the acquisition and has instituted a Forest Management Plan. A hiking trail is being planned for the future to allow neighbors and citizens to enjoy this magnificent piece of property. At the meeting attendees will hear about the progress being made regarding the Walnut Hill area as well as other important conservation activities in our area. Steve Walker from Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as well as Lee Burnett, the Outreach Coordinator of the Forest Works project will be on hand to discuss opportunities and answer questions regarding options for land conservation
Congratulations to Steve McDonough, Shapleigh Code Enforcement Officer who has just been notified by the Maine State Planning Office that he has successfully completed the following examinations:
Westbrook Pool & Spa dba Sunrise Irrigation of Maine has been approved by the Board of Selectmen for maintaining the irrigation system at the Town of Shapleigh Recreation Fields on Shapleigh Corner Route 11).
Gene Smith of the Shapleigh Community Library has submitted to the Board of Selectmen the following report for the month of May 2012 as compared with May 2011:
Fiction 215 198
Non-Fiction 17 22
Juvenile/YA 88 115
Renewed 5 6
Videos 41 90
Periodicals 1 4
Fines $88.50 $90.13
Sales 0 $1.00
New Patrons 4 2
Patrons (Adults) 155 160
Patrons (Juvenile) 36 46
Total 191 206
The Shapleigh Board of Selectmen will be holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 7 pm for the purpose of enacting the General Assistance Amendments. As a result of actions of the State Legislature, the General Assistance Program ordinances that are adopted by the Municipal Officers according to State Statute need to be further amended. The public will be given an opportunity to be heard prior to the consideration of the above ordinance by the Municipal Officers. A copy of the ordinance is available at the Executive Secretary’s office during regular business hours.
COMMUNITY DAY UPDATE
Mark your calendar for the weekend of Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, 2012 for family fun at this annual event.
Community Day shirts have been ordered for the six committee members and for the volunteers.
Spaces are still available for rental to crafters, artisans, vendors (pickles, fudge, etc) by contacting Michelle Rumney at 636-2839 ext 404.
Organizations and various persons have been contacted regarding their participation in the parade. Ribbons have been ordered to award to parade participants and to persons throughout the day for various reasons.
Next meeting of the Committee Day Committee will be on Monday, July 9 at 6 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall.
During the month of May properties for which deeds were recorded were:
Kenneth and Elizabeth Keating to Jeffrey Christine L Hersom, 950 Back Rd, Map 2 Lot 20A
Federal National Mortgage Association to Bank of America, NA, Pine Springs, 9 Jock Scott Rd, Map 41 Lot 37
Margaret A McClain to Richard S. Dunin-Wilczynski, 637 Owls Nest Rd, Map 8 Lit 2-B
William and Eileen Mageary to Anthony & Jennifer Cappuccio, portion of Map 5 Lot 16-B, new lot Map 5 Lot 16-B1, 21st St
Matthew and Margaret Cornish to Margaret Cornish, 12 Heron Way, Granny Kent Pond, Map 39 Lot 41
Charles and Donna Beach to James and Patty Drain, 34 Newfield Rd
Bank of America, NA to Federal National Mortgage Association, 111 Walnut Hill Rd, Map 4 Lot 41-A
Tony Ouellette and Joseph Dunlap to Joseph & Lori M Dunlap, 16 Mann Rd, Map 38 Lot 24
Myrtle Howard, to Myrtle and Ronald Howard, Mill Pond Rd, North Shapleigh Village and T1238
Myrtle Howard, personal representative of the Estate of Daniel E Greenwood to Myrtle Howard, Map 38 Lot 8 Mill Pond Rd and Lot 10, 19 Mill Pond Rd
Douglas Ferguson, Trustee of the Frances von Maltitz Real Estate Trust, to Nancy Willard Magaud, Constance Barragar, Douglas Ferguson, Stephen Willard, Frederick Sweetsir each a 4.167% interest; Jane Willard Soule and Susan B Metzinger 2.0825% interest in property on Lower Mousam, 6th St, Map 19 Lot 9
Rachel Chretien to Monique and David Miller, Map 39 Lot 20, Granny Kent Pond Rd
Francis and Mary Ann Padovani, Trustees of the Versailles Realty Trust, to Peter R & Gail S Basiliere, Map 7 Lot 3KTP 12, Kettle Pond Condos, 41 Log Cabin Ln
CLEAN EMISSION ENERGY POLICY
Members of the Conservation Committee, Bill Hutchins, Anna Desmond, and Charles Gruber, came to the meeting of the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 to present a petition to promote a clean emission energy policy. It was their intent to ask the Selectmen if they would be willing to present a referendum to the voters to eliminate the need for them to go door to door to solicit signatures.
The Board agreed to do so at the annual municipal election on the second Friday in March of 2013. The language reads: “Do you favor our State and Federal delegations holding hearings, in consultation with the National Academy of Science, to devise and implement a sustainable energy policy for the nation? (This policy must be based on peer-reviewed science and should seek to diminish polluting emissions.)
This policy referendum had been presented to the Twelve Town Group and the Selectmen previously by Tom Cashin of Acton.