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This column is for August 2, 2012

WILLIAMS PROPERTY

Members of the Williams Property Advisory Committee met on July 18, 2012 at the Town Hall. Present were members Mark Cobb, Nathan Gallant, and Richard E. Godwin Sr. Also present were Robert Dermody and Rick Kaye-Schiess.

Boy Scout Robert Dermody discussed his Eagle Scout project with the committee. His plans are to refurbish the old benches from the commons and place them at certain spots on the Williams property. Construction and installation of information signs at both entrances are also included in the plan. This project has already been approved by the Board of Selectmen at its June 26, 2012 regular meeting.

A discussion took place regarding the cost of mowing the fields and repairing the washout on the Gulf Rd side of the property. Also there was a brief discussion on organizing a volunteer clean up day in the spring to clean out the ditches and culverts.

Due to the lack of a quorum no decisions were made.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 16, at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall.

REVENUE SHARING

Shapleigh Treasurer Michelle Rumney has received payment from the State of Maine amounting to $14,700.38 for the month of June. This amount will go towards reducing the tax rate when it is calculated.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

The Town of Shapleigh currently uses Nelnet through Trio Cash Receipting. Tax Collector Joan Rankin and Treasurer Michelle Rumney are proposing a change through InfoME which would be more beneficial to both the consumer and the Town. The Payport “convenience fee” paid by the customer would be 2.5% rather than the 3% charged by Nelnet. The Town would pay no monthly fee for the service instead of the $20.00 monthly fee now paid. All credit cards are accepted whereas before there were restrictions on what could be charged.

The Town’s current relationship with InfoME includes Rapid Renewal, Online Dog Licensing, Online Boat Registration & Moses Interface with Trio.

A one time Trio fee of $125 and the cost of two new scanners at $85 each would be all that is required in order to provide this enhanced service to customers at Shapleigh Town Hall . The Board of Selectmen approved the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

ROBERT M. WILSON

An exhibit of “The Private World of Robert M. Wilson” is on public display at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, 505 Main St, Springvale, Maine from now through August 25, 2012. The hours are Thursday 2 to 8 pm; Friday 10 am to 4 pm; and on Saturday 9 am to 12 noon.

4-H RAFFLE WINNERS

The Four Leaf 4-H Club conducted a raffle over the past several months and through Community Day. Nancy Crabtree held the winning ticket for a huge basket full of products for making many delicious breakfasts. Ruth Ham, won the fabulous quilt pieced together with autumn colors which had been donated by Else Maria Cook.

PUBLIC WORKS

The Gore Road has been paved by F. R. Carroll Co. after having been prepped by Northern District Road Commissioner John Burnell and his crew members.

The Back Road has been in the process of being prepped for a paving project which is to take place this summer as outlined by Southern District Road Commissioner Richard E. Godwin Sr. The bushes and brush was cut and placed in huge piles at roadside until the cutting was done and then they were hauled off. Next the right of way was reclaimed by the commissioner and crews. This entailed removing all the vegetation, sculpting the drainage ditch, cleaning out culverts and plunge pools. That accomplished, the area was hand-seeded and covered with hay in order for grass to grow back to stabilize the slopes. The new angle of the slopes should make it easier to mow.

The Back Road from Shapleigh Corner to the County Road will be ground in place and laid back down as a base upon which to lay the new pavement. This will be the first time this process has been used in Shapleigh and it is anticipated that it will greatly extend the life of the road over the previous methods which were used.

COMMUNITY DAY

From all accounts it appears that Shapleigh Community Day was a huge success. The weather could not have been any more perfect. Having been kicked off the night before with the Spaghetti Dinner served at the church by the Shapleigh Fire Dept. and followed by a “concert in the park” which lasted several hours, townspeople were ready for the big day Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Parade participants assembled at the RSU 57 grounds in readiness for the grand march down to Shapleigh Corner. Sheriff Ouellette led the procession in his official vehicle, followed by the Boy Scout Troop 321, leaders and color guards. The Board of Selectmen rode in a 1972 Oldsmobile Royale red convertible with a white leather interior, driven by Michael Roux. The car belongs to his uncle Linwood Dall. Robert Pike drove one of his antique vehicles. Shapleigh Public Safety vehicles from both Fire and Rescue took part in the parade. 4-H Club members, children with decorated bicycles, motorcyclists of Patriot Riders of America, 2 steers from the Roux Farm, and candidates for election Jim Campbell, Ron Collins, and Judee Meyer were also participants. This was the first ever parade of this nature for Shapleigh Community Day and was well received by the public.

A fifty year old African Tortoise from W.I.L.D. was roaming about Commons much to the delight of those attending. The tortoise seemed oblivious to the attention it was creating and merely kept munching on the newly mown grass as it made its way over the lawn.

The Community Day area extended over to the former Hooper property now owned by the Town. There the Bouncy House and Climbing Wall drew children and their parents to that space where a community sponsored yard sale was also in progress.

Homemade ice cream bars, freshly made lemonade, popcorn made before your eyes, cotton candy (purported to have been created originally by a dentist) soothed the palate of young and old.

Vendors offered a variety of products. My favorite is always the McMahon stand which features homemade pickles as well as individualized walking sticks.

Next day the pair of Canadian Geese and their young which had hatched out in the spring and are now full-grown came back to feast on the fresh grass and the remnants of popcorn which were left here and there one the ground.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to Boy Scout Troop 321 who assisted the Shapleigh Community Day Committee in many ways before and during the day. They had camped on the Town Hall grounds the night before so they were ready and willing to assist.

WINNERS

The following individuals won items from the silent raffle held at Shapleigh Community Day, June 21, 2012.

MP4 Player                                         Christine Goodwin

Diana Rose                                          Rex Sox autographed photo

Elizabeth Brown                               Blaster super soaker

Roxanne Wentworth                     Woodsome’s Feeds & Needs gift certificate

Bonnie Romano                                  Beach ball

Michael Roux                                     Plant

Sinead Glynn                                     Puzzle & Blaster super soaker

Marlene Higgins                               Beach ball

Skip Scamman                                   Plant

Sandra Knapp                                    Splashtown gift certificates

Lynn Ligay                                           Insulated grocery tote

Judy Kelley                                         Beach ball & Shaw’s certificate

Suzanne Gagnon                              One Earth gift basket

Paul Greenhalgh                              Plant

Carolyn Higgins                             Red Claws autographed program

Joanne Rankin                                   Swim rings and floats

Susan Mitchell                                   Water floats

The Shapleigh Community Day Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the raffle and a special thank you for all the donors of the prizes which were awarded.

BOSTON POST CANE

Next week look for an article regarding the Boston Post Cane and its presentation on Community Day to the oldest Shapleigh resident.

This column is for August 2, 2012

WILLIAMS PROPERTY

Members of the Williams Property Advisory Committee met on July 18, 2012 at the Town Hall. Present were members Mark Cobb, Nathan Gallant, and Richard E. Godwin Sr. Also present were Robert Dermody and Rick Kaye-Schiess.

Boy Scout Robert Dermody discussed his Eagle Scout project with the committee. His plans are to refurbish the old benches from the commons and place them at certain spots on the Williams property. Construction and installation of information signs at both entrances are also included in the plan. This project has already been approved by the Board of Selectmen at its June 26, 2012 regular meeting.

A discussion took place regarding the cost of mowing the fields and repairing the washout on the Gulf Rd side of the property. Also there was a brief discussion on organizing a volunteer clean up day in the spring to clean out the ditches and culverts.

Due to the lack of a quorum no decisions were made.

The next meeting is scheduled for August 16, at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall.

REVENUE SHARING

Shapleigh Treasurer Michelle Rumney has received payment from the State of Maine amounting to $14,700.38 for the month of June. This amount will go towards reducing the tax rate when it is calculated.

CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

The Town of Shapleigh currently uses Nelnet through Trio Cash Receipting. Tax Collector Joan Rankin and Treasurer Michelle Rumney are proposing a change through InfoME which would be more beneficial to both the consumer and the Town. The Payport “convenience fee” paid by the customer would be 2.5% rather than the 3% charged by Nelnet. The Town would pay no monthly fee for the service instead of the $20.00 monthly fee now paid. All credit cards are accepted whereas before there were restrictions on what could be charged.

The Town’s current relationship with InfoME includes Rapid Renewal, Online Dog Licensing, Online Boat Registration & Moses Interface with Trio.

A one time Trio fee of $125 and the cost of two new scanners at $85 each would be all that is required in order to provide this enhanced service to customers at Shapleigh Town Hall . The Board of Selectmen approved the proposal at its meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

ROBERT M. WILSON

An exhibit of “The Private World of Robert M. Wilson” is on public display at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society, 505 Main St, Springvale, Maine from now through August 25, 2012. The hours are Thursday 2 to 8 pm; Friday 10 am to 4 pm; and on Saturday 9 am to 12 noon.

4-H RAFFLE WINNERS

The Four Leaf 4-H Club conducted a raffle over the past several months and through Community Day. Nancy Crabtree held the winning ticket for a huge basket full of products for making many delicious breakfasts. Ruth Ham, won the fabulous quilt pieced together with autumn colors which had been donated by Else Maria Cook.

PUBLIC WORKS

The Gore Road has been paved by F. R. Carroll Co. after having been prepped by Northern District Road Commissioner John Burnell and his crew members.

The Back Road has been in the process of being prepped for a paving project which is to take place this summer as outlined by Southern District Road Commissioner Richard E. Godwin Sr. The bushes and brush was cut and placed in huge piles at roadside until the cutting was done and then they were hauled off. Next the right of way was reclaimed by the commissioner and crews. This entailed removing all the vegetation, sculpting the drainage ditch, cleaning out culverts and plunge pools. That accomplished, the area was hand-seeded and covered with hay in order for grass to grow back to stabilize the slopes. The new angle of the slopes should make it easier to mow.

The Back Road from Shapleigh Corner to the County Road will be ground in place and laid back down as a base upon which to lay the new pavement. This will be the first time this process has been used in Shapleigh and it is anticipated that it will greatly extend the life of the road over the previous methods which were used.

COMMUNITY DAY

From all accounts it appears that Shapleigh Community Day was a huge success. The weather could not have been any more perfect. Having been kicked off the night before with the Spaghetti Dinner served at the church by the Shapleigh Fire Dept. and followed by a “concert in the park” which lasted several hours, townspeople were ready for the big day Saturday, July 21, 2012.

Parade participants assembled at the RSU 57 grounds in readiness for the grand march down to Shapleigh Corner. Sheriff Ouellette led the procession in his official vehicle, followed by the Boy Scout Troop 321, leaders and color guards. The Board of Selectmen rode in a 1972 Oldsmobile Royale red convertible with a white leather interior, driven by Michael Roux. The car belongs to his uncle Linwood Dall. Robert Pike drove one of his antique vehicles. Shapleigh Public Safety vehicles from both Fire and Rescue took part in the parade. 4-H Club members, children with decorated bicycles, motorcyclists of Patriot Riders of America, 2 steers from the Roux Farm, and candidates for election Jim Campbell, Ron Collins, and Judee Meyer were also participants. This was the first ever parade of this nature for Shapleigh Community Day and was well received by the public.

A fifty year old African Tortoise from W.I.L.D. was roaming about Commons much to the delight of those attending. The tortoise seemed oblivious to the attention it was creating and merely kept munching on the newly mown grass as it made its way over the lawn.

The Community Day area extended over to the former Hooper property now owned by the Town. There the Bouncy House and Climbing Wall drew children and their parents to that space where a community sponsored yard sale was also in progress.

Homemade ice cream bars, freshly made lemonade, popcorn made before your eyes, cotton candy (purported to have been created originally by a dentist) soothed the palate of young and old.

Vendors offered a variety of products. My favorite is always the McMahon stand which features homemade pickles as well as individualized walking sticks.

Next day the pair of Canadian Geese and their young which had hatched out in the spring and are now full-grown came back to feast on the fresh grass and the remnants of popcorn which were left here and there one the ground.

THANK YOU

Many thanks to Boy Scout Troop 321 who assisted the Shapleigh Community Day Committee in many ways before and during the day. They had camped on the Town Hall grounds the night before so they were ready and willing to assist.

WINNERS

The following individuals won items from the silent raffle held at Shapleigh Community Day, June 21, 2012.

MP4 Player                                         Christine Goodwin

Diana Rose                                          Rex Sox autographed photo

Elizabeth Brown                               Blaster super soaker

Roxanne Wentworth                     Woodsome’s Feeds & Needs gift certificate

Bonnie Romano                                  Beach ball

Michael Roux                                     Plant

Sinead Glynn                                     Puzzle & Blaster super soaker

Marlene Higgins                               Beach ball

Skip Scamman                                   Plant

Sandra Knapp                                    Splashtown gift certificates

Lynn Ligay                                           Insulated grocery tote

Judy Kelley                                         Beach ball & Shaw’s certificate

Suzanne Gagnon                              One Earth gift basket

Paul Greenhalgh                              Plant

Carolyn Higgins                             Red Claws autographed program

Joanne Rankin                                   Swim rings and floats

Susan Mitchell                                   Water floats

The Shapleigh Community Day Committee would like to thank all those who participated in the raffle and a special thank you for all the donors of the prizes which were awarded.

BOSTON POST CANE

Next week look for an article regarding the Boston Post Cane and its presentation on Community Day to the oldest Shapleigh resident.