This column is for August 9, 2012
(Penney) Stanley is the most recent
recipient of the Boson Post Cane, having received it at a ceremony conducted in
the gazebo at Shapleigh Commons on Shapleigh Community Day, July 21, 2012.
was born on April 27, 1914 in
and attended the schools there. She married
Roland Stanley in 1948. Roland served in
the United States
military so they traveled a great deal and had lived in many places. The couple had no children but had many
nephews and nieces.
enjoyed knitting, sewing, and gardening. Being an excellent seamstress, she provided her customers with superb
The couple retired and made
their home on the Ross Corner Road
in Shapleigh in the 1980’s. Roland
passed away on March 4, 2011.
ORIIGINS OF BOSTON
POST CANE TRADITIONS
On August 2,1909 Boston Post
newspaper publisher Mr. Edwin Grozier sent to Boards of Selectmen in
approximately 700 towns in New England a gold-headed ebony cane with the
request that it be presented with the compliments of the Boston Post to the
oldest male citizen of the town to be used by him as long as he lives in
town. At his death the cane would be
handed down to the next oldest citizen of the town. The cane belonged to the town and not the man
who received it.
The canes were all made by J. F.
Fradley and Company, a New York
manufacturer, from ebon shipped in seven foot lengths from the Congo
in Africa. They
were cut to cane lengths, seasoned for six months, turned on lathes to the
right thickness, coated and polished. They had a 14-carat gold head two inches long, decorated by hand, and a
ferruled tip. The head was engraved with
the inscription –Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of (name of
town) “To Be Transmitted”. The Board of
Selectmen were to be the trustees of the cane and keep it always in the hands
of the oldest citizen. Apparently no Connecticut
or Vermont towns were included.
In 1924, Mr. Grozier died and
the Boston Post was taken over by his son, Richard, who failed to continue his
father’s success. At one time the Boston
Post was considered the nation’s leading standard-sized newspaper in
circulation. Competition from other
newspapers, radio and television contributed to the Post’s decline and it went
out of business in 1957.
The custom of the Boston Post
Cane took hold in those towns fortunate enough to have canes. As the years went by some of the canes were
lost, stolen, taken out of town and not returned to the Selectmen or destroyed
The Town of Shapleigh
has preserved the original Boston Post Cane in an especially designed case made
by Melvin Brackett. Brackett also made a
replica of the original cane which continues to be used for presentation and
carries all of the same conditions which applied to the original cane. The only change to those conditions is that
for many years now the cane has been presented to the oldest citizen whether it
be a man or a woman.
The Shapleigh Selectmen are in
the process of compiling a list of the names and dates of the holders of the
Boston Post Cane over the years it has been the possession of the Town.
During the past several weeks
Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough issued the following permits:
Steven Barbaro, Map 27 Lot 26, Point
Rd, Mousam Lake, cut 5 large pines within 100
ft of the water, 20 trees to be replanted and maintained, stumps to remain in
Jaime Fajardo, Map 21 Lot 25, Perch
Point, Mousam Lake,
build a 22 ft wide dormer on roadside of existing dwelling, uses 5.6% sq ft and
2.6% volume of 30% allowed.
William MacDonald, Map 27 Lot 14-2,
Burlington Way, Mousam Lake, repair existing patio,
install a vegetated buffer and infiltration pathway.
Wendel Clough, Map 35 Lot 22, Cypress
Rd, Square Pond, cut one large tree, stump to
remain in place, one tree to be replanted in same general area.
Daniel Puopolo, Map 25 Lot 7-1, 14th
St, Mousam Lake, fortify banking, vegetate a
buffer strip, and mulch per ASYCC.
William Chandler Sr, Map 11 Lot
26B, Eider Lane, Little
Poverty Pond, build a 8x41 deck.
Robert & Cynthia Campbell,
Map 40 Lot 30A, Granny Kent Pond Rd,
build a 8x12 shed for storage.
John W Kenary, Map 31 Lot 22B, Totte
Rd, Goose Pond, build a 9x24 open patio under
existing deck, using 216 sq ft of 432 allowed by 30% rule, and erosion techniques
applied by ASYCC.
Jon and Julie Williams, Map 39
Lot 39, Heron Way, Granny Kent Pond, cut one
large tree, 3 trees to be replanted in same general area, stump to remain in
A certificate of occupancy has
been issued to Jane Landry and Nathan Howgate, Map 7 Lot 5-1, for a 4 bedroom
single family dwelling.
Scott Lehigh & Marcia
Crumley, owners of property located at 111 Treasure Island,
have been cited by Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough violation of a
provision of the Shapleigh Zoning Ordinance by having built a shed without a
permit at waters edge on Square Pond. All new structures in the Shoreland District must be set back a minimum
of 100 feet from the normal high water mark. The owners have until August
20, 2012 to remove the illegal structure and contact the CEO for
Mary Quigg, owner of property at
140 Sixteenth Street Loop,
have been cited by Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough for several violations
to the Town of Shapleigh Zoning Ordinance.
A timber retaining wall
approximately 20 feet from the high water delineation has been built and the
banking has been dug away in multiple areas, including at the immediate water’s
edge. Timber stairs have been built, as well as concrete work in the water in
one excavated area; while leaving other areas raw and exposed, causing
amplified erosion into Mousam Lake.
Corrective action must be taken
immediately upon receipt of the Violation Notice and Order to erect proper
erosion control methods to arrest any further erosion, and contact the State of
Maine Department of Environmental Protection to determine the correct way of
doing this since the exposed earth is immediately at the waters edge.
The property owner must by
August 24, 2012 remove the illegal retaining wall, stabilize all exposed soils
within 100 feet of the water and submit a permanent replanting plan to the CEO,
sign a consent agreement and pay a civil penalty to the Town of Shapleigh.
Notices of violations are sent
by Certified Mail to the property owners.
PLANNING BOARD ISSUES
Shawn Woods of Indian
Village Rd, Square Pond has been approved by the
Planning Board for the Best Possible Location (BPL) to replace the existing shed
and replace with a garage and expansion following a site inspection and public hearing. Building plans must be approved by the CEO
and a building permit must be obtained prior to any construction taking place.
Joseph Letourneau, following a
public hearing on July 24, 2012,
has received a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate Earthworks Landscaping
out of the existing office building at 184 Emery Mills
of the property are Richard and Virginia Gallant. Hours of operation will be from 7 am through 9 am
seven days a week. Any signage must be
permitted by the CEO.
Marc & Sandy Lemelin of Hemlock
Rd. have received an After-the-Fact Conditional
Use Permit (ATF-CUP) for earth moving in excess of 10 cubic yards in the
Shoreland Zone to create vehicle access from Map 30 Lot 42 to Hawthorne
Robert Ferrera of Oak
Hill Road has applied for a Conditional Use permit
to renew the existing mineral extraction permit on his property on State Route
11. Property owners within 500 feet have
been notified of the public meeting to be held on
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall.
Shapleigh Transfer Station
employees Michael Roy and Art Ingersoll have received certificates from Eric P.
Hamlin, Program Administrator of the Transfer Station Operators Training
Program, for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of
Remediation and Waste Management, Division of Solid Waste Management. Both men completed the Core Training Session
Number 3 (Hazardous &Special Waste) which they attended on July 9, 2012.
CIRCUIT BREAKER PROGRAM
residents property tax and rent refund “Circuit breaker” applications are now
available for refunds of property tax assessed or rent paid during 2011. You may qualify for a refund up to $1,600 if
you do not have a spouse or dependents and your 2011 household income was $64,950 or less; or you
have a spouse or dependents and your 2011 household income was $86,600 or less
AND your 2011property tax was more than 4% of your 2011 household income; or
the rent you paid in 2011was more than
20% of your 2011 household income. NOTE: Low income Seniors do not need to meet these
Applications must be filed by May 31, 2013. File online at www.mainegov/reveue/netfile/gateway2.htm
or mail a completed application to the Maine Revenue Services, PO
Box 1066, Augusta, Maine 04332-1066.
Circuit Breaker booklets and
applications may be downloaded from the Maine Revenue Services web site at www.maine.gov.revenue/forms/homepage.html
Applicants who would like to
have a booklet mailed directly to them may call the forms line at (207)624-7894
and leave your name and mailing address or write to Maine Revenue Services, PO
Box 9107, Augusta, Maine 04332-9107.
Seven properties tax-acquired by
the Town of Shapleigh by virtue of expired liens for real estate taxes not paid
by the previous owners were put up for auction to get the properties back on
the tax rolls. Held in the upstairs
meeting room of the Town Hall on Tuesday,
July 31, 2012, the public auction was conducted by Attorney Brad
Morin with Selectmen Michael S. Perro and Ruth S. Ham and Treasurer Michelle
Rumney present, as well as bidders and members of the general public.
Three parcels sold for the
minimum bid but the other three generated a rather competitive and lively
Six of the seven properties
received bids which totaled $40,900. One
received no bids at all and will be held until a future date. Successful bidders signed purchase and sales agreements
after having made a deposit, the balance to be paid on or before August 30, 2012. Successful bidders are Steve Foglio (2
parcels), Curtis Mills (2 parcels), Brad MacDonald and Paul Baker (1 parcel
INVASIVE PLANT PADDLE
Saturday, August 11, 2012 from 9 am to1 pm Laurie
Callahan, coordinator for the York County Invasive Aquatic
will be leading on-the-water paddle sessions exploring the aquatic plant life
in Hubbard's Cove
on Mousam Lake.
Laurie is an annual visitor of the Mousam Lake
Region Association (MLRA) and provides these workshops to MLRA
members who are interested in learning about native
and invasive aquatic plant species. This is an informtive session
and also great exercise as you paddle around
looking at the various plant life in the Mousam watershed.
Interested persons should contact Richard Eagleston
at 978-985-3243 for more information or email
Alissa Laitres, owner of One Earth Natural Food
Store has announced the opening of Trancendence Within,
located in Helping Hands Massage studio space above
One Earth Natural Food Store. Owned and operated by
Trancendence Within offers Intuitive Energy Healing, Reiki, and Meditation
Join Colleen at her Open House this Saturday,
August 11, 2012, between 10 am and 3 pm. There will be light
refreshments, raffles, and demonstrations. Colleen
also has a generous special offer for everyone who attends....
a coupon for 25% off your first session. Come and
experience a day of relaxing demonstrations and joyful
conversation on Saturday, August 11. The location
is 191 Emery Mills Rd (Route 109). FMI call(207)636-2500.