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VOTER TURNOUT


The polls opened at 7:30 am at the Shapleigh Town Hall and closed at 8 pm for the General Election, State election and State referendum held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. There was a steady stream of voters all day long. A total of 1,469 voters cast their ballots. Many new voters registered during the day as well to include their ballots in the final vote tally. The first time use of the voting machines was a great boon to the ballot clerks who had finished up by 10 pm. The hand-counting method of the past would have kept them all here working until well into the morning hours. It is heartening to have had so many take their votes to the polls.


The results of the votes cast in Shapleigh for PRESIDENT and VICE-PRESIDENT were:


Johnson, Gary E & Gray, James 16


Obama, Barack & Joe en 720

Romney, Mitt & Ryan, Paul 693

Stein, Jill & Honkala, Cheri 17

WRITE-INS

Paul, Ronald & Willis, Mark 7

Reed, Jill Ann & Cary, Thomas 0

Anderson, Ross & Rodriiguez, Luis 0

U. S . SENATOR:

Dalton, Danny Francis 7

Dill, Cynthia Ann 171

Dodge, Andrew Ian 9

King, Angus 758

Summers, Charles E Jr 463

Woods, Stephen 26

REPRESENTATIVE TO CONGRESS DISTRICT ONE:

Courtney, Johnathan T E 726

Pingree, Chellie 678

STATE SENATOR DISTRICT TWO:

Burns, Richard J 386

Collins, Ronald F 584

Wright, Thomas J 365

REPRESENTATIVE TO THE LEGISLATURE D-38

Campbell, James J Sr 852

Meyer, Judee 505

JUDGE OF PROBATE

Bailey, Donna 560

Nadeau, Robert M Auclair 754

REGISTER OF PROBATE

Lovejoy, Carol J 1,100

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Bowles, David E 345

Cote, Michael J 1,035

CITIZEN INITIATIVE (Same sex couples)

Yes 649

No 806

BOND ISSUE (University)

Yes 630

No 754


BOND ISSUE (Land)

Yes 852

No 549

BOND ISSUE (Highways and Bridges)

Yes 960

No 455

BOND ISSUE (Water and Waste-water)

Yes 772

No 632

TOTAL REGISTERED VOTERS 2,020 with 1,469 (73%) voting November 6, 2012.


PROPOSED AMENDMENTS

In anticipation of presenting several articles related to Zoning in the warrant for the annual town meeting to be held on the second Saturday in March 2013, the Shapleigh Planning Board has scheduled a Public Hearing to discuss several proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance for 7 pm at the Town Hall on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.


Under Sec 105-42 Dimensional Requirements a new subsection is proposed as follows: “Flag lots and other odd-shaped lots and other odd-shaped lots in which narrow strips are joined to other parcels in order to meet the minimum lot size requirements are prohibited. The ratio or lot length to width shall not be more than 3 to 1.”


Under Sec 105-47 an added sentence which states the following: “The above allotted signage may be placed on the building in lieu of freestanding signs.”


Under Sec 105-60 a proposed change would state “A private way permit secured under the provisions of this chapter by vote of the Planning Board shall expire if the work involved is not commenced within one year of the date on which the private way is approved.”


Repeal of Sec 105-44 Piers, docks and other shore-land construction.



NEW APPOINTMENT


Jason Watson of Songbird Lane in Shapleigh has been appointed to the Shapleigh Budget Committee by the Board of Selectmen at its meeting on November 6 at the Town Hall. Watson had expressed an interest in filling the vacancy which existed following the resignation of Jason Harris. After meeting with the Selectmen and explaining his desire to serve in the capacity of budget committee member, he was voted in unanimously by the Selectmen. After being sworn in by the Town Clerk, Watson is now ready to join the other members in deliberating over the proposed budgets of the various town departments and making recommendations to the voters for the annual town meeting on the second Saturday in March 2013.


HOLIDAY SCHEDULE


The Town Hall will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday November 22 and 23, reopening on Tuesday, November 27 at 9 am until 4 pm.



DOLLARS FOR SCHOLARS


Each year one of the fundraisers for Upward Bound, Dollars for Scholars offers tickets for the Portland Pirates Game. This year the game will be held on January 26, 2013 at 7 pm. Tickets are now available for purchase from Carole Collins at (207) 651-3934.



HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE


Non-perishable food items as well as personal care items will be accepted at One Earth Natural Food Store on Route 109 in Shapleigh from November 12 through December 15. Persons may drop off their donations during store hours: Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm & Saturday 9 am to 5 pm. All donations will benefit families in Shapleigh during the holiday season. This is the seventh Annual Holiday Food Drive for the One Earth Natural Food Store to benefit Shapleigh's needy families.


Monetary donations will also be accepted. The Food Pantry, operated by the First Baptist Church, is a non-profit. Checks should be made out to: First Baptist Church of Shapleigh with Food Pantry written on the memo line. They can be mailed to the church at Post Office Box 284, Shapleigh, ME 04076-0284 or you may drop them off at the One Earth Natural Food Store, 191 Emery Mills Rd. (Route 109). FMI call 636-2500.


The Shapleigh Food Pantry is open every Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm for the elderly, those on fixed income, unemployed or low income families. The Food Pantry is located in the lower level of the First

Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd. FMI email deacons@firstbaptistshapleigh.org


Non perishable food items and personal care items can also be dropped of at the Shapleigh

Town Hall during regular office hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm; Thursday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm. Or at the First Baptist Church whenever the church is open. The pastor is in his office during the week whenever the American flag is flying beside the door accessed by the ramp.


CLOTHING GIVE-AWAY

Anyone needing clothing is invited to come to the First Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Road on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9 am to 1 pm. There you will find jackets, shirts, pants, dresses, coats and much more. Everything is free for the taking. At the end of the day everything is anticipated to be gone. There is no sense to storing clothes when there are so many folks out there who need them. Please avail yourself of this opportunity to get warm clothing for the pending winter and the seasons that follow.