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This column is for May 10, 2012.


            This past week both the Alfred Board of Selectmen and the Shapleigh Board of Selectmen met at the Shapleigh Town Hall to discuss sharing a Hazardous Waste Collection Weekend in June.  The site would be the Shapleigh Transfer Station.  Dates are yet to be determined with Clean Harbors Environmental Services, the company with whom a contract will be signed.  The last such joint hazardous waste collection took place in 2005 here in Shapleigh with the Town of Acton participating.  Further details will made public as they become confirmed. 


            The Shapleigh Board of Selectmen will be meeting soon (date to be determined) with interested surveyors at the Town Hall to explain the criteria for a proposed lot of land to be cut out of the parcel adjacent to the Town Hall.  A site visit will take place immediately following this meeting.  Purchased from the Hooper Heirs, the transaction included not only 22 acres but also a house, barn and other outbuildings.  It is the intent of the Town to sell off the buildings and five acres, more or less, since the Town has no use for the structures.  The remaining acres will be retained by the Town for future capital improvement projects.   Proceeds from the sale will go into the Capital Improvements Fund.

            Surveyors interested in bidding on this project please contact the Executive Secretary at (207) 636-2843 ext 401 or email administrator@shapleigh.net 

Deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 1, 2012.


            Members of the Shapleigh Community Day have been meeting on a regular basis to plan for this annual event.  This year it will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2012 in “Downtown Shapleigh” at the Commons and surrounding area. 

            Rental space is available on a first come/first serve basis.  If vendors require electricity for their space they should indicate that on the application form. Forms are available at the Town Hall.  One space is roughly the size of a 10x10 or 12x12 canopy.  The event is held rain or shine.  Rental fee for a non-profit requesting a space is $15 per space while NON-profits are $20 each.  Town Departments or Committees must request space but there is no charge.  Questions may be directed to Chairman Jennifer Roux at (207)324-8605 or Steephillfarm1994@yahoo.com or Treasurer Michelle Rumney at (207)636-2839 ext 404 or treasurer@shapleigh.net


            Statistics for April 2012 for the Shapleigh Community Library in relationship to the previous year of 2011 have been submitted to the Board of Selectmen by librarian Gene Smith.  The report indicates the number of books, videos, etc that have been loaned out, the number of patrons utilizing the library, etc.

                        2012               2011

Fiction            165                 222

Juvenile/YA     27                    30

Renewed           8                      3

Videos              52                  105

Periodicals        4                      4

Fines              $79.00            $87.30

Sales              $  0.00                        $  4.00

New Patrons             3                      2

Patrons          153 Adult       150 Adult

                        34 Juvenile   68 Juvenile

                      187 Total       218 Total

The Shapleigh Community Library is now open for its summer schedule:  Tuesday 3 pm to 8 pm; Thursday 10 am to 2 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm; Saturday 9 am to 2 pm.  FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.



            Parents who have children who wish to sign up for the Shapleigh Recreation Soccer Program may do so at the Shapleigh Town Hall on Tuesday, June 5 or Thursday June 7 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  FMI contact Annette Brown at 636-3012.


            Representatives from John E. O’Donnell are anticipating the commencement of field work for the Town of Shapleigh this week.  These persons will have identification and a letter from the Town introducing them to the property owners and granting authorization from the Town to perform the measuring and listing of properties on the tax rolls.  These are parcels on which there are “call back notices” from last year’s inspections or properties for which building permits have been issued.  Persons with questions may call the Town at 636-2843 ext 406 and speak to Ruth S. Ham.


            The Assessing Office of the Town of Shapleigh is currently seeking to update its property owners’ mailing address list so that when real estate tax bills are sent out they will reach the owner in a timely manner.  Attempts to have the post office deliver mail recently to some current addresses on file have failed due to the fact that some owners have moved and left no forwarding address, some have no mail receptacle, some forwarding time has expired, etc.  Any correct mailing addresses for the following property owners can be sent by email to assessor@shapleigh.net or by telephone to (207)636-2843 ext 406:

            Lori A. Foley

            Thomas Donahue

Douglas B Bunker

Eric Cloutier

John N Reichfield Jr & Linda Reichfield


            A committal service will be held on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Highland Grove Cemetery in North Shapleigh for Bernadine Ridley Webber Dunnells who passed away in February 2012.  The time of the service is 11 am.  All persons who knew Bernadine are invited by the family and encouraged to attend.  Bernadine was the most recent holder of the Boston Post Cane which had been presented to her at a ceremony at the Shapleigh Town Hall earlier. 


Can anyone out there help with this request?  A search is being made for the words to several hymns which were sung at the funeral of Maude Hooper Goodwin Merrifield who died in 1918.  Are there any readers of this column who can help locate old hymnals or who may recall the words of “Tis Early to Die,” “Gone, Our Beloved,” or “Perfect Day”?  If so, please contact Ruth Ham at (207 636-2843, etc 406.  Your help would be most appreciated.


            The Historical Society’s museum will be open every Monday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm starting Monday, June 4, 2012.  The Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society has many artifacts of years gone by that are of interest to the current generation.  The building itself was once a public school for children of the town.  The genealogy room has a lot of information for researchers.

            ASHS meetings are held on the second Friday of every month at 6:30 pm at the ASHS building at 122 Emery Mills Rd.  We welcome and encourage new members to attend meetings and join in an effort to preserve our heritage for future generations.

            Debbie Petersen, President of the Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society (ASHS) has announced that the new email address for the ASHS has changed to actonshapleigh@gmail.com .   All persons wishing to contact the ASHS should use the new address above.

The ASHS famous summer season Kitty Whist sessions will begin on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7 pm at the Society’s meeting house at 122 Emery Mills Road (Route 109).  This is a fund raiser for the ASHS but is also an inexpensive fun time for all those who play each Wednesday.  Never played Kitty Whist before?  Not a problem.  Come on in and learn how from experienced players.