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This column is for June 7, 2012

  WELCOME BACK

Many of the non-resident property owners have been returning to their lakeside homes now that spring is here.  Although the winter was very mild many residents had also taken off for Florida, Arizona and other warmer climates for the winter months, having anticipated a typical snow-laden Maine season only to find that there is no such thing as typical in Maine.  Don’t like the weather?  Just wait for a short time and it will change.  At any rate, welcome back everyone and enjoy your summer months in God’s country.

ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting of the Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society will be held tomorrow night, Friday June 8, 2012. at 6:30 pm at the Society’s building at 122 Emery Mills Rd (Route 11).  The general public is invited to attend and perhaps consider becoming members of this organization which serves to protect and preserve the history and artifacts of both Acton and Shapleigh.

HIGHLAND GROVE CEMETERY

The annual meeting of the Highland Grove Cemetery Association (HGCA) will be held next Monday, June 11, 2012 at 7 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Anyone who owns a cemetery plot at HGCA is considered a member.

CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATIONS

The Shapleigh Planning Board has received an application for a Conditional Use Permit to open a business for the sale of archery equipment and accessories and fishing supplies, such as rods, reels, fishing flies, etc. from Roland Johnson, 666 Newfield Rd, Tax Map 12 Lot 19.

An “After the Fact” Conditional Use Permit application has been received from Marc and Sandy Lemelin for earthmoving in the Shoreland zone to create an 11 ft by 80ft vehicle access way from the applicants’ property at 21 Hemlock Rd on30 Lot 42 to Hawthorne Rd, crossing over Tax Map 30  Lot 32A, property owned by Carlberg.

The next scheduled Planning Board Meeting will be Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall.  Prior to the meeting there will be a public hearing at 7 pm.

Please note that the meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2012 since the primary election and referendum are being held on Tuesday, July 12, 2012.

GROWTH PERMITS

Two growth permit applications have been approved by the Planning Board.  The property owners are William and Douglas Elwell for Tax Map 43 Lot 26, Pine Cone Drive, Silver Lake and Daniel Miller for Tax Map 12 Lot 15B, Newfield Rd.

There are still residential growth permits available.  FMI call the Land Use Secretary at (207) 636-2843 ext 404.

EDUCATION

Shapleigh Rescue’s Rob Dobson did a First Aid Class with the certified Boat Inspectors (CBIs) on Saturday, May 19, 2012.  Dobson will have further classes for the group consisting of Shapleigh and Acton high school graduates working the summer months before going off to college.  Some others are Juniors in High School going on to their Senior year.  Rob will be teaching the entire group up to the AHA standard first aid level and CPR level of training.  The CBIs will be a great asset to Shapleigh Rescue since they will be working at the State of Maine boat launches on Mousam Lake and Square Pond.

The Certified Boat Inspectors will be on duty to check for any evidence of invasive plant material which may be lodged on boats and trailers.  This safety check will go a long way toward keeping the lakes in town free from the invasive plants which have become a problem in other lakes in Maine and elsewhere.  The CBIs also provide useful information to all persons using the State boat ramps to enter the lakes.

COMMUNITY DAY

Members of the Shapleigh Community Day Committee have been meeting on a regular basis to plan for this exciting event to be held on the third Friday and Saturday of July, 20th and 21st, 2012.  Some of the features will be:

Friday, June 20 a Spaghetti Dinner at the Shapleigh First Baptist Church and a Blue Grass band playing at the Commons afterwards.

Saturday, June 21 a parade will start off the day’s events.   A Bounce House, animals from the W.I.L.D. Center and other attractions will be featured throughout the day.  Animals chosen for display are a Fennec Fox, prehensile-tailed porcupine, pygmy hedgehog, Flemish giant rabbit, Nile crocodile, Argentine boa constrictor, and Sulcata tortoise.  Each year the new variety of animals draws a large audience of adults as well as children interested in see the unusual animals and hearing about their habits from their keeper.  Crafters, vendors, and town departments will have table-space around the pond at the Commons.

A large community yard sale will be set up at the Hooper property adjacent to the Town Hall.  Persons participating in the yard sale may each rent space for $10.  Reservations may be made by calling Sheila Hayes at 636-2515.

Table space for crafters and other vendors is available for $20 and for non-profit organizations for $15.  Space may be reserved by calling Michelle Rumney at 636-2839 ext 404.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Members of the Shapleigh Conservation Committee have noted that Ravens have returned, Tom Turkeys have been doing their courting displays, schools of Large Mouth Bass have been nesting over the gravel beds next to the dam on Lower Mousam.  Although heard but not seen, a Bear has been visiting the fringes of the Town Forest at Town Farm Road.  There is much to see and hear in nature throughout Shapleigh if one just keeps open eyes and ears tuned for the opportunity.