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This column is for June 21, 2012.

CHECK WITH CEO FIRST

New property owners or persons anticipating making changes to your property in Shapleigh are issued a word of caution…..Before picking up a hammer, saw or shovel to do any project at your property in Shapleigh, please call the Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough at (207) 636-2843 ext 409. It is wise to find out if a permit is required by the Town of Shapleigh for whatever project that is being proposed, whether by the property owner or a contractor. Many folks unfortunately do not take this important first step and later find themselves getting an “After the Fact” permit which costs four times as much or, in some cases, find that the project that they have completed has to be torn out. Even replacing an existing deck or some other such activity should prompt a call to the CEO. It will save a lot of grief and expense later on. Ask for your response in writing and keep it with your records for future reference.

CEO ACTIVITY

Now that summer is approaching there is more activity in the Codes Enforcement Office regarding the issuance of permits to property owners for projects to be undertaken.

  • Jay Edward Calkins, Indian Village Rd, Square Pond, cut two large trees, one to be planted nearest to the water.
  • William Mageary, Point Rd, Square Pond, replace existing building with new, 30% bigger on walkout foundation
  • Nancy Small, 1289 Apple Rd, Square Pond, cut one maple tree within the shoreland zone, no replanting required, stump to remain in place
  • Nancy Lee Harper-Robinson, Apple Rd, Square Pond, cut one large pine on the shoreline, 2 trees to be replanted in same general area, stump to remain in place
  • Peter Hammond, Shapleigh Corner Rd, Mousam Lake, replace roof and rail system on existing boat house and related steps and deck
  • Wilson Family Land Trust, Cross Rd, replace existing 18x27 deck with new deck of same size, framing plan submitted prior to start
  • James McClaine, Blueberry Lane, Mousam Lake., cut three trees, 2 within 100 feet of the water, no replanting needed, stumps to remain in place
  • Paula C Baldwin, 154 Indian Village Rd, Square Pond, replace existing stairs to water with new stairs per submitted plan
  • Thomas O’Reilly, 50 Murray Rd, build a 8x38 farmer’s porch
  • Andrew J Townsend, Hollon Way, Mousam Lake, create an individual private campsite and camp for no more than 120 days a year

AWARD OF RECOGNITION

Shapleigh Conservation Commission (SCC) has received an Award of Recognition from the Maine Chapter of the Wildlife Society. This Certificate recognizes the tremendous contribution SCC, along with the Maine Association of Conservations and other Municipal Commissions, has made to the conservation of Maine’s natural resources, open space, and quality of place. The efforts of dedicated volunteers in

communities across Maine are the foundation of conservation at a local scale and play an essential role in ensuring the future of Maine’s natural heritage.

Currently there are 78 Conservation omissions are active in towns across Maine, from Kittery to Lamoine, from the coast to the western mountains. As appointed bodies serving under elected officials play a key role on advisory boards and advocates for environmental concerns and natural resource protection at the local level. Always challenged by two few staff, competing priorities, and a lack of funding, town leaders depend heavily on dedicated citizen volunteers to form the Conservation Commissions and provide leadership and technical expertise on behalf of the community’s conservation goals. Typical functions include: developing an Open Space Plan; implementing conservation strategies identified in the town’s Comprehensive Plan; inventorying and mapping natural resources of significance; advising the Planning Board on land-use ordinances and development proposals; and applying for grants to help fund local conservation projects. Conservation Commissions also build trails and promote public access, work to control invasive species, conduct outreach programs for schools, educate citizens about local environmental issues and locally significant resources, advise landowners on habitat management and stewardship options, manage town conservation lands, and partner with local land trusts to conduct habitat acquisition projects. In other words, Conservation Commissions work tirelessly to protect the future of their town’s natural resources and special wild places, and to make Maine communities attractive places for us to live, work, and raise our families.

WALNUT HILL REGION

The Board of Selectmen and others have been sent an invitation to attend a presentation on the Forest Works Project and related conservation efforts in the Walnut Hill Area at the Alfred Town Hall at 7 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2012. The Walnut Hill region has been identified by the State of Maine as a region of ecological significance.

The Three Rivers Land Trust had purchased an 88 acre parcel on Walnut Hill partially funded by a grant from the State’s wetland mitigation fund. A Forest Management Plan has already been instituted and a hiking trail is being planned for the future to allow the neighbors and citizens to enjoy this great piece of property. At the meeting the attendees will hear about the progress being made at Walnut Hill as well as other important conservation activities in our area. Steve Walker from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, as well as Steve Burnette, outreach coordinator from the Forest Works Project will be on hand to discuss opportunities and answer questions regarding options for land conservation.

MEETING SCHEDULES

Town Clerk/Tax Collector: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 4 pm; Thursday evenings 5 pm to 8 pm; and on the first and last Saturdays of the month from 9 am to 12 noon.

Code Enforcement Officer: Call 636-2843 ext 409 to schedule appointments

Conservation Committee: Second Monday of each month at 7 pm at Town Hall

Selectmen: Every Tuesday at 7 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall

Planning Board: Second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm at Town Hall

Zoning Board of Appeals: First Monday of month when there is an appeal to be heard

12 Town Group: every third Monday at 6:30 pm at Waterboro Town Hall

SPIA ANNUAL MEETING

The Square Pond Improvement Association (SPIA) will be having its annual meeting on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at the former ATV Club building at Shapleigh Corner Rd. Mike will be speaking regarding the SASDC.

TRAINING

The Maine Dept of Environmental Protection is presenting Transfer Station Operators Training Program at several locations in the State. This is a Core Training Session #3, Hazardous Waste and Special Waste. Shapleigh Transfer Station workers Bob Campbell and Art Ingersol have registered for the class which is to be held in Portland on July 9, 2012.

CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT

Company A, 3rd Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry will be participating in a Civil War Encampment on the Village Green, Windham Center Rd on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, 2012.

       The public is encouraged to visit in the camp, ask questions, and observe. Breakfast and lunch is available. The Windham Historical Society Museum will be open all day. Adults are $5, children under 12 are Free, Family (3+) is $15. Watch for the soldiers in the Saturday parade. FMI visit www.thirdmaine.org or www.windhamhistorical.org

HIGHLAND GROVE CEMETERY ASSOCIATION

Members of the Highland Grove Cemetery Association met at the Town Hall on Monday, June 11, 2012 to conduct business at the annual meeting of the association. The Secretary and Treasurer presented their reports for the previous meeting in 2011. A discussion regarding the projected date of completion of the work for the cleared section of the cemetery took place. Compensation for grounds maintenance was determined.

Officers were nominated and elected: Secretary Nancy Moses, Treasurer Charles Aaskov, Trustee Laurette Johnson and Trustee Bill Mageary were each re-elected to serve another two year term. Terms for other current officers, President Ruth S Ham and Trustee Brian Moses, expire in June of 2013.

Persons interested in purchasing burial plots in Highland Grove Cemetery on the Town Farm Rd just outside of North Shapleigh Village should contact Brian Moses at 636-1406.

Looking for the location of a loved one’s burial site? Contact www.mainefindagrave.org

BOY SCOUT SUNDAY

Celebrating Boy Scout Sunday on June 10, 2012 at the First Baptist Church at Shapleigh Corner was Scoutmaster Dave Wade of the “Ultimate” Troop 320. The name was derived from the Scouts always playing the Frisbee game Ultimate.

Troop 320 consists of 25 Scouts led by Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and Life Scout Rob Dermody and supported by an active committee led by Rob Elliott, 3 assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmaster Dave Wade. The SPL leads the Troop using Patrol Method, meaning it is a boy run and boy led program. Currently there are 3 separate patrols. Over the years the names of the patrols have changed having been Wildcats, Flaming Arrows, Rattlers, Frozen Elites and Roadkill (they took a raccoon patch and turned it upside down). Right now the patrols have fowl (bird) names: Red Robins, Bombing Birds, and Rabid Rubber Ducks.

An active troop, 320 Scouts do more than just go camping. They hike, backpack, canoe, ski, build and sleep in survival shelters, camp in the snow and more. Members of Troop 320 have attended the National and World Jamborees; done trekking at Philmont. In 2008 320 sent two full crews to Philmont and backpacked in the Rockies for 12 days. They’ve hiked and camped out countless nights in the White Mountains and attended Scouting events in NH, MA, NY and VT; and go to summer camp every year.

They canoed the Allagash and Saco Rivers and have climbed Mt. Washington and Kahtahdin multiple times. Just 6 weeks ago they went to Westpoint Military Academy Camporee, their fourth time.

Along with all of these events the Scouts work hard on skills and leadership towards Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. This achievement is held in high regard and “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.” Many of the Presidents of the United States were Eagle Scouts. The church’s Pastor Jonathan Bosse was recognized as an Eagle Scout, being one of the 3% of enrolled Scouts nationally who attain that rank. During the past 35 years almost 400 Scouts have been part of Troop 320 and to date there have been 30 who attained Eagle rank. In 2012 there will be 4 more added to the Troop 320 Eagle Honor Roll making it 8% for this local troop. This is an active program where Scouts learn and have fun.

CLOTHES CLOSET

Persons who are in need of clothing may stop by the First Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner the first and third Saturdays of each month from 9 am to 2 pm to obtain items free of charge. A yard sale will also be taking place during those hours. The proceeds of the sale will benefit the Shapleigh Food Pantry which is operated by the church with hours on Wednesday nights from 6 – 7 pm.

SUMMER HOURS

Summer hours for the First Baptist Church change on Sunday, June 25, 2012 . Church service starts at 9:30 am. There will be no Sunday School classes during the summer months. FMI call 636-1662.