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SURVEY

Cornerpost Surveying has been awarded the contract for performing the survey work for the Town of Shapleigh on the Hooper property for a cost of $2,400. When that is complete the Town will be offering for sale the buildings and approximately 5 acres.

TAX SALE

The Town of Shapleigh is offering at public auction several parcels of vacant land and one with a camp on it, all having been acquired by matured liens which were placed on the property for non-payment of real estate taxes in previous years. The auction will take place at the Shapleigh Town Hall on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7 pm. Letters will be sent to abutters within 500 ft notifying them of the sale. Oral bids will be accepted with all bidders being required to show at least 20% of any bid given in cash or certified funds before their bid will be accepted. The cash or certified check is non-refundable to the successful bidder. The highest bidder must also sign a purchase and sales contract with the Town of Shapleigh calling for a closing within 30 days of the public sale at which time the balance will be due in cash or certified funds. Upon full payment the Town of Shapleigh will deliver a duly executed quitclaim deed without covenant of any kind to the purchaser. The property, with any structures situated thereon, is being sold “AS IS” without warranties, implied or expressed, of any kind.

Parcels range in size from a back lot of 0.14 acres at 29 Hubbard’s Cove Rd; 0.75 acres (with hunting camp) on Pitts Rd, 1.84 acre back lot at 6 Silver Lake Rd, 6.5 and 8 acre parcels with no road frontage abutting the Central Maine Power line, a 9 acre back lot with no road frontage off Owls Nest Rd; and a 12.98 acre parcel on Swan Circle, Granny Kent Pond.

FMI call the Selectmen at 636-2843 ext 401 or 406.

OFFICE CLOSED

The Shapleigh Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Next business day will be Thursday, July 5, 2012 when the Town Clerk/Tax Collector will be in her office from 5 pm to 8 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

REMINDER

Residents of Shapleigh and Alfred are reminded that the one day of “Free Disposal of Hazardous Waste” takes place on Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 8 am to 2 pm at the new Shapleigh Salt/Sand Storage Facility,  Shapleigh Corner Rd, across the road from Boonies Store when traveling north.

Examples of “Hazardous Wastes” include out of date expired chemicals, paint or thinners, pool chemicals, bleach, copier toner, batteries, fire extinguisher wastes, any flammable liquid, pesticides or insecticides, propane tanks, cleaners, inks or dyes, oil or grease.

In order to participate in this free one day event persons must have a valid Transfer Station Sticker from the Town of Shapleigh or the Town of Alfred OR a car registration indicating residence in either own. FMI call 636-2843 ext 401 (Shapleigh) or 324-5872 (Alfred).

TAX LIENS

The Shapleigh Tax Collector had sent out the required 30-day notices to property owners who had unpaid real estate taxes on their property for 2011 in order to give them a “heads up” before the liens are placed on the property. Recorded at the York County Registry of Deeds, the liens will remain on the property until the real estate taxes, interest and costs are paid. When the liens mature the Town of Shapleigh automatically becomes the owner and can auction off the property.

WILLIAMS PROPERTY

Meeting at the Town Hall on June 14, 2012, the members of the Williams Property Advisory Committee, having been duly sworn in by the Town Clerk, elected officers, as follows: Chair: Mark Cobb, Vice Chair: Bruce Lamb, Secretary: Madge Baker.

The normal meeting time of the Williams Property Advisory Committee (WPAC) will be on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall. Next meeting date is July 18, 2012.

Items discussed were proposed projects for Eagle Scouts, fields and roads, parking, signs, and keeping the property undeveloped.  

LIONS IN ACTION—WE SERVE

Annually the Kennebunk Tour de Cure takes place to help bring awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research regarding Diabetes. This year the goal was $404,500. As of June 3, 2012 $339,000 had been raised. When all the pledges and matching grants are in the sponsors expect to exceed the goal.

Five hundred ninety-five riders took part in the Tour de Cure in spite of the rain and soggy weather. Two hundred twenty volunteers had signed up for the various tasks associated with the event.

Seven members of the Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club showed their expertise as breakfast cooks of scrambled eggs and pancakes, experience gained in putting on their monthly pancake breakfasts. That is 47% of their membership. Ten members of the Sanford Lions Club handled the setup, serving and clean-up. That is 28% of their membership. There two friends of the Sanford Lions also assisting.

It took 30 dozen eggs, 12 large containers of pancake mix and numerous bottles of pancake syrup. This was in addition to the orange juice and fresh apples. All participants were warm and well fed. The Lions coffee crew served the crowd of over 815 persons from 6:30 am to 3 pm. In addition the Lions cooks and servers assisted the USM kitchen in preparing and serving lunch consisting of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, homemade chili and assorted salads.

The Acton/Shapleigh popcorn machine went full tilt most of the day in the upper lobby manned by Larissa Crockett and Bob Lord. Other members of the Acton/Shapleigh Lions who volunteered were Dot Brown, Allen White, Jim Wilson, Richard Nason, and Jean Wilson.

Sanford Lion volunteers included Andy Davis, Lester Cail, Barbara Carlberg, Kathy German, Carol Cail, Cliff Randall, Bob McPhail, Harriet Randall, Fran McPhail and Ken Carlberg. Friends of the Club who assisted were Cameron Gilpatrick and Jocelyn Goodale.

Massabesic Lions Caroline Gile, Bruce Gile, Moe Precourt, Chere Precourt, and Pat Jones also volunteered for the event. The Massabesic Lions manned a Rest Stop where they took care of the physical needs of all the riders passing through by providing Porta-potty facilities. Food, fruit and water was also dispensed.

The information in this report was provided by Lion Cliff Randall.

PLEASE WELCOME BENJAMIN

Born in Daddy’s automobile on Shapleigh Corner Road, Benjamin Allen greeted the world with a burst of energy while on the way to Goodall Hospital in Sanford. Dad pulled over to the side of the road, called 911, and in moments the new Shapleigh ambulance and Rescue crew arrived on the scene. Meanwhile Dispatch assisted the father in delivering his son. Mother Jessica (Rankin) Allen and baby are doing well. Benjamin is the second child born to David and Jessica, a daughter Eliza having been born three years ago in June.

NEW BUSINESS

Property owner Roland Johnson of 666 Newfield Rd has received a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Board for an archery and fly fishing business to be held in the existing 8 ft by 16 ft structure, along with an outdoor 20 yard archery range. Hours of operation will be 5 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday; 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm to 9 pm on Sunday. FMI call 793-2467.

GROWTH PERMIT

William Elwell, property owner of 109 Pine Cone Drive, Silver Lake, has been approved by the Planning Board for a Residential Growth Permit. A building permit is required from the Code Enforcement Officer within 90 days of the date the notification was sent or the permit will expire.

NEW TEACHER

Joan Dyer, Administrative Assistant at Shapleigh Memorial School, has indicated that Kristen Barrile will join the teaching staff as a new fourth grade homeroom teacher. Kristen comes with several years of experience in both the public and private sectors and will be a welcome addition to Shapleigh Memorial School.

OFFICE CLOSED

The Shapleigh Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Next business day will be Thursday, July 5, 2012 when the Town Clerk/Tax Collector will be in her office from 5 pm to 8 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

TAX LIENS

The Shapleigh Tax Collector had sent out the required 30-day notices to property owners who had unpaid real estate taxes on their property for 2011 in order to give them a “heads up” before the liens are placed on the property. Recorded at the York County Registry of Deeds, the liens will remain on the property until the real estate taxes, interest and costs are paid. When the liens mature the Town of Shapleigh automatically becomes the owner and can auction off the property.

WILLIAMS PROPERTY

Meeting at the Town Hall on June 14, 2012, the members of the Williams Property Advisory Committee, having been duly sworn in by the Town Clerk, elected officers, as follows: Chair: Mark Cobb, Vice Chair: Bruce Lamb, Secretary: Madge Baker.

The normal meeting time of the Williams Property Advisory Committee (WPAC) will be on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Town Hall. Next meeting date is July 18, 2012.

Items discussed were proposed projects for Eagle Scouts, fields and roads, parking, signs, and keeping the property undeveloped.

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Members of the Conservation Commission are always interested in the wildlife which is abundant in our area. A healthy nonchalant adult coyote was seen sauntering across the driveway of one of the members. The 9 month old snapping turtle nest located in a vegetable garden on the Hooper Road has been non-productive. Having wire caged over the nest to thwart scavenger depredations it can be assumed the eggs were non-fertile. A snapping turtle was seen building a nest on a lawn on the County Rd.

Two Boy Scouts in need of a community project for their Eagle Scout certification and are considering working on the Town Farm Trail. Scout Leader Nate Gallant shared with the Conservation Commission photos of the “blast through” he accomplished on the Town Farm Road trail entrance and the subsequent innovative transmogrification of the sawed logs into benches. Nate also explained the somewhat onerous and tedious chain of command required to have “green certified lumber” products.

BEARS

Frequent raids on bird feeders on and around the Lower Mousam and Deering Ridge area are continuing to keep residents on alert. The bears have a nose for finding a free meal at the expense of the bird lovers and are destroying with regularity the feeders and poles on which they hang. In some instances the feeding stations are taken in at night when most of the marauding bear visitations take place but those that are not removed are likely to become a nightly “bonanza” for our wild creatures.

This column is for June 28, 2012.

LIONS IN ACTION—WE SERVE

Annually the Kennebunk Tour de Cure takes place to help bring awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research regarding Diabetes. This year the goal was $404,500. As of June 3, 2012 $339,000 had been raised. When all the pledges and matching grants are in the sponsors expect to exceed the goal.

Five hundred ninety-five riders took part in the Tour de Cure in spite of the rain and soggy weather. Two hundred twenty volunteers had signed up for the various tasks associated with the event.

Seven members of the Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club showed their expertise as breakfast cooks of scrambled eggs and pancakes, experience gained in putting on their monthly pancake breakfasts. That is 47% of their membership. Ten members of the Sanford Lions Club handled the setup, serving and clean-up. That is 28% of their membership. There two friends of the Sanford Lions also assisting.

It took 30 dozen eggs, 12 large containers of pancake mix and numerous bottles of pancake syrup. This was in addition to the orange juice and fresh apples. All participants were warm and well fed. The Lions coffee crew served the crowd of over 815 persons from 6:30 am to 3 pm. In addition the Lions cooks and servers assisted the USM kitchen in preparing and serving lunch consisting of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, homemade chili and assorted salads.

The Acton/Shapleigh popcorn machine went full tilt most of the day in the upper lobby manned by Larissa Crockett and Bob Lord. Other members of the Acton/Shapleigh Lions who volunteered were Dot Brown, Allen White, Jim Wilson, Richard Nason, and Jean Wilson.

Sanford Lion volunteers included Andy Davis, Lester Cail, Barbara Carlberg, Kathy German, Carol Cail, Cliff Randall, Bob McPhail, Harriet Randall, Fran McPhail and Ken Carlberg. Friends of the Club who assisted were Cameron Gilpatrick and Jocelyn Goodale.

Massabesic Lions Caroline Gile, Bruce Gile, Moe Precourt, Chere Precourt, and Pat Jones also volunteered for the event. The Massabesic Lions manned a Rest Stop where they took care of the physical needs of all the riders passing through by providing Porta-potty facilities. Food, fruit and water was also dispensed.

The information in this report was provided by Lion Cliff Randall.

PLEASE WELCOME BENJAMIN

Born in Daddy’s automobile on Shapleigh Corner Road, Benjamin Allen greeted the world with a burst of energy while on the way to Goodall Hospital in Sanford. Dad pulled over to the side of the road, called 911, and in moments the new Shapleigh ambulance and Rescue crew arrived on the scene. Meanwhile Dispatch assisted the father in delivering his son. Mother Jessica (Rankin) Allen and baby are doing well. Benjamin is the second child born to David and Jessica, a daughter Eliza having been born three years ago in June.

NEW BUSINESS

Property owner Roland Johnson of 666 Newfield Rd has received a Conditional Use Permit from the Planning Board for an archery and fly fishing business to be held in the existing 8 ft by 16 ft structure, along with an outdoor 20 yard archery range. Hours of operation will be 5 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday; 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday, and 1 pm to 9 pm on Sunday. FMI call 793-2467.

GROWTH PERMIT

William Elwell, property owner of 109 Pine Cone Drive, Silver Lake, has been approved by the Planning Board for a Residential Growth Permit. A building permit is required from the Code Enforcement Officer within 90 days of the date the notification was sent or the permit will expire.

NEW TEACHER

Joan Dyer, Administrative Assistant at Shapleigh Memorial School, has indicated that Kristen Barrile will join the teaching staff as a new fourth grade homeroom teacher. Kristen comes with several years of experience in both the public and private sectors and will be a welcome addition to Shapleigh Memorial School.

TAX SALE

The Town of Shapleigh is offering at public auction several parcels of vacant land and one with a camp on it, all having been acquired by matured liens which were placed on the property for non-payment of real estate taxes in previous years. The auction will take place at the Shapleigh Town Hall on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7 pm. Letters will be sent to abutters notifying them of the sale. Oral bids will be accepted with all bidders being required to show at least 20% of any bid given in cash or certified funds before their bid will be accepted. The cash or certified check is non-refundable to the successful bidder. The highest bidder must also sign a purchase and sales contract with the Town of Shapleigh calling for a closing within 30 days of the public sale at which time the balance will be due in cash or certified funds. Upon full payment the Town of Shapleigh will deliver a duly executed quitclaim deed without covenant of any kind to the purchaser. The property, with any structures situated thereon, is being sold “AS IS” without warranties, implied or expressed, of any kind.

Parcels range in size from a back lot of 0.14 acres at 29 Hubbard’s Cove Rd; 0.75 acres (with hunting camp) on Pitts Rd, 1.84 acre back lot at 6 Silver Lake Rd, 6.5 and 8 acre parcels with no road frontage abutting the Central Maine Power line, a 9 acre back lot with no road frontage off Owls Nest Rd; and a 12.98 acre parcel on Swan Circle, Granny Kent Pond.

FMI call the Selectmen at 636-2843 ext 401 or 406.

OFFICE CLOSED

The Shapleigh Town Hall will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Next business day will be Thursday, July 5, 2012 when the Town Clerk/Tax Collector will be in her office from 5 pm to 8 pm and on Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

TAX LIENS

The Shapleigh Tax Collector had sent out the required 30-day notices to property owners who had unpaid real estate taxes on their property for 2011 in order to give them a “heads up” before the liens are placed on the property. Recorded at the York County Registry of Deeds, the liens will remain on the property until the real estate taxes, interest and costs are paid. When the liens mature the Town of Shapleigh automatically becomes the owner and can auction off the property.

CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Members of the Conservation Commission are always interested in the wildlife which is abundant in our area. A healthy nonchalant adult coyote was seen sauntering across the driveway of one of the members. The 9 month old snapping turtle nest located in a vegetable garden on the Hooper Road has been non-productive. Having wire caged over the nest to thwart scavenger depredations it can be assumed the eggs were non-fertile. A snapping turtle was seen building a nest on a lawn on the County Rd.

Two Boy Scouts in need of a community project for their Eagle Scout certification and are considering working on the Town Farm Trail. Scout Leader Nate Gallant shared with the Conservation Commission photos of the “blast through” he accomplished on the Town Farm Road trail entrance and the subsequent innovative transmogrification of the sawed logs into benches. Nate also explained the somewhat onerous and tedious chain of command required to have “green certified lumber” products.

BEARS

Frequent raids on bird feeders on and around the Lower Mousam and Deering Ridge area are continuing to keep residents on alert. The bears have a nose for finding a free meal at the expense of the bird lovers and are destroying with regularity the feeders and poles on which they hang. In some instances the feeding stations are taken in at night when most of the marauding bear visitations take place but those that are not removed are likely to become a nightly “bonanza” for our wild creatures.