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LAKE PROTOCOL

Property owners, contractors, visitors or anyone else residing on, working on or visiting lake properties in Shapleigh, or anywhere for that matter, should be aware that the quality of water and place is largely dependent on the actions of people. Anything swept into the lakes, such as pine needles or lawn clippings, is not good for the lake. Often floating on the surface of the water, the debris is unpleasant for persons using the lake. Persons in lake coves are impacted more by this debris than on open water since the debris is driven by the winds. Aluminum cans or plastic bottles thrown in the water bob about in the wake of the boats and eventually end up in coves or along someone’s shore front. Everyone should be able to experience a pleasant summer on the lakeshore without the hassle of cleaning up after others. Be a good neighbor and friend of the lake you are on, whether it is Goose Pond, Granny Kent Pond, Little Poverty Pond, Mousam Lake, Pine Springs Lake, Silver Lake or Square Pond. The lakes are all part of what makes Shapleigh so special in this state of Maine in God’s country. Enjoy your summer.

PERMITS ISSUED

Code Enforcement Officer Steve McDonough has issued the following permits during the month of June:

Scott Chretien, Map 17 Lot 22, Old Loop Rd, replace existing wall, no more than 10 ft past the house per plan, less than 10 cu yds of earth moved

Paul M Neveau, Map 26 Lot 38, Buccanneer’s Way, add an outdoor shower, part of 30% expansion

Kevin P Leach, Map 6 Lot 11 A, 261 Back Rd, add two A-frame dormers to existing roof

Richard L Bicknell, Trustee, Map 34 Lot 27, Cherry Rd, cut one medium size pine tree, one tree to be replanted in the same general area, stump to remain in place

Vincent Kennedy, Map 9 Lot 13, Washington School Rd, remodel existing bathroom

Nancy Lee Harper-Robinson, Map 37 Lot 7, Apple Rd, cut 8 trees, 19 to be replanted, all stumps to remain in place, may be ground down

Albert Fournier Jr, Map 27 Lot 22, Point Rd, complete existing 20x40 1.5 story framed dwelling, 7/18/2002 Permit #A2102

Robert Hamel, Map 24 Lot 3, Channel Circle, replace existing 6x28 porch/deck, same place and size

Bradley Penney, Map 45 Lot 4A, Shapleigh Corner Rd, build a 8x44 open deck on rear of house

James A Smith, Map 34 Lot 9, Cedar Dr, replace lower 13 steps to water and add a handrail

The total declaration of value for all of the above projects is $98,200.00.

LIENS FILED

Eighty-three tax liens have been filed by the Shapleigh Tax Collector at the York County Registry of Deeds on Wednesday, June 27, 2012 on properties for which the owners have not paid the real estate taxes due to the Town of Shapleigh for the year 2011.

FRESH PAINT

Maplestone School students assisted the attendants, Art and Bob, at the Shapleigh Transfer Station in the re-painting of the sheds at the lower level of the facility. The Selectmen are most appreciative of those students from Maplestone School and the attendants who performed this task.

MOUSAM LAKE REGION ASSOCIATION (MLRA)

The Melinda Ann, a research pontoon boat, is coming to Mousam Lake on Saturday, July 7, 2012. It is a 30 ft floating classroom, a pontoon boat outfitted with the latest and greatest of high-tech imaging and monitoring equipment. Every passenger gets to use lake monitoring tools, which include the Secchi disc, hydrophone, plankton net, and a new ROV with video that can operate underwater up to 300 feet in depth.

The Melinda Ann is staffed with a lakeside educator, Phil Mulville, who can provide a great lake steward learning experience for both children and adults. Mulville will explain how to use all the devices that measure water clarity, extract samples from various depths, and take pictures of shoreline or bottom sediments, fish, plants, and “junk.” Everyone will actually get an opportunity to use the equipment. “Hands on” instruction is always the most informative.

The boat will be docked at the public boat ramp and will be making 3 trips lasting from one and a half hours to two hours per trip. The first trip starts at 9 am. The boat holds up to 15 people per trip. Space is limited, so please contact Rich Eagleston at 975-985-3243 to reserve your spot and time soon.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Adults and children are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at the Shapleigh Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Rd from July 8, 2012 through July 13, 2012. Each evening from 6 pm to 8:30 pm there will be classes for all ages through adult open to any and all families in the community who wish to learn about Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Registration can be completed online at www.first baptistshapleigh.org or by registering in person at the church. FMI call 636-1662.

A group met at the church to have a VBS decorating day which turned out to be a big success.

SHAPLEIGH BAPTIST

The Shapleigh Baptist Church Sunday morning worship service is now on a summer schedule with a starting time of 9:30 am. Immediately following the service there will be a Fellowship Hour with light refreshments being served. This is a great casual time to renew old acquaintances and to make new friends now that so many of our summer residents have returned for the season.

There will be no Sunday School during the summer months. Carrie Wilson, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday, June 24, 2012 thanked publicly all of the teachers for their service during the year and presented them tokens of appreciation.

A Church Family Picnic was held immediately after worship service on Sunday, June 24, 2012 to celebrate God’s love for us all.

Little Church will not be held for several weeks but will resume on Sunday, July 15, 2012 with a combined class of ages 3 – 9. Children worship with their parents in the sanctuary during the first part of the worship service, singing all the praise songs and hymns. During the singing of the last song before Pastor Bosse delivers the Bible message the youngsters go out to attend Little Church.

A multitude of women took part in the cutting, sewing, and ironing of dresses which will be taken by Christine Pratt to Xai,Xai Mozambique during her missionary trip this summer. Fifty-four dresses were completed during the all day session. At the noon hour there was a break for lunch which was provided. Shorts will be made for the boys at another session.

Only 25% of the people in Mozambique are employed. The life expectancy in that country is only 52 years. Only half of the children manage to go to school. The missionary group with which Christine will be traveling plans to assist in rebuilding the church and teaching gardening. Obviously better nutrition will improve the health of the population there.

DELIVERED AND SAVED

Pastor Dave Dickinson of the Ross Corner Baptist Church, 1312 West Rd, Shapleigh is inviting any and all persons to attend the Sunday, July 8, 2012 worship service at 10:30 am to hear Jonah Corneau, a former drug addict, delivered and saved from all forms of drugs. Originally from the Bronx in New York, Corneau attended the Teen Challenge for drug addicts in Boston, MA and later worked for the organization. Now Corneau is preparing for the ministry to work with drug addicts, having received a definite call on his life. Come and listen to this dramatic testimony.

ROSS CORNER BAPTIST CHURCH

Summer schedule for the Ross Corner Baptist Church will not include Sunday School nor Adult Bible Study. However, Sunday morning worship will take place at 10:30 am as usual. Refreshments and fellowship hour will take place downstairs after the worship service. All are welcome.

Singspiration will be held on Sunday July 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm at the Ross Corner Baptist Church. This is when a number of churches in the area get together at one place and sing all the old familiar favorites, listen to special vocal and instrumental presentations, and have a great time of fellowship and refreshments afterwards. It is a great uplifting experience. Summer visitors are especially invited.

LIONS CLUB BENEFIT BREAKFAST

Saturday, June 7, 2012 from 8 am to 10 am at the Acton Town Hall the Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club will be having its monthly “All You an Eat” Pancake Breakfast. For a modest $5 you can eat your fill of scrambled eggs, pancakes (both plain and blueberry), sausage, Maine baked beans, hot buttered toast, coffee, orange juice, and milk (both plain and chocolate). Bring your family, friends and neighbors. What a great way to start off your weekend !

Also the OWLS (Older Wiser Liberated Seniors) will be having a bake sale during the Lions pancake breakfast. The funds garnered from the sale help to fund expenses and trips for this older generation. Take some baked goodies home and help out the OWLS in the process.

The proceeds of the breakfast will benefit Jody (Stebbins) Hinds who has Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that has taken the lives of many people, including her three sisters. CF is a terrible disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Thirteen years ago her mother and cousin each donated a lobe of their lungs and Jody began her Journey. Her lungs are still functioning well. Now Jody needs a kidney due to chronic kidney disease. There is a living donor who is currently being screened. The hope is that a transplant will take place before dialysis becomes necessary. Insurance will cover much of the cost of this journey. Funds from this benefit breakfast will help to cover the expenses that insurance doesn’t. FMI regarding Jody go to www.journeywithjody.org