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This column is for August 16, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS

Ron Prevoir, Shapleigh’s artist-in-residence, was juried into the Barn Gallery’s Sculpture wing in Ogunquit. A pair of huge blue porpoises is on display. Ron has been gleaning the Shapleigh woods seeking unusual forms which become one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Ron is a native American Elder. Recently eighty-nine native people gathered at his Shapleigh Knoll Farm to celebrate World Peace and Prayer Day, the eleventh yearly gathering.

Many people use his teepees on the Newfield Road as York County landmarks. Dozens of tourists stop to visit the covered plains style teepee and learn about local native lore.

Recently Ron learned from some Shapleigh and Newfield residents who were related that a native American woman is buried outside the stonewall burying ground in his north field. Ron plans to put her name, Alpharetta Young Beal, on a marker at the grave. The late John W. Smith of East Waterboro also shared where several native American burying grounds in Shapleigh are. Ron plans to document them for history.

PROPERTY TRANSFERS

During the month of July the following properties changed ownership. Copies of the deeds sent by the York County Registry of Deeds were received in the assessor’s office.

  • John F Burke Jr. and Pamela A Burke to John F Burke Jr., Tax Map 33 Lot 109, Treasure Island, Square Pond
  • Jerome M. Bshara and Elaine Livermore to Joseph N Pare, Tax Map 20 Lot 5, Shapleigh Corner Rd, Mousam Lake
  • Joseph P Fleagle to Joseph P and Michelle Fleagle, Tax Map 3 Lot 17-E, Simon Ricker Rd
  • Brent Laviolette and Meagan Laviolette to Brent Laviolette and Meagan Laviolette, Tax Map 21 Lot 12, Village Circle, Mousam Lake
  • Stephen J Powers and Sheryl L Stazinski to Stephen J Powers and Sheryl L Stazinski, Trustees of the Lebanon and Shapleigh Maine Trust, Tax Map 10 Lot 2-A, Town Farm Rd
  • Nancy Herdecker, Trustee of Werner C & Nancy A Herdecker Revocable Trust, to Gary C Thibodeaux and Tracy M Thibodeaux, Tax Map 5 Lot 3-7-5, Hitchman Rd, Mousam Lake
  • Sherilyn N Higgins and Lindley Higgins to Richard A Levesque and Carolyn Levesque, Tax Map 30 Lot 41, Square Pond
  • Karl Robinson and Barbara Robinson, Tax Map 6 Lot 30-B, Nason Rd to Benjamin Gagnon
  • Elinor Hayden and Brenda Audette, Tax Map 34 Lot 5, Town Farm Rd, Square Pond to Deborah H McWeeney
  • Sharon E Chiasson, Trustee of the Chiasson Family Trust, to Matthew R Chiasson and Danielle Dalton, Tax Map 28 Lot 40, 18th St, Mousam Lake
  • Kenneth Moody to Peter Cutrer and Michelle Cutrer, Tax Map 40 Lot 29-A, Granny Kent Pond Rd
  • Christopher Larose and Melissa Larose to Timothy E Zinser and Macia J Zinser, Tax Map 6 Lot 3-10, Knox Rd
  • Marguerite Guillemette to Guilford Berube and Heather Jean Kimball,
    Tax Map 1 Lot 20-F, Lebanon Rd
  • Karen Stahle to Kenneth N Hopkins and Debra J Hopkins, Back Rd, Tax Map 2 Lots 20 and 20-B
  • Kenneth N Hopkins and Debra J Hopkins to Joshua Todd L’Heureux, Tax Map 2 Lot 20-B, Back Rd

TORRENTIAL RAINS

Much of the rain that has fallen on parched ground this year has run off in river-like flows. A recent storm took out several culverts in Shapleigh as the storm intensity increased and several inches fell in a very short period of time. Both road commissioners quickly assessed the situations in their respective districts and remedied those issues in short order.

BRIDGES

The State of Maine Department of Transportation has notified the Board of Selectmen of the latest inspection report on the bridge on Deering Ridge Rd in Emery Mills Village. A discussion of the subject took place at a recent Selectmen’s Tuesday night meeting with both road commissioners present. The general consensus is that there is a need to establish a capital improvements Bridge Repair account in the next budget. Voters would be asked to approve an article not only establishing the account but also to appropriate money each year to add to that account so that when the time comes to repair or replace the bridge the funds would already be available.

The bridge which was originally maintained by the State of Maine had been turned over to the Town of Shapleigh years ago. The costs of any repairs and/or replacement of the bridge are now the Town’s responsibility. The bridge was not in the best of shape when the Town acquired it from the State. Located on a very heavily traveled road, the bridge has sustained a great deal of wear from the number of automobiles and loaded trucks that cross over it daily. Although there is no immediate need to replace the bridge the Town wants to be prepared when the time comes, thus the proposed establishment of the Bridge Reserve account.

SHAPLEIGH COMMONS

A new maintenance program for Shapleigh Commons is being established. Recently a vigorous effort was made to complete projects within the Commons which had been neglected for some time. In addition to the new benches which were installed work has been done to remove a large dead tree on the perimeter. Also the stone walkway was repaired, eliminating some of the dips which had occurred over the years from the settling of the ground underneath it. Shrubs and trees were pruned by C&D Landscaping who performed the other tasks as well.

FUN TOWN USA

Two hundred twenty-nine persons enrolled in the Shapleigh Recreation sponsored program for a family outing at Fun Town USA in Scarborough on Route One last week. Although mainly from Shapleigh, residents of Acton and Newfield also participated. The advantage of being a town-sponsored event made it possible to get a special group price which made it affordable for many entire families to attend and create many happy memories. Persons were responsible for their own transportation to and from Fun Town and for their refreshments during the day.

This is an annual event in which participation increases greatly each year. The Town would like to thank Stephanie LaCourse for organizing this event each year. Shapleigh Recreation would like to thank Fun Town managers for their courtesy and cooperation in bringing such joy to so many.

LIBRARY REPORT

Statistics regarding Shapleigh Community Library during the month of July 2012 compared to July 2011 have been compiled by the Librarian and presented to the Board of Selectmen. Anyone with questions can call Gene at 636-3630 for answers.

Years 2012 2011

Fiction books loaned out 282 408

Non-Fiction 47 56

Juvenile/Young Adult 190 263

Renewals 6 2

Videos 125 132

Periodicals 14 6

Fines $422.56 $72.00

Book sales $785.45 $809.32

New Patrons 6 6

Patrons (Adult) 392 364

Patrons (Juvenile/YA) 63 114

Total Patrons 455 478

TRANSFER STATION

Receipts from the Transfer Station during the month of July 2012 came to a total of $2,004.00. These fees are paid for by individuals who drop off items at the lower level of the facility and are used to help offset the cost of disposing of such solid waste.

CHURCH OUTREACH

Members of the Baptist Church at 600 Shapleigh Corner Road have been planning for its annual outreach to the community. The date has been set for Saturday, August 18, 2012 to gather on Shapleigh Commons and to invite any and all folks in town to come and learn about the church and what it has to offer. As an inducement there will be no cost for anything offered there on the Commons during the Family Fun Day event. Bring your children and learn about the various programs the church provides and consider enrolling them. Many folks think that Baptists are droll individuals but everyone enjoys a good time with their own family and the church family does as well.

Features of the day will include a Bouncy House, birdhouse making, balloons, cotton candy, hot dogs, popcorn, music, and more….all for FREE. During these difficult economic times this is a great way to have a delightful day with family and friends. Also it offers an opportunity for you to learn more about the church and its members. Dr. Jonathan Bosse and his wife Connie Lee Bosse are part of the church family, Jonathan as pastor and Connie Lee in many capacities. They have two children, a son and daughter.

The Sunday morning worship service starts at 9:30 am and is followed by a time of light refreshment and fellowship in the Holdsworth Room with everyone invited to partake. The Sunday worship and praise service really rocks. Come and take part in the congregational singing led by Josh Randall and his group who inspire the congregation to shout for joy to the Lord.