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Fall and winter hours will go into effect as of October 1, 2012 at the Shapleigh Transfer Station. The facility will be open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.


Acton held its special town meeting on Thursday, September 27, 2012. An article of particular interest to Shapleigh was the one regarding a contract deputy sheriff. The vote was 53 in favor and 50 against for the article which would appropriate $20,000 from unappropriated funds. Shapleigh voters will be voting on an article with the same language on October 2, 2012 and if it passes a contract deputy will be hired to serve both the towns of Shapleigh and Acton for a 40 hour week. This would be a four year contract with the contract cost for each town being $20,000 annually for the first three years. In the fourth year the grant which provided the funds for the first three years will have run out and the two towns would be required to pay the full $40,000 each for that year.


Town Clerk Joanne Rankin has informed the Board of Selectmen of an offer the Secretary of State has made to municipalities that are not using optical scanners for counting ballots. The State will provide an optical scanner at no cost to the town. The optical scanner electronically records the voting ballots.

In 2009 the State of Maine negotiated a contract to purchase a large quantity of scanners. The goal of the State was for each municipality to use this style scanner for recording the ballots. Federal and State funds were discussed to purchase these machines. If the Town is interested in accepting this offer a 5 year lease agreement will need to be signed. There will be no cost in using this machine in the November election. No maintenance cost is anticipated for five years. If the Town would like to use this machine for its local election there would be a programming charge. Delivery would be in mid-October followed by a training session for the clerks. The Board of Selectmen accepted this offer from the State.


Midge Laferty has resigned from the Shapleigh Community Day Committee. A letter of appreciation has been sent to her from the Board of Selectmen for her 13 years of voluntary service to the Town in that capacity.


Shapleigh residents who may be interested in serving on the Shapleigh Community Day Committee are encouraged to get in touch with the Executive Secretary at 636-2843 ext 401. Committee members plan for Community Day which has been held in July each year since 1999. Last year instead of being a one day (Saturday) event it also included a supper on Friday night followed by a concert in the park next to the Town Hall. Another innovation in 2012 was that of a parade to kick off Saturday's activities.


An “after the fact” application for a Best Possible Location (BPL) has been received from Marcia

Crumley , owner of property shown on the Town of Shapleigh Tax Maps as Map 33 Lot 46, 111 Treasure Island, to replace a damaged shed and relocate it to a more suitable location.

An application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to replace an existing retaining wall has been received from John and Karen Kenary, Tax Map 31 Lot 22B, 45 Totte Rd.

Notices have been sent to property owners within 500 feet of the subject properties indicating that the next scheduled Planning Board meeting is Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Shapleigh Town Hall. Comments or questions can be brought to the attention of the Planning Board either in person during the scheduled meeting or by writing to the Land Use Secretary prior to the meeting at PO Box 26, Shapleigh, Maine 04076-0026.

William and Douglas Elwell has been notified that the two Residential Growth Permits (RGP) that had been issued to them earlier in the year have expired. When a RGP is granted the property owner is notified that he has 90 days to apply for a building permit with the Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) or the RGP will expire. The Planning Board was notified by the CEO that as of September 21, 2012 the building permits had not been applied for by the Elwells so the RGPs have expired.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 Planning Board members met on three different sites which would be under consideration at their meeting at the Town Hall at 7:30 pm that night. Bill Turgeon, Map 16 Lot 40, 14 Cattail Loop, Lower Mousam, for a Best Possible Location to put a full foundation under a camp; Richard and Carol Levesque, Map 30 Lot 41 Hawthorne Rd, Square Pond, for a Best Possible Location for replacing an existing cottage; and applicant Roger Beyea on behalf of Steve Procopio, owner, Map 16 Lot 44, 119 32nd St, Lower Mousam for reconsideration of a Conditional Use Permit to extend dock over 20 feet. The decisions rendered on those three cases will appear in this column when available.


Bill Hutchins of the Shapleigh Conservation Commission served as a Steering Committee member of this project Forest Works along with Joe Anderson, York County Soil and Water Conservation District; Greg Caporossi, Trust for Public Lands; LaMarr Clannon, Maine NEMO; Keith Fletcher, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Fred Frodyma, Alfred Conservation Commission; Roger Monthey, US Forest Service, Jean Noon, Three Rivers Land Trust; Hilary Wallis, Francis Small Heritage Trust; Everett Towle and Alex Mas, The Nature Conservancy. Terry Walters of Hollis, Donald Mansius and Ken Canfield of the Miane Forest Service, Steve Walker and Judy Camuso of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife provided input along with consultants Lee Burnett, Marcel Polak of the Maine Association of Conservations and Mike Gaito.

The Forest Works project is up and running. Outreach coordinator Lee Burnett has been educating landowners and municipal officials about the benefits of keeping woods as a working forest. Both a brochure and a website (www.forestworksme.org) have been produced. Presentations have been made in Waterboro, Newfield, Alfred and Acton. A series of classes will be taught through RSU 57 adult ed this fall. In addition, Burnett and others have worked with owners of large properties in Lebanon, Newfield and Alfred who are interested in creating legacies with their woodland. All this focused activity has impressed the Forest Legacy Committee in Augusta, which is poised to amend its boundaries and make forests in our region eligible for federal Forest Legacy funding, which would be a tremendous boost. A decision is pending.


The following persons who helped to support the Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society during its Calendar Raffle are listed below. One individual was selected each day of the month of September. The winners for the first 13 days were listed in a previous column in the Sanford News.

Sept. 14 Joanne Rankin, Shapleigh, $25 gift card from Bonanza

Sept. 15 Anne Rolland, Shapleigh, $20 gift card from The Sugar House

Sept. 16 Cheryl Marchant, Melrose MA, $20 gift card from Publick House Pub

Sept. 17 Bobby Vachon, Shapleigh, front end alignment from Jim's Alignment

Sept. 18 Ruth Ham, Shapleigh, $10 gift card from Christo's

Sept. 19 Karen Pierce, Shapleigh, $25 gift certificate from Ted's Fried Clams

Sept. 20 Marianne Doyle, Acton, $100 gift card from Knox Auto Body

Sept. 21 Marc Buchanan, Northwood NH , oil change from Harding's Auto

Sept. 22 Joseph Stanley, Shapleigh, haircut from A Style for You

Sept. 23 Rheal Neal, Acton, oil change from Route 11 Auto

Sept. 24 Wayne Pillsbury, Shapleigh, $50 VISA card from SIS Bank

Sept. 25 Donald Greenleaf Sr, Acton, $10 gift card from Crabby Bear

Sept. 26 Jean Abbott, Waterboro, dozen donuts from Lakeside Cafe'

Sept. 27 Norma Evans, Shapleigh, $10 gift card from KC's Icecream

Sept. 28 Sarah Shuflet, Salem, NH, 6 lobsters from LobstaTails

Sept. 29 Bob Harding, Shapleigh, $20 gift card from Applebee's

A huge THANK YOU is extended to all those businesses which so generously donated gift cards and services to help make this venture so successful for the Acton/Shapleigh Historical Society.

Persons are encouraged to patronize these businesses to Help Keep Maine Strong.


Mentor groups and career connection groups have been formed with parents and teachers stepping up to make this an exciting time for students. The groups are in need of beads for making jewelry. Stickers, thin markers, ink stamps, ink pads, ribbon, etc. would be useful for making cards.

Two fundraisers now going on at the Shapleigh Memorial School are Box Tops and Hannaford Helps Schools. Anyone shopping at Hannaford who buys products advertised for this fundraiser should turn in the receipt at the school. At the end of December a check will be mailed from Hannaford to the school. These funds generated will be much appreciated.

Box tops from products generate 10 cents each for the school so everyone is asked to cut the box top coupon off the packages, save them, and turn them in to Shapleigh Memorial School. A list of some products which feature box tops for schools are Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Nestle, Cheerio's Chex, Fiber One, Hefty, Kleenex, Land O'Lakes, Nature Valley, Ocean Spray, Scott, and Zip Lock. For a more complete list go to www.btfe.com/products


This club is small as far as membership is concerned but nearly every member is active at each activity performed by the group. Any Shapleigh or Acton residents who wish to attend a monthly meeting to learn more about the Lions is cordially invited to come to the Shapleigh Town Hall on the fourth Monday of any month at 7 pm. Meetings generally last about an hour. New members are always welcomed.

Coming activities include:

  • a Pancake Breakfast at the Acton Town Hall on Saturday, October 6, from 8 am to 10 am

  • a Beef Pot Roast Dinner at the Shapleigh First Baptist Church on Saturday, October 13 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

FMI call Joan Dyer at 636-2615.