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11.22.2012 Shapleigh column


A new book entitled “Outpost” by Jake Tapper has been published about the war in Afghanistan, An untold story of American valor chronicles the life span of the base from its build-up in early 2006 until 2009 when insurgent forces overran the camp forcing it to close. The camp (previously called Kamdesh) had been renamed Camp Keating to honor Benjamin Keating, a Shapleigh resident, who was the first of 22 American soldier from Maine to die there. On November 26, 2012 it will have been six years since that tragedy occurred, when the news exploded in the minds and hearts of all those who knew Ben in this little rural Maine community of Shapleigh. As we approach November 26 may we all recall the life of this young man whose life so full of promise (Ben had planned to attend law school and become a lawyer when he was again a civilian). It is not often that that the news brings the wars so close to home. Ben had served on the Shapleigh Planning Board before his entry into the service. Ben lived with his parents, both pastors at the Springvale Baptist Church on Main Street in Springvale, the church which was filled to capacity for his celebration of life.


Shapleigh residents who may need to obtain sand for their icy driveways may pick up a bucket or two at the sand storage area on the right hand side of Route 11 just before the Transfer Station heading north. It is the same site tht has been available in previous years. The intent is to deplete that supply before establishing an area at the new Sand/Salt Storage Facility next winter. This stockpile of sand is not intended for any commercial activity such as utilizing it on customers' properties.


Students at the Shapleigh Memorial School have an opportunity to sign up for various Career Connections sessions to be held at the school in the coming weeks. This will provide the pupils a glimpse of the various careers they may wish to pursue in life. Professionals will conduct the classes by introducing the students to one of the following topics of of their expertise. Rescue Chief Steve Cutrer has been instrumental in this capacity already having conducted a session.

Choices are:

  • Football – learn the rules of the game and also new plays and maybe some day be a professional football player.

  • Firefighter/Rescue (Emergency Medical Technician) – Learn how being a firefighter or E
    MT can help people and also be fun

  • From Tree to Tree House—learn how lumber is used to build a home

  • The Grass is Greener—learn how to use science and math to help grass grow perfectly

  • Jewelry Designs—design a pattern and create your own colorful friendship bracelet

  • Just Dance – learn how to dance using technology

  • Water (H20) Olympics –take on the role of the Olympians and scientists to investigate two properties of water (adhesion and cohesion)

  • Card Making—students will use stamps, markers, paper punches, and paper to design and create their own greeting cards

  • Dance Fitness – a fun filled hour of Zumba dancing

  • Book Talk --”Diary of a Wimpy Kid” – share your thoughts on any of the Wimpy Kid books you have read. An activity related to the series will also be done.


New books at Shapleigh Community Library


  • “Dead to the World,” by Charlaine Harris

  • “If Hooksl,” by Bety Hechtman

  • “Hissand Hers,” by M. C. Beaton

  • “How to Tail a Cat,” by Rebecca Hale

  • “Cast Off, Kill Off,” by Maggie Sefton

  • “Perish in Paperback,” by Carlisle Hale

  • “The Cat, The Wife, The Weapon,” by Leanne Sweeney

  • “Mad River,” by John Sandford

  • “The Bone Bed,” by Patricia Cornwell

  • “The Casual Vacancy,” b y J. Rowling

  • “The Last Victim.” by Karen Robards

  • “Paradise City,” by Archie Mayor

  • “The Tombs,” by Clive Cussler

  • “Death of a Neighborhood Wife,” by Laura Levine

  • “Sneaky Pie for President,” by Rita Mae Brown

  • “The Chocolate Moose Motive,” by James Carl

  • “What the Cat Saw,” by Carolyn Hart

  • “Cat's Claw,” by Susan Whiting Albert

  • “The Racketeer,” by John Grisham

  • “The Perfect Hop,” by Nora Roberts

  • “1225 Christmas Lane,” by Debbie Macomber

  • “Posidon's Arrow,” by Clive Cussler

  • “Last to Die,” by Tess Gerritson

  • “A Wanted Man,” by Lee Child

  • “NYPD Red,” by James Patterson

  • “Peaches for Father Francis,” by Joane Harris

  • “Sins of the Mother,” by Danielle Steel

  • “The Panther,” by Nelson DeMille

  • “The Man Who Saved the Union,” by M. Brands

  • “Tiger's Claw,” by Dale Brown

  • “The Giving Quilt,” by Jennifer Chiaverini

  • “The Lincoln Conspiracy,A” by Timothy O'Brien

  • “I Left My Heart,” by Debbie Macomber


“Killing Kennedy,” by Bill O'Reilly


  • “The Empty City,” by Erin Hunter

  • “12 Cats for Christmas,” by Priddy Books

  • “Lock & Key,” by Sarah Dessen

  • “Seventeenth Summer,” by Maureen Daly


  • “Summer in Eclipse Bay”

  • “The Guardian”

The above books were purchased at a cost of $766.32

The Shapleigh Community Library is located across from the First Baptist Church at Shapleigh Corner. Operating hours include the following: Tuesday 1 pm to 4 pm; Thursday am from 10 am to 2 pm; and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. FMI call 636-3630 during those hours.


While at the Shapleigh Community Library selecting your new books do take time to look at the excellent display of beautiful and unusual Nutcrackers. Nancy Meyerhoff has graciously loaned her collection for public viewing throughout the coming weeks.


The two road commissioners have been busily screening, transporting and stockpiling the sand from the Town pit for use on the town roads during the coming winter season. The new Sand/Salt Storage Facility is filled to capacity, ready to take on whatever “Old Man Winter” send our way during the next several months.

Property owners and residents of town are reminded that any vehicles which are parked in the public right of ways which interfere with clearing of the roads by the road commissioners are subject to being towed at the vehicle owner's expense. Also it is unlawful to plow or blow snow into the roads which will create hazardous situations for motorists. Mailboxes or other obstructions in the public right of ways which interfere with the plowing of the roads are the responsibility of the owner if they are damaged.


It's playtime at Nasson for the Older Wiser Liberated Seniors (OWLS) as they gather there at the Nasson Community Center to see and hear the production “The Nutcracker” on December 9, 2012.

Recently the OWLS had their annual Thanksgiving meal at the Acton Town Hall. The menu consisted of turkey and all the fixings. A flock of OWLS attended this event. Diners are not required to pay for the meal but donations of $4.00 are encouraged. The funds generated go toward paying for the food with the net proceeds being saved for the costs of special trips or events, most of which are free or at a modest cost to OWLS members. Previously those funds have provided day trips on Lake Winnipesaukee, foliage trips, train rides with turkey dinner served while riding the rails, a lobster and clam “Downeast” dinner, and more.


Churches throughout Shapleigh have delivered boxfuls of food to those living in our community who are experiencing difficult economic times. The First Baptist Church members are helping to make the Thanksgiving Day meal a little brighter for twenty families. The boxes also contained a gift card so that they can purchase turkey, pork, beef or whatever for their holiday dinner. Home-baked pies topped off the box for a special treat. Thanks to all those Shapleigh residents and businesses who contributed both money and food to help make this possible.

The Ross Corner Freewill Baptist Church has also delivered several food boxes to Shapleigh residents. Families in the area have also invited folks with no family close by to share their home and table for Thanksgiving dinner. This is such a special time to give thanks although we should be doing it constantly.

The Shapleigh Food Pantry is open each Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm throughout the year to provide food and personal products (shampoo, detergent, paper products, etc.) to those Shapleigh residents in need. FMI call the deacons at 636-1662.


Thirty families benefited from the Clothing Give-Away sponsored by the First Baptist Church at Shapleigh Corner last Saturday. Another such event will take place again in several weeks. There is still an inventory of warm coats and other clothing for all members of the family.

The Annual Adult Candlelight Dinner will be held on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6 pm in the Holdsworth Room at the First Baptist Church. Further details later.

The Elders of the First Baptist Church have announced that there will be a Congregational Meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm to act on several proposed constitutional changes, to elect Dan Desclos as the fourth member of the Missions Committee, and to elect May Ann Wade as Treasurer