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Florence Stanley passed away recently on November 16, 2012 at the age of 98. Florence had been presented with the Boston Post Cane on July 21, 2012 at a Shapleigh Community Day ceremony held at Shapleigh Commons. Although most recipients hold the cane for several years, Florence survived only a few months. At the presentation ceremony she had been accompanied by Melanie Smith with whom she was residing. Melanie carefully guided her wheelchair into the presentation took place. Florence was at the zenith of her life, a delightful woman who had attained the rank of the oldest resident in town by virtue of her years.

Selectmen Michael S. Perro, Mark R. Cobb, and Ruth S. Ham greeted Florence, presented her with a bouquet of fresh flowers, a commemorative personalized certificate and the Boston Post Cane. Recipients are holders of the cane during their lifetime, after which the cane is returned to the Town of Shapleigh Board of Selectmen to be presented to the next oldest resident of the Town.


The Maine State Treasurer has a website which lists the names and towns of those persons for whom it is holding unclaimed funds. Several hundred residents now or formerly of Shapleigh are listed there. If you wish to see if your name is on the list go to Maine.gov and click on agencies, locate Treasurer and to the right hand inside there is a list which contains “unclaimed property search and claim online service and follow the instructions to file your claim under the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act found in the Maine State Statutes Annotated Title 33 Chapter 41. Failure to claim what is yours will result on those monies being retained by the State of Maine for its own use after the period of redemption by law has expired.


Roger Williams offered about 300 acres of pristine undeveloped land to the Town of Shapleigh as a gift in 2011. A Special Town Meeting was held to see if the voters would accept the property offered as a gift, which they overwhelmingly did. After that an advisory committee had been appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The Williams' Property Advisory Committee is comprised of Madge Baker, Mark Cobb, Nathan Gallant, Richard Goodwin,, Michael Roux, and William Sleight. The committee has been meeting on a regular basis and is making progress. Lately, they have been wondering what the official name of the premises should be. Any Shapleigh resident with suggestions in this regard can complete a form at the Town Hall and place it in the slotted box. In the coming weeks the names will be reviewed the names will be reviewed before the determination of an official name.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 321working on a project to refurbish the benches which were previously at the Shapleigh Commons and to relocate them at various points along the trails of the Williams' property. Any activity on the Williams property must be approved by the Board of Selectmen.

There is some consideration being given to placing the Williams property under a conservation easement with the Three Rivers Land Trust to assure the land will never be developed but will remain open space into perpetuity, a place where the beauty of nature can be found and peace and solitude will reign, a place where folks can connect to the land, where gliding on cross-country skiis in February will provide the simple joys of winter, and more.

To date the Committee has been working on determining the cost of maintaining the property, keeping the fields open, managing the growth of trees as needed, and suggesting the permitted uses to which the property can be put. Obviously the need for funds for maintenance would be most palatable if it did not come from tax revenue; therefore, some consideration is being given to breaking off a house lot on the County Road section and placing the proceeds of the sale in a reserve fund for such maintenance as may be needed. There is also some consideration being given to adding the 22 acre parcel shown as Tax Map 6 Lot 42 to the Williams parcel since in the future it would be beneficial for providing a parking area for those who wish to use the trails of the Williams property. No motorized vehicles are allowed within the gated area. Hiking and cross-country skiing are two seasonal activities which have been done in the past and will most likely continue.


A group of friends have been getting together for some time now to play guitars and to sing songs, most of which have been composed by a local resident Ed Stubbs. It wll started with a song written by Ed several years ago as he passed by the church at Ross Corner in Shapleigh. Ed has sung that song many times at various churches and venues, often accompanied by others. One day while sitting on a porch the group was recording some of their songs to use for critiquing and improving them during a practice session. The idea came to them that could record their songs and perhaps even sell some of them. The group consists of Ed Stubbs, Acoustic Guitar & Vocals; Roger Grondin, Lead Guitar; Debbie Doe, Base Guitar; Russ Creteau, Vocal Harmony; and Gary Green, Back-up Guitar. After exploring the possibilities they were able to sign a contract to produce 12 songs a year.

Songs included on their first recording entitled “From the Heart” include the following:

  • “Lord's Prayer

  • “Equity”

  • “Whatever Your Cross”

  • “Little Church on the Hill”

  • “I Hope You Know Jesus”

  • “Fourth of July”

  • “He Cares When We're Lonely”

  • “My Jesus, I Love Thee”

  • “God Sent Jesus”

  • “The Devil's Cheatin' Heart”

  • “I Am the Reason”

All the songs and melodies are composed by Ed Stubbs. The “Fourth of July” lyrics were written by Joyce Johnson. “My Jesus I Love Thee” lyrics were written by R.Featherstone (1862). “I Am the
Reason” lyrics were written by Cara BoIsse.

FMI contact Ed Stubbs 207-793-2642


Amanda Rizner, DVM, has applied to the Planning Board for a Conditional Use Permit to provide veterinary services at 14 Newfield Rd, commercial property owned by Gordon and Anne Cutten. She and her husband Todd Chrisman were present at the November 13, 2012 Planning Board meeting. The applicants provided the Planning Board with a comprehensive summary and business plan of what she is proposing. Dr. Rizner stated she presently wanted to open a small animal single veterinarian practice. The only large animal she worked on was horses and she was also a licensed chiropractor. She stated with horses she goes to them for their chiropractic care. Rizner is planning on offering general medicine, surgery, and wellness visits. She is planning o going for her acupuncture certification in the springtime. Rizman plans to provide both traditional and non-traditional medicine. Rizman's husband, Todd Chrisman indicated there is a pair of buildings at 14 Newfield Rd near Ross Corner Church. He stated the interior of the larger building would be the vet hospital and the smaller would be an employee break room. They plan to be open Monday through Saturday with a half day on Saturday. Emergency appointments would be 24/7. Emergency hours would be for special friends and family and scheduled C-sections,

Dr Rizner has been practicing for 10 years. She is currently working at the emergency clinic in Manchester NH and has worked in Arundel ME for several years. They are Shapleigh residents, having purchased the Robinson property several years ago.


The fifth Residential Growth Permit has been issued by the Planning Board for Map 1 Lot 16. It is a new two acre lot being created from a parent lot. The owner will be Steven Roberge. Initially there was some question as to whether or not the lot was entirely in the Town of Shapleigh or partially in Acton. A survey indicated that the lot is within the boundaries of Shapleigh.