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Shapleigh Town Hall was the place to be on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in the evening if townspeople wished to meet with the newly contracted Deputy Sheriff Daniel Shaw. Presented by Sheriff Moe Ouellette, Daniel greeted all those persons in attendance and gave a brief introduction. A resident of Sanford, he has been serving as a deputy sheriff in Kennebunk for the past three and a half years. Deputy Daniel Shaw, accompanied by Deputy Corey Sweat, began his tour of duty in Shapleigh and Acton on Monday, January 7, 2013 by visiting the Shapleigh Memorial School, several of the businesses in town, and the Town Hall to become acquainted with the school officials, business owners and operators and town officials. In light of the recent event in the Connecticut school he plans to be a presence at the schools daily. Trained for emergency situations, Shaw feels confident that his presence in the two towns will act as a deterrent to situations which might otherwise occur. Shaw was provided with a list of information regarding town officials, businesses, telephone numbers, road directory, and other materials which may be of use during his familiarization with the area. Shaw has relatives residing in Acton so everything will not be entirely new to him.

Office space will be made available for Deputy Shaw when he is not on the road and is having office hours so that townspeople can come in and discuss whatever is on their minds in a private setting. Hours and other information regarding this will appear in this column when it becomes available. Meantime, if an event is occurring or someone needs assistance please call 911 and Deputy Shaw will be contacted.

Major William King Jr. was present and discussed consistency in having a Contract Deputy serving the two towns. In response to a query about neighborhood watch groups, King indicated that there is a program for volunteers called VIPS which is part of the National Sheriffs Association. Generally the volunteers conduct elderly wellness checks, perform office work, prepare and distribute flyers, etc. King would be pleased to meet with organizations (Parent/Teachers Clubs, Lions, elderly groups, church groups, etc.) which may wish to hear more about the VIPS program.

Responding to questions posed by some of those present, Sheriff Ouellette indicated that the towns of Shapleigh and Acton will still have 24/7 coverage even though Deputy Shaw's schedule is for a 40 hours week. State Troopers will still serve as backup as part of the State of Maine Response Team. Grants for OUI enforcement is done by this team when there is a saturation patrol announced for that purpose. Recently there were 13 OUI arrests even though the public announcement had been made of the sting operation.

Speeding was a concern expressed by some of the attendees and would be something that falls under his duties. Also, enforcement of ordinances such as no parking areas, weight limitations of trucks, etc. will be addressed now that we have Deputy Shaw on duty.

After the presentation portion of the “meet & greet” session folks mingled with the three law enforcement officers, discussed whatever concerns or ideas they may have had, and enjoyed dthe refreshments which had been provided.


The Planning Board issued a Conditional Use permit to the Town of Shapleigh for the operation of its gravel pit located on Tax Map 7 Lot 7, originally approved on January 16, 2007. There is a requirement in the ordinance for renewals to be applied for every three years. The original approval allowed the town to operate a gravel pit for gravel extraction and on-site gravel storage, as well as a location to store tree stumps. The approval for the site from the Department of Environmental Protection applications for Excavations for Borrow, Clay, Topsoil or Silt, Permit #636 dated October 25, 2006 is still in effect.


Attendant Art Ingersoll reported to the Board of Selectmen that the total receipts at the lower level of the Transfer Station for the month of December was $757.00. The second week was the busiest with Wednesday being the day when the receipts were the greatest. This is a relatively quiet time of year and generally during the warmer months there is more activity in this regard.


Currently there are twenty-nine persons serving on the Shapleigh Rescue Squad. This team provides a vital service to the town and its visitors as well as travelers passing through the area. These men and women serve in a volunteer capacity receiving only small stipends for their services rendered. The method of calculating the stipend has been changed for the current year. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Public Safety Building on Shapleigh Corner Road. In addition to providing service to Shapleigh, mutual aid service is also provided. The squad responds in its modern up to date ambulance which had been put into service in 2012. Generally a new ambulance is needed about every ten years and a membership drive is conducted annually in the spring whereby persons who pay a modest membership fee are guaranteed free transport to Goodall Hospital for the year. These membership funds are placed in a designated reserve account and provide the funds for the new ambulance. This a bargain for the members and certainly a tremendous assist for the taxpayers who do not have to raise and appropriate the purchase price of such a vehicle.

The current roster includes Chief Peter Cutrer, Deputy Chief Natasha Kinney, Carolyn Limerick, Duane E Romano, David Boyd, Mike Perro, Kyle Santosuosso, Allen Reed, Doug Anderson, Don Kearney, Charles Starbird, Jen Colson, Josh Gagnon, Bryant Jackson, Kirk Gagnon, Kevin Romanao, Michael Sabine, Mike Deshaies, Jennifer Cox, Aaron Downs, Derrick Pelletier, Gary Utgard, Nancy Small, Charles Gruber, David Hamilton, Cassandra Goulet (Smith), Larry Woods, Rick Kaye-Schiess, Darren Rogers. The latter three are on leave of absence (LOA).


The oldest continuous 4-H Club in the State of Maine completed another busy year in October. Officers of the club have been:

  • Robert Chessie, President

  • Lily Higgins, Vice-President

  • Emily Kelley, Secretary

  • Carolyn Higgins, Treasurer

  • Colin Harris, Penny Treasurer

During the year the projects have been many and varied: arts & crafts, dairy, cooking, drawing, photography, poultry, plant science, geology and mathematics. Community work is also performed by members of the 4-H Four Leaf Clover Club in the form of collecting food for the Shapleigh Food Pantyr, planting flowers around town, donating their penny collection to the Salvation Army and serving lunch at the March Town Meeting.

A tour of a corn maze in Hollis and a tour of the Town's newly-acquired Williams property and Fort Ridge were enjoyed by members and their siblings for fun-filled and educational days.

Examples of members' projects were exhibited at the Ossipee and Acton Fairs. A shift was worked at the Acton Fair Leaders' food booth and a float was built for use in the parade.

The Extension Fall Fest, Sap Sunday, Parents” Night, Community Day at Shapleigh Commons and tubing at Seacoast Park in Windham rounded out the activities for the year.

On October 1, 2012 at the end of the 4-H year, long-time assistant leader, Doris Brown, retired from the club. Grateful thanks was offered to her for 20 years of dedicated work.

New members are welcomed at any time from any town. The only requirement is that the child be between the ages of 5 – 18. FMI contact Else-Maria Cook or Hazel Goodwin.


Shapleigh's Town Clerk/Tax Collector Joanne Rankin has an added service which will make it more efficient for persons who are registering their vehicles. Although everyone gets certificates of insurance from their insurance carriers sometimes it can't be found when it is time to register the vehicle. If a person discovers its absence while at home he can call his insurance company and have them fax it to the Town Clerk's own Fax (207)636-1144 where it will then be available when he arrives at the Town Hall. FMI call (207)636-2843 ext 403 or 415.


A nourishing meal that is all homeade is available for men and women known as the Older Wiser Liberated Seniors (OWLS) on the second Wednesday of each month at 12 noon at the Acton Town Hall. Not only do you get a fabulous meal but there is also the friendly conversation and companionship as well. On January 9, 2012 the menu was beef stew, black bean and barley soup, biscuits, rolls, beverage, and a choice of desserts (pumpkin cake, brownies, etc). Although there is no charge for the meal a suggested donation of $4.00 is welcomed. FMI call Larissa Crockett at 636-1124.

On the fourth Wednesday of each month the OWLS have a coffee and donut time of conversation, playing games, or whatever at 1:00 pm at the Acton Town Hall.

The Acton/Shapleigh Lions Club presents its “All You Can Eat” Pancake Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month from 8 am to 10 am at the Acton Town Hall. Five dollars per person will get you as many pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, Maine baked beans, coffee, tea, orange juice, and hot buttered toast as you can eat. The funds raised by these breakfasts is put into the charity account to be used to assist needy persons in both towns. Although this notice did not appear in this column for the January 5th breakfast a goodly number of the “regulars” came for a more than normal crowd. The purpose of this paragraph is just to let everyone out there know we are definitely a year-round every first Saturday of the month event. Come and enjoy.