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  • VOLUME 14, ISSUE 2 PO Box 75, North Waterboro, ME 04061 • 247-1033 • news@waterbororeporter.com FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 2016

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    Peggy Driscoll, left, and Shirley Harriman watch their steps while prac- ticing during the square dance at Alfred Town Hall on Friday, Jan. 8. See page 6 for more Alfred news. PHOTO BY ALLISON WILLIAMS

    Cleo Smith, left and Julie Kelly of the Waterboro Community Pantry Committee received close to $900 from the Penny Drive sponsored by Massabesic High School National Honor Society and Student Council. Students from left, Tyler Stinson, John Shirk and Elizabeth Leclerc. COURTESY PHOTO

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    By Brigit MccalluM brigit@waterbororeporter.com

    It’s Saturday morning at the Take-It Shop at the Limerick Transfer Station. Country music is playing on the radio in the sort- ing side of the two-car garage that serves as what many local fami- lies call “The Limerick Walmart.” Fulltime volunteer shop manager Celia Needham sorts through clothing that will soon hang in the shop next door.

    Cars stop and bags of cloth- ing, toys and stuffed animals are dropped off, while a vacuum cleaner, rocking horse, child’s ea- sel and dishes are noted on a pad and trundled into vehicles. Need- ham is soon joined in sorting by employee Eileen Dashner and community volunteer Cortland Alexander as more bags of cloth- ing and other articles arrive.

    Transfer Station Manager Jo- anne Andrews calls the shop a “win-win” for the town. The first year the Take-It Shop was in oper- ation, Andrews created a spread- sheet listing every item taken, from the smallest piece of jewelry to couches and other heavy items. At the end end of the year, she es- timated that the town had saved $12,000 to $18,000 in transpor- tation and tipping fees. These are the fees paid to ecomaine when a truckload of household waste is sent there to be burned to create energy; it’s the weight that “tips

    the scale.” Currently that rate is $55.85 per ton.

    Needham is in charge of the Take-It Shop, which she has been doing full-time for two years. She says, “First I was a shopper, then a volunteer, then I lost my sweetie Doug Libby to brain cancer, and I wanted to be busy, not hanging around and thinking too much. And it’s been so good for me, a real win-win, being out here with everybody. Everybody’s respect- ful of everybody else. Besides I love being outside, so this is great.” She says she is happy to make a contribution.

    We begin our tour in the right- hand garage, which functions as the sorting shed. When items are donated, volunteers and staff go through them and remove any- thing dangerous or not suitable for giveaway. They look for nee- dles, knives, broken glass, and even prescription medications at times. They must also remove a number of items that cannot be given away due to potential safety issues, including baby items such as car seats, cribs or playpens, as they may have been recalled. They do take these items without charging a fee, to take them out of circulation. Helmets and flotation devices must go into household waste as well, as they may have been compromised.

    Once items have been checked and found suitable for the shop,

    TAKE IT or leave it

    From left, Take-It Shop employee Eileen Dashner, full-time volunteer Take-It Shop manager Celia Needham, volunteer Cortland Alexander and Limerick’s Transfer Station Manager Joanne Andrews are busy sorting bags of donated items before they are taken to the garage next door to be made available to community members free of charge. Most items only last two or three open days. PHOTO BY BRIGIT MCCALLUM

    MHS students support local pantry effort By Brigit MccalluM brigit@waterbororeporter.com

    Massabesic High School Stu- dent Council Vice-President John Shirk, along with Tyler Stinson and Elizabeth Leclerc presented Waterboro Community Pantry committee members Cleo Smith and Julie Kelly of SIS a donation of close to $900 at the close of a vibrant pep rally in the MHS gym

    last Friday, Jan. 8. The funds were raised through

    a Penny Drive that close to 40 members of the MHS Student Council and National Honor Soci- ety held from the beginning of De- cember to the holiday break. The joint effort involved students car- rying containers around and ask- ing for donations of spare change or any other amount during the three activity blocks a week, at

    all three lunches, and at a couple of home basketball games. Ac- cording to Shirk, the basketball games drew a strong response from members of the community. He explained that while it is called a “penny” drive, donations of any amount are accepted. He said, “We’ve done things like this be- fore, and I expected to raise, may- be two or three hundred dollars,

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    Flippin’ Good aims at Super Bowl

    Work is well underway in the space in the Aroma Joe’s building that is to house the new Flippin’ Good. A contractor is busy in- stalling the plumbing, the cement floor will soon be in place and construction will proceed from there. Chief of Operations Bry- an Carpenter says while they are about a week behind their origi- nal timetable, they are still aim- ing at opening by the end of Jan- uary. “We want to be open about a week before Super Bowl, to work out the bugs and hopefully

    welcome a good crowd to enjoy the Super Bowl.” According to Carpenter, some of the features at the new facility will be, “a dining room that seats 45 people, boasts several flat screen TVs and a large projection screen for games and various events, plus some addi- tions to the menu!”

    Budget Committee begins annual task

    Waterboro Town Administra- tor Gary lamb has sent word to all boards and committees that a full 5-member Budget Commit- tee is beginning its work for the 16/17 fiscal year budget that be- gins July 1. Members are veterans Megan Verlander, Donna Berar- di and Lisa Crocker, who have been joined by new members Jim

    Massabesic Middle School Students of the Month News froM the MMs studeNt recogNitioN coMMittee:

    The Massabesic Middle School Recognition Committee, with strong support from our administrators, Mr. Fisher, Mrs. Scully, and Mrs. Grantham, have decided that because there are so many students at MMS who de- serve to be recognized for their achievements, both large and small, each month staff members will submit names of students they wish to celebrate.

    The Student of the Month awards are given to those individ- uals who “stood out” in a positive way,” during the month, perhaps musically, behaviorally, coopera- tively, or consistently in the class- room for various reasons. These students are recognized during announcements, rewarded with a $5 cafe cash coupon to spend during lunches, and given a print- ed award signed by administra- tion. Students of the Month will also be invited to a celebration at the end of the year.

    The following students were recognized as Students of the Month for December: Mitchell

    Thibodeau, Cameron Goodrich, Elizabeth Averill, Delia Harris, Ryan Hersey, Anthony Allaire,

    Aiden Peters, Aidan Reams, Ryan Castonguay, Nicholas Gerry, Ja- kob Saucier, Jake Abbott, Casey

    Morais, Eve Smith, Hannahmae Gagne and Emily Antrim.

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    Southworth and Richard Briganti. The Budget Committee has decid- ed to meet every Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at town hall chambers until their work has been complet- ed in Feb. or early March. At that time, Selectmen will receive their recommendations and later final- ize the budget. Budget Commit- tee agendas will be posted on the Town website and can be emailed upon request.

    Library activity in full swing

    There are a number of pro- grams for all ages on tap at Water- boro Public Library. A new adult coloring book group will meet for the first time Feb. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees can bring their own coloring books or pages will

    be provided. Markers, gel pens and colored pencils will also be provided. If interested, please let staff know at 247-3363.

    The regular Story Hour will take place each Wednesday at 10 a.m. and the library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18 for Martin Luther King Day. FMI on any of these, check the library’s Fa

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