The Hanover Board of Selectpersons met Oct. 19 at the Town Office starting at 5 p.m. Among those attending was Boy Scout Keith Crockett from Troop 565. Keith spoke to the Board about his group’s fundraising efforts including a 20-mile hike to generate funds by getting pledges. The Board deliberated and then asked a few questions. By vote of the Board $50 was donated toward the effort. Afterward Selectman Dick Stratton said he had become an Eagle Scout and was sympathetic toward their cause.
At 6 p.m. following the Board of Selectpersons meeting the Annual Town Meeting began with the election of Jim Barker as Moderator. Richard Stratton was elected to his first three-year term as Selectman and Clem Worcester was re-elected as Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Treasurer. All other articles were accepted as recommended by the Board. The Assessors expect the tax rate to increase about one half mil to about the rate of two years ago.
During the Town Meeting Lynne Ramsey was named Volunteer of the Year. Over the past several years Lynne, a retired teacher, has contributed many hours to Gardner Roberts Memorial Library, especially children’s programs. This past summer she headed up the Children’s Garden that proved to be very successful. Children involved in the program were from Hanover, Bethel and Rumford and included grandchildren of local residents from other areas. Mrs. Ramsey was presented a plaque of appreciation.
Center Point Large Print Books Company from Thorndike, Maine, has donated a group of large-print books to Gardner Roberts Memorial Library recently. Included in the shipment was a cute stuffed dog named Brutus. You never know what you’re going to find at that library! The Gardner Roberts Library has changed over to winter hours with the library being closed on Saturday mornings. The hours to be open are Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Library Bees will continue to meet Tuesdays.
A committal service for Wilbur T. Sanford from Natick, Mass., took place Oct. 23 at Hanover Cemetery. Pastor Sondra Withee conducted the service with mostly relatives attending including Mr. Sanford’s wife, 98- year-old May Barker Sanford formerly of Hanover. Mr. Sanford was 100 years old at the time of his death last August.
A deteriorated gas line had to be replaced at Gordie Howe’s Store causing the facility to be out of gas for several weeks. Replacement work is now under way.
Pine Tree Paving has completed the paving project on the Howard Pond Road. Earlier D.A. Wilson replaced culverts in that area in preparation of the paving.