Hanover tax bills were mailed to property owners early last week. Those who pay their taxes before Dec. 31, 2012, have a 2 percent discount available to them. Otherwise the bills need to be paid by June 30, 2013. Hanover recently issued 11 tax liens for taxes unpaid last year. To release the liens the owner will need to pay the taxes and lien fees plus 1/2 percent interest from July 1.
The Hanover Board of Selectpersons had a meeting on Nov. 20. The Board discussed ongoing topics of interest including requests of a South Shore Road resident that would like to have the road plowed in the winter.
The annual Hanover tree lighting will be at the Town Office at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. Following the lighting, those attending may walk or ride to the Town House for a social gathering including desserts and maybe even singing for those who wish.
The Rumford Grange Craft and Food Sale was Saturday, Nov. 24. Following the sale there were drawings to determine the prize winners. Two ski trips to Saddleback Mountain were won by Methyl Park. Donna Worcester won one cord of firewood donated by Brian Worcester and a second cord of wood went to Alma Merrill. A food basket also went to Alma Merrill with a second food basket won by Betty Ickerson. Vicki Clark and Charlie Brown won haircuts from the Country Hair Shed. Vicki Clark and Charlie Brown won Oil Changes at Duke’s Auto Sales. Vicki Clark won a gift certificate to Route Two Diner. Community Energy propane refills for barbeque grills were won by Vicki Clark, Donna Worcester and Charlie Brown. Donna Worcester won a gift certificate to Lloyd’s Stand. Anne Morin won mowing or tilling by Wendell Easter. John Calden won a tanning certificate at the House of Beauty. Donna Worcester won loop tourmaline earrings from AU Jewelry and Chris Gorham won clasp Tourmaline earrings also from AU Jewelry.
Bob Brown, who operates Plumbago Mountain Mine, recently reported the opening of a new pit known as the Pilgrim Pocket where fine blue tourmaline has been found. It has been said to be of even a better quality than blue tourmaline found in nearby pockets.
A workshop called “A Matter of Balance” will be Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will be presented by Rhonda Norton, Physical Therapist, from the Rumford Hospital and will be at the Rumford Point Congregational Church at 3:30 p.m. Doors will open at 2:45 p.m. with the first 20 people eligible for a free balance screening. The program will look into factors that contribute to one’s ability to maintain balance, especially us old folks. The program is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. Take some time to explore some important health information and a bit of fun. Ann Morton assisted in providing this program.
As Christmas draws ever closer be sure to visit the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library gift shop for specialty-handcrafted gifts.