The Hanover Planning Board had their first meeting in 2011 on Wednesday, Jan. 5. Acting Chair Person Darlene Baker opened the meeting at 6:06 p.m. and quickly dispensed with the business of the evening. Ms Baker declared the meeting closed at 6:08 p.m.
The Hanover Select Board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the town office. At a recent board meeting a no smoking policy was adopted on town properties including walkways, driveways and recreation areas frequented by the public.
Hanover officials expressed appreciation for all the dog lovers who came to the office and licensed their pets before the end of 2010. The Animal Control Division has extended a month of grace to those whose dogs remained unlicensed at year's end. You may now license your dog at the regular fee until the end of January. Starting on Feb. 1 a late fee of $25 will be added to the regular fee. After March 1 the Animal Control Officer will be notified and the fines will just get bigger. An error occurred on informational flyers sent with the Hanover tax bills. The correct number to call for animal issues is 357-2818. It is a direct line to Animal Control Officer Ozzie Hart. If you cannot reach the ACO and it is an emergency situation call 911.
There have been several recent complaints received at the Town Office concerning dog issues from individuals walking roadways. Please be reminded that Hanover is included in the state rules mandating a leash law. Dogs must be either on a leash or under verbal control at all times. Few people like having their heels nipped at or actual bites on other body parts. It kind of destroys the pleasure of a fresh air walk.
Rumford Grange 115 will hold a meeting next Saturday, Jan. 15, at noon at the home of Arnold and Vicki Clark on Ellis River Road.
Local members of the Knights of Pythias traveled to Bowdoinham last Sunday to attend an Executive Council meeting. Attending were Danny and Michael Bennett, Milton Township; Freeman Farrington, East Andover; and Craig Turner, Donna and Clem Worcester, Hanover. One of the local KP lodges is Cabot Lodge in Andover. Each Friday members of Cabot Lodge travel to the bowling alley in Rumford to practice bowling for the upcoming statewide tournament. You need to understand that one of the lodge members recently had a table saw accident in which he badly cut a finger and lost a portion of his thumb on his dominant hand (right). So, Freeman showed up for bowling last Friday just like always figuring he would bowl with his left hand. The other bowlers noticed that Freeman (usually one of the better bowlers) was not doing so great. They decided to provide a handicap to even things out. All nine bowled with their non-dominant hands. They all had a good time but need much more practice to achieve tournament abilities.