Durham News


Office hours

The Durham Town Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Wednesday; and Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The office will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 15. For more information, call 353-2561.

Watch pets for signs of rabies

Rabies has been strongly suspected in two wild animals in Durham in recent weeks, and residents are asked to be on the lookout for unusual behavior in their domestic animals and make sure the pets are up to date on the rabies vaccines.

Town Clerk Shannon Plourde said that Patrick Johnson, the animal control officer, has reported the presence of two rabid raccoons, one on Plummer Mill Road and the other on Cedar Pine Road. Johnson said he shot a raccoon that a woman reported finding on her deck on Plummer Mill Road. Game Warden Evan Franklin and Johnson agreed that the animal appeared to be rabid, and Johnson buried the raccoon deep in the earth.


The Durham Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Town Hall.

Community Lunch coming Feb. 16

Community Lunch at the First Congregational Church of Durham, 773 Royalsborough Road, will be served Tuesday, Feb. 16. Doors open at 11:30 and the meal is served at noon. The menu includes shepherd’s pie, a vegetable and homemade desserts. The suggested donation for lunch is $2-$4, and all proceeds fund future lunches. The general schedule is the first and third Tuesday of the month.

For those interested, the book club meets on the first Tuesday of the month. The book for future discussions is “Gone Girl,” a novel written by Jillian Flyn. Those who have the book and want to share their copy with an interested person are asked to bring it to the Feb. 16 lunch.

The next dates are March 1 and 15. The church, located at the intersection of routes 9 and 136, is handicapped accessible.

Those interested in helping or who have questions can call Julie Wagoner at 353-9715.

Public information technician hired

The town has a new public information technician, Shannon Brown, and Brown will follow the same procedures that her predecessor, John Ricker, did in that position. To add information, call Brown at 353-2561, ext. 16, or fax information to 353-5367, att: Shannon Brown, to avoid confusion with Town Clerk Shannon Plourde. Brown’s email is [email protected]

Durham Republicans meeting Feb. 22

The Durham Republican Committee will meet on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., in the meeting room behind the Shiloh Chapel. Information will be given out regarding the March 5 GOP Presidential Preference Poll/County Caucus. The Feb. 22 town meeting will be followed immediately by an Androscoggin County GOP Committee meeting at 7 p.m. All registered Republicans are welcome to attend.

Applicants sought for Durham scholarship

The Durham Scholarship Committee will award one $1,000 scholarship this year. Scholarship applications and qualifications are available at the Durham Town Office or online at www.durhamme.com and must be completed and returned to the Town Office no later than March 11, at 4:30 p.m. The scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient after the successful completion of the first semester (minimum 2.5 GPA). The recipient, who must live in Durham, is limited to one scholarship award. The recipient must have applied and/or been accepted as an incoming freshman in an accredited academic, vocational, professional or technical school, college or university and must attend classes full time.

Applications will be reviewed and finalists chosen by the Durham Scholarship Committee. The scholarship award will be presented at the Durham town meeting on Saturday, April 2. All scholarship applicants will be notified by mail of the committee’s decision by mail prior to April 2.

College honor

Durham resident Stephen Creps has been named to Husson University’s Honors List for the fall 2015 semester. Creps is a senior enrolled in Husson’s Communications Technology-Audio Engineering program. Students who make the Honors List must carry at least 12 graded credit hours during the semester.

Feb. 16 deadline for nomination papers

Nomination papers for open seats on town boards must be completed and filed with the Town Office on or before Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 4:30 p.m. Municipal elections are Friday, April 1. Nomination papers are available at the Town Office to fill the following seats: Two, three-year terms for the Board of Selectmen; three, three-year terms for the Budget Committee; and one, three-year term on the Regional School Unit 5 board.

To be placed on the ballot, any resident of Durham can pick up the form and gather at least 25 and no more than 100 Durham residents’ signatures.

Absentee ballots will be available Tuesday, March 1. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Monday, March 28.

Durham’s annual town meeting is Saturday, April 2. For more information, call the Town Office at 353-2561.

Poll workers, moderator sought

Any Durham resident interested in working at the election polls on April 1 should come into the Town Office and speak with the staff. One should be in a political party or willing to enter a party.

Any interested, experienced adult who would like to act as moderator at the elections and annual town meeting in April should call 353-2561 for more information. The town’s previous moderator, Gary Wood, has retired but is willing to train and or guide the next person.

Snowmobile club meeting monthly

Tri-Town Penguins Snowmobile Club meets the last Tuesday of the month through April, at 7 p.m., at the Durham Fire Station, 615 Hallowell Road in Durham. The next meeting is Feb. 23 New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Duncan Daly at 865-6188 or Mike Yates at 865-3555.

AMVETS membership

Veterans who want to belong to an organization that supports other veterans, families and the local are welcome to join the Durham AMVETS. For membership information, call Chad Burke, 798-0956.

CEO hours

Hours for Paul Baines, Durham’s codes enforcement officer, are Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. He can be reached at 376-6558 or [email protected] durhamme.com. For more information, call the Town Office, 353-2561, ext. 13.

Weekly cribbage

The Durham Eureka Community Center, corner of Route 9 and Route 136, hosts cribbage every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon.

Rent Eureka Center

The Durham Eureka Community Center is available for rent. The maximum amount of people the hall holds for an event is 50. Contact Nancy Decker at 751-1323 or the Town Office at 353-2561.

Food pantry

The Lisbon Area Christian Outreach (LACO) food pantry, which serves the towns of Durham, Bowdoin, and Lisbon Falls, is open Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m.-noon and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. The LACO Food Pantry is located at the Marion T. Morse School on School Street, Lisbon Falls. The parking lot is behind the Lisbon United Methodist Church, off Berry Avenue. There is also a free clothing bank. For more information, see www.lacopantry.org.

Church services

The First Congregational Church of Durham UCC, 773 Royalsborough Road, holds Sunday worship at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Peter Mercer.

Shiloh Chapel, Beulah lane off Shiloh Road, holds services Sundays at 10 a.m. Ron Parker is pastor.

Durham Monthly meeting of Friends, 532 Quakermeeting House Road, at the corner of Route 125, every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Douglas Gwyn.

Franklin later spotted the other rabid racoon on Cedar Pond Road and dispatched it, Johnson said.

Back in Augusta, Johnson received a report for the Center for Disease Control that a rabid bat had been found in Durham.

To reach Johnson, call 751-4760.