Buxton opens Saturday for absentee ballots

The office of Buxton Town Clerk John Myers will be open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, to issue absentee ballots and register voters for the Presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Absentee ballot applications are available at the town hall or on line at http://www.maine.gov:80/cgi-bin/online/AbsenteeBallot/index.pl.

Absentee ballots can also be mailed out at the request of the voter.

Myers said in a released statement, “Last year a state law was enacted that will halt the issuing of regular absentee ballots on the close of business on Thursday, Nov. 1; requests for regular or no cause absentee ballots must be received by town or city clerks by the close of business on Thursday, Nov. 1. After Nov. 1, a cause absentee ballot application must be signed by the voter in order to receive an absentee ballot.”

The polls will be open in Buxton on Nov. 6 from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Buxton Town Hall, 185 Portland Road.

For more information or to request an absentee ballot, call the town clerk’s office at 929-6171 weekdays or Myers can be reached at 929-5806 after regular office hours including weekends.

Straw family reunites in Buxton

Robert Shepard of Long Plains Road in Buxton hosted the Straw family reunion in July with guests reported coming from near and far and contributed to the potluck dinner.

Those attending were Dwight and Gail Shepard of Anson; Mary Elwell of Bar Mills; Tina, Cheyenne and Alanah Rae, Jessica Rowe, Rusty Rowe, April Shepard, Jason Rowe, Robert Shepard of Buxton; Clinton King of Berlin, NH; Todd Etigman of Cape Elizabeth; Holly Rowe of Casco; Tamarra and Haydn Towle, East Waterboro; Peter Shepard and Janice Howard of Etna; Patricia and Robert Gallagher of Fryburg; Kevin & Linda Straw, Bea Straw, Cheryl and Gary Walls, Keith & Wendy Stigman, Kenneth Temm, Joan & John Wadas of Gorham; Amanda and Norman McConihe, Erin, James, Colton and Cassidy of Hollis; Lois and Edward King of Jay; Kara Marston of Lewiston; Mark and Jean Butler; Shawn, LeeAnn and Caitlin Butler of New Glouceter; Dennis and Marie Temm of Raymond; Amanda and Shylo Rowe of Saco; Linda Dahms, Susan Clark of Shapligh; Lucinda Bragg of Shelburne, NH; John, Sherri and Alex Brooks, Matthew Stearns, Justine of South Portland; Elaine Brown of Standish; Doloris Miner of West Buxton.

The highlight of the day was a ride on the haywagon pulled by Bobby Shepard’s antique Oliver tractor. He took guests through fields where they saw a herd of deer in one and a flock of turkeys in another.

Bouquets of flowers were given to the two oldest members, Bea Straw and Mary Elwell. The next reunion is at Kineowatha Park in Wilton on Aug. 24, 2014. The planning committee for the next reunion is Dwight Shepard, Holly Rowe, Lois King and Lucinda Bragg.

Stephanie Keene, middle, owner of Hearts and Horses Therapeutic Riding Center in Buxton, last week hosted an international workshop certifying mental health and equine professionals to participate in therapy programs. Joining Keene as workshop facilitators are Ulla Frederiksen and Mark Lytle, both of Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, which works in 40 countries where horses are used to address mental health and development issues.     

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