Rod and gun club ?elects new officers

The annual meeting of the Durham Rod and Gun Club was held Dec. 4 at the clubhouse with 16 members and guests in attendance. A short meeting was held for the election of officers for the upcoming year. They include:

President- Craig Gerry; first vice president – Christina Sklarz-Libby; second vice president – Ken Scribner; treasurer – Brenda Tebbets; secretary – Bill Wink; range officer – Nelson Frost; conservation – Russ Dyer; maintenance – Mick Polandski; cook shack – Tim Parker.

Durham Historical Society off until March

The Durham Historical Society will not meet in January and February. The group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m., at the Eureka Community Center. At that time, the society will begin working on its 2013 fundraising projects. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month and are open to the public.

Membership has declined and new members are needed. The Durham Historical Society has undertaken the upkeep of two historical buildings in town: the Union Church-Old Town Hall and the West Durham Methodist Church. It has held quilt shows, art shows and open days at the Union Church. The public response has been gratifying with good attendance and support. The society is always looking for artists to feature and donations of baked goods for the bake sales.

Nomination papers available

Nomination papers for the April 2013 ballot are now available at the Town Clerk’s office during business hours.

Candidates will need to sign out the nominations papers from the Town Clerk. At least 25 signatures from registered voters of Durham but no more than 100 signatures will be needed. Nomination papers need to be back to the Town Clerk on or before Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., to have the name appear on the ballot for the April municipal election.

The open positions are: two seats on the Board of Selectmen, each a three-year term; three positions on the Budget Committee, each a three-year term; and one position on the Regional School Unit 5 board of directors, also a three-year term.

For more information, call 353-2561, ext. 11.

Dog licenses now due

All dog licenses expired on Dec. 31 and are now due. Starting Feb. 1, there will be a late fee of $25 per dog applied to the regular fee. The price for a spayed or neutered dog is $6 and for an unaltered dog is $11. You may license your dog by coming in to the Town Office during business hours or mail your information to: Shannon Plourde, Durham Town Clerk, C/O town of Durham, 630 Hallowell Road, Durham, Maine 04222.

Include the dog’s rabies certificate, a self-addressed stamped envelope with a check (make checks payable to the town of Durham). In return Plourde will mail you the new tag and return all the paperwork. Those with questions can call Plourde at 353-2561, ext. 11.

Town seeking ?board members

The Durham planning and appeals boards are seeking new members to be appointed. There are also openings on the Historic District Commission as well as the Scholarship and Eureka committees. If interested, stop by the Durham Town Office and fill out a committee application, or for more information, call 353-2561, ext. 10.

Local church services

The First Congregational Church of Durham has services at 10 a.m. every Sunday. The pastor is Michael Johnson.

Services for the Shiloh Church are every Sunday at 10 a.m. The pastor is Ron Parker

Services for Friends Meeting are every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The pastor is Daphne Clement.

Upcoming meetings, office hours

The Durham code enforcement officer will be available to the public at the Durham Town Office on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5-7 p.m. The code enforcement officer will also be available at the Town Office from 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 23 and 30.

The Durham selectmen will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the town office.

The Durham Planning Board will be holding a workshop meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Town Office.

The Telecommunications Committee will meet on Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Town Office.

Durham online, on TV

John Ricker is the town’s public information technician, handling the website and cable television channel. To reach him to put your nonprofit information/event or meeting on the website or town channel, email [email protected], [email protected] or call 751-0037.

Durham’s website is You can view a calendar of events, meetings, announcements, ordinances and links to other sites such as the school and fire departments.

Durham kindergarten pre-registration open

The form to pre-register Durham students for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year is now on Durham Community School’s website at Residents who have a child who will attend kindergarten next year should fill out the form now so the school can plan for its upcoming budget.

Children must be 5 years of age on or before Oct. 15, 2013, to qualify and live in Durham. Registration will take place in the spring with screening in early May. By pre-registering now, residents will be on the school’s list to receive the registration packet and information when it becomes available in the spring.

Lisbon Area Christian Outreach

The Lisbon Area Christian Outreach’s food pantry and clothing bank hours are: Wednesday: 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday: 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday: 8 a.m.-10 a.m. LACO serves the communities of Bowdoin, Durham and Lisbon. The website is

The physical address for food and clothing is the Marion T. Morse Community Center, enter from the Berry Avenue side behind the Lisbon United Methodist Church. The clothing bank cannot accept furniture, appliances, etc., as they do not have the room to store them. For more, call Debbie at 240-1637.

Community Center ?for rent

The Durham Eureka Community Center is available to rent for small groups of 50 or less. The building is great for showers, birthday gatherings and meetings. Contact Anita Sellars for more information at 353-6217. The Community Center Committee is seeking new members. For more information call Nancy Decker at 751-1323.

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