Guilford group looks to future after hard year

Posted Dec. 30, 2008, at 8:22 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:04 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — After a difficult year, members of the Guilford Historical Society are looking forward to 2009 with optimism.

“Our travails of the past we hope to keep behind us,” President Sieferd “Stubby” Schultz said Tuesday.

Schultz was speaking about an assault that took place among members in May. It came after a “pretty heated” meeting during which members questioned former society president Robert Shaffer about his release of original, one-of-a-kind photographs, police said after the incident.

Police charged Shaffer’s son Zarvin Shaffer, 38, with assault after he struck member Al Hunt in the jaw with his fist. A teenager who allegedly pulled the hair of Hunt’s wife later was charged with assault. Zarvin Shaffer pleaded no contest in 13th District Court in October and was fined $500. The charge against the teenager was dropped.

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Both Zarvin Shaffer and the teenager have been permanently banned from the historical society and its museum.

Schultz said the event is in the past and the society’s efforts will be focused on what they should be: preserving the town’s history and making it a better place to live.

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