Guilford raises money to aid cancer research

Posted Jan. 05, 2011, at 8:02 p.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — They may not have collected as many Yoplait yogurt lids as they had hoped, but Guilford municipal officials helped contribute $40 to cancer research and treatment.

At the suggestion of Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette, the town served as a drop-off point for Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives program, an effort to help fight cancer, since October. For every pink lid collected and sent in by Dec. 31, the company, a sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure organization, agreed to donate 10 cents for cancer research.

Goulette told the Board of Selectmen Tuesday that the town collected 400 Yoplait lids as well as several smaller quantities from other brands that also offered cancer donations.

It was a small donation, but one that came from the heart, according to town officials.

In other business, selectmen were briefed on property taxes. Three tax-acquired properties will be placed up for bid soon after the annual town meeting in March. The properties in question are an older mobile home on Morse Avenue, the former Desmond’s variety store and gasoline station on Route 15 and the Walter Mayo Jr. property.

After an executive session, selectmen voted to increase the hourly rate of employees by 50 cents per hour and voted to increase Goulette’s salary by $2,000. The board also increased the manager’s travel allowance by $500.

In addition, the board voted to extend the same contract to Parkman and Abbot for fire protection coverage as last year’s. The town has offered to provide the service for $14,000 to each of the communities.

A new slate of fire department officers with Alan Emerson re-elected as chief was accepted, as was the resignation of John Cartwright from the SAD 4 board.

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