Topsham picks representatives to development meeting

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Trails Day receives support from selectmen

TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen unanimously appointed two town officials May 5 as delegates to the upcoming Midcoast Economic Development District General Assembly meeting.

Those officials – Town Manager Cornell Knight and John Shattuck, the economic and community development director – are Topsham’s representatives to the board of the Midcoast Council of Governments.

The development district partners with MCOG and the Lincoln County Regional Planning Committee to produce an annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, Shattuck explained.

Each municipality and county within the district taps two representatives to attend the General Assembly, which meets twice a year. The assembly provides oversight to the district in areas like adopting a budget, a strategic plan and annual work plan, and amendments as needed to the by-laws.

The first General Assembly meeting will be May 24.

Trails Day

The Board of Selectmen also unanimously approved a resolution marking Sunday, May 15, as Topsham Trails Day. A series of trail-related activities will be held that day and coordinated by the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance.

Trail Monster Running will lead two trail runs. A 12-mile run will be a loop that includes ATV trails, dirt roads and Cathance River trails, and a 5-mile run will cover trails around Mt. Ararat High School and the Cathance River Preserve. The runs begin at 8:30 a.m. at the high school track parking lot. More information can be found by calling 837-5045.

A hike on a trail that will ultimately connect the Head of Tide Park with the Cathance River Preserve will begin at 1 p.m at Beechwood Drive, where railroad tracks cross the road. Parking can be found on Beechwood Drive. Call 725-6955 for more information.

People can meet for a trail trash clean up at 2 p.m., at the corner of Lover’s Lane and Bay Park Drive.

A hike of the route of the Androscoggin Multi-Use Trail Extension will start at 3 p.m. at the Topsham Municipal Building. Hikers will return along hiking trails created by the Highlands. The hike will take about 90 minutes, and people can call 729-9880 for more information.

If there is heavy rain, some events may be postponed until Sunday, May 22.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.