SHIRLEY -- Richard Dill, representing the Shirley Public Access Corp. (SPACO) board of trustees, updated selectmen Monday night on the group's current and future plans.

"Some here may recall when newspapers were delivered" to people's homes, Dill began, and how in those distant days people put personal ads in the paper for Valentine's Day. Now, "Be Mine, Valentine," has come to public access cable TV.

Conceding that the big February date had passed, Dill said there are many other special occasions all year and even more on people's personal calendars that are tailor made for such outreach. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, birth of a child.

Folks can go to the SPACO website, type in a message and for a "small donation" (minimum, $5) send a personal message to family, friends and loved ones, screened for appropriateness, of course. The message will show up on the public access channel bulletin board and the website, Dill said.

People in public service or the military get the ads for free, Dill added, and SPACO is seeking an underwriter for the new program.

-- M.E. Jones