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Robert “Bobby” Dunham, 55

Robert “Bobby” Dunham, 55, of New Gloucester, went to be with his Heavenly Father on the evening of Feb. 13, 2017, surrounded by his family. – See more at: http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=robert-dunham-bobby&pid=184163050&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.x1j2qsfL.dpuf

Rep. Espling to Hold Community Hours Wed. March 8 5-7 pm at Poland’s Ricker Library

NG State Representative Ellie Espling’s (New Gloucester-Poland) community office hours with Rep. Jessica Fay (Poland-Casco-Raymond) have been rescheduled to Wednesday March 8 from 5 to 7 pm at Poland’s Ricker Library.

These legislators are currently shepherding bills through committee review and public hearings. Bills in process that Rep. Espling is prime sponsor on include LD 31 to amend the Maine Constitution to require that signatures for citizen ballot initiatives come from both of Maine’s Congressional districts and LD 327, An Act to Allow a Wrongful Death Cause of Action for the Death of a Viable Fetus. A list of all Rep. Espling’s sponsored bills and their status can be accessed via the drop-down “sponsored by” menu in the Legislature’s advanced bill search tool. Continue reading

Senator Eric Brakey seeks concealed carry for those 18 and older

AUGUSTA — Following up on his successful effort to get the Legislature to drop the requirement for a police permit to carry a concealed handgun in Maine, an Auburn lawmaker is seeking to extend the right to those 18 to 21.

“We shouldn’t have to have training wheels,” Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, said.

The existing law only allows those under 21 to carry concealed weapons if they are in the military or have been honorably discharged. The others simply can’t have a concealed firearm.

Brakey, who is eyeing a statewide run in 2018, said if society is ready to send those 18 and older off to fight and perhaps die, it should trust them as well to carry weapons safely.

The legislative leader for Moms Demand Action, Maine, Kathleen McFadden, said her group believes that “permit-less carry is unsafe at any age.” Continue reading

Snow Day Fun: YMCA’s Exercise Your Heart in More Ways than One!

YMCA’s Pineland Branch is open today, despite the snow!

Bring your friends and family for FREE on February 11th from 9am-12pm and enjoy a sampling of group exercise classes, plus access to the wellness center and bowling alley. Team members from wellness, aquatics, youth programs, and more will be on hand to answer your questions.

Primetime “While you are here childcare” for guests with children will be available.

Branch schedule:

*Note, the pool will be open to the public after 11:30.
  •   8:00am –   8:30am      Pilates Yoga Fusion on the Ball
  •   8:30am –   9:15am      Yi Yang Flow Yoga
  •   8:30am –   9:30am      High Intensity Training
  •   9:00am – 12:00pm      Community Chiropractic and Massage Demonstrations
  •   9:30am – 10:15am      Y Cycling (fills fast)
  • 10:20am – 10:50am      Tai Chi with Barbara
  • 11:00am – 11:30am      Pedal & Kettle Demo with Rebecca
  • 11:30am – 12:00pm      Pilates Props with Jean

Full schedule of events for all branches is online at ymcaofsouthernmaine.org. Community Flyer

Analysis of impact of governor’s budget predicts increase in property taxes

Governor LePage’s budget would repeal the homestead exemption and increase property taxes for an estimated 213,000 Maine homeowners by more than $300 a year on average, according the the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Particularly hard hit would be homeowners living in towns with high mil rates and low income homeowners who have a larger portion of their property tax bill shielded by the homestead exemption. In New Gloucester, the estimated increase would be $293 for 884 households. (See the interactive map.)
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After the March: Action Options Resource Fair Feb. 12

After the march…. Action Options Resource Fair
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Vestry of the 1st Congo Church
19 Gloucester Hill Road
New Gloucester, Maine

Given the current political climate and administration, many of us are concerned for our democracy and are exploring options for social activism.  Because a lot of people are looking for ways to channel their energy, and because we each have our own passion, calling, and amount of time we can commit to volunteer endeavors, a few groups have been invited to come and discuss their work on Sunday, February 12 from 2:00pm – 4:00 pm in the vestry of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, ME.

Natural Resources Council of Maine http://www.nrcm.org/
Maine Women’s Policy Center: http://mainewomenspolicycenter.org/
Maine People’s Alliance https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org/
Information about 10 actions in 100 days (sign up here: http://mainemarch.com/)N
New Gloucester Food Pantry
Information about Indivisible actions
Consumers for Affordable Healthcare  http://www.mainecahc.org/Maine Democrats http://www.mainedems.org/
Emerge Maine http://www.emergemaine.org/

New Gloucester resident Andrea de Leon wins prestigious award

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated is celebrating 2017 as “The Year of the Editor,” and there is no better way to bring that message home than to honor one of the finest editors working in public media today.  We are pleased to announce that Andrea de Leon is the 2017 recipient of the Leo C. Lee Award.


Apologies – Tricky Britches Canceled – But Caroline Cotter will be playing tonight at the Coffeehouse.

Unfortunately,  a member of the Tricky Britches Band badly hurt his hand and the band will not be able to play tonight. BUT Caroline Cotter has very graciously agreed to step in and play  for us. It’s a very special treat to have Caroline join us tonight on short notice – particularly as she is just passing through her home town of Portland as she continues her world and nationwide tour.
You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, Dreaming as I Do.   Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.
Since the album’s release, Caroline has been on the road touring non-stop throughout the US and Europe, playing over 200 shows a year in venues from Club Passim in Boston, MA to the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon. She has shared the stage with Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox, and Dan Bern, played festivals including 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston, Al Ras Festival in Barcelona, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York, and showcased at the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference as well as the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.

Patti’s Feb. 3 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek

Join members and supporters of the Royal River Conservation Trust on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5-8 p.m., for the free, sixth annual full moon snowshoe evening at Pisgah Hill Preserve south trailhead, 74 Dougherty Road, near the New Gloucester-Pownal town line. Climb to the summit of Pisgah Hill Preserve through the setting sun to witness the rising of the full snow moon. Enjoy a warming campfire and mingle with your friends, old and new.

The trail is well marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Organizers recommend bringing snowshoes, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, blanket, water and lots of good cheer. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles are asked to line the shoulder of Dougherty Road. For more details, see www.rrct.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-81/

Tricky Britches at Village Coffehouse on Saturday night

Don’t miss a great concert with Tricky Britches at the Village Coffeehouse on Saturday, Feb. 4.   Show starts at 7:30 but doors are open at 6:30. Come early to be sure to get a seat.
Raised in Maine, cured on street corners and next to woodstoves, string-band Tricky Britches is a unique culmination of country, contra-dance, bluegrass, and rock. They’ve played festivals and concerts across the US, Europe, and Hawaii, always being shaped by those places, and using those experiences to inspire their original music. Enjoy some mountain music, rockabilly and country swing. Great for a night out in February!Tricky_Britches_2016_hi-res