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July 12 Presentation at Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting

July 12 @6:30 pm. The New Gloucester Comprehensive Plan Update Committee has invited Jane Lafleur of JB Lafleur Consultants to attend its meeting on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Jane will share information about the Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart & Soul model, including an opportunity for the town to take advantage of  free technical assistance for outreach and engagement using the Heart & Soul model.

By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, Community Heart & Soul brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model helps build trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul.” These collective insights into what truly matters most guide a community in making the best decisions about its future. More information can be found on the foundation’s website at http://orton.org/.

Jane will also share information about other services she can offer to the town (for a fee) related to comprehensive planning.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the committee meeting, which will include time for discussion.

2018-7-12 CPUC Agenda

Linda Louise (Snow) Parker, 74

PORTLAND – Linda Louise (Snow) Parker passed away July 6, 2018. She was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Lewiston, to Herbert and Phyllis (Segars) Snow.
Linda graduated from New Gloucester High School and earned a nursing degree from New England Deaconess School of Nursing. Keep reading

No Trespassing: Developer blocks access to Sabbathday Lake

For generations, some town residents have cooled off at a small, private beach at the south end of Sabbathday Lake.

 Not anymore.

A developer who bought the property two years ago is creating a seven-lot subdivision on the opposite side of Sabbathday Road, and this spring he erected fences blocking access to the beach and posted “No Trespassing” signs.

 

Norumbega Cider Tasting — Saturday July 7 2:00 to 6:00 pm

It’s a beautiful day to enjoy some Norumbega Cider. Come on by and enjoy music by Ronda Dale and food by the Nom Bai Food Truck. Try some of Norumbega Classic, Berry Medley or Honey. Today, Saturday July 7 from 2 to 6 pm.

Patti’s July 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nadia Schmock shows off her chicken at the New Gloucester Public Library’s Pet Show last year. Pet owners and their critters of all types are invited to participate in this year’s event scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. Courtesy photo by SallyAnn Rogers

16th annual Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets?

Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, for their 16th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing with other friendly pets and their owners. Light refreshments will be served. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting canine visitor will be in attendance to provide entertainment and education. Pre-registration is appreciated.

For more information, call Carla at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-146/

 

Patti’s June 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Elisabeth Seliga of New Gloucester, delivers a commencement address June 7 at the Augusta Civic Center for graduates of Maine Connections Academy, a statewide online tuition-free high school. She achieved the double distinction of being class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

Class of 2018 standout

Elisabeth Seliga is no ordinary student. And Maine Connections Academy is no ordinary school. For the past three years, the New Gloucester student has been enrolled at this online, tuition-free high school that allows her to take classes from anywhere there is an internet connection.

MCA held its fourth commencement at the Augusta Civic Center on June 7. Seliga was among the 51 graduates from all across Maine, many of whom had never met each other before. She was celebrated not only as a graduating senior but also as the class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

As a recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship, Elisabeth joins a select company of students. The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools. The 2018 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive an award of $9,500.

Seliga joined MCA in 2015 and has enjoyed the innovative online curriculum. Through ninth grade, she was a student in the Gray-New Gloucester school system. Looking for a new experience, she enrolled at MCA, and has thrived there ever since. Seliga has continued her cheerleading at G-NG High School, whose team this year took second place at the regionals and fifth in the Maine State Cheerleading Championships.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-145/

 

NG bids farewell to recreation director

Harvey Price, the town’s part-time recreation director, thanked selectmen, town employees and volunteers for their support during his seven years of town service.

Price’s last day of work is July 12, after which he and his family plan to move to Ohio.

“Make sure we don’t lose ground, and consider in the future impact fees for funding a future community building,” Price said. “For me, that playground project (at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds) is my greatest achievement.”

Price has been the town’s first recreation director, working two days a week.
Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece

2018 New Gloucester Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

A public reading of the Declaration of Independence will be held on Wednesday, July 4th beginning at 9 AM at the New Gloucester History Barn, 383 Intervale Rd. (behind the Town Hall), New Gloucester, ME. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Revisiting the mission of the Sabbathday Lake Association

Over this past winter, the SDLA gave presentations to the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. We also spoke at the town budget meeting and answered questions about our Association. It became clear that there were some misconceptions about the SDLA. So, we would like to revisit our mission statement… for our members.

Mission: The Sabbathday Lake Association is a non-profit, environmentally oriented, charitable organization formed to protect the water quality and natural resources of its watershed.

Here are some things that we do and do not do.
• The SDLA is a volunteer conservation organization. There are no required memberships of fees for property owners, and membership for lake property owners and other members in the community is strictly voluntary. We currently have approximately 90 members.
• The SLDA does not own property on the lake or have jurisdiction over access to the lake.
• The SDLA has no authority over the Grange Hall or the beach at the south end of the lake.
• The SDLA does not operate the boat ramp on Outlet Road. This ramp is operated and maintained by a small business located at the Outlet Beach in a lease agreement with the Shakers. The boat ramp is open to the public for a fee and SDLA members pay launch fees just like other members of the community.
• The SDLA does not host fishing derbies. Fishing derbies that do happen on the lake are run as fundraisers by other organizations through permits obtained from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

We hope that this clarifies some concerns about our role as stewards of Sabbathday Lake. It is our privilege to serve on the SDLA board and we enthusiastically welcome new members.
To learn more about SLDA projects and activities, visit the website  and select the What We Do tab in the home page header.

Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63

WINDHAM – Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63, passed away on June 8, 2018, just three months after a heartbreaking diagnosis of stage four metastatic cancer. Holly passed in the comfort of her daughter’s home, while peacefully holding on to her children’s hands, with several family and friends outside chatting on the patio in the evening sun. Keep reading