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Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale

It’s coming right up … the Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library, located at 379 Intervale Road. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale will take place. Children’s-only items will be on sale Friday evening. Children’s book prices will be 25 cents for hard covers and 2 for 25 cents for soft covers. Adults must be accompanied by a child to shop at First Dibs for Kids.

But wait … there’s more. On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, all books, CDs, and DVDs will be for sale at great prices. Most books will cost 25 cents for soft covers and 50 cents for hard covers. And, treasures await, buried inside the buck-a-bag satchels. Don’t forget to stop by the bake sale, stocked full of homemade treats. Call 926-4840 for more information.

 

Remember to Recycle, Donate or Re-purpose to Save Tax dollars

As you are cleaning  inside and out as Fall begins, please remember to recycle, donate or re-purpose as many items as possible to decrease the amount of money the town must pay for hauling off the trash compactor.

Items that can be recycled are listed below.

TOWN OF NEW GLOUCESTER
RECYCLING INFORMATION
TRANSFER STATION HOURS
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 9:00 AM — 7:00 PM
FRIDAY 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
SATURDAY 9:00AM-5:00 PM
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
264 Bald Hill Road
Telephone (207) 926-3145
This is a list of materials that the New Gloucester recycling station is accepting and information on how to get your materials ready for the recycling station. Please put your recyclable materials in the correct window and/or container provided. The containers are all clearly marked. Any questions can be
answered by a transfer station attendant. Please help us help you. The dollars we are saving by recycling are yours.
One important factor to remember is all recycling materials must be clean.
NEWSPAPER AND MAGAZINES
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD ONLY
Boxes, flats or just about any piece; we do not recycle cardboard with wax coating.
Brown paper bags can also go in with the corrugated cardboard.
MIXED PAPER AND PAPERBOARD
Mixed paper is all types of paper: computer, envelopes, junk mail, shredded, cards, note paper, etc.
Paperboard examples: cereal boxes, mac & cheese boxes, frozen foods boxes,
gift boxes, pizza boxes, egg cartons, juice and milk cartons
Recycling bins for plastic bags are located at grocery stores

ALUMINUM & TIN CANS
Aluminum pie plates, aluminum TV trays and aluminum cans.
Cans must be rinsed clean and labels removed. This includes any product
that comes in a tin can (examples: vegetable, coffee, dog food, cat food, etc.)
GLASS JARS/BOTTLES ONLY
REMOVE ALL CAPS AND LIDS
-CLEAR, BROWN AND GREEN
(Jars/Bottles must be clean)
The containers must be rinsed out. You do not have to remove the neck rings or labels.
DO NOT place window glass, car windshields, mirrors, ceramic glass
or light bulbs in recycling containers.
CFL Light Bulbs must be given to Attendant
HDPE PLASTIC
BIN # 1 – PLASTIC CONTAINERS ONLY HDPE # 2
REMOVE ALL COVERS AND LIDS
CLEAN CONTAINERS ONLY!!
There are different kinds of plastic. The kind that we recycle has a dull look,
you cannot see through it, such as milk jugs.
BIN # 2 – PLASTIC CONTAINERS ONLY HDPE # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
ALL BATTERIES ARE RECYCLABLE
USED OIL IS RECYCLABLE
(used to heat the Public Works Building)
RECYCLING REDUCES YOUR TOWN EXPENSES

Bulky waste items are also accepted with a sticker that costs $5 for a year.  Check the New Gloucester town web site under: departments: transfer station:bulky waste.

If you have questions, please call the town office or ask an attendant at the transfer station.

Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester  6/21/16

 

Patti’s Sept. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

milestone

Paul Leblond, left, a videographer for the Milestone Foundation, ran the 5K fundraiser associated with the Ride or Run for Milestone event on Sept. 10. He’s accompanied by Bob Fowler, executive director of the foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing addiction and homelessness in Maine. The successful fundraiser wrapped up with a barbecue at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

Fall Festival of Books

It’s coming right up, the Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale. Children’s book prices will be 25 cents for hard covers and 2 for 25 cents for soft covers. Adults must be accompanied by a child to shop.

But wait, there’s more. On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, all books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale at great prices. Most books will cost 25 cents for soft covers and 50 cents for hard covers. And, treasures await, buried inside the buck-a-bag satchels. Don’t forget to stop by the bake sale, stocked full of homemade treats. Call 926-4840 for more information.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-47/

 

 

Anni Clark at Village Coffeehouse Saturday Sept 10

Wine Tasting and Village Coffeehouse Tonight

5;30 to 7:30 Wine Tasting at the Village Store
7:30                 Anni Clark at the Village Coffeehouse

Anni Clarke is well known  as a folk singer and song writer in Maine and beyond. She has toured all of the eastern states and most of the southwest; she has shared stages with performers like Shawn Colvin, Richie Havens and Dar Williams.  She has recorded seven successful albums including Anni Clarke LIVE, which earned her a nomination for the Texas Music Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year.”  Maine’s Kennebec Journal wrote about Anni, “she can have you laughing one moment and close to tears the next with the honest emotions in her material.”  Blending folk, pop, and blues with a dash of Maine humor, Anni’s performances are sure to please audiences of all ages. Tickets at the door $10.
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Patti’s Sept. 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Hike for Ike

New Gloucester resident Isaac Blake, 16, lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and he is taking steps to fight this disease. He invites people to donate to his “Hike for Ike” team and/or join the team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and the 5K walk starts at 11 a.m.

His mother Shelley Blake reports, “Technology has advanced and helped with managing T1D. I’ve gone from checking Isaac’s blood sugar (he can sleep right through it) 2-3 times a night, to looking at my phone, which displays his blood sugar, and going back to sleep if it is ‘in target.’ It’s not perfect and life will never be as seemingly carefree as it was before age 12, but technology, like the Dexcom (continuous glucose monitor) help ease the burden of daily life with T1D.”

To donate or join the team, go to walk.jdrf.org, enter your zip code, click on Saco, ME, and search for the Hike for Ike team.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-44/

Two legislative candidate forums to be held in New Gloucester

New Gloucester community access TV Channel 3 will be covering two political forums that are open to the public. Incumbent Rep. Eleanor Espling and challenger Elijah Breton have been invited to participate in a House District 65 forum at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14. Incumbent Eric Brakey and challenger Kimberly Sampson have been invited to participate in a Senate District 20 forum at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23.

Both events will be held at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, New Gloucester. Tamilyn Wayboer will serve as the moderator for the House forum, while Beverly Cadigan will serve as the moderator for the Senate forum. Voters are encouraged to send questions in advance to be asked by the moderators. The deadlines for submitting questions are Thursday, Sept. 8, for the House forum; and Saturday, Sept. 17, for the Senate forum. Send questions to ngcabletv@gmail.com. Additionally, the format will include an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Both forums will be telecast live and will be rebroadcast on NGTV Channel 3 following the live broadcasts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., leading up to Election Day. Also, the programs will be available as video on demand at www.newgloucester.com.

Patti’s Aug. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

cider tasting

Dylan Staats and Allison Carrier, of Portland, enjoy sampling varieties of Norumbega Cidery products at a tasting held at the New Gloucester-based cider house on Aug. 13. Carrier remarked that seeing where the hard cider was made added to the experience, and the spice-flavored cider was her favorite.

NGPL Girl returns

The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 23. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim and Jobin Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “NGPL Girl: The Rise of RedRay.” A presentation of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and the evening will end with the Chewonki Foundation putting on their its program.

The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-43/

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the NG Fairgrounds

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds

The Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester has set up a demonstration garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road.

Plants that pollinators’ (various types of bees, butterflies, birds) love have been planted with trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. An emphasis was made to plant as many native plants as possible and more will be added at a later date. The plants bloom at various times to provide food most of the year for the pollinators.Those planted are deer and drought resistant, require minimal care and are readily available to purchase. No invasive plants were used.

Plants are labeled with their scientific name as well as their common name.

Initially a soil test was done to determine which organic amendments should be added to promote optimal growth of the plants. Since the garden is in front of the water district buildings to provide screening for the buildings, only organic compounds were considered. Lime was used last fall and soybean meal was used as a source of nitrogen when the individual plants were added in amounts specified by the soil test.

An additional part of the demonstration garden is to show which types of ground covers used under the mulch work most effectively in deterring regrowth of weeds. Five different types were used in different areas of the garden: cardboard, newspaper, landscape fabric, cotton sheets, and plain mulch.

Watch this garden grow and consider planting many of these same plants at your home.
New Gloucester Environmental Resource committee
8/13/16A bee in the pollinator gardenJuly 10, 2016 NG pollinator garden

Patti’s Aug. 5 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Noah Fralich

Noah Fralich, owner of Norumbega Cidery, pops open his flagship beverage, Classic Hard Cider. You can sample his entire collection at a free hard cider tasting and barbecue at Norumbega Cidery, 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.

Free hard cider tasting and barbecue

Visit Norumbega Cidery, one of southern Maine’s newest hard cider businesses. See firsthand how hard cider is made, where it is bottled, and learn about the particular apple varieties used to make this traditional beverage.

The Norumbega Cidery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Sample all of Norumbega hard ciders – classic, honey or berry – plus test and pick your favorite from this year’s special batches. Also, enjoy barbecue and lawn games while you sip. They’ll have bottles for sale to take home with you, too.

Hard cider played a strong part in the history and traditions of rural Maine and is making a comeback as an option for those interested in locally brewed and produced beverages. The Norumbega Cidery, located at 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, is operated by Noah Fralich. For more information, see www.norumbegacidery.com or Norumbega Cidery on Facebook.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-41/

Water Park Discount Tickets

The New Gloucester Parks and Recreation Department is offering Funtown Splashtown USA combination passes for $28 (the regular price is $36) and Aquaboggan tickets for $15 (the regular price is $20). Tickets are available at the town office. For more information, contact Harvey Price at 926-4126 or hprice@newgloucester.com.