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New Gloucester Community Fair is returning

Press Release….

We are proud to announce that the New Gloucester Community Fair will be returning on Saturday August 17, 2019 with a Rain Date of August 18, 2019.   The event will be held 9am-3pm at the Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Rd in New Gloucester.

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New Gloucester selectmen adopt fees for using facilities

The Board of Selectmen on Monday adopted fees for using town buildings and recreational facilities, and added stipulations for their use.

It’s the first time the town has set fees, and they take effect immediately.

The amount charged varies according to whether the user falls into one of three categories: community groups, such as softball and baseball teams, from Gray-New Gloucester; community groups from outside Gray-New Gloucester; and groups such as private individuals, organizations or commercials enterprises. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Benefit for Good Shepherd Food Bank at Coolidge Family Farm

Join a fabulous team of vendors for an epic night benefiting the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Ticket price includes food trucks, dessert, music, and one beer ticket. Other drinks will be available through the purchase of drink tickets.

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Public information Meeting on Charter Process

A public meeting about the process by which New Gloucester residents may create and institute a town charter will be held this coming Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 PM in the vestry of the Congregational Church in the Lower Village.

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NG Craftsman Chris Blackburn’s Knives Featured in New Portland Specialty Knife Shop — Press Herald March 17

Unique knives handcrafted by Chris Blackburn of Full Circle Craftworks in New Gloucester are among those featured for sale at Strata, a new culinary knife store on Washington Ave in Portland. Read more about Blackburn’s knives and Strata in the Press Herald.

Richard W. Penniman

Rick Penniman passed suddenly on March 12, 2019, at his home. He was born in Cornwall, Vt., and grew up in St. Johnsbury, Vt., where he graduated from St. Johnsbury Academy. He spent the last 32 years of his life at his home in New Gloucester. Rick leaves behind his wife, Deborah Weaver Penniman; his sons, Richard E. Penniman and his love, Sherry; Scott W. Penniman and his love, Melissa; Timothy Jon Weaver and his wife, Meredith, and all of their respective families. Keep reading obituary in Portland Press Herald.

NG Planning Board Orders Public Hearing for Sabbathday Shores Application, Approves New Residence in Historic District

At their March 5 meeting, the planning board considered a request by Sabbathday Shores developer Allen Hamilton to change a portion of its approved subdivision plan from “passive recreation” to “active recreation” use.  Town planner Scott Hastings explained that the applicant intends to seek permission to install a dock on Sabbathday Lake, and the change in permitted use from passive to active recreation is a necessary first step.  The board ordered a public hearing on the request, now scheduled for April 2 at 7 p.m.  In other business, the board gave final approval to revised plans by Julie and Michael Fralich for a new residence with possible short-term rental in the Village historic overlay district.

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Claxton bill to help victims of assault receives unanimous support

March 15, 2019
Contact: Lisa Haberzettl [Claxton], 251-3548

Sen. Claxton, “Current definitions of ‘strangulation’ limit our ability to help victims.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 779, “An Act To Improve the Definition of ‘Strangulation’ in the “Aggravated Assault Laws” received an unanimous vote from the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. The bill would remove the requirement to prove intention from strangulation in aggravated assault cases. Continue reading

Rep. Arata’s March 16th newsletter

Representative Amy Arata’s latest newsletter includes information about Maine Maple Sunday, lost or unclaimed property, the Maine Moose Permit Lottery and the Legislative Memorial Scholarship.  Read her newsletter here.

Why you should experiment with hugelkultur in your garden

Most gardeners are accustomed to using a single method of gardening, maybe a plot or a raised bed. There are so many different gardening methods around the world, though, and some of them may help you grow better where you are.

One such method is hugelkultur, which translates to “mound culture” or “hill culture” in German, is a method of planting that involves growing plants on a mound of decaying material. Keep reading Sam Schiapani’s article in the Bangor Daily News.