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Header photo: Sunset over Sabbathday Lake, Ellie Fellers
Posted onJuly 22, 2019byngx|Comments Off on Economic Development Committee continues to refine goals
At its monthly meeting on July 8, the New Gloucester
Economic Development Committee continued to focus on refining a set of Economic
Development Goals to share with the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee. During
the past year, the Committee has gathered input during a series of public
forums, has examined the results of surveys of residents and businesses, and
has met with the Gray-New Gloucester Economic Development Committee.
More than 150 farms throughout Maine join in a one-day celebration of agriculture and farming on Sunday, July 28. From noon to 4 p.m., see Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards and herb and vegetable gardens at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.
Featured free activities include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold, tractor-drawn wagon rides, a honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens and traditional craft demonstrations. Barbecue lunch plates are available for sale. Live bluegrass music will be performed by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms.
Multi-family yard sales, Friday and Saturday 9-3, Sunday ??Cobb’s Bridge Road corner of 231, Lower Village, New Gloucester.Everything under the sun from furniture and household items, winter tires for Audi or VW, giant aquarium, art, sporting items, kids’ clothing and toys, hand-made bath balms and more.
August means the Library Craft Night, and this year it will be held August 6 at 6:30 pm, weather permitting, in the Gazebo (fingers crossed). In staying with our theme of going to the moon, crafts will be space based. All ages are welcome, but fair warning, crafts are aimed at the kiddos. The event is free.
And if you should have some around the house, the library could
use some jars, with lids for one of the crafts planned.
To register (not necessary, but appreciated) or if you have any questions, contact the library at 926-4840.
Suzan Hawkins & Carla McAllister New Gloucester Public Library
Joanne Cole — Chandler Mill Pond, formerly known as Lily Pond, is seeing increased use this summer, thanks to improved parking and public access, a project Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife completed late last fall. With a new paved path to the water, the project is one of the first “designed from the ground up” specifically for ADA accessibility, according to Diano Circo, chief planner and director of water access at IF&W. Circo explained, “We get lots of calls asking, ‘Where can I go to get to the water to fish or kayak’” with mobility challenges. “This is one of the few places in southern Maine for access to an undeveloped pond.“
A recent weekend afternoon revealed a
full parking lot and a mix of enthusiasts enjoying the pond, located between Snow
Hill Road and Chandler Mill Road and bounded by the turnpike. A family of four with inflatable and sit-top
kayaks paddled in leisurely circles by the far shore. Meanwhile, a solo fisherman from the lakes
region pulled his Jon boat ashore, explaining that he was fleeing the crowds at
Sebago. He’d heard good things about the
fishing here, he said, but had seen only “the world’s smallest bass.” A New Gloucester duo emerged with keeper largemouth
bass but no trout. Two more anglers were
out on the water trying their luck.
According to IF&W regional
biologist Jim Pellerin, rainbow trout are in there for someone to catch. Pellerin said the pond is stocked annually in
spring with 300 or so 11-12” rainbow trout from the Casco hatchery. IF&W does periodic sampling to monitor
stocks in the lakes and ponds it oversees, although Chandler Mill Pond hasn’t
been checked recently, he said.
The elusive trout also turn out to be key
players in the funding of the Chandler Mill Pond improvements. According to IF&W planner Circo, 75
percent of the $100,000 project cost came from the feds, specifically a U.S.
Fish and Wildlife sport fish restoration project that uses revenue from a
federal tax on angler sporting gear. The
remaining 25 percent came from dedicated Maine sources, such as fees for the
Maine sportsman license plate and the fraction of the gas tax attributable to
Besides the goal of making the pond a
more pleasant, accessible place, Circo said the project aimed to reduce
environmental impacts by moving parking away from the water and closer to the
road. Boat access is now hand-carry
only, and a beefy bollard reinforces the message by blocking vehicles from the
paved path. Walking trails crisscross
the surrounding woods.
The Chandler Mill Pond project had its
genesis in preservation work with the Royal River Conservation Trust and
culminated in Chandler Brothers’ transfer of the 117-acre parcel to IF&W in
2016. With the support of the New
Gloucester Select Board, RRCT sought to rename the pond to recognize the
Chandler family’s extraordinary stewardship.
In May 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey changed the official designation
from Lily Pond to Chandler Mill Pond.
For maps, the history of Chandler Mill pond and this project, and more, visit
the Royal River Conservation Trust website.
Posted onJuly 16, 2019byngx|Comments Off on New Gloucester board urged to follow Upper Village master plan
Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal
The town garage at 1036 Lewiston Road is being vacated once the new garage at 611 Lewiston Road is finished.
Planning Board Chairman Don Libby told selectmen Monday night to be proactive on the Upper Village Master Plan once the town garage vacates the property at 1036 Lewiston Road.
“Please don’t put a for sale sign up there and see what happens,” he said.
Libby, who also chairs the New Gloucester Land Use and Comprehensive Planning committees, urged selectmen to use the blueprint of the Upper Village Master Plan adopted by voters several years ago. Keep reading
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