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Header photo: Sunset over Sabbathday Lake, Ellie Fellers

Wendy R. (Lowe) Plummer (1974 – 2019)

Obituary in Portland Press Herald

Wendy R. (Lowe) Plummer, 44, passed away at Massachusetts General Hospital on July 11, 2019, from complications due to cardiac arrest. She was born Sept. 26, 1974, in Portland, Maine. Keep reading

Economic Development Committee continues to refine goals

Gina Sawin

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.

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Patti’s July 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Open Farm Day at Shaker Village is an annual free event for the whole family. Featured events are tractor-pulled wagon rides, craft demos, live music, and barn tours by Brother Arnold. Neighboring farms also will be selling their goods. Courtesy photo by Peg Becksvoort

Open Farm Day

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.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to

Neighborhood yard sale

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.

PHOTO: Dragonflies dance in New Gloucester

— By Russ Dillingham — Sun Journal

“A pair of dragonflies dance around the pond at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester on Monday afternoon.” Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Library Craft Night

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

PHOTO: Frolicking at New Gloucester beach: Children and adults cool off at Outlet Beach on Monday

— By Russ Dillingham — Sun Journal

“Young and old cool off and play in at Outlet Beach on Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester on Monday afternoon. The beach has been a privately owned traditional swimming hole since the 1920s. The snack shack is the oldest standing structure on the lake. For more information about hours at the beach and the snack shack, visit”
Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Improved Access to Chandler Mill Pond Draws Anglers and Paddlers

Mark and Cooper Power of New Gloucester paddle out

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 watercraft. 

The new access path as seen from the shore

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

Kaitlyn and Alex Considine of New Gloucester head back to the car
— photos: Joanne Cole

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

Pownal & Durham residents welcome at NG Public Library

Carla McAllister, Assistant Librarian

As the towns of Pownal and Durham do not have public libraries, we here at NGPL are happy to extend to our neighboring towns the use of our library at no cost. Please spread the work.

We also extend cards at no fee to folks who work in the town of New Gloucester but may live outside of town.

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