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Pollinators”Garden at the Fairgrounds in Full Bloom!!

The Pollinators’ Garden at the Fairgounds is in Full Bloom!!

Check out the garden and see the many types of pollinators’ that are using it.

This is a demonstration garden that was planted by the Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester to encourage people to plant appropriate and easily cared for plants in their yard for various types of pollinators to visit.

The mailbox has information on the botanical and common names of the plants used as well as other information about the planting of the garden.IMG_0181IMG_0182

Patti’s Aug. 18 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

kids at playground

Ellie Jean Cosgrove, 5, of Freeport, left, Nicholas Pinette, 6, of Westbrook, and Reilly Lund, 4, of New Gloucester, try out the new playground at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.

New playground open

Children in the area now have another recreational option – a playground located at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road. The facility is open during daylight hours and closes at dusk.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, headed up by Director Harvey Price Jr., devoted many years to the planning process, from the financing, including a federal grant, to erecting the equipment. The playground project finished up on Aug. 10.

“We had a great group of volunteers who put in significant hours. Some are on the Parks and Recreation Committee, some aren’t. A few don’t even have kids or grandkids. They were there because it’s a community project,” Price said.

Another undertaking at the fairgrounds is building a pavilion. Price estimated that the framework should be in place by the end of August, and volunteers will be sought for a community build of the roof afterward. Once the pavilion, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds, is done, hopefully in mid-September, there will be a ribbon cutting/grand opening to showcase the two projects.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-119/

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage

By Matt Junker of the Lakes Region Weekly – August 18, 2017

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage – Keep Me Current

NEW GLOUCESTER —The Selectboard has tentatively decided to ask voters to approve building a $4.6 million public works garage at 611 Lewiston Road, along with a 25-year bond term to pay for it.

During a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15, three of the New Gloucester board’s five members signed off on draft language for Article 3 of the Sept. 18 town meeting warrants. The language still needs to be finalized by the board and requires voter approval at the town meeting to become a reality.

Keep reading http://news.keepmecurrent.com/selectboard-firms-up-plan-for-public-works-garage/

GPCOG dues doubling

Selectmen were told at their August 7th meeting that membership dues for the Greater Portland Council of Governments will double in the next two years to more than $10,000. Executive Director Kristina Egan said the 26 member towns will face higher fees as part of a strategic plan to strengthen and enhance services and because the organization’s procurement program has been operating in the red for many years. Keep reading

Edwin Eugene Libby, 81

Edwin passed away on Aug. 11, 2017 peacefully with his family by his side.
Edwin was born on Jan. 26, 1936 to Cecil E. & Francis (Harrington) Libby on Gloucester Hill Rd. He graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1954.
On June 20, 1958, Edwin married Jean E Carll, whom he was married to for 59 years. Together they raised their two boys Donald and Steven in Edwin’s childhood home. In 1987, Edwin and Jean built their new home just 500 feet closer to the top of the hill. Keep reading

Sally Shaw, 55

Sally Ann Shaw passed way unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. She was born Oct. 2 1961 to Charles E. Shaw and Rena C. Shaw, at Maine Medical Center, Portland.

She is survived by her four siblings, three children, and seven grandchildren.
Most of Sally’s life was lived in Southern Maine, where her compassion for others lead her to a range of professional fields, from The Department of Motor Vehicles, Owner/Operator of a Driving Education School, Hospice care, a Caretaker, and most recently as a CNA. Sally held her family and friends as her driving force and meaning in life, all while surrounded by her rescued or adopted dogs and animals. She will be missed by many, but her memory will survive in the lives she touched. Sally was a free spirit, a “sassybucket” and a passionate mother, grandmother, and sister.
A public burial will be held Aug. 12, 2017, 10 a.m. at 155 Bald Hill Rd., New Gloucester, followed by a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers there is a donation to help the family cover the costs of her loss.

Janet B. Foley, 1945-2017

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June 05, 1945 – Aug 02, 2017
Janet B. Foley, 72, of North Port, Florida, formerly of New Gloucester, Maine, died on Aug 02, 2017. Funeral arrangements by: Englewood Community Funeral Home With Private Crematory.

Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

The ninth annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 3:30pm at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village – the world’s only active Shaker Community.  This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine.  More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki crafts including basketmaking, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story-telling.   A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists).  High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale.  
 
Participating artists include: Dolly Barnes, Jason & Donna Brown – Decontie & Brown, Pam & Jacob Cunningham, Barry & Lori Dana, Linda Dana, Faye Decontie, Stuart Tomah & Gal Frey, Wendy Hamilton, Marie Harnois – Passamaquoddy Maple, Butch & Kelly Jacobs, Joe & Tammy Loring, Brenda Moore-Mitchell, Geo Neptune, James Neptune, Peter Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Debbie Nicholas, Debbie Parsons, Gail & Butch Phillips, Caron Shay, Tim Shay, Michael Silliboy, Frances Soctomah, Fred Tomah, and the Burnurwurbskek Singers.
 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture.  FREE ADMISSION!  Rain or shine. BBQ lunch plates will be served.  The Shaker Museum and Shaker Store will be open, as well.  Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) in New Gloucester, Maine – 15 minutes from the Maine Turnpike.  FMI:  www.maineshakers.com, follow on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, or 207-926-4597
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End of Summer Reading Program at library

We will be having the end of the Summer Reading Program on August 22 (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm.  The evening includes:

The Library Players will presenting an original play, NGPL Guy + RedRay:  Perspective, by local native, Jobin Terranova.  Are actors range from 4 year old to 14.

Awarding of certificates for those that have been reading as part of our program.

Presentation by Josh Sparks, again a local, of Sparks Ark.

Rumor has it that our friend Baxter the Library Cat will also be visiting.  Light refreshments will be served.  You don’t have to be a part of the summer reading program to come. Everyone is welcome.  We have limited chairs, so people may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Patti’s Aug. 4 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Inside New Gloucester – Keep Me Current

4-H’ers to help pantries

Cumberland County 4-H members Caleb and Katie McGrath-Holmquist and Amber, Amanda and Austin Holmes are raising money to buy three market hogs and three market lambs from the Cumberland Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Wednesday Sept. 27, at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. The livestock will be donated to the Gray and New Gloucester Food Pantries.

The two families are longtime members of the Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club and the 4-H Swiners Club who raise market lambs and hogs to be sold annually at the fair’s 4-H auction. This year, in addition to raising and auctioning their own animals, they are participating in a self-designed community service project to benefit both 4-H’ers and their local food pantries.

They hope to raise $3,600 to buy the animals. They will be selling donated water, soda and lemonade at the Gray Blueberry Festival on Saturday Aug. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Main St., Gray.

Donations of any amount can be sent to GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project, P.O. Box 1012, Gray, Maine 04039. Checks can be made payable to: GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-118/