Hello neighbors!

While it’s not officially winter yet, the days are shorter and we’ve had snow.

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Big-ticket items requested

At their December 5th meeting, Selectmen reviewed budget requests from the Fire and Rescue and Public Works departments that include a utility vehicle, a squad truck and a street sweeper. Keep reading

Snowmobile Club Dance

Tickets are now available for a fundraising dance sponsored by the Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club of New Gloucester to be held at American Legion Post 86, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray. The featured band Midlife Krisis, a six-piece cover band playing songs mostly from the 70s and 80s, rocks the house from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 10. A cash bar is available. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $12 at the door. Call Andrea 577-2563 or Candi 831-0449 for ticket reservations.

Benjamin W. Bean, 32

New Gloucester-Benjamin W. Bean died unexpectedly on November 19, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Born in Lewiston, Maine May 29, 1984. Raised and attended schools in Gray and New Gloucester. Ben loved to go on nature walks, hunting, and fishing with his father and his brother.

He is survived by his Parents; Charles Sr. and Colleen Wilson Bean. His daughters; Alexis, Mercedes, Ayerbella.  His brother; Charlie Jr. Sister; Barbara Needham. Grandparents; Woody and Alice Bean. Several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

A memorial visitation will be held Monday 4 to 6p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray.

Patti’s Nov. 25 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

girls-on-the-run

Hundreds of girls and their running buddies take part in a 5K at Pineland Farms on Nov. 13 during a Girls on the Run non-timed event. According to volunteer Kathleen Corr, the organization provides the tools to empower girls in third grade through middle school, integrating running to build confidence.

Businesses invited to summit

The Gray-New Gloucester Development Corporation invites all businesses operating in the two towns to a free business summit, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Mount Washington Room of The Commons, 59 Pineland Drive on the Pineland campus.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres catered by Black Tie Company. The program opens at 6:15 p.m. with updates from Gray and New Gloucester’s economic development committees.

Tyler Hobbs from The Boulos Company will deliver business news pertinent to the Pineland campus, and the GNGDC will introduce the winner and first runner-up of this year’s Grow GNG Challenge.  SAD 15 superintendent, Dr. Craig King, will share his philosophy and vision for the school district. Afterward, discussion continues about a mentoring program connecting GNG high school students with local businesses.

RSVPs are required. Submit your contact information at gngdc.com/business-summit-dec-2016 or leave a message at 657-2033.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-68/

New Gloucester Tree Lightings

Upper Village Christmas Tree Lighting (Upper Village Street, New Gloucester) is held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, at 5:00 p.m.

Historical Society and Public Library Annual Tree Lighting (385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester) is held the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, at 4:30 p.m.   The lighting of “Tiny Timber” is one of the highlights along with music of the season, refreshments and open houses at the Historical Society and Public Library.

Fire department controlled burn draws crowd

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2016/11/19/controlled-burn-new-gloucester-draws-crowd/2032801

Norumbega Farm abuzz with business

On secluded Woodman Road, there’s a sprawling farm, 3½ businesses and one industrious family.

Noah Fralich demonstrates part of the hard cider bottling process in the small Norumbega Cidery on his parents’ New Gloucester farm.

Norumbega Cidery, run by Noah Fralich, operates on his family’s farm in New Gloucester. Noah has planted an orchard of apple trees for future use and does all aspects of the cider operation from pressing the apples in the fall to bottling in the spring, summer and fall.

Laura Fralich runs Queen Beet Designs and makes T-shirts with clever vegetable puns. The shirts are for sale at the family’s farm in New Gloucester and on Etsy.

Julie and Michael Fralich have a double-yurt rental at Norumbega Farm that hit Airbnb this summer to rave reviews. Their son, Noah, presses and bottles commercial hard cider from one of their barns. Keep reading

Forrest H. Waterhouse, 96

Forrest H. Waterhouse, 96, died Monday, Nov. 21, in the same house he was born in Oct. 23, 1920. Keep reading

Contractor chosen for public works project

Selectmen on Monday endorsed Ganneston Construction Corp. of Augusta as the design/building contractor for a new Public Works facility at 611 Lewiston Road.The building will replace the town garage and salt shed in Upper Gloucester village. Keep reading

Elderly woman exploited by son and girlfriend

NEW GLOUCESTER — Maine State Police say an 87-year-old woman in New Gloucester was harassed and intimidated by her 55-year-old son and his 45-year-old girlfriend. The couple also allegedly stole from the woman. Keep reading