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Patti’s June 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Summer Reading Program

Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, and enroll in the  Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal is to read (or, for little ones, to listen to) a total of 3,960 books. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 8. All ages are welcome to participate from babes in arms to Great Aunt Gertie. The program wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-112/

Community Fair September 9th

The New Gloucester Community Fair is back!!! Mark your calenders for September 9th at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds. This year’s event will be about New Gloucester and our community based groups/orginizations. There will be a large roll out of information and sign up forms etc in Mid June. Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Churches, Eagles, Amvets, Masons, lions, historical society, Political groups, snowmobile club, school groups etc are some of the particpants we are looking for. Along with local musical artists and craftors and vendors. Any questions Peter Bragdon. prbragdon@gmail.com

BOS delays paving contract

Selectmen on Monday evening held off awarding a paving contract until they get clarification on a 1 percent surcharge to contractors who participate in Greater Portland Council of Governments’ bid program. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.

Makeshift Coffeehouse in Yarmouth on Wed. June 21 at 6:30

This event is being held around the state in the next few months.
Makeshift Coffeehouse
Wednesday, June 21
6:30 to 10:00 pm
Yarmouth High School Cafeteria
No cover; free food and music
The Make Shift Coffee House is a place for people with different views to exchange and consider different views. Guided by a neutral facilitator participants share  experiences and opinions, ask each other questions, and try to understand each other.
It’s not about persuading or converting each other, or about condemning each other. It’s simply about learning each other’s perspectives.
In the new digital age it’s easy to choose our sources of information and reinforce what we already believe. It’s easy to surround myself with people that share my views. It’s easy to build opinions in isolation, each of us interacting with our own computer screen. It’s easy to avoid talking face-to-face.

The Make Shift Coffee House is a face-to-face place, in real time, with good old fashioned civic dialogue.
Make Shift Coffee Houses are facilitated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions. A professional meeting moderator, Craig facilitates a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each others’ perspectives.
For more info; go to http://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/

Big weekend at Fishermen’s Net

This is a BIG weekend for us :)  Its our Anniversary and Fathers Day! How exciting!!! We are about to start year 12! time flies! Let’s Celebrate!!

STILL RUNNING THE LOBSTER SPECIAL!
softshell
(5) 1lbers $42
(5) 1 1/4 lbers. $51
Hardshell
(5)1 lbers. $48
(5) 1 1/4 lbers. $60

and if you don’t need 5 you can buy them like always priced out per pound.

PRICE PER POUND

Hardshell
1lb. 8.99lb
1 1/4. 9.99lb
1 1/2 10.99 lb

Softshell
1lb. 6.99lb
1 1/4. 7.99lb
1 1/2 8.99lb

We also have hardshell jumbos 11.99lb (2-4lbs)

And while this weekend is a HUGE lobster weekend we will also have Steamers, Scallops, Fresh Haddock, FAS haddock, Salmon, Halibut, Tuna, Little Necks, Oysters, Lobster Meat, Crab Meat, Shrimp, Swordfish, Crab Legs and much much more!!

Learn to Make a Penny Rug at Shaker Village

Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter at the Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop on Saturday, June 24. In the early 1800s thrifty women would recycle and repurpose worn textiles into folk art designs to create bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces for colorful adornments. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the penny rug.

The workshop, open to those 12 and up, occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester. The fee is $70, and pre-registration is required. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool. Register online at www.maineshakers.com, or by phone at 926-4597.

Election results

According to numbers posted on the town web site, Joe Davis was elected to the Board of Selectmen, with 311 votes. Doug McAtee had 133 write-in votes, and 36 ballots were blank. Gary Harriman was re-elected to the MSAD 15 School Board with 55 votes. Laura Jane Sturgis recited 9 write-in votes. 416 ballots were left blank. For the Water District, 8 people each received 1 write-in vote, leaving no winner. The school district budget passed with a 303 to 170 vote. The state bond issue failed with a vote of 223 yes and 253 no.

Patti’s June 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village music festival

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village presents the 12th annual Maine Festival of American Music on Wednesday, June 21-Saturday, June 24. The Shakers host the festival with all concerts taking place in their 1794 Meeting House, one of Maine’s most beautiful and acoustically superb venues for vocal and instrumental performances.

The concert lineup consists of The Portland String Quartet, Kevin Siegfried & The Portsmouth Singers with Brother Arnold Hadd, and the Don Roy Trio. Purchase tickets online at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597 to charge by phone. A free Master Class Workshop Performance is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, which is open to the public.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-107/

Mark your calendar for the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival

Great way to start the Glorious Fourth! The 42nd Annual New Gloucester Historical Society Strawberry Festival will be held on Thursday, June 29th from 6 PM- 8PM at the Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Rd. (just off Route 231), New Gloucester, ME. New Gloucester berries with homemade New Gloucester biscuits and New Gloucester’s own Hodgman’s Frozen Custard. World renowned Berry Berry Good Band. Baked goods table laden with goodies of many kinds. Come one, come all!

Castonguay officially appointed town manager

At their June 5th meeting, Selectmen officially appointed Carrie Castonguay as town manager for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.