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Town manager resigns

Town Manager Paul First, who told selectmen privately last week he is resigning effective April 4, announced it publicly at Monday night’s board meeting.

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Town Manager Paul First

“It has been a difficult decision for me,” he read from a news release. “New Gloucester is a wonderful community. I’ve been given tremendous opportunity, first as town planner, then as manager, and I’ve enjoyed working with all of you this past seven and one-half years. I’ve decided it’s time to adjust priorities.

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Generosity thrives in wake of tragedy

His daughters called him “Daddy-O.”

The girls’ softball team called him “Coach.” His love of fishing earned him the nickname “Catfish.”

And his buddies at the American Legion post in Gray called him “Santa Claus” for his big white beard.

But Dennis Brackley’s favorite name was “Papa” – the one given to him by his grandchildren, Alexa and Gavin Goad.

“Being a papa was his everything,” said Melanie Craig, a longtime family friend.
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Workshops at Norumbega Yurts

Want to shake off those mid-winter blues. There will be 2 workshops at the Norumbega Yurts on February 11 to quiet the mind and nurture the body.Norumbega Green Yurt-6

From 10 am to 1:30 pm learn about Ayurveda, the traditional yoga system of medicine focused on prevention and natural healing through strengthening of the body and the spirit. Learn the basics of an ayurvedic diet and enjoy a light vegetarian lunch of red lentil dal and tulsi and chai tea. Cost is $70.
A second workshop of classical yoga will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. This will be simple, slow and gentle yoga practice to quiet the mind and relax your body.
Both workshops will be led by Sophia Maamouri of Blue Heron Synergy. Cost is $40. Both workshops together are offered at a discount price or $100.
To register, call Sophie Maamouri at 207-329-1422 or email her at sophiamaamouri@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Commentary on Brakey-sponsored bill to lower age for concealed carry in Press Herald

At the height of an opiate crisis, let’s take away their health insurance and instead give 18-year-olds a loaded concealed handgun and some marijuana. What could possibly go wrong?

L.D. 44, if passed by Maine’s 128th Legislature and signed by Gov. Paul LePage, will lower from 21 to 18 the age at which a person can carry a concealed handgun. Keep reading

Community Comes Together for Christmas Benefit Concert

“A New Gloucester Christmas” was a benefit concert organized by Jim Gallant and performed at the First Congregational Church in New Gloucester on Friday evening, December 16.  Conceived as a charity benefit with New Gloucester musicians, Jim drafted the Bald Hill Band and some of their friends, and the decision was made to have the proceeds go to the Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund maintained and allocated by the First Congregational Church for New Gloucester residents.  According to Jim,
“the idea for the concert was to have the community come together to have a night of Christmas music performed by local musicians — New Gloucester has such a wealth of talented musicians.  That would give them a chance to do just Christmas music arranged the way they wanted and to perform it in a beautiful concert setting.  It was a win for us musicians to be on stage and present the music and also for the audience to take part not only to listen but to have the community join in and be part of the music with a  sing-a-long at the end.”
The concert was well-attended with many braving a very cold December night. After such a successful event, there’s hope that it will become an annual tradition. If you want to see the full concert you can find it on the video section of the “New Gloucester Christmas” facebook page.
The free-will donations received that night and in the following days have reached over $1700. New Gloucester residents who find themselves unable to buy heating fuel may contact the church’s pastor, Rev. Gard, 926-3260, to apply for help.
Many thanks to Jim and the musicians who worked to put the concert together.

New Gloucester man killed in head-on crash

A 65-year-old man was killed and four people were seriously injured in a head-on crash on Route 202 in Windham Friday afternoon.

Windham police said the 5 p.m. crash killed Dennis Brackley of New Gloucester. His two passengers, ages 4 and 5, were taken to Maine Medical Center and were in critical condition Friday night, Windham Police Sgt. William Andrew said. Keep reading

Premium Blend to perform on MLK Day

Premium Blend on tour
All-female 14-member a cappella group from Ithaca College
appearing at First Congregational Church, New Gloucester for a
Concert/Coffee House
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16
7 pm
Free; though donations are welcome.
Local student Roz Moisan is a member of this ensemble.

48 hours in Sebago Lakes Region features New Gloucester

The Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce has recently released their new video, 48 Hours in the Sebago Lakes Region.  The video is now highlighted in the Visitor’s Center of the Gray Town website but can be seen with the link above. The video has some great footage of Shaker Village, Outlet Beach, Pineland and Hodgmand’s Frozen Custard. Nice to see such coverage of our town!

Bakery has been open two days and of course, the power goes out

At The Purple House in North Yarmouth, chef/owner Krista Kern Desjarlais deals with a blizzard – and a nasty stomach bug. Keep reading

Heart of the Shakers gone, community keeps faith

When Shakers die, they believe a spirit guide, another Shaker, arrives to take their soul to heaven.

For Sister Mildred years ago, Brother Ted came. For Sister Ruth, it was Sister Mildred.

When Sister Frances Carr died Monday, nearly 90 years old and one of just three Shakers left in the world, it was Sister Mildred who arrived again. The women had been close in life — like mother and daughter — and their reunion at Carr’s passing was expected. Keep reading