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Eager to Learn

Recently the New Gloucester Fire Rescue visited with area MSAD 15 elementary schools, educating them about fire safety & ways for them to protect themselves  in the event of a fire. This community outreach program takes place every year during or near  National Fire safety week. Please visit the MSAD 15 website for pictures!

http://www.msad15.org/2017/new-gloucester-fire-department-visits-memorial-school/

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Town Seeking Applications for Comprehensive Plan Committee

This Comprehensive Plan Update Committee will be made up of eleven members (five – LMPC members, five – at large members and one – Selectmen Liaison). This Committee ‘s charge is to meet and discuss any revisions/updates needed to the Comprehensive Plan.

If you would like to be a member of this Committee – please complete a Committee Application. (click here for application)

Once completed – you may drop it off to the Town Office (385 Intervale Road), fax it to 207-926-4136 or email it to smyers@newgloucester.com.

All applications will go to the Board of Selectmen at their first meeting in December.

Patti’s Nov. 10 “Inside New Gloucester”

Get Out! Nature Walk

Get Out! Nature Walks are volunteer-led regular trips with trained master naturalists and other skilled volunteer leaders. Join them for a well-planned, no-cost, guided adventure occurring once-per-month on Wednesdays, rain, snow or shine. Their programs are jointly offered by the Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, as well as the Royal River Conservation Trust.

Be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear, snacks and a thermos or water bottle. Check www.rrct.org for any updates or changes. Nature walks typically involve getting on your knees with a hand lens or standing still for 10 minutes craning up at a treetop. Trips are great for kids, but inappropriate for those under age 6. Their curriculum is targeted at adults and engaged youth. Because the purpose is nature observation, please don’t bring dogs.

The next Get Out! Nature Walk takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road. The curriculum is Winter Weeds, led by volunteer Karen Herold. She is a Natural Resources Council of Maine board member.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-130/

Petition to revisit funding for new public works building voted down

A citizen-initiated petition to reconsider a town vote last month to build and fund a new public works facility failed to get the 283 valid signatures needed, according to officials. A total of 279 was required.

At their Monday meeting, selectmen voted 3-2 against the petitioners’ request for another town meeting on the issue. Keep reading

How we voted

New Gloucester’s results mirror the rest of the state, with the casino going down to serious defeat, and the other three referendum questions passing. As reported on the town’s web site, here are the tallies of yesterday’s votes.

QUESTION 1
 (Casino)
  YES                 190
   NO                  1273
   BLANKS              4
QUESTION 2
 (Medicaid)
 YES                 735
 NO                  728
 BLANKS              4
QUESTION 3
(Bond Issue)
 YES                 871
 NO                  590
 BLANKS              6
QUESTION 4
 (Constitutional Amendment)
YES                 804
 NO                  615
 BLANKS            48
TOTAL VOTES CAST- 1467

Q&A with Carl Wilcox: New Gloucester thru-hiker fulfills decades-old dream

By Matt Junker

NEW GLOUCESTER — Carl Wilcox has wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail for decades, and this year, the 54-year-old from New Gloucester checked it off his list.

His 6½-month journey began in Georgia on March 7, and finished Sept. 21 at the top of Mount Katahdin. Wilcox took time away from his job as a wastewater engineer at Woodard & Curran to complete the trek, which wasn’t without its challenges.

Wilcox spoke with the Lakes Region Weekly about his hike of more than 2,000 miles.

For the interview, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/qa-with-carl-wilcox-new-gloucester-thru-hiker-fulfills-decades-old-dream/

Ronda Dale at Village Coffeehouse on Saturday Nov. 4

Join us at the Village Coffeehouse on Saturday night. The Ronda Dale Duo will be performing original songs and eclectic covers of blues, country, r & b, and jazz gems. Go to rondadale.com for music samples.  Music starts at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10. As always, coffee and tea will be hot and free. Munchies for a little donation.

Inform yourself and vote on Tuesday November 7th

Vote on Tuesday, November 7th at the NG Fire and Rescue Building, 611 Lewiston Road. Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm.

Questions on the ballot include:

  1. Citizen Initiative: Casino in York County
    Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?
  2. Citizen Initiative: Medicaid Expansion
    Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?
  3. Bond Issue: Infrastructure 
    Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts and stream crossings?
    Total estimated lifetime cost is $133,875,000 representing $105,000,000 in principal and $28,875,000 in interest (assuming interest at 5.0% over 10 years).
  4. Constitutional Amendment: State Pension Funding
    Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards?

For more information on these questions, see http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html

To see the two Medicaid Expansion panels held in New Gloucester, see

No on Question 2 Medicaid Expansion panel

Yes on Question 2 Medicaid Expansion panel

Historical Society program November 16th

Local resident and historian Jason C. Libby will present a talk titled “World War One, Maine and a Local Hero” on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 7 PM, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

Unusual “bomb cyclone” responsible for widespread power outages

The type of storm that hit New England hard early Monday morning and knocked out power to nearly half a million Mainers is an unusual meteorological event sometimes referred to as a “bomb cyclone.”

The unusual, “Sharknado”-like nickname stems from from a phenomenon called “bombogenesis,” in which atmospheric pressure drops relatively quickly (technically, 24 millibars in 24 hours), whipping up the kind of sudden strong winds that toppled countless trees throughout the region late Sunday and on Monday. More than 80,000 customers of Maine’s two largest electricity utilities still did not have power as of Friday morning.

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