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Day One Of South Portland opening youth treatment center in New Gloucester

The nonprofit plans to provide substance abuse treatment and counseling services to 8-12 Maine men ages 14-20.

NEW GLOUCESTER — A South Portland-based nonprofit that provides substance abuse treatment and prevention services to Maine youth plans to open a new residential facility on Intervale Road.
Day One announced that it has purchased a property near Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.Day One has residential treatment centers in Buxton, Hinckley and Hollis.
The new facility, made possible through a nearly $340,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation, is set to replace the Hollis location as a residential substance abuse treatment facility for young men ages 14-20.
Day One Director of Development and Public Relations Rebecca Howes said the property at 934 Intervale Road was purchased for $570,000 and Day One hopes to have it open this spring.
“Purchasing this property marks a turning point for Day One,” its chief executive officer, Greg Bowers, said in a statement. “We could not be more thrilled with this facility. Delivering our services at this new property will allow future generations of youth to realize the successful, healthy futures that are within their reach.”
In an interview, Bowers said Day One’s services are focused on “primarily counseling-based therapy” for a variety of different substances. He said he sees the organization playing an important role in the statewide effort to combat opioid addiction.
“The fact that we can start helping kids as soon as we can – it’s critical … ” Bowers said, noting that “opioid addiction starts in a lot of different ways.” Howes said the substances for which Day One clients receive treatment include opioids, alcohol and marijuana.
Bowers also said Day One has plans for a social event in the coming weeks to allow the community to see the facility, gain an understanding of the services that will be provided, and meet the management team.
“This is a beautiful facility, and it’s in an ideal location,” Bowers said about Day One’s new property. “We’re pretty excited by this opportunity.”
Bowers and Howes said the property is approved for housing eight clients, but the nonprofit hopes to work through the town planning process to increase it to 12. The organization will make life-safety improvements, install a camera system, renovate to safely secure client medications and expand a leach field, Howes said.
Bowers said most of the work involves state licensing, but Day One is working with the town as well. Town Planner Scott Hastings said raising the number of occupants to 12 triggers a site plan review by the Planning Board. Day One submitted an application and had a preliminary hearing on Feb. 6 and is scheduled to come before the Planning Board for a public hearing March 6.

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Patti’s Feb. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Marc Richardson, of Freeport, gets ready to enjoy the perfect snow conditions blanketing the Pineland Farms’ cross country ski trails on Feb. 9. As a season’s pass holder, he said that he ventures out on the trails approximately three times per week. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Benefit ice fishing derby

The New Gloucester Eagles FOE #4131 will host a benefit ice fishing derby at Sabbathday Lake from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. There will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as hotdogs and burgers sold on the ice.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for ages 15 and under. The price includes a buffet dinner and banquet following the event. A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold, and all proceeds will benefit the family of Rodney Theriault who died of renal cancer on Feb. 1.

For tickets, go to Mooney’s Bait Shop, 1235 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester; Dags Bait Shop, 4 Towle St., Auburn; or Jeff’s Bait and Tackle Shop, 136 Fore St., Oxford. For more information, call New Gloucester Eagles member Lloyd Tripp at 272-9535.

Within a telephone interview, Tripp provided a concise update on the beneficiary of the 2017 derby’s proceeds, Shayla McGraw who had received a kidney transplant last June. “She’s doing amazingly well,” he said.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-136/

Fishermen’s Net update, Feb 16

Hope you all had a fabulous Valentine’s Day! Thank you to all who made it special with our product!! :):)

This weekend we have Fresh crabmeat SALE!!!
$11.99/ 8 oz container

We also have fresh dry sea scallops for $18.99/lb
Raw and cooked Canadian shrimp for $11.99/lb
Plenty of lobster for any occasion!!

Come in and say Hello!!!
Thank you,

Frank Wayne Birch, 79

NEW GLOUCESTER – Frank Wayne Birch liked to be called Wayne. He died peacefully at home in New Gloucester, on Feb. 1, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Larry, Sharon, Vikki and stepdaughter Katie; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and, of course, their dog, Belle.

Read his complete obituary at http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=frank-wayne-birch&pid=188195796



New Gloucester Dems to Host Town Caucus, March 4

Retired physician Ned Claxton, a candidate for State Senate District 20, will be the keynote speaker at New Gloucester’s Democratic Caucus on March 4. Courtesy photo

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will host its biennial town caucus on Sunday, March 4 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. and the caucus will start at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the caucus is to allow local voters to meet Democratic candidates for state and local offices, and to elect volunteers as state convention delegates. Also, town and county Democratic committee members will be elected, and election clerks will be nominated. Complimentary refreshments will be offered.

All New Gloucester Democrats are invited to attend. New voters, or those not already enrolled in a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus. They should bring a photo ID and a printed item showing their current physical address; for example, rent receipt, utility bill, bank statement, etc.

Pre-registration at mainedems.org/caucus by Friday, March 2 is encouraged but not mandatory. For more information, contact caucus convener Nichole Stevens at 807-7694 or nicmitdsd@gmail.com.

Historical Society Workshop on Thursday Feb. 15

The next monthly meeting of New Gloucester Historical Society will be a workshop for all interested members and friends in researching your New Gloucester neighborhood and house. The research will be used in a major new exhibit opening in May 2018. The meeting will be held on February 15th, 7 PM at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (next to the Town Hall). Refreshments will be served.
By way of background, the historical society has shared a copy of a paper written in 1935 by Eleanor Clark Curit (see attached).  Eleanor’s paper won an essay contest at the New Gloucester High School. Eleanor lived with her parents, Clifton Clark and Mary E.W. (Chadsey) Clark, and her sister Ruth in the Intervale (the Carroll Ayer Farm, now Conifer Industries).  She gathered her information by interviewing elderly people living on the Penny Road, the Morse Road, and the surrounding area.
This paper was rediscovered by Lenny Brooks and passed on to Jean Libby who, along with others, researched current street addresses and added over 100 footnotes to the paper. The historical society would like to use this paper as the basis or “map”, for their new exhibit. Come to the workshop on Thursday and find out more about this research and the areas of focus and areas in town that may be used for the exhibit. Those with historic homes and those interested in historic districts/homes in town are welcome.

GNG J.V. Lady Patriots finish the season undefeated

The J.V. Lady Patriots finish the season strong with a win 45-16 against the Falcons of Freeport. The Patriots came out hard and at the half were ahead 19-8. They outscored the falcons 26 to 8 in the second half to finish the season with a win at home.

Samantha Fortin led the patriots in scoring with a game high 24 points, followed by Sarah Fecteau & Gabriella Sernyk who both had 8 points, Chelsea Davis with 3, & Abigail Michaud with 2 points. Madysen West, Michaud, and Davis were instrumental in getting the ball down the court for the Patriots and making plays to get the ball to the post players. West had 6 assists followed by Michaud and Davis who both had 4.

Freeport Sophomore Hannah Spaulding led the Falcons with 11 points, three of which came from outside the arc.


Player 2-FG 3-FG FT Ast Pts
West, Madysen 0 0 0 6 0
Michaud, Abigail 1 0 0 4 2
Davis, Chelsea 1 0 1 4 3
Fecteau, Sarah 4 0 0 2 8
Sernyk, Gabrielle 4 0 0 1 8
Fortin, Samantha 12 0 0 1 24
Totals: 22 0 1   45

Panel to advise BOS on public works construction project

Selectmen on Monday agreed to form a committee to advise the board on construction of the $4.6 million public works building at 611 Lewiston Road.

Ganneston Construction Corp. of Augusta is expected to begin work this spring.

The project, which includes a sand and salt shed, was approved by voters last fall.

The committee will be comprised of four residents, one selectman, Public Works Director Ted Shane and Town Manager Carrie Castonguay.

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The J.V. Lady Patriots won at Poland 44–21

2-2-18 Poland High School:
Sarah Fecteau led the Patriots in scoring with 14 points, followed by Samantha Fortin with 12, Gabriella Chelsea Davis with 8 – 2 from outside the arc. Madysen West had 8, and Gabriella Sernyk added 2 points. Abbey Michaud had 2 assists and was a key player in getting the ball down the court.

Michaud, Abbey      #4   2
Davis, Chelsea        #15   2  2   1     8
Fecteau, Sarah       #23   5  4   1 14
Sernyk, Gabriella   #24  2   1 2
Fortin, Samantha   #25   6   2 12
West, Madysen   4   2     8
Bradbury, Madison (Inj)
Dwyer, Whitney


TOTALS: 15    6 8  6  3 44

Wayfinder sells property

Wayfinder Schools is selling several parcels of land in New Gloucester as part of its sustainability plan. Recently, the former Girl’s Campus on Short Bennett Road was sold to Morrison of Maine, a non-profit that works with Mainers of all ages who have disabilities. Morrison Center has been serving the Portland area for more than 60 years and also has sites in Scarborough and Wells.