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Press Herald: Rare Father-Daughter Legislative Duo – Richard Bradstreet and Amy Arata

Newly elected to represent New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Legislature, Amy Arata shares an unusual distinction with her father Richard Bradstreet: they are thought to be the first simultaneously serving daughter-father legislators in Maine history.   Read Marina Villeneuve’s full story in the Jan. 18 Portland Press Herald

NG Dems Meeting, This Tuesday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m., Community Building, 381 Intervale Road

State Senator Ned Claxton is the special guest who will talk about the bills he plans on submitting or has submitted. Light agenda, but some things on the horizon include the plant sale and Memorial Day Parade. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

SPECIAL ALERT — Worship and Budget Session Cancelled

Due to the impending snowstorm, there will be NO Sunday Morning Worship Service at New Gloucester Congregational Church on January 20.
The budget presentation that was scheduled after worship will also not be held.

For more information, go to http://www.ngucc.org/

 

 

Patti’s Jan. 18 “Inside New Gloucester”

This brightly colored quilt handcrafted by Brenda Cookson is being raffled to benefit the New Gloucester Public Library.

Quilt raffle

The New Gloucester Public Library is conducting a quilt raffle. The seamstress is Brenda Cookson, and the quilt is about the size of a large twin. Tickets are on sale at the library located at 379 Intervale Road and will continue to be sold until their Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale on Feb. 9, or the blizzard date of Feb. 16. The price is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets.

To read Patti Mikkelsen’s full column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-160/

 

PPH: New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.

What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

Press release: Cole Farms closing for renovations

Press release: Starting on January 22, 2019, we will be closing the restaurant for approximately eight weeks to renovate the interior of the building and redesign our kitchen. We plan to reopen the restaurant on or about March 15.

Parts of this building are over 60 years old and need to be updated, as does the building’s infrastructure, which will be addressed during the renovation. As part of the renovation, we will be making some changes to our menu, which we are excited about. We’ll be adding a brick oven to our kitchen and will be adding brick oven pizza to our menu. We also intent to add a small market to the first floor where you’ll be able to purchase local foods, craft beers, wine and spirits.

When we are open, things will look a bit different and there will be changes, but we’re confident that the changes will be positive. Cole Farms will still be the place you go to join friends and family for a great meal of coffee and dessert. We’ll still be your go-to place for family get-togethers and celebrations.

Change is a normal part of our lives and can sometimes feel uncomfortable. But the reality is that the world never stops changing and new opportunities arise all the time. The time is now to grab onto some of these new opportunities that are blowing our way.

As always, thank you for your patronage and support. We are nothing without our loyal customers! We ask for your patience during the renovations and look forward to introducing you to the new space and offerings when we reopen in March. See you soon!

Brad Pollard, Owner of Cole Farms

(This is reproduced here in its entirety as the Cole Farms website was not working correctly at the time.)

 

Charlie Herrick, 66, formerly of New Gloucester

Charles “Charlie” F. Herrick passed away on Jan. 2 and life will never be quite the same.

A partner at Schooner Landing in downtown Damariscotta, husband to his adored and adoring bride Katrina, and father to three girls who gave him a run for his money, Charlie was the life of the party. This phrase is used all of the time, but for people who knew him, this could not be truer for Charlie. Keep reading in Lincoln County News.

Update from the Fishermen’s Net

Hello!
Coming in for the weekend…
Fresh Sea Smelt $6.99/lb

Plus all of the regular goodies!!
Hope to see you soon!
Nikki

About the Great Falls Preserve

Thanks to the generous gift of Michael and Julie Fralich, 40 acres with a trail along Meadow Brook will be preserved for all to enjoy into the future by the Royal River Conservation Trust. Read about the Great Falls Preserve on the Trust’s website, especially Michael’s narrative about the property.

New Gloucester couple donates 40 acres for trail system

A New Gloucester couple has donated 40 acres to the Royal River Conservation Trust to establish a trail system on the New Gloucester-Auburn line.

The donation by Michael and Julie Fralich establishes a permanent owner for a scenic, waterfall-laden, 1 1/2-mile hiking loop along Meadow Brook in the Royal River watershed. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ article in the Sun Journal.