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Implications of Portland’s Prosperity on New Gloucester

The New Gloucester Economic Development Committee is hosting a presentation on the Implications of Greater Portland’s Prosperity on New Gloucester and other rural areas.  Richard Barringer and Joseph McDonell, faculty of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, will discuss findings from their recent report Greater Portland Tomorrow: Choices for Sustained Prosperity.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 pm
Meeting House
385 Intervale Road
Hear about the impact of Portland’s growth on the workforce, transportation, housing and natural resources. Join in a discussion of these issues and the choices faced by Portland and its outlying communities. 

Connor Garvey at Coffeehouse on March 3

Award-winning FOLK singer-songwriter Connor Garvey will be at the Village Coffeehouse on March 3.  Think Paul Simon, Josh Ritter, Jason Mraz.  Named a top new singer-songwriter by Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse.  The New Gloucester Village Coffeehouse’s cozy setting and great acoustics will make for a memorable evening!  Concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets at the door $10.  Coffee and tea are hot and free. Munchies available for a small donation. To hear his music, go to http://www.connorgarveysongs.com/

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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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.

Maine Highland Fiddlers at Coffeehouse on Feb. 3

Join us for a night out in February! Stop by the Village Store for a wine tasting from 5:30 to 7:30 and then come on over to the First Congregational Church for the Village Coffeehouse. Doors open at 7 pm; show starts at 7:30. Tickets at the door: $10.

The Maine Highland Fiddlers are part of the traditional Celtic music revival that thrives throughout the North Atlantic rim. This group of seven musicians perform, pass on, and renew the Celtic fiddle tradition in Maine. Along with fiddles, the group includes guitar, bodhran and piano.

 

Brewery approved in New Gloucester

Brewery approved for New Gloucester

Public Hearing in New Gloucester for Brewery and Tasting Room

The town of New Gloucester Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, on a site plan application for a brewery and tasting room at 437 Lewiston Road, Map 0003 Parcel 0098. The project will consist of renovations and re-purposing of the main building, reconfigured site access, parking, utilities, and other site improvements.
Testimony will be taken at the hearing or may be submitted in writing to the Planning office or by email to shastings@newgloucester by 4:00 pm the date of the hearing. Plans may be viewed at the Town Hall, 385 Intervale Road.

Grassholes at Village Coffeehouse Sat. Jan. 6

Start the new year and join us for a concert by the Grassholes, featuring New Gloucester’s Field Rider and other talented musicians. The Grassholes, a 5 piece band consisting of bass, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, fiddle and banjo has a sound that has been described variously as ‘slam’ bluegrass, and ‘edgy’ traditional.. The band performs regularly around Portland and has played in various concert venues and festivals around New England for over 15 years. The band’s music is half originals and half covers/traditional.  Audiences witness that the individual Grassholes enjoy performing.

First Congregational Church
7:30 pm
Tickets $ 10 at the door

 

New Gloucester Christmas Concert and Potluck Dinner

First Congregational Church
Saturday, December 2, 2017
5:30 pm Potluck dinner — vestry
7:00 pm Christmas Concert — main church

Join us at the second annual Christmas Concert featuring New Gloucester musicians including Jim Gallant, Mike Conant, Ben Detroy, Chris Ricardi, Hal Phillips, Tony Castro, Rev Linda Gard, and Todd Burrowes. These talented musicians will provide a combination of musical styles including blue grass, fingerstyle guitar and or course some traditional holiday music with a sing-a-long at the end. Proceeds will benefit New Gloucester residents needing heating assistance.

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.