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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 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.

Sean Mencher at Village Coffeehouse on October 7

Sean Mencher will be returning to the Village Coffeehouse and as usual provide a great evening of rock n’ roll, western swing, bluegrass, jazz, blues and rockabilly. Get ready to swing along with this talented Portland-based musician.

The concert will take place at the First Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person. Call 653-6151 for more information.
Sean Mencher

Healing Through Horses Professional Demonstration Expo Sat. Sept 30

Healing Through Horses will be holding over 25 demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8:30 to 5:30. There’s something for everyone with presentations by local, national and internationally renowned trainers and horse professionals. Demonstrations include how to connect and create a partnership with your horse; foundations and principles of dressage; horse chiropractics; the Maine horse doctor; art on horseback and much more. Stop by 51 Meadow Lane and check out the many demonstrations and learn more about equine assisted therapy. $20 a day for all day admission. Food available Milley’s Skillet Food Truck. For more information see Healing Through Horses.

2017 GNG Business Summit October 18, 2017

Shop Local and Business Showcase
Hosted by the GNG Development Corp
Wednesday October 18, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Coolidge Family Farm
1084 Lewiston Road (Rt 100)
New Gloucester 04260
Parking available at Amvets

5:30 Networking
Appetizers from Jess N’ Nics and cash bar

6:15 Program
Economic Development Updates from Gray and New Gloucester
Kai Smith — Cofounder of Buoy Local will talk about economic benefits of shopping local
Dale Carrier, BM, Sea Dog Brewing
Adam Moses, Manager, Shipyard Brewing
Question and Answer

There are 15 spots for local businesses to showcase their products. Spaces are approximately 4′ each (shared tables). Space is available on a first come first served basis. Contact Tracy Scheckel 232-5557 or to reserve a table.
RSVP at 657-2033 by October 9, 2017 if you plan to attend.

Donors and supporters include: Coolidge Family Farm, Shipyard Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Baxter Brewing, Norumbega Hard Cider and Jess N’ Nics and the Bar Association.

New Gloucester garage vote by residents nixed

By Ellie Fellers From the Lewiston Sun:

NEW GLOUCESTER — A warrant for a special town meeting Sept. 18 to approve building a town garage and a salt/sand shed was not signed by selectmen Monday night because the motion failed in a 2-2 vote. The project is dead, unless the motion is reconsidered or citizens put forth a petition requesting the vote be held.
Chairwoman Linda Chase and Vice Chairman Steve Libby voted in favor of giving voters the right to approve the project, while Stephen Hathorne and Joseph Davis were opposed. Selectman Lenora Conger was absent.
“This would be an overstep for us to deny voters the right to vote,” Libby said.  Following the vote, he stormed out of the meeting saying loudly, “Good show, real professional.”Libby has served with a citizen-appointed committee for two years working on the proposed six-bay garage and 80- by 160-foot sand/salt shed on 25 acres where fire station stands at 611 Lewiston Road.
Ganneston Construction of Augusta was chosen to build the garage and has provided engineering and technical service at no expense to the town.The $4.6 million cost for the garage and shed would been financed by a 25-year bond. With interest of $1.78 million, the total cost would be $6.38 million.
The warrant also asked voters to approve an amendment to the Pineland Municipal Development Tax Increment Financing District to allow a percentage be used for the project.
Two public informational meetings this month drew only a dozen residents each.
Hathorne has been opposed to the site, preferring Upper Gloucester village for a garage to replace one with cracked load-bearing walls and crumbling masonry block, roof and wall leaks and lack of insulation. The garage has outdated mechanical systems and driveway safety issues.
Hathorne said he fears a nearby groundwater aquifer at 611 Lewiston Road could be polluted if a garage is built there.“I am 100 percent in  favor of a new town garage, but I will not sign the warrant,” he said.
Davis said not enough people know about the project. He also said if town land near the site was used for a road it could impact the area and groundwater.
In other business, the board set the 2018 tax rate at $15.60 per thousand dollars of valuation, or 90 cents more than the current rate of $14.70. Taxes on a home valued at  $100,000 would be $1,560, an increase of $90.
The new rate allows an overlay of $59,110.60.

Upcoming Information Meetings, Hearings and Elections in NG

The following was posted on the New Gloucester Town Website:

Public Informational Meetings – New Public Works Facility
There will be two Public Informational Meetings on the proposed New Public Works Facility
Wednesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 8th,
each beginning at 7:00 p.m.,
at the AMVETS – 1095 Lewiston Road – New Gloucester
Public Hearing – TIF Amendments
There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed amendments to the TIF Document
Tuesday, August 15th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.,
at the AMVETS, 1095 Lewiston Road – New Gloucester
Water District Trustee Run-off Election
Monday – August 14, 2017
8:30am – 12:00pm         12:30pm – 7:00pm
at the New Gloucester Town Office
Absentee Ballots are now available
Click here to view the ballot

Makeshift Coffeehouse in Yarmouth on Wed. June 21 at 6:30

This event is being held around the state in the next few months.
Makeshift Coffeehouse
Wednesday, June 21
6:30 to 10:00 pm
Yarmouth High School Cafeteria
No cover; free food and music
The Make Shift Coffee House is a place for people with different views to exchange and consider different views. Guided by a neutral facilitator participants share  experiences and opinions, ask each other questions, and try to understand each other.
It’s not about persuading or converting each other, or about condemning each other. It’s simply about learning each other’s perspectives.
In the new digital age it’s easy to choose our sources of information and reinforce what we already believe. It’s easy to surround myself with people that share my views. It’s easy to build opinions in isolation, each of us interacting with our own computer screen. It’s easy to avoid talking face-to-face.

The Make Shift Coffee House is a face-to-face place, in real time, with good old fashioned civic dialogue.
Make Shift Coffee Houses are facilitated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions. A professional meeting moderator, Craig facilitates a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each others’ perspectives.
For more info; go to