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New Gloucester writer’s first novel finds enthusiastic audience

After spending most of her days alone in the writing shed out back behind her house, Joan Dempsey finds it liberating to be on the road promoting her novel, “This Is How It Begins.”

Berkeley-based She Writes Press published the book in October, and Dempsey has been out in the world since, talking about her debut novel whenever and wherever she’s invited. “The experience has been fabulous,” she said. “I love it.”

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Sponsor Christmas Gifts

How would you like to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter this year by providing Christmas gifts for a neighbor’s family? It’s easy to do – here’s what you need to know.

The Caring Community of Gray/New Gloucester is a volunteer group organized in 2007 to coordinate holiday assistance for individuals, families and senior citizens residing in either of the two towns. The tremendous support from the community has been instrumental to the program’s success.

Each year, the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance and then solicits sponsors to provide gifts for young children at Christmastime. The CCGNG then matches up applicants with sponsors. Sponsors can request if they’d like to help an individual child or families with two or more children. The CCGNG provides information and guidelines for the sponsors … so sponsors know exactly what to do and what is needed.

To ensure program sustainability, gifts are for children 14 and under and the family Christmas meal component been discontinued; however, food for a Christmas meal can be picked up at the local food pantries if you sign up prior to pick up days. Contact the Gray Food Pantry at 657-4279 mailbox #3 or the New Gloucester Food Pantry at 926-3260 for more information.

Last year 215 local children received Christmas gifts through CCGNG because of community members’ generosity. There is an urgent need for sponsors again this year. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic organizations, school groups, businesses and churches can be sponsors. The cost to provide gifts is $50-$75 per child. To become a Christmas sponsor, contact Mike Marcotte at gngcaring@gmail.com.

Every year there are more families than there are sponsors, so monetary donations are being solicited as well. Checks, payable to CCGNG, can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039.

As for those seeking assistance, applications are due by Friday, Dec 1. Forms can be picked up as well as dropped off at all GNG schools, the Gray Public Library, and at both Town Halls in the designated CCGNG boxes. Direct any questions to Christina Foster at 233-0828 or winkers92@yahoo.com.

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

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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Drug Take-Back Day October 28th

National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, October 28th. To find locations for disposal of prescription medications, see here.

Georgiana M. Rice, 1928-2017

Georgiana was born on August 9, 1928 and passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Georgiana was a resident of Maine at the time of passing.

She was born August 9, 1928 in New Gloucester, Maine, the daughter of George Rand and Aida (Gould) Rand, and attended New Gloucester area schools. Keep reading

Don’t forget to vote!

November 7th is voting day. While it’s an off-year with no state or federal election taking place, there are several referendum items on the ballot. You can vote three ways:
1) absentee ballot by mail– by requesting that the Town Office mail a ballot to you
2) go to Town Office and vote in person
3) go to the polls on November 7th at the fire station, 611 Lewiston Rd. Polls are open 6 am to 8 pm

Here are the questions on the ballot:

  1. Citizen Initiative
    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
    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
    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
    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