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Foreclosed properties, bids focus of BOS

Foreclosed properties and bids on a public works dump truck and equipment, along with requests for bids on a bridge-and-dam engineering study and a library egress, dominated Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

The board grappled with eight foreclosed properties under a new ordinance to collect back taxes from property owners in arrears, one since 1997. The eight owe the town a total of about $30,000.

Voters at the town meeting gave the board authority to sell foreclosed properties and approved an ordinance governing the process that includes efforts to work with owners before disposing of their properties. Keep reading

Bystanders credited with saving boy who almost drowned

Emergency responders are crediting bystanders who trained in CPR with saving the life of a 4-year-old Portland boy who nearly drowned Monday afternoon while swimming in Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

The boy was swimming at a floating dock about 150 feet off Outlet Beach wearing inflatable armbands.

The boy, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition Tuesday at a local hospital.

Janelle Alpizar of Lewiston said she was about to jump into the water off the float in the midafternoon when she noticed a woman cradling her young son. The woman repeated the boy’s name, asking whether he was joking. Keep reading

And here is the SunJournal’s report

NG woman’s body found in Auburn pond

Auburn police have identified the body found Sunday in The Basin as Jessica Gallant, 34, of New Gloucester.

Gallant was found early Sunday by fishermen near the shoreline of The Basin, a popular fishing spot off the northern tip of Lake Auburn. Keep reading

Child expected to recover after near drowning in Sabbathday Lake

Authorities say a 4-year-old Portland boy is expected to recover after he nearly drowned at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester on Monday afternoon.

The boy and his mother were on a family outing when he jumped off a dock at Bald Hill Beach and failed to resurface, Capt. Scott Stewart of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. Keep reading

Benefit Birthday Supper for Peter Bragdon July 28

Friends, family and neighbors will be gathering on Saturday July 28th for a benefit Spaghetti Supper for Peter Bragdon. The supper will be held at the AMVETS Hall in New Gloucester from 5-6:30pm.
Peter had an emergency liver transplant on May 24, 2018.  After about 60 nights in the hospital, huge medical bills have accumulated. Plus there is an ongoing need for medical and prescription copays along with travel expenses for weekly visits to Mass General in Boston.
The cost of the supper is $6 for adults, $3 for kids with a family maximum of $20.  There will be a door prize, 50/50 raffle, regular raffles and a card basket available for Peters 40th Birthday.

New leaders at GNG Middle School

When students return to Gray-New Gloucester Middle School this fall, they will be greeted by a new principal and vice principal.

Rick Hogan, 49, has been hired as principal and Kristen Dacko, 31, will join him as assistant principal. Keep reading

Linda Louise (Snow) Parker, 74

PORTLAND – Linda Louise (Snow) Parker passed away July 6, 2018. She was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Lewiston, to Herbert and Phyllis (Segars) Snow.
Linda graduated from New Gloucester High School and earned a nursing degree from New England Deaconess School of Nursing. Keep reading

No Trespassing: Developer blocks access to Sabbathday Lake

For generations, some town residents have cooled off at a small, private beach at the south end of Sabbathday Lake.

 Not anymore.

A developer who bought the property two years ago is creating a seven-lot subdivision on the opposite side of Sabbathday Road, and this spring he erected fences blocking access to the beach and posted “No Trespassing” signs.

 

NG bids farewell to recreation director

Harvey Price, the town’s part-time recreation director, thanked selectmen, town employees and volunteers for their support during his seven years of town service.

Price’s last day of work is July 12, after which he and his family plan to move to Ohio.

“Make sure we don’t lose ground, and consider in the future impact fees for funding a future community building,” Price said. “For me, that playground project (at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds) is my greatest achievement.”

Price has been the town’s first recreation director, working two days a week.
Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece

Revisiting the mission of the Sabbathday Lake Association

Over this past winter, the SDLA gave presentations to the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. We also spoke at the town budget meeting and answered questions about our Association. It became clear that there were some misconceptions about the SDLA. So, we would like to revisit our mission statement… for our members.

Mission: The Sabbathday Lake Association is a non-profit, environmentally oriented, charitable organization formed to protect the water quality and natural resources of its watershed.

Here are some things that we do and do not do.
• The SDLA is a volunteer conservation organization. There are no required memberships of fees for property owners, and membership for lake property owners and other members in the community is strictly voluntary. We currently have approximately 90 members.
• The SLDA does not own property on the lake or have jurisdiction over access to the lake.
• The SDLA has no authority over the Grange Hall or the beach at the south end of the lake.
• The SDLA does not operate the boat ramp on Outlet Road. This ramp is operated and maintained by a small business located at the Outlet Beach in a lease agreement with the Shakers. The boat ramp is open to the public for a fee and SDLA members pay launch fees just like other members of the community.
• The SDLA does not host fishing derbies. Fishing derbies that do happen on the lake are run as fundraisers by other organizations through permits obtained from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

We hope that this clarifies some concerns about our role as stewards of Sabbathday Lake. It is our privilege to serve on the SDLA board and we enthusiastically welcome new members.
To learn more about SLDA projects and activities, visit the website  and select the What We Do tab in the home page header.