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Fire destroys garage

|From WMTW|

Fire heavily damaged a home in New Gloucester early Friday morning. The fire broke out at about 5 a.m. at a home on Rustic Way. Keep reading

Cuts expected as New Gloucester develops municipal budget

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

Some positions, library hours on the chopping block

Selectmen are calling for across-the-board cuts as they develop a municipal budget for 2020-21, interim Town Manager Paul First said this week.

A final budget was not made available after Thursday night’s board meeting. The initial proposal presented in January was $3.82 million.

Some of the cuts being considered, First said, include a Parks and Recreation employee position reduced to 35 hours per week, the code enforcement account, the assistant librarian position and the New Gloucester Public Library’s hours of operation. Keep reading

First Gray-New Gloucester Winter Fest

Gray and New Gloucester recreation departments are partnering to offer the first ever Gray-New Gloucester Winter Fest March 6-7.

The event will be held at Pennell Park at the Gray Town Hall Complex, 24 Main St.

On Friday from 5:30-7 p.m. there will be ice skating, a bonfire and music. Activities on Saturday, from 12-1:30 p.m., will include a snow sculpture contest, skating skills challenge, maple candy demonstration and snowshoe obstacle races.

During the event, the snack shack will be open, with all proceeds benefiting the rec scholarship funds of both towns.

2020 GNG Business Summit

A Food Coop in GNG? Let’s see! & Local Business Showcase

Hosted by the Gray New Gloucester Development Corp. in cooperation with the towns of Gray and New Gloucester.

Along with the local business showcase and economic development updates from Gray, New Gloucester and the GNGDC, this year’s keynote speaker is John Crane, General Manager of the Portland Food Coop.

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Did You Know? Alan Gregory

|From the Did You Know? series from the NG Historical Society|

YMCA of Southern Maine launches ‘Fit to Win’ youth program

NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) – A program to keep kids moving in southern Maine kicked off Tuesday night.

The YMCA teamed up with the Boston Celtics for the special event.

The YMCA’s four-week youth program is called “Fit to Win.” The YMCA of Southern Maine is teaming up with Sun Life and the Boston Celtics for the fourth year in a row to encourage kids to lead active lives. Keep reading

Richard Earl Wood, 84

|Obituary in Sun Journal|

Richard Earl Wood, 84, of New Gloucester, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 at CMMC in Lewiston.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1935 to parents, Earl and Mildred Wood.

Richard was a member of the Lewiston Eagles Club, the Lewiston Elks Club. He was also a mason and served as past Worshipful Master of Tranquil Lodge in Auburn. Keep reading

NG public works complex is state of the art

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

The new $4.6 million public works complex officially opened this week and no longer will plow truck drivers have to ditch the plows and blades to get inside.

New Gloucester Public Works Director Ted Shane, left, and interim Town Manager Paul First stand in the new $4.6 million public works garage Wednesday. Trucks can now be parked inside without having to have plows and blades removed. Ellie Fellers photo 

The facility at 611 Lewiston Road replaces the Upper Gloucester village garage and salt/sand shed.

Highway Department Director Ted Shane and interim Town Manager Paul First showed off the 22,000-square-foot garage and the domed sand/salt building Wednesday. Keep reading

Library facing budget cut

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

Trustees say loss would mean fewer hours, services

The New Gloucester Public Library may lose 28% of its operating budget in the coming fiscal year, trustees were told Monday night.

Chairman Tim Terranova said interim Town Manager Paul First advised him that every town department is taking a hit because of a $550,000 spending gap in the 2020-21 municipal budget.

The budget is not available to the public. Selectmen expect to finalize it Thursday, hand it to the Budget Committee for review Feb. 19 and 24-26, and bring it to a public hearing March 5. Keep reading

NG Democratic caucus, Sunday March 8

  • Just a few days after the presidential primary, we’ll rally together with our friends, family, and neighbors to show the strength of Maine Democrats .  New Gloucester’s caucus will be held at the New Gloucester Community Bldg, 381 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester.  Doors Open: 3:00 PM, Caucus Starts: 4:00 PM.
  • The Maine Democratic Party Caucuses are gatherings of Democratic friends and neighbors run by the Maine Democratic Party (MDP) in partnership with County and Municipal Committees. The local leaders and choice-makers of the MDP are elected at the caucus. This year there will be a statewide virtual rally among all the caucus locations using social media. The caucus will also include:
    • Election of a Caucus Secretary and a Caucus Chair to run the caucus.
    • Election of Municipal Committee officers.
    • Re-affirmation or adoption of Municipal Committee bylaws.
    • Election of County Committee members.
    • Nomination of Election Clerks.
    • Election of delegates (14) and alternates to the 2020 Democratic State Convention.
    • Come hear your local candidates speak.
    • If candidates haven’t already submitted their signatures for access to the ballot, their petitions will be available for signature. 
    • Advance check-in for the caucus is now available (and encouraged) here: Caucus Check-In