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Ground Works Garden Care

Ground Works Garden Care
New Gloucester, Maine 04260
Please call 207-650-4184 for rate and scheduling
Spring clean up, planting, weeding edging, deadheading, pruning, mulching, amending Fall put to bed
Wendy Leighton/Owner Operator

Royce Foreman, 18

Royce Foreman of Gray, beloved son of Royce A. Foreman and Renee M. Conlogue Foreman, was born exactly at midnight on the evening/morning between August 1st and 2nd in 1999. He passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. with his parents, brother Reid, aunts, uncle and cousin by his side. Royce was a graduate of Gray, New Gloucester High School (The Patriots) and was currently attending Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Keep reading

Morrison Center opens its doors in New Gloucester

A Maine organization that supports people with disabilities is opening its doors at two residential homes on Short Bennett Road.

The Morrison Center, a non-profit based in Scarborough and Wells, purchased the roughly 20 acres of property from Wayfinder Schools at the former Opportunity Farm.

The two homes will be used as residential housing for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder, according to a Morrison Center press release. Keep reading

GNG spring sports schedules

Spring sports schedule are here



Q&A with Steve Chandler about land donation

Steve Chandler says that his family has owned land in New Gloucester since before the American Revolution, and after years of deliberation, has decided to donate more than 2,000 acres in town to the Maine Woodland Owners land trust.

It was a joint decision from Chandler, his wife Natalie, and cousins Charles and Bertha Chandler, who currently manage the family’s land holdings under the Chandler Brothers name. Keep reading

No verdict yet from appeals board on Day One

A near-capacity crowd filled the New Gloucester Meetinghouse Wednesday night for a more than two-hour meeting that yielded plenty of public comment, but no definitive answer from the Board of Appeals on a proposed youth substance abuse treatment facility.

Non-profit organization Day One has proposed a 12-bed residential treatment facility for young men ages 14-20 at 934 Intervale Road, and several residents have appealed a determination from town Code Enforcement Officer Debra Parks Larrivee that the proposal is an approved use subject to site review by the Planning Board.Keep reading

Planson International of New Gloucester wins business award

Maine International Trade Center (MITC) is announcing the winners of the 2018 International Trade and Investment Awards. Maine companies are being recognized for their commitment to grow their business in international markets. Last year, 2,262 Maine companies exported $2.7 billion in goods and services to 176 countries.

“We’re excited to announce this year’s award winners,” MITC President Wade Merritt said. “These four companies produce world-class Maine products or deliver innovative solutions overseas while supporting hundreds of jobs here in the state.”….

Service Provider of the Year – Planson International, New Gloucester

The Service Provider of the Year Award is presented to a service provider that has established an international presence for the export of their service.

In a red barn in rural New Gloucester, Maine, a $52 million company supplies IT equipment and services to over 150 countries across the globe. Planson International was started 25 years ago by Connie Justice out of her home. Today it employs 45 people, mostly in Maine, with a subsidiary in Denmark.

Planson International works with the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations for projects in developing countries, supporting food security, health, education, children, peacekeeping, conservation, refugee resettlement, and emergency response to natural disasters. Last year, Planson successfully completed a $26 million contract to supply computer labs to 889 high schools across the Philippines. Planson ensures all hardware and software is configured to meet the customer’s needs before it is shipped to places like Afghanistan or Burundi.

“Receiving this award underscores our company commitment to provide solutions, not simply sell goods. Efficiently sourcing and consolidating IT equipment, shipping it safely to customers in high risk regions, making sure it all works correctly under difficult conditions, and partnering with local companies to support our customers is a complex bundle of services. It is an honor to be recognized for this,” said Connie Justice, Planson International CEO.

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BOS votes 3-2 to overturn term limits for themselves

At their meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen voted 3 to 2 to overturn term limits for themselves. The item, which had not been on the public agenda, was introduced by Carrie Castonguay, town manager, after the meeting was underway. Head Selectwoman Linda Chase had contacted her Monday morning and asked her to consult with the Maine Municipal Association for a legal opinion on term limits, and the MMA attorney said she believed that a town charter was required for this to take effect. Vice-chair Steve Libby moved to uphold the MMA legal opinion  and invalidate term limits, and directed the town manager to consult with the town’s attorney and report back to the board.

Action to establish term limits was introduced by citizen petition last year, and the town’s attorney reviewed and approved the language for the ordinance that was approved by voters 60 to 40-% at the 2017 town meeting. Linda Chase, who took out nomination papers despite being termed out of office this spring, voted along with Steve Libby and Lenora Conger to invalidate the ordinance. Libby and Conger’s terms would have been limited in 2019. Steve Hawthorne and Joe Davis were opposed. Watch the video of the meeting from about 58:00-1:14. (If you have trouble viewing the video from the link, go directly to the town website at, scroll town on the left side to Public Cable video to find the April 2 Selectmen’s meeting.)

Open house at Lizziesraggs on Peacock Hill Rd.

Spring Open House at Lizziesraggs Farmhouse Primitives, May 4,5 10-4 & May 6th 12-4.

Comprehensive Plan Update Committee

 The Comprehensive Plan Update Committee is working on updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.   
If you want to receive regular email updates on the progress of the update committee’s work email Scott Hastings, the town planner, at

Why have and update a Comprehensive Plan?
A town’s comprehensive plan takes stock of where the town is and then sets goals for where the town’s residents want it to be.  New Gloucester last updated our comprehensive plan in 1990.   A lot has changed since then.  An update lets us find out exactly what has happened in town and see how we are doing on the goals that were in that plan.
The comprehensive plan process is also a chance for all of us to get together and really talk about our town.   What do we like about New Gloucester? What might we like to change? Where do we want to be in the future?  We will talk about all of these things and create new goals as part of the updated plan.
A current comprehensive plan also has certain legal and regulatory benefits.  The state requires plans to be updated every 10 years and meet certain standards.  Plans that meet these requirements are the legal basis for enforceable municipal zoning rules.  They also qualify towns for preferred status when commenting for state grants and working with state departments.
For more information on comprehensive plans, the rules and laws governing them here in Maine, and approved plans from other municipalities go to Maine’s page on comprehensive plans.
Please contact Scott Hastings, Town Planner, with any comments or questions:
Phone: (207)926-4126