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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.

Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63

WINDHAM – Holly Ann (Trefethen) Mason, 63, passed away on June 8, 2018, just three months after a heartbreaking diagnosis of stage four metastatic cancer. Holly passed in the comfort of her daughter’s home, while peacefully holding on to her children’s hands, with several family and friends outside chatting on the patio in the evening sun. Keep reading

Gilles, Chase voted into seats on BOS

Newcomer Karen Gilles and incumbent Linda Chase were elected Tuesday in a three-way race for selectman. Their terms are for three years.

Gilles received 714 votes, Chase 596 and incumbent Stephen Hathorne 511. Keep reading

Local election results

Board of Selectmen
Linda Chase                   596
Karen Gilles                   714
Stephen Hathorne        511
Write-ins                          33
Blanks                             917

School Board
3-year term
Jason Hart                    1018
Write-ins                           12
Blanks                              360

Completion of 2019 term
Laura Sturgis                1016
Write-ins                           11
Blanks                              366

Question 1- MSAD 15 budget approval
Yes                                    944
No                                     377
Blanks                                58

Question 2- MSAD 15 validation continuance
Yes                                    920
No                                     388
Blanks                                 71

Water District trustee
Daniel Bannon                  65
Write-ins                              4
Blanks                                   4

Your vote counts: Election Day June 12th

Don’t forget that next Tuesday, June 12th, is Election Day. Tomorrow, June 7th, is the last day you can submit an absentee ballot (vote at Town Hall by 4 pm).

New Gloucester’s polling place is the NG Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, from 6 am to 8 pm. See the town website for information about ballots and referendum questions.

We’ll be using ranked choice voting for the first time. For NG voters, this will be used for Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. The League of Women Voters of Maine has produced a useful guide to the 2018 elections.
(Don’t miss the video with the Mardens Lady on ranked choice voting!

BOS nixes constable appointment for animal control officer

Selectmen voted 4-0 Monday night not to appoint Animal Control Officer Richard Burton of Lewiston as a constable, because they want to research state law.

The document to authorize the constable appointment stated he would not carry a weapon, concealed or unconcealed, in the performance of his duties.

Burton said his request to be a constable was based on the need for expedited response times to animal calls, allowing him to have flashing blue lights on his vehicle and exceed the speed limit. He said he would not have law enforcement duties. Keep reading

New Gloucester man pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A New Gloucester man whose car crossed the centerline and fatally struck a motorcyclist in 2017 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a manslaughter charge.

Steven Primavera, 34, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court a month after a grand jury handed up an indictment for the felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Primavera remains free on $1,000 cash bail with special conditions of no possession of alcohol or illegal drugs. Keep reading

Hundreds attend Memorial Day parade and ceremony

Undaunted by gray skies and cool weather, hundreds Monday lined the Memorial Day parade route from Memorial School to the Veterans Monument at Route 100 for a solemn ceremony of remembrance.

The parade brought Boy Scouts, politicians, political parties and political candidates together with a cheerleading group, pets, a tractor, a horse and rider and an electric bicycle.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School and Middle School bands played patriotic offerings, concluding with the playing of taps. Keep reading

Raise the Pavillion Roof

Help needed!  June 2nd & 3rd, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at New Gloucester Fairgrounds.

For more information – please contact Harvey Price
(207) 310-0831 or hprice@newgloucester.com

Selectmen Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for selectman this Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 9 PM at the Meetinghouse. Candidates are Linda Chase, Steve Hawthorne and Karen Gilles.

Community members have submitted questions which have been incorporated into the topic-based, moderated forum format. The audience can also ask questions live.

The Forum will be broadcast on Channel 3, and can be streamed after the event.

We hope to see you there!
The Candidates and Referendum Issues Forum Committee