On Saturday May 4, seven students from the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club worked with members of the New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee to clear invasive plants and plant two trees at the fairgrounds. The photo pictures the students posing with volunteer Joanne McKee.
Third in a series of articles about town charters by John Salisbury
Why should the Town of New Gloucester approve a Charter Commission to draft a town charter?
The most compelling reason is “local control.” Many have probably heard this term bantered about. Local control is to a great extent a mirage for towns that have not adopted a municipal charter. This is because towns that do not have a charter only have limited options provided by the state statutes for determining their town governing and management structure.
freshman legislator, I’m often asked how it’s going in Augusta, usually with a
rueful smile. I am a Republican and in the minority, but have found my
colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be both respectful and congenial, with
any disagreements aired with civility. However, a greater challenge has been
dealing with those outside the legislature who are eager to attack without
knowing all the facts. I’ve been accused of wanting to throw teachers in jail
or ban common classroom books by people who didn’t bother to read the bill for
themselves. A disabled Representative was disparaged on social media for
parking in a handicapped space. Another had biohazards sent to his home after
he was mis-quoted concerning feminine product availability to prisoners. These
experiences have enforced my belief that we should be slow to anger and quick
Sen. Claxton: “Providing free or low-cost medicine to those with limited means, is one way we can help save people’s lives.”
AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 1661, “An Act To Create the Drug Donation and Redispensing Program” received unanimous, bipartisan support from the Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. The bill would establish a drug donation and redispensing program to provide medicine to low-income Mainers.