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GPCOG dues doubling

Selectmen were told at their August 7th meeting that membership dues for the Greater Portland Council of Governments will double in the next two years to more than $10,000. Executive Director Kristina Egan said the 26 member towns will face higher fees as part of a strategic plan to strengthen and enhance services and because the organization’s procurement program has been operating in the red for many years. Keep reading

Edwin Eugene Libby, 81

Edwin passed away on Aug. 11, 2017 peacefully with his family by his side.
Edwin was born on Jan. 26, 1936 to Cecil E. & Francis (Harrington) Libby on Gloucester Hill Rd. He graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1954.
On June 20, 1958, Edwin married Jean E Carll, whom he was married to for 59 years. Together they raised their two boys Donald and Steven in Edwin’s childhood home. In 1987, Edwin and Jean built their new home just 500 feet closer to the top of the hill. Keep reading

Sally Shaw, 55

Sally Ann Shaw passed way unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. She was born Oct. 2 1961 to Charles E. Shaw and Rena C. Shaw, at Maine Medical Center, Portland.

She is survived by her four siblings, three children, and seven grandchildren.
Most of Sally’s life was lived in Southern Maine, where her compassion for others lead her to a range of professional fields, from The Department of Motor Vehicles, Owner/Operator of a Driving Education School, Hospice care, a Caretaker, and most recently as a CNA. Sally held her family and friends as her driving force and meaning in life, all while surrounded by her rescued or adopted dogs and animals. She will be missed by many, but her memory will survive in the lives she touched. Sally was a free spirit, a “sassybucket” and a passionate mother, grandmother, and sister.
A public burial will be held Aug. 12, 2017, 10 a.m. at 155 Bald Hill Rd., New Gloucester, followed by a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers there is a donation to help the family cover the costs of her loss.

Janet B. Foley, 1945-2017

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June 05, 1945 – Aug 02, 2017
Janet B. Foley, 72, of North Port, Florida, formerly of New Gloucester, Maine, died on Aug 02, 2017. Funeral arrangements by: Englewood Community Funeral Home With Private Crematory.

Maine Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village

The ninth annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 3:30pm at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village – the world’s only active Shaker Community.  This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine.  More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki crafts including basketmaking, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story-telling.   A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists).  High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale.  
 
Participating artists include: Dolly Barnes, Jason & Donna Brown – Decontie & Brown, Pam & Jacob Cunningham, Barry & Lori Dana, Linda Dana, Faye Decontie, Stuart Tomah & Gal Frey, Wendy Hamilton, Marie Harnois – Passamaquoddy Maple, Butch & Kelly Jacobs, Joe & Tammy Loring, Brenda Moore-Mitchell, Geo Neptune, James Neptune, Peter Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Debbie Nicholas, Debbie Parsons, Gail & Butch Phillips, Caron Shay, Tim Shay, Michael Silliboy, Frances Soctomah, Fred Tomah, and the Burnurwurbskek Singers.
 
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture.  FREE ADMISSION!  Rain or shine. BBQ lunch plates will be served.  The Shaker Museum and Shaker Store will be open, as well.  Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) in New Gloucester, Maine – 15 minutes from the Maine Turnpike.  FMI:  www.maineshakers.com, follow on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, or 207-926-4597
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End of Summer Reading Program at library

We will be having the end of the Summer Reading Program on August 22 (Tuesday) at 6:30 pm.  The evening includes:

The Library Players will presenting an original play, NGPL Guy + RedRay:  Perspective, by local native, Jobin Terranova.  Are actors range from 4 year old to 14.

Awarding of certificates for those that have been reading as part of our program.

Presentation by Josh Sparks, again a local, of Sparks Ark.

Rumor has it that our friend Baxter the Library Cat will also be visiting.  Light refreshments will be served.  You don’t have to be a part of the summer reading program to come. Everyone is welcome.  We have limited chairs, so people may want to bring blankets or lawn chairs.

Monument to the people of Malaga Island at Pineland

More than a century ago, the state wiped out the coastal community, institutionalizing its mixed-race population. The monument at Pineland Farms promises we’ll always remember.
It was December 1911 when three men came for the Marks family, seven black adults and children who had until that moment lived peacefully on tiny Malaga Island at the mouth of the New Meadows River in Phippsburg. Keep reading

Willow Ann Schwarz, 61

Willow Ann Schwarz died at Maine Medical Center, on July 19, 2017, from complications of flu and pneumonia.

Willow was born in Portland, on Jan. 19, 1956, to John M. Schwarz and Jean E. (Ackerman) Schwarz. She was raised in South Freeport and later moved to New Gloucester, Pownal, and then Woolwich. Keep reading

The Evolution of the NG Fire Department, Part I: Following Smoke

 

By Penny Hilton
July 2017

A Several Part Series on the evolution of the New Gloucester Fire Department from the early 20th century to the present. Part One, 1899 – 1939, is history as interpreted through annual town reports of New Gloucester, Gray, and Auburn; New Gloucester Town Meeting Minutes; books on the history of these towns, plus Pownal; a number of articles and data from the State of Maine and other reputable on-line resources. Corrections and additions are welcomed. While not a source for the information below, Acadia Transformed: New Gloucester, Maine and the Rise of the City, 1740 to 1930 by Geoffrey Rosanno, was extremely helpful in confirming some of my conclusions, and a fascinating examination of New Gloucester.

The town of New Gloucester at the turn of the last century was a well-established rural community which had evolved from agrarian self-sufficiency to being part of the complex network of rural towns supplying the metropolitan centers of Portland and Lewiston Auburn with dairy and farm products, workers, and new customers. With many farms, more well-acred “homesteads”, some mills, a blacksmith, three churches and several one-room schoolhouses, New Gloucester spread over 47 square miles, with a sparse network of dirt roads connecting everyone. The town was governed by a board of three selectmen who were elected at the annual town meeting, when all the town’s most important decisions were made. As revealed in town reports down through the years, these voters were not a hasty bunch. They were inclined to put new ideas on hold at town meeting for several years before finally discarding an unpopular notion, or, in some cases, voting yes. One of the ideas that took years to become accepted as a  routine town matter was municipal fire protection.  Continue reading

Update from the Fisherman’s Net

 Hi everyone,
Well this summer in Maine is warm and wonderful! We hope you are all getting out and about, enjoying the fabulous weather.
Here are our recent specials and prices.
Lobster Specials
(5) 1 LB  for $35 (arriving thursday)
(5) 1 1/4 LB  for $53
(5) 1 1/2 LB for $66
HADDOCK 5.99 LB
SALMON 13.99 LB
MONKFISH 8.99 LB
WILD SALMON 11.99 LB
SCALLOPS 18.99 LB
SMOKED SALMON 16.99 LB
SWORDFISH 17.99 LB
STEAMERS 4.50 LB
MUSSELS 2.99 LB
OYSTERS 1.25 EACH
GULF SHRIMP 16.99 LB
“ME” SHRIMP 14.99 LB
(wed and Thursday only)
(2) Lobster rolls $25
See you soon!
Stephanie,  Pam
Nicole and Nick