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Comprehensive Plan Update Committee continues draft review

|Anne Maurice|
On October 24, Town Planner Scott Hastings began the CPUC monthly meeting welcoming Town Manager Carrie Castonguay, who was in attendance.  The committee continues to diligently review draft chapters written by Scott based on the discussions and research completed during the many meetings over the last year and a half.  The agenda included the chapters for Public Facilities and Fiscal Capacity Inventory, and the goals and strategies for both topics. 

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Celebrate safely: Monthly tip from Casco Bay CAN


|Joanne McKee, Environmental Resources Committee|

During the month of November there is a display in the New Gloucester Library that has suggestions for items that can be donated to various organizations.  There is also a handout with websites and additional information about these sites.

The Library also has a box where eyeglasses and  cell phones can left. The Lions Club will find a use for these items.

The less that can be kept out of the hopper at the transfer station, the less the town has to pay for disposal thus saving tax payer money. 

The more we recycle the less resources are used to make new items and to dispose of unwanted items.

A busy Saturday

No need to drive anywhere! Saturday, November 2nd is jam-packed with local events: a book sale, book signing, wine tasting and live musical performance.

Library Fall Festival of Books
The library’s annual Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale takes place from 8 to noon. Get there early: there’s usually a line before they open the doors! There is a new limit to the number of people who can enter the basement, where the sale takes place, so expect to be assigned a number when you arrive. (We’ll run a story in the next week or so about this.) Thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Library, this twice-a-year sale raises funds for books, media, and library programs and events.

History Barn book signing
The History Barn is open the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to Noon. Jean Flahive, local author of “Teddy Roosevelt, Millie and the Elegant Ride”, a tale of the historic Portland-Lewiston Interurban, will be signing copies of her book from 9 AM to Noon at the New Gloucester History Barn, right across the parking lot from the library. This is co-sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

Village Store wine tasting
Fall wines from Lebanon, Italy, NY Finger Lakes and California  will be presented by Crush Distributors and SoPo Distributors. Tasting from 5 to 7 PM promises to be delicious!

Village Coffee House
The Renovators play memorable original music drawing from the influences of Blues, Country, Roots Rock, Soul, Motown, Gospel and New Orleans sounds. Their music stems from many regions and many eras… in short something for everyone. The Band includes Bob Rasero, guitar/vocal, Robin Worthley, keyboards, Kent Allen, bass/vocals and Jeff Davison, drums/vocals. From 7:30 to 9:30 at the Congregational Church Community Room. $10 at the door.

To learn more and hear some of their songs go to the Renovators website or listen to some of their songs here: SIX SONG SAMPLER

Photos from Halloween 2019

New Gloucester dealing with loss of firefighters, rescuers

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|
The Fire & Rescue Department is seeking to fill vacancies in its ranks after seven members left in recent months, some for lack new mandated requirements and others for personal reasons.

Chief Toby Martin said this week that there are 21 active call members and 18 part-timers. Three potential members were interviewed this week, he said.

Since July 1 the department has provided coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week with paid part-timers at a cost of $324,120 for this fiscal year. That has caused friction among some members because not all part-timers are members of the department. Continue reading

Halloween thanks from Parks & Recreation

Thank you the hundreds of families who came out tonight. Thank you to wonderful neighborhood of the Lower Village for supporting this evening. Thank you New Gloucester Village Store the cookies were wonderful. Thank you New Gloucester Fire Rescue and Public works for supporting and providing safety to our community. Thank you to the volunteers.

Happy Halloween!

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Town and volunteers support safe Halloween

|Morgan Rocheleau, NG Parks & Recreation|

Check out what came in TODAY!!!!! We are so excited about providing a safer environment for our community on Halloween this year! Make sure you stop by our table on Halloween to pick up your FREE reflective trick or treat bag.

Reflective Halloween bags
Photo: NG Parks & Recreation

We also have received several calls about Halloween in Lower Village and wanted to pass along some information to everyone.

There is NO rain date for Halloween in the Lower Village

The activity on Halloween in the Lower Village is an organic community event that has been taking place in our community for many years. Meaning this is not an event that is being organized by the Recreation or Fire Rescue Departments. Our involvement as well as others is to help provide the safest environment possible for the youth of the community to enjoy on Halloween. The many trick or treaters would still visit the Lower Village on Halloween if our departments were not involved, so we have chosen to help support our neighbors of the Lower Village that embraces this very unique and wonderful Halloween celebration. In the end our goal is to help everyone have a FUN and SAFE Halloween.


Halloween in the Lower Village

NG Fire & Rescue evolves in the face of challenges

|Penny Hilton|

NGFR at a house fire.
Photo from NGFR Facebook page

The more It’s been a tough year – a tough several years – heck, a tough decade or two for New Gloucester Fire and Rescue (NGFR). Systemic problems have been shared by fire/rescue departments nationwide. Firefighting has become more and more complicated due to changes in materials, hazards, technologies and federal requirements. At the same time, the hometown-centric culture that made volunteer fire departments viable has all but disappeared. Fire chiefs across the country have been sounding that alarm for years.

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