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GNG Community Service Club works with Environmental Resources Committee at the NG Fairgrounds

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.

Dick Allen, Environmental Resources Committee

From left to right: Hannah Purdy, Cordelia Lambert, Izzy Castrucci, Mia Millet, Joanne McKee, Sydney Lefebvre, Ellyce Kline, and Allison Kimball.

Planning Board Sets Hearing on Sabbathday Lake Dock

The Planning Board on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing for 7 p.m. on June 4 on a request to install a 70-foot dock on Sabbathday Lake.

The board will visit the site at the seven-lot Sabbathday Shores subdivision at 6 p.m. on May 29.

The public hearing will be held at the Meeting House on Route 231.

Developer Allen Hamilton wants a 4-foot-wide, 70-foot-long dock that ends with a 36-foot-long T section.

All boats using the dock must be launched at Outlet Beach.

Ellie Fellers special to the Sun Journal.

Reasons and Timeline for a Town Charter

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. 

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Lily Pond officially now named Chandler Mill Pond

Chandler Mill Pond is named for a late sawmill owner whose family still gives to the community.

The 47-acre body of water formerly known as Lily Pond was legally and officially renamed Chandler Mill Pond by the U.S. Geological Survey on May 9. Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

Reflections of a Freshman: State Representative Amy Arata

As a 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 to listen.

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Senator Claxton’s May 6 newsletter

Read Senator Ned Claxton’s latest newsletter to learn about office hours, the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Jared Golden’s visit, updates on legislation and our new electronic testimony submission system.

Committee gives bipartisan, unanimous support to Claxton bill to create medication redispensing program

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.

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NG Parks & Recreation

There’s a lot happening with Parks and Recreation this spring, from cardio strength to the Farmers’ Market and Zumba. Sign up for e-newsletters or follow on Facebook to stay informed.

Rep. Arata’s May 6 Newsletter

State Representative Amy Arata’s May 6 newsletter includes information about homelessness, drug overdoses, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife educational programs and more.

It’s ‘oh-dark thirty’ for turkey hunters: News Center Maine

Turkey season is here, and that means turkey hunters are going afield early. It’s a special time for Tim and Patrick Estes of New Gloucester. Read Bill Green’s article and see the video on NewsCenter Maine.