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Nephews of British pilot killed in 1943 New Gloucester crash visit memorial with his name

Special to the Sun Journal by Ellie Fellers

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Espling, Claxton vie for District 20 Senate seat

A key House Republican and former family physician-turned Democratic candidate are competing for the open District 20 Senate seat this fall.

Voters in Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland will choose between Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and Democrat Ned Claxton of Auburn on Nov. 6 when they elect a new state senator.

Current District 20  Sen. Eric Brakey is challenging U.S. Sen. Angus King in November. Keep reading

Saving seeds for next year’s garden?

Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.

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Tim Reimensnyder video

Tim Makes Chairs follows New Gloucester artist Tim Reimensnyder through the process of making a greenwood oak chair from felling the tree to steam bending the seat back. Watch on YouTube.

Merribrook Farm fields to Maine Farmland Trust


On September 11th, a portion of our family farm on Intervale Road, New Gloucester was sold to Maine Farmland Trust to be forever farm fields. Our parents Lowell (“Brookie)” and Barbara Brookings bought the farm on Intervale Road in 1944. Dad had a herd of Holstein cows that he milked up until the summer of 1979 and sold the milk to Oakhurst Dairy. They also raised vegetables and Mom took them to the Portland Public Market until 1950.  Many of the neighborhood boys and a few girls, worked in the summer helping to bring the hay in. After the milking herd was sold to an Amish farmer in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Dad still had young stock for a while. Dad hayed the fields up into his late 80’s, and sold the hay to people with horses, sheep, cows etc.  We 6 “kids” all helped with the haying, the gardens, the cows and whatever else needed to be done. Our brother Gary, the youngest and only boy, worked the farm with a Dad for many years. Some of the grandchildren also had the experience of helping on the farm, especially with the haying. One of our parents wishes was that it stay a farm forever if at all possible. By selling to Maine Farmland Trust, that is going to be possible on a good portion of the land. Some is going to be kept in the family which they had also wanted. The fields can now be enjoyed by the people that pass by Merribrook Farm forever.

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Flora Katherine (Rideout) Drouin, 1948 – 2018

Flora Katherine (Rideout) Drouin, 70, passed away unexpectedly at CMMC, Sept. 10, 2018, in Lewiston.
She was born in Gardiner on Jan. 28, 1948. She was married to the love of her life, Robert J. Drouin Sr., for 53 years. Keep reading

Brakey campaign releases spliced King remarks

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Eric Brakey of Auburn is criticizing his political rival, independent Angus King, arguing that King equated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with recent Russian cyberwarfare during remarks Tuesday. Keep reading

Outside money pours into Espling-Claxton race for Maine Senate seat

Money from outside groups that can spend unlimited amounts on a campaign is pouring into state legislative races this year much earlier than usual – and at an exponentially higher rate.

Spending by party committees and political action committees, known as independent expenditures, reached $365,979 for all legislative races by Sept. 7, according to 60-day pre-election reports filed with the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. Keep reading

Gubernatorial candidates forum: follow live blog

The four candidates hoping to be Maine’s next governor are set to appear together for the first time Monday at a forum on workforce development at the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Democrat Janet Mills, Republican Shawn Moody and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron have all confirmed their appearance at the 4:30 event at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

In the two most recent independent Maine polls, Moody, a businessman from Gorham, and Mills, Maine’s attorney general, were locked in a dead heat.

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Morrison Center plans residential facility at Opportunity Farm

The non-profit that has purchased the former Opportunity Farm plans to turn it into a residential facility for young people ages 10-21 with severe disabilities, according to its executive director.

The Morrison Center bought the 125-acre campus for $1.35 million from Wayfinder Schools, Executive Director Mark Ryder said.

“Maine has a critical shortage of residential services for children with complex developmental needs, and Morrison’s vision for their new property includes establishing a nationally recognized educational and treatment facility at the New Gloucester campus,” Ryder said in press release announcing the sale last week. Keep reading