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Selectmen Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for selectman this Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 9 PM at the Meetinghouse. Candidates are Linda Chase, Steve Hawthorne and Karen Gilles.

Community members have submitted questions which have been incorporated into the topic-based, moderated forum format. The audience can also ask questions live.

The Forum will be broadcast on Channel 3, and can be streamed after the event.

We hope to see you there!
The Candidates and Referendum Issues Forum Committee

 

 

Fishermens Net Memorial Day weekend specials

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!! With this marking the kick-off to summer, we are happy to announce that our lobster specials are BACK!

Chics: $8.99/lb or 5 for $45
Quarters: $9.99/lb or 5 for $55
Halves: $10.99/lb or 5 for $75
Jumbos!!! $12.99/lb
We have Grouper, Swordfish, Tuna, Mako Shark, Scallops, Salmon, Haddock……
Great Take-out special this weekend for 1 1-1/4# lobster, 1# steamers and Fries for $19.99.
Come on by! We would be so happy to see you!!!
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
Nikki

Confederate flag “not coming down”

The owner of a New Gloucester farm stand who flies a Confederate flag in honor of family that lives in the South says recent attention over it has been good for his bottom line.

Charlie Verrill owns Will & Laineys – a farm stand and greenhouse business started by his parents on Lewiston Road.

“I just put it there … it’s an attraction to try to get business,” he said, adding that following a recent story aired by TV station WMTW, he’s had people come to New Gloucester just to shake his hand. Keep reading

Local artists help bring library back to its original glory

Augusta- Lithgow Public Library’s reading room had a secret, but not the kind found in mystery books or even a diary.

It’s hiding underneath multiple layers of paint and broken plaster from previous restoration efforts done over the last 122 years. Keep reading

Term limits raised again at town meeting

Voters signed off on the coming year’s budget at the annual town meeting in New Gloucester Monday night, but not without some renewed debate over Selectboard term limits and firefighter compensation.

The $4.4 million fiscal year 2019 expense budget will result in an estimated 3.6 percent increase in the municipal portion of the tax rate over the current year, according to budget materials provided by the town for the May 7.

Coupled with expected SAD 15 and Cumberland County tax increases, the town projects the overall tax rate will increase 4 percent in 2019 from $15.60 per $1,000 valuation to $16.30. Keep reading

Voters pass 2018-19 budget at May 7 town meeting

Voters at last Monday night’s annual town meeting approved all articles, including $142,560 for portable air packs for the Fire Department and $150,000 for a dump/plow truck.

Other expenditures authorized were $30,000 for a second exit for the library, $35,000 for bridge and dam engineering at Stevens Brook, and $37,500 for improvements to the Rowe Station Road tennis courts.

Voters rejected an amendment to the Management of Tax-Liened Property Ordinance, 26-47, which would have eliminated a payment plan for delinquent taxpayers. Keep reading

Voters to decide on town budget at town meeting Monday

Voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting will decide on buying a plow truck, building a second exit for the library and improving tennis courts.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at Memorial School, with voter registration at 6:30 p.m.

Among the spending proposals are purchasing self-contained breathing apparatus for the Fire Department, construction of a second exit for the New Gloucester Public Library, buying a dump/plow truck and making improvements to the Rowe Station tennis courts. Keep reading

Planning board to continue site review for treatment facility

The Planning Board will continue deliberations on a site plan for a proposed residential drug treatment facility for boys and men ages 14 to 20 at  7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.

Townspeople have expressed concerns about safety, neighborhood compatibility, well water drawdown and the interpretation that the facility matches use standards in ordinance language.

Day One propose to close its Hollis location and open a 12-bed facility at the 934 Intervale Road home and former law office with 6 acres. Planning

School district holds safety forum

Following two bomb threats at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School in March, SAD 15 officials this week held a community forum to discuss district policies and practices related to school safety.

The April 24 event started with presentations from five different officials who work for or with the school district then opened up to a Q & A session with the audience.

Cumberland County Sherrif’s Deputy Patrick Ferriter, the school’s resource officer, gave an overview of SAD 15 school safety practices and explained that the district employs an approach to safety procedures developed by national group I Love U Guys Foundation, which according to its website involves a “standard response protocol” to be used as a “uniform classroom response to any incident.”

Keep reading

Danielle Bishop, 29

Danielle Bishop, 29, passed away on April 27, 2018, due to complications of open-heart surgery.
Danielle received the gift of life when she had a heart transplant at the age of 14.
She was a very courageous and brave young woman to go through everything she had to endure in her life. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loved her and supported her through her short time on this earth.
A memorial visitation will be held 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 4, at Wilson Funeral Home, 24 Shaker Road, Gray.
For a more extended obituary please go to www.wilsonfhllc.com.