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Charlotte E. (Aldrich) Hammond, 95

Charlotte E. (Aldrich) Hammond, a longtime resident of New Gloucester, passed away in her sleep on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Ledgewood Manor in Windham, one day after her 95th birthday. – See more at: http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=charlotte-e-hammond-aldrich&pid=185207078&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.f0IszuE3.dpuf

Town meeting May 1st

New Gloucester’s annual town meeting will take place on Monday, May 1st at 7 PM in the gym at Memorial School. In addition to the usual roster of budget articles, there are several that deal with new or revised ordinances. Article  21 would ban retail marijuana businesses, (apparently a placeholder until the state gets its act together); article 22 would apply term limits to the Board of Selectmen; and several articles (23-27) that seek to modify zoning ordinances.

You can download the warrant on the town’s website: www.newgloucester.com

Edward Christopher Lowe, 1930-2017

Edward Christopher Lowe, 86, died April 12, 2017 in Auburn.
Born in New Gloucester Sept. 27, 1930, the son of Edward C. Sr. and Elsie Gay Lowe and graduated New Gloucester High School. – See more at: http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=edward-christopher-lowe&pid=185179656&fhid=15589&eid=sp_ommatch&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.L8x8igLz.dpuf

Community Town Hall with Rep. Espling and Sen. Brakey Sparks Spirited Exchange

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The chance to talk with State Representative Ellie Espling drew some twenty New Gloucester residents to the Congregational Church vestry in the early evening on April 5.  State Senator Eric Brakey, newly announced candidate for U.S. Senate, was able to join the gathering, a lively ninety-minute exchange of views and concerns.

Healthcare concerns dominated the conversation. Residents shared personal experiences and expressed a wide spectrum of viewpoints about alternative approaches, costs, and coverage issues.  In particular, community members wanted to know whether the two legislators support Medicaid expansion in Maine, a likely ballot initiative this fall.  On the matter of citizen ballot initiatives generally, residents asked how the representatives typically approach citizen-approved bonds and ballot measures and how they weigh the expressed will of the voters.  Other questions sought the legislators’ positions on proposed cuts to Clean Election funding, whether campaign funds from PACs should be spent within Maine, and what the state should increase spending on.

Briefly stepping back from specific issues to offer a broader view, Representative Espling and Senator Brakey acknowledged partisan differences in Augusta but noted considerable cooperation as well, with many bills enjoying unanimous support in committees and on the floor. Their New Gloucester meeting concluded on a similarly positive note. Attendees thanked Representative Espling and Senator Brakey, and the legislators expressed appreciation and plans to convene additional community listening sessions.

New town manager announced

Carrie Castonguay of Jay was hired by the Board of Selectmen to replace Town Manager Paul First, who resigned from his post on April 2. She will begin her duties May 15 at a salary of $68,000. Keep reading in SunJournal

New Gloucester Fire & Rescue video goes viral

Check out the NGFR’s video!

http://wjbq.com/new-gloucester-fire-and-rescue-parody-is-a-hit-video/

Public Workshop on Televised Candidate Forums

The next meeting of New Gloucester’s Cable TV Committee will feature a public workshop on candidate forums that are televised on NGTV community access Channel 3. Citizen input is being sought to evaluate past practices and apply changes, if any, to the protocol of future forums.

The public workshop will take place at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, on Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m. For those who cannot attend the workshop, suggestions and comments may be emailed in advance to ngcabletv@gmail.com.

Selectmen honor town manager, successor to be named this week

At their April 3rd meeting, selectmen paid tribute to outgoing Town Manager Paul First, whose last day in office is Tuesday. First served as town planner for seven years before being named interim town manager and then permanent town manager for the past three and a half years.Keep reading in SunJournal.

Michael David Stevenson, 52

Michael David Stevenson, 52, passed away unexpectedly April 1, 2017.

Born in Portland, on Dec. 6, 1964, he was the son of the late Vernon Arthur Stevenson Sr., and Claudia A. Morin and her partner Walter Starkey.

Mike graduated from Falmouth High School in 1984, where he ran track. Mike was a hard worker, working for Tri-State Insulation as a lead foreman for 14 years. – See more in Portland Press Herald.  

Brakey to explore run against King

State senator Eric Brakey  has formed a committee to assess what it would take to run a viable campaign against independent U.S. Sen. Angus King in 2018.Sen. Brakey  admits he would be an underdog against King, who has served since 2013 and intends to run for re-election. Republican Gov. Paul LePage said in May that he would run against King, if he’s not given a position in President Trump’s administration.

Brakey announced Wednesday that he has formed a federal exploratory committee, which will raise funds for traveling and assess what it would take to run a viable campaign.

The two-term state senator has sponsored at least 29 bills this session on topics ranging from eliminating corporate welfare to allowing the use of medical marijuana to treat opiate addiction.

From the Portland Press Herald, 3.30.17