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Mark Leighton, 62

Mark Leighton, 62, of New Gloucester, passed away unexpectedly at his home on June 2, 2019. Mark was born in Portland and was the eldest son of Robert Sr. and Beverly (Joy) Leighton. He grew up in New Gloucester where he attended local schools and graduated from Gray/New Gloucester High School. He spent many hours as a child helping the family maintaining and picking eggs at their barns and had various jobs locally and in Portland for metal fabrication. Keep reading in the Sun Journal.

Your Past Doesn’t Define You or Your Future

Peter Bragdon  Candidate for Selectman

As I have promoted communication and transparency throughout this road to the election, I want to touch on recent tactics by others to cause alarm about my blunders in life.   I wanted to take time to explain that what happened 10 years ago doesn’t define me today or my future.

I realized after many surgeries and being prescribed my first opiate at age 14 I was dependent. Well, actually I was addicted to my prescribed dose of 240mg of oxycodone daily.   At the time the pain pills defined me.  It defined me as a not-so-good person.  I realized that after making awful mistakes, pills were awful for me.  I stopped the pills myself.  I eventually replaced the pills with alcohol. I drank my pain away.   Obviously this ruled my life. It made me make decisions and take actions that I am ashamed off.  

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Profile: School Board Candidate Misty Coolidge

Name: Misty Coolidge


Address: 37 Peacock Hill Road, New Gloucester (home). Also own 1084 Lewiston Road, 1070 Lewiston Road, and 18 Coolidge Lane in New Gloucester

Personal: Age 43, Married to Peter deBear, Three children – 4 yr old twins Eva & Caden starting Dunn School’s Pre-K program this fall, and 2 yr old Grace

Education: Bachelor Degree Legal Studies/Pre-Law, English Minor – Husson University, Bangor ME (1998)

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School Board Candidate Nichole Stevens [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

Name: Nichole Stevens

Address: 9 Miecaskyl Drive, New Gloucester

Personal (age, marital status, family): 39, married, two children (Kerrigan, 17-year-old step-daughter and student at GNG High School; Brooklyn, 5-year-old daughter and pre-k student at Dunn School).

Education: B.S. Legal Studies/Pre-Law, Husson University – Bangor, ME

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New Gloucester Board Sets Votes on Ordinances, Moratorium [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

Selectmen on Monday signed the warrant for a special town meeting June 19 to vote on three ordinances and a moratorium.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the AMVET Hall on Route 100, with voter registration at 6:30 p.m.

Voters will decide on a Property Tax Assistance Ordinance, which selectmen at the annual town meeting last month asked voters to reject because it was flawed. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Festival of American Music at Shaker Village June 19-22

Tickets are on sale for The Maine Festival of American Music concert series. Six concerts will be held in the Shaker Meeting House on Route 26.
Keep reading in the Sun Journal.

A Selectman is More than a Policymaker

Peter Bragdon – Candidate for Selectman

In my opinion, town selectmen are more than just policymakers. They set the tone in town. As selectman, I feel I could offer a positive vibe for our community.

I also feel that selectmen visibility and casual accessibility should be increased, and I promise to show up around town! I understand that everyone is very busy. I also understand that it is not a requirement as a selectman to do any more than the administration stuff.  But with that said, among the five elected officials there could be more presence at community events.

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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.https://www.sunjournal.com/2019/05/21/new-gloucester-planning-board-set-hearing-on-sabbathday-lake-dock/

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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