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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.