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April Historical Society program at Shaker Village

“Shaker Trustees Office: An Historic Jigsaw Puzzle” is the title of the next program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be held on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7 PM. NOTE: THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE SHAKER STORE, SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE.  Free and open to the public.

Historical Society Archives

The next New Gloucester Historical Society Archives Open House will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). FREE.  All interested parties are invited with a special invitation to the research groups working on the society’s new exhibit about the town’s neighborhoods.

Church secretary needed

The First Congregational-Christian Church of New Gloucester, Maine is seeking a part-time Church Secretary. The church secretary works closely with the pastor. Regular tasks include answering incoming calls and taking messages, scheduling the use of the building, maintaining the church calendar and website and developing and distributing bulletins and newsletters. The successful candidate needs excellent communication and organization skills, strong word processing skills and basic computer knowledge. Empathy and discretion are required.

 The church secretary reports to the Board of Trustees. The regular working hours are 9 AM to 12 NoonTuesday through Friday, with occasional nights or weekends as requested for event support. The hourly rate is dependent upon skills and experience, with a minimum of $11.50 per hour. The church secretary is entitled to 8 days per year of paid time off.

 For more details on the duties and skills required, see For consideration, please email your résumé to

Lorraine Blake, 68

AUBURN – Lorraine Beverly (Berry) Blake, longtime former resident of New Gloucester, passed away peacefully with family at her bedside, March 14, 2018, after a courageous, heart-wrenching battle with dementia.
Lorraine was born July 9, 1949, in Lewiston, daughter of Hugh W. Berry and Beverly M. Pike. She grew up with her sister Sandra at the home their father built on Weymouth Road in the Village of Dry Mills in Gray.
Lorraine attended Dry Mills School, Pennell School, and was a 1967 graduate of Gray-New Gloucester High School, where she was Salutatorian. Keep reading

3/17 update from Fishermen’s Net

Hello and Happy St. Patty’s Day!
First, I would like to apologize for the lack of lobster in the tank/case. The weather, as well as other factors, have caused a drastic increase in the prices making them fly off the charts. I made an executive decision to hold off and wait a couple of weeks before re-ordering and to allow the prices to stabilize. This too shall pass!!!
Today we have a Fish-N-Chip special for $9.99
Fried clam plate is $16.99
AND we have…
Crabmeat on sale at $12.99/lb

Thank you all for making this a GREAT winter!!! We are hoping to make this a GREAT summer for you!!

Stay safe!

GNG students at science fair

GNG students and their science fair projects were featured on the front page of Country Connections this week.

GNG sports: Winter reviews

NEW GLOUCESTER—With the winter seasons in our collective rear view, but spring still several weeks out, now is an optimal time to reflect on the Patriots’ recent efforts.

Boys Basketball
The Gentlemen Patriots turned in a fantastic season: As their current crop of players has gained experience over the past couple years, they’ve become an ever-greater threat to opponents.

“This current core group as made great strides every year. It’s the most wins for our program since 1991,” said G-NG head coach Ryan Deschenes. “And the first regional semifinal appearance since that year as well. Josiah Rottari made it to the Expo three of his four years; it’s been a very long time since a player from G-NG has been part of [such a run].” Keep reading

Fire Department pay heats up in recent budget discussions

Debate over compensation for the town’s mostly volunteer fire department, especially in regards to several thousand dollars in officer stipends, has included some simmering discussion at recent meetings.

The New Gloucester Selectboard initially voted on March 5 to reduce funding in the proposed budget for volunteer officer stipends by $3,500 – a move that didn’t sit well with members of the NG Fire & Rescue Department.Keep reading

New Gloucester Town Newsletter, Winter 2018

The town newsletter includes information from town departments, View online, or email Sharlene Myers to subscribe via email (

Charter/Spectrum wants to make public cable TV less accessible

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and “Born Yesterday” (1950) both portray the deleterious effect of corporate lobbying in the halls of Congress and should always be “required viewing” for those in power. Charter Communications, new to Maine in 2016, has been the subject of complaints received by the Attorney General’s office for non-compliance with State cable franchising laws and would benefit from the lessons learned in those two films.  Better known by their product line “Spectrum” and newly energized by a reported $9.9 billion dollar profit in 2017 thanks partially to the new federal tax bill, Charter/Spectrum flexed their corporate muscles in February and joined with Comcast lobbyists to squash (along strict party lines) a small piece of proposed emergency legislation that would have benefited 300,000 cable viewers in Maine. The one page bill, created with the help of a loosely organized group of Town Managers, Select Boards and Community Television volunteers with legal counsel, was sponsored by Senator David Miramant (D-Camden). If passed by the legislature, it would have prevented cable operators in Maine from moving the local Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) channels from the easy to find single digit locations on cable TV systems where they have been for 30 years, up into a digital limbo in the 1301, 1302 etc. channel locations. Charter maintains that this is a necessary part of their “digital encryption” project but fails to mention why the local commercial broadcast channels are not being moved as well. Ironically, it is because of the prime location on the dial that Charter has taken this step as those lucrative channel locations can be leased to shopping networks, generating significant new revenue for the cable operator. By making the PEG channels less conspicuous and less viewed, Towns will be less likely to require increased franchise fees and capital grants from cable operators at franchise renewal times, a double win for the cable industry. In addition, Charter refuses to carry local PEG channels in high definition and will down convert the HD signals to near VHS quality even if HD signals are provided to them by the PEG originator. Both issues and other enhanced consumer protections will be addressed in a new version of the bill which will be re-introduced in the next session of the legislature. Until then, our group stands ready to debate these issues with cable industry representatives in a televised open forum as opposed to behind closed doors at the State House. Stay tuned.

Tony Vigue