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Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

‘Cute but ferocious’: When weasels invade

SABATTUS — John W.L. Berry had nothing against the weasel personally. “It was cute,” he said. “But it was in my house.”

The weasel, a pure-white creature with a black-tipped tail, got into Berry’s house early Wednesday, but it was not there long. The ermine was caught and killed by Berry’s cat, Polly, a coon Berry had just taken in from the cold in December.

Meanwhile in New Gloucester, Ellie Fellers was home having supper Friday night when a weasel made its way into her house and introduced itself. Keep reading Mark Laflamme’s story in the Sun Journal.

Gray-New Gloucester High School teacher turns midterm into ‘escape room’

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) — Lots of high school students are going through midterms this month.

It can be a stressful time, but at Gray-New Gloucester High School there’s a teacher who has implemented a creative and fun way to find out how much her students learned in the first semester. Keep reading on WGME’s web site.

Report from the Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met on January 14. The agenda included review of and reports from the three public forums hosted by the EDC during 2018. Those forums were: Regional Context for Growth in the Greater Portland Area, the Creative Economy, and the Agricultural Economy. All three forums sparked lively conversations about how our town can support economic development. Continue reading

Dirty books and filthy laws

Books are dirty. And really good books can be really, really dirty.

When I read about state Rep. Amy Arata’s bill attempting to ban “obscene” booksfrom high school libraries, it made me realize some of the filthiest things I’ve ever read had their genesis in the pages of some of the greatest writing of all time.

Speaking of genesis, let’s start at the beginning. There’s been smut in books since people first started writing them. The first book of the Old Testament starts out with two people buck naked in a garden. With a snake. They eat some fruit, and then make enough babies to start the entire human race. Filthy.

Read the rest of Lance Dutson’s column in the Bangor Daily News.

Hearing on protecting Maine’s lakes and rivers

We know you value Maine’s clean lakes for the health of your family, your community and Maine’s thriving economy. But the future of our clean lakes is at risk.
You are invited to join us for a citizen’s hearing on the proposed “Dirty Water Rule” that, if passed, could undermine the strong protections Maine lakes enjoy today.
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

Arata takes on school use of obscene novel

NEW GLOUCESTER — A recently-elected state representative is seeking to prohibit the dissemination of “obscene materials” in public schools after reading a book that was assigned to her son in high school.

Rep. Amy Arata, R-New Gloucester, who was elected in November, read Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel “Kafka on the Shore” when her son brought it home as a senior. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article in the Lakes Region Weekly.

New wireless broadband service planning to come to New Gloucester

ROCKLAND, MaineJan. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Redzone Wireless, a Maine-based broadband services company, announced that it has selected 26 Maine communities for new wireless broadband networks delivering 25 Mbps broadband across the state. Keep reading press release in Business Insider.

PPH: New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.

What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

Press release: Cole Farms closing for renovations

Press release: Starting on January 22, 2019, we will be closing the restaurant for approximately eight weeks to renovate the interior of the building and redesign our kitchen. We plan to reopen the restaurant on or about March 15.

Parts of this building are over 60 years old and need to be updated, as does the building’s infrastructure, which will be addressed during the renovation. As part of the renovation, we will be making some changes to our menu, which we are excited about. We’ll be adding a brick oven to our kitchen and will be adding brick oven pizza to our menu. We also intent to add a small market to the first floor where you’ll be able to purchase local foods, craft beers, wine and spirits.

When we are open, things will look a bit different and there will be changes, but we’re confident that the changes will be positive. Cole Farms will still be the place you go to join friends and family for a great meal of coffee and dessert. We’ll still be your go-to place for family get-togethers and celebrations.

Change is a normal part of our lives and can sometimes feel uncomfortable. But the reality is that the world never stops changing and new opportunities arise all the time. The time is now to grab onto some of these new opportunities that are blowing our way.

As always, thank you for your patronage and support. We are nothing without our loyal customers! We ask for your patience during the renovations and look forward to introducing you to the new space and offerings when we reopen in March. See you soon!

Brad Pollard, Owner of Cole Farms

(This is reproduced here in its entirety as the Cole Farms website was not working correctly at the time.)