The Gray-New Gloucester Backpack Club is pleased to announce we have been chosen to receive a Drive for Education Program Award from Berlin City for the third consecutive year. Once again this grant give us the financial security we need to stock our food pantry shelves through the end of the school year. The positive impact of this program is far-reaching – affecting the children we serve, the students who volunteer for us, the community members, and our staff as well.
Our program is a 100% collaboration of volunteers including students, staff in our five schools, and our parent volunteers. Our pantry is run by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club and the EXCEL Program. The students are responsible for taking inventory, unpacking food deliveries, stocking shelves, and making sure over 140 bags of food are packed and ready to go out each week to the five schools in our district (compliments of the district transportation department).|
Thank you Berlin City for this generous donation, and to all who work hard throughout the year to make it all happen!
AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Androscoggin, will hold public office hours in New Gloucester.
Public office hours provide residents a chance to meet with their elected officials, ask questions, and get help with legislative or state government matters.
Sen. Claxton will give updates on his work on various policy committees and give a preview of upcoming issues. All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and get answers. To RSVP on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370684369830652/
Additional dates and locations for public office hours throughout Senate District 20 will follow. Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.
WHAT: Public office hours
WHO: Sen. Ned Claxton
WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1
WHERE: New Gloucester Village Store, 405 Intervale Road, New Gloucester
The New Gloucester planning board met on February 5, 2019, with a full agenda, including site plan review of a proposed new home in the Village historic district, a proposal by Pineland Farms for renovations to establish a meat-packing facility on their grounds, and several proposed ordinance changes.
The bulk of the meeting concerned an application by Michael and Julie Fralich to build a new single-family residence at 20 Gloucester Hill Road that might also be used for short-term rentals in summer. The location of the property, across from the First Congregational Church in the historic overlay district of the lower village, requires review by the New Gloucester Historical Society as well as the planning board. Continue reading
New Gloucester’s search for a new fire chief to replace former chief James Ladewig will continue this week with additional candidate interviews scheduled for February 8, according to Town Manager Carrie Castonguay. To learn more about the status of the search and its background, read Ellie Fellers’s full story in the Sun Journal.
This Big Nite O’ Blues at the Village Coffeehouse will serve up both traditional country blues stylings from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Memphis Jug Band, and the Chicago blues of Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter, along with other “roots music” as well. The evening will feature an evening of acoustic and electric blues roots music with Jere “Lunchpail” Dewaters and Jeff Christiansen with Chad Sirois and Rob Babson
To hear selections go to: https://www.jeffchristiansenmusic.com/big-nite-o-blues
The Village Coffeehouse is a wonderful, intimate setting to hear nay kind of music and you can bet the Big Nite O’ Blues will continue that tradition. The Coffeehouse is held in the vestry of the First Congregational Church at 19 Gloucester Hill Road.
Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 at the door. Saturday Feb. 2, 2019.
Barbara Soley, who helped her mother run Jacqueline’s Tea Room in Freeport, has launched a curated line of sustainably sourced teas from around the world: Jacqueline’s Teas. Read more in Mainebiz about the new online business and the Soleys’ experiences as entrepreneurs steeped in enthusiasm and expertise for all things tea.
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Newly elected to represent New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Legislature, Amy Arata shares an unusual distinction with her father Richard Bradstreet: they are thought to be the first simultaneously serving daughter-father legislators in Maine history. Read Marina Villeneuve’s full story in the Jan. 18 Portland Press Herald
Start the New Year with an evening of acoustic blues and Americana music at the Village Coffeehouse in the Vestry of the First Congregational Church. We are pleased to have Dave Collins back with some new band members and new music. Join friends and bring family to hear Dave Collins – guitar and vocals and formerly of Bluezberry Jam; Rudy Gabrielson – piano, blues harmonica, vocals, and formerly of Bluezberry Jam; Paul Riechmann – stand up acoustic bass and vocals, and Crista Koerber, stand-up bass and vocals. Music starts at 7:30. Admission is $10.
Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors and friends at the Community Potluck in the vestry of the First of the First Congregational Church on Saturday Dec. 15 . Bring something to share or just come by and enjoy the evening. Potluck starts at 5:30
The third annual Christmas concert will follow in the acoustically spectacular sanctuary with musicians from New Gloucester, Gray , and Alfred.
A New Gloucester Christmas is a collaboration of many artists from the Greater New Gloucester area. Spearheaded by guitarist Jim Gallant, fiddler Mike Conant, and the members of Bald Hill, this year’s line-up includes a host of new participants, including noted Seussian scholar Don Libby and choirs representing St. Gregory’s in Gray and the New Gloucester First Congregational Church. Returning to the stage from previous Christmas appearances are Emily and Steve MacKinnon (of the Kennebunk River Band), George Wardwell, and percussion guru Tony Castro. Show time is 7 pm.
The dinner is free and open to the public as is the concert but a suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Church’s Fuel Assistance Fund which helps fund needy families during the Maine winter.
The First Congregational Church will be collecting non-perishable food items or household products to donate to the Food Pantry during this holiday season. The Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 7:45 am to 9:30 am and is located behind the First Congregational Church. About 12-15 families typically use the food pantry. Casco BAY CAN has provided the church with 35 grocery bags that can be used to collect food. Some take part in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” and put one item in the food bag on each day of Advent. You can also fill the bag as it works for you. In any case, donations welcome anytime this month or at the Christmas eve service. Some items that are particularly in need include: cold cereal, jam/jelly, crackers, instant potatoes, fruit juice in plastic containers, canned tuna or chicken, canned fruits, vegetable soups, peanut butter, canned pasta, dry pasta, rice, jello/pudding mixes, coffee, mayo, tea AND items such as TP, dish soap and laundry detergent. To find out more, call the church office at: 926-3260.