David Moran, longtime owner of Sorella’s Bakehouse in Portland’s East
Bayside neighborhood, died Aug. 1 after a brief fight with cancer. He
Moran opened Sorella’s in 2002 and made bread for several well-known
Portland restaurants and businesses, including Duckfat, Bruno’s
Restaurant and Tavern, Maria’s Restaurant, Micucci Grocery and Leavitt
Pete Leavitt, owner of Leavitt & Sons, said Moran was at the heart of the food and hospitality business in Portland. He called Moran an “unsung hero” of the city’s food scene. Keep reading.
Scott Hastings, Town Planner, began the committee’s July meeting with an introduction of the first drafted chapter of the Comprehensive Plan which covers population and housing. The population data shows a steady progression of growth over the last decade. Hastings stated that New Gloucester does have available land to meet the population projections. However, New Gloucester has a lot of land in conservation programs and the potential available land for housing is not necessarily of the same high quality as in the past.
The discussion moved towards housing and Hastings reported
that in 2015, the Town had 263 vacant housing stock with about half being
seasonal. Ben Tettlebaum, committee
member, asked about short-term rentals and Airbnb. There are no official records on Airbnb
activity in town. Members want to
include some data and projections in the Plan.
Hastings mentioned that state guidelines for Comprehensive
Plans require the inclusion of affordable housing needs. The Committee discussed how to maintain the town’s
rural character while including areas for affordable housing and increased
Tettlebaum and Julie Fralich, committee member, both want to
include sustainable energy and building solutions in the Plan. Larger housing stock conversion to
multiple-family housing was brought up as a solution for more housing and a
means to repurpose large dwellings in light of smaller family sizes. Fire/Rescue Chief Toby Martin cautioned about
converting large, older type dwellings which will need sprinkler systems and possibly other
Once again the conversation turned to senior housing. What level of housing is needed? Do we need assisted living facilities? How many services will be needed by seniors? All these questions will need to be discussed
at a future meeting.
Hastings will now take the Committee’s comments and
suggestions, revise the chapter and resend it to the Committee for further
review. The next meeting is scheduled
for August 8 at the New Gloucester
Meeting House when the Committee will review another draft chapter, possibly on
transportation or agriculture. For more
information and to sign up for ongoing email updates on the comprehensive plan
work contact the Town Planner, Scott Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(207)926-4126 ext 4.
Norumbega Cidery is open on Saturday, August 3 from 1 pm to 6 pm. Music provided by Ronda Dale, food provided by Nom Bai, and fresh cut flowers available for making your own bouquets. And of course, refreshing Norumbega cider with some new onsite blends available including New North Woods Spruce Tip and a fresh batch of Cyser and Berry Medley.
The Norumbega Chapel Trail is right behind the Cider House and links to the Big Falls Preserve Trail is you are looking for some outdoor activity as well. Stop on by at 380 Woodman Road.
Joanne Cole — Chandler Mill Pond, formerly known as Lily Pond, is seeing increased use this summer, thanks to improved parking and public access, a project Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife completed late last fall. With a new paved path to the water, the project is one of the first “designed from the ground up” specifically for ADA accessibility, according to Diano Circo, chief planner and director of water access at IF&W. Circo explained, “We get lots of calls asking, ‘Where can I go to get to the water to fish or kayak’” with mobility challenges. “This is one of the few places in southern Maine for access to an undeveloped pond.“
A recent weekend afternoon revealed a
full parking lot and a mix of enthusiasts enjoying the pond, located between Snow
Hill Road and Chandler Mill Road and bounded by the turnpike. A family of four with inflatable and sit-top
kayaks paddled in leisurely circles by the far shore. Meanwhile, a solo fisherman from the lakes
region pulled his Jon boat ashore, explaining that he was fleeing the crowds at
Sebago. He’d heard good things about the
fishing here, he said, but had seen only “the world’s smallest bass.” A New Gloucester duo emerged with keeper largemouth
bass but no trout. Two more anglers were
out on the water trying their luck.
According to IF&W regional
biologist Jim Pellerin, rainbow trout are in there for someone to catch. Pellerin said the pond is stocked annually in
spring with 300 or so 11-12” rainbow trout from the Casco hatchery. IF&W does periodic sampling to monitor
stocks in the lakes and ponds it oversees, although Chandler Mill Pond hasn’t
been checked recently, he said.
The elusive trout also turn out to be key
players in the funding of the Chandler Mill Pond improvements. According to IF&W planner Circo, 75
percent of the $100,000 project cost came from the feds, specifically a U.S.
Fish and Wildlife sport fish restoration project that uses revenue from a
federal tax on angler sporting gear. The
remaining 25 percent came from dedicated Maine sources, such as fees for the
Maine sportsman license plate and the fraction of the gas tax attributable to
Besides the goal of making the pond a
more pleasant, accessible place, Circo said the project aimed to reduce
environmental impacts by moving parking away from the water and closer to the
road. Boat access is now hand-carry
only, and a beefy bollard reinforces the message by blocking vehicles from the
paved path. Walking trails crisscross
the surrounding woods.
The Chandler Mill Pond project had its
genesis in preservation work with the Royal River Conservation Trust and
culminated in Chandler Brothers’ transfer of the 117-acre parcel to IF&W in
2016. With the support of the New
Gloucester Select Board, RRCT sought to rename the pond to recognize the
Chandler family’s extraordinary stewardship.
In May 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey changed the official designation
from Lily Pond to Chandler Mill Pond.
For maps, the history of Chandler Mill pond and this project, and more, visit
the Royal River Conservation Trust website.
A mobile home on Quarry Road in New Gloucester was destroyed in an early morning fire.
A passerby spotted the blaze at 342 Quarry Road and reported it to
authorities at 2:13 a.m. Thursday. When firefighters arrived on scene
minutes later, the home was engulfed in flames, said New Gloucester Fire
Chief Toby Martin.
“It seems it had been burning quite a bit before it was reported,” he
said. “It was 100 percent involved and collapsed as the first person
arrived on scene.”
The mobile home is believed to be abandoned, though power was still on in the home. Martin said firefighters had to wait for Central Maine Power to cut electricity to the building because power lines were on the ground. Read the full article in the Press Herald.