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NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen on Monday evening dedicated the 223rd annual town report to Avis Thurston Ford, a founding member of New Gloucester Rescue in 1975 and longtime community volunteer.
“Avis is truly a gift to New Gloucester in so many ways,” New Gloucester Historical Society President Beverly Cadigan said during the dedication ceremony. “In the early 1970s, there was no New Gloucester Rescue. Avis was one of the 12 residents who took classes and qualified to become a basic EMT responder.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece in the Sun Journal.
Pineland Farms and L.L. Bean have announced an expanded partnership that will bring more of Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Programs to Pineland’s New Gloucester campus, starting this month. New activities at Pineland will include fly fishing, archery, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Read details in an April 10 Times Record article. See Bean’s full slate of Outdoor Discovery programs, including those at Pineland, online at this link.
At the March 28 meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, the topic of town services and fiscal capacity was reviewed. Scott Hastings, Town Planner, introduced the topic and explained how the Comprehensive Plan helps direct growth and development in New Gloucester by determining where utilities and other infrastructure services are located. He provided background materials for committee members.Continue reading
Updates and info from town staff, introductions of new staff, upcoming events, and more can be found in the spring 2019 edition of New Gloucester Town News. Read the full newsletter here.
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The MSAD 15 budget process has gained steam with the recent release of a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The March 20 budget presentation, posted online, proposes a $1.1 million increase for the Gray-New Gloucester district, up some 3.98% over the current budget of $26.7 million.
Increases in salaries, health insurance, and technology are among the principal factors cited as driving added costs. The budget document also outlines possible staffing adjustments in response to changing needs and enrollments, and notes areas of anticipated savings, along with open questions as the budget review process continues and Augusta weighs in.Continue reading
Rep. Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester, part of Poland) shared her concerns about Governor Mills’s proposed budget in this opinion piece posted in The Maine Wire on March 24, 2019. Read Rep. Arata’s full commentary here.
Public Workshop on Solar Energy Arrays
The LMPC is looking at creating a Solar Array Ordinance similar to our Wind Energy Ordinance to provide performance standards and zoning regulations for Solar Energy Arrays in New Gloucester.
There will be a public workshop on March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Meetinghouse.
Come and let us know your thoughts on solar arrays of all sizes. If you have any comments or comments please contact the Town Planner, Scott Hastings at email@example.com or 207-926-4126 x4.
With the winter season concluded, many G-NG High School student-athletes have been recognized for achievements in athletics, sportsmanship, and academics. Honors include being named to all-academic teams, all-conference rosters, and all-star games, and receiving coach’s awards. Read the full list of honored athletes in Adam Birt’s March 21 report in Keep Me Current.
NG Craftsman Chris Blackburn’s Knives Featured in New Portland Specialty Knife Shop — Press Herald March 17
Unique knives handcrafted by Chris Blackburn of Full Circle Craftworks in New Gloucester are among those featured for sale at Strata, a new culinary knife store on Washington Ave in Portland. Read more about Blackburn’s knives and Strata in the Press Herald.