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Community Potluck and Christmas Concert Dec. 15

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.

Food Pantry Donations Welcome

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.

Land acquisitions set stage for expansion of disabilities services nonprofit – Mainebiz

November 19, 2018 
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Morrison Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people of all ages with disabilities, has located its administrative offices at its new – and expansive – campus in New Gloucester.

Demand continues to grow for the services of the Morrison Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people of all ages with disabilities.

That need prompted the purchase of a 125-acre property at 215 Gloucester Hill Road in New Gloucester so that the center can expand its residential facilities there.

The Morrison Center purchased the property from Wayfinder Schools for $1.35 million, in a transaction that closed Aug. 30. Michael Anderson of Malone Commercial Brokers represented the seller and Greg Perry of Cardente Real Estate represented the buyer.

The center previously purchased an adjacent 26 acres in December 2017, said the center’s executive director, Mark Ryder. That property included two group homes operated by Wayfinder. According to its website, Wayfinder offers individualized educational services to students in grades 9 through 12.

Ryder said that after the closing on the 26-acre property he indicated his interest in the 125-acre parcel.

Need for residential care

Courtesy / Morrison Center
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Morrison Center is able to use existing residential facilities, including this student dormitory on the left.

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New Gloucester town manager names interim fire chief — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – November 19, 2018

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay announced at Monday’s selectmen meeting that Sherman Lahaie of Naples would serve as interim fire chief starting Monday.

Earlier this month, former Fire Chief James Ladewig returned to work after a paid administrative leave. He resigned the day after his return and after an investigation by Castonguay.

At the same time, Castonguay suspended Deputy Fire Chief Roger Levasseur, who has served the department for decades and was in charge of the department while Ladewig was on leave.

She said she could not discuss the issue because it is a personnel matter.

In other business Monday, the board reviewed capital improvements for public works, the transfer station, the Town Hall and library, fire and emergency medical services and administration, assessing and general government.

The Capital Improvement Committee ranks the projects and capital reserve accounts for the coming year and the board makes the final decision for funding requests to be presented to voters.

Some items for capital reserve accounts include heat pumps for cooling and supplemental heat, upgrades/replacement of the fire station computer server, replacing the town’s telephone system and a matching fund reserve for any grants the town receives.

Department budgets are due by Nov. 29. The town manager will distribute budget books to the board by Jan. 23, 2019.

New Gloucester’s Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect

The Economic Development Committee invites you to a Forum on New Gloucester’s  Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect.
We will be discussing ways the town can support farms and farmers; how to preserve the agricultural character of New Gloucester; and ways an agricultural economy benefits the entire community.

Monday, November 26
6:30 pm
Meeting House
385 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester

Speakers include: Stephanie Gilbert (Maine Dept. of Agriculture); Nina Young Maine Farmland Trust); Justin Gray (Pineland Farms) and Rick and Cheryl Haas (Lazy Dog Farm). Buzz Lamb (NG resident and GrowSmart Maine Board member) will moderate the Forum.


Espling loses election bid in Senate District 20

Espling loses election bid in Senate District 20


New Gloucester fire chief resigns, deputy chief suspended — Sun Journal

 BY ELLIE FELLERS, Special to the Sun Journal – November 8, 2018

NEW GLOUCESTER — Town Manager Carrie Castonguay confirmed Thursday that Fire and Rescue Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday after being reinstated to his position Monday.

Ladewig had been placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Oct. 18, while Castonguay carried out an investigation, about which she declined to comment.

Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur, who was put in charge of the Fire Department based on the command structure of the department during Ladewig’s administrative leave, also was suspended from his duties Tuesday, Castonguay said.

Following Levasseur’s suspension, Fire Capt. Ryan Mitchell was named acting deputy chief by Castonguay. He will be in charge of the fire and rescue unit, which has roughly 40 members. Castonguay would not give any details on Levasseur’s suspension, saying it was a personnel matter.

Telephone calls to Levasseur were not returned. He has served the department for several decades.

Mary Rich, the town’s deputy chief of emergency medical services, returned to duty this week following her recent leave of absence.

Steve Libby, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed by telephone Thursday that Ladewig had resigned, and said recruiting a new fire chief is the town manager’s duty.

Castonguay said she is working on documents to begin recruiting a new fire chief to serve the community of roughly 5,500 residents comprising an area of 45 square miles.

New Gloucester Fire Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday. (Ellie Fellers/Sun Journal)

Pineland YMCA Offers Free Election Day Short-Term Child Watch

To help families vote, the Pineland YMCA is offering free short-term child watch services on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, from 7 am to 7 pm.

The Y is located at 25 Campus Drive in New Gloucester.  For more information, contact the Pineland YMCA at (207) 688-2255.


Day One open house held at new facility

Day One’s residence for boys at Fogg’s Corner.

Joanne Grant, right, Day One Director of Residential Services with Ellie Espling, State Representative for New Gloucester at the Day One open house on October 24, 2018.

New Gloucester fire chief placed on administrative leave — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – October 26, 2018

NEW GLOUCESTER — Town Manager Carrie Castonguay confirmed Friday that Fire Chief James Ladewig was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Oct. 18.

Castonguay said by telephone Friday that she is in the middle of an investigation on the matter that she hopes will be completed by next week. She declined to give details on the case.

She said Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur is in charge of the Fire Department, based on the command structure of the department.

Ladewig was named full-time chief Feb. 8, 2016. Prior to that, he was assistant fire chief of the Olmos Park Fire Department on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, where he had served for 25 years.

New Gloucester Fire Chief James Ladewig