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Update on fundraising from “Save the Opportunity Farm View” group

NGX eds: Residents and interested friends have formed a group on Facebook called “Save the Opportunity Farm View” with the goal of purchasing and preserving the fields across from the former Opportunity Farm at the top of Gloucester Hill Road.  Below is an Oct. 11 post from the group’s Facebook page.

| by Cheryl Trafford, Save the Opportunity Farm View |

We are ready to collect donations!

An account has been set up at Cumberland county credit union in Gray, under the name “Save the Opportunity Farm View” anyone can make a deposit. Checks only, can also be sent to 3 Estes Rd, New Gloucester 04260. A go fund me page, and buckets at local businesses are in the works.

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Presentation on history of church music in NG’s First Congregational Church – Thurs. October 17 at 7 pm

The key desk of the 1857 Stevens organ

Come hear a talk by John Terison, director of music, about the rich history of music at the First Congregational Church, including its celebrated and venerable pipe organ, on Thursday October 17 at 7 pm. 

The George Stevens organ, a mechanical-action type, dates to 1858 and will undergo restoration in the coming year.  Attendees will get to hear the organ played and have the opportunity to pump the organ by hand.   

The program takes place at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, and is sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Leonard Brooks at (207) 926-3188.  — Photos courtesy of Linda Gard

John Terison, Director of Music,
New Gloucester First Congregational Church
The facade pipes of the 1857 Stevens organ

Rep. Amy Arata’s newsletter

In Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter, read a rundown of new laws that recently took effect. These include new rules on child car seats, penalties for furnishing tobacco products to minors, restrictions on diesel vehicle emissions, and more.

Town’s Fall-Winter newsletter is out

Updates and information from town staff, upcoming events, photos of the public works project, and more can be found in the Fall 2019-Winter 2020 edition of New Gloucester Town NewsRead the full newsletter here.

You can sign up to receive town newsletters by email. Just send an email to with “Subscribe me” in the subject line.

NG Parks & Recreation Fall programs, news and more

New Gloucester Parks & Rec E-Newsletter October 2019

Well, that happened quickly, fall has arrived! We had some wonderful days of late summer this past month, but now October is here and people are apple picking, painting pumpkins, and we can all see the leaves starting to change as foliage season has begun.

All of these things equate to one thing: the seasons are changing and it is time to start looking toward our fall and winter programs. We hope that you continue to be involved with all of our wonderful programming and activities even in the colder months ahead.

To read details on upcoming fall programs–adult volleyball, zumba, and walkers; youth soccer and cheering; a Thanksgiving road race, indoor cornhole, and more–check the Parks & Recreation website.

Become Involved. The Parks & Recreation Committee still has an open seat available for an interested individual. The committee meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 5:30pm. If you are interested in being a part of this fun and dynamic committee, please reach out to the department and we will get you an application.

Programming Opportunities. Do you have something you would like to share or maybe something you would like to see offered in our community? We are currently working on our winter programming schedule and would love to offer some new and different programming opportunities for the community. Please feel free to contact us with ideas to discuss adding to the schedule for this winter.

Keep current on all the great news from the New Gloucester Parks & Recreation Department:

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H.S. baseball: Gray-New Gloucester’s Brad Smith retiring after long career

| by Wil Kramlich, Sun Journal |

The Gray-New Gloucester High School baseball program gave Brad Smith an opportunity at the tail end of his long coaching career, and he gave a lot to the program during his eight years with the Patriots.

Smith is retiring as Gray-New Gloucester’s head coach, nearly 50 years after the start of his coaching career. Keep reading

New Gloucester revaluation reaches nearly half of properties

| by Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER — Assessing agent Michael O’Donnell told selectmen Monday night agents have visited 1,200 of the more than 3,000 properties being revaluated across the town.

The representative of John O’Donnell & Associates of New Gloucester, which was hired for $220,000 for the job, said he hopes to reach 2,500 “before the snow flies.”

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In my opinion: Following the rules…

| by Peter Bragdon |

I wanted to take the time to follow up on last night’s selectmen’s meeting when I spoke to them about following the rules, aka the Fire and Rescue Ordinance.

When I address the selectmen I try not to be negative.  I agree with a lot they are doing and see good progress. Last night unfortunately wasn’t so positive.

In 2003 an ordinance was adopted to govern our Fire and Rescue Department. There was a recent attempt to change Fire and Rescue to the Public Safety Department. This measure failed at the June special town meeting.  

In my opinion, by this measure failing it voids the job descriptions the management developed as the Public Safety Department. These were accepted with the intent that the new ordinance would pass. The department recently used these new descriptions to hire a Deputy Chief out of Lewiston. Still a clear violation of either the old or new job description as it says officers must have a maximum 15-minute response time to the center of town, which I was told is the Church Rd/Chandler Mill intersection.

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International communications and technology company named top place to work in Maine | Planson International

| by WGME |

An international communications and technology company has been named the top place to work in Maine.

For the first time, Planson International took the top spot in the small business category.

The business operates out of a barn-type building in New Gloucester, but don’t let that fool you, they partner with the UN to provide technology and services for humanitarian projects worldwide. Keep reading

Legislative Update from Senator Ned Claxton – early October

| by Senator Ned Claxton |

Friday, Sept. 27 was the deadline for legislators to submit new bills for the next session that begins in January. I’m excited to begin learning about some new proposals that will come before us in the Senate once we reconvene, and to see everyone’s ideas for how we will continue to improve the lives of Mainers across our state. Keep reading