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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
This sweet cat has been hanging out in the Lower Village, just want to make sure it has a home. If this is your cat, please send us a note at email@example.com
There will be a blood drive in the gym at Burchard A. Dunn School, 667 Morse Road on Tuesday October 23rd from 2 to 7 PM. Please call 1-800-RED-CROS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter Dunn School to register.
There are currently 4 openings on the Budget Committee. This is a very important committee that has a great deal of say In the budget that is sent to the voters. The committee will meet 4 or 5 times during the months of January and February. I enjoy serving on this committee and working with the department heads making sure the needs of the town are met. I hope there will be a full slate of volunteers. If you interested in serving applications can be downloaded or picked up at the town office.
By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – October 15, 2018
NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen on Monday evening voted unanimously to send the question of establishing a town charter commission to voters next June.
The request for a commission was presented to selectmen in August but tabled to the Sept. 16 meeting. That meeting was canceled because Chairman Steve Libby and Vice Chairwoman Linda Chase were absent, leaving the board without a quorum to conduct business.
Peter Bragdon told the board that if voters approved establishing a commission, six members would be elected in November. Three members would be appointed by selectmen.
Libby voted to put the question before voters.
“Let the people have their say. This will cost the town $4,490 for a minority of people,” he said.
That cost has not been verified. Continue reading
A forum for State Senate and House candidates was held at the Meeting House on October 9th, in two back-to-back sessions.Organized by the New Gloucester Candidates and Referendum Issues Committee in consultation with the candidates, each moderated session included a series of questions that had been submitted by community members, and a “voters’ voices” segment in which attendees posed questions from the floor.
The first session with House District 35 candidates Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge was moderated by John Salisbury. See the video: House District 35
The second session with Senate District 20 candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling was moderated by Anne Gauthier Maurice. See the video:
Senate District 20
About 40 volunteers from as far away as Georgia spent the wet morning filling in ruts caused by vandals driving an automobile in circles two weeks ago.
“It’s a cold, wet day and we have a field full of people,” said Michael Graham, curator of the Shaker museum. Keep reading
The Town of New Gloucester is updating their comprehensive plan. This is a plan that looks to set goals and direction for the town. The current plan is from 1990 and a lot has changed since then! In order to update the comp plan we need to hear from you.
The town has a short survey available online that will give the update committee a sense of what is important to the people of New Gloucester. This will help guide the committee through the process and prioritize different elements. Click here and let us know what you think!
Keep an eye on the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee’s page on our website for materials generated by the committee and town staff.
Let other people know about the survey! Have your kids fill it out. Tell your friends. The more responses we get the better! Hard copies are available at the town office. IF you have any questions please contact the New Gloucester Town Planner, Scott Hastings (firstname.lastname@example.org, (207)926-4126Ex4).
The Portland Press Herald and the University of New England will host a gubernatorial debate on Wednesday, October 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m., featuring candidates Alan Caron (I), Terry Hayes (I), Janet Mills (D) and Shawn Moody (R). The forum will be moderated by Carol Coultas, PPH Business Editor.
Bill Nemitz, PPH Columnist and Greg Kesich, PPH Editorial Page Editor, will serve as panelists.
Streaming live on pressherald.com