Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Patti’s Oct. 12 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Susan Percy, director of Smart Child and Family Services, discusses treatment foster care at a community potluck supper Oct. 6 at New Gloucester First Congregational Church.

Treatment foster care talk

Smart Child and Family Services was created in 1995 to support the functioning of foster families. Treatment foster parents provide care for children with emotional and/or behavioral health needs while their families work toward reunifying with them or other permanency options are explored.

Smart CFS Director Susan Percy addressed this topic at a community potluck supper held at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church Vestry on Oct. 6. She explained that the program’s goal is to provide a therapeutic, corrective family experience for children who have lived through abuse, neglect or other trauma. Treatment foster families work with community resources to promote the child’s social and emotional wellbeing.

Regarding eligibility guidelines to become a treatment foster parent, a candidate must be at least 21 years of age and own or rent their home. For more information, contact Percy at the Windham office at 893-0386.

To read Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-153/

 

Submit your questions and topics for the candidate forum soon!

Debra Smith, left, and Penny Hilton who are members of the Candidate and Referendum Issues Committee set up a table at Thompson’s Orchard on Sept. 30. They are still seeking questions and/or discussion topics from the public for the Oct. 9th legislative candidates forums. Please submit questions and/or discussion topics by Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10 am by email at newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Clarification regarding town charter process

At their Sept. 17 meeting, the Board of Selectmen tabled action on the issue of putting a question to the NG voters of whether they want to create a charter commission. (Please note that the Sept. 29 post “… whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval” is somewhat misleading.)

The action had been tabled until the October 1st Board Meeting pending a request to MMA about the procedure the Board needs to take to put the question on the ballot at the next regular election in June 2019. The Sept. 29 post is correct in stating that the Oct. 1st board meeting was cancelled.

 

 

Patti’s Sept. 28 Inside New Gloucester Column

Rupert Watson, left, Tom Blake, Phil Blake and David Watson, along with others, met Sept. 19  at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument to see the inscription for the Watsons’ uncle, a British WW II pilot in the Royal Navy who perished over the skies of New Gloucester during training maneuvers in 1943.

1943 air crash memorialized

Tragedy struck over the skies of New Gloucester’s Intervale region 75 years ago.

On Oct. 3, 1943, British pilots Lieutenant Commander Alfred Jack Sewell and Sub-Lieutenant David James Falshaw Watson took off from Brunswick Naval Air Station to practice training maneuvers. Apparently one plane came up under the other, causing a collision that resulted in the deaths of both pilots.

Rupert and David Watson learned about the tribute to their uncle through internet research. When Rupert and his wife, who are from New Zealand, were visiting his brother David in New York, they decided to visit the Veterans Monument. They contacted Jean Libby from the Veterans Monument Committee in advance.

On Sept. 19, Phil Blake’s son, Tom, presided over a gathering of the three members of the Watson family, plus 20 New Gloucester Historical Society members and local dignitaries to honor pilot David James Falshaw Watson and present the trio with memorabilia from the monument’s dedication ceremony in 2014.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-152/

 

Shaker Village Harvest Festival

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village will host its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6th from 10am – 4:30pm. Bring your family and friends for a day of free barn tours by Brother Arnold Hadd, free wagon rides, and special activities. Freshly-picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with cider-pressing of Shaker apples, homemade Shaker apple and pumpkin donuts, BBQ dinner plates, and much more!

Live Bluegrass music by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms. Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have a fresh bounty of seasonal produce for sale, along with preserves and baked goods. Maple syrup and maple candy will be sold by Passamaquoddy Maple from Jackman, Maine. Seasonal mums, other late-season “bloomers” and houseplants will be available from Donna’s Greenhouse.

Free, traditional craft demonstrations include wool fiber spinning, rug hooking and supplies by Parris House Wool Works, blacksmithing by Tim Greene, weaving by Marjie Thompson, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn, and woodcarving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Book signings by Don Perkins — The Barns of Maine, and Chris Becksvoort — The Shaker Legacy. Native American artists and crafters including Lightning Hawk Creations, dolls by Wendy Hamilton, and Passamaquoddy Maple syrup and sugar.

Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day with free tours of the Shaker Herb Garden. Free face painting for kids along with free gourd decorating! Rain or shine – all activities will be in the Shakers’ historic 1830 barns. The Museum is open for tours as well as the Shaker Store and Museum Gift Shop. Bring the family!

Patti’s Sept. 14 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Carla McAllister and Tim Rice opened their Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library in early September. Rice built it to resemble the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead at 585 Shaker Road.  Photo by SallyAnn Rogers

Novel Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries are in 88 countries and number more than 79,000. These  small libraries and can be found along many roads, in parks and at myriad other locations. The concept is for people of all ages to “take a book, share a book.” Courtesy dictates that if you take a book or two, return a book or two to either the location from which you borrowed or to another Little Free Library.

Carla McAllister, assistant librarian at New Gloucester Public Library for nearly 10 years, has had a hankering for an LFL for a few years now. Tim Rice, her husband, made her dream come true by building a LFL that resembles the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead. Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is lit so that patrons can stop by after dark to check out what books are offered.

Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is located at 585 Shaker Road, one-half mile south of Shaker Village. You are invited to take away a book of interest and log comments about the overall concept or their LFL in particular. McAllister and Rice hope that their LFL will be respected, visited often, and fun for all.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-151/

 

New Gloucester Town News available on town website

The New Gloucester Town News

You may view the 2018 Fall-Winter Edition of the “New Gloucester Town News” by going to http://www.newgloucester.com.

It’s chock full of important news to keep residents apprised of what’s going on in town.

Subscribe today to receive each edition of the newsletter emailed directly to you by sending an email to smyers@newgloucester.com  with the words “subscribe me” in the subject line. The publication is now coming out twice per year.

Patti’s Aug. 31 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Cyclists start off on the Farm to Fork Fondo Aug.25 at Pineland’s Valley Farm in New Gloucester. In the event, riders stop for chef-prepared cuisine at farms along the course, choosing which distances they want to complete.

Buy an apple pie

The annual New Gloucester Historical Society apple pie sale will be held on Friday, Sept. 21. Local Thompson’s apples will be transformed into culinary classics created by local bakers.

Pre-orders are required, so call Avis Ford at 926-4561 to reserve your pie(s). Pick-up is between 2-6 p.m. at the NG Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. This fundraiser is a fall tradition.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-150/

 

New Gloucester Farmers Market opening Sept. 1

Something exciting will be happening in New Gloucester beginning on Saturday, Sept. 1. The New Gloucester Farmers Market will be held at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Saturdays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

If you would like more information and/or are interested in being a vendor at the market, contact Market Coordinator, Kathleen Potter, at 712-4738 or farmersmarket@newgloucester.com.

In Memorium – Joanne Jaccaci

Joanne Jaccaci participating in a phone bank effort in Nov. 2004.

Tribute to a local activist   By Patti Mikkelsen

I have sad news to report that I learned via Facebook on Sunday – Joanne Jaccaci died very recently.

For those of you who may remember her, Joanne became the first caucus convener of the present NG Dems committee in 2004. She organized the caucus that was standing room only at the Meetinghouse. Joanne and her husband Gus hosted the committee’s first meetings at their home on the Penney Road.

Here’s what one of her daughters wrote in a Facebook post, “For those of you who knew and loved her, my mother, Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccacci passed away last night after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia at the age of 73. We all had the opportunity to sit with her during this past week, sing to her and play her favorite music and tell her how much she meant to all of us. She left us peacefully with her husband Gus by her side. There will be a wake at noon on Sunday Aug 26th, followed immediately by a service from 2 to 3 all at Cote Funeral Home in Saco. Those who wish are welcome to come to an open house at my residence after the service to celebrate her life. If you have any stories of my mom you wish to share at the service, please let me know as well.”

I got in touch with Vicki asking her to provide Gus’s mailing address as Mick and I want to send him a sympathy card, which she did. For anyone who would like to follow suit, send a card to:

Gus Jaccaci
200 Stetson Rd #107
Auburn ME 04210