Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Patti’s Oct. 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Anne Gass of Gray discussed her book, “Voting Down the Rose,” as the guest speaker at the New Gloucester Historical Society’s meeting on Oct. 19. The book is about her great-grandmother, Florence Brooks Whitehouse, who helped win women’s voting rights in the U.S. about a century ago.

Medicaid expansion discussed

How will you be voting on Referendum Question 2 on the Nov. 7 ballot? Two informational meetings covering both sides of the issue will be telecast on New Gloucester’s local access Channel 3 on Friday, Oct. 27; Saturday, Oct. 28; and Sunday, Oct. 29 beginning at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The program will be replayed the first weekend in November following a similar schedule. It can be viewed by cable television customers in Gray, as well. The informational meetings can also be viewed as video on demand at www.newgloucester.viebit.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-129/

 

Outbursts Erupt at the Oct. 23 Special Board of Selectmen’s Meeting

Controversy over the proposed new public works facility continued at the Oct. 23 Special Board of Selectmen’s meeting. You can watch it as video on demand at https://newgloucester.viebit.com/

Patti’s Oct. 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Callie Kimball

Callie Kimball, a longtime member of The Friends of the Shakers, volunteers at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village’s Harvest Festival by serving barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to the throngs of visitors in attendance on Oct. 7. Kimball is a resident of Cape Elizabeth.

Women’s suffrage talk

Family historian Anne Gass will speak on “Women’s Suffrage in Maine and the USA” at the Thursday, Oct. 19, meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society, beginning at 7 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Refreshments will be served.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-126/

Medicaid Expansion Forum, Oct. 12

For those interested in learning more about ballot Question #2, regarding the expansion of Medicaid to provide health care coverage for low income individuals ….

…. PLEASE JOIN US!  7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12th at the First Congregational Church Vestry located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

There will be a panel of experts followed by a Q&A session: Ned Claxton, M.D., a doctor’s perspective; State Rep. Drew Gattine, a state legislative perspective; Charlie Dingman, Esq., a lawyer specializing in reimbursement, regulatory, and government contracting issues for a wide range of clients in the healthcare sector.

CANVASSING OPPORTUNITY: A New Gloucester canvass in support of Yes on 2 will also be taking place on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  This will also be taking place at the First Congregational Church located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

Patti’s Sept. 29 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Indie Author Day

New Gloucester Public Library is proud to announce it will participate in the second annual Indie Author Day celebration with a free event Saturday, Oct. 14. Three local authors will conduct a panel discussion, which includes reading excerpts from their books, starting at 1 p.m.

This event provides an opportunity to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Joan Dempsey, Dave Jefferson (Dr. J) and Steve Rogers will share their experiences with various types of writing, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The library is located at 379 Intervale Road, Route 231. For more information, contact Suzan Hawkins, library director, at srhawkins@newgloucesterlibrary.org or 926-4840. To learn more about Indie Author Day, visit www.indieauthorday.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-123/

Patti’s Sept. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Mystery story

“The Explosion So Many Never Heard” is the title of a talk by Dr. Steve Rogers, retired Department of Justice historian, to be given beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. The presentation, sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society, is free and open to the public.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-121/

Annual New Gloucester Historical Society Apple Pie Sale

Required pre-ordering of apple pies for the Annual New Gloucester Historical Society Apple Pie Sale is now open! Native apples and native cooks. Baked or unbaked pies – ideal for the holidays. The cost is $9.00 each. The number to call is 926-4561. Pick up is Friday, Sept. 29th, 2 PM to 6PM at the First Congregational Church on Gloucester Hill Road.

Patti’s Sept. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

making a card

Kaidan Marchand, 5, of Gorham, makes a get well card for Ava Winslow, who is battling osteosarcoma, during the Gray-New Gloucester Rallies for Ava fundraiser on Aug. 26. He became acquainted with Ava when they both attended Rise and Shine Childcare and said that she is his best friend.

Digital photo workshop

Sabbathday Lake’s Brother Delmer Wilson (1873-1961) launched his photography hobby in 1898 with glass plate negatives and using all types of film through his life, including color Polaroid.

At a workshop at Shaker Village on Saturday, Sept. 16, New Gloucester photographer Vicki Lund will show participants how to create a great shot using the features of their digital cameras. She will teach camera operation/functions, use of natural light, composition, raw versus jpeg file formats, and white balance. After a brief class, you will explore the grounds of Shaker Village, photographing along the way, then returning to the class for critique.

The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Please bring your camera manual, SD card, fresh batteries and, if you have one, a tripod. Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $50. Class size is limited to 12. Register online at www.maineshakers.com/workshops or call 926-4597 to reserve a spot.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-120/

Patti’s Aug. 18 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

kids at playground

Ellie Jean Cosgrove, 5, of Freeport, left, Nicholas Pinette, 6, of Westbrook, and Reilly Lund, 4, of New Gloucester, try out the new playground at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.

New playground open

Children in the area now have another recreational option – a playground located at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road. The facility is open during daylight hours and closes at dusk.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, headed up by Director Harvey Price Jr., devoted many years to the planning process, from the financing, including a federal grant, to erecting the equipment. The playground project finished up on Aug. 10.

“We had a great group of volunteers who put in significant hours. Some are on the Parks and Recreation Committee, some aren’t. A few don’t even have kids or grandkids. They were there because it’s a community project,” Price said.

Another undertaking at the fairgrounds is building a pavilion. Price estimated that the framework should be in place by the end of August, and volunteers will be sought for a community build of the roof afterward. Once the pavilion, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds, is done, hopefully in mid-September, there will be a ribbon cutting/grand opening to showcase the two projects.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-119/

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage

By Matt Junker of the Lakes Region Weekly – August 18, 2017

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage – Keep Me Current

NEW GLOUCESTER —The Selectboard has tentatively decided to ask voters to approve building a $4.6 million public works garage at 611 Lewiston Road, along with a 25-year bond term to pay for it.

During a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15, three of the New Gloucester board’s five members signed off on draft language for Article 3 of the Sept. 18 town meeting warrants. The language still needs to be finalized by the board and requires voter approval at the town meeting to become a reality.

Keep reading http://news.keepmecurrent.com/selectboard-firms-up-plan-for-public-works-garage/