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Candidates set for Lakes Region local races

(Note: This is the section of Matt Junker’s story that pertains to New Gloucester.)

By Matt Junker

In New Gloucester, there are three candidates on the ballot for two Selectboard seats: Council Chairwoman Linda Chase, board member Stephen Hathorne and Budget Committee member Karen Gilles.

Chase was initially set to be termed out under an ordinance passed at last year’s town meeting, but the Selectboard recently voted 3-2 to find the ordinance is legally invalid. Chase voted to overturn the term limits ordinance and Hathorne voted against the measure.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said Gilles is the daughter of Selectboard member Lenora Conger, but there is no prohibition on a mother and daughter serving together on the board.

New Gloucester also has two available SAD 15 school board seats. Jason Hart is the only candidate on the ballot for a full three-year term, and Laura Sturgis is the only candidate for a partial term. Water District Chairman Dan Bannon is the only candidate for the water district’s one available seat.

LMPC to Review Zoning Related to Community Living Arrangements

At its next meeting on Wednesday, April 25, the New Gloucester Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) will begin reviewing how the town’s zoning ordinance deals with community living arrangements and other live-in treatment facilities with the potential to propose changes to the ordinance.  Here is a handout compiled by Scott Hastings, Town Planner, covering the state law on community living arrangements and a review of how some other Maine municipalities address these uses in their ordinances. 

All LMPC meetings are open to the public. The April 25 meeting will be from 5:30-7pm in the Meetinghouse (389 Intervale Rd).

Patti’s April 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Ice out in the Pineland Pond can’t come quickly enough for these mallards enjoying a brisk swim alongside a frozen slab on April 5. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

“Fueling Our Schools”

Customers of the Circle K convenience store at 255 Shaker Road in Gray are invited to a special Fuel Up Night to kick off Circle K’s annual “Fueling Our Schools” fundraising campaign. The ongoing campaign invites customers to purchase fuel at specially marked pumps, with Circle K donating one cent of every gallon of fuel purchased to Gray-New Gloucester High School, up to $2,000. The school will use its donation to address different areas of need, such as technology, resources, teacher incentives and more.

On Thursday, April 19, a special Fuel Up Night, customers will have an opportunity to make an even greater impact. From 3-8 p.m., 10 cents of each gallon of fuel sold at pumps seven and eight will be donated to Gray-New Gloucester High School.

“Circle K is passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods where we work and live,” said Jeff Burrell, vice president of Global Fuels. “Through this unique fundraising program, we are helping to address critical needs and enabling educators to make a difference in the classroom and beyond.”

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-140/

Brakey’s campaign files lawsuit against his primary rival

Maine lawsuit challenges Senate candidacy of Republican who used invalid signatures

By Scott Thistle

State Sen. Eric Brakey’s campaign political director, David Boyer, filed a complaint Tuesday, asking a judge in Kennebec County Superior Court to overrule a decision by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap that allowed Brakey’s Republican rival, Max Linn, to remain on the June 12 primary ballot.

Last week, Dunlap invalidated more than 200 voter signatures on Linn’s nomination petition after Brakey’s campaign complained that some of the signatures were either forgeries or from dead voters.

Linn, a financial planner from Bar Harbor, has claimed that Brakey’s campaign planted the fake signatures in an attempt to discredit his campaign. However, Dunlap said he found no evidence of that when he determined Linn still had enough valid signatures to remain on the ballot.

“(Dunlap) threw out all the signatures on petitions where we had a 100 percent confirmed case of fraud and forgery but you have many more petitions by those same circulators who, the Secretary of State found, lied under oath, forged signatures and committed fraud and yet he let all their remaining signatures count without any additional scrutiny whatsoever,” said Brakey, of Auburn. “I think we demonstrated that this wasn’t just a case here and there of fraud and forgery, this was a really systemic problem throughout.”

Brakey said Dunlap should have invalidated all the signatures gathered by any of the circulators who had fake signatures on their petitions.

A U.S. Senate candidate in Maine needs the valid signatures of 2,000 voters to make the ballot.

After a hearing with Linn and Brakey’s election teams, Dunlap found 230 signatures on Linn’s petition were either invalid or forgeries. But Dunlap also confirmed that Linn still had 2,018 valid signatures – 18 more than needed.

Linn said Tuesday that he predicted Brakey would take the issue to the courts.

“I’m not surprised at this political stunt, as Eric’s open borders-pro drugs message is failing with the voters,” Linn said in a prepared statement. “Secretary Dunlap is a person of integrity and he and his staff serve the State of Maine with great distinction. It saddens me that Eric has decided to spit in their face. My campaign moves forward with the Maine Now Agenda.”

Republican primary for U.S. Senate

Signatures of dead voters won’t keep U.S. Senate candidate off Maine primary ballot

Max Linn turned in enough valid petition signatures to run against Eric Brakey in the Republican primary, even though 230 of those signatures were declared invalid.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Max Linn, right, has said his petition was “sabotaged” by the campaign of his primary opponent, state Sen. Eric Brakey, left. Maine’s secretary of state says there’s no evidence of that.

AUGUSTA — Although Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap ruled that more than 200 signatures on Max Linn’s candidate petition were invalid, including several that belonged to people who died years ago, he said Thursday that the Republican U.S. Senate candidate turned in enough valid signatures to remain on the June primary ballot.

The campaign of state Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, the other Republican on the ballot, filed a complaint against Linn’s campaign in March after it discovered the signatures of dead voters. The two are vying for the chance to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Angus King, an independent, in November.

For the complete story in the Portland Press Herald, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2018/04/05/u-s-senate-candidate-stays-on-ballot-despite-signatures-of-dead-voters/

 

NG Board strikes term limit ordinance

By Matt Junker

NEW GLOUCESTER — The term limit ordinance passed by voters at last May’s town meeting didn’t survive a full year, with the Selectboard voting 3-2 Monday night to find it legally invalid.

For the complete story in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/new-gloucester-board-strikes-term-limit-ordinance/

 

 

 

Patti’s March 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village workshops

The Shakers are among the best-known craftspeople in American history; their legacy includes fine examples of woodworking, textile arts, basket making, metalwork, music, gardening, cooking, and more. Learn age-old crafts and modern spins on their tradition from local artisans and makers. All workshops take place at Shaker Village, working in historic buildings with serene views all around; learning about and carrying on the traditional crafts of the Shakers and our region.

The list of workshops and events to be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during their 2018 season, starting Memorial Day weekend, can be found at www.maineshakers.com. Pre-registration is required for all workshop classes. Register online, by phone 926-4597, or by mail addressed to United Society of Shakers, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-138/

 

Public Hearings on Ordinance Changes and Day One Site Plan

The Planning Board will hold public hearings on two topics during their March 6 meeting at 7pm:

  1. Proposed Ordinance Changes
  • Community Living Arrangements: Changes to how the ordinance handles Community Living Arrangements to bring the town into compliance with state law.
  • Village Zone boundary change: A change in the boundaries of the Village zoning district located at the intersection of Intervale Rd and Cobbs Bridge/Gloucester Hill to rezone three properties off of Grange Hall Road from Rural Residential to Village.
  • Planned Development section: Addition of a “Planned Development” section to the ordinance which would allow the planning board some flexibility in certain circumstances if a project meets outlined higher standards.

2. Day One Site Plan Review

  • Application for a residential treatment facility in an existing structure at 934 Intervale Road.

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Patti’s March 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Royal River Conservation Trust Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway, left, Alicia Flynn with Roxy in backpack, Kevin Cyr holding Nora, and RRCT Stewardship and Outreach Director Kyle Warren snowshoe around the shoreline of Chandler Mill Pond at a Rain or Shine Club tour on Feb. 15.   Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Community supper

Everyone is invited to a community supper and presentation about food insecurity in New Gloucester on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a pasta or rice casserole created from food pantry ingredients. Hear a brief presentation from a GNG Backpack Kids Program spokesperson and from NG food pantry volunteers. The supper is being held at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-137/

 

 

 

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