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“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale on June 2

The 2017 “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, is just opening for business. Courtesy photo by Julie Fralich

The 11th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $75 gift certificate at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. The ticket cost is $3 for one or $5 for two. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

Patti’s May 11 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity Klotzle, 7, who belongs to the New Gloucester Public Library’s 4-H group, covers the root ball of a newly planted Liberty Elm tree that she named “Elmie” on April 29. Her 5-year-old sister Haven looks on.

Liberty Elm takes root

The image of majestic elm trees arching over the streets of our hometowns changed significantly in the 1930s when Dutch elm disease decimated the elm population. Because of efforts by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute, disease-resistant trees have been developed. They have been given the moniker of the American Liberty Elm — named for the “Liberty Tree,” our country’s first symbol of freedom. The institute established its Liberty Tree Society program in 2009, and of the hundreds of thousands elms they have planted, 99 percent have survived.

New Gloucester Public Library purchased an elm from the Liberty Tree Society in Keene, New Hampshire. Trustee Robb Cotiaux traveled there to pick up the tree for planting, and he along with library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle installed the sapling on April 29. “Elmie” can be visited behind the gazebo and swing set.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-142/

 

 

Patti’s April 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

These volunteers are getting ready for a day of sprucing up the grounds at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during an annual Spring Work Day hosted by the Friends of the Shakers. This year’s work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

Shaker’s spring work day

Brother Arnold and Sister June invite you to put your hands to work and give your hearts to God because Spring Work Day is just around the corner. Join the Friends of the Shakers on Saturday, May 12 at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.

Lend a hand working at various tasks suitable for all ages and abilities, including sweeping away the winter sand, cleaning out the hay barn, helping in the herb department, prepping the Shakers’ gardens, clearing brush, and so much more. Work days bring lots of hard work as well as much fellowship, too. Everyone shares the noon meal, conversation and laughter.

Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish or dessert and drop it off at the registration check-in table located on the lawn at the back of the Brick Dwelling House. Chores start at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. All necessary tools and supplies will be furnished but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, feel free to wear them. Pre-register at www.friendsoftheshakers.org or by calling 926-4597.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-141/

 

 

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/