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“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

Beth and customers

Beth Birch, left, of the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, helps shoppers select plants at the 2015 Rooting for Democracy sale.

The 10th annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 3, 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. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date is Saturday, June 10.

A raffle to win a lobster of the month club membership at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $68 value, is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each, or $5 for two tickets. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Nichole Stevens at 807-7694.

New Route for Memorial Day Parade

The route for New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day parade has changed due to road construction. The parade route will begin at the Amvets Post #6 Hall, Lewiston Road, Route 100. The procession will stop at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services with a wreath-laying and brief remarks by several dignitaries. Afterward, the parade resumes by proceeding left onto Peacock Hill Road, left onto Gilmore Road to proceed past the post office, then left onto Route 100 to proceed back to the Amvets Hall.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location by 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 29, for a step-off time of 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will occur inside the Amvets Hall. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, call Willy Danforth at 777-4759.

Annual Town Meeting Wrap Up in Sun Journal

New Gloucester voters ban retail marijuana

Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal

NEW GLOUCESTER — Voters at town meeting Monday banned retail marijuana establishments and retail marijuana social clubs in town.

Two members of a committee tasked with coming up with a townwide ordinance on the issue agreed that the ban could be lifted once state rules governing such establishments were approved to guide the town.

“This issue is extremely important to our quality of life and public safety,” said committee member Richard Maguire, a retired state trooper. “I ask you to keep New Gloucester clean of drugs. Keep our children free. It’s a very serious issue and it affects you. It’s about the children, our children and children’s children.”

Member Peter Bragdon agreed with the ban.

“There will be an ordinance after the state comes up with rules,” he said. “Let the state establish standards.”

For now, retail marijuana establishments, including stores, cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities and testing facilities, and social clubs are banned.

In another issue, residents voted 66-44 to approve an ordinance limiting selectmen to three consecutive terms. After an absence of three years, they may run for and hold the office again.

Read more http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2017/05/01/new-gloucester-passes-retail-marijuana-ordinance/2122353

Patti’s April 28 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Historic sign to be unveiled

A special monthly History Barn Open House will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m.-noon. At 10 a.m., the original 1776 Bell Tavern Sign, which is a gift from the Chandler Family, will be unveiled. It will hang in the barn as part of the New Gloucester Historical Society’s permanent exhibit.

The public is welcome to attend the open house and learn about the historic tavern. Refreshments, featuring goat cheese, or chèvre, from New Gloucester’s Lazy Dog Farm Creamery, and other tasty treats, will be served next door in the Community Building located at 381 Intervale Road, behind Town Hall.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-101/

Why Should NG Adopt Term Limits for Selectmen?

New Gloucester voters will have a chance to weigh in on whether or not to adopt an ordinance establishing term limits for selectmen at our Town Meeting on Monday, May 1.

How does it work?

If enacted, a member of the Board of Selectmen would serve no more than three consecutive three-year terms. After an interval of at least three years, the former selectman may run for and hold the office of selectmen again. Keep in mind that during this absence, he or she is free to apply to serve on other Town boards and committees, if they so choose.

How many years have the longest-serving board members been in office?

One board member has served since 2001. When his term is up in 2019, he would have been on the board for 18 continuous years. Another has served since 2006. When her term is up in 2018, she would have been on the board for 12 continuous years.

Would they be permitted to run again when their terms expire, if they so choose?

No, there is a retroactivity clause in the ordinance.

Why not just vote out a selectman when his or her term expires?

Voting on selectmen occurs at the June election when turnout is historically low. Many times the turnout is at the 15-20% level, and the election is decided by just a handful of voters. The possible reason that a candidate may win is because they are adept at ‘get-out-the-vote’ efforts, rather than being a reflection of job approval ratings by the citizenship at large.

Why would term limits benefit the Town?

Term limits would likely cultivate a healthy balance of fresh perspective and institutional knowledge among board members.

If term limits were enacted, would it produce a shortage of candidates in ensuing elections?

During the last six years (and perhaps in prior years), there has been ample interest shown in running for this office, as evidenced by the fact that the number of candidates has outnumbered the number of open seats. In both 2011 and 2014, two candidates ran for 1 open seat; and in each of the years 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, four candidates ran for two open seats.

Is the ordinance legal?

The citizen’s petition, which contained the ordinance, passed legal muster by Town Attorney Philip Saucier of Bernstein Shur in January 2017.

Secure your prescription drugs

Local police and Casco Bay Create Awareness Now will talk to senior citizens about the growing problem of prescription drug thefts across the state. Medication theft may impact seniors who in many cases are being victimized by a family member, caretaker, assisted services personnel, or even a friend.

Learn how to keep your prescriptions safe, and how properly to dispose of those that should not fall into anyone else’s hands. Bring in expired or unwanted prescription drugs for disposal by law enforcement staff.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, April 27, 9 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. It is free and open to the public. Call Beth Blakeman-Pohl, program director of Casco Bay CAN, at 688-8816.

Register for Pre-K and Kindergarten

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the towns of Gray or New Gloucester who will be four years old by Oct. 15, 2017, your child is eligible for the Pre-K Program at the Dunn School in New Gloucester. Classes are 2.5 hours each day, with morning and afternoon sessions, five days a week. Children are assigned to either a.m. or p.m. slots based on their home addresses. To register online, visit the Pre-K Program webpage at www.msad15.org. For more information, contact Jean Southard at 657-5050 or jsouthard@sad15.org.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the town of New Gloucester who will be five years old by Oct. 15, 2017, you can register your child for kindergarten at the Memorial School in New Gloucester online at www.msad15.org. For more information, call 926-4322.

Patti’s March 31 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Welcome, Neighbor crew Feb 20 2016

Welcome, Neighbor volunteers Kathleen Potter, front left, Penny Hilton, Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Beth Birch finish assembling packets of materials last year to be given out to new residents of New Gloucester. The Welcome, Neighbor group is in the process of assembling new packets.

Welcome, Neighbor provides free publicity

Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project conducted in conjunction with the town office. The project was developed to welcome new residents to New Gloucester by providing information that may assist in their transition.

Only New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups have the opportunity to include items, such as business cards, brochures or other promotional materials, in the 100 packets to be assembled. There’s no charge or obligation to participate. Drop off 100-count of your item to the town office by Friday, April 7, to have your materials included. For more information, call Beth at 650-5228.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-100/

Chat with State Rep. Ellie Espling

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight her work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with her in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. (Note that this event has been rescheduled from the original date of March 29 and moved to the church vestry.)

Chat with your legislators

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Sen. Eric Brakey and State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight their work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with their legislators in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the Community Building, located behind the New Gloucester Town Hall on Intervale Road. It’s scheduled to occur from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.