Category Archives: Regulars

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

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/

 

Comprehensive Plan Committee update from Scott Hastings, Town Planner

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting on February 7th at 6:30pm to look at Recreation!

To see the agenda, maps, and other materials that the committee will be reviewing go to the committee’s page on the town website.

If you have any comments, suggestions or other input about recreation in New Gloucester click here to let us know! or if you would prefer, reach out to me at town hall or via the phone number below.

We will be meeting twice in February. On 28th we will talk about economic development.  The Economic Development Committee will also be holding a second forum on Agriculture on March 4th. Keep an eye on these emails or reach out to me for more information! 

If you are interested in the committee’s meetings they are open to the public, broadcast on the local TV channel, and videos are archived on the town website.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.

Thank you!
Scott

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com

Search for next Fire Chief Continues in New Gloucester — Sun Journal Feb. 2

New Gloucester’s search for a new fire chief to replace former chief James Ladewig will continue this week with additional candidate interviews scheduled for February 8, according to Town Manager Carrie Castonguay.   To learn more about the status of the search and its background, read Ellie Fellers’s full story in the Sun Journal.

Report from the Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met on January 14. The agenda included review of and reports from the three public forums hosted by the EDC during 2018. Those forums were: Regional Context for Growth in the Greater Portland Area, the Creative Economy, and the Agricultural Economy. All three forums sparked lively conversations about how our town can support economic development. Continue reading

Patti’s Jan. 4 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

The New Gloucester Santa holds Belle Lemay, 2, of Lewiston, at Thompson’s Orchard, the first stop during his Christmas Eve rounds distributing goodie bags to excited children.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at Pineland Farms from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Mount Washington Room, 59 Pineland Drive. Each donor will receive a coupon toward Pineland Farms cheese. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Pineland Farms to schedule an appointment.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-159/

 

Patti’s Nov. 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Decorated balsam wreaths and many other Christmas seasonal decorations will be for sale at the annual Shaker Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Shaker Christmas Fair

The annual Shaker Christmas Fair at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Specialties include Shaker baked goods – wheat bread, beer batter bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies and more. A wide selection of gifts and holiday items will be available, including Shaker cooking herbs, herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, decorated balsam wreaths, hot cider and  homemade doughnuts.

Proceeds from the popular White Elephant Room rummage sale benefit local food pantries.

A 50/50 raffle will be held and lunch plates will be available while supplies last.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-156/

 

New Gloucester Archives Open House

The archives and library of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be open on Saturday, Dec. 1st from 9 AM to 12 Noon-all local history buffs and family geneologists are invited. The archives and library are located in the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231), New Gloucester, next to the Town Hall.

Vintage Opportunity Farm newsletters and photos sought

Volunteer archivist with the New Gloucester Historical Society, Rev. Linda Gard, is seeking donations of issues of Opportunity Farm Newsletters published from the 1920s on. The Archives of the New Gloucester Historical Society would like to expand its collection of representative documents from Opportunity Farm’s century of existence. Photographs are also sought. The Historical Society is willing to make scans of photos which you may have but would like to keep. Please contact Rev. Gard at 30 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, 04260, or pastor@ngucc.org.

Patti’s Nov. 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Channel 3 becomes 1302

Effective Nov. 13, local access NGTV Channel 3 will be changed to Channel 1302.
Gray Community TV Channel 2 will be Channel 1301, and Portland’s Community TV Network Channel 5 will be Channel 1303. These channels will be carried in the basic service tier.

Spectrum is converting TV service to 100 percent digital format. Customers will be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each TV. If you have an existing set-top-box, digital transport adapter (DTA), or retail device with a CableCARD on each TV, you will be unaffected by this change. Otherwise, to order your Spectrum receiver(s), go to www.Spectrum.com/digitalnow or call 1-844-278-3409 and a self-installation kit will be shipped to your home at no additional cost. You can also visit the Windham, Saco, Lewiston or Portland Cable Stores to pick up your equipment. Customers are eligible to receive a converter at no additional charge for a limited period of time. If customers have TV(s) without equipment issued by Spectrum, they will lose the ability to view channels.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-155/

 

 

WATCH FOR THESE DESTRUCTIVE INSECTS AND PROTECT YOUR TREES

 

WATCH FOR THESE DESTRUCTIVE INSECTS AND PROTECT

YOUR TREES

During the month of November the Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester has a display in the library about four insects that damage and sometimes kill your trees.

Information and photos of these killers are available .

Winter Moth : Actively laying eggs NOW at the base of trees until a hard frost.

Brown tail moth : This one that causes intense irritation from Spring  until   fall

Emerald ash borer: This one  is destroying ash trees across the midwest and other regions in the northeast and has recently been seen in Maine.

Asian Longhorned beetle : Destroys many variety of trees

Many of these may look similar to other insects so try to note their identifying features.
The following websites have photos that can help with identification.

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/caps/EAB/EABid.shtml

https://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/invasive_threats/index.htm

IF YOU SEE ANY OF THESE, PLEASE REPORT YOUR SIGHTING TO THE MAINE FOREST SERVICE BY COMPLETING THE ON LINE FORM THAT IS ON THE SECOND WEBSITE OR BY CALLING 207-287-2431

Environmental Resource Committee
11/8/2018