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News from Rep. Amy Arata

Representative Arata to serve on Taxation Committee

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester) has been appointed to the 129th Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Taxation. In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, she will have a voice on the committee that is responsible for State and local taxes; tax credits and exemptions, taxpayer relief programs, and other tax issues. Keep reading

“In, On, and Around Sabbathday Lake” with Tom Driscoll – Nov. 21 at 7 pm

Photo courtesy of Tom Driscoll

“In, On, and Around Sabbathday Lake” is the title of the November 21, 2019 program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be presented by local explorer Tom Driscoll at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. beginning at 7 pm.

Tom Driscoll has been in, on, and around Sabbathday Lake seasonally or year-round since 1955.  He has studied the lake and surrounding watershed since childhood — from the underlying bedrock geology, up through the aquifer, surficial glacial geology, soil layers, and forest cover, to the lake’s land use history and current use and development. 

Only 16,000 years ago, Driscoll notes, Maine and New England were covered by a huge glacier which extended all the way offshore to the coastal shelf!  At that time the ice over “Sabbathday Lake” and all of Maine was about one mile thick.  About 12,500 years ago, the glacier receded northwest and the area around Sabbathday Lake was free of ice.

Driscoll’s talk will include the glacial history of the lake as well as a few of the unusual items he has found in the lake and some notable nearby places.

The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. 

Photo courtesy of Tom Driscoll

Rep. Amy Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Arata’s early November newsletter, read about tips for managing storm-damaged trees, new projects celebrating Maine’s upcoming bicentennial, a state website with financial literacy resources for teachers and others, and more.

Hearing on extending solar project moratorium set for New Gloucester

| Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen agreed Monday night to hold a public hearing on extending the 180-day moratorium on large-scale solar energy projects that voters approved in May.

The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the New Gloucester Meeting House. Voters will decide at a town meeting whether to lengthen the moratorium.

The board did not say Monday how long the extension would be.

The Land Management Planning Committee is working on a solar project ordinance which will require voter approval. Keep reading

Rep. Amy Arata’s Newsletter

In Representative Arata’s late October newsletter, read about the property tax relief payment under the Homestead exemption, tips and resources for storm and emergency preparedness, the upcoming referendum vote on November 5, and more.

NG Fire & Rescue evolves in the face of challenges

|Penny Hilton|

NGFR at a house fire.
Photo from NGFR Facebook page

The more It’s been a tough year – a tough several years – heck, a tough decade or two for New Gloucester Fire and Rescue (NGFR). Systemic problems have been shared by fire/rescue departments nationwide. Firefighting has become more and more complicated due to changes in materials, hazards, technologies and federal requirements. At the same time, the hometown-centric culture that made volunteer fire departments viable has all but disappeared. Fire chiefs across the country have been sounding that alarm for years.

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Legislative Update from Sen. Ned Claxton — late October

| by Senator Ned Claxton |

This week, we announced our “Fighting for Maine Agenda” and a town hall event that I will be holding in Auburn, along with Senate President Troy Jackson and Majority Leader Sen. Nate Libby. There will be a short presentation on our agenda for the coming legislative session, and then there will be an extended question and answer session.  Keep reading

The Interurban in a new book | Author visit Saturday November 2

The historic Portland-Lewiston Interurban trolley plays a key role in a lively new book, Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride, by Maine author Jean Flahive.  Flahive will sign copies of the book on Saturday, November 2, from 9 am to noon at the New Gloucester History Barn, 383 Intervale Rd.  The event coincides with the fall book fair next door at the NG Library. 

Dreaming of leaving farm life, working in the city, and fighting for women’s right to vote, young Millie imagines flying away on a magic carpet.  One day, that flying carpet shows up in the form of an electric trolley that cuts across her farm.  Millie will find herself caught up in events that shake the nation, Maine, and her family.

The book is the latest by Flahive, whose work features Maine settings and stories.  To learn more about Flahive and her books, visit her website:

The November 2 book signing is jointly sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society and the Seashore Trolley Museum.  For more information, please contact Leonard L. Brooks at  (207) 926-3188.

Cover art by Amy J. Gagnon/Courtesy of
Jean Flahive

Winter salt and sand for residents’ use: New site and structure approved by Planning Board

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

With the relocation of the public works garage from the Upper Village to the fire station site, an item remained open: where should the salt and sand pile for residents now go?  Once the layout and traffic patterns of the new site became clearer, says Public Works director Ted Shane, an appropriate place for the sand pile emerged.  The Planning Board approved the spot and the proposed structure at their October 15 meeting.

The sand pile’s new location, to the left of the fire station building and away from the primary path of trucks and plows, was chosen for residents’ safety.  Shane told the board that traffic at the current location in the Upper Village is dangerous during a major storm.  With residents arriving to load up on sand as the town’s heavy equipment circulates, he said, “It’s very hard to operate with the fact of worrying about hurting somebody.” The new location also has power close by, making it easy to add lights. 

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New Gloucester board nixes loader for lack of money

| By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen voted 5-0 Monday night not to buy a loader for the transfer station because the price is nearly $30,000 more than what voters approved last May.

Public Works Director Ted Shane had recommended buying the machine, however when bids were opened this month the offer for a 1.8-yard Caterpillar loader was $127,500. It was the only bid for that machine, which officials believed would best meet the town’s needs. Keep reading