Category Archives: Natural Resources

Community Service Club helps at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds

Students worked from 10am until 3 pm cutting and removing a massive amount of invasive honeysuckle bushes and other brush, taking the brush to the transfer station, weeding and mulching in the pollinators’ garden and planting more plants.The Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester is so very grateful for all their help.IMG_0123

Reminder: Solar 101 Presentation Wed. April 19th

The solar 101 presentation by Revision Energy is being held tomorrow night , Wed. April 19th, 7-8:3 at the Meeting House in New Gloucester.  The Meeting House is next to the Town Hall.

There is NO fee to attend!

If you are unable to attend in person, it will be televised on the local cable channel and also can be viewed there at a later time.

We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by the Environmental Resource Committee of New GLoucester

Solar 101 Workshop rescheduled for Wed. April 19 7-8:30, Meeting House

We hope you can join us for the presentation by ReVision Energy that had to be cancelled in March because of the snow storm.

The new time is Wednesday April 19 at 7-8:30.

Some New Gloucester residents that presently have solar systems will also be on hand to further answer questions.

The Meeting House is located next to the Town Hall at 385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester.

It will also be televised on the local cable channel.

Sponsored by the New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee


Because of the winter storm, it was decided to cancel and reschedule the Solar 101 presentation for Tuesday March 14th.

It has been rescheduled for Wednesday APRIL 19TH , again at 7-8:30 pm at the Meeting House.

We hope to see you there!!

New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee

SAVE THE DATE: SOLAR 101 WORKSHOP Tues. March 14, 7-8:30 , Meeting House

Join us on March 14th as ReVision Energy partners with the New Gloucester ‘s Environmental Resource Committee as their guest presenter to bring you an educational presentation on solar energy.  Learn about hot water systems, solar electricity, efficient electric heating systems and more.

Find out what makes your home a good site for solar collectors, how much these systems cost and what you can expect for a return on investment.

Learn how you can use this renewable resource to  become more energy efficient, save money and have  less impact on the climate.

Some New Gloucester residents that presently have solar systems will also be on hand to further answer questions.

The event will also be televised on the local cable channel.

The Meeting House  385 Intervale Road New Gloucester

Tuesday March 14th 7-8:30





Now you can get rid of all that paint that you no longer want or need and do
so environmentally.

Have any of you heard of a program called Paintcare?

Have any of you purchased paint within the last year? If so, you are helping pay for this program.

A fee is added to each can of paint you purchase: 35 cents for less than a gallon, 75 cents for a gallon.
This fee is NOT refundable but is used to support the program.

The purpose of the program is to conserve resources, reduce waste and to recycle as much paint as possible. To date, 8 states are participating in the program.

Paint is collected and sent to a facility that processes it so it can be reused.
Latex, acrylic, oil based paints, primers, stains, metal coating paints plus others are accepted.

Cans have to have labels on them and cans cannot be rusty and paint cannot be dried out. It does not matter how old or moldy or full of dirt they are.

All you have to do is take the paint to a drop off site. In this part of Maine at this time, a few sites are Sherwin William stores in Auburn and Lewiston, and Environmental Projects Inc. at 664 N. Washington St. Auburn. Check with the site for drop off times and hours or days as sometimes their bins are filled waiting for pick up of paint ready to be recycled.

To check what is accepted, go to this web site:

Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester

Interested In Knowing How To Season Wood Properly?

Interested in knowing how to season wood properly?

Do you stack your wood very close together to save space and make it easier to cover? Very bad Idea!

Learn why about this and get other great tips about safety when using stoves by
checking out the display at the New Gloucester Library during the month of November.

Handouts are available on seasoning wood and safety tips for using stoves.

The display was set up by the Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester.





Remember to Recycle, Donate or Re-purpose to Save Tax dollars

As you are cleaning  inside and out as Fall begins, please remember to recycle, donate or re-purpose as many items as possible to decrease the amount of money the town must pay for hauling off the trash compactor.

Items that can be recycled are listed below.

FRIDAY 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Closed Monday, Wednesday and Sunday
264 Bald Hill Road
Telephone (207) 926-3145
This is a list of materials that the New Gloucester recycling station is accepting and information on how to get your materials ready for the recycling station. Please put your recyclable materials in the correct window and/or container provided. The containers are all clearly marked. Any questions can be
answered by a transfer station attendant. Please help us help you. The dollars we are saving by recycling are yours.
One important factor to remember is all recycling materials must be clean.
Boxes, flats or just about any piece; we do not recycle cardboard with wax coating.
Brown paper bags can also go in with the corrugated cardboard.
Mixed paper is all types of paper: computer, envelopes, junk mail, shredded, cards, note paper, etc.
Paperboard examples: cereal boxes, mac & cheese boxes, frozen foods boxes,
gift boxes, pizza boxes, egg cartons, juice and milk cartons
Recycling bins for plastic bags are located at grocery stores

Aluminum pie plates, aluminum TV trays and aluminum cans.
Cans must be rinsed clean and labels removed. This includes any product
that comes in a tin can (examples: vegetable, coffee, dog food, cat food, etc.)
(Jars/Bottles must be clean)
The containers must be rinsed out. You do not have to remove the neck rings or labels.
DO NOT place window glass, car windshields, mirrors, ceramic glass
or light bulbs in recycling containers.
CFL Light Bulbs must be given to Attendant
There are different kinds of plastic. The kind that we recycle has a dull look,
you cannot see through it, such as milk jugs.
BIN # 2 – PLASTIC CONTAINERS ONLY HDPE # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
(used to heat the Public Works Building)

Bulky waste items are also accepted with a sticker that costs $5 for a year.  Check the New Gloucester town web site under: departments: transfer station:bulky waste.

If you have questions, please call the town office or ask an attendant at the transfer station.

Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester  6/21/16


Patti’s Aug. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

cider tasting

Dylan Staats and Allison Carrier, of Portland, enjoy sampling varieties of Norumbega Cidery products at a tasting held at the New Gloucester-based cider house on Aug. 13. Carrier remarked that seeing where the hard cider was made added to the experience, and the spice-flavored cider was her favorite.

NGPL Girl returns

The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 23. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim and Jobin Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “NGPL Girl: The Rise of RedRay.” A presentation of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and the evening will end with the Chewonki Foundation putting on their its program.

The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the NG Fairgrounds

Demonstration and Pollinators’ Garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds

The Environmental Resources Committee of New Gloucester has set up a demonstration garden at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road.

Plants that pollinators’ (various types of bees, butterflies, birds) love have been planted with trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. An emphasis was made to plant as many native plants as possible and more will be added at a later date. The plants bloom at various times to provide food most of the year for the pollinators.Those planted are deer and drought resistant, require minimal care and are readily available to purchase. No invasive plants were used.

Plants are labeled with their scientific name as well as their common name.

Initially a soil test was done to determine which organic amendments should be added to promote optimal growth of the plants. Since the garden is in front of the water district buildings to provide screening for the buildings, only organic compounds were considered. Lime was used last fall and soybean meal was used as a source of nitrogen when the individual plants were added in amounts specified by the soil test.

An additional part of the demonstration garden is to show which types of ground covers used under the mulch work most effectively in deterring regrowth of weeds. Five different types were used in different areas of the garden: cardboard, newspaper, landscape fabric, cotton sheets, and plain mulch.

Watch this garden grow and consider planting many of these same plants at your home.
New Gloucester Environmental Resource committee
8/13/16A bee in the pollinator gardenJuly 10, 2016 NG pollinator garden