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Richard Earl Wood, 84

|Obituary in Sun Journal|

Richard Earl Wood, 84, of New Gloucester, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 at CMMC in Lewiston.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1935 to parents, Earl and Mildred Wood.

Richard was a member of the Lewiston Eagles Club, the Lewiston Elks Club. He was also a mason and served as past Worshipful Master of Tranquil Lodge in Auburn. Keep reading

Australian wine tasting and NU Brewery beer tasting at the Village Store Saturday

We wanted to send our thoughts and love to the people of Australia. Therefore we will be tasting wines from Australia this Saturday February 1 from 5:00 to 7:00. Hope to see you at the New Gloucester Village Store.

Surprise!!!! In addition to our Australian wines we will have Nu brewery giving you the opportunity to taste their craft beer. All here at New Gloucester Village Store Saturday from 5:00 to 7:00.

New Gloucester seeks town manager

The Town of New Gloucester, Maine, is currently accepting resumes for the position of Town Manager.  New Gloucester is a vibrant community of approximately 5,900 citizens.  New Gloucester has a Town Meeting/Selectmen/Manager form of government and municipal operating annual budget of $4.6 million and 58 FT and PT employees.

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Patti’s Dec. 20 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

GNG High School students Lily Terry, left, Venessa Dehart, Stella Libby, store manager David Clark, Alyssa Howard, Hailey Dischenes and Brianna Wiers work with Deputy Cole Chandler at Cumberland Farms in Gray on the December edition of Project Sticker Shock. Courtesy photo

Christmas Eve by candlelight

The First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, is holding its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. The musical preludes begin at 6:45 p.m. led by John Terison, director of music, and the service starts at 7 p.m. led by Pastor Linda Gard. Those who wish may bring non-perishable food donations for the New Gloucester pantry.

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New Gloucester 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for last minute holiday gifts? You don’t need to go far to discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list.

Here are a few New Gloucester grown and made gift ideas:

  1. Weft and Warp Key Fob ($29)
  2. Floating Picture Ledges, set of two from Rowe Station Woodworks ($39)
  3. Norumbega Cidery 4-pack, available at the Village Store
  4. Mindful Folk Farm Finn and Mohair Yarn ($38)
  5. Human Nature Maine “Wintah” Survival Kit ($26)
  6. Concrete Garden Statue from West Wind Home Garden ($20-70)
  7. Shaker Village Herbal Tea & Mug Gift Set ($49.95)
  8. Kid’s Wolf Pup T-shirt from No Frills Farm ($15)
  9. Hand-leafed ornament from The Gilded Pinecone ($20-30)
  10. Small Serving Board from Full Circle Craft Works ($51)
  11. Ceramic Mug from LKB Pottery ($24)
  12. Tarot Bag from Aeon Moon ($25)
  13. New Gloucester Village Store Gift Certificate
  14. Pine Tree Seeds Manure Medley ($29.95)
  15. Pineland Farms Farm Visitor Season Pass ($100)
  16. Pie from the Thompson’s Orchard Bakery

Update: A huge thanks to our Facebook followers for suggesting the following additions:

17. Shadow Hill Farm yarn, socks, gloves and mittens

18. Hanging light from CH Becksvoort

19. Desk calendar from Juniper Ledge Designs, located on Durham Rd. ($15)

20. Nu Brewery beer

21. Pottery from Muddy Toes Pottery on Cobbs Bridge Road. The work can also be found at Thompsons’s Orchard and Cole Farms.

22. Hand-turned pens, pencils and shavers from Creative Turns

Patti’s Dec. 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

State Rep. Amy Arata presents a Cumberland County 4-H Rosette award ribbon to New Gloucester Public Library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle at a ceremony on Nov. 20. Klotzle delivered a talk on her research entitled, “Wabanaki Bird Stories.” Photo courtesy of Patti Mikkelsen

Coastal Winds in concert

Holiday favorites will be performed by Coastal Winds, Freeport’s community concert band, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the acoustically ideal sanctuary of  the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. A collection will be gratefully received for the local emergency fuel assistance fund.

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Holiday wine tasting at the Village Store

Sample delicious holiday wines from three distributors. Delicious food will be available for your pleasure as well. Join us this Saturday, December 7th, from 5 to 7 at the Village Store.

Strut Your Stuffin’

In partnership with Back 40 Events, a New Gloucester-based company, New Gloucester Recreation will be offering the first annual Thanksgiving four-mile road race, Strut Your Stuffin’, on Saturday, Nov. 23. The event will begin and end at Memorial School, 86 Intervale Road, and the route will take a scenic loop of the Upper and Lower Villages.

Runners will encounter both dirt and pavement surfaces. The start time will be 9 a.m., and the race fee will be $30 plus a $2.95 sign up fee. During a separate kids’ race, children will chase the Turkey who is a volunteer dressed in a turkey suit. The start time will be 8:45 a.m., and fee will be $5 plus a $2 sign up fee.   

Proceeds from the event will go toward establishing the New Gloucester Recreation Scholarship. This scholarship will be used to help families or individuals in financial need by subsidizing the cost of program enrollment.

Providing an event of this size takes many hands, and organizers are soliciting volunteers to help with the race. Volunteers, racers and participating kids are encouraged to pre-register online at

Patti’s Nov. 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Connie Justice, CEO of Planson International, left, Sen. Ned Claxton and Senate President Troy Jackson enjoy a lighthearted moment while the senators find out more about the practices of this successful business during their “Fighting for Maine Agenda” tour on Oct. 28.
Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Senators visit Planson International

When Planson International, located on Penney Road, was recently named the Best Place to Work in Maine for the small business category, legislators promoting their “Fighting for Maine Agenda” took notice. One of their stated core objectives is gathering input from small business owners throughout the state, so a stop here filled the bill.

CEO Connie Justice and her son Nick Planson, who is the company’s sales director, briefed Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Senate President Troy Jackson on their humanitarian-centered business.

As a specialized global IT solutions provider to international organizations, their focus is on development, sustainability and emergency response. Much of their work is accomplished in conjunction with the United Nations to help refugees in developing countries by providing technology and services for charitable projects worldwide.

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Town and volunteers support safe Halloween

|Morgan Rocheleau, NG Parks & Recreation|

Check out what came in TODAY!!!!! We are so excited about providing a safer environment for our community on Halloween this year! Make sure you stop by our table on Halloween to pick up your FREE reflective trick or treat bag.

Reflective Halloween bags
Photo: NG Parks & Recreation

We also have received several calls about Halloween in Lower Village and wanted to pass along some information to everyone.

There is NO rain date for Halloween in the Lower Village

The activity on Halloween in the Lower Village is an organic community event that has been taking place in our community for many years. Meaning this is not an event that is being organized by the Recreation or Fire Rescue Departments. Our involvement as well as others is to help provide the safest environment possible for the youth of the community to enjoy on Halloween. The many trick or treaters would still visit the Lower Village on Halloween if our departments were not involved, so we have chosen to help support our neighbors of the Lower Village that embraces this very unique and wonderful Halloween celebration. In the end our goal is to help everyone have a FUN and SAFE Halloween.