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Colby and Donovan Win Select Board Seats; Charter Commission Effort Fails by Five Votes

A referendum vote that would have established a town charter commission fell just short of passage on Tuesday. The final tally was 387 in favor of creating a charter commission and 391 opposed.

In the race for two open seats on the Select Board, George Colby and Tammy Donovan defeated Peter Bragdon and Stephen Hathorne. Colby and Donovan won three-year terms and will replace outgoing board members Lenora Conger and Steven Libby.

Voters also approved the MSAD 15 budget by a comfortable margin, and elected Misty Coolidge, Nichole Stevens, and Laura Jane Sturgis unopposed to three open seats on the school board.

Full election results, as posted on the town’s website:

Board of Selectmen

299     Bragdon, Peter R                                       

364     Colby Sr., George W                                     

438     Donovan, Tammy L                                       

247     Hathorne, Stephen J                                     

6       Write-ins                                                       

212     Blanks                                               

MSAD #15 School Board 

469   Coolidge, Misty L

436   Stevens, Nichole D

106   Sturgis, Laura J (Write-In)  

 27    Other Write-ins

1311   Blanks

New Gloucester Water District Trustee

 65  Hardesty, Vaughn A

 3  Write-ins

 4  Blanks

MSAD #15 Budget Referendum

 495   Yes

 270   No

 15   Blanks

Charter Commission Referendum

 387   Yes

 391   No

5   Blanks

Total Votes:   783

Patti’s April 12 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


Betty Kolda, left, Yvette Knight, Deb Chandler, Beverly Cadigan, Phoebe Hardesty and Kathleen Potter are among the members of the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library. The group’s primary mission is to host a book and bake sale twice a year providing a steady revenue stream to augment the library’s annual budget.

Friends of the Library

Professional organizers can’t hold a candle to the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library.

Member Beverly Cadigan, chronicling the process of sorting the books that are contributed to the library, says the librarians first categorize the donated books, retaining some of them to add to the inventory. The remainder are put in crates and brought down into the labyrinth of rooms found in the library’s basement.

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Materials for April 16 meetings now posted on town web site

Town of New Gloucester MEETING NOTICETuesday – April 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. Amvets Hall 1095 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester, Maine

Board of Selectmen Public Hearing
Property Tax Assistance Ordinance
Please click here to view the Proposed Ordinance

Informational Meeting Public Safety (Fire and Rescue) Budget

Budget Committee Public Hearing
FY2020 Proposed Budget
Please click here to view the FY2020 Budget 

Budget Committee Meeting to follow


Board of Selectmen Considers Budget, Reviews Warrant, Sets Special Meeting/Public Hearing for April 16

Deep into hour three of their April 8 meeting, the Board of Selectmen discussed the FY19 NG Fire and Rescue budget to be given to the Budget Committee for its April 11 meeting, and shed light on possible changes ahead for the department.  The Fire and Rescue budgets, now combined in a single “Public Safety” account, #117, have remained uncertain as the board considered options—and costs—for providing 24/7 emergency response coverage.  The board had previously set a placeholder amount of $700,000 while it deliberated.  The new FY19 figure will be $643,112.  The Fire and Rescue budget this year was $380,000. 

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Budget hearing/meetings April 16

To: Citizens of New Gloucester

From: Peter Bragdon, Candidate for Selectmen

A Marathon Night of Public Hearings/Meetings you should know about!  Please spread the word….

We need you!   At topic is your town budget with a proposed estimated / rough increase of 23% (per the selectmen meeting).

Please be advised there will be the following public hearings/meetings held on this coming TUESDAY at 6pm.  The meeting will be held at the AMVETS Hall, 1095 Lewiston Rd.

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Sen. Claxton welcomes New Gloucester students to State House


Dunn School students with Senator Claxton at the State House.

AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, welcomed third and fourth graders from the Burchard A Dunn School in New Gloucester to the State House.

Visits to the State House provide students with a real world, legislative learning experience. To learn more about visits to the State House or the Honorary Page program, please contact Sen. Claxton’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Gift allows NG conservator Tony Castro to continue restoration of historic painted ceiling

Readfield Union Meeting House has received a $10,000 gift to help restore its painted ceiling and complete Phase I of the conservation work this spring, according to a news release from the Meeting House’s Board.

The donation was made by Linda Bean, and her sister Diana Bean.

Like the painted murals on the walls of the sanctuary, the ceiling was highly decorated by the artist, Charles Schumacher, of Portland, from 1866 to 1868. Over the years, vibration and other factors have caused portions of the plaster ceiling to crack and come loose from the laths that support it. Continue reading article in Portland Press Herald.

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NG Land Management Planning Committee Takes Up Solar Development with Input from Residents


At a workshop on March 27, 2019, the Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) heard from community members about development and regulation of solar energy in New Gloucester According to Town Planner Scott Hastings, members of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee had recently suggested the need to examine the town ordinances particularly as they relate to installation of large solar arrays. Before proceeding with any such changes, the LMPC decided to ask for public input and try to get ahead of the issue before any large developers might approach the town

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Patti’s March 29 Inside New Gloucester Column


Donnie Carroll speaks to a group on March 21 about why Gray voted for a charter in that town and how it has worked. The meeting was hosted by New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8. Check their Facebook page for details.

Benefit dance

The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual fundraising dance Saturday, April 13, at the Gray American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray. The featured band is Something Stupid, a dance band made up of four self-proclaimed “weirdos,” who love to entertain people, whether it be musically or by making fun of themselves. Each show features a mixture of improvisational comedy and rehearsed music.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Features include a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a few door prizes. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or at the door. Call Andrea at 577-2563 or Candi at 831-0449, or send an email to royalriverriders@yahoo.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-165/

Public Workshop on Solar Energy Arrays

Public Workshop on Solar Energy Arrays

The LMPC is looking at creating a Solar Array Ordinance similar to our Wind Energy Ordinance to provide performance standards and zoning regulations for Solar Energy Arrays in New Gloucester. 

There will be a public workshop on March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Meetinghouse.  

Come and let us know your thoughts on solar arrays of all sizes.  If you have any comments or comments please contact the Town Planner, Scott Hastings at shastings@newgloucester.com or 207-926-4126 x4.