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Patti’s Aug. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


A Wabanaki dancer performs while drummers provide the beat at a past Maine Native American Summer Market and Demonstration at Shaker Village. This year’s festival is slated for Aug. 24. Patti Mikkelsen photo

Native American festival

The 11th annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

The Maine Native American Summer Market provides a rare opportunity to purchase museum-quality crafts directly from nationally recognized Wabanaki artists. A wide selection of crafts is offered for a range of prices.

More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basket making, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry. Additionally, there will be storytelling by Geo Neptune, as well as performances by the Burnurwurbskek Singers and Wabanaki Dancers.

Barbecue dinner plates will be available for sale to the public, while supplies last. The free festival will be held rain or shine.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: https://www.pressherald.com/2019/08/16/inside-new-gloucester-aug-16/

Norumbega Cidery Open House

Norumbega Cidery is open on Saturday, August 3 from 1 pm to 6 pm. Music provided by Ronda Dale, food provided by Nom Bai, and fresh cut flowers available for making your own bouquets. And of course, refreshing Norumbega cider with some new onsite blends available including New North Woods Spruce Tip and a fresh batch of Cyser and Berry Medley.

The Norumbega Chapel Trail is right behind the Cider House and links to the Big Falls Preserve Trail is you are looking for some outdoor activity as well. Stop on by at 380 Woodman Road.

Neighborhood yard sale

Multi-family yard sales, Friday and Saturday 9-3, Sunday ??Cobb’s Bridge Road corner of 231, Lower Village, New Gloucester.Everything under the sun from furniture and household items, winter tires for Audi or VW, giant aquarium, art, sporting items, kids’ clothing and toys, hand-made bath balms and more.

Felix Stars in the Pet Show

Frank Chambers has an armful holding “Felix,” a rotund feline.
Kathleen Potter and Frank Chambers show off their tuxedo-clad pussycat at the New Gloucester Public Library’s 17th Annual Pet Show on July 9th.
Photos by Patti Mikkelsen

Sunrise at the gazebo at Thompson’s Orchard

Saturday July 13, from 4:30 to 7 am, enjoy fresh coffee and donuts, a beautiful sunrise and time with friends and neighbors.  

Please RSVP through Facebook or text 207-807-6869 with number of adults and children. Thanks and hope to see you there.
Mike Thompson

Help wanted: Part-time church sexton

The First Congregational-Christian Church of New Gloucester, Maine is seeking a part-time church sexton (janitor). The church sexton (janitor) works closely with the pastor. Regular tasks include cleaning, light maintenance, and setting up and moving furniture for events. The successful candidate needs to be physically fit, able to work independently and have access to own transportation.

The church sexton (janitor) reports to the Board of Trustees. The regular duties require 4 to 5 hours per week, with occasional additional hours as requested for event support. The hourly rate is dependent upon skills and experience, with a minimum of $13 per hour.

For more details on the duties and skills required, see www.ngucc.org. For consideration, please email search@ngucc.org to request an application.

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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