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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.