Meet Joe Davis
Candidate for Board of Selectman
Monday, May 22, 2017
Vestry of First Congregational Church of New Gloucester
Joe Davis is running for the one vacant position on the Board of Selectman. Joe will be available at the vestry of the church on Monday night to tell us more about himself, why he is running for Selectman and the issues that he sees as important to the town. This will be a great opportunity to meet Joe and let him know about the issues that are important to you. Please come, bring a neighbor, and find out more about our potential new Town Selectman.
The election for the Town Selectman is on June 13. Mark your calendars!
The following is more information that Joe provided about himself:
My name is Joseph Davis and I have lived my entire 40 years in New Gloucester. I have been married for 10 years to Beth(Barton)Davis, who grew up in Gray. We have two sons, Carter (8), who attends Dunn School and Spencer(4), who is eager to start Kindergarten in the fall at Memorial.
I have been employed by the WalMart Distribution Center in Lewiston for 10 years. I am a den leader and assistant cub master of Pack 135 of New Gloucester. I serve on the Public Works Committee for the town. I am a current member of Cumberland Lodge #12. Mowing the Penney Road baseball field is another way I try to give back to my community. My hobbies include golfing, fishing and camping with my family.
I am running for Selectmen for the town of New Gloucester because I would like to see our small town stay small. We pride ourselves on being a rural, family-centered community. We have shopping areas in Gray and Lewiston/Auburn that are readily available. I would be proud to be a spokesperson for our town. Pledging to lower taxes is something I cannot promise. What I can promise is to be a good listener as we try to find a balance for our wants and needs and our income. Supporting a basic salary for our fire fighters is important to me. Having them be a part of the conversation is critical. My heart and soul belong to this town. It would be an honor to serve as Selectmen.
See you Monday!
Saturday, May 20th
215 Gloucester Hill Road (big red barn at the top of the hill)
9 AM – 1PM
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In a May 4 letter to the community, Laura Jane Sturgis has announced that she will run for MSAD 51 School Board as a write-in candidate. Sturgis will complete a term on the New Gloucester board of selectmen in June. Her letter announcing her run for school board follows:
“At our annual Town Meeting I was shocked to learn that no one had taken out nomination papers for School Board. It is not good for New Gloucester to have an understaffed representation from our town. There are a great many issues facing public education today that will impact many families in our two towns. Continue reading
The Missions Committee of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester has invited Leslie Hyde, President of Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN), to talk with interested church and community members after the church service on Sunday, April 2 at 10:45 am
Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors (YCAN) is an all-volunteer group of community-minded Yarmouth residents who provide support services to community members in need. Residents who do not have the means to purchase fuel needed to warm their homes during the winter, or sufficient food and clothing for their family, or for other critical needs, can find assistance from a number of programs that YCAN supports. Some of the programs offered include: Fuel Assistance, Food Pantry, Nutrition Closet, Lunch Crunch, Rides Program, Aging in Place, Holiday Program, Alzheimer’s Support, and Operation Bundle up.
The organization was founded in late 2008 by concerned citizens in Yarmouth, Maine with its mission to create a sustainable community organization that promotes the connection of resources with people who need them. Leslie Hyde, who is also an interfaith chaplain with the Yarmouth Police, will provide an overview of YCAN, its services, organization, and history. It will be a very informal gathering. All are welcome. Please come for some coffee and conversation.
Unfortunately we have to cancel the Coffeehouse that was planned for this weekend. We had hoped to have the Gawler Family Band but they had a family conflict. We hope to get them back in the fall. Be sure to join us May 6 for a concert with Emila Dahlin.
AUGUSTA — Lawmakers are trying to decide whether to pull the trigger on a measure that would allow 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds to carry concealed handguns. The age limit is 21.
Sponsor Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, told colleagues that “questions of age are beside the point” because every law-abiding Mainer has a legal right to carry a gun at age 18. The only question, he said, is whether that person can also wear a jacket that hides it.
The National Rifle Association backs Brakey’s controversial bill, calling it “common-sense legislation which restores fairness to all individuals who choose to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.”
But there’s considerable opposition to the idea.
“Eighteen-year-olds are not grown-ups, not adults,” said Peter Michaud, associate general counsel of the Maine Medical Association. “They think they are, but they’re not. An 18-year-old is an adolescent.”
The president of the Maine Psychological Association, Elise Magnuson, said her group has “concerns about shifting the age downward” given research that shows an 18-year-old’s brain is still developing. Continue reading
Thursday, March 16th, 7pm, at New Gloucester Meeting House. RRCT’s Alan Stearns will make a presentation and lead a discussion on Royal River Conservation Trust, RRCT initiatives that support New Gloucester’s quality of life and historic heritage. Join us for a discussion on open space and historic interpretive opportunities in New Gloucester, farmland conservation, the Royal River Water Trail, and more.
INVITATION TO BID
Town of New Gloucester
The Town of New Gloucester, Maine is accepting bids to purchase playground equipment and associated technical assistance to install a playground at the Town’s Fairground property on Bald Hill Road. The Town will receive sealed bid proposals for the “Playground Project,” at the New Gloucester Town Office, 385 Intervale Road, until 6:00 PM on March 20, 2017. The bids will be publicly opened at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting that evening which begins at 7:00 PM at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse at 389 Intervale Road.
A full Request for Proposals for the project is available on the Town Website (click here) or is available for inspection at Town Hall, 385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.
While the rest of us were shoveling, eleven dedicated citizen-volunteers were working on New Gloucester’s Fiscal Year ’18 budget with the help of Town staff. The result of the Budget Committee’s efforts will be open to public comment and questions on Wed. March 1 at 7 p.m. at the Meeting House. You can study up ahead of time: the proposed FY18 budget in line-item detail—from postage to plowing—is available for download here. The 119-page document sets out the Budget Committee’s FY18 recommendations alongside those of the Board of Selectmen, with prior years’ data included for comparison. Following the March 1 public hearing, the Committee and the Selectmen will finalize their respective budget recommendations for voters’ consideration at Town Meeting on Monday, May 1.
The municipal budget is only part of a larger tax picture that includes the county and schools. Indeed, if New Gloucester residents’ total tax expenditures were a pie, the town’s slice can resemble what your weight-conscious cousin takes at Thanksgiving so as not to offend Aunt Rose. Last year, for example, more than three-quarters of the tax-dollar pie went to the SAD 15 school budget and Cumberland County. Even considered on its own, though, this year’s proposed $3.9 million municipal-only budget is “particularly challenging,” according to Town Manager Paul First. Continue reading
After the march…. Action Options Resource Fair
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Vestry of the 1st Congo Church
19 Gloucester Hill Road
New Gloucester, Maine
Given the current political climate and administration, many of us are concerned for our democracy and are exploring options for social activism. Because a lot of people are looking for ways to channel their energy, and because we each have our own passion, calling, and amount of time we can commit to volunteer endeavors, a few groups have been invited to come and discuss their work on Sunday, February 12 from 2:00pm – 4:00 pm in the vestry of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, ME.
Natural Resources Council of Maine http://www.nrcm.org/
Maine Women’s Policy Center: http://mainewomenspolicycenter.org/
Maine People’s Alliance https://www.mainepeoplesalliance.org/
Information about 10 actions in 100 days (sign up here: http://mainemarch.com/)N
New Gloucester Food Pantry
Information about Indivisible actions
Consumers for Affordable Healthcare http://www.mainecahc.org/Maine Democrats http://www.mainedems.org/
Emerge Maine http://www.emergemaine.org/