First Congregational Church
Saturday, December 2, 2017
5:30 pm Potluck dinner — vestry
7:00 pm Christmas Concert — main church
Join us at the second annual Christmas Concert featuring New Gloucester musicians including Jim Gallant, Mike Conant, Ben Detroy, Chris Ricardi, Hal Phillips, Tony Castro, Rev Linda Gard, and Todd Burrowes. These talented musicians will provide a combination of musical styles including blue grass, fingerstyle guitar and or course some traditional holiday music with a sing-a-long at the end. Proceeds will benefit New Gloucester residents needing heating assistance.
Vote on Tuesday, November 7th at the NG Fire and Rescue Building, 611 Lewiston Road. Polls are open from 6 am to 8 pm.
Questions on the ballot include:
- Citizen Initiative: Casino in York County
Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?
- Citizen Initiative: Medicaid Expansion
Do you want Maine to expand Medicaid to provide healthcare coverage for qualified adults under age 65 with incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level, which in 2017 means $16,643 for a single person and $22,412 for a family of two?
- Bond Issue: Infrastructure
Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for construction, reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, transit and bicycle and pedestrian trails, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds, and for the upgrade of municipal culverts and stream crossings?
Total estimated lifetime cost is $133,875,000 representing $105,000,000 in principal and $28,875,000 in interest (assuming interest at 5.0% over 10 years).
- Constitutional Amendment: State Pension Funding
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial markets by increasing the length of time over which experience losses are amortized from 10 years to 20 years, in line with pension industry standards?
For more information on these questions, see http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/index.html
To see the two Medicaid Expansion panels held in New Gloucester, see
No on Question 2 Medicaid Expansion panel
Yes on Question 2 Medicaid Expansion panel
Sean Mencher will be returning to the Village Coffeehouse and as usual provide a great evening of rock n’ roll, western swing, bluegrass, jazz, blues and rockabilly. Get ready to swing along with this talented Portland-based musician.
The concert will take place at the First Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person. Call 653-6151 for more information.
Healing Through Horses will be holding over 25 demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8:30 to 5:30. There’s something for everyone with presentations by local, national and internationally renowned trainers and horse professionals. Demonstrations include how to connect and create a partnership with your horse; foundations and principles of dressage; horse chiropractics; the Maine horse doctor; art on horseback and much more. Stop by 51 Meadow Lane and check out the many demonstrations and learn more about equine assisted therapy. $20 a day for all day admission. Food available Milley’s Skillet Food Truck. For more information see Healing Through Horses.
Shop Local and Business Showcase
Hosted by the GNG Development Corp
Wednesday October 18, 2017
5:30 to 8:00 pm
Coolidge Family Farm
1084 Lewiston Road (Rt 100)
New Gloucester 04260
Parking available at Amvets
Appetizers from Jess N’ Nics and cash bar
Economic Development Updates from Gray and New Gloucester
Kai Smith — Cofounder of Buoy Local will talk about economic benefits of shopping local
Dale Carrier, BM, Sea Dog Brewing
Adam Moses, Manager, Shipyard Brewing
Question and Answer
There are 15 spots for local businesses to showcase their products. Spaces are approximately 4′ each (shared tables). Space is available on a first come first served basis. Contact Tracy Scheckel 232-5557 or email@example.com to reserve a table.
RSVP at 657-2033 by October 9, 2017 if you plan to attend.
Donors and supporters include: Coolidge Family Farm, Shipyard Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Baxter Brewing, Norumbega Hard Cider and Jess N’ Nics and the Bar Association.
Wayfinder Schools’ New Gloucester campus seeks a night owl for an overnight awake staff position. For job description and to apply see:
By Ellie Fellers From the Lewiston Sun:
NEW GLOUCESTER — A warrant for a special town meeting Sept. 18 to approve building a town garage and a salt/sand shed was not signed by selectmen Monday night because the motion failed in a 2-2 vote. The project is dead, unless the motion is reconsidered or citizens put forth a petition requesting the vote be held.
Chairwoman Linda Chase and Vice Chairman Steve Libby voted in favor of giving voters the right to approve the project, while Stephen Hathorne and Joseph Davis were opposed. Selectman Lenora Conger was absent.
“This would be an overstep for us to deny voters the right to vote,” Libby said. Following the vote, he stormed out of the meeting saying loudly, “Good show, real professional.”Libby has served with a citizen-appointed committee for two years working on the proposed six-bay garage and 80- by 160-foot sand/salt shed on 25 acres where fire station stands at 611 Lewiston Road.
Ganneston Construction of Augusta was chosen to build the garage and has provided engineering and technical service at no expense to the town.The $4.6 million cost for the garage and shed would been financed by a 25-year bond. With interest of $1.78 million, the total cost would be $6.38 million.
The warrant also asked voters to approve an amendment to the Pineland Municipal Development Tax Increment Financing District to allow a percentage be used for the project.
Two public informational meetings this month drew only a dozen residents each.
Hathorne has been opposed to the site, preferring Upper Gloucester village for a garage to replace one with cracked load-bearing walls and crumbling masonry block, roof and wall leaks and lack of insulation. The garage has outdated mechanical systems and driveway safety issues.
Hathorne said he fears a nearby groundwater aquifer at 611 Lewiston Road could be polluted if a garage is built there.“I am 100 percent in favor of a new town garage, but I will not sign the warrant,” he said.
Davis said not enough people know about the project. He also said if town land near the site was used for a road it could impact the area and groundwater.
In other business, the board set the 2018 tax rate at $15.60 per thousand dollars of valuation, or 90 cents more than the current rate of $14.70. Taxes on a home valued at $100,000 would be $1,560, an increase of $90.
The new rate allows an overlay of $59,110.60.
The following was posted on the New Gloucester Town Website:
Public Informational Meetings – New Public Works Facility
There will be two Public Informational Meetings on the proposed New Public Works Facility
Wednesday, August 2nd and Tuesday, August 8th,
each beginning at 7:00 p.m.,
at the AMVETS – 1095 Lewiston Road – New Gloucester
Public Hearing – TIF Amendments
There will be a Public Hearing on the proposed amendments to the TIF Document
Tuesday, August 15th, beginning at 7:00 p.m.,
at the AMVETS, 1095 Lewiston Road – New Gloucester
Water District Trustee Run-off Election
Monday – August 14, 2017
8:30am – 12:00pm 12:30pm – 7:00pm
at the New Gloucester Town Office
Absentee Ballots are now available
Click here to view the ballot
Well this summer in Maine is warm and wonderful! We hope you are all getting out and about, enjoying the fabulous weather.
Here are our recent specials and prices.
(5) 1 LB for $35 (arriving thursday)
(5) 1 1/4 LB for $53
(5) 1 1/2 LB for $66
HADDOCK 5.99 LB
SALMON 13.99 LB
MONKFISH 8.99 LB
WILD SALMON 11.99 LB
SCALLOPS 18.99 LB
SMOKED SALMON 16.99 LB
SWORDFISH 17.99 LB
STEAMERS 4.50 LB
MUSSELS 2.99 LB
OYSTERS 1.25 EACH
GULF SHRIMP 16.99 LB
“ME” SHRIMP 14.99 LB
(wed and Thursday only)
(2) Lobster rolls $25
See you soon!
Nicole and Nick
This event is being held around the state in the next few months.
Wednesday, June 21
6:30 to 10:00 pm
Yarmouth High School Cafeteria
No cover; free food and music
The Make Shift Coffee House is a place for people with different views to exchange and consider different views. Guided by a neutral facilitator participants share experiences and opinions, ask each other questions, and try to understand each other.
It’s not about persuading or converting each other, or about condemning each other. It’s simply about learning each other’s perspectives.
In the new digital age it’s easy to choose our sources of information and reinforce what we already believe. It’s easy to surround myself with people that share my views. It’s easy to build opinions in isolation, each of us interacting with our own computer screen. It’s easy to avoid talking face-to-face.
The Make Shift Coffee House is a face-to-face place, in real time, with good old fashioned civic dialogue.
Make Shift Coffee Houses are facilitated by Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions. A professional meeting moderator, Craig facilitates a civil exchange of ideas as a neutral third party. It’s not about judging right or wrong or good or bad, it’s about understanding each others’ perspectives.
For more info; go to http://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/