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Community Potluck and Christmas Concert Dec. 15

Celebrate the holidays with your neighbors and friends at the Community Potluck in the vestry of the First of the First Congregational Church on Saturday Dec. 15 . Bring something to share or just come by and enjoy the evening. Potluck starts at 5:30
The third annual Christmas concert will follow in the acoustically spectacular sanctuary with musicians from New Gloucester, Gray , and Alfred.
A New Gloucester Christmas is a collaboration of many artists from the Greater New Gloucester area. Spearheaded by guitarist Jim Gallant, fiddler Mike Conant, and the members of Bald Hill, this year’s line-up includes a host of new participants, including noted Seussian scholar Don Libby and choirs representing St. Gregory’s in Gray and the New Gloucester First Congregational Church. Returning to the stage from previous Christmas appearances are Emily and Steve MacKinnon (of the Kennebunk River Band), George Wardwell, and percussion guru Tony Castro. Show time is 7 pm.
The dinner is free and open to the public as is the concert but a suggested donation of $10 will benefit the Church’s Fuel Assistance Fund which helps fund needy families during the Maine winter.

Food Pantry Donations Welcome

The First Congregational Church will be collecting non-perishable food items or household products to donate to the Food Pantry during this holiday season. The Food Pantry is open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 7:45 am to 9:30 am and is located behind the First Congregational Church.  About 12-15 families typically use the food pantry. Casco BAY CAN has provided the church with 35 grocery bags that can be used to collect food. Some take part in a “Reverse Advent Calendar” and put one item in the food bag on each day of Advent.  You can also fill the bag as it works for you. In any case, donations welcome anytime this month or at the Christmas eve service. Some items that are particularly in need include: cold cereal, jam/jelly, crackers, instant potatoes, fruit juice in plastic containers, canned tuna or chicken, canned fruits, vegetable soups, peanut butter, canned pasta, dry pasta, rice, jello/pudding mixes, coffee, mayo, tea AND items such as TP, dish soap and laundry detergent. To find out more, call the church office at: 926-3260.

New Gloucester town manager names interim fire chief — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – November 19, 2018

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay announced at Monday’s selectmen meeting that Sherman Lahaie of Naples would serve as interim fire chief starting Monday.

Earlier this month, former Fire Chief James Ladewig returned to work after a paid administrative leave. He resigned the day after his return and after an investigation by Castonguay.

At the same time, Castonguay suspended Deputy Fire Chief Roger Levasseur, who has served the department for decades and was in charge of the department while Ladewig was on leave.

She said she could not discuss the issue because it is a personnel matter.

In other business Monday, the board reviewed capital improvements for public works, the transfer station, the Town Hall and library, fire and emergency medical services and administration, assessing and general government.

The Capital Improvement Committee ranks the projects and capital reserve accounts for the coming year and the board makes the final decision for funding requests to be presented to voters.

Some items for capital reserve accounts include heat pumps for cooling and supplemental heat, upgrades/replacement of the fire station computer server, replacing the town’s telephone system and a matching fund reserve for any grants the town receives.

Department budgets are due by Nov. 29. The town manager will distribute budget books to the board by Jan. 23, 2019.

New Gloucester’s Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect

The Economic Development Committee invites you to a Forum on New Gloucester’s  Agricultural Economy: Ways to Promote and Protect.
We will be discussing ways the town can support farms and farmers; how to preserve the agricultural character of New Gloucester; and ways an agricultural economy benefits the entire community.

Monday, November 26
6:30 pm
Meeting House
385 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester

Speakers include: Stephanie Gilbert (Maine Dept. of Agriculture); Nina Young Maine Farmland Trust); Justin Gray (Pineland Farms) and Rick and Cheryl Haas (Lazy Dog Farm). Buzz Lamb (NG resident and GrowSmart Maine Board member) will moderate the Forum.
PLEASE COME! QUESTIONS AND IDEAS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

 

Seagrass at Village Coffeehouse Sat. Nov. 3

Join neighbors, bring friends and settle in to an evening of entertainment and good company at the Village Coffeehouse of New Gloucester. The setting in the vestry of the historic New Gloucester First Congregational Church is cozy, the acoustics are fabulous, the music is always lively, and the food and company can’t be beat. Seagrass specializes in upbeat traditional, classic rock and contemporary music.
Vestry of First Congregational Church
7:30 pm
Tickets: $10 at the door

Day One open house held at new facility

Day One’s residence for boys at Fogg’s Corner.

Joanne Grant, right, Day One Director of Residential Services with Ellie Espling, State Representative for New Gloucester at the Day One open house on October 24, 2018.

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GNG Community Service Club Carves Pumpkins to Benefit Camp Sunshine

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Every fall, the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club, with the amazing help of the majority of the student body, carves over 1000 pumpkins. These pumpkins are showcased in Freeport at LL Bean and are individually sponsored, with the … Continue reading

Orange & white cat

This sweet cat has been hanging out in the Lower Village, just want to make sure it has a home. If this is your cat, please send us a note at contact@ngxchange.org

Calling Budget Committee Volunteers for New Gloucester

There are currently 4 openings on the Budget Committee. This is a very important committee that has a great deal of say In the budget that is sent to the voters. The committee will meet 4 or 5 times during the months of January and February. I enjoy serving on this committee and working with the department heads making sure the needs of the town are met. I hope there will be a full slate of volunteers. If you interested in serving applications can be downloaded or picked up at the town office.

Thanks,
Peter Bragdon

NGFR BBQ at Thompsons a festive and delicious fundraising success

The New Gloucester Fire and Rescue hosted their annual barbecue at Thompsons’ Orchards on September 30th. A fundraiser for the NGFR, they hoped to clear $1,000 for various needs and projects. The weather was perfect and many stopped to enjoy chicken, burgers and hot dogs.  Gray Stop and Shop and an anonymous donor helped support this cause.

NGFR members Alicia LaFlamme (Advanced EMT), Jared Schwartz (Firefighter/EMT) and Auxiliary members Amy Carman and Avis Ford serve a delicious BBQ lunch at Thompsons on Sept. 30, 2018. Not shown: George Carman, Tim Joy and Peter Culver.

Misty Coolidge is ready to enjoy her lunch at the NGFR BBQ. September 30, 2018.

 

Interior firefighter Peter Culver takes a break at the NGFR BBQ.

Tim Joy barbecues chicken at the 2018 NGFR BBQ.

See these videos on NGX’s new YouTube channel.

Tim Joy on the history of the NGFR BBQ

NGFR fundraising and serving the community