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Patti’s Dec. 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

State Rep. Amy Arata presents a Cumberland County 4-H Rosette award ribbon to New Gloucester Public Library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle at a ceremony on Nov. 20. Klotzle delivered a talk on her research entitled, “Wabanaki Bird Stories.” Photo courtesy of Patti Mikkelsen

Coastal Winds in concert

Holiday favorites will be performed by Coastal Winds, Freeport’s community concert band, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the acoustically ideal sanctuary of  the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. A collection will be gratefully received for the local emergency fuel assistance fund.

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Holiday wine tasting at the Village Store

Sample delicious holiday wines from three distributors. Delicious food will be available for your pleasure as well. Join us this Saturday, December 7th, from 5 to 7 at the Village Store.

Strut Your Stuffin’

In partnership with Back 40 Events, a New Gloucester-based company, New Gloucester Recreation will be offering the first annual Thanksgiving four-mile road race, Strut Your Stuffin’, on Saturday, Nov. 23. The event will begin and end at Memorial School, 86 Intervale Road, and the route will take a scenic loop of the Upper and Lower Villages.

Runners will encounter both dirt and pavement surfaces. The start time will be 9 a.m., and the race fee will be $30 plus a $2.95 sign up fee. During a separate kids’ race, children will chase the Turkey who is a volunteer dressed in a turkey suit. The start time will be 8:45 a.m., and fee will be $5 plus a $2 sign up fee.   

Proceeds from the event will go toward establishing the New Gloucester Recreation Scholarship. This scholarship will be used to help families or individuals in financial need by subsidizing the cost of program enrollment.

Providing an event of this size takes many hands, and organizers are soliciting volunteers to help with the race. Volunteers, racers and participating kids are encouraged to pre-register online at

Patti’s Nov. 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Connie Justice, CEO of Planson International, left, Sen. Ned Claxton and Senate President Troy Jackson enjoy a lighthearted moment while the senators find out more about the practices of this successful business during their “Fighting for Maine Agenda” tour on Oct. 28.
Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Senators visit Planson International

When Planson International, located on Penney Road, was recently named the Best Place to Work in Maine for the small business category, legislators promoting their “Fighting for Maine Agenda” took notice. One of their stated core objectives is gathering input from small business owners throughout the state, so a stop here filled the bill.

CEO Connie Justice and her son Nick Planson, who is the company’s sales director, briefed Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Senate President Troy Jackson on their humanitarian-centered business.

As a specialized global IT solutions provider to international organizations, their focus is on development, sustainability and emergency response. Much of their work is accomplished in conjunction with the United Nations to help refugees in developing countries by providing technology and services for charitable projects worldwide.

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Town and volunteers support safe Halloween

|Morgan Rocheleau, NG Parks & Recreation|

Check out what came in TODAY!!!!! We are so excited about providing a safer environment for our community on Halloween this year! Make sure you stop by our table on Halloween to pick up your FREE reflective trick or treat bag.

Reflective Halloween bags
Photo: NG Parks & Recreation

We also have received several calls about Halloween in Lower Village and wanted to pass along some information to everyone.

There is NO rain date for Halloween in the Lower Village

The activity on Halloween in the Lower Village is an organic community event that has been taking place in our community for many years. Meaning this is not an event that is being organized by the Recreation or Fire Rescue Departments. Our involvement as well as others is to help provide the safest environment possible for the youth of the community to enjoy on Halloween. The many trick or treaters would still visit the Lower Village on Halloween if our departments were not involved, so we have chosen to help support our neighbors of the Lower Village that embraces this very unique and wonderful Halloween celebration. In the end our goal is to help everyone have a FUN and SAFE Halloween.


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.

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 For consideration, please email to request an application.

Budget hearing/meetings April 16

To: Citizens of New Gloucester

From: Peter Bragdon, Candidate for Selectmen

A Marathon Night of Public Hearings/Meetings you should know about!  Please spread the word….

We need you!   At topic is your town budget with a proposed estimated / rough increase of 23% (per the selectmen meeting).

Please be advised there will be the following public hearings/meetings held on this coming TUESDAY at 6pm.  The meeting will be held at the AMVETS Hall, 1095 Lewiston Rd.

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GNG Backpack Club receives award from Berlin City

The Gray-New Gloucester Backpack Club is pleased to announce we have been chosen to receive a Drive for Education Program Award from Berlin City for the third consecutive year. Once again this grant give us the financial security we need to stock our food pantry shelves through the end of the school year. The positive impact of this program is far-reaching – affecting the children we serve, the students who volunteer for us, the community members, and our staff as well.
Our program is a 100% collaboration of volunteers including students, staff in our five schools, and our parent volunteers. Our pantry is run by the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club and the EXCEL Program. The students are responsible for taking inventory, unpacking food deliveries, stocking shelves, and making sure over 140 bags of food are packed and ready to go out each week to the five schools in our district (compliments of the district transportation department).|
Thank you Berlin City for this generous donation, and to all who work hard throughout the year to make it all happen!

Church secretary wanted

The First Congregational-Christian Church of New Gloucester, Maine is seeking a part-time Church Secretary. The church secretary works closely with the pastor. Regular tasks include answering incoming calls and taking messages, bookkeeping, scheduling the use of the building, maintaining the church calendar and website and developing and distributing bulletins and newsletters. The successful candidate needs excellent communication and organization skills, strong word processing skills, basic computer knowledge, and experience with QuickBooks online. Empathy and discretion are required.

The church secretary reports to the Board of Trustees. The regular working hours are 9 AM to 1 PM, Tuesday through Friday, with occasional nights or weekends as requested for event support. The hourly rate is dependent upon skills and experience, with a minimum of $13.50 per hour. The church secretary is entitled to 8 days per year of paid time off.

For more details on the duties and skills required, see For consideration, please email your résumé to