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Yard sale Saturday

Saturday, May 20th
215 Gloucester Hill Road (big red barn at the top of the hill)
9 AM – 1PM

Laura Jane Sturgis to Run for School Board as Write-In Candidate

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

Learn more about YCAN (Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors) on Sunday at 10:45 at the First Congregational Church

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.

Coffee House this weekend cancelled

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.

Lots of opposition to Sen. Eric Brakey’s bill to allow concealed carry for those 18 to 21

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

Alan Stearns from the Royal River Conservation Trust presenting at Historical Society meeting tonight, March 16 at 7 pm

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.

Parks & Recreation Playground Project Invitation to Bid

Town of New Gloucester
Playground Project 

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.

New Gloucester Town Budget: Public Hearing Wed. March 1 at 7 p.m.

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 Feb. 12

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
Maine Women’s Policy Center:
Maine People’s Alliance
Information about 10 actions in 100 days (sign up here:
New Gloucester Food Pantry
Information about Indivisible actions
Consumers for Affordable Healthcare Democrats
Emerge Maine

Apologies – Tricky Britches Canceled – But Caroline Cotter will be playing tonight at the Coffeehouse.

Unfortunately,  a member of the Tricky Britches Band badly hurt his hand and the band will not be able to play tonight. BUT Caroline Cotter has very graciously agreed to step in and play  for us. It’s a very special treat to have Caroline join us tonight on short notice – particularly as she is just passing through her home town of Portland as she continues her world and nationwide tour.
You hear it over and over, “Don’t quit your day job!” but that’s just what Caroline Cotter did at the start of 2015 when she released her national debut album, Dreaming as I Do.   Receiving national recognition, the album reached #5 on the Folk DJ charts in February, with the second most played song of the month, Bella Blue.
Since the album’s release, Caroline has been on the road touring non-stop throughout the US and Europe, playing over 200 shows a year in venues from Club Passim in Boston, MA to the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland, Oregon. She has shared the stage with Loudon Wainwright III, David Wilcox, and Dan Bern, played festivals including 30A Songwriters Festival in Florida, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival in Boston, Al Ras Festival in Barcelona, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in New York, and showcased at the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance Conference as well as the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.