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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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Sen. Claxton welcomes New Gloucester students to State House

Dunn School students with Senator Claxton at the State House.

AUGUSTA — On Tuesday, Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, welcomed third and fourth graders from the Burchard A Dunn School in New Gloucester to the State House.

Visits to the State House provide students with a real world, legislative learning experience. To learn more about visits to the State House or the Honorary Page program, please contact Sen. Claxton’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Gift allows NG conservator Tony Castro to continue restoration of historic painted ceiling

Readfield Union Meeting House has received a $10,000 gift to help restore its painted ceiling and complete Phase I of the conservation work this spring, according to a news release from the Meeting House’s Board.

The donation was made by Linda Bean, and her sister Diana Bean.

Like the painted murals on the walls of the sanctuary, the ceiling was highly decorated by the artist, Charles Schumacher, of Portland, from 1866 to 1868. Over the years, vibration and other factors have caused portions of the plaster ceiling to crack and come loose from the laths that support it. Continue reading article in Portland Press Herald.

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NG Land Management Planning Committee Takes Up Solar Development with Input from Residents

At a workshop on March 27, 2019, the Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) heard from community members about development and regulation of solar energy in New Gloucester According to Town Planner Scott Hastings, members of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee had recently suggested the need to examine the town ordinances particularly as they relate to installation of large solar arrays. Before proceeding with any such changes, the LMPC decided to ask for public input and try to get ahead of the issue before any large developers might approach the town

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Patti’s March 29 Inside New Gloucester Column

Donnie Carroll speaks to a group on March 21 about why Gray voted for a charter in that town and how it has worked. The meeting was hosted by New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8. Check their Facebook page for details.

Benefit dance

The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual fundraising dance Saturday, April 13, at the Gray American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray. The featured band is Something Stupid, a dance band made up of four self-proclaimed “weirdos,” who love to entertain people, whether it be musically or by making fun of themselves. Each show features a mixture of improvisational comedy and rehearsed music.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Features include a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a few door prizes. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or at the door. Call Andrea at 577-2563 or Candi at 831-0449, or send an email to

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to

Public Workshop on Solar Energy Arrays

Public Workshop on Solar Energy Arrays

The LMPC is looking at creating a Solar Array Ordinance similar to our Wind Energy Ordinance to provide performance standards and zoning regulations for Solar Energy Arrays in New Gloucester. 

There will be a public workshop on March 27th at 6:30 pm in the Meetinghouse.  

Come and let us know your thoughts on solar arrays of all sizes.  If you have any comments or comments please contact the Town Planner, Scott Hastings at or 207-926-4126 x4.

New Gloucester selectmen adopt fees for using facilities

The Board of Selectmen on Monday adopted fees for using town buildings and recreational facilities, and added stipulations for their use.

It’s the first time the town has set fees, and they take effect immediately.

The amount charged varies according to whether the user falls into one of three categories: community groups, such as softball and baseball teams, from Gray-New Gloucester; community groups from outside Gray-New Gloucester; and groups such as private individuals, organizations or commercials enterprises. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Claxton bill to help victims of assault receives unanimous support

March 15, 2019
Contact: Lisa Haberzettl [Claxton], 251-3548

Sen. Claxton, “Current definitions of ‘strangulation’ limit our ability to help victims.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 779, “An Act To Improve the Definition of ‘Strangulation’ in the “Aggravated Assault Laws” received an unanimous vote from the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. The bill would remove the requirement to prove intention from strangulation in aggravated assault cases. Continue reading

Changes in access to e-books and cable TV

New Gloucester Public Library access to e-books:
The Maine InfoNet Download Library has migrated to a brand new e-book and e-Audiobook platform called cloudLibrary. This replaces the Overdrive platform previously used.
To use the system, simply download the app for your device by going to: or go to and follow the links to login via your library.

Cable TV:
NGTV Channel 3 is now Channel 1302.

Workplan for state bridge and road projects unveiled including projects in New Gloucester and area towns

A number of paving projects, ditching, and bridge and safety improvements are proposed for New Gloucester and surrounding towns. See below for more information.

March 6, 2019
Contact: Lisa Haberzettl [Claxton], 251-3548
Work plan for state bridge and road projects unveiled
AUGUSTA – Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, is pleased to announce the details of Maine’s three-year transportation infrastructure work plan, and what it means for the state and region. The plan is released annually with an outline of the Maine Department of Transportation’s strategy for road, bridge and other transportation projects throughout the state. Continue reading