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Lower Village Walk this Saturday

[Friends of the Royal River Conservation Trust]

Please join us for a tour of the Lower Village Conservation Project, this Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. The walk includes parts of the 180 acres of land connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. This is your opportunity to learn about, support and be part of the planning process for this community effort. The walk will start at the Congregational church parking lot in the Lower Village. RSVP not required but for more information email

Looking south from the Congregational Church on Gloucester Hill Road. Drone photo from Terry DeWan.

Friends of  Royal River Conservation Trust

Funeral for George Carman this Saturday, September 21

A firefighter funeral with honors will be held on Saturday for New Gloucester firefighter George Lewis Carman, who died Sept. 10 after a battle with cancer.

Carman received a double lung transplant in 2011 and battled cystic fibrosis his entire life. He was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018.

He was a firefighter for 27 years, both in Yarmouth and New Gloucester.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Station, 611 Lewiston Road. In lieu of flowers, his family asks for donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and New Gloucester Fire and Rescue.

Learn about the Lower Village Conservation Project: Walk on September 21st

Mark Power, New Gloucester resident and member of the board of the Royal River Conservation Trust, recently led a walk through part of the Lower Village Conservation Project. The walk toured the perimeter of the 180 acre parcel of land running from behind the Village Store along side the old Interurban rail line to the marshlands of the Royal River. A second walk is scheduled for Saturday September 21. The project is a joint effort of The Royal River Conservation Trust, GNG little League, and community members, with support from the Town of New Gloucester. Photo: Doug Smith

/ Friends of the Royal River Conservation Trust/
Interested in learning more about the Lower Village Conservation Project? Please join us for a walk, Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. that will include parts of the 180 acres of land connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. The initial vision for this project includes preserving areas of historical significance and high value habitat, exploring the potential for trail and recreational areas, improvements to the GNG Little League ball field facilities and more. Meet at the Congregational church parking lot in the Lower Village at 9 a.m.

RSVP not required but for more information email F

Historical Society September program

” Some Thoughts on a Half Shell: A Marylander’s Look At Maine’s Other Shell Fish, a talk to be given on Thursday, September 19, 7 PM, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). The speaker is historian Steve Rogers. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by New Gloucester Historical Society. FMI: Leonard L. Brooks, (207) 926-3188

Norumbega Cidery open for tastings on Saturday

Norumbega Cidery will be open on Saturday from 1 pm to 6 pm. Try one of the special onsite varieties and enjoy live music by Ronda Dale and crepes from a local food truck. Ciders for the tasting include small batch locally foraged ciders such as Deep Woods (w/spruce tips), Around Town, and Spice, as well as the usual Classic Dry, Cyser, Berry Medley and Cellar Dweller. It’s also a great time of year to hike the woods. We have recently re-marked our Stream Loop Trail in the Norumbega Woods. Head out from the Cidery and try either the Chapel Trail, about a 1 mile hike or the Stream Loop Trail, about a 2 mile hike. Either way, enjoy a fall afternoon with a hike and some cider

Jeff Christiansen and Friends at Village Coffeehouse

The Village Coffeehouse opens for the season on Saturday night. JC (Jeff Christiansen) will be offering up some favorite pop, blues and folkish songs and instrumentals from 50 years of guitar playing and singing. JC  will get a little help from his friends for a first set and then be joined by the New J. Worthington Foulfellow Jug Band, back for an encore after a much needed 50 year break. Jere DeWaters will be ready to wow the audience with his washboard magic!. As always, the Coffeehouse is at the vestry of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road; show starts at 7:30. The Coffeehouse has performers the first Saturday of the month from September to May.

Sunrise coffee fundraiser for CPR machine

Debra Smith, NGX

5:30 is pretty early to get up on a Saturday morning, but about 40 people showed up at Thompson’s for coffee and donuts, and to enjoy conversations and the spectacular early morning view across the Intervale. Mike Thompson had designated the Public Safety Department’s CPR machine as the worthy cause for donations. Chief Toby Martin and Stryker representative Ryan Loshaw were there to demonstrate the Lucas 3 mechanical CPR machine.

From top left: Mike Thompson and Karen Gilles chat, watching the sunrise, Peg Becksvoort shoots a photo while Chris Becksvoort enjoys his coffee, sunrise, Ryan Loshaw and the Lucas 3 CPR machine.

Festive Family Day at Norumbega

Photos by Kevyn Fowler and Debra Smith

Co-sponsored by the Fralich family and NG Parks and Recreation, people of all ages showed up for activities at Norumbega for Family Day on August 24.

From a mushroom walk and kids’ walk, crafts activities, flower arranging checkers and cider tasting, there was something fun for everyone.

From top left: Gathering at tables to socialize and make things, making prayer flags, kids walk led by Michael Fralich, Carl Wilcox photographs a lobster mushroom on mushroom walk led by Kevyn Fowler, Kevyn points out a coral mushroom, Maria and Sage look at eyelash cup mushrooms on a fallen tree, craft table and flower arranging with picnic tables and cidery.

Sunrise Coffee to Raise Money for New Gloucester Fire & Rescue

On Saturday, August 31 at 5:30am, Thompson’s Orchard will serve free coffee and donuts. Donations will be collected for New Gloucester Fire and Rescue to help with the purchase of a Lucas 3 Chest Compression System, a life saving device and a great addition to their tool box. If you can, bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry, another great cause.

RSVP on Facebook so they know how many donuts to make!

Baskets, drums draw thousands to Native American market

Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal

Thousands gathered Saturday for the daylong Native American Summer Market at Shaker Village, lured by baskets, jewelry and drumming.

Among the wares were traditional and fancy baskets made by members of the Penobscot Nation, Passamaquoddy Tribe, the Maliseet and Aroostook Band of Micmac tribes. The tribes collectively make up the Wabanaki Nations, People of the Dawnland. Keep reading