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A New Gloucester Christmas concert and Community Potluck – Saturday Dec 7

NEW GLOUCESTER — More than 20 musical, spoken word, and dramatic artists will gather here on Saturday, December 7, to perform during the fourth annual New Gloucester Christmas concert.

This event, organized to raise money for local fuel assistance, is held each year in the historic, acoustically superb sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester (19 Gloucester Hill Road). The 2019 celebration will begin at 7 p.m. A community pot luck will precede the concert, at 5 pm.

When it debuted in 2016, A New Gloucester Christmas featured artists and bands almost exclusively from New Gloucester itself. Each year, however, the troupe of performers has grown and diversified. This year, the line-up includes guitar virtuoso Jim Gallant, actor Don Libby, singer Sophie Patenaude (who performs under her band name, ‘Meraki’), Pastor and humorist George Wardwell, and assorted members of several area ensembles including Bald Hill, Yellow Sun Wreckers, Pocket Full of Mumbles, The Kennebunk River Band, the St. Gregory’s Church choir, and Three Point Jazz duo.

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A New Gloucester Christmas / 2018 photo

Holiday tree lighting, music, and more – Sunday Dec. 1, 4:30 pm

Enjoy the lighting of Tiny Timber, New Gloucester’s holiday tree, seasonal music with the GNG High School Chorus, refreshments at the library, and more on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the New Gloucester Town Hall, 385 Intervale Rd. (Route 231).

The library will open its doors at 4 pm, perfect for staying warm before the tree lighting and caroling at 4:30. The History Barn will also be hosting an open house. Come share this special annual tradition, sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society and the New Gloucester Public Library.

| Tiny Timber decked out for the season – Town of New Gloucester photo |

Public Workshop on Draft Solar Array Ordinance – Tues. Nov. 26 at 5:30 pm

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

Over recent months, the Land Management Planning Committee (LMPC) has worked to develop an ordinance to regulate large ground-mounted solar arrays. LMPC has shared its current draft and now invites the community to offer comments and concerns or simply learn more about solar projects and policies at a workshop to be held Tuesday, November 26, 2019, at 5:30 pm at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road.

This workshop was originally scheduled for late October but scuttled for lack of a quorum. Regular followers of LMPC should note the unusual Tuesday scheduling; LMPC typically meets on Wednesdays.

In developing a draft solar policy, LMPC has sought to consider not only the interests of owners and developers, but also abutters and the larger community. Among the questions LMPC has discussed are impacts on views, what projects should be required to provide a decommissioning plan and financial guarantees against abandonment, and how close to property lines a ground-mounted array may be sited.

To learn more about New Gloucester’s draft solar ordinance and next steps, come to the November 26 workshop. You can also send comments and questions to Town Planner Scott Hastings: and 207-926-4126 x4.

Veterans’ Day 2019

A November sky frames the New Gloucester Veterans’ Monument
honoring all who served
A veteran’s grave in the Lower Cemetery

“In, On, and Around Sabbathday Lake” with Tom Driscoll – Nov. 21 at 7 pm

Photo courtesy of Tom Driscoll

“In, On, and Around Sabbathday Lake” is the title of the November 21, 2019 program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be presented by local explorer Tom Driscoll at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. beginning at 7 pm.

Tom Driscoll has been in, on, and around Sabbathday Lake seasonally or year-round since 1955.  He has studied the lake and surrounding watershed since childhood — from the underlying bedrock geology, up through the aquifer, surficial glacial geology, soil layers, and forest cover, to the lake’s land use history and current use and development. 

Only 16,000 years ago, Driscoll notes, Maine and New England were covered by a huge glacier which extended all the way offshore to the coastal shelf!  At that time the ice over “Sabbathday Lake” and all of Maine was about one mile thick.  About 12,500 years ago, the glacier receded northwest and the area around Sabbathday Lake was free of ice.

Driscoll’s talk will include the glacial history of the lake as well as a few of the unusual items he has found in the lake and some notable nearby places.

The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served. 

Photo courtesy of Tom Driscoll

Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation! Monday Nov. 11 6:30 pm

NursingWise, a tiny, nurse-led non-profit, invites you to a community gathering led by Erin Pendexter Stone, registered nurse and Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator.

What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes?

Advance Care Planning helps you 

  • think about your health care values and goals
  • consider health care choices you will have to make in the future 
  • talk about your choices with your primary care provider and your loved ones
  • develop a written plan for the future (advance directive).

Join us in thought-provoking conversation to help make your wishes known. Learn vocabulary, reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive.

Monday, November 11, 2019  6:30 – 7:30pm *FREE* — First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road (926-3260)

Following the presentation, you may choose to make a follow-up appointment with Erin to further guide you through the process of completing an advance directive, at no cost to you.

Vote TODAY, Tues. Nov. 5!

The polls are open until 8 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Station, 611 Lewiston Road (Route 100).

Two statewide questions are on the ballot: a transportation bond and a proposed amendment to the Maine Constitution to permit individuals with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner.

A book and bake sale, craft fair, book signing, and more – A Saturday in New Gloucester

| Photos by Peg Becksvoort |

Carol Libbe helps organize titles for the Library’s Fall Festival of Books
Phoebe Hardesty arranges the mysteries for the book sale
Colorful jams to sample at the craft fair
Wreaths at the craft fair signal the season

Visitors to the History Barn are captured in reflection
Maine author Jean Flahive discusses her new book
Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride with Debra Smith. Flahive’s book features the historic Interurban trolley.
Phil Blake chats with Maine author Jean Flahive at the History Barn.

Vote! Tuesday November 5

Election Day is Tuesday November 5. The polls will be open from 6 am to 8 pm at the Fire/Rescue station, 611 Lewiston Road (Route 100).

No local races or questions are on the ballot this fall, but two statewide questions will be decided. One is a transportation bond; the other would amend the Maine Constitution to permit individuals with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner:

Question 1:  Bond Issue

An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue To Improve Highways, Bridges and Multimodal Facilities
Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments, to be used to match an estimated $137,000,000 in federal and other funds?

Question 2:  Constitutional Amendment

RESOLUTION, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine Concerning Alternative Signatures Made by Persons with Disabilities
Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to allow persons with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner as authorized by the Legislature?

The Maine Citizen’s Guide to the Referendum Election, including the statutory language and helpful background information, is available here.  The Treasurer’s Statement for the November 2019 Referendum Election, with context about the state’s outstanding bonds and more, is available here.

A busy Saturday

No need to drive anywhere! Saturday, November 2nd is jam-packed with local events: a book sale, book signing, wine tasting and live musical performance.

Library Fall Festival of Books
The library’s annual Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale takes place from 8 to noon. Get there early: there’s usually a line before they open the doors! There is a new limit to the number of people who can enter the basement, where the sale takes place, so expect to be assigned a number when you arrive. (We’ll run a story in the next week or so about this.) Thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Friends of the Library, this twice-a-year sale raises funds for books, media, and library programs and events.

History Barn book signing
The History Barn is open the first Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to Noon. Jean Flahive, local author of “Teddy Roosevelt, Millie and the Elegant Ride”, a tale of the historic Portland-Lewiston Interurban, will be signing copies of her book from 9 AM to Noon at the New Gloucester History Barn, right across the parking lot from the library. This is co-sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society and the Seashore Trolley Museum.

Village Store wine tasting
Fall wines from Lebanon, Italy, NY Finger Lakes and California  will be presented by Crush Distributors and SoPo Distributors. Tasting from 5 to 7 PM promises to be delicious!

Village Coffee House
The Renovators play memorable original music drawing from the influences of Blues, Country, Roots Rock, Soul, Motown, Gospel and New Orleans sounds. Their music stems from many regions and many eras… in short something for everyone. The Band includes Bob Rasero, guitar/vocal, Robin Worthley, keyboards, Kent Allen, bass/vocals and Jeff Davison, drums/vocals. From 7:30 to 9:30 at the Congregational Church Community Room. $10 at the door.

To learn more and hear some of their songs go to the Renovators website or listen to some of their songs here: SIX SONG SAMPLER