Business of the Month
The New Gloucester Economic Committee announces a new initiative: the recognition of local businesses by featuring them on a Business of the Month display at the Town Hall. The display area is located on a new bulletin board situated on the wall to the right as you enter the building.
The aim of the display is to recognize businesses that contribute to the local economy and the overall quality of life of the town in terms of services offered and employment opportunities. The committee is especially interested in showcasing homegrown businesses that sell locally grown or produced wares. If you are interested in being featured, or would like more information, contact Town Planner Will Johnston at 926-4126 ext. 4 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carrie Castonguay has been New Gloucester’s Town Manager for two months. Matt Junker of Keep Me Current talks with Carrie about her transition and big projects on the horizon.
How to get rid of moles and Japanese Beetles:
Use beneficial nematodes for grub control.
Moles eat grubs that are in your lawns and gardens. To get rid of the moles you must get rid of the grubs. One way to do this organically is to use nematodes.
Nematodes are microscopic non-segmented worms which occur naturally in soils all over the world. Beneficial nematodes attack only soil-dwelling insects and leave plants alone. Beneficial nematodes and the bacteria they spread are not known to be harmful to humans, animals, plants, earthworms and other non-targeted organisms but they do aggressively pursue insects like grubs. In field studies, they have been shown to be as much as 96% effective against Japanese beetle grubs.
Although many species of beneficial nematodes are available, Heterorhabdidis bacteriophora (Hb) are most effective against Japanese beetles , European chafer and other grubs that are lawn pests. Hb nematodes work better because they are cruiser nematodes that burrow down in the soil searching for deep soil-dwelling pests. They also have a special “tooth” that help them get into the grub.
NOTE; The best time to apply Hb nematodes is mid to late August. They are shipped in the juvenile stage and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks and are applied on an overcast day, preferably at dusk. The package is very small, 4”square at the most, and contain about 1 million nematodes. A handheld sprayer or hose-end sprayer is used to spread them. Directions are included when the package is purchased.
Nematodes are available locally at Paris Farmers Union, O’Donal’s Nursery, Skillin’s Greenhouses, Fedco Seeds, and online at gardeners.com.
Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester
Water district trustee run-off election
More than 40 people gathered at the New Gloucester History Barn on Tuesday for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony was sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society. Steve Rogers, Amy Fryda and the Rev. Linda Gard read parts of the document. Thomas Blake, society curator, talked about the 1776 Bell Tavern sign recently donated to the society by Charles Chandler Jr. See Ellie Feller’s photos in the SunJournal.
On June 30, 2017, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) purchased a conservation easement on a 427-acre farm on North Pownal Road in New Gloucester from Jeri Waterhouse. Jeri’s father, Forrest Waterhouse, was born in the historic farmhouse on the property in 1920 and passed away 96 years later in the same home. By selling an easement, Jeri fulfilled her parents’ desire for the property to always remain as a farm.
Read more: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/427-acres-of-farmland-protected-in-new-gloucester/.
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Summer Reading Program
Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, and enroll in the Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal is to read (or, for little ones, to listen to) a total of 3,960 books. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 8. All ages are welcome to participate from babes in arms to Great Aunt Gertie. The program wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-112/
Selectmen on Monday evening held off awarding a paving contract until they get clarification on a 1 percent surcharge to contractors who participate in Greater Portland Council of Governments’ bid program. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.
According to numbers posted on the town web site, Joe Davis was elected to the Board of Selectmen, with 311 votes. Doug McAtee had 133 write-in votes, and 36 ballots were blank. Gary Harriman was re-elected to the MSAD 15 School Board with 55 votes. Laura Jane Sturgis recited 9 write-in votes. 416 ballots were left blank. For the Water District, 8 people each received 1 write-in vote, leaving no winner. The school district budget passed with a 303 to 170 vote. The state bond issue failed with a vote of 223 yes and 253 no.