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“You took my vote away:” BOS hears from “four old ladies”

Selectmen on Monday night unanimously approved a special town meeting to vote on a $4.6 million garage and sand shed, after four “old ladies” spearheaded a petition drive. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal

ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ

Please join us the New Gloucester Fire Rescue for our annual chicken BBQ!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

276 Gloucester Hill Road

12 Noon

Thank you to Thompson’s Orchard for teaming up with us again. We’ll be set up with the hot coals burning as the amazing BBQ aroma wafts through the apple orchard while you, your friends & families  are having a fun day of picking apples.  Plan on a delicious hot meal with all the fixin’s when you’re done.

Your support will help us buy life saving gear & equipment & we truly appreciate “YOU” our community!

Bring the family , friends it is sure to be a great day!

 

https://www.facebook.com/newgloucesterfirerescue

Serving noon until the chicken is gone, ( hint) it sells fast!

$8.00 ages 12 & up
$4.00 ages 4-11

See you on Sat. Sept 23 @ 12 noon!

 

Patti’s Sept. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

making a card

Kaidan Marchand, 5, of Gorham, makes a get well card for Ava Winslow, who is battling osteosarcoma, during the Gray-New Gloucester Rallies for Ava fundraiser on Aug. 26. He became acquainted with Ava when they both attended Rise and Shine Childcare and said that she is his best friend.

Digital photo workshop

Sabbathday Lake’s Brother Delmer Wilson (1873-1961) launched his photography hobby in 1898 with glass plate negatives and using all types of film through his life, including color Polaroid.

At a workshop at Shaker Village on Saturday, Sept. 16, New Gloucester photographer Vicki Lund will show participants how to create a great shot using the features of their digital cameras. She will teach camera operation/functions, use of natural light, composition, raw versus jpeg file formats, and white balance. After a brief class, you will explore the grounds of Shaker Village, photographing along the way, then returning to the class for critique.

The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Please bring your camera manual, SD card, fresh batteries and, if you have one, a tripod. Pre-registration is required, and the fee is $50. Class size is limited to 12. Register online at www.maineshakers.com/workshops or call 926-4597 to reserve a spot.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-120/

Pollinators”Garden at the Fairgrounds in Full Bloom!!

The Pollinators’ Garden at the Fairgounds is in Full Bloom!!

Check out the garden and see the many types of pollinators’ that are using it.

This is a demonstration garden that was planted by the Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester to encourage people to plant appropriate and easily cared for plants in their yard for various types of pollinators to visit.

The mailbox has information on the botanical and common names of the plants used as well as other information about the planting of the garden.IMG_0181IMG_0182

Patti’s Aug. 18 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

kids at playground

Ellie Jean Cosgrove, 5, of Freeport, left, Nicholas Pinette, 6, of Westbrook, and Reilly Lund, 4, of New Gloucester, try out the new playground at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.

New playground open

Children in the area now have another recreational option – a playground located at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road. The facility is open during daylight hours and closes at dusk.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, headed up by Director Harvey Price Jr., devoted many years to the planning process, from the financing, including a federal grant, to erecting the equipment. The playground project finished up on Aug. 10.

“We had a great group of volunteers who put in significant hours. Some are on the Parks and Recreation Committee, some aren’t. A few don’t even have kids or grandkids. They were there because it’s a community project,” Price said.

Another undertaking at the fairgrounds is building a pavilion. Price estimated that the framework should be in place by the end of August, and volunteers will be sought for a community build of the roof afterward. Once the pavilion, which is adjacent to the fairgrounds, is done, hopefully in mid-September, there will be a ribbon cutting/grand opening to showcase the two projects.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-119/

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage

By Matt Junker of the Lakes Region Weekly – August 18, 2017

Selectboard firming up plan for public works garage – Keep Me Current

NEW GLOUCESTER —The Selectboard has tentatively decided to ask voters to approve building a $4.6 million public works garage at 611 Lewiston Road, along with a 25-year bond term to pay for it.

During a special meeting Tuesday, Aug. 15, three of the New Gloucester board’s five members signed off on draft language for Article 3 of the Sept. 18 town meeting warrants. The language still needs to be finalized by the board and requires voter approval at the town meeting to become a reality.

Keep reading http://news.keepmecurrent.com/selectboard-firms-up-plan-for-public-works-garage/

GPCOG dues doubling

Selectmen were told at their August 7th meeting that membership dues for the Greater Portland Council of Governments will double in the next two years to more than $10,000. Executive Director Kristina Egan said the 26 member towns will face higher fees as part of a strategic plan to strengthen and enhance services and because the organization’s procurement program has been operating in the red for many years. Keep reading

Patti’s Aug. 4 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Inside New Gloucester – Keep Me Current

4-H’ers to help pantries

Cumberland County 4-H members Caleb and Katie McGrath-Holmquist and Amber, Amanda and Austin Holmes are raising money to buy three market hogs and three market lambs from the Cumberland Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Wednesday Sept. 27, at the Cumberland Fairgrounds. The livestock will be donated to the Gray and New Gloucester Food Pantries.

The two families are longtime members of the Cumberland County 4-H Sheep Club and the 4-H Swiners Club who raise market lambs and hogs to be sold annually at the fair’s 4-H auction. This year, in addition to raising and auctioning their own animals, they are participating in a self-designed community service project to benefit both 4-H’ers and their local food pantries.

They hope to raise $3,600 to buy the animals. They will be selling donated water, soda and lemonade at the Gray Blueberry Festival on Saturday Aug. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pennell Municipal Complex, 24 Main St., Gray.

Donations of any amount can be sent to GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project, P.O. Box 1012, Gray, Maine 04039. Checks can be made payable to: GNG 4-H Food Pantry Project.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-118/

Plans laid out for New Gloucester garage, salt shed | Sun-Journal

Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal | Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 11:10 pm


NEW GLOUCESTER — Public Works Director Ted Shane told residents Wednesday night that he supports building a six-bay public works garage to keep town equipment under cover.

“I’m not a fan of leaving vehicles outside,” he said. “The life expectancy is longer with the six-bay garage over the five-bay garage and will provide security, too.”

Wednesday’s meeting was the first of two on building a six-bay garage for $4.6 million or a five-bay garage for $4.3 million, and an 80- by 160-foot salt shed. The site for both structures is 611 Lewiston Road.

The site is 25 acres and was chosen from among six because it’s got the Fire Department building, has adequate space, suitable soils and slopes, and has the greatest potential for shared services. The site also has an approved road entrance permit off Route 100 issued by the Maine Department of Transportation.

The town garage and salt shed in Upper New Gloucester has cracked load-bearing walls and crumbling masonry blocks. In addition, roof and wall leaks, and water damage and lack of insulation make working conditions difficult. The building is undersized with outdated mechanical systems and drainage problems, along with driveway safety issues. Continue reading

Monument to the people of Malaga Island at Pineland

More than a century ago, the state wiped out the coastal community, institutionalizing its mixed-race population. The monument at Pineland Farms promises we’ll always remember.
It was December 1911 when three men came for the Marks family, seven black adults and children who had until that moment lived peacefully on tiny Malaga Island at the mouth of the New Meadows River in Phippsburg. Keep reading