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Foreclosed properties, bids focus of BOS

Foreclosed properties and bids on a public works dump truck and equipment, along with requests for bids on a bridge-and-dam engineering study and a library egress, dominated Monday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen.

The board grappled with eight foreclosed properties under a new ordinance to collect back taxes from property owners in arrears, one since 1997. The eight owe the town a total of about $30,000.

Voters at the town meeting gave the board authority to sell foreclosed properties and approved an ordinance governing the process that includes efforts to work with owners before disposing of their properties. Keep reading

Bystanders credited with saving boy who almost drowned

Emergency responders are crediting bystanders who trained in CPR with saving the life of a 4-year-old Portland boy who nearly drowned Monday afternoon while swimming in Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

The boy was swimming at a floating dock about 150 feet off Outlet Beach wearing inflatable armbands.

The boy, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition Tuesday at a local hospital.

Janelle Alpizar of Lewiston said she was about to jump into the water off the float in the midafternoon when she noticed a woman cradling her young son. The woman repeated the boy’s name, asking whether he was joking. Keep reading

And here is the SunJournal’s report

NG woman’s body found in Auburn pond

Auburn police have identified the body found Sunday in The Basin as Jessica Gallant, 34, of New Gloucester.

Gallant was found early Sunday by fishermen near the shoreline of The Basin, a popular fishing spot off the northern tip of Lake Auburn. Keep reading

Child expected to recover after near drowning in Sabbathday Lake

Authorities say a 4-year-old Portland boy is expected to recover after he nearly drowned at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester on Monday afternoon.

The boy and his mother were on a family outing when he jumped off a dock at Bald Hill Beach and failed to resurface, Capt. Scott Stewart of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. Keep reading

Patti’s Aug. 3 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Joanne Mason, of Hanover, who is a Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation multi-season volunteer, practices backhand drills last week during wheelchair tennis lessons at Pineland Farms’ courts.

Wheelchair tennis at Pineland

Maine Adaptive provides year-round programs promoting adaptive sports and recreation for those with disabilities ages 4 and up who live in or visit Maine. All of the lessons and programs are free of charge for participants.

Staff members and volunteers offer wheelchair and stand-up tennis drills and match play at Pineland Farms and Gould Academy as one of their summer programs. Competitors don’t need to have their own equipment. Maine Adaptive has equipment to fit many shapes and sizes.

One of the wheelchair tennis programs occurred at the courts at Pineland Farms on July 27. John Pelletier, of Westport, Massachusetts, who owns a camp in the town of Denmark, said that he has been playing and teaching wheelchair tennis for several years. He instructs participants by starting with forehand and backhand drills, then progressing into service practice. After these disciplines are performed, the players break into groups to compete in match play.

Brandon Merry, Maine Adaptive program manager, said wheelchair tennis takes place in collaboration with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program at Pineland Farms since some of the Maine Adaptive participants are veterans. The upcoming schedule for wheelchair tennis at Pineland Farms is Monday, Aug. 6; Friday, Aug. 24; and Friday, Sept. 14.”

Those interested in competing or volunteering can check Guidelines for Participation at maineadaptive.org. The necessary forms are posted there as well. For more information, call Maine Adaptive’s office at (800) 639-7770.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-148/

 

PAINTCARE

PAINTCARE

Have you heard of a program called Paintcare?

Now you can get rid of all that paint that you no longer want or need and do so environmentally. This will also reduce the tonnage of the compacter at the transfer station thus saving the town money and help reduce your taxes.

Have you purchased paint in the last few years? If so, you are helping to pay for this program. A fee is added to each can of paint you purchase: 35 cents for less than a gallon, 75 cents for a gallon. This fee is NOT refundable but is used to support the program.

The purpose of the program is to conserve resources, reduce waste and to recycle as much paint as possible. To date 9 states are participating in the program.

Paint is collected and sent to a facility that processes it so it can be reused. Latex, acrylic, oil based paints, primers, stains, metal coating paints plus others are accepted. Cans have to have labels on them and cans cannot be rusty, leaking or paint dried out. It does not matter how old, moldy or dirty the paint is.

To check what is accepted, go to this web site:
PAINTCARE.ORG
All you have to do is take the paint to a drop off site. Please check with the site for drop off times and hours or days as sometimes their bins are filled waiting for pickup of paint ready to be recycled. Sites available in this immediate area are:
Sherwin Williams Auburn 753-7373
Sherwin Williams Lewiston 784-2939
Environmental Projects Inc. 664 N. Washington ST Auburn
8-1pm M-F 786-7390

Environmental Resource Comm. of New Gloucester
7/23/18

New leaders at GNG Middle School

When students return to Gray-New Gloucester Middle School this fall, they will be greeted by a new principal and vice principal.

Rick Hogan, 49, has been hired as principal and Kristen Dacko, 31, will join him as assistant principal. Keep reading

No Trespassing: Developer blocks access to Sabbathday Lake

For generations, some town residents have cooled off at a small, private beach at the south end of Sabbathday Lake.

 Not anymore.

A developer who bought the property two years ago is creating a seven-lot subdivision on the opposite side of Sabbathday Road, and this spring he erected fences blocking access to the beach and posted “No Trespassing” signs.

 

Patti’s July 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nadia Schmock shows off her chicken at the New Gloucester Public Library’s Pet Show last year. Pet owners and their critters of all types are invited to participate in this year’s event scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. Courtesy photo by SallyAnn Rogers

16th annual Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets?

Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, for their 16th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing with other friendly pets and their owners. Light refreshments will be served. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting canine visitor will be in attendance to provide entertainment and education. Pre-registration is appreciated.

For more information, call Carla at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-146/

 

Patti’s June 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Elisabeth Seliga of New Gloucester, delivers a commencement address June 7 at the Augusta Civic Center for graduates of Maine Connections Academy, a statewide online tuition-free high school. She achieved the double distinction of being class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

Class of 2018 standout

Elisabeth Seliga is no ordinary student. And Maine Connections Academy is no ordinary school. For the past three years, the New Gloucester student has been enrolled at this online, tuition-free high school that allows her to take classes from anywhere there is an internet connection.

MCA held its fourth commencement at the Augusta Civic Center on June 7. Seliga was among the 51 graduates from all across Maine, many of whom had never met each other before. She was celebrated not only as a graduating senior but also as the class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

As a recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship, Elisabeth joins a select company of students. The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools. The 2018 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive an award of $9,500.

Seliga joined MCA in 2015 and has enjoyed the innovative online curriculum. Through ninth grade, she was a student in the Gray-New Gloucester school system. Looking for a new experience, she enrolled at MCA, and has thrived there ever since. Seliga has continued her cheerleading at G-NG High School, whose team this year took second place at the regionals and fifth in the Maine State Cheerleading Championships.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-145/