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Police search for missing elderly man

Maine State Police are looking for an elderly New Gloucester man with dementia who was last seen Monday afternoon.

Police say it is likely 93-year-old William Mitchell is driving and could be anywhere in New England. He left his home driving his 2017 Hyundai Accent with Maine license plate 7885 NV. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald

Patti’s Dec. 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Calendar raffle

Members of the Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club are starting their season with a Calendar Raffle offering a total of more than $1,000 in prizes – gift cards to L.L. Bean, Cabela’s, Famous Footwear, Dunkin’ Donuts, Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Link’s Variety and more.

Tickets cost $5 each or 5 tickets for $20 and will be sold through Monday, Dec. 31. Drawings start Jan. 1 and will continue each day throughout the month. Each patron has a chance to win 31 times.

Go to “Shop” on the menu bar at and buy tickets online through PayPal or a major credit card by using the Guest Checkout. Alternatively, call Club Treasurer Andrea Segars at 577-2563.

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Board learns of costly dump truck repairs

Ellie Fellers reports: Selectmen learned Monday night a 9-year-old dump truck with a life expectancy of 15 years has a cracked engine block requiring $36,300 in repairs.

“I don’t know how this happened,” Public Works Director Ted Shane said.

The cost to replace the truck is about $185,000, compared to $100,000 when the truck was purchased. Keep reading in Sun Journal

Land acquisitions set stage for expansion of disabilities services nonprofit – Mainebiz

November 19, 2018 
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Morrison Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people of all ages with disabilities, has located its administrative offices at its new – and expansive – campus in New Gloucester.

Demand continues to grow for the services of the Morrison Center, a nonprofit whose mission is to help people of all ages with disabilities.

That need prompted the purchase of a 125-acre property at 215 Gloucester Hill Road in New Gloucester so that the center can expand its residential facilities there.

The Morrison Center purchased the property from Wayfinder Schools for $1.35 million, in a transaction that closed Aug. 30. Michael Anderson of Malone Commercial Brokers represented the seller and Greg Perry of Cardente Real Estate represented the buyer.

The center previously purchased an adjacent 26 acres in December 2017, said the center’s executive director, Mark Ryder. That property included two group homes operated by Wayfinder. According to its website, Wayfinder offers individualized educational services to students in grades 9 through 12.

Ryder said that after the closing on the 26-acre property he indicated his interest in the 125-acre parcel.

Need for residential care

Courtesy / Morrison Center
Courtesy / Morrison Center
Morrison Center is able to use existing residential facilities, including this student dormitory on the left.

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Patti’s Nov. 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Decorated balsam wreaths and many other Christmas seasonal decorations will be for sale at the annual Shaker Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Shaker Christmas Fair

The annual Shaker Christmas Fair at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Specialties include Shaker baked goods – wheat bread, beer batter bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies and more. A wide selection of gifts and holiday items will be available, including Shaker cooking herbs, herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, decorated balsam wreaths, hot cider and  homemade doughnuts.

Proceeds from the popular White Elephant Room rummage sale benefit local food pantries.

A 50/50 raffle will be held and lunch plates will be available while supplies last.

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Three hunters rescued from Intervale by NGFR

Three hunters got stuck in a bog in New Gloucester on Monday evening and were “cold and wet up to their hips” when they were later rescued, a fire official said.

Capt. Scott Doyle of the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department said the hunters became stuck in a bog off 495 Intervale Road, which is also Route 231. Keep reading in PressHerald.

Espling loses election bid in Senate District 20

Espling loses election bid in Senate District 20


New Gloucester fire chief resigns, deputy chief suspended — Sun Journal

 BY ELLIE FELLERS, Special to the Sun Journal – November 8, 2018

NEW GLOUCESTER — Town Manager Carrie Castonguay confirmed Thursday that Fire and Rescue Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday after being reinstated to his position Monday.

Ladewig had been placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Oct. 18, while Castonguay carried out an investigation, about which she declined to comment.

Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur, who was put in charge of the Fire Department based on the command structure of the department during Ladewig’s administrative leave, also was suspended from his duties Tuesday, Castonguay said.

Following Levasseur’s suspension, Fire Capt. Ryan Mitchell was named acting deputy chief by Castonguay. He will be in charge of the fire and rescue unit, which has roughly 40 members. Castonguay would not give any details on Levasseur’s suspension, saying it was a personnel matter.

Telephone calls to Levasseur were not returned. He has served the department for several decades.

Mary Rich, the town’s deputy chief of emergency medical services, returned to duty this week following her recent leave of absence.

Steve Libby, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed by telephone Thursday that Ladewig had resigned, and said recruiting a new fire chief is the town manager’s duty.

Castonguay said she is working on documents to begin recruiting a new fire chief to serve the community of roughly 5,500 residents comprising an area of 45 square miles.

New Gloucester Fire Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday. (Ellie Fellers/Sun Journal)

Patti’s Nov. 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Channel 3 becomes 1302

Effective Nov. 13, local access NGTV Channel 3 will be changed to Channel 1302.
Gray Community TV Channel 2 will be Channel 1301, and Portland’s Community TV Network Channel 5 will be Channel 1303. These channels will be carried in the basic service tier.

Spectrum is converting TV service to 100 percent digital format. Customers will be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each TV. If you have an existing set-top-box, digital transport adapter (DTA), or retail device with a CableCARD on each TV, you will be unaffected by this change. Otherwise, to order your Spectrum receiver(s), go to or call 1-844-278-3409 and a self-installation kit will be shipped to your home at no additional cost. You can also visit the Windham, Saco, Lewiston or Portland Cable Stores to pick up your equipment. Customers are eligible to receive a converter at no additional charge for a limited period of time. If customers have TV(s) without equipment issued by Spectrum, they will lose the ability to view channels.

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During the month of November the Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester has a display in the library about four insects that damage and sometimes kill your trees.

Information and photos of these killers are available .

Winter Moth : Actively laying eggs NOW at the base of trees until a hard frost.

Brown tail moth : This one that causes intense irritation from Spring  until   fall

Emerald ash borer: This one  is destroying ash trees across the midwest and other regions in the northeast and has recently been seen in Maine.

Asian Longhorned beetle : Destroys many variety of trees

Many of these may look similar to other insects so try to note their identifying features.
The following websites have photos that can help with identification.


Environmental Resource Committee