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Patti’s Jan. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nearly 100 enthusiasts hiked the loop trail to the summit of Pisgah Hill atthe Royal River Conservation Trust’s annual Full Moon Trek last February. This year’s trek is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1.

Full moon trek

Join Royal River Conservation Trust Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m. for a free self-guided hike and celebratory gathering atop 325-foot Pisgah Hill.

Kyle Warren, the RRCT staff member leading the hike says, “The full moon rises at sunset the day before, so expect to bask in the silver glow about an hour after sunset. It usually works out perfectly to enjoy the moonlight on your hike from the bonfire. It is a really unique and empowering experience to enjoy the woods at night.”

This seventh annual event is free and accessible to those with snowshoeing experience. All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, south trailhead, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line.

Last February nearly 100 RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends hiked the loop trail through a perfect amount of new snow, shared some cheer at the summit, toasted with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows, and hooted at the big orange rising moon.

The trail is well marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Organizers recommend bringing snowshoes, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, blanket, water and lots of good cheer. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles are asked to line the shoulder of Dougherty Road. For more details, call 632-6112.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-135/

 

NG Democrats to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will be hosting a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. The March 4 biennial caucus and other business will be on the agenda. All registered Democrats are invited to attend. Note that this meeting is not sponsored by the Town of New Gloucester. For more information, contact Nichole Stevens at (207) 807-7694.

Pineland warns skiers about dive-bombing owl

Pineland Farms is warning cross country skiers about an aggressive, dive-bombing owl that appears to be protecting a nest near a groomed trail. Keep reading

Patti’s “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Sparks’ Ark

Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. His talk is open to ages 3 and up in the Mount Washington Room of The Commons at Pineland Farms from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 15.

Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, call 650-3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org.

History Barn closed Jan. 6

Due to the predicted extreme cold temperatures, the New Gloucester History Barn Open House scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6 has been canceled

Help wanted

Check the town website for employment opportunities at http://www.newgloucester.com.

Winter sand

Winter sand is available at no charge to residents of New Gloucester. The sand pile is located beside the Sand and Salt Shed at the Public Works Garage, 1036 Lewiston Road, Route 100. Residents are limited to two five-gallon pails of sand. Bring your own shovel and containers. No commercial vehicles are allowed. Call Public Works Director Ted Shane at 926-4574 for more information.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-134/

 

Join the newly-formed Candidates/Referendum Issues Committee

CANDIDATES/REFERENDUM ISSUES COMMITTEE

The Town of New Gloucester is looking for five residents to serve on a new committee – Candidates/Referendum Issues Committee. The task of this Committee is to work with candidates or referendum issue spokespersons to create an agreeable format for forums.

Applications are due by Monday, February 5th, at 6:00pm, at the Town Office or send via email to smyers@newgloucester.com.

For an application, go to http://www.newgloucester.com

 

 

Physician Edmund ‘Ned’ Claxton to run for state Senate seat being vacated by Eric Brakey

The Auburn Democrat will run against Republican Ellie Espling of New Gloucester for the open District 20 seat.

By Steve Collins – Sun Journal

AUBURN — A longtime physician hopes to win a state Senate seat this year in an open district that Republican Eric Brakey has represented for the past four years.

Edmund “Ned” Claxton, 68, said his familiarity with health care and the struggles of his patients give him a unique perspective that would benefit Mainers.

Read complete article at http://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/03/physician-edmund-ned-claxton-to-run-for-state-senate-seat-being-vacated-by-eric-brakey/ 

 

Ban on Invasive Plants Sold in Maine

33 Invasive Plants Prohibited from Sale in Maine as of January 1, 2018

What you need to Know.

A list of plants that it is illegal to import, sell, export, buy or intentionally propagate as January 1, 2018 can be found on the following web site. The ban includes the listed species and all cultivars, varieties and hybrids.

www.maine.gov/hort

Look under “Invasive Plants” when the page comes up. Botanical as well as common names are listed.

Local nurseries are aware of the ban and will not sell you these but you may already have them in your yard and might consider replacing them with a non-invasive.

They may also be available from out of state nurseries so recheck the list before ordering from them.

At the bottom of the list of invasive plants are several links to plants that are alternates to invasive plants.

When attending a plant sale in the community, be aware of the list and also make the seller aware of this ban.

Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester
12/22/17

 

Patti’s Dec. 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Hike Pisgah Hill Preserve

On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Royal River Conservation Trust will be sponsoring a Rain or Shine Club hike at its Pisgah Hill Preserve. Be mindful of the weather, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear – for this outing, snowshoes, a thermos and a snack. The preserve’s trailhead, with a parking lot for four cars, is located at 97 Dougherty Road. Overflow parking is available along the shoulder of the road.

The RRCT invites everyone to join in on their free Rain or Shine Club guided hikes, conducted every Thursday at 10 a.m., to explore the land trust’s preserves and trails. Check the schedule at www.rrct.org. Call or text Kyle at (207) 632-6112 for more information.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-133/

 

 

BOS creates committees, considers land purchases

Selectmen on Monday night directed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to contact the real estate broker marketing four tracts totaling roughly 200 acres owned by Wayfinder School of New Gloucester.

Selectmen said they are interested in two lots, one with 24 acres and another with 93 acres, both off Gloucester Hill Road. They need time to develop a plan by Jan. 30, and have a final plan by March 1 so voters could approve the purchase.
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New Gloucester writer’s first novel finds enthusiastic audience

After spending most of her days alone in the writing shed out back behind her house, Joan Dempsey finds it liberating to be on the road promoting her novel, “This Is How It Begins.”

Berkeley-based She Writes Press published the book in October, and Dempsey has been out in the world since, talking about her debut novel whenever and wherever she’s invited. “The experience has been fabulous,” she said. “I love it.”

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