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New Gloucester town report dedicated to rescue service founder — Sun Journal

NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen on Monday evening dedicated the 223rd annual town report to Avis Thurston Ford, a founding member of New Gloucester Rescue in 1975 and longtime community volunteer.

“Avis is truly a gift to New Gloucester in so many ways,” New Gloucester Historical Society President Beverly Cadigan said during the dedication ceremony. “In the early 1970s, there was no New Gloucester Rescue. Avis was one of the 12 residents who took classes and qualified to become a basic EMT responder.” Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece in the Sun Journal.

L.L. Bean expands Outdoor Discovery Programs at Pineland

Pineland Farms and L.L. Bean have announced an expanded partnership that will bring more of Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Programs to Pineland’s New Gloucester campus, starting this month. New activities at Pineland will include fly fishing, archery, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Read details in an April 10 Times Record article. See Bean’s full slate of Outdoor Discovery programs, including those at Pineland, online at this link.

Comprehensive Plan Update Committee Discusses Services, Fiscal Capacity, and Next Steps

At the March 28 meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee, the topic of town services and fiscal capacity was reviewed.  Scott Hastings, Town Planner, introduced the topic and explained how the Comprehensive Plan helps direct growth and development in New Gloucester by determining where utilities and other infrastructure services are located.  He provided background materials for committee members.

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Town’s Spring Newsletter Is Out

Updates and info from town staff, introductions of new staff, upcoming events, and more can be found in the spring 2019 edition of New Gloucester Town News. Read the full newsletter here.

You can also sign up to receive town newsletters by mail. Just send an email to with “Subscribe me” in the subject line.

Mainers invited to enter Worst Road in Maine contest

This year’s contest is focused on state highways, bridges and state-aid roads. Read more in the Portland Press Herald.

Rep. Arata’s April 3 Newsletter

Read about education tax benefits, well safety and testing, and a robotics competition in Representative Arata’s newsletter.

New Gloucester developer allowed dock on Sabbathday Lake

Allen Hamilton asked planners to change his subdivision approval to allow a marina.

The Planning Board voted 5-0 on Tuesday night to allow a subdivision developer to install a dock at the Sabbathday Lake beach, not a marina that would give all eight lot owners their own boat slips. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.

Sabbathday Lake Residents Turn Out to Oppose Sabbathday Shores Application

A capacity crowd filled the Meetinghouse on April 2 for a Planning Board hearing that could clear the way for a dock on Sabbathday Lake for residents of the Sabbathday Shores subdivision.  Developer Allen Hamilton explained that he intends to propose a seven-slip dock, one slip per subdivision lot.  Before the board could consider any dock request, however, they had to first decide whether to permit “active recreation” in the subdivision’s open space.  The area in question is currently restricted to “passive recreation” only.  Put simply, no active recreation = no dock.  More than twenty residents stepped to the microphone to urge the board to conclude just that.  Only Hamilton and his real estate agent Matt Trudel spoke in favor of the requested change.

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Potential passenger rail routes

Three options, or alignments for passenger rail service from Lewiston-Auburn to Portland are being considered. All would run through New Gloucester on existing routes, but there is no plan at present for a stop at Pineland.

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Comments and questions may be submitted to no later than April 3rd.

New Gloucester Comprehensive Plan Update Committee on Track, Seeks Community Input

New Gloucester resident Anne Maurice recently sat down with Town Planner Scott Hastings to discuss the town’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan Update, why it matters, and how citizens can get involved.  Here’s Anne’s report. – eds.

Back in January of 2018, the New Gloucester (NG) Plan Update Committee was seated.  Since then, they have been working through the Comprehensive Plan process with the guidance of Scott Hastings, NG Town Planner.  Maine first enacted a requirement for comprehensive planning as the basis for zoning in 1943.  In 1988, Maine adopted the Comprehensive Planning and Land Use Act, building on long-established law.  The NG Comprehensive Plan was last updated in 1990; you can find it here on the Town’s website.  The town has undergone dramatic changes since then.

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