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Town notified January 14th of rabid racoon


NOTICE

The Town of New Gloucester received notice on Friday, January 14th, from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, that there has been a case of animal rabies in a raccoon recently in the Town.   Please remember to stay clear of any animals you suspect that may be rabid and contact the Animal Control Officer if its a domestic animal or Inland Fisheries and Wildlife if its a wild animal.   Thank you.

NEW GLOUCESTER
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Please call (207) 893-2810
This notice was posted on the town website’s Animal Control page. We learned of it from the NG Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page on Feb 18th.

NU Brewery to open in April

NEW GLOUCESTER — The community-focused brewery that originally planned to launch in October is nearing the home stretch and plans to open in April.

 NU Brewery (pronounced “New”), founded by President Chris Ventimiglia of Freeport and CEO Russell Voss of New Gloucester, will be located at 437 Lewiston Road.

The pair will create unique beers on site both for the tasting room and for their canning and kegging lines. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article from the Forecaster published in the SunJournal

Senator Ned Claxton to Hold Office Hours in New Gloucester on March 1

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Androscoggin, will hold public office hours in New Gloucester.

Public office hours provide residents a chance to meet with their elected officials, ask questions, and get help with legislative or state government matters.

Sen. Claxton will give updates on his work on various policy committees and give a preview of upcoming issues. All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and get answers. To RSVP on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370684369830652/

Additional dates and locations for public office hours throughout Senate District 20 will follow. Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.

WHAT: Public office hours

WHO: Sen. Ned Claxton

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1

WHERE: New Gloucester Village Store, 405 Intervale Road, New Gloucester

Patti’s Feb. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/

 

Planning Board Considers New Home in Lower Village, Meatpacking Facility at Pineland, and Ordinance Changes

The New Gloucester planning board met on February 5, 2019, with a full agenda, including site plan review of a proposed new home in the Village historic district, a proposal by Pineland Farms for renovations to establish a meat-packing facility on their grounds, and several proposed ordinance changes.

The bulk of the meeting concerned an application by Michael and Julie Fralich to build a new single-family residence at 20 Gloucester Hill Road that might also be used for short-term rentals in summer.  The location of the property, across from the First Congregational Church in the historic overlay district of the lower village, requires review by the New Gloucester Historical Society as well as the planning board. Continue reading

Way to Go, New Gloucester!

Sometimes you gotta’ talk about what’s going RIGHT in a town! There are plenty of things in New Gloucester to get citizens riled up – but there is a lot to be really proud of. What brought this to mind was two weekends with great events.

The first weekend was the double-shot of fun provided by the wine tasting at the Village Store, followed by the Coffee House created and hosted by Michael and Julie Fralich at the Congregational Church, a short walk away. Continue reading

Bill to limit ‘obscene material’ in classrooms draws passionate testimony

Rep. Amy Arata of New Gloucester wants to require teachers to obtain consent from parents before using classroom material with ‘obscene content,’ but opponents say decisions are best left to local school boards. Keep reading Kevin Miller’s article in the Portland Press Herald.

Search for next Fire Chief Continues in New Gloucester — Sun Journal Feb. 2

New Gloucester’s search for a new fire chief to replace former chief James Ladewig will continue this week with additional candidate interviews scheduled for February 8, according to Town Manager Carrie Castonguay.   To learn more about the status of the search and its background, read Ellie Fellers’s full story in the Sun Journal.

Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

‘Cute but ferocious’: When weasels invade

SABATTUS — John W.L. Berry had nothing against the weasel personally. “It was cute,” he said. “But it was in my house.”

The weasel, a pure-white creature with a black-tipped tail, got into Berry’s house early Wednesday, but it was not there long. The ermine was caught and killed by Berry’s cat, Polly, a coon Berry had just taken in from the cold in December.

Meanwhile in New Gloucester, Ellie Fellers was home having supper Friday night when a weasel made its way into her house and introduced itself. Keep reading Mark Laflamme’s story in the Sun Journal.