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Board Increases Rates for Emergency Services

The Board of Selectmen on Monday adopted new fees for emergency medical services and transportation provided by the Public Safety Department, effective July 1.

The cost of providing basic life support will go from $420 to $600; advanced life support level 1 from $510 to $900; advanced life support level 2 from $685 to $1,200; responding to a scene in town from zero to $150; and meeting up with an out-of-town service from zero to $300. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ story in the Sun Journal.

Thompsons’ Moves Back to the Farm

Good evening folks, as you know we opened our doors much earlier than ever before, so after a much thought and deliberation we have decided to leave Cole farms and concentrate our efforts on building the farm business. So if you want more of our delicious baked goods please come visit us at the farm 276 Gloucester Hill Rd. in New Gloucester. We are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 – 6:00 and Friday , Saturday, and Sunday 9:00 – 9:00 closed on Monday. Thanks for your continued support.

Sabbathday Shores Site Walk

The Planning Board did a site walk on Wednesday to the Sabbathday Shores Subdivision beach where a 70 foot dock with a 36 foot T is proposed.  The board will make a determination on the proposal on Tuesday, June 18 at their 7 pm meeting at the Meeting House. Ellie Fellers photos

Charter Misconceptions

There are a number of misconceptions being circulated regarding the Tuesday, June 11, 2019 vote on whether New Gloucester should create a charter commission.

  1.  Misconception:  New Gloucester citizens are voting on a town charter.

      Fact:  The question on the New Gloucester ballot is whether to create a charter commission.  It is not a vote on the specifics of the structure, ordinances or procedures to be used by our town government.

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Gray-New Gloucester High School Graduates 132

Cross Insurance Arena in Portland was the setting for GNG High School’s graduation ceremony on Saturday June 8. Enjoy photos of the ceremony and more in the Sun Journal.

School budget, charter commission on New Gloucester ballot

Validation of a $27.8 million budget for School Administrative District 15 and a town charter commission will be decided at the polls Tuesday.

Voting will be held from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Gloucester Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road.

The 2019-20 school budget is a 3.96% increase over the current year. New Gloucester is responsible for 35 percent of the budget; Gray, 65 percent. The district will face flat funding from the state due to declining enrollments and increases in the budget for salaries and benefits. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ article in the Sun Journal.

New Gloucester to elect two selectmen, three school board members

Voters on Tuesday will elect two selectmen from a pool of four candidates seeking three-year terms.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Gloucester Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ article in the Sun Journal.

Patti’s June 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Michael Graham, left, and Brother Arnold sing Shaker songs for an audience in the 1794 Sabbathday Lake Shaker Meeting House. The Maine Festival of American Music featuring five concerts performed there will run from June 19-22.

Shaker Village music festival

The Maine Festival of American Music will run from June 19-22 at Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road. Five concerts will be held in the 1794 Shaker Meeting House.

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Profile: School Board Candidate Misty Coolidge

Name: Misty Coolidge

Address: 37 Peacock Hill Road, New Gloucester (home). Also own 1084 Lewiston Road, 1070 Lewiston Road, and 18 Coolidge Lane in New Gloucester

Personal: Age 43, Married to Peter deBear, Three children – 4 yr old twins Eva & Caden starting Dunn School’s Pre-K program this fall, and 2 yr old Grace

Education: Bachelor Degree Legal Studies/Pre-Law, English Minor – Husson University, Bangor ME (1998)

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Portland Attorney Holds Information Session on Town Charters – Video Now Online

James Katsiaficas, a Portland attorney formerly with the Maine Municipal Association, provided an overview of town charters and the charter-proposal process at an informational meeting on June 5 at the Meetinghouse.  Katsiaficas also shared examples of what town charters can and cannot do, offered some pros and cons of charters, and fielded questions from the audience.

Katsiaficas was invited by Town Manager Carrie Castonguay and the Select Board ahead of New Gloucester’s June 11 referendum vote on whether to establish a town charter commission.  In his introductory remarks, Katsiaficas noted that while the charter process must follow certain required steps, the scope and terms of a charter depend on the town’s “needs and desires” and are “unique to each municipality.”

Audience members asked questions about what prompts communities to turn toward charters, how residents are elected to seats on a charter commission, when a commission disbands, and more. 

View the full charter information session here.

James Katsiaficas chats with audience members after his talk – photo: Joanne Cole