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MSAD 15 Preliminary FY 20 Budget Document Posted Online

The MSAD 15 budget process has gained steam with the recent release of a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The March 20 budget presentation, posted online, proposes a $1.1 million increase for the Gray-New Gloucester district, up some 3.98% over the current budget of $26.7 million. 

Increases in salaries, health insurance, and technology are among the principal factors cited as driving added costs.  The budget document also outlines possible staffing adjustments in response to changing needs and enrollments, and notes areas of anticipated savings, along with open questions as the budget review process continues and Augusta weighs in.

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Public Meeting – Lewiston/Auburn Passenger Rail Service Plan

Public Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Lewiston Library
Callahan Hall
6:00pm – 8:00pm

The Lewiston/Auburn Passenger Rail Service Plan Committee is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to discuss Service Scenarios for a passenger rail service between the communities of Lewiston/Auburn and Portland to present information to and gather feedback from the public regarding various scenarios. Click Here for meeting announcement.

Building upon the results of the ridership propensity analysis, which was developed as Phase 1 of this initiative, the group has focused on rail alignments and service levels which would support a high-frequency, commuter type rail service between the two regions. Route and station options, as well as potential schedules will be discussed as well as capital and operating cost estimates.

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Police still investigating 2018 drowning of New Gloucester woman

AUBURN (Sun Journal/WGME) — A New Gloucester woman whose body was found in a pond at the northern tip of Lake Auburn in July 2018 died from drowning combined with drug intoxication, according to state medical officials. Keep reading Christopher Williams’ SunJournal report on WGME’s website.

NG woman gets 6th James Beard nomination

NORTH YARMOUTH — In a tiny house at the corner of routes 9 and 115, Krista Desjarlais creates colorful cuisines that continue to garner national attention.

The owner of Purple House bakery – known in part for its Montreal-style bagels and ornate pizzas made by a wood-fired oven – is a semi-finalist for the 2019 James Beard Foundation award. Keep reading Alex Lear’s article in Keep Me Current.

Board approves facility rental fees

The Selectboard unanimously approved rental fees for town facilities and fields Monday night, “a great resource that can be utilized to the full potential both for the community but also people outside of our community.”

According to Parks and Recreation Director Morgan Rocheleau, “This is a very common practice in parks and recreation in general.” Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s report in KeepMeCurrent.

G-NG Winter Athletic Awards Announced – Keep Me Current

With the winter season concluded, many G-NG High School student-athletes have been recognized for achievements in athletics, sportsmanship, and academics. Honors include being named to all-academic teams, all-conference rosters, and all-star games, and receiving coach’s awards. Read the full list of honored athletes in Adam Birt’s March 21 report in Keep Me Current.

New Gloucester Community Fair is returning

Press Release….

We are proud to announce that the New Gloucester Community Fair will be returning on Saturday August 17, 2019 with a Rain Date of August 18, 2019.   The event will be held 9am-3pm at the Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Rd in New Gloucester.

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NG Craftsman Chris Blackburn’s Knives Featured in New Portland Specialty Knife Shop — Press Herald March 17

Unique knives handcrafted by Chris Blackburn of Full Circle Craftworks in New Gloucester are among those featured for sale at Strata, a new culinary knife store on Washington Ave in Portland. Read more about Blackburn’s knives and Strata in the Press Herald.

NG Planning Board Orders Public Hearing for Sabbathday Shores Application, Approves New Residence in Historic District

At their March 5 meeting, the planning board considered a request by Sabbathday Shores developer Allen Hamilton to change a portion of its approved subdivision plan from “passive recreation” to “active recreation” use.  Town planner Scott Hastings explained that the applicant intends to seek permission to install a dock on Sabbathday Lake, and the change in permitted use from passive to active recreation is a necessary first step.  The board ordered a public hearing on the request, now scheduled for April 2 at 7 p.m.  In other business, the board gave final approval to revised plans by Julie and Michael Fralich for a new residence with possible short-term rental in the Village historic overlay district.

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Rep. Arata’s March 16th newsletter

Representative Amy Arata’s latest newsletter includes information about Maine Maple Sunday, lost or unclaimed property, the Maine Moose Permit Lottery and the Legislative Memorial Scholarship.  Read her newsletter here.