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NG bids farewell to recreation director

Harvey Price, the town’s part-time recreation director, thanked selectmen, town employees and volunteers for their support during his seven years of town service.

Price’s last day of work is July 12, after which he and his family plan to move to Ohio.

“Make sure we don’t lose ground, and consider in the future impact fees for funding a future community building,” Price said. “For me, that playground project (at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds) is my greatest achievement.”

Price has been the town’s first recreation director, working two days a week.
Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ piece

Gilles, Chase voted into seats on BOS

Newcomer Karen Gilles and incumbent Linda Chase were elected Tuesday in a three-way race for selectman. Their terms are for three years.

Gilles received 714 votes, Chase 596 and incumbent Stephen Hathorne 511. Keep reading

Local election results

Board of Selectmen
Linda Chase                   596
Karen Gilles                   714
Stephen Hathorne        511
Write-ins                          33
Blanks                             917

School Board
3-year term
Jason Hart                    1018
Write-ins                           12
Blanks                              360

Completion of 2019 term
Laura Sturgis                1016
Write-ins                           11
Blanks                              366

Question 1- MSAD 15 budget approval
Yes                                    944
No                                     377
Blanks                                58

Question 2- MSAD 15 validation continuance
Yes                                    920
No                                     388
Blanks                                 71

Water District trustee
Daniel Bannon                  65
Write-ins                              4
Blanks                                   4

Patti’s June 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Don Densmore of New Gloucester, a member of a volunteer construction team, works on the roof of the pavilion at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on June 2. The pavilion is perched at the highest point of land in the area to afford parents a sentry post to keep an eye out for their children participating in recreational activities at the playground and athletic fields.

Fire-rescue open house

New Gloucester Fire-Rescue will be sponsoring an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 18. All community members are invited to attend. Complimentary food will be served, demonstrations will be performed, and a baseball hat for each of the first 50 kids will be given out.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-144/

 

Your vote counts: Election Day June 12th

Don’t forget that next Tuesday, June 12th, is Election Day. Tomorrow, June 7th, is the last day you can submit an absentee ballot (vote at Town Hall by 4 pm).

New Gloucester’s polling place is the NG Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, from 6 am to 8 pm. See the town website for information about ballots and referendum questions.

We’ll be using ranked choice voting for the first time. For NG voters, this will be used for Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. The League of Women Voters of Maine has produced a useful guide to the 2018 elections.
(Don’t miss the video with the Mardens Lady on ranked choice voting!

BOS nixes constable appointment for animal control officer

Selectmen voted 4-0 Monday night not to appoint Animal Control Officer Richard Burton of Lewiston as a constable, because they want to research state law.

The document to authorize the constable appointment stated he would not carry a weapon, concealed or unconcealed, in the performance of his duties.

Burton said his request to be a constable was based on the need for expedited response times to animal calls, allowing him to have flashing blue lights on his vehicle and exceed the speed limit. He said he would not have law enforcement duties. Keep reading

New Gloucester man pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A New Gloucester man whose car crossed the centerline and fatally struck a motorcyclist in 2017 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a manslaughter charge.

Steven Primavera, 34, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court a month after a grand jury handed up an indictment for the felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Primavera remains free on $1,000 cash bail with special conditions of no possession of alcohol or illegal drugs. Keep reading

Hundreds attend Memorial Day parade and ceremony

Undaunted by gray skies and cool weather, hundreds Monday lined the Memorial Day parade route from Memorial School to the Veterans Monument at Route 100 for a solemn ceremony of remembrance.

The parade brought Boy Scouts, politicians, political parties and political candidates together with a cheerleading group, pets, a tractor, a horse and rider and an electric bicycle.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School and Middle School bands played patriotic offerings, concluding with the playing of taps. Keep reading

Confederate flag “not coming down”

The owner of a New Gloucester farm stand who flies a Confederate flag in honor of family that lives in the South says recent attention over it has been good for his bottom line.

Charlie Verrill owns Will & Laineys – a farm stand and greenhouse business started by his parents on Lewiston Road.

“I just put it there … it’s an attraction to try to get business,” he said, adding that following a recent story aired by TV station WMTW, he’s had people come to New Gloucester just to shake his hand. Keep reading

Local artists help bring library back to its original glory

Augusta- Lithgow Public Library’s reading room had a secret, but not the kind found in mystery books or even a diary.

It’s hiding underneath multiple layers of paint and broken plaster from previous restoration efforts done over the last 122 years. Keep reading