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New Gloucester board urged to follow Upper Village master plan

Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal

The town garage at 1036 Lewiston Road is being vacated once the new garage at 611 Lewiston Road is finished.

Planning Board Chairman Don Libby told selectmen Monday night to be proactive on the Upper Village Master Plan once the town garage vacates the property at 1036 Lewiston Road.

“Please don’t put a for sale sign up there and see what happens,” he said.

Libby, who also chairs the New Gloucester Land Use and Comprehensive Planning committees, urged selectmen to use the blueprint of the Upper Village Master Plan adopted by voters several years ago. Keep reading

Pownal & Durham residents welcome at NG Public Library

Carla McAllister, Assistant Librarian

As the towns of Pownal and Durham do not have public libraries, we here at NGPL are happy to extend to our neighboring towns the use of our library at no cost. Please spread the work.

We also extend cards at no fee to folks who work in the town of New Gloucester but may live outside of town.

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Break in at Thompsons’

Good morning again. This post is a bit more serious, last night someone chose to break in and clean out our register. Anyone having any information on this we would be very grateful.

Mike Thompson
Thompsons’ Orchard

Rep. Amy Arata’s latest newsletter

Sen. Arata’s July 10th newsletter includes information about boating safety, camping tips and financing education.

Parks & Recreation summer classes

The Next Session of New Gloucester Group Fitness Starts Next Week 

We are now offering classes 3 days a week
All Classes are held in the New Gloucester Community Building at the Town Hall Complex in the Lower Village 

Sessions are Six Weeks (Week July 15th to August 19th)
Sign up TODAY and SAVE! 

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Veterans Monument Committee seeks funds for granite fence posts

After a December 21, 2018 automobile accident broke one of the granite fence posts, and a few snowmobiles riding across the Monument and almost hitting one of the front Monument lights, the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Committee is very concerned that there could be more damage to the Monument.

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New Gloucester’s proposed property tax assistance and public safety ordinances: Background and context

Diane Salisbury, NGX Editorial Team

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At the special town meeting in June, voters narrowly defeated two proposed ordinances: one aimed at property tax assistance for elderly townspeople, and the other directed at changes in the current town ordinance regarding public safety.  Many of the public comments before the ordinance votes were impassioned or highly personal.   

In response to these failed proposals, NGX has received opinions from a few townspeople indicating either their displeasure or support for these ordinances. In order to present a balanced view of the issues, it seemed appropriate to revisit the actual ordinances for information as a background to publishing the opinion pieces.

To that end, I interviewed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay and reviewed the two ordinances, as well as the existing town ordinance regarding fire and rescue operations.  Both proposed ordinances seem relatively straightforward in their origin and intent at the onset.

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It’s time for the Library Players

We are nearly half way through the summer, and that means it is time to start up the Library Players again.  For those of you who are new to the area, the Library Players perform a play at the end of the Summer Reading Program.  They are the kick-off event for the evening.  This year we are lucky enough to have another JobiN Terranova original script.

This is a kid’s production, and all kids are welcome.  There are speaking and non-speaking rolls, and large roles and small roles.  If your youngster doesn’t aspire to be an actor, we could always use help with props and PR.

Casting call is July 31, then rehearsals are August 6, 13, 19 and the play is presented on the 20th.  Rehearsals are at 6:30 pm

If you have any questions, please call 926-4840 and we will willingly answer any question.

Suzan Hawkins & Carla McAllister
New Gloucester Public Library

Patti’s July 5 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nadir Marafa holds Bumblebee, his bearded dragon, at last year’s New Gloucester Public Library Pet Show. This year’s event will be held Tuesday, July 9. Patti Mikkelsen photo

Show off your pets

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets? Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, for their 17th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing with other friendly pets and their owners. Light refreshments will be served. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting canine visitor will be in attendance to provide entertainment and education. Registration is appreciated. For more information, call Carla at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to

Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Debra Smith

The annual reading of the Declaration of Independence was held at the History Barn on the morning of July 4th. Lenny Brooks welcomed the audience, reading from a 1776 letter from Henry Aline, Jr., a Boston notary and clerk, describing the publication and public reading of the Declaration from the balcony of the Boston Town House, and the removal and burning of the King’s Arms from the courthouse and other places.

The Declaration was read by three readers: Steve Rogers, Amy Fryda and Rev. Linda Gard. Lenny led three cheers at the end.

Amy Fryda reads the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th everyone!