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Clarification regarding town charter process

At their Sept. 17 meeting, the Board of Selectmen tabled action on the issue of putting a question to the NG voters of whether they want to create a charter commission. (Please note that the Sept. 29 post “… whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval” is somewhat misleading.)

The action had been tabled until the October 1st Board Meeting pending a request to MMA about the procedure the Board needs to take to put the question on the ballot at the next regular election in June 2019. The Sept. 29 post is correct in stating that the Oct. 1st board meeting was cancelled.

 

 

Board of Selectmen’s October 1st meeting cancelled

Due to the unavailability of the chair and vice-chair, there will be no Selectmen’s meeting on Monday, October 1. Items that were to be on the agenda included an acceptable use policy for town committees to be present at the NG Farmers’ Market (they had been banned by the town manager); and whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval.

Patti’s Sept. 28 Inside New Gloucester Column

Rupert Watson, left, Tom Blake, Phil Blake and David Watson, along with others, met Sept. 19  at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument to see the inscription for the Watsons’ uncle, a British WW II pilot in the Royal Navy who perished over the skies of New Gloucester during training maneuvers in 1943.

1943 air crash memorialized

Tragedy struck over the skies of New Gloucester’s Intervale region 75 years ago.

On Oct. 3, 1943, British pilots Lieutenant Commander Alfred Jack Sewell and Sub-Lieutenant David James Falshaw Watson took off from Brunswick Naval Air Station to practice training maneuvers. Apparently one plane came up under the other, causing a collision that resulted in the deaths of both pilots.

Rupert and David Watson learned about the tribute to their uncle through internet research. When Rupert and his wife, who are from New Zealand, were visiting his brother David in New York, they decided to visit the Veterans Monument. They contacted Jean Libby from the Veterans Monument Committee in advance.

On Sept. 19, Phil Blake’s son, Tom, presided over a gathering of the three members of the Watson family, plus 20 New Gloucester Historical Society members and local dignitaries to honor pilot David James Falshaw Watson and present the trio with memorabilia from the monument’s dedication ceremony in 2014.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-152/

 

Questions Needed – And NOW is the Time!

Got questions for the people who are trying to win your vote for State Senate and Representative? This is your chance to ask them!

On Tuesday October 9 at 6:30 PM the New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee will present a Candidates Forum which will be broadcast live on Ch. 3, and rebroadcast in recording in following weeks. Candidates invited to this Forum are State Senate Candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling; and Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge, who are running for State Representative.

The Forum will be presented in two sections of 60 minutes for each position, one following the other, and each facilitated by a moderator. The public is invited to attend the live event at the New Gloucester Meeting House.

This is an opportunity, provided by the Town of New Gloucester, for New Gloucester voters to ask the questions you feel you need to have answered in order to make an informed choice.

Please send your questions to: newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com   Questions may be submitted anonymously.  The moderator will not disclose who submitted the questions being asked.

Nephews of British pilot killed in 1943 New Gloucester crash visit memorial with his name

Special to the Sun Journal by Ellie Fellers

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NG Rx – PRN

NG Rx – PRN
An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance
By Penny Hilton
September 20, 2018

They Didn’t Say Yes, They Didn’t Say No…

…The New Gloucester Select Boards’ latest action on the citizen request to begin a Town Charter process brings to mind the lyrics of that old (old!) Mills Brothers song: they didn’t say yes, and they didn’t say no. Instead they asked Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to contact the MMA (Maine Municipal Association) for clarification and advice regarding the process, and put discussion off till – possibly – their October 1 meeting. Continue reading

Espling, Claxton vie for District 20 Senate seat

A key House Republican and former family physician-turned Democratic candidate are competing for the open District 20 Senate seat this fall.

Voters in Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland will choose between Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and Democrat Ned Claxton of Auburn on Nov. 6 when they elect a new state senator.

Current District 20  Sen. Eric Brakey is challenging U.S. Sen. Angus King in November. Keep reading

Tim Reimensnyder video

Tim Makes Chairs follows New Gloucester artist Tim Reimensnyder through the process of making a greenwood oak chair from felling the tree to steam bending the seat back. Watch on YouTube.

Patti’s Sept. 14 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Carla McAllister and Tim Rice opened their Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library in early September. Rice built it to resemble the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead at 585 Shaker Road.  Photo by SallyAnn Rogers

Novel Little Free Library

Little Free Libraries are in 88 countries and number more than 79,000. These  small libraries and can be found along many roads, in parks and at myriad other locations. The concept is for people of all ages to “take a book, share a book.” Courtesy dictates that if you take a book or two, return a book or two to either the location from which you borrowed or to another Little Free Library.

Carla McAllister, assistant librarian at New Gloucester Public Library for nearly 10 years, has had a hankering for an LFL for a few years now. Tim Rice, her husband, made her dream come true by building a LFL that resembles the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead. Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is lit so that patrons can stop by after dark to check out what books are offered.

Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is located at 585 Shaker Road, one-half mile south of Shaker Village. You are invited to take away a book of interest and log comments about the overall concept or their LFL in particular. McAllister and Rice hope that their LFL will be respected, visited often, and fun for all.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-151/

 

Merribrook Farm fields to Maine Farmland Trust


On September 11th, a portion of our family farm on Intervale Road, New Gloucester was sold to Maine Farmland Trust to be forever farm fields. Our parents Lowell (“Brookie)” and Barbara Brookings bought the farm on Intervale Road in 1944. Dad had a herd of Holstein cows that he milked up until the summer of 1979 and sold the milk to Oakhurst Dairy. They also raised vegetables and Mom took them to the Portland Public Market until 1950.  Many of the neighborhood boys and a few girls, worked in the summer helping to bring the hay in. After the milking herd was sold to an Amish farmer in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, Dad still had young stock for a while. Dad hayed the fields up into his late 80’s, and sold the hay to people with horses, sheep, cows etc.  We 6 “kids” all helped with the haying, the gardens, the cows and whatever else needed to be done. Our brother Gary, the youngest and only boy, worked the farm with a Dad for many years. Some of the grandchildren also had the experience of helping on the farm, especially with the haying. One of our parents wishes was that it stay a farm forever if at all possible. By selling to Maine Farmland Trust, that is going to be possible on a good portion of the land. Some is going to be kept in the family which they had also wanted. The fields can now be enjoyed by the people that pass by Merribrook Farm forever.

Barbie Seaver