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Patti’s “Inside New Gloucester” July 21 Column

Water district trustee run-off election

Because of a tie (one vote each) at the June election, a water district trustee run-off election will be held on Monday, Aug. 14, at the New Gloucester Town Office, 385 Intervale Road, during regular office hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 7 p.m. Only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for a water board trustee.

The candidates on the ballot are Norman Chamberlain II, Mary Ellen Corrigan, Caleb Dunn, Robert Ray Sr., Frank Staton Jr., or write-in. Absentee ballots are now available.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-117/

New Gloucester marks Independence Day

More than 40 people gathered at the New Gloucester History Barn on Tuesday for the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony was sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society. Steve Rogers, Amy Fryda and the Rev. Linda Gard read parts of the document. Thomas Blake, society curator, talked about the 1776 Bell Tavern sign recently donated to the society by Charles Chandler Jr. See Ellie Feller’s photos in the SunJournal.

Patti’s July 7 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity and family

Serenity Klotzle, with microphone, shows the family dog, Greta, at last year’s Pet Show, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library. Her mom and sister, Elizabeth and Haven Klotzle, look on. This year’s Pet Show is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11. 

Pet show

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 11, for the 15th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing and species-appropriate snacks. Light refreshments will be served for the human types. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. Two K9 handlers from Maine Search and Rescue Dogs also will give a presentation and demonstration.

For more information, contact Carla at 926-4840. Registration is appreciated.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-116/

427 Acres of Farmland Protected in New Gloucester

On June 30, 2017, Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) purchased a conservation easement on a 427-acre farm on North Pownal Road in New Gloucester from Jeri Waterhouse. Jeri’s father, Forrest Waterhouse, was born in the historic farmhouse on the property in 1920 and passed away 96 years later in the same home. By selling an easement, Jeri fulfilled her parents’ desire for the property to always remain as a farm.

Read more: https://www.mainefarmlandtrust.org/427-acres-of-farmland-protected-in-new-gloucester/.

Patti’s June 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Summer Reading Program

Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, and enroll in the  Summer Reading Program. The program’s goal is to read (or, for little ones, to listen to) a total of 3,960 books. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 8. All ages are welcome to participate from babes in arms to Great Aunt Gertie. The program wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-112/

BOS delays paving contract

Selectmen on Monday evening held off awarding a paving contract until they get clarification on a 1 percent surcharge to contractors who participate in Greater Portland Council of Governments’ bid program. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.

Election results

According to numbers posted on the town web site, Joe Davis was elected to the Board of Selectmen, with 311 votes. Doug McAtee had 133 write-in votes, and 36 ballots were blank. Gary Harriman was re-elected to the MSAD 15 School Board with 55 votes. Laura Jane Sturgis recited 9 write-in votes. 416 ballots were left blank. For the Water District, 8 people each received 1 write-in vote, leaving no winner. The school district budget passed with a 303 to 170 vote. The state bond issue failed with a vote of 223 yes and 253 no.

Patti’s June 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village music festival

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village presents the 12th annual Maine Festival of American Music on Wednesday, June 21-Saturday, June 24. The Shakers host the festival with all concerts taking place in their 1794 Meeting House, one of Maine’s most beautiful and acoustically superb venues for vocal and instrumental performances.

The concert lineup consists of The Portland String Quartet, Kevin Siegfried & The Portsmouth Singers with Brother Arnold Hadd, and the Don Roy Trio. Purchase tickets online at www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597 to charge by phone. A free Master Class Workshop Performance is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, June 23, which is open to the public.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-107/

Castonguay officially appointed town manager

At their June 5th meeting, Selectmen officially appointed Carrie Castonguay as town manager for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.

Open Letter to NG Community from Laura Jane Sturgis, Retiring Selectman

An open note to the voters of New Gloucester

Three short years ago, on the urging of a few people, I decided to run for Selectman here in New Gloucester. You honored me by choosing me in a contested election and I have been ever grateful for it. You welcomed a gray-haired, oxygen-tank-dependent senior lady to represent you on our governing board. Thank you so very much for the opportunity. It has been a rewarding experience for me and I hope that I have lived up to your faith in me. It was a chance for me to pay back the acceptance that I have felt in my chosen hometown. I truly enjoyed the experiences that I have had during these past three years and the new relationships that I have been privileged to develop. Continue reading