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Patti’s March 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Shaker Village workshops

The Shakers are among the best-known craftspeople in American history; their legacy includes fine examples of woodworking, textile arts, basket making, metalwork, music, gardening, cooking, and more. Learn age-old crafts and modern spins on their tradition from local artisans and makers. All workshops take place at Shaker Village, working in historic buildings with serene views all around; learning about and carrying on the traditional crafts of the Shakers and our region.

The list of workshops and events to be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during their 2018 season, starting Memorial Day weekend, can be found at Pre-registration is required for all workshop classes. Register online, by phone 926-4597, or by mail addressed to United Society of Shakers, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

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GNG sports: Winter reviews

NEW GLOUCESTER—With the winter seasons in our collective rear view, but spring still several weeks out, now is an optimal time to reflect on the Patriots’ recent efforts.

Boys Basketball
The Gentlemen Patriots turned in a fantastic season: As their current crop of players has gained experience over the past couple years, they’ve become an ever-greater threat to opponents.

“This current core group as made great strides every year. It’s the most wins for our program since 1991,” said G-NG head coach Ryan Deschenes. “And the first regional semifinal appearance since that year as well. Josiah Rottari made it to the Expo three of his four years; it’s been a very long time since a player from G-NG has been part of [such a run].” Keep reading

Fire Department pay heats up in recent budget discussions

Debate over compensation for the town’s mostly volunteer fire department, especially in regards to several thousand dollars in officer stipends, has included some simmering discussion at recent meetings.

The New Gloucester Selectboard initially voted on March 5 to reduce funding in the proposed budget for volunteer officer stipends by $3,500 – a move that didn’t sit well with members of the NG Fire & Rescue Department.Keep reading

New Gloucester Town Newsletter, Winter 2018

The town newsletter includes information from town departments, View online, or email Sharlene Myers to subscribe via email (

Charter/Spectrum wants to make public cable TV less accessible

“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939) and “Born Yesterday” (1950) both portray the deleterious effect of corporate lobbying in the halls of Congress and should always be “required viewing” for those in power. Charter Communications, new to Maine in 2016, has been the subject of complaints received by the Attorney General’s office for non-compliance with State cable franchising laws and would benefit from the lessons learned in those two films.  Better known by their product line “Spectrum” and newly energized by a reported $9.9 billion dollar profit in 2017 thanks partially to the new federal tax bill, Charter/Spectrum flexed their corporate muscles in February and joined with Comcast lobbyists to squash (along strict party lines) a small piece of proposed emergency legislation that would have benefited 300,000 cable viewers in Maine. The one page bill, created with the help of a loosely organized group of Town Managers, Select Boards and Community Television volunteers with legal counsel, was sponsored by Senator David Miramant (D-Camden). If passed by the legislature, it would have prevented cable operators in Maine from moving the local Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) channels from the easy to find single digit locations on cable TV systems where they have been for 30 years, up into a digital limbo in the 1301, 1302 etc. channel locations. Charter maintains that this is a necessary part of their “digital encryption” project but fails to mention why the local commercial broadcast channels are not being moved as well. Ironically, it is because of the prime location on the dial that Charter has taken this step as those lucrative channel locations can be leased to shopping networks, generating significant new revenue for the cable operator. By making the PEG channels less conspicuous and less viewed, Towns will be less likely to require increased franchise fees and capital grants from cable operators at franchise renewal times, a double win for the cable industry. In addition, Charter refuses to carry local PEG channels in high definition and will down convert the HD signals to near VHS quality even if HD signals are provided to them by the PEG originator. Both issues and other enhanced consumer protections will be addressed in a new version of the bill which will be re-introduced in the next session of the legislature. Until then, our group stands ready to debate these issues with cable industry representatives in a televised open forum as opposed to behind closed doors at the State House. Stay tuned.

Tony Vigue


Learning about NG Food Pantry and GNG Backpack Program at free supper

Tonight’s free community supper hosted by the New Gloucester Food Pantry at the First Congregational Church of New Gloucester brought to the attention the mission to help those suffering with food insecurity. The problem is endemic to our region and state and our nation where elders, families, children go hungry. With the support of the food pantries and dedicated help of volunteers, a gift of time and belief helping those in need is strong.
The food pantry located at the church takes donations of essential items that include household items, food, to augment the food available through the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn. A cadre of people donate their time to shop, collate boxes and keep in touch with those in need freely helping others get essential nourishment.
The Gray New Gloucester High School has a food pantry staffed by student volunteers. The Gray New Gloucester Backpack Kids program helps with snacks and food items provided anonymously to students in need of all ages.
Get aboard and make a donation to the food pantry. Make it a regular part of giving to help others in need.
Items needed now include tea, coffee, peanut butter, jam and granola bars.
But, don’t forget toilet paper, soup, soap, shampoo, tooth paste, and related items.

Ellie Fellers

Teen charged for making GNG Middle School bomb threat

A 13-year-old Gray-New Gloucester Middle School student was charged with terrorizing after allegedly writing a bomb threat in a school bathroom.

A threat about the school “getting bombed” was found written on a bathroom stall Wednesday afternoon, prompting an evacuation of all students and staff to the high school. The note left in the bathroom emphasized that the threat should be taken seriously, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
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Hearing on Day One postponed

More than 40 residents on Tuesday came to a public hearing on Day One’s application at 934 Intervale Road for a 12-bed substance-abuse residential treatment facility but were told the hearing was postponed.

Planning Board Chairman Don Libby said Day One officials notified the town to postpone the hearing until two administrative appeals by residents filed against the town’s code enforcement officer’s ruling that the facility meets the town’s zoning ordinance conditions as a permitted use in the rural residential zone is resolved by the town’s Board of Appeals.

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Firefighters air complaints about budget cuts

Several Fire Department officers on Monday took selectmen to task for cutting money for officers in the 2018-19 budget.

“I earn $3,000 per year and use my own vehicle, spend 200 hours doing office work, attend meetings in surrounding towns and receive no mileage allowance and put in hours that don’t get billed,” Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur said. “There is liability we take on personally that could come to us by civil action.

“We’ve been cut off and we’re turning back (to taxpayers) money every year.”
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Participate: nomination papers, committee volunteers, and public hearings

It’s a very busy season for town business. See the Town of New Gloucester web site:

Serve the community
• Run for office.
 Get your nomination papers (due back April 13th with signatures). There are two positions open on the Board of Selectmen, two MSAD 15 school board seats, one Water District Trustee. Elections are held in June.
• Serve on a committee The Candidates Forum committee needs members before it can convene and start planning for the fall Candidates Forum.
A new Ad hoc Public Works Construction Committee is also looking for members.

• Attend a public hearing about issues you care about
All public hearings take place at the Meeting House, next to Town Hall at 7 PM.

Monday, March 5th:
Three public hearings will take place as part of the Board of Selectmen’s regular meeting.
• Design, construction and financing of new Public Works facility.
•  Amendments to the Pineland Municipal Tax Increment Financing District and its development program
• Liquor license application for Black Tie, Inc., located at Pineland.

Tuesday March 6th: Public hearings on zoning ordinance changes including: •clarification of “community living arrangements” as relates to Day One’s new residential treatment facility
• changes to Village Zone boundaries in the Lower Village, and
• adoption of a “Planned Development” section. Documents are online under the Planning section, or call Planner Scott Hastings with any questions.