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New Gloucester fire chief resigns, deputy chief suspended — Sun Journal

 BY ELLIE FELLERS, Special to the Sun Journal – November 8, 2018

NEW GLOUCESTER — Town Manager Carrie Castonguay confirmed Thursday that Fire and Rescue Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday after being reinstated to his position Monday.

Ladewig had been placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Oct. 18, while Castonguay carried out an investigation, about which she declined to comment.

Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur, who was put in charge of the Fire Department based on the command structure of the department during Ladewig’s administrative leave, also was suspended from his duties Tuesday, Castonguay said.

Following Levasseur’s suspension, Fire Capt. Ryan Mitchell was named acting deputy chief by Castonguay. He will be in charge of the fire and rescue unit, which has roughly 40 members. Castonguay would not give any details on Levasseur’s suspension, saying it was a personnel matter.

Telephone calls to Levasseur were not returned. He has served the department for several decades.

Mary Rich, the town’s deputy chief of emergency medical services, returned to duty this week following her recent leave of absence.

Steve Libby, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, confirmed by telephone Thursday that Ladewig had resigned, and said recruiting a new fire chief is the town manager’s duty.

Castonguay said she is working on documents to begin recruiting a new fire chief to serve the community of roughly 5,500 residents comprising an area of 45 square miles.

New Gloucester Fire Chief James Ladewig resigned from his post Tuesday. (Ellie Fellers/Sun Journal)

Patti’s Nov. 9 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Channel 3 becomes 1302

Effective Nov. 13, local access NGTV Channel 3 will be changed to Channel 1302.
Gray Community TV Channel 2 will be Channel 1301, and Portland’s Community TV Network Channel 5 will be Channel 1303. These channels will be carried in the basic service tier.

Spectrum is converting TV service to 100 percent digital format. Customers will be required to have a Spectrum receiver on each TV. If you have an existing set-top-box, digital transport adapter (DTA), or retail device with a CableCARD on each TV, you will be unaffected by this change. Otherwise, to order your Spectrum receiver(s), go to or call 1-844-278-3409 and a self-installation kit will be shipped to your home at no additional cost. You can also visit the Windham, Saco, Lewiston or Portland Cable Stores to pick up your equipment. Customers are eligible to receive a converter at no additional charge for a limited period of time. If customers have TV(s) without equipment issued by Spectrum, they will lose the ability to view channels.

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







During the month of November the Environmental Resource Committee of New Gloucester has a display in the library about four insects that damage and sometimes kill your trees.

Information and photos of these killers are available .

Winter Moth : Actively laying eggs NOW at the base of trees until a hard frost.

Brown tail moth : This one that causes intense irritation from Spring  until   fall

Emerald ash borer: This one  is destroying ash trees across the midwest and other regions in the northeast and has recently been seen in Maine.

Asian Longhorned beetle : Destroys many variety of trees

Many of these may look similar to other insects so try to note their identifying features.
The following websites have photos that can help with identification.


Environmental Resource Committee

How we voted

See the New Gloucester election results on the town web site:


Orders OK’d for New Gloucester public works building

NEW GLOUCESTER – Selectmen on Monday approved two change orders for the $4.6 million public works facility at 611 Lewiston Road.

Ganneston Construction of Augusta plans to begin this week with a logging operation at the 25-acre site shared with the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department. Keep reading in the SunJournal.

Pineland YMCA Offers Free Election Day Short-Term Child Watch

To help families vote, the Pineland YMCA is offering free short-term child watch services on Election Day, Tuesday November 6, from 7 am to 7 pm.

The Y is located at 25 Campus Drive in New Gloucester.  For more information, contact the Pineland YMCA at (207) 688-2255.


Sheriff identifies Maine 18-year-old severely injured in crash involving deer

WMTW reports:

A New Gloucester teenager was flown to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a crash in Castine on Thursday night.

Two other men in the car were also taken to the hospital with injuries. The crash was reported around 8:30 p.m.

Thomas Spurling, 18, was heading south on Castine Road when he hit a deer, went off the road and struck a tree, the sheriff said. Spurling was flown by medical helicopter to a Bangor hospital.

A man from Rhode Island and a man from Massachusetts were passengers in the vehicle and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the sheriff said.

According to the sheriff, all three were wearing their seat belts.

New Gloucester fire chief placed on administrative leave — Sun Journal

By Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal – October 26, 2018

NEW GLOUCESTER — Town Manager Carrie Castonguay confirmed Friday that Fire Chief James Ladewig was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday, Oct. 18.

Castonguay said by telephone Friday that she is in the middle of an investigation on the matter that she hopes will be completed by next week. She declined to give details on the case.

She said Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur is in charge of the Fire Department, based on the command structure of the department.

Ladewig was named full-time chief Feb. 8, 2016. Prior to that, he was assistant fire chief of the Olmos Park Fire Department on the outskirts of San Antonio, Texas, where he had served for 25 years.

New Gloucester Fire Chief James Ladewig


Annual Hunter’s Breakfast

All are welcome to our annual New Gloucester Fire & Rescue hunter’s breakfast!

This Saturday, Oct. 27th  at 5:30 AM – 9:30 AM

All you can eat!
Adults $8
Kids 5 and under $2

Click on the photo you will be directed to our Facebook page for more info.

Thank you for your support we appreciate YOU!

NG Rx: An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance


So on October 15 the New Gloucester BOS voted to send the question of whether or not the town wants to start the process of creating a Town Charter to the voters.


One thing everyone agreed on at the meeting was that there will have to be a lot of education done on what a town Charter is before New Gloucester voters decide next June whether to start the process.

Peter Bragdon, one of the town residents who asked the BOS to put the question to the people rather than require the original interested group to collect 600+ signatures to force the issue, explained that he himself had been against a town charter for years – till learning more about what that meant. “I had incorrect information,” he told the BOS. “Now I am for a charter.” Continue reading