Water district trustee run-off election
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.
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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/.
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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/
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.
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.
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/
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.
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
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