Break in at Thompsons’

Good morning again. This post is a bit more serious, last night someone chose to break in and clean out our register. Anyone having any information on this we would be very grateful.

Mike Thompson
Thompsons’ Orchard

Rep. Amy Arata’s latest newsletter

Sen. Arata’s July 10th newsletter includes information about boating safety, camping tips and financing education.

Parks & Recreation summer classes

The Next Session of New Gloucester Group Fitness Starts Next Week 


We are now offering classes 3 days a week
All Classes are held in the New Gloucester Community Building at the Town Hall Complex in the Lower Village 

Sessions are Six Weeks (Week July 15th to August 19th)
Sign up TODAY and SAVE!

www.ngrecreation.com 

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Felix Stars in the Pet Show

Frank Chambers has an armful holding “Felix,” a rotund feline.
Kathleen Potter and Frank Chambers show off their tuxedo-clad pussycat at the New Gloucester Public Library’s 17th Annual Pet Show on July 9th.
Photos by Patti Mikkelsen

Sunrise at the gazebo at Thompson’s Orchard

Saturday July 13, from 4:30 to 7 am, enjoy fresh coffee and donuts, a beautiful sunrise and time with friends and neighbors.  

Please RSVP through Facebook or text 207-807-6869 with number of adults and children. Thanks and hope to see you there.
Mike Thompson

Veterans Monument Committee seeks funds for granite fence posts

After a December 21, 2018 automobile accident broke one of the granite fence posts, and a few snowmobiles riding across the Monument and almost hitting one of the front Monument lights, the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Committee is very concerned that there could be more damage to the Monument.

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Jerry Leon LeBlanc, 76

Sun Journal Obituary

Jerry Leon LeBlanc, 76, died July 5, 2019 at his home in New Gloucester with his wife at his side, from Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia for many years. Keep reading

Help wanted: Part-time church sexton

The First Congregational-Christian Church of New Gloucester, Maine is seeking a part-time church sexton (janitor). The church sexton (janitor) works closely with the pastor. Regular tasks include cleaning, light maintenance, and setting up and moving furniture for events. The successful candidate needs to be physically fit, able to work independently and have access to own transportation.

The church sexton (janitor) reports to the Board of Trustees. The regular duties require 4 to 5 hours per week, with occasional additional hours as requested for event support. The hourly rate is dependent upon skills and experience, with a minimum of $13 per hour.

For more details on the duties and skills required, see www.ngucc.org. For consideration, please email search@ngucc.org to request an application.

New Gloucester’s proposed property tax assistance and public safety ordinances: Background and context

Diane Salisbury, NGX Editorial Team

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At the special town meeting in June, voters narrowly defeated two proposed ordinances: one aimed at property tax assistance for elderly townspeople, and the other directed at changes in the current town ordinance regarding public safety.  Many of the public comments before the ordinance votes were impassioned or highly personal.   

In response to these failed proposals, NGX has received opinions from a few townspeople indicating either their displeasure or support for these ordinances. In order to present a balanced view of the issues, it seemed appropriate to revisit the actual ordinances for information as a background to publishing the opinion pieces.

To that end, I interviewed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay and reviewed the two ordinances, as well as the existing town ordinance regarding fire and rescue operations.  Both proposed ordinances seem relatively straightforward in their origin and intent at the onset.

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In my Opinion: The importance of property tax relief for seniors

Laura Jane Sturgis

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I was in favor of the tax relief program for seniors in our town and was very disappointed when it was defeated by only four votes.  There are many seniors, I am sure, who live in our town and struggle with paying their real estate taxes.  While they live in their own home, circumstances in their lives have limited their savings, including living on a fixed income.  If they are teachers and widowed, they receive not a penny from their spouse’s social security.  Often they still have mortgage payments to meet as well as the upkeep on their homes.  I highly doubt that people who have plenty of assets would be applying for the tax relief.  At the meeting, I noticed that many of the people who attended and voted against the article were people who are financially very comfortable.  There was an income, age and residence requirement stipulated in the proposal.  It gave reasonable perimeters that seniors had to meet. 

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