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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Implications of Portland’s Prosperity on New Gloucester

The New Gloucester Economic Development Committee is hosting a presentation on the Implications of Greater Portland’s Prosperity on New Gloucester and other rural areas.  Richard Barringer and Joseph McDonell, faculty of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, will discuss findings from their recent report Greater Portland Tomorrow: Choices for Sustained Prosperity.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:00 pm
Meeting House
385 Intervale Road
Hear about the impact of Portland’s growth on the workforce, transportation, housing and natural resources. Join in a discussion of these issues and the choices faced by Portland and its outlying communities. 

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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Public Hearings on Ordinance Changes and Day One Site Plan

The Planning Board will hold public hearings on two topics during their March 6 meeting at 7pm:

  1. Proposed Ordinance Changes
  • Community Living Arrangements: Changes to how the ordinance handles Community Living Arrangements to bring the town into compliance with state law.
  • Village Zone boundary change: A change in the boundaries of the Village zoning district located at the intersection of Intervale Rd and Cobbs Bridge/Gloucester Hill to rezone three properties off of Grange Hall Road from Rural Residential to Village.
  • Planned Development section: Addition of a “Planned Development” section to the ordinance which would allow the planning board some flexibility in certain circumstances if a project meets outlined higher standards.

2. Day One Site Plan Review

  • Application for a residential treatment facility in an existing structure at 934 Intervale Road.


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.


Fishermen’s Net update, March 4

Hello and Happy Sunday!

Today we have some beautiful Rainforest tilapia and Canadian Sea Smelt
Fresh Haddock still holding at $6.99/lb and awesome looking scallops!
Warm weather is coming and I am looking forward to it! Thank you all for the amazing winter…. It has been a great success!!!!
See you soon,

Patti’s March 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Royal River Conservation Trust Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway, left, Alicia Flynn with Roxy in backpack, Kevin Cyr holding Nora, and RRCT Stewardship and Outreach Director Kyle Warren snowshoe around the shoreline of Chandler Mill Pond at a Rain or Shine Club tour on Feb. 15.   Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Community supper

Everyone is invited to a community supper and presentation about food insecurity in New Gloucester on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a pasta or rice casserole created from food pantry ingredients. Hear a brief presentation from a GNG Backpack Kids Program spokesperson and from NG food pantry volunteers. The supper is being held at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-137/




Howard Merritt Verrill, 83

Howard Merritt Verrill, 83, of New Gloucester, passed away in the comfort of his home, on Feb. 23, 2018. He was born in New Gloucester, on March 4, 1934, to parents Merritt and Angie Verrill. He graduated from New Gloucester High School in 1951. Keep reading

Chandler Brothers gift 2,500 acres to Maine Woodland Owners

Chandler Brothers, a family-owned land management company whose New Gloucester roots herald back to the mid-1700s, made a difficult but necessary gift of 2,500 acres to Maine Woodland Owners.

“We knew we had to do something so the land wouldn’t be developed. That’s why we’re giving it away,” said spokesman Steve Chandler, representing the four family owners, Charles P. Chandler, Bertha Chandler, Natalie Chandler and himself. Keep reading