Did You Know? Alan Gregory

|From the Did You Know? series from the NG Historical Society|

YMCA of Southern Maine launches ‘Fit to Win’ youth program

NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) – A program to keep kids moving in southern Maine kicked off Tuesday night.

The YMCA teamed up with the Boston Celtics for the special event.

The YMCA’s four-week youth program is called “Fit to Win.” The YMCA of Southern Maine is teaming up with Sun Life and the Boston Celtics for the fourth year in a row to encourage kids to lead active lives. Keep reading

Richard Earl Wood, 84

|Obituary in Sun Journal|

Richard Earl Wood, 84, of New Gloucester, passed away on Feb. 5, 2020 at CMMC in Lewiston.

He was born on Dec. 16, 1935 to parents, Earl and Mildred Wood.

Richard was a member of the Lewiston Eagles Club, the Lewiston Elks Club. He was also a mason and served as past Worshipful Master of Tranquil Lodge in Auburn. Keep reading

NG public works complex is state of the art

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

The new $4.6 million public works complex officially opened this week and no longer will plow truck drivers have to ditch the plows and blades to get inside.

New Gloucester Public Works Director Ted Shane, left, and interim Town Manager Paul First stand in the new $4.6 million public works garage Wednesday. Trucks can now be parked inside without having to have plows and blades removed. Ellie Fellers photo 

The facility at 611 Lewiston Road replaces the Upper Gloucester village garage and salt/sand shed.

Highway Department Director Ted Shane and interim Town Manager Paul First showed off the 22,000-square-foot garage and the domed sand/salt building Wednesday. Keep reading

Forum: “Maine Equal Rights Amendment: What it is – Why we need it!”

Members of the public are invited to a free forum called “Maine Equal Rights Amendment: What it is – Why we need it!” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. This event, sponsored by Equal Rights Maine, League of Women Voters Portland, and Rural Maine Rising will take place at Coolidge Family Farm, 1084 Lewiston Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Rep. Lois Reckitt will be leading a discussion of the Maine Equal Rights Amendment (LD 433). This legislative bill, referred to as the “Maine ERA,” would amend the Maine constitution to prohibit discrimination based on gender, which would benefit men as well as women.

Despite being introduced in the legislature every year since the 1980s, Maine has never added such language to our state constitution. This means that the only constitutionally protected right women have is the right to vote. Every other right they have has been won through statute or regulation, both of which are easier to undo than constitutional protections. Because LD 433 would amend the state constitution, ratification would require it to be approved by a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the legislature and passed by a majority of the voters approving the referendum question.

For more information, contact Anne Gass at 657-4935 or agassmaine@gmail.com. Attendees are asked to park across the street at the AmVets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road.

Library facing budget cut

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

Trustees say loss would mean fewer hours, services

The New Gloucester Public Library may lose 28% of its operating budget in the coming fiscal year, trustees were told Monday night.

Chairman Tim Terranova said interim Town Manager Paul First advised him that every town department is taking a hit because of a $550,000 spending gap in the 2020-21 municipal budget.

The budget is not available to the public. Selectmen expect to finalize it Thursday, hand it to the Budget Committee for review Feb. 19 and 24-26, and bring it to a public hearing March 5. Keep reading

Peacock Hill Road orchard seeks event venue approval

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

The planning board on February 4 took up an application from David and Leslee Clark to hold outdoor events at their Royal River Orchards at 161 Peacock Hill Road.  They anticipate placing tents on their fields for weddings and perhaps other occasional single-day events.  Applicant Leslee Clark described their plans as “an extension of what we’re doing at the orchard.”

Asked by board member Ben Tettlebaum to estimate the number of events they might host, Clark was unsure.  She explained that they had been approached by a few people and simply wanted to have appropriate permits for this potential additional activity. 

Board members discussed whether the plan represents a significantly different use.  “I don’t see hardly anything changing,” member Doug McAtee said.  Others were less sure.  Town planner Scott Hastings noted that the office had received several inquiries about the application, including questions about noise and traffic. 

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NG Democratic caucus, Sunday March 8

  • Just a few days after the presidential primary, we’ll rally together with our friends, family, and neighbors to show the strength of Maine Democrats .  New Gloucester’s caucus will be held at the New Gloucester Community Bldg, 381 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester.  Doors Open: 3:00 PM, Caucus Starts: 4:00 PM.
  • The Maine Democratic Party Caucuses are gatherings of Democratic friends and neighbors run by the Maine Democratic Party (MDP) in partnership with County and Municipal Committees. The local leaders and choice-makers of the MDP are elected at the caucus. This year there will be a statewide virtual rally among all the caucus locations using social media. The caucus will also include:
    • Election of a Caucus Secretary and a Caucus Chair to run the caucus.
    • Election of Municipal Committee officers.
    • Re-affirmation or adoption of Municipal Committee bylaws.
    • Election of County Committee members.
    • Nomination of Election Clerks.
    • Election of delegates (14) and alternates to the 2020 Democratic State Convention.
    • Come hear your local candidates speak.
    • If candidates haven’t already submitted their signatures for access to the ballot, their petitions will be available for signature. 
    • Advance check-in for the caucus is now available (and encouraged) here: Caucus Check-In

New Gloucester Historical Society exhibit: Did You Know?

Editors’ note: NGXchange will run pieces from the 2016-18 “Did You Know?” exhibit on a regular basis. Thanks to Jean Libby for organizing these materials.

|Jean Libby, New Gloucester Historical Society|

The New Gloucester Historical Society has created a new featured exhibit every year or two at the History Barn since it was opened in 2009.  “Did You Know?” was a special exhibit at the History Barn from 2016 to 2018.

This exhibit came about after a member had spent time researching for the New Gloucester Veterans Monument.  While searching on the internet to find famous people from New Gloucester, Maine, they were very surprised to see the result, finding a list of names from William Pitt Fessenden, the 26th US Secretary of the Treasury from July 1864 – March 1865, to Katie Whittier, the 2010 Miss Maine USA, finishing 4th runner up in the Miss USA Pageant, the highest placement ever by a Maine woman.

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NG Library’s Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale is ON: Sat. Feb. 8 from 8 am to noon

Neither snow, nor rain, nor… The NG library’s Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale is ON, Saturday February 8th from 8 am to noon.

The sale is a great chance to stock up on bargain books, videos, puzzles, and games, as well as homebaked treats, and more. There’s plenty to choose from for kids and adults alike.

Proceeds from the sale provide vital support for the library’s programs and operations. So come join your neighbors on Saturday morning for this fun and worthwhile community event.

Photo: Joanne Cole