New Gloucester town manager resigns

| Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER —  Selectmen on Monday accepted the resignation of Town Manager Carrie Castonguay effective December 13.

Castonguay, who was hired nearly three years ago, will remain in the office until Nov. 27, then take earned vacation time until December 13 to complete her time serving New Gloucester’s 5,600 residents.

By telephone on Thursday, Castonguay said she was leaving for personal reasons. She has no immediate plans for the future.

“Navigating the political climate has been challenging,” she said.

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John S. Santos, Sr.

| Obituary in the Press Herald |

NEW GLOUCESTER – At age 95, having resided in New Gloucester, Maine and Millis, Mass., John Santos, Sr. passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Central Maine Medical Center following a cancer diagnosis.

John was born in Needham, Mass. on July 3, 1924. He was the oldest of five children born to John and Mary (Picone) Santos.

John is survived by his wife of 36 years, Mae (Queen) Santos of New Gloucester, formally of Millis, Mass.

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Comprehensive Plan Update Committee continues draft review

|Anne Maurice|
On October 24, Town Planner Scott Hastings began the CPUC monthly meeting welcoming Town Manager Carrie Castonguay, who was in attendance.  The committee continues to diligently review draft chapters written by Scott based on the discussions and research completed during the many meetings over the last year and a half.  The agenda included the chapters for Public Facilities and Fiscal Capacity Inventory, and the goals and strategies for both topics. 

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Rep. Amy Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Arata’s early November newsletter, read about tips for managing storm-damaged trees, new projects celebrating Maine’s upcoming bicentennial, a state website with financial literacy resources for teachers and others, and more.

Election Results Nov. 5, 2019

Results as reported on the town website:

Question 1 (Bond Issue):

            YES                 407

            NO                  232

            BLANKS             2

            TOTAL           641

 Question 2 (Constitutional Amendment):

            YES                 434

            NO                  204

            BLANKS              3

            TOTAL           641

Advance Care Planning: It’s About the Conversation! Monday Nov. 11 6:30 pm

NursingWise, a tiny, nurse-led non-profit, invites you to a community gathering led by Erin Pendexter Stone, registered nurse and Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator.

What if a sudden illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want them to know about your values and wishes?

Advance Care Planning helps you 

  • think about your health care values and goals
  • consider health care choices you will have to make in the future 
  • talk about your choices with your primary care provider and your loved ones
  • develop a written plan for the future (advance directive).

Join us in thought-provoking conversation to help make your wishes known. Learn vocabulary, reflect on your values, choose a healthcare agent, explore goals for treatment, and take the first steps toward completing an advance directive.

Monday, November 11, 2019  6:30 – 7:30pm *FREE* — First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road (926-3260)

Following the presentation, you may choose to make a follow-up appointment with Erin to further guide you through the process of completing an advance directive, at no cost to you.

Betty M. Keating McCoubrey

| Obituary in the Press Herald |

NEW GLOUCESTER – Betty M. Keating McCoubrey, 84, passed away peacefully with family and friends gathered by her side on Oct. 29, 2019.

Betty was born on Dec. 16, 1934, to Gerald Leroy and Beatrice Ella Keating of Nova Scotia Canada. Betty immigrated from Canada to the United States in 1954 when she became the bride of Jerry C. McCoubrey. She was a lifelong resident of New Gloucester.

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Hearing on extending solar project moratorium set for New Gloucester

| Ellie Fellers, Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER — Selectmen agreed Monday night to hold a public hearing on extending the 180-day moratorium on large-scale solar energy projects that voters approved in May.

The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at the New Gloucester Meeting House. Voters will decide at a town meeting whether to lengthen the moratorium.

The board did not say Monday how long the extension would be.

The Land Management Planning Committee is working on a solar project ordinance which will require voter approval. Keep reading

Vote TODAY, Tues. Nov. 5!

The polls are open until 8 p.m. at the Fire and Rescue Station, 611 Lewiston Road (Route 100).

Two statewide questions are on the ballot: a transportation bond and a proposed amendment to the Maine Constitution to permit individuals with disabilities to sign petitions in an alternative manner.

A book and bake sale, craft fair, book signing, and more – A Saturday in New Gloucester

| Photos by Peg Becksvoort |

Carol Libbe helps organize titles for the Library’s Fall Festival of Books
Phoebe Hardesty arranges the mysteries for the book sale
Colorful jams to sample at the craft fair
Wreaths at the craft fair signal the season

Visitors to the History Barn are captured in reflection
Maine author Jean Flahive discusses her new book
Teddy Roosevelt, Millie, and the Elegant Ride with Debra Smith. Flahive’s book features the historic Interurban trolley.
Phil Blake chats with Maine author Jean Flahive at the History Barn.