One Quick Correction to a Recent Post

Hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Eagles Club by Sabbathday Lake this SUNDAY, March 17th from 8-11 am for a hearty breakfast. (Peter’s post was great, but unfortunately he mentioned that the breakfast would be on Saturday, which is incorrect.) See you there!

Have breakfast, learn about Town Charters

A reminder that there will be a hearty St. Patrick’s Day Community Breakfast held this Sunday, March 17, at the Eagles on Sabbathday Road in New Gloucester from 8AM till 11 AM. The cost for a full breakfast from a menu of eggs, toast, English muffins, homefries, bacon, ham, orange juice, and coffee is $8, and tickets will be sold at the door. The bar will be open for those who want to add a Bloody Mary or some Irish libations to their meal. Proceeds will go to support New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter, and information about the Charter process will be available at the breakfast.

Will a Charter Benefit New Gloucester?

Opinion by Peter Bragdon – Board of Selectmen Candidate

As you have probably seen there is a push in New Gloucester by a group of citizens to form a Charter Commission.  I am involved in this diverse group which includes Democrats, Republicans, Independents, a retired town employee, past selectmen, current selectmen, retired Maine Municipal leaders and a retired town manager.   I want to share why I think a Charter will benefit the town.

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Patti’s March 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Frank Matzke of St. Augustine, Florida, uses adaptive ski equipment to compete in the VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms on March 3.

VAST biathlon camp

The VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms Feb. 28-March 4 attracted 16 competitors from California, Oregon, Florida and throughout New England. According to organizer Kristina Sabasteanski, one entrant was nearly 100 percent visually impaired, four have undergone amputations, several deal with traumatic brain injuries, some have PTSD and others received injuries from improvised explosive device blasts in Middle Eastern war zones. A few of the participants had never skied before the event but managed to hone their skills enough to compete in relay races testing their cross-country ski and target shooting abilities.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-164/

 

Former GNG bus driver pleads “no contest” to slapping student with autism

A bus driver accused of slapping a student with autism returned to court Wednesday.

Raymond Files is a former bus driver from MSAD 15, which includes Gray and New Gloucester. He was fired last August after a witness and a security camera caught him striking Bradley Seavey, a 19-year-old non-verbal boy with autism.
Keep reading and view video on NewsCenterMaine.

Representative Amy Arata Announces Local Projects in Maine DOT Work Plan

March 13, 2019

House Republican Office
(207) 287-1440
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA – State Representative Amy B. Arata (R-New Gloucester, Poland-part) is pleased to announce that the Maine Department of Transportation Work Plan for Calendar Years 2019, 2020 and 2021 is available. The estimated value of work in the plan totals more than $2.44 billion and encompasses 2,193 projects across the state.  Continue reading

New Gloucester budget process on hold

The budget process has been put on hold because of ongoing deliberations over compensation for the town’s fire and rescue department. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ article in the Sun Journal.

Chief Sacco remembered by colleagues and friends

OXFORD — During his tenure as fire chief in New Gloucester, Gary Sacco was the boss.

“Depending on how people were faced with Gary, they could come up quick and say, ‘He’s just a gruff man,’ and he was, on the professional front,” said New Gloucester Fire Capt. Scott Doyle,  a longtime colleague, neighbor and friend of Sacco.

“On the personal front, he had one of the biggest hearts of anyone I would ever know.” Keep reading Jon Bolduc’s story in the Sun Journal.

Catherine Lynn Lewis, 36

AUBURN – With family by her side, Catherine Lynn Lewis, 36, of New Gloucester, went Home to join her dad on March 8, following her courageous battle with melanoma. Keep reading obituary in the Sun Journal.

17th annual GNG Baseball/Softball Golf Tournament Fundraiser: Save the Date

Gray-New Gloucester Varsity Baseball and Softball Coaches, Brad Smith and Amanda Harmon are very pleased to welcome McCann Fabrication back as the presenting sponsor for the upcoming 17th annual GNG Baseball/Softball Golf Tournament Fundraiser. McCann Fabrication has been meeting fabrication needs of companies large and small since its establishment in 1983 in New Gloucester. Continue reading