Gubernatorial candidates forum: follow live blog

The four candidates hoping to be Maine’s next governor are set to appear together for the first time Monday at a forum on workforce development at the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Democrat Janet Mills, Republican Shawn Moody and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron have all confirmed their appearance at the 4:30 event at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

In the two most recent independent Maine polls, Moody, a businessman from Gorham, and Mills, Maine’s attorney general, were locked in a dead heat.

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Morrison Center plans residential facility at Opportunity Farm

The non-profit that has purchased the former Opportunity Farm plans to turn it into a residential facility for young people ages 10-21 with severe disabilities, according to its executive director.

The Morrison Center bought the 125-acre campus for $1.35 million from Wayfinder Schools, Executive Director Mark Ryder said.

“Maine has a critical shortage of residential services for children with complex developmental needs, and Morrison’s vision for their new property includes establishing a nationally recognized educational and treatment facility at the New Gloucester campus,” Ryder said in press release announcing the sale last week. Keep reading

Arata, Coolidge run for House District 65 seat

Only one of the candidates for House District 65 says she is related to a former U.S. President, but the two women squaring off this November have at least one thing in common: their birthday.

That’s not where the similarities end with Republican Amy Arata and Democrat Misty Coolidge, both of New Gloucester. They both own small businesses, both are originally from central Maine, both are married with three children, and both joke about being mistaken for one another by voters.

But in their race to replace Rep. Ellie Espling in a seat that represents New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Maine House of Representatives, the two candidates differ on whether they’d follow in Espling’s footsteps.  Keep reading

GNG Girl Scouts lead effort to establish parking spaces for veterans

Two local Girl Scouts have earned a scouting award and praise for their work on a project to create veterans-only parking spaces at several public buildings in Gray and New Gloucester.

Abby Ladd and Charlena LaVallee, both 13 and eighth-graders at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School, got the OK from officials in both towns to put several signs up reserving town parking spaces for military veterans or their families. Keep reading

Lewiston Forum with Candidates for Governor – Mon. Sept. 10 from 4:30-6:30 pm

The New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee wants to share news of a nearby opportunity to hear directly from Maine’s candidates for governor.  All four gubernatorial candidates–Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, Janet Mills, and Shawn Moody–are confirmed to appear at a public forum Monday September 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant Street, Lewiston, hosted by the L/A Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will focus on workforce development, described by the Chamber as the “most critical issue” facing its member organizations and the region.  Candidates will be asked to discuss their plans to support this element of Maine’s second largest economy.  The event begins with a reception at 4:30 pm, followed by the forum at 5:30.  The public is invited.  Click here for details.  ~ The NG Candidate/Forum Issues Committee

GNG sports previews

Previews for GNG cross-country, field hockey and boys and girls soccer here.

GNG fall sports schedule

See the schedule for fall cross-country, field hockey and football here.

NG public works garage gets planning board’s OK

The Planning Board has signed off on the town’s new public works facility, nearly a year after voters approved a $4.6 million bond proposal for the building.

Town Manager Carrie Castonguay said she hopes for construction to start in November.

The project, including a more than 19,000-square-foot garage and a 12,800-square-foot salt and sand shed, will be located behind the town’s existing Fire & Rescue building at 611 Lewiston Road. Keep reading

New Gloucester Town News available on town website

The New Gloucester Town News

You may view the 2018 Fall-Winter Edition of the “New Gloucester Town News” by going to http://www.newgloucester.com.

It’s chock full of important news to keep residents apprised of what’s going on in town.

Subscribe today to receive each edition of the newsletter emailed directly to you by sending an email to smyers@newgloucester.com  with the words “subscribe me” in the subject line. The publication is now coming out twice per year.

Community Fair to make come back next summer

The New Gloucester Community Fair will be held on August 17, 2019. (Rain date August 18th). A small group of volunteers have teamed together to bring the fair back. It will be located at the Fairgrounds on Bald Hill Road. Additional volunteers are needed. We will also be looking for vendors, civic groups, crafters and artists.
Follow us on Facebook or www.newgloucester.com. More information will be coming in near future. Watch for our contest to come up with a new slogan for the fair!

Peter Bragdon