Practicality, in life and craft, drives Maine’s most famous furniture maker

Christian Becksvoort’s new book speaks to the philosophy behind his work. Read Bob Keyes’ article in the Portland Press Herald.

Patti’s Jan. 4 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

The New Gloucester Santa holds Belle Lemay, 2, of Lewiston, at Thompson’s Orchard, the first stop during his Christmas Eve rounds distributing goodie bags to excited children.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at Pineland Farms from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Mount Washington Room, 59 Pineland Drive. Each donor will receive a coupon toward Pineland Farms cheese. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit and enter Pineland Farms to schedule an appointment.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to


Collins Band at Village Coffeehouse Sat. Jan. 5

Start the New Year with an evening of acoustic blues and Americana music at the Village Coffeehouse in the Vestry of the First Congregational Church. We are pleased to have Dave Collins back with some new band members and new music. Join friends and bring family to hear Dave Collins – guitar and vocals and formerly of Bluezberry Jam; Rudy Gabrielson – piano, blues harmonica, vocals, and formerly of Bluezberry Jam; Paul Riechmann – stand up acoustic bass and vocals, and Crista Koerber, stand-up bass and vocals. Music starts at 7:30. Admission is $10.

NG Pizza joint one of best in US

When you consider food in Maine, you might automatically conjure up images of buttery lobster and fried-to-perfection seafood. If you do that, you wouldn’t be wrong. In fact, you’d be very, very right. But, your food dreams don’t need to end there. There are so many other options for great food in Vacationland, that you could easily create a multi-stop, internationally inspired food road trip here. In fact, maybe we should do that! But, while you’re waiting for that journey go for something tried-and-true…pizza! This one is a bit out-of-the-way, but it rivals anything larger you might find in Portland, Bangor or the touristy spots in the state. Keep reading in Only in Your State

Another trooper injured in rear-end crash on turnpike in NG

For the second time in just over a week, a Maine State Trooper has been injured when his cruiser was struck from behind while parked in a breakdown lane of the Maine Turnpike.

Trooper Ryan Keller was parked at mile 70 in New Gloucester, on the northbound side of the highway, when the crash happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Keep reading in Portland Press Herald

Peter Bragdon, from near death to full of hope

AUBURN — He stood on the stage at East Auburn Baptist’s Christmas show with a poster board. It read: “Body shut down, three weeks to love. Gave up. No hope.” Peter Bragdon turned over his board to show God helped him. It read: “Liver transplant. Full of life, and hope.”

Keep reading in SunJournal.

Cleaning services available

GWGC Residential Cleaning Services is available to clean your beautiful house, apartment, condo, or Air b and b. Professional cleaning at a competitive price. I am a non-smoker and pet friendly. I green clean or conventional clean. I am fully insured and I have references. It is not too late for holiday cleaning!

My cleaning services include dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and mopping the floors in all rooms. Cleaning the bathrooms, including mirrors, toilets, showers and baths. Cleaning the kitchen, including wiping down appliances, counters, sinks and cabinet doors. Washing and drying dishes and putting them away, and light laundry.

Please call or text to discuss your cleaning needs 207 650 4184.
Wendy Leighton

Carlton Nida, 87

Carlton R, Nida, age 87, passed away on December 20th 2018.
Carlton was predeceased by his parents- Bernard R. Nida and Doris A. Doughty; his sister- Priscilla Ferrelli and brother- Edwin Nida. Keep reading on

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Residents of New Gloucester will be treated to a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Christmas Eve as part of a tradition that has spanned 52 years.

This year, the Clauses will visit Thompson’s Orchard, Town Hall and Upper Village to meet children and distribute goodie bags.

John Kiley’s family began the special tradition 52 years ago. Keep reading in Lakes Region Weekly article by Jane Vaughn

State trooper injured in Turnpike crash in New Gloucester

A Maine State Police trooper was hospitalized Friday after a tractor-trailer rammed into his cruiser on the Maine Turnpike in New Gloucester. He was being treated for multiple injuries that were described as not life-threatening. Keep reading in Press Herald