Lily Pond officially now named Chandler Mill Pond

Chandler Mill Pond is named for a late sawmill owner whose family still gives to the community.

The 47-acre body of water formerly known as Lily Pond was legally and officially renamed Chandler Mill Pond by the U.S. Geological Survey on May 9. Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

New Gloucester forum highlights charter proposal, selectmen candidates — Sun Journal

[NGX eds. correction: The town is not deciding in June whether to switch to a town charter form of government. The town is instead voting on whether to create a charter commission. A charter commission would develop a proposed charter for voters to consider, and that charter can retain the town’s current Board of Selectmen and town meeting form of governance.]

By Ellie Fellers — Special to the Sun Journal

New Gloucester — Information on a town charter form of government and the views of four selectmen candidates were presented at a public forum Wednesday night ahead of next month’s referendum and elections.

Norm Beauparlant of Poland, vice chairman of the former Poland Town Charter Committee, and Mitch Berkowitz, former town manager of Gray and Bridgton, answered questions on the pros and cons of a town charter, which sets out rules for governing towns and cities.

Poland adopted its charter in 2009; Gray in 2001.

“The recognizable difference is subtle and the effect spells out the town’s conduct and how it adopts laws,” Berkowitz said.

Beauparlant said Poland’s nine-member charter committee was guided by an attorney, and he advised members work to compromise when necessary to be successful.

Of 494 Maine towns, 25 percent have charters. Of towns with populations over 5,000, 82 percent have charters.

Keep reading Ellie Fellers’s article in the Sun Journal.

Reflections of a Freshman: State Representative Amy Arata

As a freshman legislator, I’m often asked how it’s going in Augusta, usually with a rueful smile. I am a Republican and in the minority, but have found my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be both respectful and congenial, with any disagreements aired with civility. However, a greater challenge has been dealing with those outside the legislature who are eager to attack without knowing all the facts. I’ve been accused of wanting to throw teachers in jail or ban common classroom books by people who didn’t bother to read the bill for themselves. A disabled Representative was disparaged on social media for parking in a handicapped space. Another had biohazards sent to his home after he was mis-quoted concerning feminine product availability to prisoners. These experiences have enforced my belief that we should be slow to anger and quick to listen.

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Senator Claxton’s May 6 newsletter

Read Senator Ned Claxton’s latest newsletter to learn about office hours, the dangers of distracted driving, Rep. Jared Golden’s visit, updates on legislation and our new electronic testimony submission system.

Committee gives bipartisan, unanimous support to Claxton bill to create medication redispensing program

Sen. Claxton: “Providing free or low-cost medicine to those with limited means, is one way we can help save people’s lives.”

AUGUSTA — A bill from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 1661, “An Act To Create the Drug Donation and Redispensing Program” received unanimous, bipartisan support from the Legislature’s Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services Committee on Tuesday. The bill would establish a drug donation and redispensing program to provide medicine to low-income Mainers.

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Spring Clean-up Week at Transfer Station May 14, 16, 17, 18

The Transfer Station is once again throwing open the hopper for your excess stuff during Spring Clean-up Week. No need for residents to have the special $5 special bulky waste sticker during this festive time.

Clean-up Week hours are Tuesday May 14 from 9am-7pm, Thursday May 16 from 9 am-7pm, Friday May 17 from 9am-2pm, and Saturday May 18 from 9am-5pm (regular open hours).

Stumps, leaves, pine needles, large drums, and closed metal containers are not accepted. All types of oil, including clean waste oil, are accepted.

Questions? Call the Transfer Station at 926-3145. The New Gloucester Transfer Station is located at 264 Bald Hill Road.

NG Parks & Recreation

There’s a lot happening with Parks and Recreation this spring, from cardio strength to the Farmers’ Market and Zumba. Sign up for e-newsletters or follow on Facebook to stay informed.

Rep. Arata’s May 6 Newsletter

State Representative Amy Arata’s May 6 newsletter includes information about homelessness, drug overdoses, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife educational programs and more.

Public Forum: Learn about Town Charters and Hear from Candidates for Select Board May 15 at 6:30 pm

In June, New Gloucester voters will elect two members of the select board and vote on whether to establish a town charter commission. Come learn more about who and what you’ll be voting on. On Wednesday May 15, the New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee and Maine League of Women Voters will host a forum with Select Board candidates and an information session about town charters, starting at 6:30 pm at the Meetinghouse. The League will moderate, and the public is invited.

The evening will begin with a discussion about town charters: what they are and can do, and what the charter process entails. A forum with candidates for Select Board will follow. The four candidates running for two open seats have been invited to participate: Peter Bragdon, George Colby, Tammy Donovan, and Stephen Hathorne.

If you have questions for Select Board candidates or questions about town charters for charter panelists, submit your questions by email to

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this informative meeting from 6:30-9 p.m. May 15 at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. 

Patti’s May 10 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Jazz clarinetist and virtuoso whistler Brad Terry, left, and guitarist Peter
Herman delight a standing room only crowd during a special Village Coffeehouse performance April 20.

Family Farmyard  

Pineland Farms is inviting the public to a day full of family fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18. Activities include hand milking a cow, collecting chicken eggs and brushing a bunny. Live tractor demonstrations are from 11:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30-1 p.m., and farm yoga will be held 11-11:20 a.m., 11:30-11:50 a.m. and noon-12:20 p.m. Attendees can also help build the new Fairy Village, plant a sunflower, take a horse-drawn wagon ride and get their faces painted.

For tickets, priced at $6 in advance, $8 day of, go to the Events page at The rain date is May 19. Visitors can park on campus and take a trolley bus from the Market or park down on the farm. For more information, contact the education department at 650-3031 or

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