Hands-free cell phone law and other new laws take effect Thursday Sept. 19

Tempted to send a quick text while stopped for construction? A new Maine law taking effect on Thursday prohibits drivers from holding a cell phone to talk while driving, to text when stopped at a red light or for construction, and more. The law also details drivers’ hands-free options and restrictions for drivers under 18, among other provisions.

Read the basics of what you can and can’t do in this Q&A with Lt. Bruce Scott of the Maine State Police and Nick Schroeder of the Bangor Daily News.

Learn more about penalties under the new law, making calls in emergencies, rules for drivers under 18, and more in this Q&A in the Press Herald.

Hundreds of other new laws will take effect on Thursday. For an overview, read this recap in the Press Herald.

George Lewis Carman, 53

| Obituary in the Sun Journal |

NEW GLOUCESTER – George Lewis Carman, 53, died of a longterm illness on Sept. 10, 2019, in Auburn, Maine. He was born on March 21, 1966, in Portland, Maine, to Paul and Shirley Goodale Carman. Despite restrictions caused by his illness and against doctor’s orders, George was a firefighter for 27 years. He was a member of Yarmouth Fire/Rescue from 1992-1995. He was a safety officer and now, Lifetime Member of New Gloucester Fire/Rescue 1994-eternity.

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James Winston Sawyer

| Obituary in the Sun Journal |

LEWISTON – James “Jim” Sawyer passed away on Sept. 10, 2019 at St. Mary’s D’Youville Pavilion, Lewiston, with family members at his side. Jim was born on Feb. 6, 1931 in Auburn and went to school at Edward Little and Hebron Academy.

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Patti’s Sept. 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column


The cast of the library play “NGPL Guy + RedRay: What Lies Beyond” gets ready for their performance on Aug. 20. In the front row from left are Christian Lacadie, Daniel Pelkey, Serenity Klotzle and Haven Klotzle. Back row from left, Sarah Pelkey, Alexander Cookson, Sydney Cookson, Megan Frye and Isana Bell. Courtesy of SallyAnn Rogers

Apple pie from scratch

Orders are now being taken for apple pies made from scratch to benefit the New Gloucester Historical Society. Thompson’s apples will be transformed into culinary classics created by local bakers.

Pie pickup will be between 2 and 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. Pre-orders for this annual fundraiser are required, so call Avis Ford at 926-4561 to reserve your pie(s) and specify baked or unbaked. Both freeze well. The suggested price is $9 per pie.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to https://www.pressherald.com/2019/09/13/inside-new-gloucester-sept-13/

Vacationland

[A poem by New Gloucester resident Myah Garrison in Maine Women Magazine]

A postcard kind of pretty.
Arching green, breeching rocks…
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Planning Board approves new plans on Gloucester Hill Road and an expansion on Intervale Road

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

Applications for a new single-family home on the east side of Gloucester Hill Road just below the Opportunity Farm barn, a two-lot subdivision and home on the west side of Gloucester Hill Road, and expanded facilities at Cunningham Farm on Intervale Road were the focus of Planning Board meetings in late August and early September.  All three projects were ultimately approved with conditions.

Of greatest public interest was Warren Gerow’s application for a single-family home in the Opportunity Farm field across from the Morrison Center.  Because the location is within the Historic District, more-stringent site and design requirements apply and the project must be reviewed by the Historical Society as well as the Planning Board.  Gerow was before the board seeking waivers of requirements for a close-contour site map, an erosion and sedimentation plan, and a stormwater runoff plan. 

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Learn about the Lower Village Conservation Project: Walk on September 21st


Mark Power, New Gloucester resident and member of the board of the Royal River Conservation Trust, recently led a walk through part of the Lower Village Conservation Project. The walk toured the perimeter of the 180 acre parcel of land running from behind the Village Store along side the old Interurban rail line to the marshlands of the Royal River. A second walk is scheduled for Saturday September 21. The project is a joint effort of The Royal River Conservation Trust, GNG little League, and community members, with support from the Town of New Gloucester. Photo: Doug Smith

/ Friends of the Royal River Conservation Trust/
Interested in learning more about the Lower Village Conservation Project? Please join us for a walk, Saturday, September 21 at 9 a.m. that will include parts of the 180 acres of land connecting the Lower Village to the Little League fields on Route 231. The initial vision for this project includes preserving areas of historical significance and high value habitat, exploring the potential for trail and recreational areas, improvements to the GNG Little League ball field facilities and more. Meet at the Congregational church parking lot in the Lower Village at 9 a.m.

RSVP not required but for more information email carrie@RRCT.org F

A ‘true American hero’: New Gloucester firefighter who got double lung transplant dies

Safety Officer George Carman’s health had been steadily declining over the past year, according to New Gloucester Fire-Rescue Capt. Scott Doyle. A statement Tuesday said that Carman was diagnosed with cancer last November.

| News Center Maine – Liam Nee, Vivien Leigh |

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A New Gloucester firefighter, who notably received a double lung transplant eight years ago, has died.

Safety Officer George Carman, who was the focus of a huge fundraising campaign, died on his way to hospice, according to a fellow firefighter.

Safety Officer Carman passed away Tuesday, Sept. 10, as family members were transporting him to a hospice facility, Capt. Doyle said.

Carman was born with cystic fibrosis that slowly attacked his lungs and made it harder and harder to breathe. But that didn’t stop him from serving the town of New Gloucester for 25 years as a firefighter and safety officer, and before that, the Yarmouth Fire-Rescue Department in the early 1990s.

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Zip! Thwap! Thud! The sounds of outdoor learning

Writer’s aim is less than true, but the rewards are great for a day on the archery range.

| By Mark LaFlamme Sun Journal |

I mean, what were we talking about here? A bunch of bored vacationers picking up bows and arrows just to kill some time before dinner? Surely I’d be better than all of them. I’m no Daryl Dixon, it’s true, but I know my way around a quiver well enough, yessir. I’ve shot my share of arrows, let me tell you, and I even made my own bow out of PVC pipe and paracord.

I’ll be honest with you. I expected to be among the best archers on the range, second only to the instructor herself.

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Memorial Procession Held for First Responder John Whittier

| WMTW News |

Firetrucks and ambulances were part of the funeral procession for John Whittier today. Whittier served as an emergency medical technician in Lewiston and volunteered with the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department.

He died at the age of 37 from a long-term heart condition.

Instead of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Boston Children’s Hospital Heart Center.

View the video tribute to John Whittier