Gray-New Gloucester High School teacher turns midterm into ‘escape room’

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) — Lots of high school students are going through midterms this month.

It can be a stressful time, but at Gray-New Gloucester High School there’s a teacher who has implemented a creative and fun way to find out how much her students learned in the first semester. Keep reading on WGME’s web site.

Big Nite O’ Blues at Village Coffeehouse Saturday Feb. 2

This Big Nite O’ Blues at the Village Coffeehouse will serve up both traditional country blues stylings from the likes of Mississippi Fred McDowell and the Memphis Jug Band, and the Chicago blues of Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter, along with other “roots music” as well. The evening will feature an evening of acoustic and electric blues roots music with Jere “Lunchpail” Dewaters and Jeff Christiansen with Chad Sirois and Rob Babson

To hear selections go to: https://www.jeffchristiansenmusic.com/big-nite-o-blues

The Village Coffeehouse is a wonderful, intimate setting to hear nay kind of music and you can bet the Big Nite O’ Blues will continue that tradition. The Coffeehouse is held in the vestry of the First Congregational Church at 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

Show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 at the door. Saturday Feb. 2, 2019.

Report from the Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met on January 14. The agenda included review of and reports from the three public forums hosted by the EDC during 2018. Those forums were: Regional Context for Growth in the Greater Portland Area, the Creative Economy, and the Agricultural Economy. All three forums sparked lively conversations about how our town can support economic development. Continue reading

Quilt Raffle for New Gloucester Public Library

The New Gloucester Public Library is currently having a quilt raffle.   The quilter, Brenda Cookson, is the grandmother of a couple of our young library patrons.  That may be why the colors are so bright.  (Good bright colors for a dull February).

The tickets (on sale at the library) are now on sale at the library and will continue to be sold until our Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale, February 9 (or February 16 if we have a blizzard).  The tickets are selling  $1 for one or six for $5.  The quilt is about the size of a large twin.

Dirty books and filthy laws

Books are dirty. And really good books can be really, really dirty.

When I read about state Rep. Amy Arata’s bill attempting to ban “obscene” booksfrom high school libraries, it made me realize some of the filthiest things I’ve ever read had their genesis in the pages of some of the greatest writing of all time.

Speaking of genesis, let’s start at the beginning. There’s been smut in books since people first started writing them. The first book of the Old Testament starts out with two people buck naked in a garden. With a snake. They eat some fruit, and then make enough babies to start the entire human race. Filthy.

Read the rest of Lance Dutson’s column in the Bangor Daily News.

Hearing on protecting Maine’s lakes and rivers

We know you value Maine’s clean lakes for the health of your family, your community and Maine’s thriving economy. But the future of our clean lakes is at risk.
You are invited to join us for a citizen’s hearing on the proposed “Dirty Water Rule” that, if passed, could undermine the strong protections Maine lakes enjoy today.
Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 – 8 p.m.
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

Arata takes on school use of obscene novel

NEW GLOUCESTER — A recently-elected state representative is seeking to prohibit the dissemination of “obscene materials” in public schools after reading a book that was assigned to her son in high school.

Rep. Amy Arata, R-New Gloucester, who was elected in November, read Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel “Kafka on the Shore” when her son brought it home as a senior. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article in the Lakes Region Weekly.

New wireless broadband service planning to come to New Gloucester

ROCKLAND, MaineJan. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Redzone Wireless, a Maine-based broadband services company, announced that it has selected 26 Maine communities for new wireless broadband networks delivering 25 Mbps broadband across the state. Keep reading press release in Business Insider.

Mother-Daughter with New Gloucester Ties Launch Online Teas – MaineBiz

Barbara Soley, who helped her mother run Jacqueline’s Tea Room in Freeport, has launched a curated line of sustainably sourced teas from around the world: Jacqueline’s TeasRead more in Mainebiz about the new online business and the Soleys’ experiences as entrepreneurs steeped in enthusiasm and expertise for all things tea.

Press Herald: Rare Father-Daughter Legislative Duo – Richard Bradstreet and Amy Arata

Newly elected to represent New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Legislature, Amy Arata shares an unusual distinction with her father Richard Bradstreet: they are thought to be the first simultaneously serving daughter-father legislators in Maine history.   Read Marina Villeneuve’s full story in the Jan. 18 Portland Press Herald