Local election results

Board of Selectmen
Linda Chase                   596
Karen Gilles                   714
Stephen Hathorne        511
Write-ins                          33
Blanks                             917

School Board
3-year term
Jason Hart                    1018
Write-ins                           12
Blanks                              360

Completion of 2019 term
Laura Sturgis                1016
Write-ins                           11
Blanks                              366

Question 1- MSAD 15 budget approval
Yes                                    944
No                                     377
Blanks                                58

Question 2- MSAD 15 validation continuance
Yes                                    920
No                                     388
Blanks                                 71

Water District trustee
Daniel Bannon                  65
Write-ins                              4
Blanks                                   4

Patti’s June 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Don Densmore of New Gloucester, a member of a volunteer construction team, works on the roof of the pavilion at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on June 2. The pavilion is perched at the highest point of land in the area to afford parents a sentry post to keep an eye out for their children participating in recreational activities at the playground and athletic fields.

Fire-rescue open house

New Gloucester Fire-Rescue will be sponsoring an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 18. All community members are invited to attend. Complimentary food will be served, demonstrations will be performed, and a baseball hat for each of the first 50 kids will be given out.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-144/

 

Your vote counts: Election Day June 12th

Don’t forget that next Tuesday, June 12th, is Election Day. Tomorrow, June 7th, is the last day you can submit an absentee ballot (vote at Town Hall by 4 pm).

New Gloucester’s polling place is the NG Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, from 6 am to 8 pm. See the town website for information about ballots and referendum questions.

We’ll be using ranked choice voting for the first time. For NG voters, this will be used for Republican and Democratic primaries for governor. The League of Women Voters of Maine has produced a useful guide to the 2018 elections.
(Don’t miss the video with the Mardens Lady on ranked choice voting!

BOS nixes constable appointment for animal control officer

Selectmen voted 4-0 Monday night not to appoint Animal Control Officer Richard Burton of Lewiston as a constable, because they want to research state law.

The document to authorize the constable appointment stated he would not carry a weapon, concealed or unconcealed, in the performance of his duties.

Burton said his request to be a constable was based on the need for expedited response times to animal calls, allowing him to have flashing blue lights on his vehicle and exceed the speed limit. He said he would not have law enforcement duties. Keep reading

New Gloucester man pleads not guilty to manslaughter

A New Gloucester man whose car crossed the centerline and fatally struck a motorcyclist in 2017 pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a manslaughter charge.

Steven Primavera, 34, appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court a month after a grand jury handed up an indictment for the felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Primavera remains free on $1,000 cash bail with special conditions of no possession of alcohol or illegal drugs. Keep reading

Selectman Candidate Forum ready for viewing

The new and improved (color corrected) version of the Selectman Candidate Forum video is now available on demand at https://newgloucester.viebit.com/player.php?hash=nVbkWpPneD34

This weekend the 56-minute program will be telecast on community access TV Channel 3 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which is viewable by Spectrum Cable customers residing in Gray and New Gloucester.

Note that the only candidate who participated was Steve Hathorne; both Karen Gilles and Linda Chase had accepted the invitation to come but cancelled on the day of the forum. A second forum could not occur due to scheduling conflicts.

 

 

Forum on Arts and the Creative Economy — June 11, 2018

Forum on Arts and the Creative Economy
Hosted by the New Gloucester Economic Development Committee
Monday June 11, 6:30 at the MEETING HOUSE
How does a Creative Economy benefit a town and its economic vitality? How can our town, and others, support this path to economic development? The creative economy is a powerful engine of growth and community vitality. Together, artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses produce goods and services that generate jobs, revenue, and quality of life.  The Economic Development Committee is hosting a panel of Maine based experts to speak about how towns can work with local cultural and artistic businesses and non-profits to grow their economies. Speakers include: Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission: Jen Hutchins, Executive Director, Maine Association of Nonprofits and Tammy Ackerman, Executive Director of Engine: Propelling the Creative Economy, Biddeford.

Norumbega Cider Tasting Today June 2

Relax, hang out and taste a variety of ciders at Norumbega Cidery, today from 2 pm to 6 pm. On tap will be the classic cider, a honey cider, and berry medley. Other specialty varieties for tasting. Music provided by Rough Sawn (country, blue grass and folk) and food available from the Nom Bai Street Kitchen Food Truck (Cambodian and Vietnamese). Stop by at 380 Woodman Rd. 

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale Today!

The 11th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $75 gift certificate at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. The ticket cost is $3 for one or $5 for two. The drawing will be held at noon; you need not be present to win.

Pineland YMCA Summer Youth Activities

Summer is truly upon us and the staff at the Pineland Branch has an amazing summer line up.  We have a few new offerings we would like to share with you, for both our membership base, and extending in to the community. Please share with your friends and family!

Youth Programs-

We are having a lot of fun during our Spring session.  The Pineland Branch had 78 youth staying active and healthy from Ballet to Forest Exploration!  Take a peek at our Summer line up HERE!

Registration:   Currently Open

Session Runs:  June 17th– August 4th

KIDS NIGHT OUT-  June 16th– “Roller Rink & Dance Party”

It’s our last Kids Night Out for the year, and we want your kiddo’s to come celebrate with us!  Come with roller skates, or come with your dancing feet.  Camp Counselor Heidi from Otter Pond will be sure to send your kids home in jammies, and ready for bed!  Dinner is included.  $30/child $10 for each additional child.  Financial assistance available, SO PLEASE ASK!

Please be sure to send along a helmet for your child!

Swim Lessons-

We are thrilled to say that we had 206 swimmers in the water for the Spring session.  This session we focused on glides, floats, and buoyancy.  We will continue our work on buoyancy and safety around water in to the summer session.

We offer a few schedule options for summer session:

Full Session- Once a week for 8 weeks.

Session A&B- Twice per week for 4 weeks.

For a complete list of our summer swim lesson schedule, you can find our line up HERE!

Summer Series Meet Ups! Free & Open to the Community

Beach Days:

Mondays– June 25thJuly 23rdAugust 20th

Hiking Days:

Friday– July 13th & August 17th

For more information, please contact:

Mylan Bannon, Membership Coordinator

mbannon@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org