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 shop.pineland.org. 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 education@pinelandfarms.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-168/

It’s ‘oh-dark thirty’ for turkey hunters: News Center Maine

Turkey season is here, and that means turkey hunters are going afield early. It’s a special time for Tim and Patrick Estes of New Gloucester. Read Bill Green’s article and see the video on NewsCenter Maine.

Video of Town Meeting Ready

The Cable TV crew has finished editing and the annual Town Meeting is now available as VOD at
https://newgloucester.viebit.com/player.php?hash=3CSWhJCKcz9j

It will be shown on Ch. 1302 this weekend.

Comprehensive Plan Survey and Open House

Just a quick reminder that the Comprehensive Plan Committee needs your input.Click here to take our survey online!  It should only take a few minutes and the more people that fill it out the better our plan will be.  If you prefer a paper version of the survey they are available at town hall. If you have already taken it please spread the word!

We are also having an open house this week where you can come in and talk with us about the work we’ve been doing. Come by the meetinghouse anytime tomorrow (Thursday, 8:30am to 8pm) or Friday during town hall’s normal work hours (8:30am-2pm).

Thursday night from 6pm to 8pm members of the update committee will be there.  Come by to meet them, talk about your concerns, and eat pizza!

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.  


Thank you!
Scott

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com

Community Volunteer Day at Shaker Village

The Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, home to the world’s only living Shakers, is opening its doors to friends and volunteers for a Community Work Day on Saturday, May 11th from 9am-3pm.  Join the Shakers and their friends by helping with Spring clean-up and chores throughout the historic buildings, barns, gardens, and grounds.  Spend the day enjoying the beauty and serenity of this 236-year old farm while putting your hands to work, and walking in the footsteps of generations of Shakers before.  Meet friendly people who come from Maine and across New England to join the Shakers in support of their enduring traditions.  All are welcome to the potluck dinner, served community-style in the Shakers’ Dwelling House.  Experience one of Maine’s most unique and enduring cultures.  Come one, come all!  Please RSVP at friendsoftheshakers.org or email info@maineshakers.com or call 207-926-4597.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME.

New Gloucester voters approve spending plan — Sun Journal

BY Ellie Fellers Special to the Sun Journal

NEW GLOUCESTER — More than 100 voters Monday night approved every municipal spending request and several zoning changes or amendments at the annual town meeting.

Residents tried to lower municipal spending, expected to increase 25.3 percent, by eliminating membership in the Maine Municipal Association to save $6,000, cutting $500 from the cemetery account and not funding a truck for the Highway Department, but none of the attempts passed.

Steven Libby, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said the municipal portion of the increase is expected to rise from $3.42 to $4.28, an increase of 25.3%, although the town’s portion of the total tax is a smaller percentage of the overall budget that includes SAD 15 school budget and Cumberland County tax payment for 2020.

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

Join the 2020 Census Team

Field operations workers needed in the New Gloucester area for the 2020 US Census. Pay is $16.50/ hour and .58/ mile for travel. Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020).

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May Display at the Library about Invasive Plants and Alternates

Now that the planting season is finally here, if you want to know what to plant that is not invasive to Maine, visit the New Gloucester Library to
look at the display set up by the Environmental Resources Committee.  
Invasive plants are identified and alternates to use for these are in a
handout.

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Guess what day it is? It’s Town Meeting Day!

By Peter Bragdon, Candidate for New Gloucester Selectman

The first Monday in May you can mark your calendar every year for the annual town meeting.  In the past, the meeting was held on a Saturday in March and would take up most of the day.  Lunch would be served at the meeting or some people would rush out for a table at the local Mario’s restaurant.  Eventually attendance dwindled; the meetings got shorter, lives changed. Then the meeting date changed to a Monday night in May.

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New Gloucester voters setting annual budget Monday — Sun Journal

BY Ellie Fellers — Special to the Sun Journal

NEW GLOUCESTER — Voters at the annual town meeting Monday evening will decide on a budget that is nearly 12.6 percent more than the current year.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Memorial Elementary School on Route 231. Voter registration begins at 6:30 p.m.

The proposed municipal budget is $4.95 million, up $552,093 from the $4.4 million in 2018-19.

The proposed budget for Public Safety is $643,712, which includes money for fire and rescue departments. That’s nearly 70% more than the current year when the departments had separate budgets. The higher amount for 2019-20 includes changes to compensation for firefighters and rescue workers.

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