Patti’s Sept. 25 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Barbara Seaver is served a barbecued chicken dinner at a past New Gloucester Community Fair. The fire-rescue department is hosting the annual fundraiser this year at Thompson’s Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Legislative candidate forum

The public is welcome to join a forum on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, featuring candidates running for seats in the Maine Legislature. Candidates invited to participate are: Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge, running for Maine House District 65 (New Gloucester and part of Poland); and Ned Claxton and Matt Leonard, running for the Maine Senate District 20 (New Gloucester, Poland, Minot, Mechanic Falls and Auburn).

Voters may suggest questions for the moderator to ask by emailing them in advance to

To join the forum live on Zoom, email Sharlene Myers at for login details. The event is organized by the New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee.

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