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Comprehensive Plan Update Committee

 The Comprehensive Plan Update Committee is working on updating the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.   
If you want to receive regular email updates on the progress of the update committee’s work email Scott Hastings, the town planner, at shastings@newgloucester.com

Why have and update a Comprehensive Plan?
A town’s comprehensive plan takes stock of where the town is and then sets goals for where the town’s residents want it to be.  New Gloucester last updated our comprehensive plan in 1990.   A lot has changed since then.  An update lets us find out exactly what has happened in town and see how we are doing on the goals that were in that plan.
The comprehensive plan process is also a chance for all of us to get together and really talk about our town.   What do we like about New Gloucester? What might we like to change? Where do we want to be in the future?  We will talk about all of these things and create new goals as part of the updated plan.
A current comprehensive plan also has certain legal and regulatory benefits.  The state requires plans to be updated every 10 years and meet certain standards.  Plans that meet these requirements are the legal basis for enforceable municipal zoning rules.  They also qualify towns for preferred status when commenting for state grants and working with state departments.
For more information on comprehensive plans, the rules and laws governing them here in Maine, and approved plans from other municipalities go to Maine’s page on comprehensive plans.
Please contact Scott Hastings, Town Planner, with any comments or questions:
Email: shastings@newgloucester.com
Phone: (207)926-4126

Meet State Senate Candidate Ned Claxton Mon. Feb. 5 from 5-7 pm in NG

The community is invited to meet Ned Claxton, candidate for Maine Senate District 20, on Monday Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 pm at the New Gloucester Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. This is a chance to chat with Ned, enjoy pizza from the New Gloucester Village Store, and catch up with neighbors. The event is informal; just stop by anytime between 5 and 7 pm.

Ned Claxton is a longtime physician and civic leader from Auburn, running as a Clean Elections candidate for Senate District 20. The district encompasses New Gloucester, Auburn, Poland, Minot, and Mechanic Falls. For more information about Ned Claxton, go to Claxton for Maine Senate.

Patti’s Dec. 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Hike Pisgah Hill Preserve

On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Royal River Conservation Trust will be sponsoring a Rain or Shine Club hike at its Pisgah Hill Preserve. Be mindful of the weather, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear – for this outing, snowshoes, a thermos and a snack. The preserve’s trailhead, with a parking lot for four cars, is located at 97 Dougherty Road. Overflow parking is available along the shoulder of the road.

The RRCT invites everyone to join in on their free Rain or Shine Club guided hikes, conducted every Thursday at 10 a.m., to explore the land trust’s preserves and trails. Check the schedule at www.rrct.org. Call or text Kyle at (207) 632-6112 for more information.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-133/

 

 

BOS creates committees, considers land purchases

Selectmen on Monday night directed Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to contact the real estate broker marketing four tracts totaling roughly 200 acres owned by Wayfinder School of New Gloucester.

Selectmen said they are interested in two lots, one with 24 acres and another with 93 acres, both off Gloucester Hill Road. They need time to develop a plan by Jan. 30, and have a final plan by March 1 so voters could approve the purchase.
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Patti’s Dec. 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Wreath making for kids

Children ages 3 and up are invited to make a beautiful balsam wreath for the holiday season at the Pineland Farms Education Barn, 100B Valley Farm Road. Classes are held from 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 9; Tuesday, Dec. 12; Thursday, Dec. 14; and Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Fifty tickets are available at $5 per person. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to purchase tickets, which are sold at the Education Barn on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 650-3031 or email education@pinelandfarms.org.

Story time lunch with Santa

Join Santa for a fun gathering from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. He will be reading “The Night before Christmas” and having lunch at the Dish Café, 59 Pineland Drive. Your child can interact and have their picture taken with Santa. Children 10 and under can have lunch, a holiday cookie, and a special craft for $5.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-132/

Sponsor Christmas Gifts

How would you like to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter this year by providing Christmas gifts for a neighbor’s family? It’s easy to do – here’s what you need to know.

The Caring Community of Gray/New Gloucester is a volunteer group organized in 2007 to coordinate holiday assistance for individuals, families and senior citizens residing in either of the two towns. The tremendous support from the community has been instrumental to the program’s success.

Each year, the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance and then solicits sponsors to provide gifts for young children at Christmastime. The CCGNG then matches up applicants with sponsors. Sponsors can request if they’d like to help an individual child or families with two or more children. The CCGNG provides information and guidelines for the sponsors … so sponsors know exactly what to do and what is needed.

To ensure program sustainability, gifts are for children 14 and under and the family Christmas meal component been discontinued; however, food for a Christmas meal can be picked up at the local food pantries if you sign up prior to pick up days. Contact the Gray Food Pantry at 657-4279 mailbox #3 or the New Gloucester Food Pantry at 926-3260 for more information.

Last year 215 local children received Christmas gifts through CCGNG because of community members’ generosity. There is an urgent need for sponsors again this year. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic organizations, school groups, businesses and churches can be sponsors. The cost to provide gifts is $50-$75 per child. To become a Christmas sponsor, contact Mike Marcotte at gngcaring@gmail.com.

Every year there are more families than there are sponsors, so monetary donations are being solicited as well. Checks, payable to CCGNG, can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039.

As for those seeking assistance, applications are due by Friday, Dec 1. Forms can be picked up as well as dropped off at all GNG schools, the Gray Public Library, and at both Town Halls in the designated CCGNG boxes. Direct any questions to Christina Foster at 233-0828 or winkers92@yahoo.com.

Eager to Learn

Recently the New Gloucester Fire Rescue visited with area MSAD 15 elementary schools, educating them about fire safety & ways for them to protect themselves  in the event of a fire. This community outreach program takes place every year during or near  National Fire safety week. Please visit the MSAD 15 website for pictures!

http://www.msad15.org/2017/new-gloucester-fire-department-visits-memorial-school/

Keep up with the department by Liking us on Facebook!

https://www.facebook.com/newgloucesterfirerescue/

Annual Hunter’s Breakfast

NEW GLOUCESTER FIRE RESCUE invite everyone for our annual HUNTER’S Breakfast!  Saturday, October 28th

All you can eat delicious hot cooked breakfast, beginning at 5 am for all you hungry hunters!

If you are not a hunter no problem! Please bring your family, neighbors & friends to our once a year home cooked breakfast!
Menu: Eggs, Pancakes, Sausage, Bisquits & Beans, OJ, Milk, Coffee, Water.

(Get there early & we’ll have a few special items on the menu, served until they’re gone! Mmmmm…cinnamon rolls!)
$7.00 ages 5 & up
Free ages under 4
Great price for all you can eat!!
Your support for this annual fundraiser will help us purchase life saving equipment!

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Patti’s Sept. 29 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Indie Author Day

New Gloucester Public Library is proud to announce it will participate in the second annual Indie Author Day celebration with a free event Saturday, Oct. 14. Three local authors will conduct a panel discussion, which includes reading excerpts from their books, starting at 1 p.m.

This event provides an opportunity to help local self-published and independent authors get discovered and for readers to find new books written by fellow community members. Joan Dempsey, Dave Jefferson (Dr. J) and Steve Rogers will share their experiences with various types of writing, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The library is located at 379 Intervale Road, Route 231. For more information, contact Suzan Hawkins, library director, at srhawkins@newgloucesterlibrary.org or 926-4840. To learn more about Indie Author Day, visit www.indieauthorday.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-123/

ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ

Please join us the New Gloucester Fire Rescue for our annual chicken BBQ!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

276 Gloucester Hill Road

12 Noon

Thank you to Thompson’s Orchard for teaming up with us again. We’ll be set up with the hot coals burning as the amazing BBQ aroma wafts through the apple orchard while you, your friends & families  are having a fun day of picking apples.  Plan on a delicious hot meal with all the fixin’s when you’re done.

Your support will help us buy life saving gear & equipment & we truly appreciate “YOU” our community!

Bring the family , friends it is sure to be a great day!

 

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Serving noon until the chicken is gone, ( hint) it sells fast!

$8.00 ages 12 & up
$4.00 ages 4-11

See you on Sat. Sept 23 @ 12 noon!