In 2016, Welcome, Neighbor volunteers Kathleen Potter, Penny Hilton, Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Beth Birch assemble packets of materials to be given out to newcomers to town.
Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project. It was developed to welcome new residents to New Gloucester by providing information that may assist in their transition.
Only New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups will have the opportunity to include items, such as business cards, brochures or other promotional materials, in the 100 packets to be assembled. There’s no charge or obligation to participate.
Drop off 100-count of your item to the town office by Friday, March 31 to have your materials included. For more information, call Beth at 650-5228.
“A New Gloucester Christmas” was a benefit concert organized by Jim Gallant and performed at the First Congregational Church in New Gloucester on Friday evening, December 16. Conceived as a charity benefit with New Gloucester musicians, Jim drafted the Bald Hill Band and some of their friends, and the decision was made to have the proceeds go to the Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund maintained and allocated by the First Congregational Church for New Gloucester residents. According to Jim,
“the idea for the concert was to have the community come together to have a night of Christmas music performed by local musicians — New Gloucester has such a wealth of talented musicians. That would give them a chance to do just Christmas music arranged the way they wanted and to perform it in a beautiful concert setting. It was a win for us musicians to be on stage and present the music and also for the audience to take part not only to listen but to have the community join in and be part of the music with a sing-a-long at the end.”
The concert was well-attended with many braving a very cold December night. After such a successful event, there’s hope that it will become an annual tradition. If you want to see the full concert you can find it on the video section of the “New Gloucester Christmas” facebook page.
The free-will donations received that night and in the following days have reached over $1700. New Gloucester residents who find themselves unable to buy heating fuel may contact the church’s pastor, Rev. Gard, 926-3260, to apply for help.
Many thanks to Jim and the musicians who worked to put the concert together.
The First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, will be holding its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24. Traditional lessons and carols, lovely anthems, Silent Night by candlelight–everything you expect–plus fellowship time afterward in the vestry. The service of lessons and carols will be led by Pastor Linda Gard. Organist and Director of Music John Terison will provide organ and piano accompaniment and lead anthems by the Sanctuary and Chime Choirs.
The Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus leads a Christmas carol sing-along on the front steps of the New Gloucester Town Hall on Nov. 27.
Holiday assistance needed
Sponsors and donations are being sought to help your neighbors in need. How would you like to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter this year by providing a meal and some gifts at Christmas, or making a monetary donation? It’s easy to do – here’s what you need to know.
The Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester is a volunteer group that coordinates holiday assistance for individuals, families and senior citizens who reside in either of the two towns. The tremendous support from the community is what makes this program so successful.
You can help by volunteering to be a sponsor and ‘adopt a family’ or consider giving a monetary donation. Each year the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance and then solicits sponsors to provide food baskets and gifts for children up to 18. The CCGNG then matches up applicants with sponsors. Sponsors can request if they’d like to help an individual or a whole family. The CCGNG provides information and guidelines for sponsors to follow.
Individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic organizations, school groups, businesses and churches can be sponsors. Meals cost about $25 for an individual, $50 for a family of two to four, and $75 for a family of four or more. Gifts cost about $75 to $100 per child. There continues to be a big need for sponsors. In 2015, the number of applications far surpassed the number of sponsors, when more than 160 Christmas food baskets were distributed.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor this Christmas? Contact Mike Marcotte at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations are needed as well. Donations can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039. Direct any questions you may have to Christina Foster at 233-0828 or email@example.com. For more information, go to GNG Caring Community on Facebook.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-69/
Noah Fralich, owner of Norumbega Cidery, pops open his flagship beverage, Classic Hard Cider. You can sample his entire collection at a free hard cider tasting and barbecue at Norumbega Cidery, 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, from noon-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13.
Free hard cider tasting and barbecue
Visit Norumbega Cidery, one of southern Maine’s newest hard cider businesses. See firsthand how hard cider is made, where it is bottled, and learn about the particular apple varieties used to make this traditional beverage.
The Norumbega Cidery will be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Sample all of Norumbega hard ciders – classic, honey or berry – plus test and pick your favorite from this year’s special batches. Also, enjoy barbecue and lawn games while you sip. They’ll have bottles for sale to take home with you, too.
Hard cider played a strong part in the history and traditions of rural Maine and is making a comeback as an option for those interested in locally brewed and produced beverages. The Norumbega Cidery, located at 380 Woodman Road, New Gloucester, is operated by Noah Fralich. For more information, see www.norumbegacidery.com or Norumbega Cidery on Facebook.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-41/
Summer Reading Program
Help NGPL Guy get his powers back! Villain RedRay has stolen NGPL Guy’s powers, and NGPL Guy needs your help to get them back. What do you have to do? Just read. The goal is for all Summer Reading Program participants to read 4,301 books by Tuesday, Aug. 23. Sign up during library hours now through Saturday, July 9, at the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road, New Gloucester.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-36/
“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale
The ninth annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Mart, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties, including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs, will be offered at bargain prices. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date will be Saturday, June 11.
In conjunction with the plant sale, a raffle will be held to win a lobster-of-the-month club membership at Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $100 value. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-25/
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Homeowners Escape Blaze
New Gloucester, Maine – On Friday April 1, 2016 at 6pm, the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue was dispatched to 454 Morse Road for a reported garage fire. The emergency call was placed by neighbors and passer-byes. Upon New Gloucester’s arrival, the fire had spread from the two car garage to the Cape style home. Fire Crews had the bulk of the heavey fire knocked down within 30 minutes of arrival. The fire had consumed the garage upon arrival and had entered the home’s first and second floors. Approximately 15,000 gallons of water was used to extinguish the fire along with 25 gallons of fire suppressing foam. The water was trucked in from the Pineland Campus’ fire hydrant system. New Gloucester was assisted by Gray, Windham, Auburn, Poland, Durham, North Yarmouth and Pineland Security. The home, garage and contents are a complete loss with an approximate value of $450,000.
“The homeowners were credited with closing the door that separated the garage and home, and evacuating as soon as they knew the garage was on fire,” stated Captain Scott Doyle with New Gloucester Fire & Rescue. “People are encouraged to close doors as they exit a burning building, as long as life safety is not at risk, this can prevent further damages and contain the fire,” added Captain Doyle.
No one was injured during the incident. There were no pets in the home.
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Serious Crash Injured One
New Gloucester, Maine – On Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 7:51PM the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 1156 Lewiston Road (100/202). Fire & EMS personnel first on scene reported one vehicle with an occupant trapped with heavy damage to the vehicle. New Gloucester personnel closed Route 100/202. The vehicle in the crash was a 4 door sedan. Fire & EMS crews assessed the scene and patient, developing a plan of extrication. Due to the heavy damage to the vehicle and positioning of the occupant, the extrication of the patient took over an hour. Over a dozen of New Gloucester’s Fire & EMS members worked the scene. LifeFlight of Maine was requested to the scene due to the anticipated length of time for the extrication and the patient’s possible injuries.
“The Fire & EMS crews found the extrication very challenging due to the extent of the damage to the vehicle and injuries to the patient and positioning,” replied New Gloucester Captain Scott Doyle.” “Patient extrications require a true, methodical process in order to accomplish a safe and successful removal of a patient. Every action has a reaction when cutting vehicles,” added Captain Doyle.
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Candi Taylor, left, and Andrea Segars grill up delicious fare to serve at the Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club’s pancake breakfast in 2015.
The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast, from 7-10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, at Rosanna’s Restaurant, 1055 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $7, $4 for children under 10.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_4ef81482-c070-11e5-a0da-939805f426dd.html