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How we voted

See the New Gloucester election results on the town web site:

 

NG Rx: An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance

THEY SAID YES, BUT…

So on October 15 the New Gloucester BOS voted to send the question of whether or not the town wants to start the process of creating a Town Charter to the voters.

ARE YE FOR OR AGIN?

One thing everyone agreed on at the meeting was that there will have to be a lot of education done on what a town Charter is before New Gloucester voters decide next June whether to start the process.

Peter Bragdon, one of the town residents who asked the BOS to put the question to the people rather than require the original interested group to collect 600+ signatures to force the issue, explained that he himself had been against a town charter for years – till learning more about what that meant. “I had incorrect information,” he told the BOS. “Now I am for a charter.” Continue reading

Candidates forum videos available online

A forum for State Senate and House candidates was held at the Meeting House on October 9th, in two back-to-back sessions.Organized by the New Gloucester Candidates and Referendum Issues Committee in consultation with the candidates, each moderated session included a series of questions that had been submitted by community members, and a “voters’ voices” segment in which attendees posed questions from the floor.

The first session with House District 35 candidates Amy Arata and Misty Coolidge was moderated by John Salisbury. See the video: House District 35

The second session with Senate District 20 candidates Ned Claxton and Ellie Espling was moderated by Anne Gauthier Maurice. See the video:
Senate District 20

 

Submit your questions and topics for the candidate forum soon!

Debra Smith, left, and Penny Hilton who are members of the Candidate and Referendum Issues Committee set up a table at Thompson’s Orchard on Sept. 30. They are still seeking questions and/or discussion topics from the public for the Oct. 9th legislative candidates forums. Please submit questions and/or discussion topics by Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 10 am by email at newgloucesterquestions@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Clarification regarding town charter process

At their Sept. 17 meeting, the Board of Selectmen tabled action on the issue of putting a question to the NG voters of whether they want to create a charter commission. (Please note that the Sept. 29 post “… whether or not the board would approve forming a charter commission to develop a proposed town charter that would go to voters for approval” is somewhat misleading.)

The action had been tabled until the October 1st Board Meeting pending a request to MMA about the procedure the Board needs to take to put the question on the ballot at the next regular election in June 2019. The Sept. 29 post is correct in stating that the Oct. 1st board meeting was cancelled.

 

 

Patti’s Sept. 28 Inside New Gloucester Column

Rupert Watson, left, Tom Blake, Phil Blake and David Watson, along with others, met Sept. 19  at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument to see the inscription for the Watsons’ uncle, a British WW II pilot in the Royal Navy who perished over the skies of New Gloucester during training maneuvers in 1943.

1943 air crash memorialized

Tragedy struck over the skies of New Gloucester’s Intervale region 75 years ago.

On Oct. 3, 1943, British pilots Lieutenant Commander Alfred Jack Sewell and Sub-Lieutenant David James Falshaw Watson took off from Brunswick Naval Air Station to practice training maneuvers. Apparently one plane came up under the other, causing a collision that resulted in the deaths of both pilots.

Rupert and David Watson learned about the tribute to their uncle through internet research. When Rupert and his wife, who are from New Zealand, were visiting his brother David in New York, they decided to visit the Veterans Monument. They contacted Jean Libby from the Veterans Monument Committee in advance.

On Sept. 19, Phil Blake’s son, Tom, presided over a gathering of the three members of the Watson family, plus 20 New Gloucester Historical Society members and local dignitaries to honor pilot David James Falshaw Watson and present the trio with memorabilia from the monument’s dedication ceremony in 2014.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-152/

 

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NG Rx – PRN

NG Rx – PRN
An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance
By Penny Hilton
September 20, 2018

They Didn’t Say Yes, They Didn’t Say No…

…The New Gloucester Select Boards’ latest action on the citizen request to begin a Town Charter process brings to mind the lyrics of that old (old!) Mills Brothers song: they didn’t say yes, and they didn’t say no. Instead they asked Town Manager Carrie Castonguay to contact the MMA (Maine Municipal Association) for clarification and advice regarding the process, and put discussion off till – possibly – their October 1 meeting. Continue reading

Espling, Claxton vie for District 20 Senate seat

A key House Republican and former family physician-turned Democratic candidate are competing for the open District 20 Senate seat this fall.

Voters in Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland will choose between Rep. Ellie Espling, R-New Gloucester, and Democrat Ned Claxton of Auburn on Nov. 6 when they elect a new state senator.

Current District 20  Sen. Eric Brakey is challenging U.S. Sen. Angus King in November. Keep reading

Arata, Coolidge run for House District 65 seat

Only one of the candidates for House District 65 says she is related to a former U.S. President, but the two women squaring off this November have at least one thing in common: their birthday.

That’s not where the similarities end with Republican Amy Arata and Democrat Misty Coolidge, both of New Gloucester. They both own small businesses, both are originally from central Maine, both are married with three children, and both joke about being mistaken for one another by voters.

But in their race to replace Rep. Ellie Espling in a seat that represents New Gloucester and part of Poland in the Maine House of Representatives, the two candidates differ on whether they’d follow in Espling’s footsteps.  Keep reading

A New Issue for New Gloucester – A Town Charter

NG Rx – PRN
An Occasional Column About New Gloucester Governance
By Penny Hilton
August 26, 2018

There are around 70 towns and cities in Maine governed by town charters, according to John Salisbury of the Sabbathday Lake area of New Gloucester. New Gloucester to date is not one of them, but maybe it should be – so let’s ask the voters.

That was the thrust of Salisbury’s comments at the microphone during the Audience Participation segment of the August 20 New Gloucester Selectmens’ Meeting.

But First, an old issue – Who really did what?
Actually, it wasn’t quite that simple. Continue reading