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Wayfinder Schools seeks overnight staff

Wayfinder Schools’ New Gloucester campus seeks a night owl for an overnight awake staff position. For job description and to apply see:

https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Wayfinder-Schools/jobs/Overnight-Awake-Staff-Member-e687bf0aa703cef9?q=wayfinder+schools

Beach to Beacon 10K benefits Wayfinder Schools

The 20th Annual Beach to Beacon 10K is right around the corner, and a past beneficiary, Wayfinder Schools is celebrating with giveaways! First 10 people to make a donation of $100 or more will receive a $100 gift card to dine at any Sea Dog Brewing Co. location (Topsham, Camden, South Portland, North Conway, etc.) or use at the Shipyard gift shop in Portland. Click the link to donate now + help our students get ready for back-to-school! Thx B2B + Shipyard Brewing for sharing the excitement of the 20th anniversary. Good luck to all the B2B runners on Aug 5th!

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/CommunitySchoolsatOpportunity/B2B.html

 

SAD 15 voters pass $25.5M budget | Sun-Journal

Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal | Thursday May 25, 2017 at 11:15 pm


GRAY – Voters in School Administrative District 15 on Thursday passed a $25.5 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.  The budget is an increase of 3.94 percent, or $967,450.

The estimated tax increase for a home valued at $100,000 in Gray is $78 and in New Gloucester it’s $55.

Moderator Donald Libby of New Gloucester moved voters through 18 warrant articles, which drew questions from the public about the reduction of $254,000 in local share from the Maine Department of Education over the current year.

The district will receive $9.65 million, a reduction from the current $9.9 million. Continue reading

SAD 15 Budget Vote Thursday May 25 | Sun-Journal

Browntail Moth: How to identify these and Gypsy moths and Eastern tent caterpillars

Why are they a problem?
The browntail caterpillar has tiny (0.15 mm) hairs that on sensitive individuals cause a skin rash similar to poison ivy and/or trouble breathing.
The microscopic hairs break off the caterpillars and are everywhere in browntail infested areas; on trees, lawns, gardens, decks, picnic tables and in the air.
The hairs can remain toxic for up to THREE YEARS so although the problem is worst from May to July, they may cause a reaction at other times of year as well.
Wind or activities such as mowing, leaf-blowing, etc., can stir up the hairs, leading to a reaction.
The rash and trouble breathing can last anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. It is caused by both a chemical reaction to a toxin in the hairs and physical irritation from the barbed hairs. Contact your physician if a reaction is severe.
Browntail
Moth
Maine Forest Service
(207) 287-2431
www.maineforestservice.gov
Maine Board of Pesticides Control
(207) 287-2731
thinkfirstspraylast.org
Life Cycle: Browntail moth (Euproctis Chrysorrhea)
 One generation a year.
 Four life stages; egg, larval, pupal, and adult.
 Larval stage (caterpillars) lasts from August through to the following June.
 In the spring, as soon as the earliest leaf buds open, the caterpillars become active and leave their over-wintering webs to feed on tender new leaves. They may devour the leaves as fast as the leaves develop.
 When young, the caterpillars return to the webs at night, but later remain out on the leaves overnight, and are fully grown by late June.
 The caterpillars then form filmy cocoons between leaves on trees, under eaves, picnic tables, decks, etc.
 Adult moths are emerge from cocoons in late July and August, laying clusters of eggs on the underside of leaves. The moths are strongly attracted to light.
 Caterpillars emerge from the eggs in August and feed on the upper side of the leaves of host trees.
 In the fall, colonies of caterpillars build winter webs on the tips of branches. The webs are made from leaves tightly wrapped with white silk. There can be 25 to 400 or more caterpillars in each web.
 The caterpillars overwinter within the 2-5 inch (5-10 cm) winter webs. The webs are found most often on red oak or apple trees.

Damage:
The caterpillars feed on the leaves of many hardwood trees and shrubs. Common host trees and shrubs in-clude:
 Oak, apple, crabapple, cherry, hawthorn, shad-bush, serviceberry, and rugosa rose.

Feeding by browntail caterpillars can cause reduced growth and branch dieback. A number of years at high population levels can lead to mortality of trees and shrubs.
Look-a-likes:
 Eastern tent caterpillars have a solid whitish line down the middle of the back with a row of oval pale blue spots on each side and are covered with long brown hairs.
 Gypsy moth caterpillars have pairs of blue and red spots along their back and are covered with long brown hairs.

Browntail Moth (adult):
 Both sexes of the browntail moth have snow white wings and a tuft of dark brown hair on the tip of the abdo-men. Only seen in July and August.

http://www.maine.gov/dacf/mfs/
Identification:
Browntail Caterpillar:
 Dark brown with a broken white stripe on each side and two conspicuous red spots on the back. They grow to 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) in length.

http://maine.gov/dacf/mfs/

New Gloucester Environmental Committee  5/14/2017

Register for Pre-K and Kindergarten

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the towns of Gray or New Gloucester who will be four years old by Oct. 15, 2017, your child is eligible for the Pre-K Program at the Dunn School in New Gloucester. Classes are 2.5 hours each day, with morning and afternoon sessions, five days a week. Children are assigned to either a.m. or p.m. slots based on their home addresses. To register online, visit the Pre-K Program webpage at www.msad15.org. For more information, contact Jean Southard at 657-5050 or jsouthard@sad15.org.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the town of New Gloucester who will be five years old by Oct. 15, 2017, you can register your child for kindergarten at the Memorial School in New Gloucester online at www.msad15.org. For more information, call 926-4322.

MSAD 15 2017-18 Budget News

In a March 27 newsletter to the community, MSAD 15 Superintendent Craig King has shared an overview of the district’s draft 2017-18 budget. The budget anticipates an overall increase of approximately 5 percent as a result of reductions in state aid to education, a shifting of pension obligations from the state to the community, and increased expenditures by the District on bonds for school renovations and for insurance, among other factors, according to King. The newsletter outlines proposed reductions in staffing and programs, a moratorium on non-essential spending, and a hold on vacant positions, among other measures to limit the budget increase. Continue reading

Solar 101 Workshop rescheduled for Wed. April 19 7-8:30, Meeting House

We hope you can join us for the presentation by ReVision Energy that had to be cancelled in March because of the snow storm.

The new time is Wednesday April 19 at 7-8:30.

Some New Gloucester residents that presently have solar systems will also be on hand to further answer questions.

The Meeting House is located next to the Town Hall at 385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester.

It will also be televised on the local cable channel.

Sponsored by the New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee

Patti’s March 31 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Welcome, Neighbor crew Feb 20 2016

Welcome, Neighbor volunteers Kathleen Potter, front left, Penny Hilton, Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Beth Birch finish assembling packets of materials last year to be given out to new residents of New Gloucester. The Welcome, Neighbor group is in the process of assembling new packets.

Welcome, Neighbor provides free publicity

Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project conducted in conjunction with the town office. The project 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 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, April 7, to have your materials included. For more information, call Beth at 650-5228.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-100/

SAVE THE DATE: SOLAR 101 WORKSHOP Tues. March 14, 7-8:30 , Meeting House

Join us on March 14th as ReVision Energy partners with the New Gloucester ‘s Environmental Resource Committee as their guest presenter to bring you an educational presentation on solar energy.  Learn about hot water systems, solar electricity, efficient electric heating systems and more.

Find out what makes your home a good site for solar collectors, how much these systems cost and what you can expect for a return on investment.

Learn how you can use this renewable resource to  become more energy efficient, save money and have  less impact on the climate.

Some New Gloucester residents that presently have solar systems will also be on hand to further answer questions.

The event will also be televised on the local cable channel.

The Meeting House  385 Intervale Road New Gloucester

Tuesday March 14th 7-8:30

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