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Way to Go, New Gloucester!

Sometimes you gotta’ talk about what’s going RIGHT in a town! There are plenty of things in New Gloucester to get citizens riled up – but there is a lot to be really proud of. What brought this to mind was two weekends with great events.

The first weekend was the double-shot of fun provided by the wine tasting at the Village Store, followed by the Coffee House created and hosted by Michael and Julie Fralich at the Congregational Church, a short walk away. Continue reading

Bill to limit ‘obscene material’ in classrooms draws passionate testimony

Rep. Amy Arata of New Gloucester wants to require teachers to obtain consent from parents before using classroom material with ‘obscene content,’ but opponents say decisions are best left to local school boards. Keep reading Kevin Miller’s article in the Portland Press Herald.

Sens. Claxton and Breen welcome GNG Band to State House

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, and Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, welcomed the Gray-New Gloucester High School Band to the Maine State House on Thursday. The band performed the National Anthem at the start of the day’s legislative session.

The National Anthem is played by various groups and individuals from around the state at the start of each legislative session. To make a recommendation for a National Anthem performer, contact Sen. Claxton and Sen. Breen’s office at (207) 287-1515.

Gray-New Gloucester High School teacher turns midterm into ‘escape room’

GRAY-NEW GLOUCESTER (WGME) — Lots of high school students are going through midterms this month.

It can be a stressful time, but at Gray-New Gloucester High School there’s a teacher who has implemented a creative and fun way to find out how much her students learned in the first semester. Keep reading on WGME’s web site.

Arata takes on school use of obscene novel

NEW GLOUCESTER — A recently-elected state representative is seeking to prohibit the dissemination of “obscene materials” in public schools after reading a book that was assigned to her son in high school.

Rep. Amy Arata, R-New Gloucester, who was elected in November, read Haruki Murakami’s 2002 novel “Kafka on the Shore” when her son brought it home as a senior. Keep reading Jane Vaughn’s article in the Lakes Region Weekly.

PPH: New Gloucester lawmaker seeks to ban ‘obscene’ material from public schools

AUGUSTA — When her teenage son came home from school toting a book titled “Kafka on the Shore,” Amy Arata of New Gloucester decided she ought to give it a read.

What she found within the pages of the 2002 novel by Japanese author Haruki Murakami appalled her.Keep reading in the Portland Press Herald.

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

New leaders at GNG Middle School

When students return to Gray-New Gloucester Middle School this fall, they will be greeted by a new principal and vice principal.

Rick Hogan, 49, has been hired as principal and Kristen Dacko, 31, will join him as assistant principal. Keep reading

Revisiting the mission of the Sabbathday Lake Association

Over this past winter, the SDLA gave presentations to the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. We also spoke at the town budget meeting and answered questions about our Association. It became clear that there were some misconceptions about the SDLA. So, we would like to revisit our mission statement… for our members.

Mission: The Sabbathday Lake Association is a non-profit, environmentally oriented, charitable organization formed to protect the water quality and natural resources of its watershed.

Here are some things that we do and do not do.
• The SDLA is a volunteer conservation organization. There are no required memberships of fees for property owners, and membership for lake property owners and other members in the community is strictly voluntary. We currently have approximately 90 members.
• The SLDA does not own property on the lake or have jurisdiction over access to the lake.
• The SDLA has no authority over the Grange Hall or the beach at the south end of the lake.
• The SDLA does not operate the boat ramp on Outlet Road. This ramp is operated and maintained by a small business located at the Outlet Beach in a lease agreement with the Shakers. The boat ramp is open to the public for a fee and SDLA members pay launch fees just like other members of the community.
• The SDLA does not host fishing derbies. Fishing derbies that do happen on the lake are run as fundraisers by other organizations through permits obtained from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

We hope that this clarifies some concerns about our role as stewards of Sabbathday Lake. It is our privilege to serve on the SDLA board and we enthusiastically welcome new members.
To learn more about SLDA projects and activities, visit the website  and select the What We Do tab in the home page header.

School district holds safety forum

Following two bomb threats at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School in March, SAD 15 officials this week held a community forum to discuss district policies and practices related to school safety.

The April 24 event started with presentations from five different officials who work for or with the school district then opened up to a Q & A session with the audience.

Cumberland County Sherrif’s Deputy Patrick Ferriter, the school’s resource officer, gave an overview of SAD 15 school safety practices and explained that the district employs an approach to safety procedures developed by national group I Love U Guys Foundation, which according to its website involves a “standard response protocol” to be used as a “uniform classroom response to any incident.”

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