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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




Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex brings the Nutcracker to life for local elementary school

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016 dancers from Studio for the Living Arts Dance Complex in Gray performed excerpts from “The Nutcracker” at the Memorial Elementary School in New Gloucester. Students from the Russell Elementary School in Gray also joined in as they were provided a “Nutcracker Performance field trip” to Memorial.  The Nutcracker performers arrived in costume to dance scenes from the holiday classic for over 300 students gathered in the cafeteria.  Students sat enraptured as the dancers leapt and turned in front of them!

The studio hopes that community performances like this will help to inspire some young students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to go to the theater and see the production themselves.  Next week the studio will expand their area school presentations for the Mabel I. Wilson School in Cumberland so they too can experience the magic and beauty of ballet and the Nutcracker story.

The cast, directed by Studio for the Living Arts faculty members Elizabeth Avantaggio and Kate Smedal is comprised of  over 100 ballet dancers age 6-adult, and it is made up both of students from the studio in Gray, as well as local dancers who audition for parts in the ballet. This year’s full length Nutcracker production took place on the stage at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center on Saturday December  3. The studio is celebrating their 25th season of dance!

Nutcracker leads: Sugar Plum Fairy ( Kayleigh Bowen from Gray) and "Clara" (Taylor Pronovost , Cumberland Foreside)

Nutcracker leads: Sugar Plum Fairy ( Kayleigh Bowen from Gray) and “Clara” (Taylor Pronovost , Cumberland Foreside)


Clara and Sugar Plum wave as buses leave school

Clara and Sugar Plum wave as buses leave school

     Cast members dance the popular “Snow Scene” from the Nutcracker


BOS criticized for opposing school district bonds

Resident Glen Mercier on May 16th told selectmen he was disappointed by the Board of Selectmen’s lack of positive input to School Administrative District 15 students and the school board, citing the board’s opposition to two district bond proposals. Keep reading

Town receives grants for library, fairgrounds improvements

Grants to pay for improvements to the New Gloucester Fairgrounds and renovate the town library were among topics at theBoard of  Selectmen’s March 21st  meeting. Keep reading

Bomb threat at GNG High School

A bomb threat written on a bathroom wall at Gray-New Gloucester High School Friday led to the school’s evacuation, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s office.

Lt. Donald Foss of the sheriff’s office said the word “bomb” on a boys’ room wall was discovered by a student at noon, and the student reported it to school officials.The students were taken to the nearby middle school until dismissal time, Foss said, and no one was injured.Keep reading


Library will host Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale

Come one, come all to the Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Library on Saturday, February 13th from 8:00am-12:00pm (snow date February 20th from 8:00am-12:00pm). In addition to a large assortment of adult books, children’s books, CDs, DVDs, and vintage books, there will be puzzles and games for sale!! All items sold at great prices!!  As always, home baked goodies will also be on sale. The Cabin Fever Sale is a one stop shopping event to stock up for February break or to help you get through the rest of winter. On February 13thfrom 8:00am-12:00pm, the place to be is the New Gloucester Library (379 Intervale Road) for great deals! For more information call 926-4840. “THE BEST BOOK SALE IN THE STATE!”(quote from a satisfied customer)   See you at the Cabin Fever Book & Bake Sale!!!