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Legalizing Marijuana to be Discussed, Oct. 6

Sheriff Kevin Joyce will be providing insight into the legal and social ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana at a community presentation entitled, “What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Looks Like.” Representatives from “Yes on 1”  will also be on the panel.

The discussion will take place during a New Gloucester Public Safety Committee meeting on Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. The program will be telecast live on NGTV community access Channel 3 and will be available as video on demand at www.newgloucester.com shortly thereafter.

Patti’s June 10 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Town election

Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 14, for the town election, which will be held at the Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester.

There are two SAD 15 bond referendum questions, a school budget validation vote, and state primary candidates on the ballot. Additionally, there are four candidates for two openings on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, three candidates for three openings on the SAD 15 Board of Directors, and one candidate for one opening on the New Gloucester Water District Board of Trustees. Note that only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for water board candidates. See www.newgloucester.com to view sample ballots.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-29/

Patti’s May 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Selectmen candidates forum

Four certified candidates are competing for two open seats on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen. They are Lenora Conger, Steven Libby, Nichole Stevens and Kathleen Potter. A televised candidates forum, open to the public, will be held Tuesday, May 31 at 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Tamilyn Wayboer will serve as the moderator.

Citizens are encouraged to send questions to be asked by the moderator by email to ngcabletv@gmail.com before noon Monday, May 23. The format also will include an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

The forum will be telecast live on local access cable Channel 3 and will be rebroadcast on June 3-5 and June 10-12, at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Also, the program will be available as video-on-demand at www.newgloucester.com.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-gray-new-gloucester-2/

Candidates for Local Offices

Elections for Selectmen, SAD #15 School Board Members, NG Water District Trustee, and School Budget referendum along with State Elections, will be voted on Tuesday, June 14th, at the New Gloucester Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road.

VOTING HOURS CHANGE: Polls will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Candidates for selectmen (two open seats) are: Lenora Conger, Steven Libby, Nichole Stevens and Kathleen Potter.

Candidates for the MSAD #15 school board (three open seats) are: Amy Arata, John Cavanaugh and Barbra Thompson.

Candidate for the Water District Board of Trustees (one open seat) is: Vaughn Hardesty.

Bernie Wins Big in New Gloucester Democratic Caucus

Kimberly Sampson addressing group Opening remarks by convener Nichole Stevens

Top: Kimberly Sampson, candidate for State Senate District 20, addresses a large crowd at the New Gloucester Democratic Caucus on Sunday afternoon. Nearly 200 enthusiastic caucus-goers were in attendance.

Bottom: Caucus Convener Nichole Stevens conducts a smooth-running event at the Memorial School Gym, March 6.

The results of the voting:
Bernie Sanders  139 votes (73%) – 9 delegates
Hillary Clinton  54 votes (27%) – 4 delegates

New Gloucester Democrats to Caucus

Do you have a Democratic presidential preference? Here’s your chance to caucus in support of Hillary or Bernie. The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will host its biennial town caucus on Sunday, March 6, at the Memorial School Gym, 86 Intervale Road (Route 231), New Gloucester. Voter registration will open at 2 p.m., the caucus will start at 3 p.m., and doors will close at 4 p.m. for presidential preference voting.

All registered Democrats residing in New Gloucester are invited to attend. Additionally, 17-year-olds, who will turn 18 on, or before, Election Day (Nov. 8), will be eligible to participate in the caucus by registering to vote and enrolling prior to the caucus. New voters, or those not belonging to a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus; however, enrolling beforehand at the town office is strongly recommended. New enrollees should bring identification and proof of residency (such as a utility bill with a street address).

Those who can’t come to the caucus but would like to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate, may do so by requesting an absentee ballot via an online form at www.mainedems.org. Completed absentee ballots must be received by Wednesday, March 2.

Other matters on the agenda include selecting delegates and alternates to the May 6-7 state convention in Portland, electing county committee members, and nominating election clerks. Coffee and baked goods will be available. The blizzard date is Sunday, March 13. For more information, contact caucus convener Nichole Stevens at 807-7694.

New Gloucester Republicans to Caucus

New Gloucester Republicans will caucus Saturday, March 5, at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. There will be several towns caucusing at this location.

8:00 Doors Open

8:30   Registration for New Voters/Changes in Enrollment

9:30   Voter Registration Ends-Municipal Organizational Caucuses Begin- Presidential Voting Begins

10:30   Presidential Speeches

12:00   Other Speakers if present- Complete caucuses if they have unfinished business

12:30   Voting Ends

Ballots Counted

To register in the Republican Party, the requirements are as follows. Unenrolled voters can register the same day of any election. Democrats and Greens, or any other party, must be unenrolled for at least 15 days prior to an election before registering as a Republican. Contact George Colby at 577-5181 or gccolby@maine.rr.com for additional details.

 

Patti’s Feb. 18 Inside New Gloucester column

Full moon snowshoe

Join members and supporters of the Royal River Conservation Trust on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 4-7 p.m., for their free, annual full moon snowshoe evening at Pisgah Hill Preserve on the New Gloucester-Pownal town line, hosted by neighbors Terry DeWan and Nancy Wines-DeWan. Hikers will watch the full moon rise over Pownal to the east, while observing the sun setting over Mount Washington to the west.

Moonrise is at 4:29 p.m., but it takes a while to get above the Pownal ridgeline. Start trekking between 4 and 4:30 p.m. to see the moonrise. Keep in mind that sunset is at 5:17 p.m., so headlamps or flashlights are recommended.

Bring snowshoes or boots. Depending on conditions, you can use either to hike the approximate one-mile backcountry loop trail to the summit and back. Bring flashlights or headlamps, and warm clothes. There will be bonfires at the summit of Pisgah Hill where cocoa, marshmallows and good company will be provided.

Meet at the trailhead on Dougherty Road in New Gloucester, near the New Gloucester-Pownal town line. Note that if coming from Pownal, it’s called the Chadsey Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_59ff1da4-d677-11e5-ac71-8bcf31cb4b5f.html

Town Election

Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, for the town election, which will be held at the New Gloucester Fire Station, 611 Lewiston Road.

There are two MSAD 15 referendum questions. Question 1 is a budget validation vote. Question 2 pertains to funding county sheriff services for the 2015-2016 school year.

There are two openings on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, two openings on the MSAD 15 Board of Directors, and one opening on the New Gloucester Water District Board of Trustees. Note that only citizens who reside within the town’s water district may vote for water board candidates.

Click on the “Elections” sidebar at www.newgloucester.com to view sample ballots and obtain an application for an absentee ballot.

Make It So Tomorrow

If you weren’t planning on voting tomorrow, change your mind.

If you’ve voted for years and have given up trying to make a change on the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen, vote tomorrow, one more time.

If you are new to town and assume that your new home is governed with an even hand and has the trust of all, well, sorry – but you can make it so.

Imagine a Board of Selectmen comprised of current members Josh McHenry and Laura Jane Sturgis; two new members equally dedicated to open discussion, fair treatment, careful research and considered decisions; and Steve Libby. If Libby is willing to contribute his knowledge without having to control all outcomes, and keep his actions within the bounds of ethics, we could have a very interesting and productive Board of Selectmen that everyone could trust.

Wouldn’t THAT be something?

However, the Libby faction, who gave us illegal executive sessions, lawsuits against the town, the previous town manager’s golden parachute, and mistreatment of town staff; who favor  control over collaboration, who rewrite history when it suits them, and who limit information when they can – this persistent threesome of Libby + 2, are counting on low turnout to keep the oligarchy going – and more of the same.

Yes, there are 5 candidates vying for 2 seats, and the “vote for change” will apparently be split between three engaged and independent candidates, all with excellent credentials: Stephen Hathorne, Kathleen Potter, and Jean Couturier.  Logically, if a small coordinated group votes for re-runs Chase and Conger, and a similarly small but uncoordinated group split their two votes between three new candidates, the status quo will continue.

So – a new outcome depends upon a significantly larger number of individual voters in New Gloucester making it a point to vote for two new selectmen from the three new names.

It can happen, one vote at a time.

It really is up to you.

And won’t it be something to make that kind of difference right where you live?

Let’s do this! Couturier, Potter, Hathorne – pick two, and VOTE!