Elisabeth Seliga of New Gloucester, delivers a commencement address June 7 at the Augusta Civic Center for graduates of Maine Connections Academy, a statewide online tuition-free high school. She achieved the double distinction of being class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.
Class of 2018 standout
Elisabeth Seliga is no ordinary student. And Maine Connections Academy is no ordinary school. For the past three years, the New Gloucester student has been enrolled at this online, tuition-free high school that allows her to take classes from anywhere there is an internet connection.
MCA held its fourth commencement at the Augusta Civic Center on June 7. Seliga was among the 51 graduates from all across Maine, many of whom had never met each other before. She was celebrated not only as a graduating senior but also as the class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.
As a recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship, Elisabeth joins a select company of students. The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools. The 2018 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive an award of $9,500.
Seliga joined MCA in 2015 and has enjoyed the innovative online curriculum. Through ninth grade, she was a student in the Gray-New Gloucester school system. Looking for a new experience, she enrolled at MCA, and has thrived there ever since. Seliga has continued her cheerleading at G-NG High School, whose team this year took second place at the regionals and fifth in the Maine State Cheerleading Championships.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-145/
Augusta- Lithgow Public Library’s reading room had a secret, but not the kind found in mystery books or even a diary.
It’s hiding underneath multiple layers of paint and broken plaster from previous restoration efforts done over the last 122 years. Keep reading
“Shaker Trustees Office: An Historic Jigsaw Puzzle” is the title of the next program of the New Gloucester Historical Society to be held on Thursday, April 19th beginning at 7 PM. NOTE: THE MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE SHAKER STORE, SABBATHDAY LAKE SHAKER VILLAGE. Free and open to the public.
The next New Gloucester Historical Society Archives Open House will be held on Saturday, April 7th from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). FREE. All interested parties are invited with a special invitation to the research groups working on the society’s new exhibit about the town’s neighborhoods.
Royal River Conservation Trust Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway, left, Alicia Flynn with Roxy in backpack, Kevin Cyr holding Nora, and RRCT Stewardship and Outreach Director Kyle Warren snowshoe around the shoreline of Chandler Mill Pond at a Rain or Shine Club tour on Feb. 15. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen
Everyone is invited to a community supper and presentation about food insecurity in New Gloucester on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a pasta or rice casserole created from food pantry ingredients. Hear a brief presentation from a GNG Backpack Kids Program spokesperson and from NG food pantry volunteers. The supper is being held at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-137/
Veterans monument update
The New Gloucester Historical Society, assisted by many people, established a “Veterans Honor Roll” with more than 875 names of veterans with ties to New Gloucester, starting with the Revolutionary War up to present day.
To add a veteran’s name to the monument or to purchase an engraved brick, obtain a form at the Town Hall, email Jean Libby at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write the New Gloucester Historical Society, P.O. Box 531, New Gloucester, ME 04260. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The next monthly meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will feature a workshop for all members and friends who are interested in researching their New Gloucester neighborhood and/or historic home. The research will be used in a major new exhibit opening in May 2018. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Refreshments will be served.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-feb-2/
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Local resident and historian Jason C. Libby will present a talk titled “World War One, Maine and a Local Hero” on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 7 PM, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.
Callie Kimball, a longtime member of The Friends of the Shakers, volunteers at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village’s Harvest Festival by serving barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to the throngs of visitors in attendance on Oct. 7. Kimball is a resident of Cape Elizabeth.
Women’s suffrage talk
The ninth annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 10am – 3:30pm at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village – the world’s only active Shaker Community. This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine. More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki crafts including basketmaking, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story-telling. A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists). High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale.
Participating artists include: Dolly Barnes, Jason & Donna Brown – Decontie & Brown, Pam & Jacob Cunningham, Barry & Lori Dana, Linda Dana, Faye Decontie, Stuart Tomah & Gal Frey, Wendy Hamilton, Marie Harnois – Passamaquoddy Maple, Butch & Kelly Jacobs, Joe & Tammy Loring, Brenda Moore-Mitchell, Geo Neptune, James Neptune, Peter Neptune, Molly Neptune Parker, Debbie Nicholas, Debbie Parsons, Gail & Butch Phillips, Caron Shay, Tim Shay, Michael Silliboy, Frances Soctomah, Fred Tomah, and the Burnurwurbskek Singers.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture. FREE ADMISSION! Rain or shine. BBQ lunch plates will be served. The Shaker Museum and Shaker Store will be open, as well. Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road (Rt. 26) in New Gloucester, Maine – 15 minutes from the Maine Turnpike. FMI: www.maineshakers.com, follow on Facebook at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, or 207-926-4597.
By Penny Hilton
A Several Part Series on the evolution of the New Gloucester Fire Department from the early 20th century to the present. Part One, 1899 – 1939, is history as interpreted through annual town reports of New Gloucester, Gray, and Auburn; New Gloucester Town Meeting Minutes; books on the history of these towns, plus Pownal; a number of articles and data from the State of Maine and other reputable on-line resources. Corrections and additions are welcomed. While not a source for the information below, Acadia Transformed: New Gloucester, Maine and the Rise of the City, 1740 to 1930 by Geoffrey Rosanno, was extremely helpful in confirming some of my conclusions, and a fascinating examination of New Gloucester.
The town of New Gloucester at the turn of the last century was a well-established rural community which had evolved from agrarian self-sufficiency to being part of the complex network of rural towns supplying the metropolitan centers of Portland and Lewiston Auburn with dairy and farm products, workers, and new customers. With many farms, more well-acred “homesteads”, some mills, a blacksmith, three churches and several one-room schoolhouses, New Gloucester spread over 47 square miles, with a sparse network of dirt roads connecting everyone. The town was governed by a board of three selectmen who were elected at the annual town meeting, when all the town’s most important decisions were made. As revealed in town reports down through the years, these voters were not a hasty bunch. They were inclined to put new ideas on hold at town meeting for several years before finally discarding an unpopular notion, or, in some cases, voting yes. One of the ideas that took years to become accepted as a routine town matter was municipal fire protection. Continue reading