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Town notified January 14th of rabid racoon


NOTICE

The Town of New Gloucester received notice on Friday, January 14th, from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, that there has been a case of animal rabies in a raccoon recently in the Town.   Please remember to stay clear of any animals you suspect that may be rabid and contact the Animal Control Officer if its a domestic animal or Inland Fisheries and Wildlife if its a wild animal.   Thank you.

NEW GLOUCESTER
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Please call (207) 893-2810
This notice was posted on the town website’s Animal Control page. We learned of it from the NG Fire & Rescue’s Facebook page on Feb 18th.

Patti’s Feb. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/

 

Planning Board Considers New Home in Lower Village, Meatpacking Facility at Pineland, and Ordinance Changes

The New Gloucester planning board met on February 5, 2019, with a full agenda, including site plan review of a proposed new home in the Village historic district, a proposal by Pineland Farms for renovations to establish a meat-packing facility on their grounds, and several proposed ordinance changes.

The bulk of the meeting concerned an application by Michael and Julie Fralich to build a new single-family residence at 20 Gloucester Hill Road that might also be used for short-term rentals in summer.  The location of the property, across from the First Congregational Church in the historic overlay district of the lower village, requires review by the New Gloucester Historical Society as well as the planning board. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Budget process needs your attention NOW

**This is strictly MY view point and MY understanding of the current budget process. Peter Bragdon

Budget season in New Gloucester is here.  I have been watching the Selectmen go through the proposed budget the last couple weeks and it has been a struggle.  The budget they have sent to the Budget Committee is a 25% increase for the town.

That said, this really appears to be a bare bones budget over all.  Continue reading

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

New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8, 2019

Contact: Steve Hathorne

210-5423

New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter

New Gloucester residents met recently to create a citizens’ action committee, New Gloucester Citizens for Town Charter to promote the creation of a Charter Commission, a question which will be put to a town-wide vote on June 11 this year.  Continue reading

Comprehensive Plan Committee update from Scott Hastings, Town Planner

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be meeting on February 7th at 6:30pm to look at Recreation!

To see the agenda, maps, and other materials that the committee will be reviewing go to the committee’s page on the town website.

If you have any comments, suggestions or other input about recreation in New Gloucester click here to let us know! or if you would prefer, reach out to me at town hall or via the phone number below.

We will be meeting twice in February. On 28th we will talk about economic development.  The Economic Development Committee will also be holding a second forum on Agriculture on March 4th. Keep an eye on these emails or reach out to me for more information! 

If you are interested in the committee’s meetings they are open to the public, broadcast on the local TV channel, and videos are archived on the town website.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.

Thank you!
Scott

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com

Patti’s Feb. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Explore Big Falls Preserve

The Rain or Shine Club has scheduled an outing to explore the Big Falls Preserve at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 40-acre preserve at the far end of Woodman Road, straddling the New Gloucester and Auburn line, was donated by Michael and Julie Fralich to the Royal River Conservation Trust in December. It features a scenic waterfall at the mouth of a small wading pool, creating a destination for hikers on a 1.5-mile loop trail. Snowshoes are recommended.

The parking spot is at the junction of Woodman Road and Ayer Road. For more information, contact Kyle Warren at kyle@rrct.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-161/

 

Report from the Economic Development Committee

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) met on January 14. The agenda included review of and reports from the three public forums hosted by the EDC during 2018. Those forums were: Regional Context for Growth in the Greater Portland Area, the Creative Economy, and the Agricultural Economy. All three forums sparked lively conversations about how our town can support economic development. Continue reading

Update from the Comprehensive Plan Committee

Thank you to everyone who took the survey!  The Comprehensive Plan Committee will be review the results at their meeting tonight.  A summary of the results has been posted to the town website on the committee’s page.  Take a look!

Tonight the committee will look at these results and work on a draft vision statement for the plan.  They will also be discussing scheduling in 2019 and the possibility of having a few more meetings as we start digging into the various topic areas we need to cover.  Keep an eye on these emails for more information on which topics we are talking about when and how you can provide input to the committee!  

If you are interested in the committee’s meetings they are open to the public, broadcast on the local TV channel, and the videos are archived on the town website.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or other input you have to give.

Happy holidays!
Scott

 

Scott Hastings, Town Planner
Town of New Gloucester
385 Intervale Road
New Gloucester, ME  04260
207-926-4126, Ext. 4
shastings@newgloucester.com