The next meeting of New Gloucester’s Cable TV Committee will feature a public workshop on candidate forums that are televised on NGTV community access Channel 3. Citizen input is being sought to evaluate past practices and apply changes, if any, to the protocol of future forums.
The public workshop will take place at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, on Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m. For those who cannot attend the workshop, suggestions and comments may be emailed in advance to email@example.com.
At their April 3rd meeting, selectmen paid tribute to outgoing Town Manager Paul First, whose last day in office is Tuesday. First served as town planner for seven years before being named interim town manager and then permanent town manager for the past three and a half years.Keep reading in SunJournal.
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.
Selectmen opened sealed bids for a future fairgrounds playground and a large culvert on Morse Road at their meeting on March 20th. Town staff is tasked with choosing a company after reviewing both projects with a recommendation to the board. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the SunJournal.
At their meeting on Monday, March 6, Selectmen decided to take no action on rescinding last November’s decision to award the Public Works facility bid to Ganneston Construction Corp. of Augusta, and instead agreed to continue negotiations on the final project cost.
Governor LePage’s budget would repeal the homestead exemption and increase property taxes for an estimated 213,000 Maine homeowners by more than $300 a year on average, according the the Maine Center for Economic Policy. Particularly hard hit would be homeowners living in towns with high mil rates and low income homeowners who have a larger portion of their property tax bill shielded by the homestead exemption. In New Gloucester, the estimated increase would be $293 for 884 households. (See the interactive map.)
Town Manager Paul First, who told selectmen privately last week he is resigning effective April 4, announced it publicly at Monday night’s board meeting.
“It has been a difficult decision for me,” he read from a news release. “New Gloucester is a wonderful community. I’ve been given tremendous opportunity, first as town planner, then as manager, and I’ve enjoyed working with all of you this past seven and one-half years. I’ve decided it’s time to adjust priorities.
Meet wild animals
Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. His talk is open to ages 3 and up in the Mount Washington Room of The Commons at Pineland Farms from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, call 650-3031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-75/
Effective Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, the new Town Hall hours will be Monday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2 p.m. Town Hall will be closed from noon-12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus leads a Christmas carol sing-along on the front steps of the New Gloucester Town Hall on Nov. 27.
Holiday assistance needed
Sponsors and donations are being sought to help your neighbors in need. How would you like to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter this year by providing a meal and some gifts at Christmas, or making a monetary donation? It’s easy to do – here’s what you need to know.
The Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester is a volunteer group that coordinates holiday assistance for individuals, families and senior citizens who reside in either of the two towns. The tremendous support from the community is what makes this program so successful.
You can help by volunteering to be a sponsor and ‘adopt a family’ or consider giving a monetary donation. Each year the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance and then solicits sponsors to provide food baskets and gifts for children up to 18. The CCGNG then matches up applicants with sponsors. Sponsors can request if they’d like to help an individual or a whole family. The CCGNG provides information and guidelines for sponsors to follow.
Individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic organizations, school groups, businesses and churches can be sponsors. Meals cost about $25 for an individual, $50 for a family of two to four, and $75 for a family of four or more. Gifts cost about $75 to $100 per child. There continues to be a big need for sponsors. In 2015, the number of applications far surpassed the number of sponsors, when more than 160 Christmas food baskets were distributed.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor this Christmas? Contact Mike Marcotte at email@example.com. Monetary donations are needed as well. Donations can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039. Direct any questions you may have to Christina Foster at 233-0828 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, go to GNG Caring Community on Facebook.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-69/