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In Memorium – Joanne Jaccaci

Joanne Jaccaci participating in a phone bank effort in Nov. 2004.

Tribute to a local activist   By Patti Mikkelsen

I have sad news to report that I learned via Facebook on Sunday – Joanne Jaccaci died very recently.

For those of you who may remember her, Joanne became the first caucus convener of the present NG Dems committee in 2004. She organized the caucus that was standing room only at the Meetinghouse. Joanne and her husband Gus hosted the committee’s first meetings at their home on the Penney Road.

Here’s what one of her daughters wrote in a Facebook post, “For those of you who knew and loved her, my mother, Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccacci passed away last night after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia at the age of 73. We all had the opportunity to sit with her during this past week, sing to her and play her favorite music and tell her how much she meant to all of us. She left us peacefully with her husband Gus by her side. There will be a wake at noon on Sunday Aug 26th, followed immediately by a service from 2 to 3 all at Cote Funeral Home in Saco. Those who wish are welcome to come to an open house at my residence after the service to celebrate her life. If you have any stories of my mom you wish to share at the service, please let me know as well.”

I got in touch with Vicki asking her to provide Gus’s mailing address as Mick and I want to send him a sympathy card, which she did. For anyone who would like to follow suit, send a card to:

Gus Jaccaci
200 Stetson Rd #107
Auburn ME 04210

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale Today!

The 11th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $75 gift certificate at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. The ticket cost is $3 for one or $5 for two. The drawing will be held at noon; you need not be present to win.

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale on June 2

The 2017 “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, is just opening for business. Courtesy photo by Julie Fralich

The 11th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $75 gift certificate at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. The ticket cost is $3 for one or $5 for two. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

Patti’s Feb. 16 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Marc Richardson, of Freeport, gets ready to enjoy the perfect snow conditions blanketing the Pineland Farms’ cross country ski trails on Feb. 9. As a season’s pass holder, he said that he ventures out on the trails approximately three times per week. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Benefit ice fishing derby

The New Gloucester Eagles FOE #4131 will host a benefit ice fishing derby at Sabbathday Lake from 6 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday, March 4. There will be a 50/50 raffle, as well as hotdogs and burgers sold on the ice.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for ages 15 and under. The price includes a buffet dinner and banquet following the event. A maximum of 200 tickets will be sold, and all proceeds will benefit the family of Rodney Theriault who died of renal cancer on Feb. 1.

For tickets, go to Mooney’s Bait Shop, 1235 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester; Dags Bait Shop, 4 Towle St., Auburn; or Jeff’s Bait and Tackle Shop, 136 Fore St., Oxford. For more information, call New Gloucester Eagles member Lloyd Tripp at 272-9535.

Within a telephone interview, Tripp provided a concise update on the beneficiary of the 2017 derby’s proceeds, Shayla McGraw who had received a kidney transplant last June. “She’s doing amazingly well,” he said.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-136/

New Gloucester Dems to Host Town Caucus, March 4

Retired physician Ned Claxton, a candidate for State Senate District 20, will be the keynote speaker at New Gloucester’s Democratic Caucus on March 4. Courtesy photo

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will host its biennial town caucus on Sunday, March 4 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. Check in will begin at 3 p.m. and the caucus will start at 3:30 p.m.

The purpose of the caucus is to allow local voters to meet Democratic candidates for state and local offices, and to elect volunteers as state convention delegates. Also, town and county Democratic committee members will be elected, and election clerks will be nominated. Complimentary refreshments will be offered.

All New Gloucester Democrats are invited to attend. New voters, or those not already enrolled in a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus. They should bring a photo ID and a printed item showing their current physical address; for example, rent receipt, utility bill, bank statement, etc.

Pre-registration at mainedems.org/caucus by Friday, March 2 is encouraged but not mandatory. For more information, contact caucus convener Nichole Stevens at 807-7694 or nicmitdsd@gmail.com.

Patti’s Jan. 19 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nearly 100 enthusiasts hiked the loop trail to the summit of Pisgah Hill atthe Royal River Conservation Trust’s annual Full Moon Trek last February. This year’s trek is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 1.

Full moon trek

Join Royal River Conservation Trust Thursday, Feb. 1, from 5-8 p.m. for a free self-guided hike and celebratory gathering atop 325-foot Pisgah Hill.

Kyle Warren, the RRCT staff member leading the hike says, “The full moon rises at sunset the day before, so expect to bask in the silver glow about an hour after sunset. It usually works out perfectly to enjoy the moonlight on your hike from the bonfire. It is a really unique and empowering experience to enjoy the woods at night.”

This seventh annual event is free and accessible to those with snowshoeing experience. All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, south trailhead, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line.

Last February nearly 100 RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends hiked the loop trail through a perfect amount of new snow, shared some cheer at the summit, toasted with hot cocoa, toasted marshmallows, and hooted at the big orange rising moon.

The trail is well marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Organizers recommend bringing snowshoes, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, blanket, water and lots of good cheer. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles are asked to line the shoulder of Dougherty Road. For more details, call 632-6112.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-135/

 

NG Democrats to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will be hosting a meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Community Building, 381 Intervale Road, located behind Town Hall. The March 4 biennial caucus and other business will be on the agenda. All registered Democrats are invited to attend. Note that this meeting is not sponsored by the Town of New Gloucester. For more information, contact Nichole Stevens at (207) 807-7694.

Medicaid Expansion Forum, Oct. 12

For those interested in learning more about ballot Question #2, regarding the expansion of Medicaid to provide health care coverage for low income individuals ….

…. PLEASE JOIN US!  7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12th at the First Congregational Church Vestry located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

There will be a panel of experts followed by a Q&A session: Ned Claxton, M.D., a doctor’s perspective; State Rep. Drew Gattine, a state legislative perspective; Charlie Dingman, Esq., a lawyer specializing in reimbursement, regulatory, and government contracting issues for a wide range of clients in the healthcare sector.

CANVASSING OPPORTUNITY: A New Gloucester canvass in support of Yes on 2 will also be taking place on Saturday, October 21st from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.  This will also be taking place at the First Congregational Church located at 19 Gloucester Hill Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

Patti’s May 26 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

New route for parade (Please note correction in boldface text.)

The route for New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day parade has changed due to road construction. The parade route will begin at the Amvets Post #6 Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road, heading south on Route 100. The procession will stop at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services with a wreath-laying and brief remarks by several dignitaries. Afterward, the parade route U-turns heading north, and goes right onto Peacock Hill Road, left onto Gilmore Road to proceed past the post office, then left onto Route 100 to go back to the Amvets Hall.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location by 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 29, for a step-off time of 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will occur inside the Amvets Hall. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, call Willy Danforth at 777-4759.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-103/

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

Beth and customers

Beth Birch, left, of the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, helps shoppers select plants at the 2015 Rooting for Democracy sale.

The 10th annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date is Saturday, June 10.

A raffle to win a lobster of the month club membership at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $68 value, is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each, or $5 for two tickets. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Nichole Stevens at 807-7694.