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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.

Patti’s May 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

The ninth annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Mart, 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 will be Saturday, June 11.

In conjunction with the plant sale, a raffle will be held to win a lobster-of-the-month club membership at Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $100 value. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. 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.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-25/

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.

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

Patti’s Jan. 21 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

2015 RRR Snowmobile Club pancake breakfast

Candi Taylor, left, and Andrea Segars grill up delicious fare to serve at the Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club’s pancake breakfast in 2015.

Pancake Breakfast

The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club will be hosting its annual pancake breakfast, from 7-10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 31, at Rosanna’s Restaurant, 1055 Lewiston Road, New Gloucester. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, beans, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $7, $4 for children under 10.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_4ef81482-c070-11e5-a0da-939805f426dd.html

New Gloucester Democrats to meet

The next meeting of the New Gloucester Democratic Committee is Friday, Jan. 22, beginning at 7 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Planning and organizing the biennial caucus scheduled for early March will be the principal focus of the meeting. All are welcome to attend. Please use the Church Road entrance and enter through the double doors. Call Nichole Stevens at 926-8119 for more details.

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!