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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!

 

Rooting for Democracy Plant Sale

The eighth annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs from committee members’ personal gardens will be offered at bargain prices. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date is Saturday, June 13.

A raffle to win a $50 Pinetree Garden Seeds gift certificate is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. Tickets cost $3 each, or two tickets 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.