Debate over compensation for the town’s mostly volunteer fire department, especially in regards to several thousand dollars in officer stipends, has included some simmering discussion at recent meetings.
The New Gloucester Selectboard initially voted on March 5 to reduce funding in the proposed budget for volunteer officer stipends by $3,500 – a move that didn’t sit well with members of the NG Fire & Rescue Department.Keep reading
Several Fire Department officers on Monday took selectmen to task for cutting money for officers in the 2018-19 budget.
“I earn $3,000 per year and use my own vehicle, spend 200 hours doing office work, attend meetings in surrounding towns and receive no mileage allowance and put in hours that don’t get billed,” Deputy Chief Roger Levasseur said. “There is liability we take on personally that could come to us by civil action.
“We’ve been cut off and we’re turning back (to taxpayers) money every year.”
Recently the New Gloucester Fire Rescue visited with area MSAD 15 elementary schools, educating them about fire safety & ways for them to protect themselves in the event of a fire. This community outreach program takes place every year during or near National Fire safety week. Please visit the MSAD 15 website for pictures!
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NEW GLOUCESTER FIRE RESCUE invite everyone for our annual HUNTER’S Breakfast! Saturday, October 28th
All you can eat delicious hot cooked breakfast, beginning at 5 am for all you hungry hunters!
If you are not a hunter no problem! Please bring your family, neighbors & friends to our once a year home cooked breakfast!
Menu: Eggs, Pancakes, Sausage, Bisquits & Beans, OJ, Milk, Coffee, Water.
(Get there early & we’ll have a few special items on the menu, served until they’re gone! Mmmmm…cinnamon rolls!)
$7.00 ages 5 & up
Free ages under 4
Great price for all you can eat!!
Your support for this annual fundraiser will help us purchase life saving equipment!
Please join us the New Gloucester Fire Rescue for our annual chicken BBQ!
Saturday, September 23, 2017
276 Gloucester Hill Road
Thank you to Thompson’s Orchard for teaming up with us again. We’ll be set up with the hot coals burning as the amazing BBQ aroma wafts through the apple orchard while you, your friends & families are having a fun day of picking apples. Plan on a delicious hot meal with all the fixin’s when you’re done.
Your support will help us buy life saving gear & equipment & we truly appreciate “YOU” our community!
Bring the family , friends it is sure to be a great day!
Serving noon until the chicken is gone, ( hint) it sells fast!
$8.00 ages 12 & up
$4.00 ages 4-11
See you on Sat. Sept 23 @ 12 noon!
By Penny Hilton
A Several Part Series on the evolution of the New Gloucester Fire Department from the early 20th century to the present. Part One, 1899 – 1939, is history as interpreted through annual town reports of New Gloucester, Gray, and Auburn; New Gloucester Town Meeting Minutes; books on the history of these towns, plus Pownal; a number of articles and data from the State of Maine and other reputable on-line resources. Corrections and additions are welcomed. While not a source for the information below, Acadia Transformed: New Gloucester, Maine and the Rise of the City, 1740 to 1930 by Geoffrey Rosanno, was extremely helpful in confirming some of my conclusions, and a fascinating examination of New Gloucester.
The town of New Gloucester at the turn of the last century was a well-established rural community which had evolved from agrarian self-sufficiency to being part of the complex network of rural towns supplying the metropolitan centers of Portland and Lewiston Auburn with dairy and farm products, workers, and new customers. With many farms, more well-acred “homesteads”, some mills, a blacksmith, three churches and several one-room schoolhouses, New Gloucester spread over 47 square miles, with a sparse network of dirt roads connecting everyone. The town was governed by a board of three selectmen who were elected at the annual town meeting, when all the town’s most important decisions were made. As revealed in town reports down through the years, these voters were not a hasty bunch. They were inclined to put new ideas on hold at town meeting for several years before finally discarding an unpopular notion, or, in some cases, voting yes. One of the ideas that took years to become accepted as a routine town matter was municipal fire protection. Continue reading
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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/
New Gloucester residents Devon Nuzzo, 10, left, Rylee Farwell, 3, Amy Farwell and Mya Farwell, 1, enjoy their visit to the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Open House on Oct. 19. Hundreds of visitors were treated to a free barbecue, live fire demonstrations, games, free T-shirts for kids and face painting.
Annual Harvest Supper
Lunn-Hunnewell Amvets Post 6 Auxiliary in New Gloucester is hosting its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5-6 p.m. at the Amvets Hall, Route 100, New Gloucester. The menu includes ham, potatoes, carrots, squash, turnip, cabbage, onions, rolls, coffee, tea and punch, as well as homemade apple crisp for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for under 6. Proceeds are to be used to sponsor the auxiliary’s veteran’s hospital projects.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-60/