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Planning Board Approves Dock on Sabbathday Lake

The Planning Board on Tuesday approved a 70- by 36-foot dock for the Sabbathday Shores subdivision.

Chairman Donald Libby, Vice Chairman Erik Hargreaves, Charles Burnham and Doug McAtee voted in favor of the dock, while Ben Tettlebaum abstained.

The dock had sparked outcry from some neighbors and lakeside residents, who complained it would be too long and too wide. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Invasive Plant Patrol Training

Sabbathday Lake Association Potluck Dinner & Meeting

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The Original “Ice Out” Before Sabbathday was the Lake

Ice!  Only 16,000 years ago, Maine and New England were covered by a huge glacier which extended all the way offshore to the coastal shelf! Cape Cod and Long Island are the furthest obvious extent in the northeast; think of how a plow pushes snow at the end of your driveway.

At that time the ice over “Sabbathday Lake” and all of Maine was about one mile thick (5000’ +/-). Glaciers grow, and then they retreat.  The climate warmed up and the glacier started melting (retreating).  About 12,500 years ago it had receded to the northwest and the area around Sabbathday Lake was free of ice.

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New Gloucester residents oppose Sabbathday Lake dock plan – Sun Journal [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

By Ellie Fellers – Special to the Sun Journal – June 4, 2019
New Gloucester — The Planning Board on Tuesday heard from a dozen residents opposed to a 70-foot, T-shaped dock proposed by Sabbathday Lake Shores developer Alan Hamilton of Gray.

To get a sense of what it would look like, a group of lakeside property owners recently delineated the area using styrofoam noodles and other items to create a mock 70-foot dock that stretched from the shore and attached to a 35-foot wide dock sitting perpendicular to it.

When the Planning Board arrived to inspect the site last week, Chairman Don Libby canceled the visit because he wanted “an unbiased” look at the site without the mock-up. Keep reading Ellie Fellers’ report in the Sun Journal.

Land Management Planning Committee Wades into State Law on Moorings, Sends Solar Moratorium to Select Board [re-posting for Facebook – eds.]

“Be careful what you wish for” might have been the subtext of the Land Management Planning Committee’s May 22 meeting.  Taking up a request from the Sabbathday Lake Association to consider regulating docks and moorings, the LMPC began getting up to speed on relevant Maine law.  By meeting’s end, LMPC members and town planner Scott Hastings were commenting that lake residents “may want to rethink” their request for a mooring ordinance, noting that it “could be adverse to a number of property owners on the lake.”

The town currently has no rules on docks or seasonal moorings for boats, jet skis, and swim floats.  Municipalities are allowed to regulate moorings, Hastings said, but subject to state statutes.  Among notable points: Maine law appears to entitle each waterfront property owner to only one mooring; a municipal harbor master, compensated and specially trained, decides mooring requests, locations, and numbers; and the town can—or might have to—designate an area for public moorings, including some for non-residents. 

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Purple House closing, Bresca and the Honeybee opening for season

Krista Desjarlais, owner of The Purple House at 378 Walnut Hill Road in North Yarmouth, has announced the popular breakfast and lunch spot will close early for the season this year. Mother’s Day – May 12 – will be the restaurant’s last day before Desjarlais moves to her seasonal job baking and making ice cream at Bresca & the Honeybee, her summertime snack shack on the shores of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester. The Purple House will re-open in mid-October with a new format, Desjarlais wrote in a post on social media. Keep reading Meredith Goad’s column in the Portland Press Herald.

Bystanders credited with saving boy who almost drowned

Emergency responders are crediting bystanders who trained in CPR with saving the life of a 4-year-old Portland boy who nearly drowned Monday afternoon while swimming in Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

The boy was swimming at a floating dock about 150 feet off Outlet Beach wearing inflatable armbands.

The boy, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition Tuesday at a local hospital.

Janelle Alpizar of Lewiston said she was about to jump into the water off the float in the midafternoon when she noticed a woman cradling her young son. The woman repeated the boy’s name, asking whether he was joking. Keep reading

And here is the SunJournal’s report

Child expected to recover after near drowning in Sabbathday Lake

Authorities say a 4-year-old Portland boy is expected to recover after he nearly drowned at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester on Monday afternoon.

The boy and his mother were on a family outing when he jumped off a dock at Bald Hill Beach and failed to resurface, Capt. Scott Stewart of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said. Keep reading