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Friends of the NG Library Honored at State House

Recently Senator Claxton was honored to present a Legislative Sentiment to the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library for receiving the Spirit of America Foundation Award, a tribute presented to Maine municipalities, individuals and organizations for commendable community service. The Friends of NG Library has been an amazing community contributor by raising funds for the library including book and bake sales, sponsoring several library programs including park passes for the library patrons and delivery of books to the homebound, and so much more. Senator Claxton was pleased to greet them and recognize their significant contributions to the community of New Gloucester. Senator Claxton and Representative Arata gave a tour of the Senate and House chambers.

Senator Claxton and Representative Arata greeting the Friends of NG Library in the Hall of Flags at the State House. In the photo (L to R): Sen. Claxton, Friends Deb Chandler, Yvette Knight, Phoebe Hardesty, Bev Cadigan, Betty Kolda and Kathleen Potter, and Rep. Arata.

Rep. Arata’s April 3 Newsletter

Read about education tax benefits, well safety and testing, and a robotics competition in Representative Arata’s newsletter.

Opinion: Maine’s budget outlook worsens by the day – Rep. Amy Arata

Rep. Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester, part of Poland) shared her concerns about Governor Mills’s proposed budget in this opinion piece posted in The Maine Wire on March 24, 2019. Read Rep. Arata’s full commentary here.

Rep. Arata’s March 16th newsletter

Representative Amy Arata’s latest newsletter includes information about Maine Maple Sunday, lost or unclaimed property, the Maine Moose Permit Lottery and the Legislative Memorial Scholarship.  Read her newsletter here.

Representative Amy Arata Announces Local Projects in Maine DOT Work Plan

March 13, 2019

House Republican Office
(207) 287-1440

AUGUSTA – State Representative Amy B. Arata (R-New Gloucester, Poland-part) is pleased to announce that the Maine Department of Transportation Work Plan for Calendar Years 2019, 2020 and 2021 is available. The estimated value of work in the plan totals more than $2.44 billion and encompasses 2,193 projects across the state.  Continue reading

   Claxton bill helps victims of assault

March 6, 2019
Contact: Lisa Haberzettl [Claxton], 251-3548

Sen. Claxton, “Current definitions of ‘strangulation’ limit our ability to help victims.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 779, “An Act To Improve the Definition of ‘Strangulation’ in the “Aggravated Assault Laws”received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday. The bill would remove the requirement to prove intention from strangulation in aggravated assault cases. Continue reading

Senator Claxton sponsors bill to convene task force on long-term acute care

Sen. Claxton: “As many suffer from the shortage of beds, it is necessary to study the needs for long-term acute care in Maine.”

AUGUSTA — Legislation by Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, LD 439 “Resolve, Directing the Commissioner of Health and Human Services To Convene a Task Force To Study the Need for Long-term Acute Care Hospital” would convene a task force to study the need for long-term acute care beds in Maine. The bill received a public hearing before the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee on Monday.

“Because they have no good placement options, these patients end up with long stays in hospitals that are better designed to help those who have acute, short-term needs,” said Sen. Claxton. Continue reading

Rep. Arata co-sponsors bill to prevent municipalities from banning short-term rentals

The mayors of Portland and South Portland voiced their opposition Wednesday to a proposed bill that would block municipalities from prohibiting short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

But its sponsor defended the measure, saying Airbnb and other short-term rentals “are giving tourists a new way to look for a place to stay while visiting our great state.” Keep reading James McCarthy’s Mainebiz article

Senator Ned Claxton to Hold Office Hours in New Gloucester on March 1

AUGUSTA — Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Androscoggin, will hold public office hours in New Gloucester.

Public office hours provide residents a chance to meet with their elected officials, ask questions, and get help with legislative or state government matters.

Sen. Claxton will give updates on his work on various policy committees and give a preview of upcoming issues. All are welcome to attend, ask questions, and get answers. To RSVP on Facebook, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2370684369830652/

Additional dates and locations for public office hours throughout Senate District 20 will follow. Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.

WHAT: Public office hours

WHO: Sen. Ned Claxton

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 1

WHERE: New Gloucester Village Store, 405 Intervale Road, New Gloucester

Patti’s Feb. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/