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Sen. Claxton to hold public office hours in Auburn

AUGUSTA — On Saturday, Feb. 1, Sen. Ned Claxton, D-Auburn, will hold office hours at the Auburn Public Library.

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 discuss goals for the current legislative session and answer any and all questions. All are welcome to attend.

Senate District 20 includes Auburn, Mechanic Falls, Minot, New Gloucester and Poland.

WHAT: Public office hours
WHO: Sen. Ned Claxton
WHEN: 10 a.m., Saturday, February 1
WHERE: Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, Maine

Jane F. Wallace, 58

|Obituary in Kennebec Journal|

NEW GLOUCESTER – Jane F. Wallace, 58, of New Gloucester, died Sunday Jan. 19, 2020 at home after a brief illness. She was born in Gardiner, on April 17, 1961 the daughter of Robert and Etta (Morgan) Wallace. Keep reading

New Gloucester project aims to bring disabled Maine children back to state

|Jane Vaughn, Lakes Region Weekly|

Dozens of children with intellectual and development disabilities are being sent out of state for treatment, but the Morrison Center plans to change that with new residential, educational and therapy services at its Opportunity Farm campus.

The Morrison Center has launched a $14 million capital campaign to build out its 150-acre property on Gloucester Hill Road, starting with homes for 24 more children. It currently houses 12. Keep reading

What’s the story with the NG Fire and Rescue? It’s complicated

| Debra Smith, NGX |

Between the decline in volunteerism and the increasing training and credentialing requirements, fire and rescue departments across the state face challenging personnel issues, described in several recent articles in the Portland Press Herald and elsewhere. The situation is most acute in Maine’s remote rural areas.

It would be easy to say that the recent loss of several of New Gloucester’s Fire and Rescue’s long-time members is part of this larger pattern. But according to current and former NGFR leaders, this is not the whole story, and it didn’t need to happen as it has.

Fire, April 2018
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William “Bill” Bragdon, 75

| Obituary in the Sun Journal|

NEW GLOUCESTER – William “Bill” Bragdon, 75, passed away January 17, 2020, at CMMC in Lewiston, after a long battle with heart and kidney disease. Bill was born on June 11, 1944, to Charles and Myra Bragdon and lived in New Gloucester most of his life. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force, which he was very proud of. Keep reading

Maine Municipal Association partners on town manager search

| Joanne Cole, NGX |

The job ad for New Gloucester town manager looks straightforward: qualifications and responsibilities, a destination and deadline for applications.  Beyond the ad and behind the scenes, however, David Barrett, Director of Personnel Services and Labor Relations at the Maine Municipal Association, is helping guide the search. 

Barrett describes MMA’s decades-long role as providing professional assistance to town officials through the hiring process, from initial advertising to “cutting a deal.”  In New Gloucester, the select board is responsible for hiring a town manager.  Following the resignation of town manager Carrie Castonguay in November, the board hired MMA for search support at a fee of $5500.

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Buy Local, Be Local: Celebration of the New Gloucester Business Community

New Gloucester’s Economic Development Committee is hosting a spring party to showcase and promote local businesses.
May 28, 2020
4:00 to 7:00 pm
Shady Lane Farm
97 Cobbs Bridge Road

The event will be a relaxed, festive AND FREE opportunity for business owners to get to know one another, to meet new customers, and to share their knowledge and experiences of operating a business in New Gloucester.  The Committee is inviting all business owners to participate in any of the following ways:

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Eagles donate $10,000 to Fire & Rescue for life-saving device

The Town of New Gloucester would like to thank the New Gloucester Fraternal Order of Eagles #4131 for their wonderful donation ($10,000) to the New Gloucester Fire & Rescue Department for the Lucas 3 Chest Depression System. The Department is fundraising for this device and the donation is a huge step towards acquiring the Lucas 3. Thank you!

Shirley Teresa Hartford Hotham, 81

|Obituary in Portland Press Herald|

Shirley Teresa Hartford Hotham, 81, died Jan. 10, 2020. Born in Calais May 27, 1938, the daughter of Eral and Mary Newell Hartford.She grew up in South Portland and attended Holy Cross Schools. Keep reading

Parks & Recreation January newsletter

NG Parks and Recreation offers lots of activities for residents of all ages. Sign up for the newsletterfor January updates and to learn about openings in the after school program, Mad Science, family cooking, adult rec volleyball, family craft night, group fitness and toddler gymnastics.