Category Archives: Regulars

Sen. Claxton’s latest newsletter

In his mid-January newsletter, Senator Ned Claxton invites students to participate in the honorary page program at the Maine Senate, writes about a recent community fundraising dinner for an area resident, and looks forward and back as the new legislative session gets under way.

Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Amy Arata’s early January newsletter, read about results from the Maine CDC student health survey, tips for winter safety on Maine’s ponds and lakes from the Maine Warden Service, warnings from the Maine Office of Securities against fraudulent investment schemes, and more.

Bid accepted for culvert, dam work

|Ellie Fellers, Special to the Sun Journal|

Selectmen on Monday evening accepted a bid of $715,555 from Shaw Brothers of Gorham to repair the culvert and dam on Stevens Brook.

The decision is contingent on funding approval from voters at the annual Town Meeting in May and approval of permits. Keep reading

NG Historical Society annual meeting set for Jan. 16

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be held on Thursday, January 16, at 7 pm, at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd. (Route 231). All members are urged to attend.

Firefighters-in-training

|Penny Hilton|


It used to be that when New Gloucester Fire and Rescue responded to your call, it was likely you’d recognize the responders because they were all local volunteers, neighbors and cousins and folks you’d bump into around town. Now, as everywhere else in rural America, things are changing.

It may be hard – but it’s not all bad! One of the very good things going on at our Fire/Rescue station these days is the inclusion of two live-in students from the Southern Maine Community College Fire Service degree program. The program places students with area fire stations to complement their class-room learning with real-life experience in every part of the fire service life, from responding to calls, to cleaning the station and cooking for the crew. The students get free lodging in single rooms at the station with cable, wi-fi, and dorm-like furnishings, but pay for their food and their tuition.

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Maine’s New Year’s Day hikes – from Rep. Arata

Maine Joins Other States in Promoting New Year’s Day Hikes

In this special seasonal newsletter, State Representative Amy Arata shares details about the five state parks hosting Maine’s First Day Hikes for 2020:

Maine State Parks is encouraging people to begin 2020 with a focus on healthy lifestyles by participating in the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes program on January 1. State parks in all 50 states are participating in providing guided hikes.

In Maine, five state parks are participating. Maine State Parks staff and volunteers will lead hikers along trails that will showcase the beauty of Maine. The distance and the difficulty of the trails vary from park to park, but the hikes are designed to benefit the entire family.

Maine’s 2020 First Day Hike Locations and Details:

Bradbury Mountain State Park 
Date: January 1 
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
Location: 528 Hallowell Road, Pownal, Maine; Meet at the upper parking lot. 
Description: Join us for a guided hike to the summit with Maine Guide Jeanne Christie. Along the way learn about the history of the park, species identification and tracking. We will be hiking to the summit on the Northern Loop Trail, and return to the base down Terrace Trail, where hike participants will be able to get warmed with a nice cup of Hot Cocoa. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Meet at the upper parking lot. Plan on one to two hours; Snow shoe rentals available. 
Fee: Free park admission for First Day Hike participants! 
For more information please contact the park at (207) 688-4712 or Jeanne Christy at (207) 310-8708.

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Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Amy Arata’s latest newsletter, check out links to a new film from the Bureau of Parks and Lands called Untold Secret that showcases Maine’s spectacular Public Lands, read warnings from the Maine Department of Labor about websites that purport to help applicants file for unemployment, and more.

Sen. Claxton’s latest newsletter

In Senator Ned Claxton’s mid-December newsletter, read about tips and resources for winter storm preparedness at home, including Maine’s Home Energy Assistance program, find tools for informed charitable giving, and more.

Rep. Arata’s latest newsletter

In Representative Amy Arata’s early December newsletter, read tips for winter removal of browntail moth webs, learn about the validity of Maine non-Real ID licenses, find a map of snowmobile trails, and more.

News from Rep. Amy Arata

Representative Arata to serve on Taxation Committee

STATEHOUSE – State Representative Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester) has been appointed to the 129th Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committees on Taxation. In addition to serving on the Appropriations Committee, she will have a voice on the committee that is responsible for State and local taxes; tax credits and exemptions, taxpayer relief programs, and other tax issues. Keep reading