Inside New Gloucester

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Full moon snowshoe

Join members and supporters of the Royal River Conservation Trust on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 4-7 p.m., for their free, annual full moon snowshoe evening at Pisgah Hill Preserve on the New Gloucester-Pownal town line, hosted by neighbors Terry DeWan and Nancy Wines-DeWan. Hikers will watch the full moon rise over Pownal to the east, while observing the sun setting over Mount Washington to the west.

Moonrise is at 4:29 p.m., but it takes a while to get above the Pownal ridgeline. Start trekking between 4 and 4:30 p.m. to see the moonrise. Keep in mind that sunset is at 5:17 p.m., so headlamps or flashlights are recommended.

Bring snowshoes or boots. Depending on conditions, you can use either to hike the approximate one-mile backcountry loop trail to the summit and back. Bring flashlights or headlamps, and warm clothes. There will be bonfires at the summit of Pisgah Hill where cocoa, marshmallows and good company will be provided.

Meet at the trailhead on Dougherty Road in New Gloucester, near the New Gloucester-Pownal town line. Note that if coming from Pownal, it’s called the Chadsey Road.

Free beer tasting

Those 21 and over are invited to a free beer tasting at The Market and Welcome Center at Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25. The featured brewery will be Rising Tide Brewing Company, a family-owned craft brewery located in Portland that specializes in artisanal, hand-crafted ales brewed in small batches.

Republicans to caucus

New Gloucester Republicans will caucus Saturday, March 5, at Greely Middle School, 351 Tuttle Road, Cumberland. There will be several towns caucusing at this location. Unenrolled voters can register from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Enrolled registration will start at 9:30 a.m. with the individual town caucuses to follow. There will be a three-hour window to vote for the candidate of your choice. The agenda has not been finalized yet.

To register in the Republican Party, the requirements are as follows: Unenrolled voters can register the same day of any election. Democrats and Greens, or any other party, must be unenrolled for at least 15 days prior to an election before registering as a Republican. Contact George Colby at 577-5181 or gccolby@maine.rr.com for additional details.

Democrats to caucus

Do you have a Democratic presidential preference? Here’s your chance to caucus in support of Hillary or Bernie. The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will host its biennial town caucus on Sunday, March 6, at the Memorial School Gym, 86 Intervale Road (Route 231), New Gloucester. Voter registration will open at 2 p.m., the caucus will start at 3 p.m., and doors will close at 4 p.m. for presidential preference voting.

All registered Democrats residing in New Gloucester are invited to attend. Additionally, 17-year-olds, who will turn 18 on, or before, Election Day (Nov. 8), will be eligible to participate in the caucus by registering to vote and enrolling prior to the caucus. New voters, or those not belonging to a political party, may register as Democrats at the caucus; however, enrolling beforehand at the town office is strongly recommended. New enrollees should bring identification and proof of residency (such as a utility bill with a street address).

Those who can’t come to the caucus but would like to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate, may do so by requesting an absentee ballot via an online form at www.mainedems.org. Completed absentee ballots must be received by Wednesday, March 2.

Other matters on the agenda include selecting delegates and alternates to the May 6-7 state convention in Portland, electing county committee members and nominating election clerks. Coffee and baked goods will be available. The blizzard date is Sunday, March 13. For more information, contact caucus convener Nichole Stevens at 807-7694.

Public hearing on dangerous intersections

There will be a public hearing with the Maine Department of Transportation regarding two dangerous intersections involving Route 100 – its junction with Intervale Road and the one with Bennett Road. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m., at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, New Gloucester. It will be televised on local access Channel 3 and later available as video-on-demand at www.newgloucester.com.

A small quilt created and donated by Jane Sturgis of New Gloucester will be raffled off at the Democratic caucus in New Gloucester on Sunday, March 6.

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