New Gloucester board
on town charter to Oct. 1
NEW GLOUCESTER — The Selectboard has delayed a discussion about possibly creating a town charter commission at least until its Oct. 1 meeting.
The board voted 3-0 Sept. 17 to table the charter discussion so that Town Manager Carrie Castonguay can confer with the Maine Municipal Association about the charter process and timing under state statute.
Several members of the community, including former Selectboard member Stephen Hathorne and former Maine Municipal Association Executive Director John Salisbury, addressed the council in August and spoke in favor of starting the charter commission process.
Under state statute, a charter commission can be formed to create a new municipal charter by two different avenues: a decision from the municipal officers – in this case, the Selectboard – or a citizen’s petition.
In either of those cases, the municipal officers are then supposed to put the question of whether or not to create a charter commission to town voters at the next election or by scheduling a special town meeting within 90 days.
Hathorne indicated in August that if the Selectboard decides not to pursue the charter commission, he and others would look to initiate a petition effort.
Historical Society to hold
open house at new museum
Shaker Fall Harvest Fest
coming up next month
NEW GLOUCESTER — Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, will hold its end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.
Freshly picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider-pressing for apples purchased there, homemade Shaker apple and pumpkin doughnut holes and more.
Chipman’s Farm will have its offerings for sale, and seasonal mums, other late- season bloomers and houseplants will be available from Donna’s Greenhouse. Bluegrass tunes will be performed by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms. Don Perkins, author of “Barns of Maine,” will sign copies of his books.
Free, traditional craft demonstrations will be featured. Other free activities include wagon rides, tours of the Shakers’ barn by Brother Arnold Hadd, face painting for kids and gourd decorating.
Barbecue lunch plates will be sold while supplies last. The Shaker Museum will be open for tours, along with the Shaker Store and Museum Gift Shop.