Resignation accepted

The resignation of David Lunt from New Gloucester’s board of selectmen was unanimously accepted, with regret, at the board’s March 17 meeting. He had served for four years, the last of which was in the role of chairperson.

Within Lunt’s resignation letter, he had indicated an interest in remaining as a member on the community fair committee, public safety committee, fire station committee, and Cumberland County CDBG Municipal Oversight Committee.

The board of selectmen appointed him to the latter, plus the fair committee. The composition of the public safety committee was reorganized to accommodate Lunt’s appointment to this committee by shifting one of the two selectmen liaison

positions to an additional at-large seat.

The only available slot on the fire station committee was for a selectman liaison. Thus Lunt was bumped off this committee, and Selectman Steve Libby was appointed to fill this opening.

This transitional time provides the citizens of New Gloucester an opportunity to express their immense gratitude to David Lunt for his positive leadership style and deep-rooted integrity.

A special election to fill Lunt’s seat on the board of selectmen will take place concurrently with the June 10 election. Nomination papers are now available and are due back to the town office by April 25 at 2 p.m.

Bridal show

Are wedding plans in your future? If so, you are invited to the first annual Pineland Farms Bridal Show on Saturday, March 22 from 1-4 p.m. at The Commons, 59 Pineland Drive. The Mount Washington Room will be abuzz with local vendors ready to discuss your individual wedding needs in a relaxed environment. Take a trolley tour with one of our event planners to scope out various ceremony sites, plus one of our guest houses.

Vendors featured at the show will include musicians, photographers, florists, officiates, bakers, chefs, and chocolatiers. Richard Fields, Pineland Farms’ executive chef, will be creating hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will be available as well. Admission is free.

For more information, call 688-4162, e-mail [email protected], or visit

Easter services

On Sunday, March 23 at 6:30 a.m., The First Congregational Church will be holding its Easter sunrise service atop Gloucester Hill at Opportunity Farm, weather permitting. Otherwise, the sunrise service will take place in the sanctuary.

The Easter celebration Sunday worship will occur at the church at 9:30 a.m. with Chime Choir and God’s Little Voices joining the Sanctuary Choir.

Upper Village planning workshops

All New Gloucester citizens are encouraged to come participate in two important planning workshops for the Upper Village. Both will be held at the Amvet’s Hall on Route 100, across from the frozen custard stand.

On Tuesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., town planner Rebeccah Schaffner will give a presentation on the history of the Upper Village, the current development trends in New Gloucester, and the town’s current planning practices. Following the presentation, there will be a public participation forum where citizens will be asked to air considerations and concerns regarding growth in the Upper Village.

Then, on Saturday, April 5 at 9 a.m., there will be a daylong workshop where participants will be asked to work in small groups developing theoretical master plans for the Upper Village. Plans will address such issues as preservation, use allowances, zoning densities, road placement, public space dedication, and building design standards. The workshop is designed to brainstorm ideas as well as to help discern popular opinion. Groups will present their plans to the full assembly at the end of the day.

Recent measures passed by the Board of Selectmen and at town meeting have advanced New Gloucester’s planning efforts, and for residents wishing to be involved, these planning workshops present early opportunities. Registration for the Saturday workshop is requested (though not required), and those signing up will be provided with an informational packet prior to the meeting date. Complimentary lunches will be furnished by Upper Village businesses, and the workshop should conclude by 3:30 p.m. For more information, stop by the town hall, go to the town Web site,, stop by Mario’s, Wing’s, or Cloutier’s for a flyer, or call the town planner at 926-4126, ext. 4.

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