Tricky Britches on Stage

String band Tricky Britches is the product of mountain music, rockabilly and country swing merged to create something uniquely uplifting. Hear the group perform at the Village Coffee House in the Vestry Community Room of the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, Saturday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person. Call 926-3260 or 653-6151 for more information.

Honoring Veterans

Sixty-one New Gloucester World War I veterans will be honored posthumously at a new exhibit that opens on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-noon, at the New Gloucester History Barn, Route 231, behind the Town Hall. The public is invited, and admission is free. Also, the WWI veterans will be honored in the town’s Memorial Day Parade, when their surviving family members will march in memory of the veterans.

CROP Hunger Walk

Fight hunger in our community and around the world by participating in the CROP Hunger Walk, Sunday, May 4. Register now to walk or to sponsor a walker. The registration time is 10:45 a.m., and the 6.2-mile walk starts at 11 a.m., held rain or shine. A car will be making loops to pick up anyone who needs to cut the route short.

Walkers are asked to pick up a sponsor sheet at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Those not planning to partake in the trek can sponsor a walker by coordinating through the church office. Another alternative is to donate online at, click on the state of Maine, then New Gloucester CROP Hunger Walk. For more information, call the church office at 926-3260 or see

Annual Town Meeting

New Gloucester voters will consider 28 warrant articles at their annual town meeting, including two proposed ordinances pertaining to the recall of elected officials, Monday, May 5, at Memorial School, 86 Intervale Road. A voter check-in will occur at the front entrance of the school gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m., and the meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. View the warrant, proposed ordinances, and recently adopted Code of Ethics policy at, or look for postings around town.

Help Horse Shelter

Open Gates Equine Rescue located at 407 Morse Road, New Gloucester, is once again asking for your help in feeding the 12 horses sheltered there. Co-founders have had to use a substantial amount of personal funds to keep the rescue above water. They have received some generous donations over the winter, but not enough to sustain the needed $1,800 monthly operational costs. The expense associated with feeding each horse some hay is $35 per week, plus an additional outlay is required to cover grain, bedding, farrier costs and dental work.

If anyone has ideas for a fundraiser with little or no upfront costs, call 749-9028. Also, if there are any hay farmers in the Cumberland or Androscoggin counties area, please consider donating a few bales from your next crop.

Bartlett Adams/Talk

Portland’s first professional stonecutter, Bartlett Adams, created many distinctive grave markers for the Eastern Cemetery. He and his family resided in a small farm in New Gloucester for a few years in the early 1800s. Eastern Cemetery volunteer and historian, Ron Romano, wondered if New Gloucester’s cemeteries contained any of Adams’ work, so he toured local cemeteries to find out. Romano has developed a style catalogue of Adams’ stone engravings, and he quickly identified a number of them found in New Gloucester cemeteries.

Romano will be presenting a program on Bartlett Adams on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m., the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road, and it is free and open to the public.

Leonard L. Brooks tells the chilling true story of the 1857 George Knight murder trial at a program hosted by the New Gloucester Historical Society on April 24. 

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