Sage Ravenwolf, 4, of New Gloucester, shoots down an inflatable slide Aug. 20 at the New Gloucester Community Fair. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Interim town manager hired

Bradley Plante of Poland is the new interim town manager, effective Aug. 18.

Plante previously served as a town manager in several towns, including Poland and Harrison, according to town officials.

He has a master’s degree in public administration and also has experience serving as a selectman and budget committee member. He will conduct office hours as the workload requires; generally at least two days a week.

Summertime sippin’

Pineland Farms is offering free wine and beer tastings of Portland-based products from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at the Market, 15 Farm View Drive. The event is open to the public for those 21 and older.

RAS Wines features traditionally-made sparkling and aromatized wines from organically grown Maine fruit. Foundation Brewing Company improvises on classic styles — leveraging innovation and imagination to create world-class beers that are uniquely Foundation. For more information, call the Market at 688-4539.

Access A/V trainer Robert Haigh, left, supervises Mark Bowie and Geoff Kahn, who are testing all-new equipment in the New Gloucester TV control room. Voters earlier this year approved funds, generated by cable television franchise fees, to upgrade broadcast technology in the Meetinghouse. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Business networking

New Gloucester business owners are invited to the second New Gloucester Networking event from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Sept. 7, at Thompson’s Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road.

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RSVP by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 to Town Planner Natalie Thomsen at 926-4126, ext. 4, or [email protected] The event is sponsored by the New Gloucester Economic Development Committee.

Fire cider workshop

Create your own batch of fire cider from home during a virtual workshop Sept. 12 and learn about the medicinal benefits of this immune-boosting tonic made from pungent herbs and spices in a base of raw apple cider vinegar. This potent herbal remedy helps to ward off viruses and other pathogens to keep your immune system healthy and strong.

Instructor Allie Armstrong is an herbalist and functional medicine health coach in Freeport who uses herbal medicine, nutrition and lifestyle counseling in her work.

The class will be from 5-6 p.m. at a cost of $17 for Friends of the Shakers and $22 for nonmembers. Go to maineshakers.com/workshops to find out what supplies participants need to have on hand, how to register, and more.

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