Presenters Phil Blake and Beverly Cadigan spoke about town history and cemeteries in New Gloucester at the Historical Society meeting on April 20. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

Centuries of cemeteries

How would you recognize one of 19th century stonecutter Bartlett Adams’ famous engravings on a gravestone? An April 20 talk by Phil Blake and Beverly Cadigan revealed the answer to this question as well as all kinds of interesting facts and lore pertaining to the five public cemeteries and Pineland Cemetery in New Gloucester.

Literature provided explained the relationship between the town and the Cemetery Association. Records show that since 1774, the town has spent funds for the care, maintenance and expansions of its cemeteries. In October 1927, the town formed the New Gloucester Cemetery Association for the purpose of caring for the various cemeteries located within town.

At Town Meeting on Monday, $160,000 was approved for the cemetery association’s cemetery expansion project.

Patti Mikkelsen can be contacted at [email protected]

D0 a do-si-do

All ages are invited to partake in a Family Barn Dance on Saturday, May 6, from 2-4 p.m. at Shady Lane Farm, 97 Cobbs Bridge Road. The event will be hosted by the New Gloucester Congregational Church. No dancing experience, or even a dance partner, are necessary.

Local musicians Maggie Robinson on fiddle and Craig Hensley on guitar will bring the music and Kathryn Larson will provide dancing instructions. Donations are accepted. Reserve a spot at

Community Fair needs volunteers

The New Gloucester Community Fair will return this year on Aug. 19. The Community Fair Committee is looking for volunteers in many areas, according to chairperson Peter Bragdon. Volunteers from local clubs and organizations will receive a donation to their group in exchange for their help.


Four individuals are needed Aug. 18 for up to three hours to perform pre-event chores, such as setting up tents, cones, signs and trash cans and other similar tasks.

Six attendants are needed on the day of the fair to oversee parking. The hours required are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A minimum of four people is necessary all day in order to have extras to cover breaks. Safety gear and training will be provided.

Four volunteers are needed for cleanup immediately after the fair for up to two hours. Tasks include general takedown and picking up signs, cones and trash.

Contact Peter Bragdon at 740-7528 or [email protected] with questions and to apply.

Applications for fair vendors will be available on the town website,

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