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Inside New Gloucester – 3/23

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 11:44 am | Updated: 12:13 pm, Thu Mar 22, 2012.

Sample maple syrup at Norumbega Farm

Norumbega Farm, the Fralich’s family home at 402 Woodman Road in New Gloucester, will be open for Maine Maple Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 25. The public is invited to tour the classic maple sugar shack, built by hand in the winter of 2011, and to sample freshly-made syrup over waffles, ice cream or baked apples. Bottles of maple syrup will be available for sale. Weather permitting, syrup will be served beside a campfire, and guests are welcome to stroll along miles of woodland trails.

This is only the second year that Julie and Michael Fralich’s son Noah has been tapping trees and producing syrup. Last season, he focused on building the sugar shack, assembling a stove for boiling, and pinpointing trees for tapping. This season, Noah is back to his maple sugaring enterprise and more ready than ever to get the syrup flowing. For more information, contact Noah or Michael Fralich at 653-6151.

Meet the Easter Bunny

Children of all ages are welcome to participate in Pineland Farms’ annual Easter egg hunt featuring a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The hunt, held rain or shine, starts at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7.

There will also be games and activities for the kids after the hunt concludes. The event is free and is held in conjunction with the Gray Parks and Recreation Department.

Public hearing on proposed revision to zoning ordinance

The Planning Board will be holding a public hearing on a proposed revision to the New Gloucester Zoning Ordinance related to appeal procedures for use determinations. The hearing will be held Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road.

When an applicant comes to the code enforcement officer seeking a building permit, the code enforcement officer makes a “Determination of Use.” Under current ordinance, if the “Determination of Use” triggers site plan review by the Planning Board, the code enforcement officer’s decision can only be appealed to Superior Court. Under the proposed revision, “Determination of Use” decisions by the Code Enforcement Officer triggering site plan review would be appealed to the Board of Appeals. For additional information contact Town Planner Paul First at 926-4126 ext. 4, or go to www.newgloucester.com.

Future improvements to Cobbs Bridge

The Maine Department of Transportation will be holding a preliminary public meeting to discuss the future improvements to Cobbs Bridge, which carries Cobbs Bridge Road over the Royal River, on Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m., at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road.

Chandler Mill Road bridge update

The Maine Turnpike Authority has awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the Chandler Mill Road Bridge. Workers will be in the area beginning in April. Closure of the bridge is scheduled for Friday, June 22, unless the school year ends earlier. The bridge is scheduled to reopen by Thanksgiving.

Keep liquor away from youth

What do you use for a liquor lock? Check out a list of suggested locks at www.21reasons.org. ‘21 Reasons’ is a coalition of community members, organizations, and businesses with a common goal: to build a healthy community environment with policies, practices, and attitudes that support the drug-free development of all youth.

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