Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Morrison Center rep to speak

Amy Whitmore, development coordinator at the Morrison Center, which is a southern Maine social service agency, will be the speaker for the Thursday, April 18 meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society. This free, public program will be held at the Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road and will start at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Patti’s April 12 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Betty Kolda, left, Yvette Knight, Deb Chandler, Beverly Cadigan, Phoebe Hardesty and Kathleen Potter are among the members of the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library. The group’s primary mission is to host a book and bake sale twice a year providing a steady revenue stream to augment the library’s annual budget.

Friends of the Library

Professional organizers can’t hold a candle to the Friends of the New Gloucester Public Library.

Member Beverly Cadigan, chronicling the process of sorting the books that are contributed to the library, says the librarians first categorize the donated books, retaining some of them to add to the inventory. The remainder are put in crates and brought down into the labyrinth of rooms found in the library’s basement.

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Patti’s March 29 Inside New Gloucester Column

Donnie Carroll speaks to a group on March 21 about why Gray voted for a charter in that town and how it has worked. The meeting was hosted by New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter. Their next meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8. Check their Facebook page for details.

Benefit dance

The Royal River Riders Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual fundraising dance Saturday, April 13, at the Gray American Legion, 15 Lewiston Road, Gray. The featured band is Something Stupid, a dance band made up of four self-proclaimed “weirdos,” who love to entertain people, whether it be musically or by making fun of themselves. Each show features a mixture of improvisational comedy and rehearsed music.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Features include a cash bar, 50/50 raffle and a few door prizes. Tickets are $12 per person in advance or at the door. Call Andrea at 577-2563 or Candi at 831-0449, or send an email to

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One Quick Correction to a Recent Post

Hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast at the Eagles Club by Sabbathday Lake this SUNDAY, March 17th from 8-11 am for a hearty breakfast. (Peter’s post was great, but unfortunately he mentioned that the breakfast would be on Saturday, which is incorrect.) See you there!

Patti’s March 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Frank Matzke of St. Augustine, Florida, uses adaptive ski equipment to compete in the VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms on March 3.

VAST biathlon camp

The VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms Feb. 28-March 4 attracted 16 competitors from California, Oregon, Florida and throughout New England. According to organizer Kristina Sabasteanski, one entrant was nearly 100 percent visually impaired, four have undergone amputations, several deal with traumatic brain injuries, some have PTSD and others received injuries from improvised explosive device blasts in Middle Eastern war zones. A few of the participants had never skied before the event but managed to hone their skills enough to compete in relay races testing their cross-country ski and target shooting abilities.

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Patti’s Feb. 15 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

A horse-drawn sleigh owned by Stillbrook Acres delights passengers with a jaunt over the undulating, snow-covered terrain at Pineland Farms. All rides are sold out this year for this popular event.

Full Moon Trek

Join RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail during the eighth annual Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek from 5-8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. The highlight is a bonfire at the summit where hikers can sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, near the Pownal town line. Plan to start your approximately 30-minute hike between 5 and 6:30 p.m. on a 1.5-mile lollipop-style loop trail. The path is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail require some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps.

Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water and lots of good cheer. Marshmallows and more are provided at this free event. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

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Patti’s Feb. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Explore Big Falls Preserve

The Rain or Shine Club has scheduled an outing to explore the Big Falls Preserve at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 40-acre preserve at the far end of Woodman Road, straddling the New Gloucester and Auburn line, was donated by Michael and Julie Fralich to the Royal River Conservation Trust in December. It features a scenic waterfall at the mouth of a small wading pool, creating a destination for hikers on a 1.5-mile loop trail. Snowshoes are recommended.

The parking spot is at the junction of Woodman Road and Ayer Road. For more information, contact Kyle Warren at

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NG Dems Meeting, This Tuesday, Jan. 22

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:00 p.m., Community Building, 381 Intervale Road

State Senator Ned Claxton is the special guest who will talk about the bills he plans on submitting or has submitted. Light agenda, but some things on the horizon include the plant sale and Memorial Day Parade. All registered Democrats are invited to attend.

SPECIAL ALERT — Worship and Budget Session Cancelled

Due to the impending snowstorm, there will be NO Sunday Morning Worship Service at New Gloucester Congregational Church on January 20.
The budget presentation that was scheduled after worship will also not be held.

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Patti’s Jan. 18 “Inside New Gloucester”

This brightly colored quilt handcrafted by Brenda Cookson is being raffled to benefit the New Gloucester Public Library.

Quilt raffle

The New Gloucester Public Library is conducting a quilt raffle. The seamstress is Brenda Cookson, and the quilt is about the size of a large twin. Tickets are on sale at the library located at 379 Intervale Road and will continue to be sold until their Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale on Feb. 9, or the blizzard date of Feb. 16. The price is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets.

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