Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Register for Pre-K and Kindergarten

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the towns of Gray or New Gloucester who will be four years old by Oct. 15, 2017, your child is eligible for the Pre-K Program at the Dunn School in New Gloucester. Classes are 2.5 hours each day, with morning and afternoon sessions, five days a week. Children are assigned to either a.m. or p.m. slots based on their home addresses. To register online, visit the Pre-K Program webpage at www.msad15.org. For more information, contact Jean Southard at 657-5050 or jsouthard@sad15.org.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the town of New Gloucester who will be five years old by Oct. 15, 2017, you can register your child for kindergarten at the Memorial School in New Gloucester online at www.msad15.org. For more information, call 926-4322.

Patti’s March 31 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Welcome, Neighbor crew Feb 20 2016

Welcome, Neighbor volunteers Kathleen Potter, front left, Penny Hilton, Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Beth Birch finish assembling packets of materials last year to be given out to new residents of New Gloucester. The Welcome, Neighbor group is in the process of assembling new packets.

Welcome, Neighbor provides free publicity

Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project conducted in conjunction with the town office. The project was developed to welcome new residents to New Gloucester by providing information that may assist in their transition.

Only New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups have the opportunity to include items, such as business cards, brochures or other promotional materials, in the 100 packets to be assembled. There’s no charge or obligation to participate. Drop off 100-count of your item to the town office by Friday, April 7, to have your materials included. For more information, call Beth at 650-5228.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-100/

Chat with State Rep. Ellie Espling

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight her work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with her in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 5. (Note that this event has been rescheduled from the original date of March 29 and moved to the church vestry.)

Chat with your legislators

Invited by NGXchange volunteers to promote citizen engagement and awareness, State Sen. Eric Brakey and State Rep. Ellie Espling will highlight their work in Augusta. Afterward, community members will have an opportunity to talk with their legislators in a more casual format.

The open house event will take place at the Community Building, located behind the New Gloucester Town Hall on Intervale Road. It’s scheduled to occur from 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.

Be a Blood Donor Hero

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood. The organization depends on blood donor heroes across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those who rely on blood products.

A blood drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 15, at Pineland Farms, 59 Pineland Drive. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification, are required at check in. Individuals who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Make an appointment by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

Patti’s March 3 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Maple sugaring for kids

It’s time to collect the sap from the maple trees at Pineland Farms and turn it into delicious maple syrup. Learn how this naturally sweet treat is made. This family education program is open to ages 3 and up and takes place 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 7. It will be repeated from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 9; Wednesday, March 15; Saturday, March 18; Tuesday, March 21; Thursday, March 23; and Wednesday, March 29.

Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow time to purchase tickets. For the increased convenience of their guests, tickets are now being sold at the Education Barn, 100B Valley Farm Road; cash or charge accepted. Family Programs have limited tickets available and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 650-3031, or send an email to education@pinelandfarms.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-91/

Welcome, Neighbor provides orientation for new residents

Welcome, Neighbor crew Feb 20 2016

In 2016, Welcome, Neighbor volunteers Kathleen Potter, Penny Hilton, Beth Blakeman-Pohl and Beth Birch assemble packets of materials to be given out to newcomers to town.

Local businesses and organizations can obtain free publicity by participating in Welcome, Neighbor, a grassroots community volunteer project. It was developed to welcome new residents to New Gloucester by providing information that may assist in their transition.

Only New Gloucester-based businesses, organizations and community groups will have the opportunity to include items, such as business cards, brochures or other promotional materials, in the 100 packets to be assembled. There’s no charge or obligation to participate.

Drop off 100-count of your item to the town office by Friday, March 31 to have your materials included. For more information, call Beth at 650-5228.

Patti’s Feb. 3 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek

Join members and supporters of the Royal River Conservation Trust on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5-8 p.m., for the free, sixth annual full moon snowshoe evening at Pisgah Hill Preserve south trailhead, 74 Dougherty Road, near the New Gloucester-Pownal town line. Climb to the summit of Pisgah Hill Preserve through the setting sun to witness the rising of the full snow moon. Enjoy a warming campfire and mingle with your friends, old and new.

The trail is well marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Organizers recommend bringing snowshoes, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, blanket, water and lots of good cheer. The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles are asked to line the shoulder of Dougherty Road. For more details, see www.rrct.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-81/

Rain or Shine Club

Presented by the Royal River Conservation Trust, the Rain or Shine Club explores your backyard with a concise, thoughtful outing on Thursday of each week. Join the club for a free guided adventure that takes place under any weather conditions. The next two of them occur in New Gloucester.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m., the club visits Chandler Mill Pond, 250 Chandler Mill Road, for the first time. If winter decides to prevail, the group can explore the shorelines from the ice; if spring persists, they can explore the pond from the shoreline.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m., the site is Pisgah Hill Preserve – South at 74 Dougherty Road. Come help RRCT Stewardship Director Kyle Warren pack the trail, make luminaries, and build a snow bar at Full Moon Celebration Preparation for their sixth annual hilltop soirée. Call 632-6112 for more details.

Cardboard Challenge

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 28, the date of the Cardboard Challenge at the New Gloucester Public Library. This creative program, based on recycling, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to come play, and they are welcome to bring in their own recycling materials to use for their building project. There’s no need to sign up in advance, just show up and have a great time. For more information, call 926-4840. The library is located at 379 Intervale Road.