Author Archives: Patti Mikkelsen

Patti’s Aug. 17 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Jenny Smick and Kyle Hardy with 2-year-old son Augustus take a rest break in the History Barn near the portion of the current exhibit featuring properties in the Webber District of New Gloucester. They moved into town about a year ago and reside on the Morse Road about halfway between the Webber District and White’s Corner.

Maine Native American Market

The 10th annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road. The Maine Native American Summer Market provides a rare opportunity to purchase museum-quality crafts directly from Maine’s finest Wabanaki artists. A wide selection of crafts is offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars. Cash or personal checks are accepted by all of the artists.

More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basket making, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling by the Burnurwurbskek Singers and Dancers from the Penobscot Nation. This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture.

Barbecue dinner plates will be for sale to the public, while supplies last. Admission is free, and the event will occur rain or shine.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-149/

 

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

Joanne Mason, of Hanover, who is a Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation multi-season volunteer, practices backhand drills last week during wheelchair tennis lessons at Pineland Farms’ courts.

Wheelchair tennis at Pineland

Maine Adaptive provides year-round programs promoting adaptive sports and recreation for those with disabilities ages 4 and up who live in or visit Maine. All of the lessons and programs are free of charge for participants.

Staff members and volunteers offer wheelchair and stand-up tennis drills and match play at Pineland Farms and Gould Academy as one of their summer programs. Competitors don’t need to have their own equipment. Maine Adaptive has equipment to fit many shapes and sizes.

One of the wheelchair tennis programs occurred at the courts at Pineland Farms on July 27. John Pelletier, of Westport, Massachusetts, who owns a camp in the town of Denmark, said that he has been playing and teaching wheelchair tennis for several years. He instructs participants by starting with forehand and backhand drills, then progressing into service practice. After these disciplines are performed, the players break into groups to compete in match play.

Brandon Merry, Maine Adaptive program manager, said wheelchair tennis takes place in collaboration with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program at Pineland Farms since some of the Maine Adaptive participants are veterans. The upcoming schedule for wheelchair tennis at Pineland Farms is Monday, Aug. 6; Friday, Aug. 24; and Friday, Sept. 14.”

Those interested in competing or volunteering can check Guidelines for Participation at maineadaptive.org. The necessary forms are posted there as well. For more information, call Maine Adaptive’s office at (800) 639-7770.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-148/

 

Patti’s July 20 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Al Winslow talks about his experiences with his K-9 partner Ruk at the New Gloucester Public Library’s Pet Show on July 10. They graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in June 2013 having been trained in tracking, building sweeps, evidence and article searches, officer protection and suspect apprehension.

Library Players casting call

Calling all thespians! The New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, will be conducting a casting call at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, for this year’s play. Every child who wants a part is guaranteed one, and there will be speaking and non-speaking roles available.

The Library Players will present their performance on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6:30 p.m. If acting isn’t your thing, come support the young actors as an audience member. Call Suzan or Carla at 926-4840 for more details.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-147/

 

Patti’s July 6 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Nadia Schmock shows off her chicken at the New Gloucester Public Library’s Pet Show last year. Pet owners and their critters of all types are invited to participate in this year’s event scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. Courtesy photo by SallyAnn Rogers

16th annual Pet Show

Would you like to show off your beloved animal and meet other interesting pets?

Come to the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, for their 16th annual Pet Show.

All pets are welcome to attend for socializing with other friendly pets and their owners. Light refreshments will be served. A representative from the GNG Animal Hospital will be on hand for a fun presentation. An additional exciting canine visitor will be in attendance to provide entertainment and education. Pre-registration is appreciated.

For more information, call Carla at 926-4840.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-146/

 

Patti’s June 22 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Elisabeth Seliga of New Gloucester, delivers a commencement address June 7 at the Augusta Civic Center for graduates of Maine Connections Academy, a statewide online tuition-free high school. She achieved the double distinction of being class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

Class of 2018 standout

Elisabeth Seliga is no ordinary student. And Maine Connections Academy is no ordinary school. For the past three years, the New Gloucester student has been enrolled at this online, tuition-free high school that allows her to take classes from anywhere there is an internet connection.

MCA held its fourth commencement at the Augusta Civic Center on June 7. Seliga was among the 51 graduates from all across Maine, many of whom had never met each other before. She was celebrated not only as a graduating senior but also as the class salutatorian and a 2018 recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship.

As a recipient of the Mitchell Scholarship, Elisabeth joins a select company of students. The Mitchell Institute awards scholarships each year to graduating students from Maine’s public high schools. The 2018 recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship, representing more than 130 high schools from every community in Maine, each will receive an award of $9,500.

Seliga joined MCA in 2015 and has enjoyed the innovative online curriculum. Through ninth grade, she was a student in the Gray-New Gloucester school system. Looking for a new experience, she enrolled at MCA, and has thrived there ever since. Seliga has continued her cheerleading at G-NG High School, whose team this year took second place at the regionals and fifth in the Maine State Cheerleading Championships.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-145/

 

Patti’s June 8 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Don Densmore of New Gloucester, a member of a volunteer construction team, works on the roof of the pavilion at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on June 2. The pavilion is perched at the highest point of land in the area to afford parents a sentry post to keep an eye out for their children participating in recreational activities at the playground and athletic fields.

Fire-rescue open house

New Gloucester Fire-Rescue will be sponsoring an open house from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, June 18. All community members are invited to attend. Complimentary food will be served, demonstrations will be performed, and a baseball hat for each of the first 50 kids will be given out.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-144/

 

Selectman Candidate Forum ready for viewing

The new and improved (color corrected) version of the Selectman Candidate Forum video is now available on demand at https://newgloucester.viebit.com/player.php?hash=nVbkWpPneD34

This weekend the 56-minute program will be telecast on community access TV Channel 3 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., which is viewable by Spectrum Cable customers residing in Gray and New Gloucester.

Note that the only candidate who participated was Steve Hathorne; both Karen Gilles and Linda Chase had accepted the invitation to come but cancelled on the day of the forum. A second forum could not occur due to scheduling conflicts.

 

 

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale Today!

The 11th annual “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Lil’ Mart, 1026 Lewiston Road, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs will be offered at bargain prices.

A raffle to win a $75 gift certificate at the Fishermen’s Net in Gray is being held in conjunction with the plant sale. The ticket cost is $3 for one or $5 for two. The drawing will be held at noon; you need not be present to win.

Memorial Day Parade 2018 Pictorial

Willy Danforth (center with white cap) serves as the parade organizer for the second consecutive year.

Michael Fralich, co-founder of Healing Through Horses, is preparing to ride his horse Cyra in the parade. He chats with Ned Claxton, candidate for State Senate District 20, before the parade steps off.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School band performs a tribute to the branches of the U.S. military at memorial services held at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument.

Memorial Day Parade

The Gray-New Gloucester Middle School Band plays a patriotic song at New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park during memorial services in conjunction with the 2017 Memorial Day Parade.

The start location for New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day Parade is the Memorial School at 86 Intervale Road. The parade route proceeds northerly along Route 231 and then heads to the right at the blinker light onto Route 100. The procession stops at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services with brief remarks by several dignitaries. Afterward, the parade route goes right onto Peacock Hill Road, then left onto Gilmore Road. The route ends at the post office where participants cut across to the Amvets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road, where they are invited to have refreshments.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location to begin lining up at 8 a.m., Monday, May 28, for a step-off time of 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will occur inside the Amvets Hall. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, call Willy Danforth at 777-4759.