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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.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-162/

 

New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 8, 2019

Contact: Steve Hathorne

210-5423

New Gloucester Citizens for a Town Charter

New Gloucester residents met recently to create a citizens’ action committee, New Gloucester Citizens for Town Charter to promote the creation of a Charter Commission, a question which will be put to a town-wide vote on June 11 this year.  Continue reading

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 kyle@rrct.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-161/

 

Dirty books and filthy laws

Books are dirty. And really good books can be really, really dirty.

When I read about state Rep. Amy Arata’s bill attempting to ban “obscene” booksfrom high school libraries, it made me realize some of the filthiest things I’ve ever read had their genesis in the pages of some of the greatest writing of all time.

Speaking of genesis, let’s start at the beginning. There’s been smut in books since people first started writing them. The first book of the Old Testament starts out with two people buck naked in a garden. With a snake. They eat some fruit, and then make enough babies to start the entire human race. Filthy.

Read the rest of Lance Dutson’s column in the Bangor Daily News.

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.

For more information, go to http://www.ngucc.org/

 

 

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.

To read Patti Mikkelsen’s full column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-160/

 

Patti’s Jan. 4 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

The New Gloucester Santa holds Belle Lemay, 2, of Lewiston, at Thompson’s Orchard, the first stop during his Christmas Eve rounds distributing goodie bags to excited children.

Blood Drive

The Red Cross is sponsoring a blood drive at Pineland Farms from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the Mount Washington Room, 59 Pineland Drive. Each donor will receive a coupon toward Pineland Farms cheese. Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter Pineland Farms to schedule an appointment.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-159/

 

NG Pizza joint one of best in US

When you consider food in Maine, you might automatically conjure up images of buttery lobster and fried-to-perfection seafood. If you do that, you wouldn’t be wrong. In fact, you’d be very, very right. But, your food dreams don’t need to end there. There are so many other options for great food in Vacationland, that you could easily create a multi-stop, internationally inspired food road trip here. In fact, maybe we should do that! But, while you’re waiting for that journey go for something tried-and-true…pizza! This one is a bit out-of-the-way, but it rivals anything larger you might find in Portland, Bangor or the touristy spots in the state. Keep reading in Only in Your State

Patti’s Dec. 21 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Participants at a previous VAST Nordic/Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms enjoy a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans. A four-day Nordic/Biathlon Camp free to any veteran with a disability will be held from Feb. 28 to March 4.

Winter sports for veterans

A veterans’ adaptive cross-country skiing/snowshoeing program will be held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 2 through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. It is free to all veterans with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. No experience is necessary. Ski instruction and equipment for skiing and snowshoeing are provided free of charge. All veterans who are interested in volunteering are welcome.

There is also a four-day Nordic/Biathlon Camp free to any veteran with a disability from Thursday, Feb. 28, to Monday, March 4. Experienced skiers are still needed and encouraged to volunteer for this event.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-158/