Rupert Watson, left, Tom Blake, Phil Blake and David Watson, along with others, met Sept. 19 at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument to see the inscription for the Watsons’ uncle, a British WW II pilot in the Royal Navy who perished over the skies of New Gloucester during training maneuvers in 1943.
1943 air crash memorialized
Tragedy struck over the skies of New Gloucester’s Intervale region 75 years ago.
On Oct. 3, 1943, British pilots Lieutenant Commander Alfred Jack Sewell and Sub-Lieutenant David James Falshaw Watson took off from Brunswick Naval Air Station to practice training maneuvers. Apparently one plane came up under the other, causing a collision that resulted in the deaths of both pilots.
The plane crash occurred over the meadow behind Everett Stinchfield Blake’s farm on Penney Road. Blake’s son, Phil, presented this story to his fellow members of the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Committee, who decided that the two WWII British allies deserved to be recognized on the town’s Veterans Monument.
Rupert and David Watson learned about the tribute to their uncle through internet research. When Rupert and his wife, who are from New Zealand, were visiting his brother David in New York, they decided to visit the Veterans Monument. They contacted Jean Libby from the Veterans Monument Committee in advance.
On Sept. 19, Phil Blake’s son, Tom, presided over a gathering of the three members of the Watson family, plus 20 New Gloucester Historical Society members and local dignitaries to honor pilot David James Falshaw Watson and present the trio with memorabilia from the monument’s dedication ceremony in 2014.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-152/
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Tagged Book Sale, democracy, elections, food, history, NGFR, Public Library
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village will host its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6th from 10am – 4:30pm. Bring your family and friends for a day of free barn tours by Brother Arnold Hadd, free wagon rides, and special activities. Freshly-picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with cider-pressing of Shaker apples, homemade Shaker apple and pumpkin donuts, BBQ dinner plates, and much more!
Live Bluegrass music by Albert Price and the Pseudonyms. Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have a fresh bounty of seasonal produce for sale, along with preserves and baked goods. Maple syrup and maple candy will be sold by Passamaquoddy Maple from Jackman, Maine. Seasonal mums, other late-season “bloomers” and houseplants will be available from Donna’s Greenhouse.
Free, traditional craft demonstrations include wool fiber spinning, rug hooking and supplies by Parris House Wool Works, blacksmithing by Tim Greene, weaving by Marjie Thompson, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn, and woodcarving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Book signings by Don Perkins — The Barns of Maine, and Chris Becksvoort — The Shaker Legacy. Native American artists and crafters including Lightning Hawk Creations, dolls by Wendy Hamilton, and Passamaquoddy Maple syrup and sugar.
Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day with free tours of the Shaker Herb Garden. Free face painting for kids along with free gourd decorating! Rain or shine – all activities will be in the Shakers’ historic 1830 barns. The Museum is open for tours as well as the Shaker Store and Museum Gift Shop. Bring the family!
Fall is a busy time of year for farmers who need to harvest the last of the season’s crops and work on preparing the soil for next year. But Roberta Bailey of Seven Tree Farm in Vassalboro is occupied with something else, too: saving seeds from this year’s crop.
Carla McAllister and Tim Rice opened their Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library in early September. Rice built it to resemble the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead at 585 Shaker Road. Photo by SallyAnn Rogers
Novel Little Free Library
Little Free Libraries are in 88 countries and number more than 79,000. These small libraries and can be found along many roads, in parks and at myriad other locations. The concept is for people of all ages to “take a book, share a book.” Courtesy dictates that if you take a book or two, return a book or two to either the location from which you borrowed or to another Little Free Library.
Carla McAllister, assistant librarian at New Gloucester Public Library for nearly 10 years, has had a hankering for an LFL for a few years now. Tim Rice, her husband, made her dream come true by building a LFL that resembles the 1893 barn on the premises of their homestead. Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is lit so that patrons can stop by after dark to check out what books are offered.
The couple believes this is the first LFL in the Gray-New Gloucester area to be found on the World Map posted at littlefreelibrary.org. People may search by town, zip code, steward name or registration number to find LFLs near where you live or where you might be visiting.
Dragonfly Farm Little Free Library is located at 585 Shaker Road, one-half mile south of Shaker Village. You are invited to take away a book of interest and log comments about the overall concept or their LFL in particular. McAllister and Rice hope that their LFL will be respected, visited often, and fun for all.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-151/
The New Gloucester Town News
You may view the 2018 Fall-Winter Edition of the “New Gloucester Town News” by going to http://www.newgloucester.com.
It’s chock full of important news to keep residents apprised of what’s going on in town.
Subscribe today to receive each edition of the newsletter emailed directly to you by sending an email to email@example.com with the words “subscribe me” in the subject line. The publication is now coming out twice per year.
Cyclists start off on the Farm to Fork Fondo Aug.25 at Pineland’s Valley Farm in New Gloucester. In the event, riders stop for chef-prepared cuisine at farms along the course, choosing which distances they want to complete.
Buy an apple pie
The annual New Gloucester Historical Society apple pie sale will be held on Friday, Sept. 21. Local Thompson’s apples will be transformed into culinary classics created by local bakers.
Pre-orders are required, so call Avis Ford at 926-4561 to reserve your pie(s). Pick-up is between 2-6 p.m. at the NG Congregational Church vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road. This fundraiser is a fall tradition.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-150/
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Tagged agriculture, community, food, Hike, History Barn, local organizations, Pineland Farms, recreation, walk
Something exciting will be happening in New Gloucester beginning on Saturday, Sept. 1. The New Gloucester Farmers Market will be held at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds on Saturdays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 13 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
If you would like more information and/or are interested in being a vendor at the market, contact Market Coordinator, Kathleen Potter, at 712-4738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joanne Jaccaci participating in a phone bank effort in Nov. 2004.
Tribute to a local activist By Patti Mikkelsen
I have sad news to report that I learned via Facebook on Sunday – Joanne Jaccaci died very recently.
For those of you who may remember her, Joanne became the first caucus convener of the present NG Dems committee in 2004. She organized the caucus that was standing room only at the Meetinghouse. Joanne and her husband Gus hosted the committee’s first meetings at their home on the Penney Road.
Here’s what one of her daughters wrote in a Facebook post, “For those of you who knew and loved her, my mother, Joanne Hobbs Spear Jaccacci passed away last night after a long battle with Parkinsons and dementia at the age of 73. We all had the opportunity to sit with her during this past week, sing to her and play her favorite music and tell her how much she meant to all of us. She left us peacefully with her husband Gus by her side. There will be a wake at noon on Sunday Aug 26th, followed immediately by a service from 2 to 3 all at Cote Funeral Home in Saco. Those who wish are welcome to come to an open house at my residence after the service to celebrate her life. If you have any stories of my mom you wish to share at the service, please let me know as well.”
I got in touch with Vicki asking her to provide Gus’s mailing address as Mick and I want to send him a sympathy card, which she did. For anyone who would like to follow suit, send a card to:
200 Stetson Rd #107
Auburn ME 04210
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/
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/