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/
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/
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/
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/
Over this past winter, the SDLA gave presentations to the New Gloucester Board of Selectmen and Planning Board. We also spoke at the town budget meeting and answered questions about our Association. It became clear that there were some misconceptions about the SDLA. So, we would like to revisit our mission statement… for our members.
Mission: The Sabbathday Lake Association is a non-profit, environmentally oriented, charitable organization formed to protect the water quality and natural resources of its watershed.
Here are some things that we do and do not do.
• The SDLA is a volunteer conservation organization. There are no required memberships of fees for property owners, and membership for lake property owners and other members in the community is strictly voluntary. We currently have approximately 90 members.
• The SLDA does not own property on the lake or have jurisdiction over access to the lake.
• The SDLA has no authority over the Grange Hall or the beach at the south end of the lake.
• The SDLA does not operate the boat ramp on Outlet Road. This ramp is operated and maintained by a small business located at the Outlet Beach in a lease agreement with the Shakers. The boat ramp is open to the public for a fee and SDLA members pay launch fees just like other members of the community.
• The SDLA does not host fishing derbies. Fishing derbies that do happen on the lake are run as fundraisers by other organizations through permits obtained from Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
We hope that this clarifies some concerns about our role as stewards of Sabbathday Lake. It is our privilege to serve on the SDLA board and we enthusiastically welcome new members.
To learn more about SLDA projects and activities, visit the website and select the What We Do tab in the home page header.
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/
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.
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.