Category Archives: Events

Patti’s Sept. 14 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

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.

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/

 

Gubernatorial candidates forum: follow live blog

The four candidates hoping to be Maine’s next governor are set to appear together for the first time Monday at a forum on workforce development at the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Democrat Janet Mills, Republican Shawn Moody and independents Terry Hayes and Alan Caron have all confirmed their appearance at the 4:30 event at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

In the two most recent independent Maine polls, Moody, a businessman from Gorham, and Mills, Maine’s attorney general, were locked in a dead heat.

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Lewiston Forum with Candidates for Governor – Mon. Sept. 10 from 4:30-6:30 pm

The New Gloucester Candidate/Referendum Issues Committee wants to share news of a nearby opportunity to hear directly from Maine’s candidates for governor.  All four gubernatorial candidates–Alan Caron, Terry Hayes, Janet Mills, and Shawn Moody–are confirmed to appear at a public forum Monday September 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Ramada Inn, 490 Pleasant Street, Lewiston, hosted by the L/A Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will focus on workforce development, described by the Chamber as the “most critical issue” facing its member organizations and the region.  Candidates will be asked to discuss their plans to support this element of Maine’s second largest economy.  The event begins with a reception at 4:30 pm, followed by the forum at 5:30.  The public is invited.  Click here for details.  ~ The NG Candidate/Forum Issues Committee

Patti’s Aug. 31 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

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/

 

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/

 

Benefit Birthday Supper for Peter Bragdon July 28

Friends, family and neighbors will be gathering on Saturday July 28th for a benefit Spaghetti Supper for Peter Bragdon. The supper will be held at the AMVETS Hall in New Gloucester from 5-6:30pm.
Peter had an emergency liver transplant on May 24, 2018.  After about 60 nights in the hospital, huge medical bills have accumulated. Plus there is an ongoing need for medical and prescription copays along with travel expenses for weekly visits to Mass General in Boston.
The cost of the supper is $6 for adults, $3 for kids with a family maximum of $20.  There will be a door prize, 50/50 raffle, regular raffles and a card basket available for Peters 40th Birthday.

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/

 

July 12 Presentation at Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting

July 12 @6:30 pm. The New Gloucester Comprehensive Plan Update Committee has invited Jane Lafleur of JB Lafleur Consultants to attend its meeting on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Jane will share information about the Orton Family Foundation’s Community Heart & Soul model, including an opportunity for the town to take advantage of  free technical assistance for outreach and engagement using the Heart & Soul model.

By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, Community Heart & Soul brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model helps build trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul.” These collective insights into what truly matters most guide a community in making the best decisions about its future. More information can be found on the foundation’s website at http://orton.org/.

Jane will also share information about other services she can offer to the town (for a fee) related to comprehensive planning.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the committee meeting, which will include time for discussion.

2018-7-12 CPUC Agenda

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/