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Pineland YMCA Summer Youth Activities

Summer is truly upon us and the staff at the Pineland Branch has an amazing summer line up.  We have a few new offerings we would like to share with you, for both our membership base, and extending in to the community. Please share with your friends and family!

Youth Programs-

We are having a lot of fun during our Spring session.  The Pineland Branch had 78 youth staying active and healthy from Ballet to Forest Exploration!  Take a peek at our Summer line up HERE!

Registration:   Currently Open

Session Runs:  June 17th– August 4th

KIDS NIGHT OUT-  June 16th– “Roller Rink & Dance Party”

It’s our last Kids Night Out for the year, and we want your kiddo’s to come celebrate with us!  Come with roller skates, or come with your dancing feet.  Camp Counselor Heidi from Otter Pond will be sure to send your kids home in jammies, and ready for bed!  Dinner is included.  $30/child $10 for each additional child.  Financial assistance available, SO PLEASE ASK!

Please be sure to send along a helmet for your child!

Swim Lessons-

We are thrilled to say that we had 206 swimmers in the water for the Spring session.  This session we focused on glides, floats, and buoyancy.  We will continue our work on buoyancy and safety around water in to the summer session.

We offer a few schedule options for summer session:

Full Session- Once a week for 8 weeks.

Session A&B- Twice per week for 4 weeks.

For a complete list of our summer swim lesson schedule, you can find our line up HERE!

Summer Series Meet Ups! Free & Open to the Community

Beach Days:

Mondays– June 25thJuly 23rdAugust 20th

Hiking Days:

Friday– July 13th & August 17th

For more information, please contact:

Mylan Bannon, Membership Coordinator

mbannon@ymcaofsouthernmaine.org

Raise the Pavillion Roof

Help needed!  June 2nd & 3rd, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm at New Gloucester Fairgrounds.

For more information – please contact Harvey Price
(207) 310-0831 or hprice@newgloucester.com

Selectmen Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for selectman this Thursday, May 31 from 7 to 9 PM at the Meetinghouse. Candidates are Linda Chase, Steve Hawthorne and Karen Gilles.

Community members have submitted questions which have been incorporated into the topic-based, moderated forum format. The audience can also ask questions live.

The Forum will be broadcast on Channel 3, and can be streamed after the event.

We hope to see you there!
The Candidates and Referendum Issues Forum Committee

 

 

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.

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale on June 2

The 2017 “Rooting for Democracy” plant sale, sponsored by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, is just opening for business. Courtesy photo by Julie Fralich

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 that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

Patti’s May 11 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Serenity Klotzle, 7, who belongs to the New Gloucester Public Library’s 4-H group, covers the root ball of a newly planted Liberty Elm tree that she named “Elmie” on April 29. Her 5-year-old sister Haven looks on.

Liberty Elm takes root

The image of majestic elm trees arching over the streets of our hometowns changed significantly in the 1930s when Dutch elm disease decimated the elm population. Because of efforts by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute, disease-resistant trees have been developed. They have been given the moniker of the American Liberty Elm — named for the “Liberty Tree,” our country’s first symbol of freedom. The institute established its Liberty Tree Society program in 2009, and of the hundreds of thousands elms they have planted, 99 percent have survived.

New Gloucester Public Library purchased an elm from the Liberty Tree Society in Keene, New Hampshire. Trustee Robb Cotiaux traveled there to pick up the tree for planting, and he along with library 4-H member Serenity Klotzle installed the sapling on April 29. “Elmie” can be visited behind the gazebo and swing set.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-142/

 

 

Patti’s April 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

These volunteers are getting ready for a day of sprucing up the grounds at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village during an annual Spring Work Day hosted by the Friends of the Shakers. This year’s work day is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

Shaker’s spring work day

Brother Arnold and Sister June invite you to put your hands to work and give your hearts to God because Spring Work Day is just around the corner. Join the Friends of the Shakers on Saturday, May 12 at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road.

Lend a hand working at various tasks suitable for all ages and abilities, including sweeping away the winter sand, cleaning out the hay barn, helping in the herb department, prepping the Shakers’ gardens, clearing brush, and so much more. Work days bring lots of hard work as well as much fellowship, too. Everyone shares the noon meal, conversation and laughter.

Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish or dessert and drop it off at the registration check-in table located on the lawn at the back of the Brick Dwelling House. Chores start at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. All necessary tools and supplies will be furnished but if you have a favorite pair of work gloves, feel free to wear them. Pre-register at www.friendsoftheshakers.org or by calling 926-4597.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-141/

 

 

Patti’s April 13 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Ice out in the Pineland Pond can’t come quickly enough for these mallards enjoying a brisk swim alongside a frozen slab on April 5. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

“Fueling Our Schools”

Customers of the Circle K convenience store at 255 Shaker Road in Gray are invited to a special Fuel Up Night to kick off Circle K’s annual “Fueling Our Schools” fundraising campaign. The ongoing campaign invites customers to purchase fuel at specially marked pumps, with Circle K donating one cent of every gallon of fuel purchased to Gray-New Gloucester High School, up to $2,000. The school will use its donation to address different areas of need, such as technology, resources, teacher incentives and more.

On Thursday, April 19, a special Fuel Up Night, customers will have an opportunity to make an even greater impact. From 3-8 p.m., 10 cents of each gallon of fuel sold at pumps seven and eight will be donated to Gray-New Gloucester High School.

“Circle K is passionate about giving back to the neighborhoods where we work and live,” said Jeff Burrell, vice president of Global Fuels. “Through this unique fundraising program, we are helping to address critical needs and enabling educators to make a difference in the classroom and beyond.”

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-140/

YMCA Spring Events

Mark your calendars for these Pineland YMCA events and spring programs:

Registration Days:

Youth Development Programming

Youth Development Program offerings can be found HERE!

*Youth Development Programs are offered to family members, youth program members, and open to the community!

Swim Lessons

See the full swim lesson schedule HERE!

*Swim Lessons are offered to family members and youth program members

Healthy Kids Day “Awaken Summer Imagination”

April 21, 2018 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Healthy Kids Day is free and open to the community event. The weather was lovely last year and we had over 150 participants enjoying activities and crafts all generously donated by our community partners.

Who will be joining us this year?

  • Farmer Stephanie from Farm to Table Kids- North Yarmouth, Maine
  • Daniel Bannon, PE from Baker Design Consultants- Freeport, Maine
  • Veteran’s Adaptive Sports & Training- New Gloucester, Maine
  • Courtney Jacques and Denise Gaudette from Good Shepard Food Bank- Auburn, Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center- Gray, Maine

Family open swim will be available, bowling, face painting, clothing swap and our bounce obstacle course- Please bring your friends and family!

Clothing Swap- Back by popular demand we will have YMCA of Southern Maine volunteers running our clothing swap.  We are currently collecting gently used baby clothes, blankets, maternity clothes, and youth clothes.  If you find something you like, you are welcome to take it!  All remaining items will go to our social works partners who will match to our community members in need.

Bike-A- Palooza partnering with Fiddlehead Arts &Science Center and the Gray Bike/Ped Committee.

May 6, 2018 1:00-3:00pm

This event is free and open to the community.  Please bring your bikes and safety equipment as we will have skilled and knowledgeable volunteers on hand to inspect and get your bikes ready for summer fun.

This year’s Bike-A-Palooza is shared effort from many community organizations coming together to make sure that all kids, adults, and families in the greater GNG area ride safe this summer.

A special thank you to:

  • YMCA of Southern Maine
  • Fiddlehead Arts & Science Center
  • Gray Rec Department
  • Gray Bike-Ped Committee
  • Maine Bike Coalition

More details about this event will be out soon.