Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 28, the date of the Cardboard Challenge at the New Gloucester Public Library. This creative program, based on recycling, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to come play, and they are welcome to bring in their own recycling materials to use for their building project. There’s no need to sign up in advance, just show up and have a great time. For more information, call 926-4840. The library is located at 379 Intervale Road.
Meet wild animals
Meet Josh Sparks of Sparks’ Ark and the array of wild animals he rehabilitates. His talk is open to ages 3 and up in the Mount Washington Room of The Commons at Pineland Farms from 1-2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 16. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, call 650-3031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The First Congregational Church of New Gloucester, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, will be holding its annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 24. Traditional lessons and carols, lovely anthems, Silent Night by candlelight–everything you expect–plus fellowship time afterward in the vestry. The service of lessons and carols will be led by Pastor Linda Gard. Organist and Director of Music John Terison will provide organ and piano accompaniment and lead anthems by the Sanctuary and Chime Choirs.
Upper Village Christmas Tree Lighting (Upper Village Street, New Gloucester) is held the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 26th, at 5:00 p.m.
Historical Society and Public Library Annual Tree Lighting (385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester) is held the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, November 27th, at 4:30 p.m. The lighting of “Tiny Timber” is one of the highlights along with music of the season, refreshments and open houses at the Historical Society and Public Library.
It’s coming right up … the Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library, located at 379 Intervale Road. Beginning on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale will take place. Children’s-only items will be on sale Friday evening. Children’s book prices will be 25 cents for hard covers and 2 for 25 cents for soft covers. Adults must be accompanied by a child to shop at First Dibs for Kids.
But wait … there’s more. On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, all books, CDs, and DVDs will be for sale at great prices. Most books will cost 25 cents for soft covers and 50 cents for hard covers. And, treasures await, buried inside the buck-a-bag satchels. Don’t forget to stop by the bake sale, stocked full of homemade treats. Call 926-4840 for more information.
Hike for Ike
New Gloucester resident Isaac Blake, 16, lives with type 1 diabetes (T1D), and he is taking steps to fight this disease. He invites people to donate to his “Hike for Ike” team and/or join the team in the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Thornton Academy, 438 Main St., Saco. Registration opens at 10 a.m., and the 5K walk starts at 11 a.m.
His mother Shelley Blake reports, “Technology has advanced and helped with managing T1D. I’ve gone from checking Isaac’s blood sugar (he can sleep right through it) 2-3 times a night, to looking at my phone, which displays his blood sugar, and going back to sleep if it is ‘in target.’ It’s not perfect and life will never be as seemingly carefree as it was before age 12, but technology, like the Dexcom (continuous glucose monitor) help ease the burden of daily life with T1D.”
To donate or join the team, go to walk.jdrf.org, enter your zip code, click on Saco, ME, and search for the Hike for Ike team.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-44/
Two public events will take place at the New Gloucester History Barn, 383 Intervale Road, during Independence Day weekend. On Saturday, July 2, the New Gloucester History Barn Open House will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. On Monday, July 4, a reading of the Declaration of Independence will begin at 9 a.m. Both events are sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.
The 41st annual New Gloucester Strawberry Festival will be held on Thursday, June 23, from 6-8 p.m., at the First Congregational Church Vestry, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. Featured will be delicious strawberry shortcakes made with native berries, homemade biscuits and an area favorite – Hodgman’s Frozen Custard.
Live music will be provided by the Berry, Berry Good Band. There will be a baked goods table, sponsored by the members and friends of the New Gloucester Historical Society.
The New Gloucester Fire Rescue was dispatched to a woods fire that was spreading to a garage at approximately 5:30pm on Friday May 27, 2016. Fire officials first on scene reported heavy fire from the rear of the 25′ x 60′ structure. The structure contained an oversized 2 car garage with a partially finished second floor used as an office. It took fire fighters over two hours to contain all the flames. The fire was difficult to extinguish due to the access of water and a partially collapsed metal roof. The collapsed roof contained some of the fire until fire fighters could make access. Fire Fighters used foam to help suppress the hot spots and also used over 25,000 gallons of water. The New Gloucester Fire & Rescue responded with 14 Fire & EMS. New Gloucester was assisted by Poland Fire Rescue Department, Gray Fire Rescue, Pownal Fire & Rescue Departmentre , @Durham Fire & Rescue, and North Yarmouth Fire Rescue. The cause of fire will remain as unknown. No one was hurt on the emergency scene. The building was a complete loss and it is estimated at a value of $150,000.
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Located in a building behind the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, off Church Road, New Gloucester’s community food pantry is open for town residents on the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 8-9:30 a.m. There’s a quick annual registration, and a quick check-in procedure.
Donations of non-perishable food (within expiration dates) especially needed for upcoming distributions include cold cereal, peanut butter, crackers, dry pasta, muffin or biscuit mixes, instant potatoes (or scalloped or gratin mixes), juice in plastic containers, canned pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, jam/jelly, canned fruit, Jell-O/pudding mixes. Laundry detergent, hand soap, toiletries, and paper goods are desired, too. Note that none of the current clients can use K-cup-packaged coffee.
Volunteers, especially folks available on weekdays, are always needed. Cash donations are appreciated. Call the church office at 926-3260 for more information.