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.
Carolers gathered at Town Hall last Sunday around Tiny Timber, then gathered in the library for cocoa and cookies. See the photos in the Sun Journal. http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/2015/11/29/caroling-new-gloucester-town-hall/1828276
Free Christmas concert
Coastal Winds Concert Band, the Freeport area’s community band, will be performing at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester, on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. A carol sing-along will be included in the program, and refreshments will be served afterward. A free-will offering for the church’s emergency fuel assistance fund will help our neighbors stay warm this winter. Call 926-3260 for more details.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://www.keepmecurrent.com/lakes_region_weekly/news/inside-new-gloucester/article_66ab76ba-93a1-11e5-94a9-ff0be9f1b518.html
Saturday… October 31st, Halloween morning!
All You Can Eat Hunters Breakfast, All are WELCOME. Bring the family!
Check out this video from our very own “Chummy & Dear” for all the details! https://www.facebook.com/newgloucesterfirerescue/videos/vb.144916162307427/733364593462578/?type=2&theater
Cost $7 Ages 5+ Breakfast will include: Eggs, Pancakes, Home Fries, Biscuits, Beans, & Beverages.
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Please join us for an All You Can Eat Hunters Breakfast! Breakfast will include: Eggs, Pancakes, Home Fries, Biscuits, Beans, & Beverages. Cost $7 Ages 5+ We hope to see you there for the BEST, all you can eat breakfast in town! Please visit & “LIKE” us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/newgloucesterfirerescue
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The New Gloucester Fire Rescue would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the community for attending & supporting our annual EMS Open House! It was a wonderful evening celebrating the past with some of the people who had originally started the rescue 40 years ago, as well as how far we have come today with our present EMS personnel. Door prizes from L.L.Bean & Hodgman’s Frozen Custard, along with a drawing for one lucky child to win a free bike were handed out. A delicious BBQ enjoyed by all & a special cake for dessert rounded out the evening!
At this years EMS open house the department recognized Pat Vampatella, Dr. Harold Bartlett, Barbra Bartlett, Peter Bryant, Avis Ford, Beverly Grenier, Linda Ledger, Roger Levasseur, Lloyd Morrison, Elaine Verrill, Dick Wilde, Joanne Wilde, & Joyce Wotherspoon for starting the New Gloucester Rescue Service forty years ago. A plaque was presented that will be displayed at the station. Please visit & “LIKE” us on Facebook, to see more photos & stories from the open house! https://www.facebook.com/newgloucesterfirerescue
All images copyright of Vicki Lund Photography 2015