Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training Director Kristina Sabasteanski, left, Tammy Lane and Gloria Lavertu, along with other veterans, enjoyed their first snowshoe of the year at Pineland on Dec. 14. Regularly scheduled VAST snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 4.
Winter sports for veterans
A veterans adaptive cross-country skiing/snowshoeing program will be held every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 4 through March, weather and snow conditions permitting. It is free to all veterans with physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. No experience is necessary. Ski instruction and equipment for skiing and snowshoeing are provided free of charge. All veterans who are interested in volunteering are welcome.
The program, hosted by Pineland Farms Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training, is headquartered at the Outdoor Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester.
Learn a new activity or practice your skills with Army veteran, two-time Olympic biathlete and occupational therapist, Kristina Sabasteanski. Interested veterans are asked to RSVP by Sunday of each week to email@example.com or 310-8694. For more information, visit pinelandfarms.org/recreation/VAST.
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The Gray-New Gloucester High School Chorus leads a Christmas carol sing-along on the front steps of the New Gloucester Town Hall on Nov. 27.
Holiday assistance needed
Sponsors and donations are being sought to help your neighbors in need. How would you like to make someone’s holiday season a little brighter this year by providing a meal and some gifts at Christmas, or making a monetary donation? It’s easy to do – here’s what you need to know.
The Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester is a volunteer group that coordinates holiday assistance for individuals, families and senior citizens who reside in either of the two towns. The tremendous support from the community is what makes this program so successful.
You can help by volunteering to be a sponsor and ‘adopt a family’ or consider giving a monetary donation. Each year the CCGNG accepts applications for holiday assistance and then solicits sponsors to provide food baskets and gifts for children up to 18. The CCGNG then matches up applicants with sponsors. Sponsors can request if they’d like to help an individual or a whole family. The CCGNG provides information and guidelines for sponsors to follow.
Individuals, families, neighborhoods, civic organizations, school groups, businesses and churches can be sponsors. Meals cost about $25 for an individual, $50 for a family of two to four, and $75 for a family of four or more. Gifts cost about $75 to $100 per child. There continues to be a big need for sponsors. In 2015, the number of applications far surpassed the number of sponsors, when more than 160 Christmas food baskets were distributed.
Are you interested in becoming a sponsor this Christmas? Contact Mike Marcotte at firstname.lastname@example.org. Monetary donations are needed as well. Donations can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039. Direct any questions you may have to Christina Foster at 233-0828 or email@example.com. For more information, go to GNG Caring Community on Facebook.
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Hundreds of girls and their running buddies take part in a 5K at Pineland Farms on Nov. 13 during a Girls on the Run non-timed event. According to volunteer Kathleen Corr, the organization provides the tools to empower girls in third grade through middle school, integrating running to build confidence.
Businesses invited to summit
The Gray-New Gloucester Development Corporation invites all businesses operating in the two towns to a free business summit, Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5:30-8 p.m., at the Mount Washington Room of The Commons, 59 Pineland Drive on the Pineland campus.
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres catered by Black Tie Company. The program opens at 6:15 p.m. with updates from Gray and New Gloucester’s economic development committees.
Tyler Hobbs from The Boulos Company will deliver business news pertinent to the Pineland campus, and the GNGDC will introduce the winner and first runner-up of this year’s Grow GNG Challenge. SAD 15 superintendent, Dr. Craig King, will share his philosophy and vision for the school district. Afterward, discussion continues about a mentoring program connecting GNG high school students with local businesses.
RSVPs are required. Submit your contact information at gngdc.com/business-summit-dec-2016 or leave a message at 657-2033.
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Sharon Vandermay, left, and Ellie Fellers, both of New Gloucester, stand against a backdrop of one of Fellers’ quilts and Vandermay’s prayer flags, which are on display at Norumbega Yurts, 380 Woodman Road.
Prayer flag workshop
Sharon Vandermay, president of the Maine Modern Quilt Guild, will lead a prayer flag workshop, from 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Nov. 19, at Norumbega Yurts, 380 Woodman Road. Prayer flags are created with simple designs and hung outside – preferable in a high location. It is said that the positive energy of the flags, coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonizes the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living things.
Workshop participants will make their own squares for a prayer flag. The cost is $20, and materials will be provided. To register, contact Julie Fralich at 653-4823 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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New Gloucester residents Devon Nuzzo, 10, left, Rylee Farwell, 3, Amy Farwell and Mya Farwell, 1, enjoy their visit to the New Gloucester Fire and Rescue Open House on Oct. 19. Hundreds of visitors were treated to a free barbecue, live fire demonstrations, games, free T-shirts for kids and face painting.
Annual Harvest Supper
Lunn-Hunnewell Amvets Post 6 Auxiliary in New Gloucester is hosting its annual Harvest Supper on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 5-6 p.m. at the Amvets Hall, Route 100, New Gloucester. The menu includes ham, potatoes, carrots, squash, turnip, cabbage, onions, rolls, coffee, tea and punch, as well as homemade apple crisp for dessert. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, free for under 6. Proceeds are to be used to sponsor the auxiliary’s veteran’s hospital projects.
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Activities include apple cider demonstrations, “Click, Clack, Boo” woods walk, face painting, farmers obstacle course, 4 care corn “maize” and a complimentary showing of “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”
Costumes highly encouraged!
To be held rain or shine.
$6.00 per person
Tickets available at the Market and Welcome Center
Contact: Education Department
Pineland Farms is gearing up for its annual Fall Festival and Haunted Woods Walks, which include a number of spooky activities.
3rd annual Harvest Festival
The third annual Harvest Festival at the Pineland Farms Education Barn promises a day filled with harvest-related activities for families with children of all ages. It’s to be held rain or shine from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22. Activities include apple cider demonstrations, “Click, Clack, Boo” woods walk, face painting, farmers obstacle course, corn maize and a complimentary showing of “It’s a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”
The festival admission is $6 per person. Costumes are highly encouraged. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester. For more information, call 650-3031 or email email@example.com.
Scare your pants off
Join in on a spooky corn maize and haunted woods walk starting at the Pineland Farms Education Barn, taking place both Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22. Walks will leave every 20 minutes between 6-9 p.m., beginning with an optional trip through the corn maize and finishing with a “scare your pants off” journey through the “haunted” dark forest. Walks are to be held rain or shine, and flashlights are required.
Due to the event’s popularity, the number of tickets available each night is limited to 600. Tickets cost $6 per person and are available online at https://shop.pinelandfarms.org, Classes & Events. For more information, call 650-3031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Shaker Village Harvest Festival
Join the fun at Shaker Village for the end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8. Freshly picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider pressing, homemade Shaker apple fritters and much more.
Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have a bounty available for sale. Seasonal mums, other late-season bloomers and houseplants will be featured in a booth hosted by Donna’s Greenhouses of New Gloucester.
Free, traditional craft demonstrations will include Shaker-style broom making by Kent Ruesswick; wool carding, spinning, knitting and weaving by R&R Spinners; rug hooking by Parris House Wool Works; blacksmithing by Tim Greene; weaving by Marjie Thompson, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn and wood-carving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Books will be signed by authors Don Perkins, “Barns of Maine,” and Chris Becksvoort, “The Shaker Legacy.”
Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day. Kids will be treated to free face painting and free gourd decorating.
All activities will take place on the grounds of Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and inside the Shakers’ historic 1830 barns. The village is located at 707 Shaker Road, off Route 26, New Gloucester. The festival will be held rain or shine.
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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.
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Dylan Staats and Allison Carrier, of Portland, enjoy sampling varieties of Norumbega Cidery products at a tasting held at the New Gloucester-based cider house on Aug. 13. Carrier remarked that seeing where the hard cider was made added to the experience, and the spice-flavored cider was her favorite.
NGPL Girl returns
The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 23. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim and Jobin Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “NGPL Girl: The Rise of RedRay.” A presentation of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and the evening will end with the Chewonki Foundation putting on their its program.
The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.
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