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1847 Books and a Parade of Pets: Summer at the Library

Summer is an especially exciting and busy season at NGPL, including the Summer Reading Program and the Pet Show.

Summer Reading
We have our Summer Reading Program off and running: sign-up is through 7/6 and the program ends on 8/20. The program is for all ages. For those who may not know, SRP is a program with the goal of keeping young people reading and learning while they are out of school. We do not want children to suffer from what is known as Summer Slide wherein they lose some of what they have achieved in school due to downtime from their lessons. We hope to keep kids engaged and, as we all assuredly know, reading is necessary no matter what our young people strive for as they grow.

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Holiday Story Time

On Tuesday December 6th, the New Gloucester Public Library will  have an evening holiday story time, with special guest Baxter the Library Cat. Stories, refreshments, and hot chocolate.

Library Annual Open House and Historical Society Tree Lighting

Each year the library teams up with the New Gloucester Historical Society to bring you the Christmas Tree Lighting and Open House. Come to the library on Sunday November 27th (the Sunday after Thanksgiving) to kick the holiday season off right. There will be carols performed by the Gray New Gloucester Chorus followed by Hot Chocolate and refreshments in the library.

Fall Frolic Book Sale

Everything on sale, books, movies, audiobooks, vintage, specials and bake sale are on Saturday, 8-noon. Want to bake? See Carla or Sue. We prefer that baked goods come in on Friday.

Superheroes at the Library

The summer reading program, sponsored by the New Gloucester Public Library, 379 Intervale Road, wraps up on Tuesday, Aug. 18. As tradition would dictate, a play written by Tim Terranova will open the evening’s festivities at 6:30 p.m. This year’s performance is entitled, “A real superhero: the prequel.” The handing out of the end of summer reading awards will follow the play, and entertainment by cartoonist Jay Piscopo will conclude the ceremony.

The public is welcome to come and show support for the young thespians and readers. For more information, call the library at 926-4840.

Way to Go, New Gloucester!

Sometimes you gotta’ talk about what’s going RIGHT in a town! There are plenty of things in New Gloucester to get citizens riled up – but there is a lot to be really proud of. What brought this to mind was two weekends with great events.

The first weekend was the double-shot of fun provided by the wine tasting at the Village Store, followed by the Coffee House created and hosted by Michael and Julie Fralich at the Congregational Church, a short walk away. Continue reading

Patti’s Feb. 1 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Explore Big Falls Preserve

The Rain or Shine Club has scheduled an outing to explore the Big Falls Preserve at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 40-acre preserve at the far end of Woodman Road, straddling the New Gloucester and Auburn line, was donated by Michael and Julie Fralich to the Royal River Conservation Trust in December. It features a scenic waterfall at the mouth of a small wading pool, creating a destination for hikers on a 1.5-mile loop trail. Snowshoes are recommended.

The parking spot is at the junction of Woodman Road and Ayer Road. For more information, contact Kyle Warren at kyle@rrct.org.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-161/

 

Patti’s Jan. 18 “Inside New Gloucester”

This brightly colored quilt handcrafted by Brenda Cookson is being raffled to benefit the New Gloucester Public Library.

Quilt raffle

The New Gloucester Public Library is conducting a quilt raffle. The seamstress is Brenda Cookson, and the quilt is about the size of a large twin. Tickets are on sale at the library located at 379 Intervale Road and will continue to be sold until their Cabin Fever Book and Bake Sale on Feb. 9, or the blizzard date of Feb. 16. The price is $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets.

To read Patti Mikkelsen’s full column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-160/

 

Patti’s Nov. 23 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Decorated balsam wreaths and many other Christmas seasonal decorations will be for sale at the annual Shaker Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Shaker Christmas Fair

The annual Shaker Christmas Fair at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

Specialties include Shaker baked goods – wheat bread, beer batter bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies and more. A wide selection of gifts and holiday items will be available, including Shaker cooking herbs, herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, decorated balsam wreaths, hot cider and  homemade doughnuts.

Proceeds from the popular White Elephant Room rummage sale benefit local food pantries.

A 50/50 raffle will be held and lunch plates will be available while supplies last.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-156/

 

Patti’s Sept. 28 Inside New Gloucester Column

Rupert Watson, left, Tom Blake, Phil Blake and David Watson, along with others, met Sept. 19  at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument to see the inscription for the Watsons’ uncle, a British WW II pilot in the Royal Navy who perished over the skies of New Gloucester during training maneuvers in 1943.

1943 air crash memorialized

Tragedy struck over the skies of New Gloucester’s Intervale region 75 years ago.

On Oct. 3, 1943, British pilots Lieutenant Commander Alfred Jack Sewell and Sub-Lieutenant David James Falshaw Watson took off from Brunswick Naval Air Station to practice training maneuvers. Apparently one plane came up under the other, causing a collision that resulted in the deaths of both pilots.

Rupert and David Watson learned about the tribute to their uncle through internet research. When Rupert and his wife, who are from New Zealand, were visiting his brother David in New York, they decided to visit the Veterans Monument. They contacted Jean Libby from the Veterans Monument Committee in advance.

On Sept. 19, Phil Blake’s son, Tom, presided over a gathering of the three members of the Watson family, plus 20 New Gloucester Historical Society members and local dignitaries to honor pilot David James Falshaw Watson and present the trio with memorabilia from the monument’s dedication ceremony in 2014.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-152/