Free to all Veterans with physical disabilities, TBI and PTS
• No experience is necessary
• We also welcome veterans who are interested in volunteering
It’s WC Basketball and Bowling for the next few weeks of VAST before Christmas! Time to burn off that Thanksgiving dinner and hang out with fellow Veterans.
Also, check out our VAST Facebook page for weekly pictures!
Contact Kristina for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (207) 310-8694
5K, 5-Mile, and Kids Fun Run on Sunday, September 13, 2015
Food, prizes and fun all to benefit Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training programs at Pineland Farms. Walkers welcome!
CHECK IN: 7:30 AM
• 5K and 5-Mile mass start at 9:00 AM
• Kids Fun Run in the field at 8:50 AM
LOCATION: The Outdoor Center
COURSE: A challenging blend of paved roads, grassy trails and rolling hills that wind throughout the Pineland Farms property
ENTRY FEES: 5K: $20; 5-Mile: $25 until 9/6/15; Entries submitted after 9/6/15 and on race day: 5K: $25; 5-Mile: $30
FMI OR TO REGISTER: https://www.raceit.com/Register/?event=33388
Free T-shirt if registered before 8/30/15 (for 5K and 5-Mile participants only)
CONTACT: Kristina at (207) 310-8694 or email@example.com for more information
Frank Matzke of St. Augustine, Florida, uses adaptive ski equipment to compete in the VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms on March 3.
VAST biathlon camp
The VAST Fifth Annual Nordic Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms Feb. 28-March 4 attracted 16 competitors from California, Oregon, Florida and throughout New England. According to organizer Kristina Sabasteanski, one entrant was nearly 100 percent visually impaired, four have undergone amputations, several deal with traumatic brain injuries, some have PTSD and others received injuries from improvised explosive device blasts in Middle Eastern war zones. A few of the participants had never skied before the event but managed to hone their skills enough to compete in relay races testing their cross-country ski and target shooting abilities.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-164/
Participants at a previous VAST Nordic/Biathlon Camp at Pineland Farms enjoy a sense of camaraderie with fellow veterans. A four-day Nordic/Biathlon Camp free to any veteran with a disability will be held from Feb. 28 to March 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. 2 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.
There is also a four-day Nordic/Biathlon Camp free to any veteran with a disability from Thursday, Feb. 28, to Monday, March 4. Experienced skiers are still needed and encouraged to volunteer for this event.
Pineland Farms’ Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training weekly program is headquartered at the Outdoor Center. Learn a new activity or practice your skills with Kristina Sabasteanski, an Army veteran, two-time Olympic biathlete and occupational therapist. Interested veterans are asked to RSVP by Sunday of each week to firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-8694. Also contact Sabasteanski if you are interested in volunteering. For more information, check out the Veterans Adaptive Sports Training page on Facebook.
Joanne Mason, of Hanover, who is a Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation multi-season volunteer, practices backhand drills last week during wheelchair tennis lessons at Pineland Farms’ courts.
Wheelchair tennis at Pineland
Maine Adaptive provides year-round programs promoting adaptive sports and recreation for those with disabilities ages 4 and up who live in or visit Maine. All of the lessons and programs are free of charge for participants.
Staff members and volunteers offer wheelchair and stand-up tennis drills and match play at Pineland Farms and Gould Academy as one of their summer programs. Competitors don’t need to have their own equipment. Maine Adaptive has equipment to fit many shapes and sizes.
One of the wheelchair tennis programs occurred at the courts at Pineland Farms on July 27. John Pelletier, of Westport, Massachusetts, who owns a camp in the town of Denmark, said that he has been playing and teaching wheelchair tennis for several years. He instructs participants by starting with forehand and backhand drills, then progressing into service practice. After these disciplines are performed, the players break into groups to compete in match play.
Brandon Merry, Maine Adaptive program manager, said wheelchair tennis takes place in collaboration with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program at Pineland Farms since some of the Maine Adaptive participants are veterans. The upcoming schedule for wheelchair tennis at Pineland Farms is Monday, Aug. 6; Friday, Aug. 24; and Friday, Sept. 14.”
Those interested in competing or volunteering can check Guidelines for Participation at maineadaptive.org. The necessary forms are posted there as well. For more information, call Maine Adaptive’s office at (800) 639-7770.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-148/
Royal River Conservation Trust Development Coordinator Carrie Ridgway, left, Alicia Flynn with Roxy in backpack, Kevin Cyr holding Nora, and RRCT Stewardship and Outreach Director Kyle Warren snowshoe around the shoreline of Chandler Mill Pond at a Rain or Shine Club tour on Feb. 15. Photo by Patti Mikkelsen
Everyone is invited to a community supper and presentation about food insecurity in New Gloucester on Saturday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a pasta or rice casserole created from food pantry ingredients. Hear a brief presentation from a GNG Backpack Kids Program spokesperson and from NG food pantry volunteers. The supper is being held at the First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-137/
Hike Pisgah Hill Preserve
On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Royal River Conservation Trust will be sponsoring a Rain or Shine Club hike at its Pisgah Hill Preserve. Be mindful of the weather, and dress accordingly. Bring appropriate gear – for this outing, snowshoes, a thermos and a snack. The preserve’s trailhead, with a parking lot for four cars, is located at 97 Dougherty Road. Overflow parking is available along the shoulder of the road.
The RRCT invites everyone to join in on their free Rain or Shine Club guided hikes, conducted every Thursday at 10 a.m., to explore the land trust’s preserves and trails. Check the schedule at www.rrct.org. Call or text Kyle at (207) 632-6112 for more information.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly go to: http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-133/
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.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-70/
Paul Leblond, left, a videographer for the Milestone Foundation, ran the 5K fundraiser associated with the Ride or Run for Milestone event on Sept. 10. He’s accompanied by Bob Fowler, executive director of the foundation, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing addiction and homelessness in Maine. The successful fundraiser wrapped up with a barbecue at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.
Fall Festival of Books
It’s coming right up, the Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale. 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.
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.
For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-47/
Grab your hats and mittens and prepare to explore an outdoor winter wonderland at a Pineland Farms’ family education program held from 10-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20. Buy tickets at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, New Gloucester, for $5 per person. For more information, contact the education department at 650-3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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_dee0d75e-b577-11e5-a154-d3d18fa1ab7f.html