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Nephews of British pilot killed in 1943 New Gloucester crash visit memorial with his name

Special to the Sun Journal by Ellie Fellers

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GNG Girl Scouts lead effort to establish parking spaces for veterans

Two local Girl Scouts have earned a scouting award and praise for their work on a project to create veterans-only parking spaces at several public buildings in Gray and New Gloucester.

Abby Ladd and Charlena LaVallee, both 13 and eighth-graders at Gray-New Gloucester Middle School, got the OK from officials in both towns to put several signs up reserving town parking spaces for military veterans or their families. Keep reading

Hundreds attend Memorial Day parade and ceremony

Undaunted by gray skies and cool weather, hundreds Monday lined the Memorial Day parade route from Memorial School to the Veterans Monument at Route 100 for a solemn ceremony of remembrance.

The parade brought Boy Scouts, politicians, political parties and political candidates together with a cheerleading group, pets, a tractor, a horse and rider and an electric bicycle.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School and Middle School bands played patriotic offerings, concluding with the playing of taps. Keep reading

Memorial Day Parade 2018 Pictorial

Willy Danforth (center with white cap) serves as the parade organizer for the second consecutive year.

Michael Fralich, co-founder of Healing Through Horses, is preparing to ride his horse Cyra in the parade. He chats with Ned Claxton, candidate for State Senate District 20, before the parade steps off.

The Gray-New Gloucester High School band performs a tribute to the branches of the U.S. military at memorial services held at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument.

Memorial Day Parade

The Gray-New Gloucester Middle School Band plays a patriotic song at New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park during memorial services in conjunction with the 2017 Memorial Day Parade.

The start location for New Gloucester’s annual Memorial Day Parade is the Memorial School at 86 Intervale Road. The parade route proceeds northerly along Route 231 and then heads to the right at the blinker light onto Route 100. The procession stops at the New Gloucester Veterans Monument Park for memorial services with brief remarks by several dignitaries. Afterward, the parade route goes right onto Peacock Hill Road, then left onto Gilmore Road. The route ends at the post office where participants cut across to the Amvets Hall, 1095 Lewiston Road, where they are invited to have refreshments.

Parade participants are to arrive at the start location to begin lining up at 8 a.m., Monday, May 28, for a step-off time of 9 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the memorial service will occur inside the Amvets Hall. For more information or to sign up your organization to participate in the parade, call Willy Danforth at 777-4759.

Patti’s Feb. 2 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Veterans monument update

The New Gloucester Historical Society, assisted by many people, established a “Veterans Honor Roll” with more than 875 names of veterans with ties to New Gloucester, starting with the Revolutionary War up to present day.

To add a veteran’s name to the monument or to purchase an engraved brick, obtain a form at the Town Hall, email Jean Libby at jelibby8@maine.rr.com, or write the New Gloucester Historical Society, P.O. Box 531, New Gloucester, ME 04260. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Neighborhood nostalgia

The next monthly meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will feature a workshop for all members and friends who are interested in researching their New Gloucester neighborhood and/or historic home. The research will be used in a major new exhibit opening in May 2018. The workshop will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. at the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Road. Refreshments will be served.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-feb-2/

 

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

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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 kristina@pinelandfarms.org 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/

Patti’s May 27 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

“Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale

The ninth annual “Rooting for Democracy” Plant Sale, hosted by the New Gloucester Democratic Committee, will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon at Lil’ Mart, Route 100, New Gloucester. Plants of all varieties, including perennials, annuals, house plants, vegetables and herbs, will be offered at bargain prices. Arrive early for the best selection. The rain date will be Saturday, June 11.

In conjunction with the plant sale, a raffle will be held to win a lobster-of-the-month club membership at Fishermen’s Net in Gray, a $100 value. Tickets cost $3 each or two for $5. The drawing will be held at noon that day; you need not be present to win. For more information, or to donate plants, contact Penny Hilton at 926-4004.

For Patti Mikkelsen’s complete column in the Lakes Region Weekly, go to http://news.keepmecurrent.com/inside-new-gloucester-25/

Patti’s Dec. 26 “Inside New Gloucester” Column

Sports for veterans

A Veterans Adaptive Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing program will be held every Wednesday from 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 6 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 (VAST), 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 kristina@pinelandfarms.org or 310-8694. For more information, visit pinelandfarms.org/VAST.

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_e68d7666-a9a0-11e5-b171-d3d430d66861.html

Veterans Wheelchair Basketball and Bowling

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: kristina@pinelandfarms.org or (207) 310-8694