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

vast-snowshoers

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

Veterans Wheelchair Basketball and Bowling

Free to all Veterans with physical disabilities, TBI and PTS

• No experience is necessary
• VAST also welcomes 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

Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training (VAST) Fundraiser Run

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
START TIMES:
• 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 kristina@pinelandfarms.org for more information

Patti’s Aug. 7 “Inside New Gloucester”

disc golf

Kristina Sabasteanski displays a limited edition Pineland Farms disc after she and Brian Giggey cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Pineland Farms Disc Golf Course, July 25. Giggey, owner of Explore Disc Golf in Amherst, Mass., is the course designer. Sabasteanski is the director of the VAST (Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training) Program at Pineland Farms, a free program open to veterans with disabilities. A portion of the proceeds from disc golf sales benefit the VAST program.     Photo by Patti Mikkelsen

Disc Golf to Benefit Veterans

Flying disc sightings at Pineland Farms have been reported as of late. These round objects are not from outer space, but rather relate to a new sport available there – disc golf. This is the newest activity offered by the VAST (Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training) Program at Pineland Farms, a free program open to veterans with disabilities and veterans who volunteer to lend assistance.

At the July 25 grand opening of the nine-hole course, VAST Director Kristina Sabasteanski said, “We had applied for an adaptive sports grant from the VA, and it was decided to allocate part of the money for a disc golf course. We’re trying to include the younger veterans who can come out to play after work. Our programs normally take place on weekday mornings, so some can’t make it then. We’re having a free veterans’ night coming up. If we have success, maybe we’ll do it once or twice a month.”

Disc golf is open to the public. Sign up at the Outdoor Center, located directly below The Market and Welcome Center at Pineland Farms, 15 Farm Drive, New Gloucester. Hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends.

The charge is $5 per round per person and $8 to play all day. Disc rentals are $1 each. A portion of the proceeds from disc golf sales benefit the VAST program. For more information, call 688-6599, go to www.pinelandfarms.org, or check Pineland Farms’ Facebook page.

Patti Mikkelsen’s full column in the Lakes Region Weekly hasn’t been posted on Current Publishing’s website yet, so pick up a free paper at several locations around New Gloucester, such as convenience stores, post office, transfer station, Pineland Farms, and many other locales.

New Gloucester honors memory of the fallen

Hundreds flanked the annual Memorial Day parade route from Memorial School to the Veterans’ Memorial Park on Monday to honor and remember those who fought bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect freedom for America.
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