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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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