Inside Gray


March movies

Attend a free movie and enjoy a tasty snack in the Gray Public Library’s new “theater.” Showing soon are “Creed” PG-13, Tuesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m..; “Trumbo” (R), Thursday, March 3, 2 p.m..; “Good Dinosaur” (PG) Saturday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; “Spotlight” (R), Thursday, March 10, 2 p.m.

Please remember, if there is no school due to inclement weather, there is no Story Time on Wednesday or Friday.

The IRS is only sending public libraries 1040/EZ/A forms and booklets. They can print additional forms and instructions that you need for a fee.

24th Birthday Calendar

The Women’s Fellowship of the First Congregational Church of Gray is having a fundraiser selling the Community Birthday Calendar. It is a unique calendar, which runs from July to the following June and features birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, local events and advertisements from the Gray community. Each calendar is $6.50 and includes two free listings. Each additional listing is only 50 cents.

Please order by April 1 and include payment (checks may be made out to “Community Birthday Calendar” for calendar and any additional listings. Please include name, date and event for each listing. (Example: John Doe, January 3, birthday), Free listings (up to two), Additional listings (+ .50).

Mail to: Fran Hutchings, 9 George Perley Road, Gray, ME 04039

Budget time

The town of Gray’s annual budget development cycle begins in mid-December each year. A summary of the 2016-2017 budget development process is posted online at Streaming video of each council meeting, including budget workshops, are also posted at the town of Gray meeting portal on this site. Look to the far right of the meeting list for the video link. Upcoming budget meetings/workshops held at Henry Pennell Municipal Complex are: Feb. 29, 7 p.m., and March 7, 7 p.m.

In addition, the School Administrative District 15 Board of Directors looks forward to having as many community members involved in the budget process as possible. Please join any of the meetings, held at the G-NG High School, identified in the MSAD15 budget timeline for 2016-2017, also on the town of Gray website. Some upcoming meetings are: March 2, 6:30 p.m., and March 9, 6:30 p.m.

Get ready to run

Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Patriot 5K on May 21. The 5K is at 9 a.m.; a Fun Run is at 8 a.m. For more information, go to

Winterfest canceled

The Gray Snowolves are reluctantly canceling Winterfest 2016, which was to be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, on Libby Hill. Please check this column for a different event to be held sometime in the near future.

All proceeds to be used for the trail fund and grooming account. Please help to support the trial system whether you walk, snowshoe or snowmobile the trails. Donations accepted and can be mailed to: Gray Snowolves, P.O. Box 1091, Gray, ME 04039. Or go to

Beans, beans

A public supper at the First Congregational Church, Route 115, Gray, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. The menu includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, homemade breads, desserts and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults; children under 12 are $4. The venue is handicapped accessible. Contact 657-4279, or 657-3279 day of supper.

‘Best in State’ award

On Feb. 11, Sen. Cathy Breen of Falmouth, welcomed Gray-New Gloucester High School’s “International Baccalaureate Information Technology in a Global Society” class to the State House in Augusta. The students were chosen as recipients of Verizon’s “Innovative App Challenge” Best in State Award for Maine.

“The creativity and technical expertise these students have shown in creating this app is remarkable,” said Breen. “Maine students have extraordinary talents and our Gray-New Gloucester high schoolers are proof of that.”

The students – Haley Cadran, Austin Gallant, Chloe Hedrich, Garrett Moran, Faithe Russell, and Samantha Shampine – received copies of the Legislative Sentiment, a congratulations from the Maine Legislature, in honor of their achievements and along with adviser Matt Laney, were recognized by the Senate.

Annual Events Listing

The Community Economic Development Committee (CEDC) for the town of Gray is currently preparing a townwide Annual Events Listing, which will be part of a resident/business welcome booklet.

If your club, group, association, society, church, not-for-profit or organization has an annual event/activity or if your business sponsors an annual charity event, the CEDC would like to list it. For more information or to have your event included, please contact the Gray CEDC at, identifying Annual Events Listing in the subject line. Submissions must be made by April 15, to meet a print deadline.

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Paint Nite

A fundraiser for the Gray Fire-Rescue Association will be on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Meadows Golf Club, 59 Lewiston Road, Gray.

Come support a great cause and spend two hours painting, laughing, drinking and flexing your creative muscles. There’s no experience necessary and all the supplies will be provided. Proceeds will help with purchasing life-saving equipment, sending firefighters and EMTs to training etc. Go to or call 657-2586 for more information.

At Gray Rec

• Kids Night at Gray Rec is Friday, Feb. 26, 5:30-9 p.m. at Newbegin Gym. Stone Age theme, enjoy a night out for a date or night out with friends without worrying about the kids. They’ll be making fossils, cave paintings, etc. in the Rec room.

• AudioBody, Saturday, Feb. 27, at the G-NG High School, 6:30 p.m. AudioBody is a one-of-a-kind performance, created by Matthew and Jason Tardy, that combines physical comedy, cutting-edge technology, and live music. Tickets are $9 at the door (children 3 and under free). Ticket sales help Gray Recreation to raise money to purchase new equipment.

• Fit after Fifty is a great group of seniors and older adults going through different exercises that help improve range of motion, joint stability, flexibility, coordination and muscular strength. Thursdays starting March 10-31, 3-4 p.m. at Pennell.

• Red Cross Babysitting Training registration is open for a Saturday, April 30, class, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Henry Pennell Municipal Complex, for ages 11-15. The class focuses on injury prevention, first aid, basic child care, decision making, problem solving and leadership skills.

For more information, fees or other events, go to, or call 657-2323, ext. 117.