Inside Gray – 4/13

Muppets, Margaret and mystery

On Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. the Gray Public Library will be showing the new Muppets movie on their big screen TV while on Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m., another afternoon movie “Iron Lady,” featuring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, will be shown. It is Rated PG-13.

On Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m., Maine author and historian William D. Andrews will be visiting the library. He will be talking about his new book, “Breaking Ground,” which again features Julie Williamson, a puzzle-loving director of a historical society, who sets out to solve a murder of a well-known benefactor. His previous book is “Stealing History.”

All events are free and open to the public, please contact the library at 657-4110 or stop by the Circulation Desk at the library on Hancock Street for details.

A place to 
run or ride

The Gray Community Endowment is collaborating with the town of Gray on a Bike/Pedestrian plan and are looking for avid bikers and walkers to help in the planning. This will be a six- to 12-month commitment. There will be a liaison from the town’s Rec Committee and, in July, a staff person from the Greater Portland Council of Governments will begin working to help with locating funds, etc. The first meeting is planned for Tuesday, April 17, to brainstorm possibilities and goals with other meetings scheduled possibly in May. The group is aiming to have something ready by spring 2013. If you are an avid biker, walker, or trail runner, call Anne Gass at 657-4935 or e-mail agass@maine.rr.com.

Spring cleaning

An Indoor Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, April 14, at Newbegin Gym from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (set-up at 6 a.m.) One table rental is $15. Two tables are $25. Space for your own table is $10. Please bring your gently used items, crafts, baked goods, books. Please register on www.graymaine.org, Recreation Department.

Maine Wildlife Park opening day

The Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray will be opening for the 2012 season at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, this year, just in time for school vacation.

Visitors will be enjoying a new, state-of-the-art mountain lion exhibit, funded by the Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park and the Park itself. It features boulders, caves and large trees to simulate a cougar’s natural habitat; as well as large glass viewing panels the length of the exhibit to allow for wonderful viewing and photography opportunities.

With the relocation of the mountain lions, the four bobcats have moved into the former cougar exhibit, giving them much more room to roam both horizontally and vertically. This active family of wild cats should provide great viewing for park visitors.

More than 20 weekend events have been scheduled throughout the summer and into the fall, as well. The official kick-off day is May 5, with Maine’s Big Cats and the grand opening of the new mountain lion exhibit.

Warm thoughts of the Optimist Club

The Gray-New Gloucester Optimist Club recently donated $200 each to the towns of Gray and New Gloucester for heating assistance.

The Club was chartered in 1991 and is looking for members like you. It meets every third Wednesday of the month at Androscoggin Bank at 5:45 p.m. The Club’s goal is to provide opportunities and events that enrich the lives of children in our surrounding communities. They partner with the school systems and other local organizations and businesses that also wish to promote and support today’s youth. Call Michele Bedigan at 272-6379 for more information.

Spring clean-up time

Clean-up weekend at the Gray Transfer Station is April 27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., April 28 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and April 29 from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Bring in your old mattresses, box springs, sofas, chairs, loveseats, auto batteries, non-refrigerant appliances, and up to one pick-up truckload of carpet at no charge. You can dispose of any combination of two refrigerators, air conditioners, or dehumidifiers. There is a charge of $14 for each additional refrigerant appliance. Up to five televisions or computer monitors can be disposed of at no charge. There is a charge of $5 for each additional device. Four passenger vehicle tires can be discarded at no charge, each additional passenger tire costs $2, or $4 if the tire is still on the rim. Wood waste, construction debris, branches and yard waste are charged at their usual price. Stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, and dishwashers are always accepted at no cost.

All vehicles must have a valid 2012 transfer station permit, strictly enforced.

Get ready for summer

Summer Camp with the Gray Recreational Department is from June 25-Aug. 17. Registrations are being accepted now. Campers will enjoy eight weeks of fun in the sun with themes like: It’s a tropical vacation in Maine, It’s a carnival, Wide World of Sports, Pirates of Gray and more! Kids will have the opportunity to spend the day with an alligator, boa constrictor and a tree frog when the Wild Center of NH visits. They can also visit Circus Smirkus, Funtown, Mackworth Island, and Fort Williams plus enjoy miniature golf and more!

For more information on all Gray Recreation programs, call 657-2323, visit the Rec Dept in person or go to www.graymaine.org.

Nomination papers

There are two seats on the Town Council that will be up for grabs at election time in June. The Gray Town Council consists of five members with staggering three-year terms. Those elected in June will serve a term that expires in 2015.

Seats available on the MSAD 15 Board of Directors consist of two three-year terms that expire in 2015 and the remainder of a three-year term expiring in 2014.

On the Gray Water District Board of Trustees, one seat is available for a term expiring in 2017.

Nomination papers are available at Town Hall for the June 12 election. Nomination papers require at least 25 signatures of voters registered in Gray, and must be returned complete by April 30.

Go to www.graymaine.org or call 657-3339.

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