Inside Gray – 4/25

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Speaking Out

Two Gray-New Gloucester High School students competed in the annual Lions Speakout contest. Josh Moran repeated his 2013 win with another first-place finish. Josh spoke eloquently on the pros and cons of public funding for charter schools. Freshman Makayla Roberts gave an impassioned speech about the effects of bullying on today’s teenagers.

Josh will move on to compete against winners from three other Lions clubs at a regional competition later this month. The Lions congratulate these youngsters for a job well done and thank their families and GNG High staff for supporting the Lions Speakout program.

Not Just Books

Stop into the Gray Public Library to see a lovely display by Windham poet Bob Clark to celebrate April, National Poetry Month. The display features works from Bob’s collection, “The Hitching Post,” a series of poems that explore the parallels between human nature and wildlife. The installation will be displayed until the end of the month.

The Gray library is looking for a few good volunteers, if you think that you might be interested, please sign up to attend one of the information sessions. The 30-minute sessions will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. Sign up at the Circulation Desk, call 657-4110, or email at graylib@gray.lib.me.us.

Spring Clean Up

On Friday, April 25, from 8 a.m-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday April 26-27, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., you can bring to the Gray Transfer Station for free: Carpeting – limited to the equivalent of one pickup load, mattresses and box springs, sofas, chairs, loveseats, televisions, computer monitors, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifier, branches and yard waste – limited to the equivalent of one pickup load, tires – limit four passenger size only – $2 each additional, $4 each additional on rim, automobile batteries, one pickup truck-sized load each of branches and yard waste; usual disposal fees apply on additional loads.

Wood waste, construction debris, and demolition material are charged at their usual price. Stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, and dishwashers are always accepted at no cost. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to dispose of unwanted materials.

All vehicles must have a valid 2014 transfer station permit, strictly enforced. Contact the Gray Transfer Station at 657-2343 or www.graymaine.org for more information.

Baseball/Softball Benefit Tourney

Sunday, May 4, is the date for the 12th Annual GNG Baseball/Softball Golf tournament fundraiser to be held at Spring Meadows Golf Club, 59 Lewiston Road, Gray, at 1 p.m. Golfers can sign up individually for an 18-hole round of golf including cart, dinner and prizes for $85 or they can work to form a team of four golfers for $300 (a savings of $10 per golfer). Each golfer will also receive an additional free round of golf. Golfers will be teamed together in groups of four, if not already on a team. The event will follow a shotgun start in a scramble format with one team score. Dinner and awards will be held at 5:30 p.m. Prizes will be given. Mulligans will be available for purchase and a putting contest will be held along with a 50/50 raffle. For more information, contact Wendy Ordway 576-8464 or Tracey Valente 513-2888.

Spring Fling

A public supper featuring baked beans, casseroles, salads, beverages, homemade breads and desserts will be on Saturday, April 26, at 5 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Route 115, in Gray. The cost will be adults $8, children under 12 $4. The hall is handicapped accessible. Contact 657-4279, or day of supper 657-3279.

The First Congregational Church of Gray also has a new website. You can find it at the same address as the old site, http://www.grayfirst.org but be sure to use the new email address grayfirst@securespeed.us, the old one will go nowhere.

The Hype on Herps

The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26 in Gray, is now open for the 2014 season. The Wildlife Park has a variety of new things to see and do this year. A brand new native snake and amphibian exhibit is taking shape in the Visitor’s Center using the space formerly occupied by the restrooms. There are new games, puzzles and exhibits in there as well. The turtle ponds have been completely reconstructed. The Friends of the Wildlife Park are funding the construction of a new lynx exhibit, on which work has already begun. The park also has a new resident, an unreleasable merlin, which can be viewed in the raptor exhibits.

New events are planned for several weekends beginning Saturday, May 3, starting with a snake and turtle event at noon. Learn more about these fascinating ‘herps’ from IFW staff and be the first to view the exciting new displays. Other different events are a Raptor programs, an L.L. Bean Camping Demo, a Tailgate Yard Sale, Summer Solstice Farmers Market, ‘Meet Donn Fendler Day’, Fish on Ice, Wildlife Encounters and Enchanted Forests. Favorites like Mad Science, PowWow, Chainsaw Artists, Northwoods Law Day, Rick Charette and Halloweenfest will all be back as well.

The Maine Wildlife Park has more than 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open daily from April 19 through Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Admission to the park is free for ages 3 and under; $5 for ages 4-12; $7 for adults, and $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Bring a picnic and spend the day

For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at 207-657-4977; or visit us online at www.mainewildlifepark.com.

Patriot 5K Run/Walk

Come to St. Gregory’s Church, 24 North Raymond Road in Gray on May 17 for the 5th Annual Patriot 5K Run/Walk. The Patriot 5K is held annually and is a USATF-certified, fast, mostly flat, scenic course around Crystal Lake in Gray.

Free tech T-shirts to everyone that signs up by April 28. Thousands in prizes and a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Registration for the 5K is only $18, $20 day of race. The kids fun run is free.

Kids Run starts at 8 a.m. 5K starts at 9 a.m. Go to www.patriot5k.org for more information.

First draft proposed working sketch of the new Maine Narrow Gauge Rail Road Museum that may be built in Gray to the right of the Gray Plaza.  The Gray-New Gloucester Lions Club recently sponsored a Speakout contest. Above are Lion Bob Burbank, Speakout chairman; Makayla Roberts; Josh Moran and Lion John Plapis, club president.