Inside New Gloucester – 10/5

Open Creamery Day

As part of a statewide recognition of cheesemakers, Pineland Farms Creamery will be open for public tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. Visitors may watch and learn as a batch of the farm’s award-winning cheese is crafted, followed by sampling opportunities. Get directions to the creamery at The Market and Welcome Center, 15 Farm View Drive, near the Dunn School in New Gloucester. Call 688-4539 for more information.

Fresh Vegetables and Much More

The Community Market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, and its final market of the season on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Thompson’s Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester. There’s plenty of local produce from Jillson’s Farm, local beef and chicken, fresh lobster, wool and other local alpaca goods.

New Gloucester Farmers Market, 37 Peacock Hill Road, offers a diversity of products from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, and its final market of the season on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It’s open rain or shine. Debit and credit cards are accepted, and a portion of market proceeds go toward the future New Gloucester Veterans Monument to be located nearby.

Thanksgiving Food Baskets

The Caring Community of GNG has begun to distribute applications for Thanksgiving food baskets. Individuals and families in Gray and New Gloucester in need of holiday assistance are asked to fill out an application and return it to a drop box by Thursday, Nov. 1, at one of the following locations: the town halls in Gray and New Gloucester, Gray Public Library, and the Russell, Dunn and Memorial schools.

The CCGNG is a volunteer group organized to provide holiday assistance to individuals, including senior citizens and families within the towns of Gray and New Gloucester in the form of Thanksgiving food baskets, as well as Christmas food baskets and gifts for children. In 2011, more than 90 Thanksgiving and 141 Christmas food baskets were distributed. This is accomplished through the generous donations of individuals, families, businesses and groups within our charitable community.

Donations can be sent to CCGNG, P.O. Box 1244, Gray, ME 04039. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for a family at Thanksgiving or Christmas, please contact Christina Foster at 233-0828 or

What’s a Cronc?

Cronc is a teen book group that meets at the New Gloucester Public Library the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Each session wraps up between 7:30 and 8 p.m. The group is currently selecting a genre to read instead of a title. Each member reads a book, and then reports back to the group. A notebook of the books read (title, author, rating and comments) is being kept in the Young Adult Room. Space is limited, so please call to preregister.

Also, Lego pieces (not Duplo size) for a future library program are being sought. Because of the amount of Lego pieces needed, they will not be returned. For more information, contact library director Sue Hawkins at 926-4840 or

Community Fair Shaping Up Nicely

The New Gloucester Community Fair Committee is ready to roll out this year’s 12th annual fair, Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. With the exception of those all-too-often last minute details, this year’s fair is shaping up nicely. “It’s going to be a little bigger than last year’s,” said Michael Bardier, chairman of the fair committee. “For one thing, we have over 30 crafters and artisans this year. That’s a record for us.”

Bardier also reports that the GNG Lions Club Car Show has grown to 21 categories and is expected to contain more than 200 cars. The Kelly Parker Band, which is the biggest name band ever to perform at the community fair, will be on stage from 5-7 p.m. New activities this year include laser tag and the antler toss. For more information, check out

Free Pumpkin Decorating at Fair

The New Gloucester Democratic Committee will be continuing its tradition of free pumpkin decorating for kids at the New Gloucester Community Fair, 106 Bald Hill Road, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Decorations and donated pumpkins will be provided while supplies last, and booth workers will be available to assist children with decorating, starting at 10 a.m.

Adults are invited to enjoy complimentary refreshments and friendly conversation. Raffle tickets for great prizes will be sold. For more information on the fair itself, see

Last Apple Saturday of the Season

The last 2012 Apple Saturday will be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at 10 a.m. Activities include a cider and doughnut sale, a guided nature hike, free cider pressing, and free crafts, demonstrations of weaving and embroidery. See or call 926-4597.

Town Property Taxes Due Soon

The 2013 real estate tax bills were sent out several weeks ago. The first half is due on Friday, Oct. 12, after which interest will begin to be charged.

Jani Darak-Druck, manager of volunteer services at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, coordinates more than 150 volunteers, including Laurie and Jim McConnell of Auburn, at the annual Fight Back Festival held at Pineland Farms, Sept. 22. All three are cancer survivors.