They did it again!

At the Feb. 2 Southern Maine Math League meet for grades seven and eight, the Gray-New Gloucester Middle School eighth-grade team earned yet another trophy! This time, the team brought home the third-place trophy for their efforts in the highly competitive league. Casey Myhaver earned a second-place ribbon for his individual high score of 35 points. Brianna Heisler missed a ribbon by one point, with a score of 33. Jesse Lowell scored 32 points, and Brandon Buck also scored in double figures, with 18 points. All team members worked well together on the team round with Alexandra Stash, Nolan Aube, and Mitchell Giles making their contribution to the cause. The team has won four trophies within the past 12 months, including one for first place, two for second place, and one for this third-place finish. With two meets to go, the team has already surpassed the successes of all previous eighth-grade teams at the school.

Gray’s political scene

The Maine Green Independent Party will be hosting a Lakes Region caucus at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road. The towns included are Baldwin, Bridgton, Casco, Gorham, Gray, Naples, New Gloucester, Raymond, Sebago, Standish and Windham. For more information, call John Coffey at 893-1081, Joe Cerney at 892-3030 or refer to www.mainegreens.org.

Gary Foster, a Republican from Gray, has announced his candidacy for Maine House District 109, currently occupied by Rep. Susan Austin, who has reached the end of her term limit. District 109 covers parts of Gray, North Yarmouth and Pownal.

Maine Wildlife Park wins tourism award

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and a strong volunteer base, received the Commitment to Tourism Growth Award from Gov. John Baldacci at the 2010 Governor’s Conference on Tourism. This award recognizes an outstanding company, organization or person that not only strives to grow its business, but works with others within the industry to grow tourism in Maine through leadership roles in regional and statewide tourism initiatives, facilitation of tourism networks and development, and contributions to the local economy.

The park works with many Gray businesses to promote the town and the park as a destination. Among the partners in promoting the area are the Maine Office of Tourism, the Maine Tourism Association, the Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Gray-New Gloucester Business Association, and the Gems of Route 26, a consortium of five businesses along the Route 26 corridor from Gray to South Paris.

The Maine Wildlife Park is a 200-acre haven on Route 26 in Gray, just 3.5 miles from Maine Turnpike Exit 63. It is open from mid-April to Veterans Day, and is a “must see” destination where visitors are guaranteed to see a moose!

Play ball!

Returning Gray Little League players who want to play for 2010 may submit their registration materials by mail. Please mail a registration form, medical waiver form, and a check made out to Gray Little League for your registration fee to Gray Little League, P.O. Box 1236, Gray, ME 04039. The registration deadline is March 1.

If you are interested in volunteering for coaching or managing, you must express your interest by using the volunteer form on the Web site.

If you have a riding lawnmower that you would be interested in donating or know someone who does, please contact the league!

Registration forms, volunteer forms and the medical waiver form are available at www.graylittleleague.org.

Church supper

Gray Congregational Church will hold its monthly public supper on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 5-6 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12.

Baked beans, casseroles, salad, homemade biscuits and pies will be served in the Supper Room downstairs in the church. It is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 657-4279 or 657-3279.

Let it snow

WinterFest is Saturday, March 6, at St. Gregory’s Church located on Crystal Lake in Gray. There will be a fishing derby and snowmobile radar and fun runs along with a bonfire, food and games. Check their Web site for details at www.graysnowolves.com or call 428-3308.

Pennell tour

A community tour of the Pennell renovation will take place on Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. and 11a.m. For more information, go to www.graymaine.org.

See what animals do in winter

What do the Maine Wildlife Park’s animals do in the winter?

Now you can see for yourself! This winter, the park will allow the public to visit the park on cross-country skis, snowshoes or on foot for exclusive access to the animals in a winter setting. These tours are by reservation only and are only available on certain days, so please call the park at 657-4977 to set up your winter visit. Special admission fees apply.

Patriot Soccer Club news

The Patriot Soccer Club is holding a contest for the design to be placed on the 2010 Patriots Soccer Club Crossroads Challenge T-shirt. The contest is open to all of last season’s 2009 club players on teams U-9 through U-13 and new players 8-13 years old planning to register for the 2010 season. Only one entry is allowed per player. Come up with the creative design that is used and win some great prizes including a $100 gift certificate to Dick’s Sporting Goods!

Visit the Web site at www.patriotsoccerclub.org and click on the link to obtain an entry form and all contest rules and design criteria.

The Patriot Soccer Club is opening registration soon for the spring Pine Tree League soccer program which begins in May and runs for six weeks. The price to play will be $25- $40, depending on the number of players that sign up. Anyone interested in playing on a U-9 U-14 team should contact James Carter at [email protected] no later than Feb. 20.

Author, Author!

Kate Braestrup, author of “Here If You Need Me,” will be at the Gray Public Library Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. to meet with patrons to discuss her books. For more information, call 657-4110.


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