Run through ?the woods

The Pathfinders Trail Run, a benefit race for the Gray New Gloucester Athletic Boosters, will be held Saturday, Oct. 30. The course will take a 5K loop through the beautiful woods of Pineland Farms. These are world class scenic cross-country trails with a few challenging areas but a very good race for the novice too!

The event offers 5Kand 25K races beginning at 8 a.m., as well as a Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 7:45 a.m. Registration fee for the 5K race is $15 in advance, $20 the day of the race; the 25K race is $20 in advance, $25 the day of the race. Online registration ends Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. Cut-off for mail-in registration is Oct. 28. For information, visit

Recycler ?of the year

The Gray Solid Waste & Recycling Committee needs your help in identifying Gray’s Recycler of the Year. Do you know a company, organization or individual who either encourages us to improve our recycling efforts or goes out of their way to maximize all the recycling efficiencies offered at the Transfer Station? (You can even nominate yourself.)

Pick up a nomination form at the Transfer Station, or send an e-mail to [email protected], providing the name of the person, organization or company you want to nominate along with a brief explanation of why you think your nomination deserves this recognition. Please provide your name and contact information. Entries must be in by Oct. 29.

Little League seeks volunteers

The Gray Little League board of directors is seeking volunteers and potential board members to help out with the 2011 season. Coming off a season that saw the great success of the Junior Girls softball team, along with fun and competitive seasons everywhere from T-ball to Majors, Gray Little League is poised for another great year.

Already, plans are in place to weatherproof and renovate the snack shack, make improvements to fences and fields, and to rehabilitate the St. Gregory’s T-ball fields. The organization is hoping to build upon the 227 players who played on Gray teams last year and provide even better infrastructure for kids learning baseball and softball.

The board has openings for a player representative, members to help administrate divisions, and secretary. Volunteers are also needed to help coach teams, umpire games, and work in the snack shack.

The board will have its annual meeting Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Gray Maine State Police Barracks conference room, and will finalize its board of directors.

Interested volunteers should contact Sam Pfeifle at [email protected] or 749-0298.

Election Day

Absentee ballots are now available for the Nov. 2 General Election. Under Maine’s current law, any registered voter may vote absentee. Registered voters in Gray may vote absentee at the Town Office; absentee ballots may also be requested by telephone or by submitting an application for an absentee ballot. Voters may obtain an application at the town website, Absentee ballots must be delivered to the town clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Nov. 2.

If you have any questions, visit the Town Office at 24 Main St. or call 657-3339.

Craft fair vendors needed

Plans are under way for the Sixth Annual Holiday Craft Fair at Gray New Gloucester High School on Saturday, Nov. 6. If you would like to participate, e-mail [email protected] or call Connie Holland at Russell School at 657-9620.

Youth b-ball

The newly formed Gray-New Gloucester Youth Basketball Association is presently holding registration. The program is open to girls and boys in grades 3-8. Children in grades K-2 will also have the opportunity to register for the Junior Basketball program sponsored by the Gray Recreation Department and there is also a Patriot League for fifth- and sixth-graders.

For more information, visit the website,, or call 657-2323.

Fall fun at Fiddlehead

On Oct. 22, there will be an art show featuring “Our Journey thru Quilts” at 6 p.m. at Fiddlehead Art & Science Center at 25 Shaker Road in Gray. Donations will be accepted for a scholarship fund.

Auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” for young actors ages 8-18 will be held on Saturday, Nov. 6, and Sunday, Nov. 7. Performances will be held in March. To register, call the center at 657-2244.

Class of 2000 reunion

Gray-New Gloucester High School class of 2000 will hold its 10-year reunion Friday, Oct. 22, at Spring Meadows on Lewiston Road from 7 p.m. to midnight.

For more information, contact Ryan Hughes at [email protected]

Get into the spooky spirit

Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray will present a Halloweenfest on Friday and Saturday nights, Oct. 22 and 23, from 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate Halloween with the park’s native wildlife! The event will feature special Halloween displays, haunted hay rides, games and door prizes. Wear your costume! Regular admission fees apply. If raining, call the office at 657-4977.

The Nature Store and Snack Shack will be open for spooky snacks and souvenirs.

Do the Monster Mash!

There will be a Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 29, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Spring Meadows on Lewiston Road in Gray to benefit Gray New Gloucester Project Graduation 2011.

The dance is open to singles ($15) or couples ($25) for those 21 and over. Music will be provided by the live band Dr. Boogie! There will be a cash bar, prizes, snacks, raffles and costumes are optional. For advance tickets, contact Lin Dehetre at 754-8503, Laura Sullivan at 232-2990 or Tina Martell at 939-5752. Some tickets will be available at the door.

Scholarship ?to continue

The Gray New Gloucester Development Corporation will continue to administer the scholarship program at Gray-New Gloucester High School. The program continues to need community support, so an annual fund drive is planned. Local businesses should expect to see a letter requesting participation in the drive which ends in December. Anyone wishing to contribute can do so by sending a check to the Gray New Gloucester Development Corporation, P. O. Box 843, Gray, ME 04039.

The mission of the GNGDC is to be a catalyst for economic development in the Gray New Gloucester region. The organization is busy developing a GNGDC website, developing a media campaign to brand and promote the area, and organizing a new mentoring/job shadow program with GNG high school students.

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