Ugly outfit

On Oct. 29, the Gray-New Gloucester High School Community Service Club held an Ugly Sweater and Pants Contest to raise money for local food pantries. Sophomore David McCann and senior Kyle Grant were the winners of the contest. Over $150 was raised.

GNG Middle School lends a hand

The Gray-New Gloucester Middle School National Junior Honor Society got the whole school involved and put together 20 Thanksgiving Day food baskets!

The eighth-grade members of the NJHS sat down with their advisor, Maureen Brown, and figured out what needed to be done from start to finish in order to put together 20 food baskets.

In addition to a $20 gift certificate for a Butterball turkey, each box contained two boxes of stuffing, 5 pounds of potatoes, six cans of vegetables, two containers of gravy, two bread mixes, biscuit mix and cranberry sauce. The money for the Butterball gift certificates was earned through various fundraisers over the course of the year including dances, socials and other events.

On Nov 19, the NJHS members donated the food baskets to Christina Foster of the Caring Community of GNG for distribution to families in Gray and New Gloucester. They even helped to load the baskets into her truck.

NJHS members include Caitlin Holmquist, Giovanna Beaulieu, Maria Valente, Tess Wurgler, Adam Duman, Jeremy Vickerson, Emily Hotham, ERic Wilcox, Lauren, Kilton, Evan Harmer, Kelcie Brown, Jesse Ricardi, Kelcie McAllister, Askley Moreau, Drew Hersom, Anisa Hayman, Nate Hennemann, Margaret Michaud, Kaitlyn Spaulding, Lucas Nickerson, Erica Tynes, Josh Moran, Karla Shufelt, Zoe Adams and Megan Malloy.

Tree lighting, holiday festivities

The Gray Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with the Gray Historical Society and Gray Fire and Rescue to offer the community a free magical afternoon of holiday festivities! On Sunday, Nov. 28, beginning at 2:15 p.m., enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, hayrides, holiday stories and the annual tree lighting at the Henry Pennell Municipal Complex at 24 Main St., Gray. Come indoors after the tree lighting at 4:15 to enjoy free crafts and a personal visit with Santa. Bring your cameras!

Neighbors helping neighbors

The applications for Christmas meals and/or gifts provided by the Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester can be picked up and dropped off at the Gray Public Library, Gray Town Hall and at the Russell, Dunn and Memorial schools. They are due back on Dec. 1.

The Caring Community of Gray-New Gloucester provides assistance to individuals and families in need in the towns of Gray and New Gloucester.

If you know someone who would like to make a donation to the Holiday Assistance Program or to sponsor a family, please contact Donna Rand at [email protected] or 671-4458.

Time to shine

Each year, the Gray Town Council presents several awards recognizing local citizens and organizations that have made significant contributions to the benefit of the community.

Awards are generally given for Volunteer of the Year, Committee of the Year, Organization/Business of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. In some years, the Evelyn Morrill Durgin Award is given for dedication and humility.

Nominations are due on Dec. 1 and are being collected by the office of the town manager. A nomination form is available at 24 Main St.,, or names may be e-mailed to [email protected]

Get ready for the holidays

Fiddlehead Art & Science Center will offer several classes to help you get ready for the holidays. Hammered Holiday Ornament Creation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 6:30 – 8 p.m, with instructor Laura Friedman. Cost is $15. Learn how to make your own old fashioned ornament made out of copper (silver will be available at an additional charge).

Wreath Decorating will be available at the Holiday Artisan Fair, Saturday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The center at 25 Shaker Road in Gray will also offer Ornament Painting with your kids and Parent Night Out in December!

Gingerbread tradition

The Annual Gingerbread House event sponsored by the Gray Public Library is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. All supplies will be provided. The event is free and open to all. For more information, call 657-4110 or e-mail [email protected]

Public supper

A Public Supper will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 5-6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 86, 15 Lewiston Road in Gray. The menu will feature beans, chop suey, cole slaw, hot dogs, breads and dessert.

Cost is $7 for adults, $2.50 for children under 12, free for under 5.

Zumba at noon

Zumba classes at the Recreation Department begin in January. They will be held on both Wednesday and Friday at noon. The fees will be $5 per class or a discounted rate to sign up for either 8 or 16 sessions.

Babysitting may be available for children during the class. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 657-2323 or visit

Soccer club positions open

The Patriot Soccer Club will hold its meeting on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Androscoggin Bank, Gray. All positions on the board are up for nominations and voting including president, vice president, secretary, director of coaching, club adviser, volunteer coordinator, equipment manager, director of communications and others. Please consider coming to this meeting, and more importantly, becoming an active member of the board.

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