Historic home tour of Gray set for Dec. 2

Want to visit a Gray Village home that once housed the local telephone switchboard? Or a fine example of a New England brick Colonial, built in 1840 with bricks that were kilned in Gray? How about the oldest home in Gray, built in the 1760s?

You can see these and four more historic Gray homes, just by taking a tour under the auspices of the Gray Public Library Association. Some of the homes may be decorated for the holidays, and many boast original features.

The event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, with all proceeds going to the renovation and expansion of the Gray Public Library. Light refreshments will be served, and hosts will be on hand to discuss the historical importance of the homes.

Tickets will be available at the Gray Public Library during normal hours, and you can make advance reservations by calling Nancy Wilson, of the GPLA, at 657-3079.

LRHS Drama to perform ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

The Lake Region High School Drama Club and Director Eugene Long invite residents to join them when the curtain goes up on the hilarious “Arsenic and Old Lace,” opening Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium with subsequent performances on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m. and matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at 2 p.m.

The cast and crew (in alphabetical order) includes Cam Arsenault, Christina Axtman, Dylan Balestra, Reed Bridge-Koenigsberg, Sarah Carlson, Katie Caulfield, Lily Charpentier, Taylor Cronin, Jared Curtis, Savannah DeVoe, Tom Dolloff, Elise Gianattasio, Codi Harden, Emily Hemingway, Erin Holsten, Molly Hook, Ethan Kidd, Derrick Klecman, Josh Knox, Gaelon Kolczynski, Abby Lucy, Carolyn Lucy, Jack Mills, Dan Neault, Maggie Rickert, Derrek Schrader, Hannah Somers, Abby Thomson, Austin Villanueva, Emma Walker, Giselle Wallace, and Elisabeth Waugh.

Advance tickets are $6 students and $8 adults ($2 less than at the door) and are available at Bridgton Books, Lake Region High School, Lake Region House of Pizza, and Hawthorne’s Attic. For more information, call 518-1348.

Gray man charged in restaurant robbery

A Gray man was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with an armed robbery at On the Border restaurant near the Maine Mall early this year.

Ryan Bell, 25, was arrested at 10 a.m. after new information surfaced recently, according to a release from the South Portland Police Department. Bell has been charged with class A robbery, class B aggravated assault, and class C theft. He is being held on bail at Cumberland County Jail.

The armed robbery occurred Feb. 20 at the restaurant at 420 Maine Mall Road. Two men entered the rear of the business shortly after closing and assaulted one employee and threatened another prior to leaving the business with a small amount of cash, police said. One of the victims was injured as a result of the robbery, but he was not transported to the hospital. The case was initially investigated, but the investigation stalled due to a lack of credible leads at the time, according to police.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sebago’s Punkin Chunkin flies high

Pumpkins and apples flew high and far during the Punkin Chunkin held by Sebago’s Spaulding Memorial Library on Nov. 3. The library’s trustees were pleased to have Boy Scout Troop 149 from Bridgton join the fun and demonstrate the trebuchet they have built.

A replica of a medieval catapult, designed originally as a siege engine, the machine could throw large pumpkins 100 feet high and a distance of 200 feet.

Visitors to the second annual event were able to purchase either apples or pumpkins to use in the large slingshots fashioned from the frames of soccer goals. Points could be accumulated for distance and hitting the Angry Birds targets. Jordans Store in Sebago donated pizzas, a T-shirt and sweatshirt, which were awarded in addition to the Golden Pumpkin trophy supplied by the library.

Donations were made by Orchard Hill Farm in Cumberland and Home Depot in North Windham. Bob and Cyndy Adams, of Sebago, supplied all the apples used and Paul’s Shoe Repair in Westbrook fashioned and donated the slings.

The library was fortunate to have six teens helping at the event. Mckenna

Ricker, of Sebago, was in charge of one of the slings. Five members of the Lake Region High School Community Service and Public Relations Academy joined him in working with the Trustees. Kara Griffin manned the cash box, Caitlynn Willett provided face painting, Zoe Barrett and Hayley Huntress kept track of points earned by the “chuckers” and Hannah Perkins manned the sale of pumpkins off the truck.

The winner in the Senior Division was Diane Drown, who won the Golden Pumpkin award and a pizza. She also won a sweatshirt for longest distance.

Tyler Smith won the Golden Pumpkin and pizza in the Junior Division. In the Junior Division, Charlie Batchelder won a T-shirt for runner up in points and Josie Schwieterman won a “reading dog” for longest distance.

Gorham firm hires Naples’ Rossetti

The Montalvo Corporation, international specialists in industrial web control systems, has named Tony Rossetti, of Naples, as inside sales rep at its headquarters in Gorham.

Rossetti’s responsibility will be to become familiar with all of Montalvo products and services, provide sales support for customers and assist the company’s field sales representatives.

President Ed Montalvo says, “Tony previously worked with Montalvo as customer service representative and sales support for five years. We are pleased he has rejoined us. His experience with Montalvo will be very beneficial to our customers.”

Previously, Rossetti served as a manager for a major lumber company in Maine as well as manager for a lawn and landscape company, also in Maine.

Rossetti is a 1995 graduate of Lake Region High School in Naples, where he also now makes his hometown. He is married to Amy and they have a young son, Nolan.

The Montalvo Corporation specializes in the analyzing, upgrading and servicing of customer’s web tension control equipment. For some 65 years, Montalvo has manufactured, integrated and serviced a wide range of web control products and systems for the converting, paper, foil, nonwovens and plastic film industries as well as packaging, medical and high-tech applications. Montalvo products include electronic tension control devices, load cells, indicators, brakes, clutches, and safety chucks. Montalvo manufactures in the United States and sells worldwide.

The cast and crew of ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ will be performing this weekend at Lake Region High School.   
Tony RossettiWinner of the Golden Pumpkin for most points and a sweatshirt from Jordan’s Store in Sebago for most distance in last weekend’s Punkin Chunkin in Sebago was Diane Drown. Junior Division winner was Tyler Smith.   

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