Pre-K Program

If you are the parent or guardian of a child residing in the towns of Gray or New Gloucester who will be 4 years old by Oct. 15, your child is eligible for the Pre-K program at the Dunn School.

School Administrative District 15 partners with Child Development Services (CDS) to offer Pre-K to children. The goal of the program is to provide high quality preschool services to student populations who are currently not served, underserved or identified by Child Development Services as needing early intervention.

There are roughly 90 slots available per school year, 30 per teacher (15 in the morning session, 15 in the afternoon), and it’s been more or less full from Day 1.

While the GNG Pre-K program targets the underprivileged and those otherwise in need of early intervention, it also reserves spaces for the general population. If there are more children registered than the program can accommodate, random lottery drawings determine who fills the slots in each of these three targeted groups. For more information, go to www.msad15.org or call 657-5050.

Library to Reopen

The Gray Public Library at 5 Hancock St., in Gray will be closed Friday, Feb. 28, until Tuesday, March 11. They will be doing the final reorganization of the space at this time. The library will reopen on Tuesday, March 11 at 10 a.m. Please stop in the week of March 11 to see the brand-new, fully completed space.

There will be no Story Time on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 28; Tuesday, March 4; Friday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 11, but they will resume Story Time on Friday, March 14, location to be announced.

Please call at 657-4110, or stop by the Circulation Desk or [email protected] with any questions.

Kindergarten Registration

All parents living in Gray, who have a child who will be 5 years old on or before October 15, are asked to register for Russell School Kindergarten.

For more information, please call Connie at 657-9620 (7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.) or email [email protected].

Everyday Heros

Your next opportunity to give blood locally will be on March 13, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Gray New Gloucester High School off Route 26 in Gray. March is Red Cross Month. Be an Everyday Hero when you help save lives by giving blood or platelets.

A Hearty Meal

A public supper will be held on Saturday March 1, from 5 – 6 p.m., the Gray American Legion will be hosting this event. On the menu are: pea and kidney beans, chop suey, cole slaw, hot dogs, breads and dessert. The meal costs $8, $15 a couple over 12 years of age; $2.50 for 5 to 12 year old; under 5 free at 15 Lewiston Road, in Gray. Any questions, call Nancy True at 657-2661 (cell 653-3886) or Legion at 657-4884.

Skating Away

PEP Up Health Patriot Pennell Ice Rink is now open, sunrise to sunset daily. Stick-and-Puck-only hours: Thursdays 2-5 and Saturdays 9-12. All other hours are recreational skating only. The ice rink is located behind the Henry Pennell Municipal Building at 24 Main Street in Gray. Please bring your own skates. For more information call Gray Recreation Department at 657-2323 or go to www.grayrec.com.

It’s Winterfest Time

The Gray SnoWolves Snowmobile Club has planned their annual Winterfest for Saturday, March 1, at Libby Hill in Gray where there will be, starting at 9 a.m., a poker run followed by a cookout with a silent auction running throughout the day. Proceeds help to maintain the 39 miles of trails that are groomed all winter by volunteers.

For more information go to wwwgraysnowolves.com or call 428-3244.

Snowshoeing

at Libby Hill

Conditions are ideal for snowshoeing at Libby Hill. There are narrow track trails designed just for snowshoers and winter hikers. For ideas on where you should go, check out the Snowshoe guide on their website. If you are an experienced snowshoer with a GPS and want to sample a little bit of all of the trails, check out the 2.3-mile snowshoe sampler route also from the website. Help keep Libby Hill dog friendly, leash your pet. For more information, go to www.libbyhill.org/.

Patriot Mascot and the Polar Plunge

If you drive on Raymond Road in Gray by Wilkies Beach on Crystal Lake, you have probably noticed the old Patriot mascot literally hanging out there. If you guess the correct month, day and exact time of the Mascot’s plunge you will win the 50-50 prize. You can purchase chances now from your local Patriot Parent Representative, Gray Parks and Rec. office or at Jess ‘n Nic’s Pizzeria and Pub through March 15 for $5 each or three for $10.

The following weekend, the 1st Annual Crystal Lake “ICE OUT” Polar Plunge, will be held, where everyone can run into the frigid waters of Crystal Lake right after the ice goes out. The theme is “Patriotic,” so prizes will be given for the best Patriotic Team and best single Patriot. The single person who collects the largest amount of pledges will be the first in the lake in 2014. To sign up go to http://www.crowdrise.com/PatriotPolarPlunge and begin to ask everyone to pledge you for this event. All proceeds go to GNG Patriot Parents PTO.

Who are Your

Favorite Dancers

On Saturday, March 1, at 6 p.m. at the G-NG High School, the Gray-New Gloucester staff will pair up with dance professionals to entertain while competing for bragging rights as “Best Dancers in the District.” Teachers from all the schools in the district will be competing.

This event is presented by the Patriot Parents and Studio for the Living Arts. Doors open at 5 p.m. (cash or credit), where there will be a silent auction. Tickets are also available at the Gray Town Hall and Parks and Recreation office.

Benefit Concert

The April family of Gray lost their home and all of their belongings in a fire on Feb. 10. A Benefit Concert for the family will be held on March 1 at Tailgate Bar and Grill, 61 Portland Road, Gray, from 1-6 p.m. Featuring Live Music From O.C.D., Wailer, Zealous Bellus and Dark Rain, all of the proceeds to this event are going to directly benefit the family in their time of need. Tickets at $8 in advance and $10 the day of the event. If you cannot make this event and would like to make a donation, contact Wendy Ashley at 631-7354.


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