Basketball Player Wins Award

Maria Valente from Gray-New Gloucester High School was recently named as the Robert E. Butler Sr. Award winner for 2015 from the Western Maine Conference.

This award is based on her four years of basketball and takes into account leadership, overall good citizenship, sportsmanship, dedication to team play and outstanding quality basketball performance. One male and one female basketball player from the WMC are chosen from nominated finalists. Maria joins her brother Taylor (2010) as Gray-New Gloucester’s only recipients of this prestigious award.

Science Teacher Named District Winner

Andrea Harvey, a science teacher at Gray-New Gloucester High School in Gray, has been named a district winner in the Shell Science Lab Challenge, a competition for middle and high school science teachers. Sponsored by the Shell Oil Co. and administered by the National Science Teachers Association, the competition encouraged teachers (grades 6-12), who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. Harvey is one of 18 district winners named, from which five national finalists will be chosen. From the national finalists a grand prize winner will be selected.

Budget Time

All town of Gray budget workshops are conducted in the Council Chambers at Town Hall at 7 p.m. Workshops are open to the public, and are aired on GCTV Cable Channel 2. March 30 – Council Review of proposed budget.

The MSAD 15 Board of Directors look forward to having as many community members involved in the budget process as possible. Please join them on Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m., for a school board budget workshop at the Pennell Complex.

Spring at the Library

• Now on display at The Gallery in the Gray Public Library is Primitive Pastimes by Kim Dubay, an amazing collection of fiber, collage and altered arts. To find out more about her art and methods, please visit

• Movies at the library are free and open to the public. Films are Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30 p.m., “Unbroken,” PG-13; Thursday, April 2, at 2 p.m. and Saturday, April 4 at 1 p.m., “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” PG-13; Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” PG-13; Thursday, April 9 at 2 p.m., “Lawrence of Arabia,” PG

• The Gray Public Library Association’s Spring Book Sale – Preview Night/Early Bird Sale, is set for Friday, March 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. $5 admission. The sale takes place Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Join us on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Gray Public Library.

Learn about the Dempsey Center

Gray Extension will meet Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. at the Congregational Church Parish Hall, behind McDonalds. The program speaker will be Maureen Higgins, from the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston. She will speak on the many programs offered at the Dempsey Center for cancer patients and their families. The public is welcome to come to this program.

Live Theatre in Gray

Fiddlehead Children’s Theater presents: “Shrek Jr.,” a fairy tale complete with unexpected twists and turns.

Show times include 1 p.m. matinees on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, and a 6 p.m. evening show on Saturday, March 28, at the Gray-New Gloucester High School, 10 Libby Hill, Gray.

Tickets now on sale at, or call the Fiddlehead Center for Arts and Science at 657-2244. Advance ticket prices are $10 for adults; under 18 are $6. At the door, adults are $12; under 18 are $8.

The Middle School Drama Club presents “Alice at Wonderland,” on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the Gray-New Gloucester Middle School, Libby Hill Road in Gray. The show will be full of fun songs, crazy characters and fancy footwork and will delight audience members of all ages.

Unfold the Potential

Fiddlehead presents Summer Music Camps 2015, featuring: Beginner Bass and Drums, Beginner Keys and Vocals (one week only), Rock 101 Performance Camp (one week only) and Fiddle Performance Camp (one year experience required).

Sign up now and receive 20 percent off until March 31. The programs are designed for children ages 8-16. Go to or call 657-2244 for more information.

Gray Sports

Gray-New Gloucester Little League registrations are open and assessments are under way, but there is still time to sign up. Visit the league’s website: or email [email protected] for more information.

Patroit Soccer Club’s fall registration will open April 1. Fall assessments will be May 16. McAcademy Soccer Camp is July 27-31. For more information, go to

At Gray Rec

• There is no annual Easter Egg Hunt this year.

• An Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale takes place Saturday, March 28, at the Newbegin Community Center. Free and open to public from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Refreshments available.

• April Vacation Camp – Join Gray Recreation for a cool week (April 21-24) of awesome activities. The gym will be open for fun activities, contests and games each day and they’ll be going outside for some fresh air and fun (so pack your outdoor play gear – mud boots especially). Field trips are in the works but a minimum of 14 registrations are needed to provide a bus.

• In Service Day – On Friday, April 17, at the Newbegin Gym from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., the Kids Club staff will be on hand to encourage participation and keep the kids active and having fun. All children will have the choice of many indoor activities and, if weather permitting, outside play. Parents must come in and sign in and out their children, grades K-6 (limited to 20 children). The deadline to register is April 13.

• Junior Lacrosse Program – This program is designed to provide an introduction to the fastest growing sport in America. Children in grades K-2 will be introduced to the basic fundamentals of lacrosse from G-NG Patriot coaching staff and players. It will be held at the Newbegin Gym (outside weather permitting) on Saturdays, April 4, 11, and 25 and May 2 and 9. Kindergartners and first-graders are 9-9:45 a.m., grades 1 and 2 are 10-10:45 a.m. (First graders may choose times based on child’s athletic ability and maturity).

Call Gray Rec at 657-2323 for more information or go to

Peggy Schiereck, Beth Harmon, Janie Lynch, Pat Kimball and Nikole Young proudly display food items collected for an ongoing food drive. Curves in Gray sponsored the food drive, as well as a bottle drive and ALS membership donation campaign, to help a local child who is going through rehab.Photo by Marilyn Keating-Porcaro

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