Sisters in Crime to visit library

On Saturday, Sept. 17, at 1 p.m., four Sisters in Crime authors from Maine will be visiting the New Gloucester Public Library, 389 Intervale Road. Weather permitting, the event will be held outside, so bring your chairs or blankets. It will be held in the Community Building if inclement.

The library will receive a Love Your Library Award from Sisters in Crime and will host a panel discussion with authors Jen Blood, Kate Cone, Kathy Lynn Emerson (a.k.a. Kate Emerson and Kaitlyn Dunnett) and Lea Wait. The authors also will sell and sign their books.

Sisters in Crime is a national organization originally formed to help promote the advancement, recognition and professional development of women authors. The group now includes male authors. Check them out at

Author talk, cemetery tour
The New Gloucester Historical Society will be sponsoring a free, public talk and cemetery tour by expert Ron Romano, author of “Early Gravestones in Southern Maine.” This dual program will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 10 a.m., at the New Gloucester History Barn, 383 Intervale Road, Route 231. Books will be available for purchase.

Order an apple pie
The New Gloucester Historical Society is hosting its annual sale of apple pies that are baked by members and friends of the society. Pies make great holiday presents and freeze well. Each costs $9, and preordering is required. Call Avis Ford at 926-4561 and specify baked or unbaked. Pick up occurs Friday, Sept. 23, at the New Gloucester First Congregational Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road, between 2-6 p.m.

Fall Festival of Books
It’s coming right up, the Fall Festival of Books and Bake Sale at the New Gloucester Public Library. The fun begins on Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with the First Dibs for Kids Book Sale. Children’s book prices will be 25 cents for hard covers and 2 for 25 cents for soft covers. Adults must be accompanied by a child to shop.

But wait, there’s more. On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon, all books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale at great prices. Most books will cost 25 cents for soft covers and 50 cents for hard covers. And, treasures await, buried inside the buck-a-bag satchels. Don’t forget to stop by the bake sale, stocked full of homemade treats. Call 926-4840 for more information.

Training for new Mainers
A WorkReady training grant has been awarded to the Adult Ed Program in Gray-New Gloucester. This grant will fund a WorkReady training program for new job seekers who are new Mainers, either new to the state or new to the country.

WorkReady is a state-recognized employment skills training program consisting of 60 hours of well-rounded and interactive instruction. At the end of the program, students will be familiar with local, regional and national work cultures. They will conclude the program with a well-organized portfolio including a cover letter, resume, references and examples of their work; prepared to interview and ultimately enter the workforce.

To register, contact Matt Hayden at WorkForce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Portland, Maine 04101, 775-5891, or [email protected] Class begins on Wednesday, Oct. 12, operating on a Monday/Wednesday, 1 p.m. schedule and concludes on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

VAST gets grant
Pineland Farms has received a $65,772 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports to continue offering a range of adaptive sports to disabled veterans. Weekly activities have included archery, wheelchair basketball and tennis, fly fishing, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing, pellet rifle shooting, disc golf, orienteering, cycling and boccia.

“This is our third year receiving the VA Adaptive Sports Grant. This grant will enable us to continue offering veterans the most current and upcoming outdoor activities at no cost to them. Any veteran is welcome to join our program,” said Kristina Sabasteanski, director of the Pineland Farm program.

For further information or to be put on their mailing list, contact Kristina at [email protected] or call 310-8694.

The Veterans Adaptive Sports and Training Program at Pineland Farms offered archery as an activity for veterans over the summer. The bow was adapted to accommodate veterans who couldn’t hold the bow with two hands.

Paul Leblond, left, a videographer for the Milestone Foundation, ran the 5K fundraiser associated with the Ride or Run for Milestone event on Sept. 10. Here, he’s accompanied by Bob Fowler, executive director of the foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing addiction and homelessness in Maine. The successful fundraiser wrapped up with a barbecue at Pineland Farms.