Cornhole tournament

A cornhole tournament to benefit A cornhole tournament benefit the Gray-New Gloucester Class of 2021 will be held this weekend.

A cornhole tournament benefiting the Gray-New Gloucester class of 2021 graduation project is slated for May 1 (rain date May 8) at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds. Check-in is at 10 a.m. and the tournament begins at 11 a.m. $40 per team of two, $20 for single and $5 for high school students; payment can be made via Venmo @Patricia-Wilson-54 or PayPal at

Call 899-5631 or email [email protected] for more information.

Moratorium meeting

The town may adopt a moratorium in the Village Districts for the construction or expansion of all single-family, accessory apartments and two-family dwellings. This ordinance will take effect immediately if passed by the Town Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. Residents can join the meeting, contact the Community Development Department at 657-3112 or read the ordinance at for more information.

Help build the park

There is a community permaculture event on Saturday, May 8. Come on down if you would like to get your hands dirty to help transform the abandoned lot at 5 Yarmouth Road into a beautiful park.

Pantry seeks donations

Gray Community Food Pantry donation bin is located to the left of the pantry door of the First Congregational Church parish house. Call or text Donna Rand 671-4458 if you leave items or to make an appointment to donate perishables. At this time they cannot accept clothing or household goods.

If you wish to make a monetary donation, make out your check to Gray Community Food Pantry and mail it to Jan Nowinski, 55 Westwood Road, Gray, ME 04039.

Library notices

The Gray Public Library has resumed accepting book donations but only on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are to be left on the outside loading dock, located to the right of the building (facing the building). Limit donations to two cartons or four grocery-sized bags. Containers that items are donated in will not be returned. When you have dropped off your donations, call 657-4110 ext. 202 to let them know the donations are there. Staff will not be able to assist in unloading donations.

The library does not accept Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, magazines, text books older than four years or VHS tapes. All donations should be free of odors, mold and mildew.

The GPL Afternoon Book Group is currently meeting at 1 p.m. via Zoom the second Tuesday of every month. If you are interested in joining, email [email protected] or call 657-4110 for more information.

Nominate a volunteer

Each year, Gray recognizes volunteers throughout the community for their exemplary citizenship and volunteerism. They are currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Volunteer Awards. This year’s nomination deadline has been extended noon on May 24. The annual award ceremony and volunteer appreciation event will likely be held in later summer.

Nomination forms are available at the Town Office or in PDF format online at Nominations includes Committee of the Year, Organization of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Evelyn Morrill Durgin Award.

Green Thumb Kids

Spring rec programs are starting up, like Green Thumb Kids. This class will be broken into three sessions this spring and one session at the end of summer to harvest. It will include two educational classes with fun activities on May 13 and 20 and one session building raised planters and planting a salsa garden on June 3. Students will be invited back to harvest the garden at end of summer (date TBA). The curriculum is taught by John Clark of Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District with Dean Bennett, Parks and Facilities supervisor.

Visit for information on other upcoming spring recreation programs.

Marilyn Keating-Porcaro can be reached at [email protected]

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