Lions Club members, from left, John Plapis, Irene Murray and Dave Guiseley return from their 2-mile Journey for Sight around downtown Gray on Oct. 8. Their walk was supported by 15 local small businesses and raised over $2,000 to support Lions’ efforts for the blind and visually impaired. In conjunction with the event, the Lions had a table at the Gray Shop and Save offering free reading glasses, cases and other accessories to anyone needing them. Contributed

Coming Home ’33

The Gray Historical Society Coming Home ’33 capital campaign has received a donation of $5,000 toward its planned addition to the old Main Street firehouse for a 1933 firetruck.

Gray’s 1933 firetruck. Contributed

The project aims to preserve the firetruck, known as the “’33 antique.” Purchased in 1933, the Chevrolet truck was active for more than 25 years. The addition will allow the firetruck to be displayed and taken out for events and parades.

So far, $27,000. has been raised toward the $50,000 project goal, and work on the 14- by 18-foot addition is underway.

For more information, go to The Historical Society also is seeking contributions of labor, materials and contracted work.

Gold Award Girl Scout


LaVallee Contributed

Charlena LaVallee of Gray is one of four Girl Scouts in the state who have received the organization’s highest honor, the Gold Award, for creating lasting change in their communities, the organization announced this week.

LaVallee’s Gold Award Project,  Come Play N Learn, involved creating a playground at Fiddlehead School, where she volunteers. The playground has four sections: water play, arts and crafts, dramatic play and a sports area, according to a news release.

Spooky library things 

Free movies at the Gray Public Library next week will feature “Dracula” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, “Frankenstein” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, and “Hocus Pocus” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Marianne O’Connor, author of “Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire,” will visit the library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. Her book chronicles the history of the trails of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Maine hikes, including a walk to the tombstone of Ichabod Crain in Surry and a three-hour trek to a downed bomber in Woodstock.

Donation bin, blood drive


A new way to recycle used and damaged clothing, shoes, accessories and other textiles is available to residents of Gray and New Gloucester. American Legion Post 86 is hosting a donation bin provided by veteran-owned Apparel Impact, in its parking lot at 15 Lewiston Road. Please do not drop off wet or moldy items.

The Post will host its second blood drive of the year between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 25, upstairs in the meeting hall. Contact the 657-4884 for more information.

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

Trunk or Treat 

The Gray-New Gloucester Recreation Department will host a Trunk or Treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds. Costumes are encouraged. Register at There is no cost to attend, but donations for candy and prizes will be accepted. If you are interested in decorating a trunk, call the recreation office at 657-2323.

Guided hike

A guided hike on Libby Hill trails will be offered at 9 a.m. Saturday Oct . 29. The hike will start from the Thayer Brook Preserve Parking lot at 92 Ramsdell Road. Space is limited, so reserve your space at [email protected].

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