Charlena LaVallee, left, pictured here with Girl Scouts of Maine CEO Mara Robinov Moorhead, has been awarded a Girl Scouts Future Leaders Scholarship, Gold Award and Pinnacle Award. Contributed / Girl Scouts of Maine

Girl Scout Ambassador awarded scholarship

Charlena LaVallee, a graduating Girl Scout Ambassador from Gray, is the recipient of the Inaugural Level Joanne Crepeau Future Leaders Scholarship from Girl Scouts of Maine.

“Girl Scouts has made a difference in my life by teaching me what I believe (are) the most important skills I will ever need,” said LaVallee. “Through Girl Scouts, I have learned self-confidence, teamwork, perseverance, and most importantly, how to be a good leader.”

LaVallee also earned the Gold Award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can receive, for her project of creating a playground and outdoor educational spaces for Fiddlehead School, including an obstacle course. This award also earned her the Pinnacle Award, granted to Girl Scouts who earn all three Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

She plans to study communication sciences and disorders at the University of Maine in the fall.

Memorial Day parade

American Legion Post 86 is hosting the Gray Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 29. The procession gets started at 11:30 a.m. at the Russell School, 8 Gray Park, and heads to the Civil War Monument at the intersection of routes 26 and 4 for a short wreath-laying ceremony. Then the parade will resume, ending at the post on Lewiston Road for a closing ceremony. The new Color Guard, Legion Riders and the Gray-New Gloucester High School band will be featured. 

Holiday weekend food drive

On Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, the American Legion and Gray-New Gloucester Lions will hold a food drive at Shop ‘n Save in the Gray Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The drive benefits the Gray Community Food Pantry. Bring non-perishable canned and boxed items.


The Lions will have free reading glasses on hand to distribute to those in need and candy for the kids.

Register for fall soccer

Registration is open for the Fall Classic League of the Gray-New Gloucester Patriot Soccer Club. Kids must be older than 7 by Aug. 1 and under age 14. Teams are divided into two groups: U9-U11 teams are not competitive, U12-U14 compete in two divisions and scores are posted by Soccer Maine, ending in a yearly tournament. The season runs from August through October.

Registration closes June 30. For more information, visit

Public supper

The First Congregational Church will host a public supper at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Parish House, 5 Brown St. The menu includes casseroles, salads, baked pea beans, red hot dogs, breads, desserts and beverages, and the cost is $10, payable at the door. The church is wheelchair accessible.



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