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    Mary Jo Cressy, 103, of Bridgton, gets plenty of assistance as she tries Nordic skiing for the first time. Helping her stand on skis are Kristina Sabasteanski, David Jones and Joe Theriault at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Cressy was able to ski though the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program. Sabasteanski, a former Olympian and founder of VAST, found out that Cressy wanted to ski and made a special exception.

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    Mary Jo Cressy is lowered out of a van at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester to embark on a new adventure – getting on Nordic skis for the first time, something she's wanted to do for quite a while. Helping are her great-granddaughter, Carrie Cressy, center, Melissa Paquet, an occupational therapist, left, and Linda Fifield, activity director at Bridgton Health Care Center.

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    Rob McAleer, a volunteer with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program, adjusts the height of a walker retrofitted with Nordic skis for 103-year-old Mary Jo Cressy at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

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    Kristina Sabasteanski and Joe Theriault help Mary Jo Cressy, 103, stand up as Rob McAleer, right, steadies a walker retrofitted with skis as they all pitch in to help Cressy try Nordic skiiing for the first time, at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

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    Mary Jo Cressy, 103, who lives at Bridgton Health Care Center, gets a hand from Rob McAleer, a volunteer with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program, as she moves from her wheelchair to a walker retrofitted with skis at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester.

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    Kristina Sabasteanski helps May Jo Cressy, 103, stand up, as Rob McAleer steadies a walker retrofitted with skis, and David Jones prevents the skis from moving. They all pitched in to help Cressy ski, which was something on her bucket list, at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Cressy was able to ski with the help of the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program. Sabasteanski, a former Olympian and founder of VAST, also works part time at Bridgton Health Care Center, where she discovered that Cressy wanted to ski. While the program is designed for veterans, Sabasteanski made a special exception.

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    Kristina Sabasteanski and David Jones help 103-year-old Mary Jo Cressy of Bridgton ski at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. Trailing behind with a chair for when she needed a rest is Joe Theriault of the Pineland Outdoors Center, and guiding them along in the foreground is Rob McAleer, a volunteer with the Veterans Adaptive Sports & Training program.

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