Inside New Gloucester: March 25

There was no “shushing” at the New Gloucester Public Library’s 134th anniversary party on March 19. Among the 64 guests were Jen and Peter Bragdon in the back row and Deb Chandler and former library director Suzan Hawkins in the front, former librarian Peg Becksvoort at the pulpit. Patti Mikkelsen / For the Lake District Weekly

Maple Weekend: How Sweet

Smother your pancakes with tapped and boiled maple syrup at Royal River Orchards, 201 Peacock Hill Road, during Maine Maple Weekend March 26-27. Owners David and Leslee Clark are your hosts for this outdoor event.

Pancake breakfasts with all the trimmings are held both days from 9 a.m. to noon, or until full. Outdoor seating and take-out options are available. The menu includes homemade buttermilk pancakes with syrup, maple baked beans, ham, applesauce, and hot chocolate or coffee. The cost is $10 per person.

Boiling demonstrations will be held both days from 9 a.m. until late afternoon, or until the sap runs out. The barn store will be open for the maple sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Along with lots of syrup, there are maple pastries, jars of applesauce, and apple butter for sale. For more information, call 625-4756.

Celebrating local heritage

Members of First Congregational Christian Church, 19 Gloucester Hill Road invite you to celebrate the ministry of Reverend Linda Gard on her retirement after serving as local pastor for 21 years. Those unable to join worship in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 27 are invited to join via Zoom at The meeting ID is 529 811 4094.

The parishioners will present Gard with a cash gift in thanks for his ministry and to wish him good luck in retirement. Checks can be mailed to First Congregational Christian Church, PO Box 114, New Gloucester, ME 04260 with “Linda’s Retirement” noted in the memo line.

A photo book, along with notes of gratitude and memorabilia from Gard’s tenure in New Gloucester, is being assembled. Send a photo, keepsake or thank you note to [email protected] before April 1.

Habitable community group

Livable Community Group – whose slogan is Building Livability in New Gloucester, or BLING – was recently formed in town. The fledgling group is small in size but brimming with enthusiasm, and they invite others to get involved.

Their first step is to find out what residents think are the most pressing issues and priorities. A subset of the group is developing a community needs assessment survey which they hope to make available to the community in the coming months.

Group members also want to learn more about what neighboring towns are doing with similar initiatives: the lessons they learned, how they organized themselves, and the challenges and opportunities they encountered. To that end, a Zoom community briefing is planned for this spring to get feedback from some aging-in-place and livable community volunteers.

Local citizens worked with the city’s library and recreation directors to come up with easy-to-implement action ideas, and a few have already begun. To learn more about BLING, send an e-mail [email protected]

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