Comin’ right up!
…a bit hard on the maples though! Friday, August 12
Today’s welcome rain came with some wind, and another parsonage maple has fallen. The Bradbury family was at work painting the front bedroom when the storm came through and the tree came down. The tree took with it the phone and internet line, but a great guy from OTT had that fixed within a few hours.
A memorial service for Keith Hill Larson was held on Saturday, July 23, at 10 am, with over 300 friends, coworkers, former students, contradancers, and family in attendance. Afterward, fueled by a huge assortment of foods brought by friends, the musicians had a jam session, welcoming all comers…and as the reception progressed, the tables were taken down and contradancing ensued. Click on the photo below to see a few more!
A fund has been set up at Memorial School for an outdoor reading area and other support for the Memorial School Library. If you would like to contribute: c/o Amanda Hennessey, Principal, 86 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
Once the Sanctuary Choir has sung its swan song on June 19th, many of its members want to keep singing through the summer! That’ll only work if you’ll join them! SO, the Summer Sunday Pickup Choir is born! And all singers are invited to join in…teenagers, college students and those with “more extensive life experience.”
There will be no Wednesday rehearsals. Just be in the sanctuary at 8:45 am sharp on Sunday mornings, ready to sing. Director of Music John Terison plans to have ready an array of simple anthems from which he can choose, depending on the voice parts available–plus some hymns that we can turn into anthems if we have just a few singers.
The Summer Sunday Pickup Choir will begin on Sunday, July 3. Come whenever you’re in town!
Especially Needed for the June Food Pantry Distributions:
Jam/Jelly, Canned Fruit, Crackers, Instant Potatoes(or scalloped or gratin mixes), Fruit Juice in plastic containers, Canned Pasta, Jello/Pudding mixes, Coffee, Mayo, Tea—-(within expiration dates, please!) And, our clients are always happy to get TP!
Located at the back of 19 Gloucester Hill Road, off Church Road. Open from 8-9:30 AM on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of Every Month.
Open to New Gloucester residents. Quick once/year registration; quick check-in.
Donations of, non-perishable food , laundry and hand soap, toilet paper are welcome during the week, when the church office is open. Volunteers, especially folks available on weekdays, are always needed. Cash donations are also welcome(click on the MAKE A DONATION tab above).
FYI: NONE of our current clients can use K-cup-packaged coffee.
Back in 1873, yes 1873, our minister, the Rev. Wellington R. Cross, sent some samples of lichen or moss from New Gloucester to his Bowdoin College friend Asa Packard, a noted biologist. Mr. Packard published his findings–the first tardigrade (water bear) identified in the United States.
What, you ask, is a tardigrade? They’re almost transparent invertebrates, about .5 mm in size, that look sort of like little bears(thick trunk, head, stubby legs with what look like claws on the end). They have another nickname, and that is “moss piglet” because they live in moss and have a snout sort of like a pig(except it’s their mouth, not their nose). The name tardigrade means “slow mover.”
But these aren’t even the most odd features of tardigrades. They are tough little cookies. If where they’re living dries up, they dry up, too, shrinking down and folding up until it rains again—which can be as long as 100 years. They have been into space and back–alive, without space suits! Google them. They’re fascinating.
Here’s the thing. Prof. Emma Creaser of Unity College contacted us a few years ago, hoping to interest a few of us in gathering some samples of tardigrade habitat from New Gloucester–140 years since they were first ID’d here. One hot Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, Leslie Weeks and Rev. Gard gathered 20 samples from areas of Gloucester Hill that have not changed much since Rev. Cross’s day.
Prof. Creaser picked them up on a Wednesday morning, regaling the Blockhouse Stitchers with tall tales of tardigrades….and a few months later we received an email from her, announcing that in the first sample, yellow lichen from the top of a gravestone in the old part of the cemetery, she found 50 tardigrades of at least 3 species–and some eggs! Since then, “our” New Gloucester tardigrades have made national and international news! OK, we’re counting slow news days and science journals, mostly, but…better than a litter of puppies…and a whole lot of fun for us!)