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Testosterone Replacement Therapy in New Gloucester, ME

As men age, they experience both positive and negative changes. Many middle-aged men learn to let the little things go and focus on family and friendship. They develop new hobbies and reach their peak earning potential. On the flip side, many men undergo unexpected hormonal changes around this same age. That's a hard pill to swallow for a lot of males, but contrary to common belief, having low testosterone isn't reserved for elderly men.

Studies show that around 55% of males suffer from low testosterone. For many, that drop-off happens in their 40s and 50s. But the truth is that testosterone levels can start to decline as early as age 30, leading to various physical and emotional changes such as decreased energy, increased aches and pains, and even sexual performance issues.

If you're a man experiencing symptoms of low testosterone - like ED or erectile dysfunction - you may feel embarrassed, depressed, or like all hope is lost. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Male health clinics like Med Matrix offer advanced, FDA-approved treatments like testosterone replacement therapy in New Gloucester, ME, to help restore your hormone levels. When your hormones are balanced, it's almost like everything clicks back into place without having to take pills or suffer through surgery.

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Did you know that testosterone is the foundation of all male performance? It's the reason why, in your early 20s, you could have a fun night out on the town and wake up the next morning ready to hit the basketball court. It's the reason why you feel the drive to succeed and find a mate.

Unfortunately, testosterone levels start to decline around the age of 35 (and sometimes sooner, depending on various factors). Past that age, your T levels drop even more. 40% of men over 45 have sub-optimal levels, which can have a negative effect on things like your:

  • Energy Levels
  • Libido
  • Workout Recovery
  • Focus
  • Body Fat
  • Strength
  • Ability to Build Muscle
  • More

Many men approaching middle age aren't even aware that their testosterone levels are dropping. Other males simply don't care and begrudgingly accept the new, uninteresting life that looms in front of them. Today, however, more and more men are ditching that mindset and reclaiming their lives with testosterone replacement therapy in New Gloucester, ME.

How Does TRT Work?

One of the most common questions we get at Med Matrix is, "What does TRT do?" Testosterone replacement therapy does what its name implies: It's a science-backed therapy that replaces low testosterone levels in men. The main objective of going on a TRT regimen is to improve your life and wellbeing by balancing your hormones. Also referred to as androgen replacement therapy, TRT helps many men deal with and overcome the debilitating side effects of low T.

Testosterone Replacement Therapy works by giving your body the testosterone it needs to function properly. Without healthy levels of testosterone, the male body can't maintain the natural processes necessary for overall health. In fact, men with low testosterone levels are more prone to serious health problems such as type-2 diabetes and even heart disease.

Until their testosterone levels are restored to normal, most men suffer until they find a solution. That's where TRT comes into play. With balanced hormones, the body can finally begin to heal, causing most symptoms of low testosterone to diminish greatly.

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Med Matrix Does TRT Right

Unlike some male health clinics, doctors from Med Matrix approach TRT in the right way. We provide custom plans and helpful tools that change as your body does. Patients choose our testosterone replacement therapy programs because they are:

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Personalized

When you trust Med Matrix with your TRT plan, you never have to worry about working with inexperienced practitioners or "professionals" who don't have your best interests at heart. Instead, you'll gain access to hormone and peptide protocols based on your biology and goals, delivered by experienced medical doctors. We never prescribe TRT based on someone who matches your height, weight, and age. We conduct advanced testing and craft your plan based on you, not someone else.

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Results-Driven

Doctors from our male health center in New Gloucester make it a point to stay in touch and analyze how your TRT regimen is going. From cutting-edge diagnostics to deep clinical expertise, get the science-backed tools and support you need to reach your peak - and stay there.

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Safe, Easy, & Non-Invasive

Getting on testosterone replacement therapy in New Gloucester, ME, is safe and easy when you work with Med Matrix. You don't have to worry about surgery or long recovery times. Once we get to know you, your body, and your goals with TRT, the only thing you have to focus on is living your best life.

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Joining Med Matrix's testosterone replacement therapy program is as easy as 1-2-3

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Complete our hormone test and body composition scan so we can track your progress.

Consultation

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During your consultation, we'll get to know you better, go over your bloodwork, and learn more about your needs and goals as it relates to TRT. This consultation can take place via telehealth or from our male health clinic in South New Gloucester - the choice is up to you.

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Med Matrix offers competitive hormone pricing and access to other cutting-edge treatments such as peptides and stem cells.

Here are the 5 Biggest Benefits of Going on TRT in New Gloucester, ME

Up to this point, we've talked a bunch about how beneficial TRT can be for men who have declining testosterone levels. But you may be wondering how TRT specifically benefits you and your body. Here are just a few of the biggest benefits of starting testosterone replacement therapy at Med Matrix.

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Higher Levels of Energy

The effects of TRT are not immediate and may not be noticeable at first. However, typically, psychological improvements can be felt within three to four weeks of starting treatment. Most individuals experience reduced fatigue, improved sleep, and an overall feeling of being more rested after about a month of treatment. By this time, you may also notice increased motivation to engage in physical activities, which are crucial for your wellbeing and quality of life.

Higher-Levels-Energy

Better Sex Life

If there's one thing that men hate most about having low testosterone, it's that their ability to perform in the bedroom becomes compromised. In fact, diminished sexual function, including low sex drive and erectile dysfunction, is one of the most common reasons why men seek treatment for low T. That's for good reason: Recent research shows a strong correlation between libido and testosterone levels.

Fortunately, testosterone replacement therapy in New Gloucester, ME, can enhance healthy sexual relations with your spouse or partner. Increased testosterone levels in men often lead to increased sexual activity. At Med Matrix, many of our patients report having a higher sex drive within the first three to four weeks of treatment. Many men also reported having stronger and longer-lasting erections.

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More Mental Clarity and Focus

Testosterone has a significant impact on cognitive performance, including memory, concentration, and reasoning. When testosterone levels are low, mental function can suffer. When you begin TRT, the heavy cloud that has been hanging over you can start to dissipate. Mental focus, cognition, and memory show signs of improvement after the first few weeks of treatment. Feelings of depression and sudden mood swings start to subside within three to six weeks. By 18 to 30 weeks, you will notice a significant improvement in self-confidence and mental clarity, as well as an inner strength that is more prepared to face life's challenges.

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Normalized Blood Sugar Levels

When experiencing hypogonadism, your insulin sensitivity may be compromised, leading to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and an elevated risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Testosterone replacement therapy boosts your insulin sensitivity, enabling your body to efficiently absorb glucose from your blood after a meal.

Typically, significant improvements in blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity are observed after about three months, with the full effect manifesting after a year. Also, remember this: TRT has been shown to increase your motivation. The tiniest spark of motivation can propel you to become more physically active, further boosting your insulin sensitivity.

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Healthy Red Blood Cell Count

Your body produces red blood cells through a process called erythropoiesis. When you suffer from hypogonadism (low T), red blood cell production can slow, leading to anemia. Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) can help improve red blood cell count, reduce fatigue, and stabilize blood pressure. Results may vary based on age and dosage, but improvements are typically noticeable after three months, with peak benefits at nine to 12 months.

We should note that some TRT patients have higher hematocrit levels than normal (>51%) and need to donate blood regularly as a result. That's why it's important to work with seasoned male health doctors - like those at Med Matrix - when you're considering TRT in New Gloucester, ME.

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Build Bigger Muscles

Who doesn't want a great physique? Diet, rest, and exercise are crucial for success. However, when your testosterone levels drop below the normal range, your strength decreases, your body mass decreases, and your once-unstoppable endurance diminishes. Testosterone plays a key role in improving these areas.

Do You Have These Symptoms of Low Testosterone?

Are you used to blasting through your day with productivity and positivity? Have you noticed that you're losing muscle mass and the desire to be with your spouse? Has your partner been complaining that you're too irritable to be around? If you're usually not a curmudgeon, your body is probably trying to tell you something. It could be time to speak with a doctor about testosterone replacement therapy in New Gloucester, ME. Keep a running tally of whichever of the following symptoms you notice happening in your life.

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Two words that send shivers down the spines of every man are "erectile dysfunction." Unfortunately, when your T levels are lower than they should be, this is one of the most common symptoms that men must endure. Being unable to get it up isn't just embarrassing - it can be downright depressing and lead to issues with mental health. It's a hard topic to discuss, but a personalized TRT plan from Med Matrix can help.

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Nowadays, we know better. Most doctors understand that low energy levels can be linked to low testosterone levels. If you're finding it difficult to engage in activities you used to enjoy, like playing with your kids or going for a workout, it could be a sign of low testosterone. Sure, it's normal to feel tired from time to time. But persistent fatigue and a serious lack of drive might mean something more.

A study from 2011 revealed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep may experience a 15% reduction in testosterone levels. Additional research found that almost 15% of workers get five hours of sleep or less per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss can negatively impact testosterone levels and wellbeing. The big takeaway here is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but struggle to sleep through the night, you may be one of those men.

Many people over the age of 50 experience memory loss and lack of concentration. It's a normal part of aging. However, those signs can also mean you have low T. A study from 2006 discovered that males with low testosterone levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. This suggests that low testosterone can contribute to reduced cognitive ability. If you can't stay focused on tasks or can't recall words like you used to, have your testosterone levels checked. You could be a prime candidate for TRT.

If you're like millions of other men, coming to grips with hair loss isn't something you want to do. Closely related to hormone imbalances and testosterone decline, hair loss is stressful and embarrassing. It's often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Too much DHT in your body can cause hair follicles to stop production, causing them to die. Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing altogether. While you can't alter your genes, you can address low testosterone in your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and solutions like peptides and stem cells can stop your head from shedding hair.

Gynecomastia, also known as "man boobs," is the enlargement of male breast tissue, often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. Elevated estrogen levels during andropause, also known as male menopause, usually occur due to a lack of testosterone. If you're a man between 40 and 55 and feel embarrassed about having large breasts, ask your doctor about TRT. When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it could be the solution to your problem without needing surgery.

Live Life on Your Own Terms with Help from Med Matrix

Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you have to accept a decline in your health and wellbeing. Our male health clinic was founded to give patients like you - men suffering from low T - hope that life can get better. With our doctors and male health practitioners by your side, it's easy to take the first step.

When combined with healthy life choices and regular exercise, TRT in New Gloucester, ME, is one of the best ways to turn back the hands of time without going under the knife. If you're looking to bridge the gap between an unsatisfying past and a promising future, it's time to contact our male health clinic.

Men with low T choose Med Matrix because we:

  • Prioritize Custom TRT Prescriptions
  • Get a Full Understanding of Your Needs and Goals
  • Provide Compassionate Care from a Team of Licensed Doctors and Experts
  • Specialize in Affordable Male Health Services

Unlike some TRT clinics, we know that your health and wellness goals are unique. At Med Matrix, you'll never have to worry about a "set it and forget it" approach. We're with you every step of the way. If you're ready to reclaim the best parts of being a man, contact our office and ask about setting up your testosterone replacement therapy consultation today.

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Inside New Gloucester: April 5

Contributed / Beck WellingBeck Welling, a 16-year-old fiddler from New Gloucester, is joining the Gawler Family Band on stage at the First Congregational Church’s Village Coffeehouse performance on Saturday. Welling is a longtime student of Ellen Gawler.Music is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the door for $10 per person. For more details, call Julie Fralich at 653-4823. The church is located at 19 Gloucester Hill Road.Last Maine Maple Weekend, Erik Boisvert, a sugar maker at Pineland Farms Sugar...

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Beck Welling, a 16-year-old fiddler from New Gloucester, is joining the Gawler Family Band on stage at the First Congregational Church’s Village Coffeehouse performance on Saturday. Welling is a longtime student of Ellen Gawler.

Music is set for 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the door for $10 per person. For more details, call Julie Fralich at 653-4823. The church is located at 19 Gloucester Hill Road.

Last Maine Maple Weekend, Erik Boisvert, a sugar maker at Pineland Farms Sugar House, studies the hydrometer reading to measure the density of the maple syrup. He explained to a visiting group that the density should be at least 66% sugar content. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

There will be an open stage for spoken word as part of the town’s 250th anniversary celebration plans April 25.

Residents ages 12 and up are invited to share poems, short stories, essays, plays and more at the Coolidge Family Farm, 1084 Lewiston Road, at 6:30 p.m. Participation is free, though registration is required by April 19. Performances are limited to 10 minutes.

Participants should arrive at 6 p.m. with an extra copy of the work they will be sharing to be collected in a scrapbook the town will sell later in the summer.

For more information and to register, email 250bday@newgloucester.com.

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The town is holding a photo contest for amateur photographers; submissions can be made until May 2.

New Gloucester residents can submit up to two photos of the town, restricted to nonprofessionals. All pictures must be taken of people, places and events in New Gloucester. All submissions will be on display at the Community Building May 17-19.

Submissions will be judged in three age categories by local photographers Kevyn Fowler and Ethan Woodman Fowler. Top three winners, as well as Best in Show Judges’ Prize and Peoples’ Choice prize winners, will be eligible to be included in the next historical society calendar.

Registration is required. Forms and more information will be available online and at the public library and Town Office.

A pop-up book sale of gardening and cookbooks will be held at the library from noon to 2 p.m. April 14, hosted by the Friends of New Gloucester Public Library. The organization will also accept donations of gardening books from Sunday, April 7, through Thursday, April 11, at the library.

The New Gloucester Environmental Resources Committee will give away free vegetable and flower seeds at the event while supplies last. For more information, go to friendsnewgloucesterlibrary.org.

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Boys’ basketball: Small tweaks have paid big dividends for Gray-New Gloucester

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GRAY — Gray-New Gloucester High had a good boys’ basketball team last season. A 15-3 regular-season record. One playoff win. A regional semifinal loss.

Several additions and improvements – some obvious, others less so – have turned the Patriots into an even better team this year. Now they are a single win away from the program’s first state championship since 1975.

This year, the regular-season record was a touch better – 16-2 to earn the No. 1 seed – and featured a 15-game winning streak. In the playoffs, the Patriots worked through a tough shooting game to beat Freeport, 62-56, in its regional semifinal and then did a better job capitalizing at a high-speed pace to beat Noble, 71-59, in the regional final.

“The upperclassmen have always been extremely dedicated to basketball, and this year we just took it to another level and proved it,” said Carter Libby, the starting center and one of eight seniors.

Gray-New Gloucester (19-2) will play North champion Hampden Academy (19-2) in the Class A state championship game at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Portland’s Cross Insurance Arena. It’s the Patriots’ first appearance in a boys’ basketball state final since winning the Class C title in 1975. Hampden, which features Mr. Maine Basketball finalist Zach McLaughlin, is making its ninth Class A championship game appearance with Coach Russ Bartlett since 2005.

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The most obvious change for Gray-New Gloucester has been the addition of John Patenaude, who transferred from Poland. A junior guard, Patenaude scored 19.7 points per game at Poland as a sophomore. He added another top-tier scorer to complement Nate Hebert, who had averaged 20.6 points as a junior.

“I remember playing them last year when I was at Poland and they beat us by like 30 both games,” Patenaude said. “They had a lot of talent last year. I didn’t really think they were missing any pieces, but I did think I could bring a lot to the table.”

Patenaude’s presence means teams can’t focus solely on shutting down Hebert. In the regular season, Hebert averaged 21.3 points and Patenaude added 17.9. In the tournament, Patenaude is the team’s leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, with Hebert averaging 15.7 points.

Another obvious change is that former assistant coach Ian McCarthy took over as head coach for Ryan Deschenes. McCarthy is quick to credit Deschenes, the Patriots’ coach for 12 seasons, as the program’s architect, and also to praise his assistant coaches. Deschenes is doing well in his new job. He replaced retired Mark Karter as Gorham’s coach and has the Rams in the Class AA state final.

Championship teams need more than just scoring. They also need rebounding, defense, and a general toughness and grit. A key adjustment this season has been McCarthy’s emphasis that twin brothers Aidan and Noah Hebert are the team’s engine. The twins are Nate Hebert’s nephews.

“We said right out of the gate that we’re going to go as far as those two take us,” McCarthy said. “I say it in front of (the team) all the time.

“At the end of the day, the twins are what drive us at the defensive end, and we made a commitment early on that if we were going to do anything special, we needed to commit on that end of the floor. We had to follow their lead.”

At Tuesday’s practice, Noah Hebert was still sporting a 6-inch floor burn on his left forearm, courtesy of one of his many dives onto the Portland Expo floor during the South regional. He said one reason the team has improved is his own development over the past two seasons.

“Confidence for me was a big thing I was lacking. Last year, it kind of sprouted. I started shooting the ball more. I was our second scorer,” Noah Hebert said. “This year, it’s a little different with Johnny coming in. He’s a natural scorer, just like Nate. So I’ll do my part not only with scoring but defense.”

Noah Hebert leads the team in steals with 2.4 per game and is second in rebounding while averaging nearly eight points per game. Aidan Hebert is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds while taking over point guard duties.

Another good thing that has gotten better is the Patriots’ crowd support, Libby said. Home games were routinely packed and Gray-New Gloucester fans travel, too. Libby recalled this year’s regular-season game at Yarmouth. The Patriots had a tough start and went to halftime trailing 26-19.

“We came out of the locker room and every GNG parent and kid got out of their seat and started clapping and cheering, and that really helped,” Libby said. “We went on a run and won a tough game on the road.”

Noah Hebert said he has visualized how a championship celebration would look and feel.

“I don’t want to say anything too early, but it would be pretty awesome. Not only for us, but also for the community.”

The Wrap: Maples closes in New Gloucester

Less than a year after it opened, Maples bakeshop and cafe in New Gloucester has closed, the owner has announced.In a Facebook post on Sunday, owner Robin Ray wrote in part that “it’s time to move on from the daily grind of owning Maples. We are closed because it’s what I need to do for myself.”Ray could not immediately be reached for comment.Maples had been beloved for its fresh-baked bagels, coffee drinks and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. ...

Less than a year after it opened, Maples bakeshop and cafe in New Gloucester has closed, the owner has announced.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, owner Robin Ray wrote in part that “it’s time to move on from the daily grind of owning Maples. We are closed because it’s what I need to do for myself.”

Ray could not immediately be reached for comment.

Maples had been beloved for its fresh-baked bagels, coffee drinks and breakfast and lunch sandwiches. Ray closed her original Maples location in Yarmouth last March – the month before her new shop opened in New Gloucester – after 10 years in business there. Lines regularly stretched out the door at the Yarmouth location, and the cafe made regular appearances on the Press Herald’s Best of food lists.

“I intended to keep two locations open,” Ray wrote on social media at the time, “but as the reality of New Gloucester opening came closer I realized that I could not physically and emotionally keep up with the demands that they both would require.”

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LINDEN + FRONT OPENING IN BATH

The owners of a Bailey Island seafood shack plan to open a new restaurant in downtown Bath in the coming weeks.

Khristine and Zac Leeman said they hope to open Linden + Front at 244 Front St. sometime in mid-February. The location was formerly Relish, which closed in 2022, and Salt Pine Social before that, which closed in 2020.

The building offers about 2,500 square feet of restaurant space, accommodating nearly 80 customers inside with another 20 outdoor seats available in season. The Leemans opened the seasonal Sundrenched on Bailey Island in 2022.

Zac Leeman said Linden + Front will offer “a modern spin on classic comfort foods.” The menu will feature small plates ($10-$17) like bone-in barbecue bacon short ribs – where the pork belly is still attached to the rib bone – served with handmade gnocchi, as well as “beans and toast,” featuring harissa-stewed chickpeas, whipped feta and grilled focaccia.

The menu’s entrees ($23 and up) include a steakhouse section with items like pork porterhouse, two-pound cowboy ribeye, filet mignon, bistro steak and rack of lamb. The restaurant will also have a full bar and cocktail program.

“We’re hoping to have a price range that will include something for everyone,” Khristine Leeman said, noting that Linden + Front will also have plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

“We want it to be a daily restaurant just as much as we want it to be the occasion spot,” Zac Leeman said. The Leemans added a wood-fired oven to the kitchen so they can produce flat bread dishes and small plates like fire-roasted vegetables.

Linden + Front will be open Thursday through Monday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to start; Khristine Leeman said they hope eventually to add lunch and brunch services.

BLAKE ORCHARD TO OPEN TWO NEW STORES

Back Cove fresh juice and smoothie shop Blake Orchard aims to open two new locations, in Brunswick and Scarborough, later this year.

Blake Orchard owner Alexandra Messenger started her business about 10 years ago on Exchange Street before moving to her current location at 561 Forest Ave. Messenger said her Scarborough location is now under construction in Dunstan Village on Route 1, and she expects it will be ready to launch in the fall. The Brunswick shop, on the corner of Station Avenue and Maine Street – which formerly hosted Edible Arrangements – will likely open in April or May.

“Both towns don’t have anything like that right now,” Messenger said. “So I think we’re going to be a really good addition to the communities and a welcoming space to come hang out where people can also consume food and drinks that are good for them and make them feel good.”

While it’s a relatively big scale-up from one to three shops in a short period, Messenger said the expansion has actually been a long time coming. “I’ve spent the last 10 years just really learning my business, enjoying it and working out all the kinks with the eventual goal of expanding like this,” she said.

The new stores will be about 1,500 square feet, seating between 25-29 customers, similar to Blake Orchard’s Portland location.

Blake Orchard is known for its smoothie bowls and superfood smoothies, house-made ingredients, cold-pressed juices and scratch-made wellness drinks.

“We source the highest quality ingredients we can find, and we’re very big on making everything we can in-house,” Messenger said, including almond, cashew and coconut milk made fresh from whole ingredients every day. “That’s what really has set us apart in Maine.”

ROCKLAND CHEF LEADS WEST AFRICAN FOOD WORKSHOP

A Rockland chef is leading a West African culinary workshop and dinner event in Brunswick in February.

Chef Jordan Benissan of Mé Lon Togo in Rockland is running the show on Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 5-8 p.m. in the community kitchen of the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. Benissan, who came to Maine in the 1990s, is originally from Togo, a country on the Gulf of Guinea.

The three-course dinner will feature dishes including garu foto, with couscous, smoked ground shrimp, smoked salmon and fried egg; azi dessi, with chicken in a sauce of ground peanuts, tomato, ginger, anise seed and cayenne over white rice; and West African corn fritters for dessert.

Participants will help prepare the meal and feast on the results. Tickets cost $150 each, available online, and proceeds will help support the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program.

MAINE RESTAURANT WEEK RETURNS

Maine Restaurant Week returns for its 16th year in early March.

The event runs from March 1-12, and features special dishes and enticingly priced three-course menus at participating restaurants around Maine.

The event’s website will list participating restaurants starting in early February. Last year, more than 70 restaurants took part; many were in Greater Portland, but others were in locations such as Camden, Brunswick, Thomaston, Lewiston, Kennebunk, Waterville and Old Town.

Event organizer Gillian Britt said participating restaurants can offer a special dish exclusive to Maine Restaurant Week or a three-course menu priced at $25, $35, $45, or $55. Restaurant week also includes special events like the Incredible Breakfast Cook-Off, where local eateries compete to produce the best breakfast dishes.

The cook-off, which traditionally kicks off Maine Restaurant Week, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 29 at Sea Dog Brewing Company in South Portland from 7-9 a.m. Tickets cost $35 and available at the Maine Restaurant Week website; all proceeds will go to Preble Street.

Another popular event of Maine Restaurant Week is Spirit Quest, a self-guided cocktail and paired bites tasting tour. This year’s Spirit Quest is set for Sunday, March 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Portland’s Old Port and arts district. Tickets cost $65, available online.

Inside New Gloucester: Jan. 12

Contributed / Julie FralichSand buckets are available for residents to pick up at the Fire Station at 611 Lewiston Road. However, lifting a 5-gallon bucket of sand weighing in at more than 40 pounds can pose a struggle for some people.For those unable to fill and transport a sand bucket by themselves, Building Livability in New Gloucester has lined up local volunteers to deliver one filled bucket to each participating home between 9 a.m. and noon Jan. 20, free of charge.There are several methods that can be used t...

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Sand buckets are available for residents to pick up at the Fire Station at 611 Lewiston Road. However, lifting a 5-gallon bucket of sand weighing in at more than 40 pounds can pose a struggle for some people.

For those unable to fill and transport a sand bucket by themselves, Building Livability in New Gloucester has lined up local volunteers to deliver one filled bucket to each participating home between 9 a.m. and noon Jan. 20, free of charge.

There are several methods that can be used to request a sand bucket. One is to fill out a form available at the New Gloucester Public Library or pinned to the Town Hall community bulletin board, and then deposit the completed form in the BLING box at the library. A second option emailing email blingnewgloucester@gmail.com with your name, address, email address and (optional) phone number. There is also a Google form to fill out at ngxchange.org.

Note that sand buckets will be collected at the end of the season. Supplies are being provided by a local business.

Spend an afternoon with the Morgan horses that live at Pineland Farms’ Equestrian Center, 1545 Intervale Road. Visitors will tour the Morgan Horse Museum, arena and outdoor pastures.

This family program is open to ages 6 and up and takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The fee is $7 per person. Adult paid participation is required for minors, and pre-registration is required. To get tickets, go to the Farm Visits & Programs menu at shop.pinelandfarms.org.

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For more details, contact the education department at 650-3031 or education@pinelandfarms.org.

Maine author David Florig will be at the library for a free discussion of his book, “The Stones of Ailsa Craig,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

The novel is a work of historical fiction set in present-day Belfast, Maine, and in 1880s Scotland and is centered around the centuries-old sport of curling. Florig has spoken at numerous libraries about this debut novel throughout the last few months.

Requests for absentee ballots can be made for the March 5 presidential primary election.

They may be requested by using the state’s online absentee ballot request service by searching for “voting” at maine.gov.

Residents can also complete an absentee ballot request form at newgloucester.com, under News and Announcements, and drop it off at the town office or mail it to: Town of New Gloucester, Attn: Elections, 385 Intervale Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260.

Ballots will not be mailed out to voters until February.

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For the first time in 18 years, Maine is sending a team to the Little League Baseball World Series

When the Gray-New Gloucester/Raymond team takes the field in the Little League Baseball World Series Thursday, hundreds of people back home will be cheering for them.Two of them are Dawn Murray, owner of B&R Dairy Bar in Gray and Christine Parlin, whose daughter goes to school with some of the boys on the team.“Our little town is making some big news,” Parlin said Tuesday. “It’s bringing the community together for something very positive. Right now it seems like there’s so many polar opposites....

When the Gray-New Gloucester/Raymond team takes the field in the Little League Baseball World Series Thursday, hundreds of people back home will be cheering for them.

Two of them are Dawn Murray, owner of B&R Dairy Bar in Gray and Christine Parlin, whose daughter goes to school with some of the boys on the team.

“Our little town is making some big news,” Parlin said Tuesday. “It’s bringing the community together for something very positive. Right now it seems like there’s so many polar opposites. It sets a good example for all these adults.”

The boys, ages 10-12, will take the field at 3 p.m. Thursday representing the New England Region in the double-elimination tournament. It’s the first time in 18 years Maine has sent a team to the World Series, following Westbrook’s win in 2005.

Overall, only four teams from Maine have made it to the tournament that features 10 U.S. teams and 10 international teams.

Depending on how many games they win, the boys from Maine could be in Pennsylvania for 18 days.

And although the costs for the boys are covered, the community is busy raising money to help the parents pay for hotels and travel expenses.

For Murray, who’s owned the Dairy Bar with her husband for five years, it’s another chance to give back. They’ve raised money for kids with cancer and animal shelters and now they are pledging to give 10% of all their sales to the team on Thursday.

There’s also a donation bucket at the ice cream pick-up window.

“I’m sure this plaza will be a mob scene Thursday,” she said. “These kids from a small town made it all the way.”

Part of the mob will undoubtedly be gathered at Birchwood Brewing, just a good throw from center field to second base from the dairy bar.

Brewery co-owner Wes Hewey said they were packed when the boys played in the regional championships last week, when fans watched the action on two large screens.

“It’s been great,” he said. “It’s just hometown, young kids.”

In nearby New Gloucester, Twisted Nickles Redemption Center is donating proceeds from bottle returns to the team, said Cindy Leeman, manager.

And down the road in Westbrook, Blazes Burgers owner Alex Stone organized a raffle, is taking donations and has promised a percentage of his profit to help defray the costs for the parents.

“We just wanted to do our part to help the league and the families,” he said. “We’re all connected. We’re excited to watch them on Thursday.”

Back at the ice cream shop, Parlin said she’s amazed the parents have to travel so far — it’s an eight-hour drive from Gray to Williamsport, Pa. — to see their kids play.

“When you sign up kids for sports, you sign up for whatever comes down the line,” she said. “As a parent, you do anything for them.”

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