September, 1980

Solar heat is gaining popularity for Maine homes. Several “envelope” houses – “a house within a house” – have been built with south-facing windows, relying also on wood-burning, with back-up electrical heat. Some have added greenhouse with electric fans to blow its heat into the main house.

In advance of the referendum on closing the Maine Yankee nuclear power plant, the pro-nuclear big press is spreading the fear that we will freeze and starve in the dark without nuclear power.

Windham has named Evelyn Taylor as assessor, succeeding Joseph Lessard.

Two Scarborough families are asking that their children who attend the Southern Maine Christian School be allowed to ride in school buses.

Scarborough Amvets are sponsoring a bike-a-thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

The Cumberland Farmers Club will hold the 109th annual Cumberland Fair Sept. 21 through 27.

York Mutual Insurance Co. has moved to its new building at 3 York St., Westbrook.

Gene Miner, Steep Falls, whose hand was seriously injured a month ago in an accident, got a pleasant surprise. A group of his co-workers at Shaw’s North Windham showed up and cut his winter’s wood.

Hallie and Laska Warren have moved into their new modular home on Woodlawn Avenue, Little Falls, Gorham after Maine’s Superior and Supreme courts ruled that a Gorham ordinance banning their single-unit modular was discriminatory.

September, 1990

The flag was stolen from Mayor Fred Wescott’s house. “I hope they display it as proudly as I did,” he said. The best answer to vandalism, he said, is to repair and replace.

The Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, which accepts stray dogs and cats at no charge, is asking for an annual fee from the communities it serves, for the first time since it was founded in 1911.

The Westbrook City Council voted, 5-2, to change zoning to allow William Gowen’s proposed Prides Corner shopping center.

Andre Hemond, former principal of South Portland High School, has been fired as a temporary guidance counselor for Scarborough schools.

Westbrook aldermen voted, 4-3, on first reading for an ordinance that puts rents at The Hamlet mobile home park under control of a new three-member board. A final vote is due in two weeks.

Six to 10 acres of town land behind Arlington School in North Windham is being considered for a recreation area.

Central Maine Power company will lower the level of North Gorham Pond five feet Sunday to repair a stone wall flanking the dam.

Yankee Lanes, Portland, is starting a senior citizens’ bowling league.

Windham High School’s Class of 1960 held its 30-year reunion. Guests included teachers Stanley and Donna Aldrich and Ken and Mona Gardner.

Saint Joseph’s College honored Dr. Karen Lemke with its Sister Mary Jude Murray award, upon a vote of the student body. She is chairman of the college’s Education Department.

The Warren Warriors, of the S. D. Warren Company’s Westbrook paper mill, competed its second year of competition in meets of the Maine Corporate Track Association. Of the team’s 51 members, 45 scored points in the four meets.

In an advertisement, the Maine Animal Coalition, Portland, asks that people who go to fairs take pictures if they see cruelty. Last year, it says, in pulling contests, animals were severely whipped and jabbed with nails attached to goadsticks.

Neighbors are in dispute about whether the north end of Windham’s Haskell Road has been abandoned by the town. One side hired a backhoe to clear it for use. Police chief Richard Lawsen looked over the situation and left it as a civil, not police, question.

Tax values of land at Higgins Beach, Scarborough, went up more than 600 percent in tax bills received Saturday, one resident said.

David Richardson scored both touchdowns as South Portland High School beat thornton Academy 13-0 Saturday.

Martin Pizzo was elected president and Lional Dumond, vice president as the Westbrook Merchants’ Association was formed Monday.

The City of Westbrook is contributing $109,481 to health and social service agencies this year.

A hole of three-eighths of a inch was found in a gasoline tank at the C. W. Brown station in downtown Westbrook when the station’s three tanks were removed. It was the only one thought to be not leaking, but it sat in a puddle of gasoline.

Linda Alexander and Shirley Irish, Gorham dispatchers, and Donna Post, Westbrook dispatcher, attended the 56th annual convention of the Association of Public Safety Communication Officers, held in Boston.

Waste Management of Maine will begin residential trash collection in Gorham in October at a fee of $12.67 a month.

Westbrook High School’s Marching Band will take part in a band show in Auburn Saturday, the first of 10 competitions. Then come state and New England championships. George Bookataub is director. Joe DeRoche is Band Boosters president.

On display in the new Area Gallery at the USM Portland campus are 17 articles of East Asian clothing, loaned by D. Lee Rich’s Ginko Asian Art Shop, Portland.

Randall Deschaine is new manager of Hannaford Bros. Shop ‘N Save, Gorham.

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