Methodist church breaks ground

A large turnout from the School Street United Methodist Church and the community sang hymns as the church broke ground Sunday for a new church at the intersection of Route 25 and Cressey Road.

“We hope this building will be a blessing to the whole community,” said Rev. Linwood Arnold, pastor at the church. “This ground that we have broken today is becoming holy ground.”

The church’s present building, which was built on School Street in Gorham Village in 1880, is under contract to be sold. When the church relocates to a new church building, it will be re-named Cressey Road United Methodist Church.

A church trustee, Dennis Morton, pointed to land markers on Sunday showing where the new building would sit.

A lack of parking at the site on School Street led to the decision to relocate. When Morton showed where the parking lot would be, a voice from the gathering shouted “hallelujah.”

Francis in Bowdoin performance

Gorham singer and songwriter Sammie Francis will perform at 8 p.m. on April 22, at the Bowdoin College Chapel in Brunswick.

She will perform original music both on guitar and piano and cover songs from her favorite artists. Francis is a 2005 graduate of Gorham High School and the 2004 winner of “Best New Artist” in the Rock Off Competition. She is a freshman at Bowdoin College majoring in English.

Admission is free.

Something for everyone

The Trinity Circle of School Street United Methodist Church is sponsoring a two-day sale of bargains this month.

The annual spring rummage and perennial sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on, April 28, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29, at the church on School Street. Items will include clothes, dishes, furniture, books, puzzles, toys, perennials and houseplants.

Ruth Ayers, event chairperson, said those attending on the first day would find the most variety at “low, low prices.” She said that an additional markdown would happen at 11 a.m. on the second day of the sale when a grocery bag can be filled for $1.

Seiferth on dean’s list

Lyndsy Seiferth has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass.

Seiferth, majoring in architectural engineering, graduated from Gorham High School in 2005. She is the daughter of Lisa and Kurt Seiferth.

Dostie on dean’s list

Rachelle Dostie has been named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Dostie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics/new media.

Edes excels

Andrew Edes has been named to the dean’s list by Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., for the winter term.

Edes is pursuing an associate degree in business administration.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of Public Debt reported on Thursday, March 30, that the U.S. public debt was $8,365,414,358,878.01

(groundbreaking 1) – Rev. Linwood Arnold leads a gathering in singing hymns, as School Street United Methodist Church broke ground on Sunday for a new building.(Groundbreaking 2) – Dennis Morton, a trustee of the School Street United Methodist Church, and parishioner Margaret Young break ground on Sunday for a new church.(Groundbreaking 4) – Ed Laverty, on the right, and Chuck Barr help break ground in ceremonies on Sunday for a new Methodist Church. Their present building on School Street is under contract to be sold.(Sammie Francis) – Sammie Francis

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