Council committees assigned

The Gorham Town Council recently appointed its committee members.

Shonn Moulton and Philip Dugas were named to the Finance Committee with Jane Willett, chairwoman; Burleigh Loveitt, Brenda Caldwell and Mike Phinney, chairman, Ordinance

Committee; Willett, Caldwell and Dugas, chairman,

Appointments/Personnel Committee; Phinney, Moulton and Loveitt, chairman, Economic Development/Capital Improvements Committee.

Also, Norm Justice, representative to the Greater Portland Council of Governments: Caldwell, ad hoc representative to the Recreation Advisory Board; and Willett, ad hoc representative to the Cable TV Committee.

Lestage excels in academics

The University of Maine in Orono recently recognized Kathleen Lestage of Gorham among 100 students for outstanding academic achievement.

Lestage is a student in the university’s College of Education and Human Development. Dean Robert Cobb presented Lestage with a Presidential Achievement pin.

Baxter open house, giving tree

Join the Friends of Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South St., at a holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 9. No RSVP is necessary.

The public is invited to drop in any time from 10 a.m. to noon to tour the Baxter Museum, enjoy music and refreshments, meet Santa, take home crafts and leave a new unwrapped gift under the Giving Tree, the library’s annual program to benefit the needy.

The library will accept new, unwrapped gifts for teens and ‘tweens, ages 10-18 through Dec. 15. All gifts collected under the Giving Tree will be donated to Gorham families in need.

Donations can be dropped off during regular library hours at the front desk. Appropriate gifts for young men and women might include books, art supplies, books, sporting goods, movie tickets, cosmetics or toiletries, winter accessories like scarves, gloves and hats, and, of course, books.

For more information about the open house or the Giving Tree, call 839-5031.

Girl Scouts holding registration

Girl Scouts of Kennebec Council will hold a parent information and registration meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., at the Village School in Gorham.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about Girl Scout activities in the community, as well as volunteer options available for adults, including volunteer troop leaders.

Girl Scouts of Kennebec Council provides programs for more than 10,000 girls ages 5-17 in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset and York counties. More than 3,200 adults are members as well.

Registration fee is $10, payable by check. Financial assistance is available for this fee.

For more information, pcontact Beth Darling at 1-800-660-1072 (in Maine only) or 207-772-1177 or [email protected]

Happy birthday, Ralph

We recently heard that Ralph Perry celebrated his 64th birthday on Nov. 10.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of Public Debt reported on Nov. 24 that the U.S. public debt was $8,623,103,300,538.74

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