Congratulations on 60th

Leonard (Leo) and Agnes Doiron of Westbrook celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

The couple was married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Portland on April 19, 1947.

Accompanied by several family members on April 22 this year, they observed “60 wonderful years together” at one of their favorite restaurants, the Clambake in Scarborough.

The couple had seven children. They are Diane D. Allen, Joan D. Goff, Leonard “Lenny” Doiron, Bruce Doiron, Paula R. Laidlaw, Jeffrey Doiron and Matthew Doiron.

Their eight grandchildren are Lisa M. Caristinos, Paula G. Gowen, Todd Allen, Timothy Allen, Keith Doiron, Britney Doiron, Kayla Doiron and Kristiana Doiron. Great-grandchildren are Michael Gowen, Sara Gowen, Nikolaos Caristinos and Shawna Allen.

Curran celebrates 80th

Phil Curran, 222 Duck Pond Road, celebrated his 80th birthday May 1 with members of his family. His son, Dennis, flew in from his home in Alamo, Calif., for the day, and daughter, Martha Goyet, came from Sinton, Texas, for the milestone event.

Beth Burnham, his granddaughter, came from Londonderry, N.H. Joined by son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law Janet, they all made a surprise trip by limo to Orr’s Island and the house where Curran was born in 1927. It is still in the family.

They had dinner at Cook’s Lobster House at Bailey Island and, still in the limo, proceeded to Oakland for a birthday cake and celebration at the home of daughter, Colleen Curran Burnham.

Phil Curran is married to the former Nancy Joy of Westbrook and they have lived at Prides Corner for most of their 52 years together. They have four children, eight grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Curran is retired from the former Casco Bank & Trust Co., Portland. He has been active in many civic, church and other activities.

Luce on dean’s list

Ryan L. Luce has been named to the dean’s list at Southern Maine Community College, Luce is the son of Judy and Bill Luce; grandson of Lawrence and Louise Inman and Gloria and Richard Luce of Cape Elizabeth. The others are from Westbrook.

Barton to lead military order

Bob Barton will be installed as the New England commander of Region 1 of the Military Order of the World Wars at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Verrillo’s, 155 Riverside St., and Portland.

Barton, a past commander of the Stephen W. Manchester Post 62 of the American Legion, is a retired Army colonel.

Post 62 to install officers

The Stephen W. Manchester Post 62 will install officers in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in its headquarters, 17 Dunn St. Larry Dearborn will officiate. Strawberry shortcake will be served following the installation.

Historical Society open house

Suzan Norton, vice president of Westbrook Historical Society, will present a program, “Immigrants to Westbrook,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, in the society’s hall at 17B Dunn St.

The hall will open at 6:30 p.m. for visitors to tour the collection before the free program.

Norton said the following local family bios, photos and reasons for immigration will be included in the program: the Dolly/Keating family from Ireland; the Gerhardts (presented by the grandson Eugene Berg), Germany; the Rathgeb/Makowski/Preussner families, Switzerland; the Turgeon family, Canada; the Jensen family, Denmark.

The historical society continues to look for information on any immigrants that came to Westbrook. Those with material to share should contact the society at 854-5588.

Deputy clerk leads group

Ruth Noble, Westbrook deputy city clerk, has been unanimously elected by the Cumberland County Town & City Clerks Association to serve as president for the 2007-2008 term.

She has been employed by Westbrook since 1998, and has been deputy city clerk since 1999. She is a graduate of the New England Municipal Clerks Institute and Academy, and is a certified Maine clerk.

Awarded degree

David Michael Gilman of Westbrook received a bachelor of science in Accounting during Salve Regina University’s commencement, May 13 in Newport, R.I.

Cutline (Phil Curran) Cutline (WEST historical Society) – Suzan Norton displays items donated to the Westbrook Historical Society by immigrant families and their descendants. The pictured items and donor names are a chemise made by Ameila Woronecka of County Road (Worn before the bra was invented in 1912) Donated by her daughter Stella Blanchette; handmade nightgown, c. 1900, belonging to Mary Jeanne Gouzie Fraser & Mary Priscilla Gouzie Poitras. Donated by Geralda Whitzell; Bible of the Rathgeb . Haskell Silk Co. record book 1882


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