City honors ‘Mr. Westbrook’

Sgt. Mike Sanphy, who retired after 40 years as a Westbrook officer, was honored in a ceremony Friday at the Westbrook Public Safety building.

Police Chief Bill Baker introduced Sanphy as “Mr. Westbrook” to a crowd of residents and public officials, including Mayor Bruce Chuluda. Sanphy was presented with the U.S. flag that flew over police headquarters Friday.

Channel 13 TV anchorman Jeff Peterson sang the national anthem and Susie, Jill and Ali Stauble, three sisters who are Westbrook High School grads, sang at the ceremony and at the reception that followed.

Sanphy was driven home in a limo driven by Alan Tundel, a former Westbrook sergeant who retired earlier this year.

The honors surprised Sanphy. “I didn’t have a clue,” he said at the reception.

Library summer programs

There’s still time to sign up for summer reading programs at Warren Memorial Library, 479 Main St. “We have programs for all ages this year – kids, teens and adults. Sign up, read and have a chance to win cool prizes! Come by the front desk at the library for more information,” said library Director Wendy Hysko.

The library’s book discussion group is continuing through the summer. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited.

“In July, we will be discussing ‘Stern Men’ by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of bestselling ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ and in August we will be

discussing ‘Water for Elephants’ by Sara Gruen,” Hysko said.

Hysko said there are lots of kids’ events this summer – concerts, storytimes, classes and more – all centered around this summer’s reading theme “Go Buggy for Books.”

For a full list of events, go to the library, call 854-5091 or visit the library’s MySpace site at

Cutter on dean’s list

Andrew E. Cutter has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Cutter is a member of the class of 2009.

Wescott students honored

Rachel Williams and Cameron Goodwin, students at Wescott Junior High School, were both recently honored as a Middle Level Scholar Leader by the New England League of Middle Schools and the Maine Association for Middle Level Education.

Williams and Goodwin received awards at a banquet in May at the Augusta Civic Center. The criteria for the award includes demonstrating academic initiative and scholarship, providing service to classmates and school, exemplifying positive attitudes, and demonstrating leadership in the classroom and school activities.

Cutline (Sanphy 2) – Westbrook honors Sgt. Mike Sanphy, right, on Friday as he retired after 40 years of service on Westbrook Police Department. Chief Bill Baker, middle, called Sanphy (Sanphy 5)

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