Gorham nabbing drunk drivers

Armed with a grant to crackdown on operating under the influence, Gorham police officers have made seven arrests since Dec. 1 last year.

Sgt. Benjamin Moreland of Gorham Police Department said in a report that the grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety affords Gorham to run enforcement details through Sept. 6.

Moreland reported on Jan. 30 the Gorham police had already used the grant to complete 10 four-hour details. Besides seven arrests for operating under the influence, Gorham officers have stopped 89 vehicles, issuing 22 tickets and summonses along with 65 verbal warnings.

Woman’s club ?to meet

Gorham Woman’s Club will meet on Thursday, Feb. 14, in the fellowship hall at the First Parish Congregational Church, 1 Church St.

Anne LaPierre of the Hannaford store in Scarborough will speak at 1 p.m. on the subject “Making Healthy Choices.”

Refreshments at 12:30 p.m. will precede the program that will be followed by a business meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

Dean’s list students

Four Gorham students have been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Saint Joseph’s College in Standish. They are Meghan Garrard, Emily Hamblen, Christina Maiorino, and Michelle Walls.

Flynn artist-in-residence

The Gorham Arts Alliance has recently named Rachel Contreni Flynn as its new artist-in-residence.

The alliance reported in a prepared statement that Flynn of North Gorham is a poet who has published “three award-winning books and has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.”

“We are very fortunate to have Rachel living here in Gorham and her willingness to share her knowledge of writing and poetry with the community,” Amy Valentine, president of Gorham Arts Alliance, said in a statement. “She has a lot of great ideas to help bring this form of art to life.”

Flynn and her husband, Patrick, have two children, Grace and Noah.

First school budget

Gorham voters 248 years ago approved 40 pounds to support the town’s first school budget, according to the Gorham Historical Society. The vote came in Gorham’s first town meeting on Feb. 18, 1765.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of Public Debt reported on Feb. 8 that the U.S. public debt was $16,488,908,847,828.25.

Town Councilor Philip Gagnon Jr. has announced that his son, Philip Turgeon Gagnon III, was born at 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3, just ? before the Super Bowl kickoff. ?He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. ?“Mother Tatia, big sister Cameron, and PG3 are all home and doing well,” Gagnon reported on Feb. 6.   

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