Fickett honored

Gorham Deputy Fire Chief Ken Fickett has been named citizen volunteer of the year by the Maine Recreation and Park Association.

Cindy Hazelton, director of the Gorham Recreation Department, recognized Fickett in a presentation at last week’s Town Council meeting.

Hazelton said Fickett, a Gorham native, has been a recreation department volunteer for 25 years. Hazelton said Fickett “has been our go-to guy” who drives buses, flips burgers and pancakes at special occasions, chaperones trips, and picks up Santa and Mrs. Claus for the town’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

“He is a quiet in the background, doesn’t need to be noticed, let’s do this kind of guy,” Hazelton said. “Any recreation department anywhere would be lucky to have a Kenny Fickett in (its) corner.”

Other past Gorham winners of the award have been John Reed, Scott and Julie Burnheimer, Pete Walker and Paul Reynolds, Hazelton said.

Holocaust operetta to premiere

The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre will present the English-language world premiere of a Holocaust operetta, “In the Underworld,” in several performances this month on the Gorham campus.

“In the Underworld” will be staged April 18-27 at Russell Hall. The university’s website says, “While imprisoned in Ravensbru?ck concentration camp in World War II, French author Germaine Tillion secretly wrote an operetta that turned her own experiences into a powerful testament to the triumph of humanity.”

It is directed by Meghan Brodie, assistant theater professor at the university.

Times and dates are: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 18 and April 25; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 and April 26; 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20 and April 27; 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 22; a high school matinee at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23; and 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24.

Tickets are $15; $11 for seniors, alumni and university employees; and $8 for students. On Wednesday, April 23, all seats are $5.

For ticket reservations, call the box office at 780-5151 or visit

Balcomb excels at Bates

Bates College student Hallie Balcomb of Gorham delivered a research-based presentation at this year’s Mount David Summit, the Lewiston college’s annual campus-wide celebration of student academic achievement held in late March.

Balcomb, who is majoring in mathematics at Bates, delivered a presentation titled “Combating the Spread of Malaria with the Power of Mathematics.”

Her research was supervised by Meredith Greer, associate professor of mathematics at Bates. Balcomb, the daughter of Scott H. Balcomb and Abigail Sanborn of Gorham, is a 2010 graduate of Gorham High School.

Tufts dean’s list

Two Gorham students, Megan Creeden and Lincoln Gray, were named to the dean’s list at Tufts University for the fall semester.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on April 3 that the U.S. Public Debt was $17,554,778,670,289.33.

Gorham Recreation Director Cindy Hazelton last week recognizes Deputy Fire Chief Ken Fickett as this year’s recipient of the Maine Recreation and Park Association’s citizen volunteer of the year. 

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