Gorham House turns 25

Gorham House, a comprehensive senior assisted living and nursing home complex located at 50 New Portland Road in Gorham, celebrated a milestone this month. On July 9, 1990, Joe Brennan, a former Maine governor, spoke at the grand opening of the facility. He commented that the sunshine bode well for the future of the community. Twenty-five years later, the sun remained bright for the Gorham House anniversary attended by residents, families and employees on July 9.

“How fortunate are we to celebrate this milestone surrounded by the incredible Gorham House community,” administrator Michelle Belhumeur said in a press release.

More than 400 people were on hand for the event.

Five employees of Gorham House were recognized for 25 years of service, including Kathy Breiding, Isabelle Cail, Mary Miller, Edith Sturgis and Diane Talbot.

Ann LePage, the keynote speaker, complimented the entire team on the consistent care, support and dedication to the full spectrum of care that Gorham House continues to provide.

Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre spoke of the initial building plans and the innovative concept to provide a broad spectrum of care under one roof.

“We are very lucky to have such a professional and compassionate team here at Gorham House. They’re a first-rate crew,” he said.

Ballet teacher Gorham guest

Adam James Holms, a New York ballet teacher, spent last week giving pointers to students at the Centre of Movement in Gorham.

Holms is one of the leading ballet instructors for American Ballet Theatre’s Outreach Department.

“Education is my passion,” Holmes said Friday at the school in Gorham.

Vicki Lloyd, owner of the Centre of Movement, said she and Holms, who has a ballet studio in Connecticut, met last year in Las Vegas when her students performed in national competition. At the Centre of Movement last week, Holms taught about 20 ballet students ages 9-40.

Holms even helped students with their hairdos.

“Ballet is all about tradition, Holms said. “I try to make the kids take pride in how they look.”

Lloyd described Holms as inspirational. He had previously vacationed in Maine. “It’s beautiful,” Holms said about the Gorham community.

This week, Lloyd’s students in several categories are at Foxwoods in Connecticut for national competition.

Free summer concert

Tricky Britches will be in concert from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the gazebo on the lawn at Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St. The concert is part of a free summer series sponsored by Gorham Recreation Department.

Gorham students excel at UMF

The University of Maine at Farmington has announced that several Gorham students have been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

They are Ashley Brown, Shelby Bryant, Celeste Carpenter, Kaitlin Flanders, Austin Hayes, Conor Kirby, Maeghan Sloat, Patricia Smith, Emily Thompson and Melissa Walls.?

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on July 23 that the U.S. public debt was $18,151,903,780,340.35.

Gorham Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre speaks when Gorham House recently observed its 25th anniversary.At Gorham House’s recent 25th anniversary, Maine’s first lady, Ann LePage, left, joins Gorham House resident George Watson and Gorham House Administrator Michelle Belhumeur for a photo.Courtesy photos by Jeann McInnisVisiting New York ballet instructor Adam Holms, in back, is pictured with ballet dancers at the Centre of Movement in Gorham on Friday. Students from the school this week are at Foxwoods in Connecticut for national competition. Staff photo by Robert Lowell

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