Westbrook team heads to Cooperstown

The Westbrook Blazes, a group of youth baseball players ages 11-12, will travel this week to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., running Aug. 8-14.

According to Greg Post, a coach for the team, they are guaranteed six pool-play games – with scheduled match-ups against teams from New York, Minnesota, Massachusetts, California, Virginia, and New Jersey, before competing in a single-elimination tournament round.

Team updates can be found throughout the tournament at www.facebook.com/BlazesDreams. Post said select games will be available to watch online.

“This once-in-a-lifetime trip would not be possible without tremendous support from the Westbrook community and numerous area businesses,” he said. “The players, coaches, and team umpire would like to extend their sincere gratitude to everyone who helped make this happen.”

Rotarians recognized

Several Westbrook-Gorham Rotarians have received Paul Harris Fellow recognition, given to individuals who contribute $1,000 or more cumulatively to the Rotary annual fund, Polio Plus or an approved foundation grant.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given at subsequent $1,000. Recognition consists of a pin set with precious stones corresponding to the recognition. Those recognized include Bruce Saunders, Jason Beever, Dave Rolfe and Cliff Plummer, who have reached Plus One level.

Christine Johnson, club president, and Rotarians Owens McCullough, Pat Plummer and Cliff Plummer were recognized for reaching Plus Two Level.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the “fine work done by Rotary,” Rotary publicist Paul Emery said, is invited to attend its weekly meeting 11:30 a.m to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the American Legion post, 300 Conant St. (Route 25) in Westbrook or visit westbrookgorhamrotary.org .

UNE dean’s list

The University of New England in Portland/Biddeford has announced that several Westbrook students were named to the dean’s list for the spring semester.

They are Ewa Achey, James Beahm, Allison Charlton, Megan Galley, Abigail Leblanc, Chelsea Mesloh, Cyndie Taylor Bunker, Emily Van Duzer and Ashley Whalen.

Class of ’55 to hear Duddy

Westbrook High School class of 1955 will hold its 60th class reunion at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Ron and Brenda Stultz’s summer home on Sebago Lake. Maine country singer Jose Duddy will entertain.

More information about the event will be mailed to classmates.

Tate House lecture series continues

The Tate House Museum, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, will present “Creating Maine Towns: The Process and The Records” with Dr. Carol Prescott McCoy, as part of the museum’s summer lecture program at 1267 Westbrook St., Portland.

McCoy, owner of Find-Your-Roots.com in Brunswick, has been doing genealogical research for over 25 years. She specializes in New England (especially Maine), New York, the Maritime Provinces, and West Virginia and has a passion for land records.

As past president of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society, she is leading a project to index the early deeds of Cumberland County. She has taught workshops for the University of Southern Maine, Boston University’s Genealogy Certificate Program, and many genealogical and historical societies throughout New England.

The District of Maine had a wild history marked by warfare, destruction and abandonment of settlements, land disputes and a harsh environment. McCoy will talk about why and how Maine towns were created. Those who attend can learn about town records, how they help in research and where to find them.

The $10 cost supports the preservation of the Tate House Museum. The museum was built in 1755 for the British Royal Navy mast agent George Tate.

Light refreshments will be served and reservations are advised. For more information or to reserve a space, contact the museum office at 774-6177 or email [email protected]

The Westbrook Blazes are traveling this week to play in the American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown, NY. Courtesy photoWestbrook-Gorham Rotary Club President Christine Johnson recently recognized longtime member T. Nelson Harmon for his outstanding efforts organizing the club’s annual lobster bake for 35 years.Courtesy photo by Paul Emery

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