USA Today honors Holmes

Gorham High School girls basketball player Mackenzie Holmes has been nominated “to be a mid-season player of the year” by USA Today, School Committee Chairman Darryl Wright announced last week.

“What an honor to even be in these national conversations. Congratulations,, Mackenzie,” Wright read in his report to the Gorham Town Council.

Migration talk on Lesvos, Greece

Irwin Novak and Mary Snell of North Gorham, who have spent the past 30 summers on the Greek island of Lesvos, will speak on the “Migrant Journey to Lesvos,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at North Gorham Public Library, 2 Standish Neck Road. 

“In the past four years Lesvos has become a main gateway for migrants and refugees who are flooding into Europe through Greece. Nearly 750,000 people have come through this one island; and many get stuck there in camps as they wait for asylum requests to be processed. Migration is a hot topic in America, and this situation in Europe is changing that entire continent,” the library said in a press release.

Novak and Snell will show videos of raft landings and introduce their audience to some of the people of the island who were nominated in 2015 for the Nobel Peace Prize. A display of photographs, books and actual items recovered from the beaches will remain in the library for several weeks.

For more information about the free program, call Jennifer Plummer, library coordinator, at 892-2575

Sand available

A mix of sand and salt is available to Gorham residents at the Public Works facility on Huston Road. Commercial use is not permitted.

Each household is allowed two, 5-gallon pails of winter sand per storm. For more information, call Public Works at 892-9062.

Holiday closings

The Gorham Municipal Center, administrative offices and Baxter Memorial Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18, in observance of Presidents Day.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Feb. 7 that the U.S. public debt was $21,955,061,924,930.72.

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