The Rev. Tim Sandeno, pastor of  Reedemer Lutheran Church, places a wreath on a grave at Hillside Cemetery in Gorham during VFW Memorial Day ceremonies Monday.

The Gorham Police Department Color Guard is flanked by the large number of people who turned out for a Memorial Day observance Monday in Eastern Cemetery after the town’s annual parade.

Chaplain Bryan Bessette will be the guest speaker when Potluck With a Purpose meets June 7.

Bessette anti-trafficking speaker

Bryan Bessette will be the guest speaker when Potluck With a Purpose meets at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Summit Community Church, 53 County Road, Gorham.

Bessette is co-founder and president of The Freedom Café, a nonprofit organization based in Durham, New Hampshire that is a place for individuals and organizations to connect, learn, volunteer and invest in the mission to create a traffic-free world, series organizer Cindy Elder said.

“Bryan is a man of many talents and accomplishments,” Elder said in an announcement.

According to Elder, Bessette is ordained by the Assemblies of God, is a chaplain and an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Great Bay Community College.

 “As a leader in the modern-day abolitionist movement, he seeks to bring critical understanding and awareness to the intersection of global supply chains, human trafficking, and conscious consuming,” Elder said. “Under his leadership, the Freedom Café has collaborated with several national and international organizations, including Stop the Traffic and the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking.

Those attending the potluck event are asked to take a dish to share. 

Potluck with a Purpose, a monthly speaking series about combatting human trafficking, will be taking a break for the summer and will begin meeting again in the fall.

Drones demonstration

Lakes Region Senior Center, 40 Acorn St., in Little Falls, is hosting a demonstration by the Windham Police Department about drones at 10 a.m. Monday, June 10.

Officers Jason Burke and Jay Gallant will present the program either indoors or out, depending on the weather. “They will explain how the department uses drones to help solve cases and to find missing people,” according to an announcement.

Those attending are asked to bring a chair; a light lunch will be served with sandwiches, chips, drinks and desserts.

Historical archives

Kelly Dearborn will present a Gorham Historical Society program when it meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, in the municipal center, 75 South St.

Dearborn’s topic will cover the society’s archive collection, new additions, donations, and unidentified photos.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on May 22 that the U.S. public debt was $22,026,679,116,252.14.


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