Westbrook Mayor Michael Foley recently honored longtime community member Donald Laroche with a Westbrook sweatshirt from American Roots for all the work he does throughout the year keeping the community clean. Contributed / Mayor Mike Foley

Library friends to meet

Friends of the Walker Memorial Library meeting will be held 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20 in the Elm Room at Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St.

Friends member Kelly Day said the group will elect officers for the 2021/2022 season, discuss its book sale, plan the summer Friends of the Library trip or outing, and plan for its next meeting on Sept. 23. The meeting is open to all.

The Friends of the Library is a casual and fun group, Day said, with about 20 members that meet seven or eight times a year and help the library plan a Holiday Open House, Valentine’s Day tea, annual book sale, and an annual summer outing. Members also choose a graduating high school senior to receive a scholarship.

“We also advocate for the library and help with fundraising,” Day said. “Last year, we were proud to buy a new kitchen set for the children’s room and we also buy some of the passes to the Maine State Park, Children’s Museum, and others.”

Free food

The Locker Project is offering free food from 3-4 p.m. Thursday, May 13 in the First Baptist Church parking lot, 713-715 Main St., Westbrook.

Included will be fresh vegetables and baked goods, frozen meats and pantry items, when available. Customers can point to the food they want and volunteers will bag items.


The event will not be held if it rains this month, but the organization hopes to have an inside location if there’s inclement weather in June.

Masks and social distancing are required.

50 years ago

Joe Hakanson, president of Westbrook Trust Company, spoke at the Senior Friendship Club, the American Journal reported on May 12, 1971. His topic was “You can’t take it with you.”

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