Don Veilleux of VFW Post 10879 places a wreath on a veteran’s grave during early morning showers on Memorial Day at Hillside Cemetery. Robert Lowell / American Journal

Memorial Day observances

Showers and cold couldn’t halt Gorham’s Memorial Day activities. They went on as scheduled and a large contingent of adults and children lined South and Main streets braving the weather to view the parade.

Recreation Director Cindy Hazelton had announced that the parade and ceremony would be held rain or shine, but leaders of parade units couldn’t help keeping a weather eye on the sky.

Col. Stuart Pettis addresses a Memorial Day gathering in an Eastern Cemetery ceremony. Robert Lowell / American Journal

Keynote speaker Col. Stuart Pettis, chief of Space Operations Integration, Headquarters Space Force, came to Gorham to speak at the Eastern Cemetery and he marched in the parade alongside veterans. In the cemetery ceremony, Pettis praised the large turnout along the parade route and those who attended the ceremony.

Early Monday, Gorham VFW Post 10879 held a wreath-laying at Hillside Cemetery in the rain and a ceremony on the Route 202 bridge over the Presumpscot River.

GMS awarded fitness center

Gov. Janet Mills and fitness icon Jake Steinfeld of Body by Jake, who is also the chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils, announced that Gorham Middle School was one of three Maine schools that won a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School in Deer Isle and SeDoMoCha School in Dover-Foxcroft were also selected to receive new $100,000 fitness centers from DON’T QUIT! in recognition of their commitment to student health.


“We had an overwhelming response from elementary and middle schools throughout the great state of Maine,” Steinfeld said in a prepared release. “Three schools really embodied our mission of building a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world.”

“The last year has proven just how important investing in the health of our students is to keeping our state strong,” Mills said. “I congratulate these deserving schools on being selected to receive a state-of-the-art fitness center and I thank them for their commitment to the health and well-being of Maine children.”

According to Steinfeld, ribbon-cutting ceremonies at the schools will be held in the fall.

Each fitness center is financed through public/private partnerships with companies such as Coca-Cola, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Wheels Up and Nike, and do not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding. Fitness in Motion provides all the fitness equipment, which is manufactured in the United States.

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Taste Walk reminder

Pick up a map for the Taste Walk, held from 11 2 p.m. Sunday, June 6, from Robie Gym on South Street. Visit each of the businesses on the map, which costs $5 a person, to collect giveaways or take photos.


After the walk, turn in the map to be entered for raffle prizes from Gorham Sand & Gravel, MK Kitchen, the Blue Pig, Carter’s Green Market and others.

Taste Walk benefits Young Life Sebago, an outreach to high and middle school students. Proceeds help send students to Young Life summer camp for “adventure, friendship and meaningful conversations about life,” according to its website.

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50 years ago

The Rev. and Mrs. Jack Perkins arrived at their new home, the First Parish parsonage on Main Street. He assumed duties as the minister at First Parish following five years of serving in Machias, the American Journal reported on June 2, 1971.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on May 27 that the U.S. public debt was $28,163,641,538,608.22.

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