Town seeks proposals to preserve local rural land

Gorham is looking for potentially developable land in the rural district to be preserved from future development, with or without conservation stakeholders.

“This request for information provides prospective respondents with enough information to submit a complete request,” the town said in an announcement on its website.

Those interested must first apply to receive updates on the town’s website to access more information.

The town may conduct preliminary meetings and/or site visits with respondents, according to the Department of Community Development on the website. Meetings and/or site visits may be held individually or in a group. Based on inquiries, meetings and/or site visits, the town may choose to issue changes to the request for information.

It is the responsibility of respondents to request updates and changes to the request for information. Written responses must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. April 29.

To review the request or for more information, visit gorham-me.org, email Thomas Poirier at [email protected] or call Poirier at 222-1620.

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Farm-inspired calendars

The 2022 Gorham Historical Society calendar features the McLellan Farm on the cover. Contributed

The 2022 Gorham Historical Society calendars are available for $10 each. This year’s calendar marks the second farm edition and features the McLellan Farm on the cover. An early settler, Hugh McLellan built the first brick house in Cumberland County in 1773 but began construction in 1769, according to the society’s chronology.

The calendars are available in the town clerk’s office at the municipal center, 75 South St., or Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South St.

50 years ago

The American Journal reported on Jan. 19, 1972, that the Rev. Jack Perkins of First Parish Church was to speak when the Tri-Town Senior Citizens met in the Methodist Church vestry.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Jan. 13 that the U.S. public debt was $29,744,356,363,065.92.

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