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Residents, town officials and newly installed Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak turned out to see the town's Legislative delegation Friday present a sentiment to retiring Town Manager David Cole. Cake and ice cream were served at the party honoring Cole, who served 23 years.

Residents, town officials and newly installed Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak turned out to see the town’s Legislative delegation Friday present a sentiment to retiring Town Manager David Cole. Cake and ice cream were served at the party honoring Cole, who served 23 years.

Chief Petty Officer John Gagnon

Gorham grad on duty

A 1997 Gorham High School graduate and Gorham native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy’s newest and most technologically advanced helicopter.

Chief Petty Officer John Gagnon is a naval air crewman (tactical helicopter) with the “Airwolves” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron HSM 40, a Mayport, Florida-based squadron that operates the Navy’s next generation submarine hunter and anti-surface warfare helicopter, the MH-60R Seahawk. Each helicopter is nearly 65 feet long, weighing up to 23,500 pounds and can travel more than 120 miles per hour for nearly 320 miles on a tank of gas.
         
As a naval air crewman, Gagnon serves as a helicopter search and rescue swimmer.

“I learned early on to work hard and to have dedication from my family,” said Gagnon. “Setting high goals and achieving those goals are traits I take to my job each day.”

According to Navy officials, the MH-60R is the most capable multi-mission helicopter available in the world today. It is used for a variety of missions, including hunting and tracking enemy submarines, attacking enemy ships, search and rescue, drug interdiction, delivering supplies and supporting the Navy’s special operations forces.

It is replacing the Navy’s older helicopters because of its greater versatility and more advanced weapon systems. 

Gagnon said he is proud to be part of a warfighting team that readily defends America at all times.

“Being a part of this team has aided in my promotion to chief petty officer,” said Gagnon. “This was my greatest accomplishment here thus far.”

“I am the first member of my immediate family to join the military,” said Gagnon. “It’s a great honor to serve the taxpayer in the defense of this country. Serving, to me, also means I have the great opportunity to lead and guide junior sailors.”

Farmland conservation meeting

Gorham Planning Office is hosting a presentation with Maine Farmland Trust at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Town Council chambers at Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St.

Presumpscot Regional Land Trust will attend to discuss joint farmland conservation opportunities with Maine Farmland Trust.

For more information, call Town Planner Tom Poirier at 222-1620; Chris Cabot of Maine Farmland Trust, 338-6575; or Rachelle Curran Apse, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, 839-4633.

Foodmobile reminder

The Good Shepherd Food Bank’s foodmobile will be in Gorham from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the parking lot at Saint Anne’s Church, 299 Main St.

Patrons are asked to bring their own bags and boxes. Food will be distributed while supplies last.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Aug. 31 that the U.S. public debt was  $19,844,533,441,924.39.