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Sally Gherardi

Sally Gherardi

High school teacher
auto racing champ

Gorham High School teacher Sally Gherardi will receive an award on Saturday, Nov. 11, at Holiday Inn By The Bay in Portland as the season’s top race car driver in the Sport Series at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough.

She teaches physics and her students know her as Mrs. Hatch. Her husband, Tim Hatch, is her crew chief.

Gherardi, 40, a Gorham graduate in 1995, is the daughter of George and Brenda Gherardi of White Rock Outboard in Gorham.

It marks Gherardi’s second auto racing title in the series, as she captured the top series honor in 2008.

History calendars ready

The 2018 Gorham Historical Society calendars are available at $10 each. Sales began at the polls on Tuesday. They will be sold after Thursday, Nov. 9, at the town clerk’s office at the Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St., and at Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South St.

Metro workshops reminder

Metro, the Greater Portland transportation service, is conducting a series of workshops about its Transit West Project. The project, beginning in 2018, expands transportation into Gorham, links University of Southern Maine campuses and upgrades service in Westbrook and Portland.

Remaining workshops are 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, at Luther Bonny Hall, USM, Portland campus; 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 15, Gorham Municipal Center, 75 South St.; and 5-7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16, Westbrook Public Safety Building, 579 Main St.

Land trust autumn walk

The Presumpscot Regional Land Trust is hosting a history and geology walk from 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Nov. 19, at Hawkes Preserve in Gorham.

Lindsay Spigel of the Maine Geological Survey will discuss evidence she has found of landslides in the area over the last 10,000 years; Don Wescott, former board member, will talk about the history of the Cumberland & Oxford Canal and towpath and the logging legacy of the region; and Toby Jacobs, stewardship and outreach coordinator, will lead the group to the new bridge he built with the help of more than 50 volunteers this year.

The free walk is open to all ages. An RSVP is required by visiting prlt.org.

Those using land trust trails are advised to wear orange clothing because it’s hunting season.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Nov. 2 that the U.S. public debt was $20,484,949,588,327.36.