survivor to speak
The monthly series Potluck With a Purpose continues at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Summit Community Church (formerly South Gorham Baptist Church), 53 County Road, Gorham.
The series combats human trafficking and the guest speaker is Tricia Grant.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Tricia Grant as our presenter,” series organizer Cindy Elder said in a press release. “Tricia was trafficked as young girl in Lewiston, Maine, and is now an accomplished survivor leader who shares her experiences as a means of educating and preventing vulnerable young people from becoming victims of human trafficking.”
Grant, Elder said, is certified to teach several curricula on human trafficking prevention to children and young adults in our schools and colleges. Elder invites parents, educators and members of school committees to attend Grant’s presentation.
“Awareness of modern day slavery is increasing and steady progress is being made on many initiatives focusing on all aspects of this evil, both locally and around the world,” Elder said.
Those attending are asked to take food to share for the potluck meal.
The Gorham Historical Society Archives, 28 School St., is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursdays through June. The archives will be closed during July, reopening in August.
Memorial Day parade
Gorham Recreation Department is organizing the town’s annual Memorial Day parade set for Monday, May 28.
The parade will form at 10 a.m. and step off at 11 a.m. Units and individuals interested in participating should register with the department at 222-1630.
Gorham residents may discard brush from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19, at the Public Works facility, 80 Huston Road.
This is a residents-only drop-off; no commercial drop-offs will be accepted. Stumps will not be accepted, either.
As always, leaves and grass clippings (no lawn/leaf bags please) will be accepted at Public Works in the designated spot throughout the season.
U.S. taxpayer debt
The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on May 3 that the U.S. public debt was $21,033,707,724,786.27.