Gorham Notes


Officers to escort wreaths

Police from Gorham and Westbrook departments will escort the Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to decorate graves of veterans.

The convoy trucks hundreds of thousand of wreaths and stops along the route for ceremonies. Westbrook Police Chief Janine Roberts said the convoy will leave Harrington on Sunday, Dec. 9, and arrive at the National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Sgt. Ted Hatch and Officer Wayne Drown will represent the Gorham Police Department and Roberts and Officer Rich Alexander will represent Westbrook’s.

“In addition to the four of us, there are several officers from other Maine communities who will be assisting with the escort as it travels through Maine on Sunday and Monday,” Roberts said.

PWD water upgrade

Portland Water District will cut a ribbon and host a tour at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at its new pumping station at 69 Wards Hill Road.

The new Wards Hill Water Pump Station retires the 1898 Gorham Pump Station and brings improved fire protection and development capacity to Gorham and Windham, the water district said in a press release.
Construction was completed early this fall, allowing the undersized and outdated old station to be decommissioned. The new booster station provides increased flow capacity from 650 gallons per minute to 1,000 gpm.  

The $2 million project took 18 months to complete.

Winter sand available

A mix of sand and road salt is available at the public works facility on Huston Road. It is provided for Gorham residents only and no commercial use is permitted.

Each Gorham household is allowed two 5-gallon pails of winter sand per storm. For more information, call Public Works at 892-9062.

Red Cross needs blood

American Red Cross will be at St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St., 1-6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, for blood donations.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of the Fiscal Service reported on Nov. 29 that the U.S. public debt was $21,818,103,811,690.47.