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This is the Sebago Moc Shoe Co. building as it looked 1952 at 39 Mechanic St. Quimby Avenue ran along the left side of the building with railroad tracks on the right side (now William Clarke Drive). The company expanded into two other Westbrook locations, at 98 Rear Bridge St. (the old Haskell Silk Mill) and a portion of the second floor in the Dana Warp Mill. The company also had a plant in Bridgton and in later years moved from the Dana Warp Mill into a building in the Gorham Industrial Park. Sebago Moc closed down its Maine factories many years ago. This building was sold and extensively renovated into several commercial spaces. To see more historical photos and artifacts, visit the Westbrook Historical Society at the Fred C. Wescott Building, 426 Bridge St. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., September-June. Inquiries can be emailed to westhistorical@myfairpoint.net. The website is www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org. Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy

Oct. 9, 1991

In the wake of two hazardous materials incidents requiring fire department attention in the past nine months, one involving a councilor’s son, the Gorham Town Council has passed a policy that outlines financial responsibility in the event of future mishaps. The Hazardous Materials Incident Billing Policy, the first adopted by a community in the Greater Portland area, gives Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre authority to bill the responsible party in the even of an accident or spill of hazardous materials.

Many Westbrook taxpayers scheduled hearings to protest their property values under the recent revaluation, then felt hurt after they opened notices of revised valuations and found no change. Now it seems many got told wrong. Those notices were printed by mistake from a not-fully-updated computer file. The true records at the assessor’s office show many lower values. Assessor Jim Jessen says taxpayers who wonder if their value might be lower than their second notices can call him or come in. He said “quite a number” got wrong notices.

Global Zero Inc., a company that promises to be a “significant” employer, is coming to Westbrook, Mayor Fred Wescott announced to the City Council Monday. It has leased space in the former Data General building to manufacture a “prototype of audio-visual equipment,” the mayor said. His administrative assistant, Peter Eckel, said the company is an offshoot of Shape Inc., a Biddeford company that has been a leader in producing cassettes for tape recordings. Global Zero has taken a 2½-year lease on some of the Data General space.

A former world and American track star now living in Gorham is seeking test subjects for a line of women’s clothing – an athletic sports bra. Cheryl Flanagan, 43, said she has fit “between three and four dozen ladies now, but I need more.” Specifically, she is seeking larger women. In the mid-1980s, she designed a bra that was marketed nationally called the Gear 1 Exercise Bra. With her new product, Pretty Sporty, she is seeking to capture a new market. She hopes to base manufacturing and marketing of the bra in Maine. She is encouraged by the reaction she has gotten so far. “They love it,” she says of the women who have tried her new bra.

Oct. 10, 2001

The School Committee will reconsider an 80-foot-tall flagpole for Westbrook High School Oct. 10, but a $10,000 fund drive for it is already underway. The committee voted 4-3 against the pole two weeks ago, but agreed to take up the matter again. Walter Hayes, a teacher who brought the pole plea forward, and some students were at the American Legion Post Thursday to seek contributions. The high school pole now is about 25 feet.

The Westbrook High School boys and girls varsity soccer teams ended the regular season all ablaze on the Monday holiday, playing under the lights and winning both games. The first game of the playoffs is Saturday afternoon at home for each team.

The Westbrook Planning Board will hold a public hearing Oct. 21 on a request from Risbara Brothers Construction for a contract zone for 341 Saco St. for the construction of four, eight-unit condominium buildings.

Barbara Hawkes, candidate for a fifth term as Westbrook city clerk in the Nov. 6 elections, said Friday that she is in A-1 physical condition and feels “great.” She said an un-true rumor about her health has been circulated. Hawkes, 69, is the Republican candidate again this year. She was first elected in 1993 to succeed Bill Clarke when he declined to run again after 19 terms (38 years).

Ken Hoyt’s 2-year-old shorthorn heifer Copper Colleen was picked as reserve champion at the Fryeburg Fair last week. Ken, 18, is the son of Jack and Colleen Hoyt, Clover Hill Farm, Rust Road, Gorham. He showed her earlier this year the the Shorthorn Junior Nationals in Springfield, Ohio (she was ninth) and at the Eastern States Expo, Springfield, Massachusetts (third). She weighs 1,300 pounds. Ken started traineer her to the halter when she was 6 months old.

Montalvo Corp., maker of tension control systems for paper companies and printing presses world wide, held an open house Thursday at its new plan on Hutcherson Drive in Gorham. It moved to Gorham from Portland, and employs 45 people. The new plant is 24,000 square feet.

Avie Tevanian is staying at Apple Computer, he told his brothers in Westbrook last week. There’s no truth to the story, published in the New York Post Sept. 25 and referred to in last week’s American Journal, that he’s considering quitting. Tevanian, a Westbrook native, is the man in charge of Apple’s software development.

This is the Sebago Moc Shoe Co. building as it looked 1952 at 39 Mechanic St. Quimby Avenue ran along the left side of the building with railroad tracks on the right side (now William Clarke Drive). The company expanded into two other Westbrook locations, at 98 Rear Bridge St. (the old Haskell Silk Mill) and a portion of the second floor in the Dana Warp Mill. The company also had a plant in Bridgton and in later years moved from the Dana Warp Mill into a building in the Gorham Industrial Park. Sebago Moc closed down its Maine factories many years ago. This building was sold and extensively renovated into several commercial spaces. To see more historical photos and artifacts, visit the Westbrook Historical Society at the Fred C. Wescott Building, 426 Bridge St. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., September-June. Inquiries can be emailed to westhistorical@myfairpoint.net. The website is www.westbrookhistoricalsociety.org. Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy