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Julian Denbow owned and operated the Cumberland Mill's Esso Station at 307 Main St. (at the corner of Tolman Stret) when this photo was taken. In 1966, Thomas Flaherty of Portland, purchased the building to expand his cleaning business and establish a car wash. The building has been expanded and remodeled several times and is still owned and operated by the Flaherty family. 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.  

Feb. 19, 1992

A showdown at the polls may be coming in a dispute over how much a Westbrook school superintendent should be allowed to spend. Alderman Lionel Dumond stuck to his guns Wednesday on his proposal that the School Department be held to the rule that applies to all other city departments – anything over $1,000 needs two separate votes of approval. The $1,000 limit is in the city charter.

Richard Willoughby is making some limited progress in his battle back from the paralysis that resulted when a customer drove a kitchen knife into his spinal column in The Bus Stop in Westbrook Feb. 1. He has regained some motion in his legs and arms and there is hope for more. At Maine Medical Center, Willoughby is getting physical sessions to help his big body recover from the wound that sent him crashing to the floor. “Determination can work wonders,” said his mother, Mrs. Lamont Willoughby.

The remaining tenants of the Masonic Block in Gorham’s central square got eviction notices in Friday’s mail, Mike Beever, owner of the C.E. Carll Agency, reports. The Boulos Management Corp. told Beever that they recently came across a 1990 letter from Fire Chief Robert Lefebvre warning of safety deficiencies in the buildings. They didn’t feel safe renting the space and issued the eviction notices, which give a 45-day deadline.

Visiting a recent Westbrook School Committee meeting were high school exchange students Brenda Lee and Diego de Grado. Brenda’s home is on Montserrat. She has been a guest in the home of Arthur and Paula Gagne, Forest Street. With the arrival of the Gagnes’ new baby, she now lives with David and Jeanine Deas, West Pleasant Street. Diego is living with Carl and Shirley Bloom, Raymond Cape. His father is an economist in Madrid, Spain. Also at Westbrook High School this year is Heli Mukkala, from Finland. She’s living with Alan and Kathleen Whitten, Raymond.

The former Gorham Credit Union on Main Street, vacant since 1987 due to parking and access limitations, may house a Subway sandwich shop by April if the Planning Board is receptive. Melvin Johnson, the co-owner of a Subway shop in Sanford, wants to lease the building. He said he anticipates opening the shop within six to seven weeks after signing a lease.

Erlon Mosher Sr. of Gorham celebrated his 99th birthday with family and friends Jan. 31 at Saint Joseph’s Manor, Portland. Several members of the town’s Harmony Lodge 38 presented him with a one-candle cake. He is a past master of the lodge.

Lori Beane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford E. Beane Sr., Westbrook, was home recently for a month during the holidays from the University of Essex, Colchester, England, where she is a sophomore studying English and pre-law. Lori has been on tours to France and Scotland. Her college year there is from September to July. She completed her freshman year at Trinity College, Burlington, Vt. She is a 1990 graduate of Westbrook High School.

Feb. 20, 2002

Tim Flannery, potential developer of a 125,000-square-foot office building off Dana Court in Westbrook, on the site of the present Stultz Electric building, spoke on his plans to a breakfast meeting of the Westbrook Chamber of Commerce Friday. The plans will go before the city’s Planning Board Feb. 26. “I think if we can get it through the Planning Board process, we’ll lease it up real easy,” Flannery said.

Hannaford Brothers delivered plans of its proposed new supermarket off William Clarke Drive in Westbrook to the Planning Department Friday, and the plans will probably first go before the Planning Board March 5. The 56,000-square-foot store would be similar in style to the newly renovated Back Cover Hannaford in Portland. It would sit roughly where the rear half of the present Southern Container building does. The company hopes that if it wins all approvals, it can start construction in September and open the store in August 2003.

Negotiations are continuing over a petition from R.J. Grondin & Sons Inc. to excavate gravel from 35 acres on Gorham’s Farrington Road. Three owners each own a part of the 35 acres: Arthur Parsons, the Cotton family (Grondin would lease it) and the Phinney family (Grondin has an option to buy). The expansion needs site plan approval from the town Planning Board.

Space is still available for the Westbrook Kiwanis Club’s second annual Caribbean cruise. Thirty-five people from Westbrook and surrounding areas will happily leave the cold weather March 10 and sail out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, aboard the Enchantment of the Seas, for seven days. Group rates start at $670.

Warren Memorial Library will be in temporary quarters in Cumberland Hall while the library building is undergoing expansion. It expects to open the temporary library, with its usual operating hours, by March 18, but may need a couple more weeks. The library closed last weekend for the construction crews.

Sandra Good, of the Bridgton Road in Westbrook, called our office to report, last week, that she had a flock of 25 to 50 robins in her back yard, and then, seeing yellow flashes, she also spotted a few cedar waxwings there, in a tree where there were still some berries. She alerted her mother, Judy Sawyer, and they both enjoyed that “early show” together.

Julian Denbow owned and operated the Cumberland Mill’s Esso Station at 307 Main St. (at the corner of Tolman Stret) when this photo was taken. In 1966, Thomas Flaherty of Portland, purchased the building to expand his cleaning business and establish a car wash. The building has been expanded and remodeled several times and is still owned and operated by the Flaherty family. 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.