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This photo shows Profenno’s Restaurant at 920 Main St. In 1962, Peter Profenno purchased the building and restaurant from Michael and Maryanne Cardamone and opened Profenno's Restaurant. At one time the small one-story section of the building was a variety store listed as 918a Main St. When the store went out of business, Laureat Gagne opened the Main Street Barber Shop there. When that ,  Profenno took the space to enlarge his restaurant.  In 2004, fire swept through the building and it was later demolished.  Profenno purchased the former Hebert's Market building at 934 Main St. and reopened Profenno's. He had a new building constructed on the site of the old one. The new building had six apartments on the second floor and commercial space on the first. 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.

April 15, 1992

An identified buyer has signed a contract to buy the 26-acre site on the County Road in Westbrook where Maine National Bank had to give up on a multi-million dollar headquarters building. Greg Boulos, who is handling the sale as agent of Recoll Management Co., said the closing may take some time. He declined to say who is buying, for what purpose or whether the sale would promise new jobs. Recoll is disposing of properties of Maine National for Fleet Bank, which bought the failed bank’s assets. Maine National was under construction on its headquarters in 1990 before it went under.

Trash problems may cost the Colonial Bowling Center in Westbrook its city licenses. Ward 1 Alderman Lionel Dumond had written to the owners promising to fight renewal of the licenses for bowling and food services that expire April 30. “Litter and debris have been a problem since you have been operating,” Dumond wrote to David Little and Russell Glidden, partners in the business. The licenses are expected to be on the City Council agenda for the April 21 meeting. Colonial Lanes, in Cumberland Mills, has a long Westbrook history. It was owned for years, and expanded, by Gerald P. Fluett, whose half-million-dollar bequest benefits Westbrook’s Walker Library.

A $1 million study commissioned by the Maine Department of Transportation to address traffic congestion along Route 25 in Gorham will be completed in May, but a state official suggested that a decade or more will pass before alternatives to the congested corridor become a reality. Solutions range from a $14.2 million upgrade of key intersections and segments of routes 25, 22 and 114, to an 18-mile-long bypass that would reroute east-west traffic on Route 25 around problem areas such as Gorham Village and Portland’s Brighton Avenue, at a cost of $143 million.

Chester and Frances Heath, Fort Hill Road, Gorham, announce the March 31 marriage of their daughter, Rebekah N. Heath, to Terry Jones Gray, son of Linda and John Jones, Titusville, Florida. Irene and Clarence Spearin, Fort Hill Road, grandparents of the bride, were matron of honor and best man. March 31 was also the date of the 64th wedding anniversary for Irene and Clarence. “It was kind of cute that we stood up for a young couple,” said Irene.

Mrs. Verna Fogg, Clifford Street, Westbrook, is happy to be home after spending two months in Mercy Hospital as a patient and a month in the Springbrook Nursing Care Center, Westbrook.

April 17, 2002

Eric Giddings, 14, a South Portland High School freshman in the race for the first time, won the annual Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Club road race Monday, covering the 2.25-mile course in 10 minutes 46 seconds. Giddings is 5 foot 11 inches and weighs 153 pounds. To prep for the race, he ran 10 miles Friday, five Saturday and five on Sunday. He ran a practice tour of the Westbrook course a week before the race.

If you were traveling on the Westbrook Arterial over the weekend and noticed anyone hauling a yellow and black John Deere mini-excavator away from a site a few hundred yards in toward the turnpike, Westbrook police and the machine’s owners, AD Electric of Sabattus, would like to talk to you. Thieves cut padlocks to take the machine, worth over $55,000, from the ongoing exit 8A turnpike overpass project. AD Electric is offering a reward.

The Mission Possible spring gala fundraising event, with social hour, silent auction, buffet dinner and dancing, will be held at Verillo’s Convention Center on April 26. The evening’s events will raise funds for the benefit of the Mission Possible Teen Center, at 90 Bridge St., Westbrook. Since it was founded in 1998, the nonprofit center has served several hundred teenagers.

Westbrook’s School Committee will act tonight on a five-year extension of the contract to receive tuition students from Raymond. The present contract covers grades 7-12, but the extension will only be for grades 9-12. Raymond opened a new K-4 school in September 2000.

In Gorham, Mary Lou Fraser, New Portland Road, and her oldest daughter, Cathy Boisvert, Brackett Road, were guests for dinner on Easter Sunday in the home of Mary Lou’s youngest daughter and her family, Peggy and Robert Staab, Colin and Erica, Valley View Drive. They also celebrated Cathy’s March 25 birthday with a birthday cake.

Stella and Pete Blanchette of Westbrook paid a call on Lorraine and Joe LeBlanc at Pine Island, Florida. The LeBlancs moved from Westbrook to Pine Island when he retired from the S.D. Warren paper mill about a dozen years ago. Stella and Pete are spending their first winter in Westbrook in about 18 years; they have a winter home in LeBelle, Florida. The Blanchettes and their son Jim, State Street, drove down on a three-week jaunt and looked up several Westbrook friends. They formerly operated a County Road farm and he served several terms on the City Council.

This photo shows Profenno’s Restaurant at 920 Main St. In 1962, Peter Profenno purchased the building and restaurant from Michael and Maryanne Cardamone and opened Profenno’s Restaurant. At one time the small one-story section of the building was a variety store listed as 918a Main St. When the store went out of business, Laureat Gagne opened the Main Street Barber Shop there. When that ,  Profenno took the space to enlarge his restaurant.  In 2004, fire swept through the building and it was later demolished.  Profenno purchased the former Hebert’s Market building at 934 Main St. and reopened Profenno’s. He had a new building constructed on the site of the old one. The new building had six apartments on the second floor and commercial space on the first. 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.