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Ansel H. Porter operated a grocery business on the first floor of this buidling at Main and Seavey streets and this photo shows his employees and delivery wagons. The wooden sign on the upper portion of the building reads, "S.D. WARREN Council #4 O.U.A.M.," which stands for Order of United American Mechanics. The sign has a Masonic emblem in the center. Albert Mathieu later purchased the business and the building and operated Mathieu's Market there for many years. The upper floors were converted into apartments. After the business closed, the first floor was converted into office space. 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.

June 3, 1992

A 20-year-old Westbrook man was in critical condition at Maine Medical Center yesterday with a brain injury suffered when he fell through a skylight of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Police said he fell 25 feet to the church floor, where he was found at 6:15 a.m. Thursday. The church’s pyramidal roof comes to within about 7 feet of the ground, making it easy for someone to get on something and then get up onto the roof. The hospital’s physicians were using medicines to induce coma in an attempt to reduce swelling and pressure on the brain. Police were awaiting results of blood alcohol tests.

Westbrook rolls out the red carpet Friday and Saturday in the first of the area’s summer festivals – Together Days. The Weather Service said yesterday that there is “a chance of showers” Friday night and Saturday. Rain on Saturday would push the party over to Sunday. It will be a big party, promised chairman Norman Conley. His parade chairmen, Sandra Bliss and Judy Collins, say they have more entries even than last year’s big success for the march from Lincoln Street to Riverbank Park. Several fundraisers for the Westbrook High School’s marching band trip to the Tournament of Roses next January will be part of the party, including the bean supper Saturday.

Stuart Welch, 2 Pineview Road, Westbrook, is the new president of the Emery-Waterhouse Co., Portland hardware and building materials distributor, which is 150 years old this year. Welch joined the company last year as vice president and CFO. He is a former CFO of Ventrex Laboratories and vice president for finance of Deering Ice Cream.

Gorham Town Clerk Brenda Caldwell expects less than 2,000 voters will go to the polls for the primary election on June 9. The election is to pick one person to serve in the newly created seat on the Portland Water District board. Seeking the seat are Richard C. Hamlin, Scarborough; Brigitte L. Kingsbury, Cape Elizabeth; and Clark Neily, Gorham. There are also two Maine House races and one Maine Senate race.

John and Frances Ivers, Park Lane, Gorham, are proud grandparents. Granddaughter Maria Romano graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English from Boston University. She was on the dean’s list and will be heading for grad school. And granddaughter Jennifer Labrecque has been named a junior accountant by her employers.

Lyle J. Cookson, who graduated from Westbrook High School in 1987 and from Boston University’s College of Engineering last year as an electrical engineer, is leaving to work for the Sanyo Electric Co. near Tokyo, Japan. He will join his sister, Lyla Cookson, who has been there with Sanyo a year. She is a 1986 Westbrook High School graduate and also graduated from Boston University’s College of Engineering. They are the children of Mrs. Evelyn E. Cookson, Bernadette Street.

June 5, 2002

Westbrook’s local festival, Westbrook Together Days, will be held Friday evening and Saturday, with most events in Riverbank Park between Main Street and the Presumpscot River. This year’s festival has a theme, Westbrook Spirit. All hopes are that the heavens will smile on the day, unlike last year, when they poured a flood and drove away parade units, parade watchers, booth exhibitors and almost all the attendance.

Photo caption: Prom time – Ben Tapley and his date, Ashlee Rogers, dressed for the Gorham High School senior class prom at Sable Oaks, South Portland, Friday evening. Ashlee, a Gorham High School sophomore, is the daughter of Paul and Hope Rogers, Mosher Road. Ben, a senior, is the son of George and Kathleen Tapley, North Gorham Road. Proms are about complete and schools are moving into graduation exercises. Gorham’s will be June 16 (yes, it falls on Father’s Day).

The tax value of all land in Westbrook will likely be increased before tax bills go out this year, Assessor Jean Jessen told the City Council Monday. It’s a way to keep up with the increase in fair market values of real estate. Updates in 1999 brought city assessments to above 90 percent of fair market value, but now they’ve fallen to roughly 80 percent, she said. The average Westbrook home that sold in 2000 went for $112,300, and for $130,500 last year. The average house that sold this year went for $137,500.

Denis and Kim Marier, who own the house at 9 Haskell St., the last piece the city of Westbrook needs for its fire-police-rescue station, have said they want to own a similar three-family in Westbrook and need to be paid enough to buy one in today’s heated real estate market. Deputy Chief Paul McCarthy said at a May 14 council meeting that the figure the Mariers want is near to what the city deemed the neighboring Westbrook Exxon lots and building were worth when it took them by eminent domain, around $350,000.

A new apartment house sprouted on King Street in Westbrook in one day Friday, trucked in with sections from its maker, Habitec 200, in Quebec, and put in place by a crane. It’s one of three being put up by the Peoples Regional Opportunity Program, with units to be sold as condominiums.

Gorham voters are being asked Tuesday to approve spending up to $2.5 million for the expansion and renovation of Baxter Memorial Library. In 1998, Gorham voters earmarked $500,000 in surplus money for the library project and the townspeople have raised another $1.2 million in a fund drive. Construction is underway.

Tim and Susan Duchaine and their Design Dwellings Inc. celebrated 15 years of building houses with a party for 170 employees and subcontractors at their 78-lot Heartwood development off South Street in Gorham. Heartwood is Gorham’s biggest housing development ever. “We’re successful because of you guys,” Susan Duchaine told a large gathering of workers. She is one of nine children who grew up in Gorham. Her brothers Jon and Dan own Shaw Brothers Construction. Her brothers Tom and Jim have Gorham Sand and Gravel. Sister Lisa Saldanha is the exclusive real estate agent for Design Dwellings.

Ansel H. Porter operated a grocery business on the first floor of this buidling at Main and Seavey streets and this photo shows his employees and delivery wagons. The wooden sign on the upper portion of the building reads, “S.D. WARREN Council #4 O.U.A.M.,” which stands for Order of United American Mechanics. The sign has a Masonic emblem in the center. Albert Mathieu later purchased the business and the building and operated Mathieu’s Market there for many years. The upper floors were converted into apartments. After the business closed, the first floor was converted into office space. 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.