Looking Back

59
The front stairs of the old Westbrook Congregational Church were a popular place for young and old to sit and talk. The church built in 1834 was demolished during urban renewal. Brackett Street ran between the church and the building to the right, which was the old Brackett Block built around 1815 by Zachariah Brackett. It was once part of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves flee into Canada during the Civil War. This building and the building to the right of it were also demolished during urban renewal.

Feb. 10, 1993

There’s a genuine hero in Gorham, and he’s only 8 years old. On Dec. 26, John Burke hauled his 20-month-old brother Kevin from his crib and carried him down the stairs of their burning home on Sunset Lane. Kevin weighs about 30 pounds. “I didn’t think I could do it because I’m not used to carrying him,” John said. “I never thought I could take him down the stairs.” John has been named an honorary fireman by the Gorham Fire Department. His actions, just hours after Christmas, have also been commended by the Town Council and the University of Southern Maine, where the boys’ mother, Kathy Mullen, has worked for 10 years as New Student Coordinator.

With $1 million of previous tax bills still unpaid, Westbrook taxpayers face another tax bill deadline Friday, Feb. 12. That’s the date for the third quarter of the annual property taxes. “The collection rate is low,” Peter Eckel, administrative assistant to Mayor Fred Wescott, told the City Council’s Finance Committee on Monday. “Cash flows remain a major concern,” he said.

Florida was the destination for two Gorham families. Kevin and Jeannette Plowman, County Road, drove to Florida with friends Debbie and Jim Silva of Buxton, who visited their son in St. Petersburg. The Plowmans stayed at Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, and visited Busch Gardens and historical sights. Pat Meserve and Elaine Presby, Dana Street, spent the last week of January in Florida. They visited Pat’s parents, Maynard and Ruth Meserve, in Nokomis, and then were joined in Orlando by Elaine’s mother, Mrs. Ethel Dow, for a tour of the MGM Studio theme park of Disney World. They left temperatures in the 80s to arrive back to Gorham’s zero weather and blizzard storm of Feb. 1.

Antony Abbiati, a former Westbrook High School basketball player, has set a single-game record as a member of the Bowdoin College team. During a home game Jan. 26, he stole the ball eight times from the opposing team. Abbiati in that game also scored 22 points and added nine assists. With his recent efforts, he has also established a single season and career record for steals at the college.

From the Westbrook Police Notes: Two cases of monkfish livers were found in the basement of a New Gorham Road building and turned over to Detective Danny Young of the Portland Police Department for their case.

The front stairs of the old Westbrook Congregational Church were a popular place for young and old to sit and talk.
The church built in 1834 was demolished during urban renewal.
Brackett Street ran between the church and the building to the right, which was the old Brackett Block built around 1815 by Zachariah Brackett. It was once part of the Underground Railroad that helped slaves flee into Canada during the Civil War. This building and the building to the right of it were also demolished during urban renewal.