March 10, 1993
Westbrook High School is moving toward 80-minute classes instead of 42 minutes, starting in September. In most subjects, the class would meet every other day, three times one week, twice the next. Students would be in school 25 minutes more; teachers, five minutes less. Principal William Michaud is to bring these ideas to the Westbrook School Committee tonight. Superintendent Edward Connolly said he will support the change. Connolly released a memo he got from Michaud Feb. 6. Without detail, Michaud wrote of “the great success other Maine schools have enjoyed as a result of schedule reform.”
Members of the girls’ basketball team at Westbrook High School will be on the road to Bangor Saturday seeking a state Class A championship. They are champions of Western Maine after they beat Morse 62-53, Bonny Eagle 49-36 and then top-seeded Portland 42-36. The girls will go against the team from Lawrence High of Fairfield, winner of 20 out of 21 games, seeking a third consecutive state championship.
Steel girders will be put up in mid-March that will allow construction to move ahead on Westbrook’s new City Council chamber. The chamber will be in a former workshop and storage area on the first floor of the City Hall annex, the former manual arts building behind the old high school at 765 Main St. Six wooden posts that now support the second floor have to be taken out to make the room usable as the council chamber. In their place, four vertical steel posts will be erected at the sides of the room to carry two horizontal I-beams and support the second floor.
Gorham could soon gain a new business — at Westbrook’s expense. Allen McRae, president of Engineering Design of Maine, says the company has applied for a $100,000 loan from the Department of Economic and Community Development to fund the move. The company employs 28 people and manufactures machinery for moving rolls and sheets of paper in paper mills, newspapers and in finishing and wrapping plants. Engineering Design currently leases a building on Bradley Drive, Westbrook. But it’s looking to buy the Superior Design and Fabrication building in the Gorham Industrial Park. The loan must be approved by the Gorham Town Council, which is holding a public hearing March 16.
Marine Lance Cpl. David Pelletier, son of Norman and Joan Pelletier, 27 Robie St., Gorham, was to depart yesterday for Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, after a 27-day leave with his parents. David has been stationed for a year at Guantanamo, Cuba, and is not sure of his next assignment. During the year he has become a certified scuba diver.
When this photo of Brown Street at North Street was taken, the store on the corner was Dyer’s Market and the bar on the opposite corner was Andy’s Tavern. The building to the right of the store on North Street was the Robert G. Fortin Furniture Company.
The store is now AJ’s Variety Store, The Fortin Furniture Building is gone, replaced by a multi-unit tenement building and Andy’s Tavern is now “Live @212.”