Looking Back


April 13, 1994

Russell Sellner, 39, fell from a window of his third-floor apartment in the Armory Apartments, 901 Main St., Westbrook, around mid-afternoon Monday. He landed feet first and was seriously injured. Alfred E. Porell, his landlord, said two men who were visiting in the apartment said Sellner just suddenly went out the open window. Porell said Sellner had lived there six months. A Maine Medical Center spokesman said yesterday that Sellner was in satisfactory condition with “multiple traumas.”

School will be open on Saturday in Westbrook April 30, to make up for the sixth storm day taken in a school calendar that allowed only five. Also, School Superintendent Edward Connolly has proposed to open the 1994-95 Westbrook school year for teachers Aug. 29-30 and for students and teachers Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Opening before Sept. 1 needs approval of the teachers union, which hasn’t been granted yet.

Marilyn Gryskwicz, a bus driver with the Gorham School Department, was awarded the Maine Education Association’s Joan McGovern ESP Award. A bus driver for over 11 years, she is active in the Gorham Education Support Personnel Association. As a bus driver, she developed an award system for kindergartners while teaching them about bus safety.

The chairman of the Gorham Town Council will receive an annual stipend of $1,700, the council decided April 5. The vice chairman will receive $1,600 and the other five councilors will receive $1,500. Councilors had received $1,200 yearly since 1984. The raises will go into effect July 1.

April 14, 2004

Developer Tim Flannery is negotiating to sell the Dana Warp Mill and the Sebago Moc building – two of the largest commercial properties in downtown Westbrook. He said he had no plans to sell the buildings until a buyer approached him and made an offer. Flannery declined to elaborate on any plans the prospect buyer might have for the mill, which has become home to many businesses and nonprofits. He’s also declined to disclose the name of the buyer to the city, which partnered with him through tax increment financing and loans in his rehabilitation of the mill and the development of the office building on the riverfront for Disability RMS.

Firefighters from Gorham and five neighboring towns were unable to save the Roberts Welding Shop on County Road in Gorham from a blaze Monday morning that caused up to a half-million dollars in damages. Late Monday afternoon, the state Fire Marshal’s Office had determined that the fire was accidental. No one was injured in the blaze. Employees were in the building before the fire was reported but no one was there when firefighters arrived. Tom and Jerry Montgomery own and manage Roberts Welding Shop and the business next door, Roberts Power Sports. Bobbi Aceto of Gorham called the fire in at 8:27 a.m. from her cell phone. Aceto and her husband, Dan, were driving toward Portland when she spotted smoke and fire inside the shop.

The city has agreed to pay a female Westbrook firefighter $76,000, after she filed suit claiming sexual discrimination and harassment. Under the terms of a settlement, the city will pay Kathy Reynolds, whose claims of sex discrimination were upheld the by the Maine Human Rights Commission, $14,000 a year for the next four years, with two payments of $10,000 in 2008 and 2009. Reynolds will continue to work as a Westbrook firefighter, and will also receive 540 hours of sick time, at a value of $9,585. The settlement also requires all employees of the Westbrook Fire Department to attend sexual harassment prevention training.