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Trek Across Maine comes to Gorham on June 16

GORHAM, ME — The Trek Across Maine (40th Anniversary Event), organized by the American Lung Association, will be making their way across Gorham on Sunday, June 16th, as well as neighboring towns and cities. Citizens are asked for their support, patience, and extra care with slowing down and sharing the road as the cyclists make their way through Gorham.

This cycling event will take place between June 14th through June 16th across Maine during which 800+ cyclists and vehicles (large trucks), as well as 400+ volunteers will be on Gorham and other town and city roads during daytime hours. Cyclists will keep right as much as possible. Gorham Public Safety is aware of the event.

Please find the final route map and additional information on the Town of Gorham’s website. Citizens can contact 207-624-0318 with any questions.

5th annual Paddle the Presumpscot in Gorham area

WINDHAM, ME — This event is open to all. You do not have to be a member to join us. Please arrive in time at Gambo Soccer Fields Boat Launch on June 15 to be on the water by 10am. Kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, no motors. We will be paddling up river to the covered bridge, possibly beyond. Everyone is free to wander. The current is calm and paddling against the flow is seemingly no different from paddling downstream. This is an opportunity to meet other members. We hit the water at 10am and end whenever you want to.

Please visit the Facebook page and  click on “Going” if you plan to go.

RAIN DATE: Sunday, June 16th

Gorham senior property tax assistance applications available

GORHAM, ME — Applications are now available for the Town of Gorham Senior Property Tax Assistance Program. This program was established to provide property tax assistance to persons 65 years of age and over who reside in the Town of Gorham. Under this program, the Town of Gorham will provide refund payments to those individuals who maintain a homestead in the Town of Gorham and meet the criteria established by this article.

To obtain an application, please visit the Town Clerk’s Office at the Gorham Municipal Center (75 South Street) or go to the Town’s website.

Completed applications can be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office now through the deadline of August 1, 2024. If you have questions and/or need assistance completing your application, email seniorrebate@gorham.me.us, or call 222-1671.

Gorham students, teacher place in Expressions Challenge

DEERFIELD, IL — Walgreens awards high school students and teachers more than $25,000 in prize money in the 15th annual Expressions by Walgreens creative arts contest. Expressions by Walgreens is a free contest that gives teens a platform to creatively engage and share their feelings on any topic they choose.  This year, common submission themes were the impact of social media, social justice, and mental health. Youth mental health is one of the US Surgeon General’s core priorities with one 2023 survey revealing that 87 percent of young people in the United States had suffered some mental health problem on a regular basis. Clinical psychologists call The Expressions Challenge an “excellent platform” that helps adolescents “face emotions, decrease anxiety and build confidence.”

The contest shows a record year in student entries with nearly an 80% increase from last year.  Walgreens received close to 9,000 student submissions with entries coming from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands in addition to nearly double the online votes for People’s Champs winners. Eligible entries are judged in four categories: visual arts, media arts, spoken word, and creative writing. Walgreens also recognizes and awards educators as Teacher Champions for going above and beyond with their support of students.   

“It warms our hearts that our 15th Anniversary year of Expressions by Walgreens has been such a banner year. All the students who entered shared their voice through the art they created, and that’s exactly the intention of Expressions,” says Alethia Jackson, Senior Vice President of ESG and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Our commitment to championing healthier communities is of critical importance to current and future generations. The high school years can often be filled with many pressures and distractions, and self-expression through art can be therapeutic in handling those pressures. Our overall mission is to reimagine how local healthcare improves societal health and well-being, and the Expressions Challenge helps us achieve that mission among our teens.”

The full list of winners follows:

Visual Arts

First Place: (Lost Remembrance) Zeno P., Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ

Second Place: (Juvenile Witness) Soleil F., Osceola County School for the Arts, Kissimmee, FL

Third Place: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR 

People’s Champ: (September 20th) Kiara P., Escuela Especializada Central de Artes Visuales, Dorado, PR

Media Arts

First Place: (Frame) Chauncey V., James Campbell High School, Ewa Beach, Hawaii

Second Place: (Anxious Love) Lilli N., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Third Place: (Autism, my mental pet) Jayden A., Denton High School, Denton, TX

People’s Champ: (Static Starvation) Emma G. and Emma S., Midwood High School, Brooklyn, NY

Spoken Word

First Place: (The Question vs. The Statement) CarRyn G., Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI

Second Place: (Show Us What You Have Done) Sasmitha B., Solon High School, Solon, OH

Third Place: (The Children of America) Amora S., Dekalb School of the Arts, Lithonia, GA

People’s Champ: (Acceptance) Aiden F., Gorham High School, Gorham, ME

Creative Writing

First Place: (Versatile or Violent?) Aliyah B., Dekalb School of the Arts, Scottdale, GA

Second Place: (Home) Jae B., Sacred Heart Academy, Louisville, KY

Third Place: (To You, My Memory) Sophia D., Pine-Richland High School, Gibsonia, PA

People’s Champ: (A Two-Sided Sword) Fabiana H., Littleton High School, Littleton, CO

Teacher Champions

Whitney Davis, CE King High School, Houston, TX

Sheanna Eggers, Burnsville High School, Burnsville, MN

Nicole Jacob Licht, DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, GA

Jonathan Webb, RFK – School for the Visual Arts and Humanities, Los Angeles, CA

About Expressions by Walgreens

Expressions was established by Walgreens to educate, empower and equip young people and their communities with insights and resources on issues impacting teens. Since 2009, Expressions by Walgreens has reached approximately one million high school students and awarded more than $400,000 in monetary prizes. More than 500 organizations, high schools, teachers and parents have participated in the program since its inception.

Aiden Fortier

Maine State Ballet presents “Dancer’s Choice”

FALMOUTH, ME – Join us for “Dancer’s Choice,” a performance created, chosen, and performed by Company members of the Maine State Ballet.  Experience our dancers’ unique and personalized talents as they bring their interpretations and dance creations to life.  The evening will culminate with the neoclassical ballet “Britten,” promising a grand finale to the evening.

Company dancers have selected their own variations spanning from cherished classics to innovative neoclassical pieces. Featured selections include segments from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen. Additionally, some dancers have taken on the role of choreographer and will be debuting their original choreography.

“Britten” is a neo-classical ballet choreographed by Artistic Director Linda MacArthur Miele, inspired by Benjamin Britten’s “Simple Symphony.” Famed for its captivating melodies and inventive incorporation of themes Britten crafted in his youth, this piece follows the tradition of George Balanchine’s storyless ballets showcasing musicality, precision, and striking formations.

 Performance Schedule

Dates: June 20-21, 2024

Venue: Lopez Theater

 Tickets: $17-$25 with discounts for seniors & children at mainestateballet.org or 207-781-3587. 

Maine State Ballet, a non-profit based in Falmouth, Maine, is one of the state’s leading arts organizations whose mission is to uplift the Maine community through inspiring dance education and performance. Maine State Ballet houses the Maine State Ballet Company, the 140-seat Lopez Theater, and its School for the Performing Arts, with over 100 years of dance instruction in ballet, tap, and jazz.

MSB Dancers Choice Corps de Ballet

Westbrook-Gorham Rotary awards 9 scholarships

GORHAM, ME — Westbrook-Gorham Rotary was thrilled to present nine scholarships and one toolship at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Awards night on May 23rd.  President-Elect Phil Spiller and Vocational Service Chair Judith Reidman were on stage to hand out the awards.

In addition, in memory of long-time Westbrook-Gorham Rotarian Hal Thomas, we presented a12V Lithium Ion 3D-plane laser level kit to WRVC Electrical Instructor Rudy Clark.  A graduate of the University of Maine, Hal was an electrical engineer with his own business, Thomas Engineering, based in Westbrook.  The equipment was purchased with memorial donations.  We thank the Thomas Family for designating us for receipt of these funds. 

Group de discussion en français! with Gorham’s BML

GORHAM, ME — Please join us for a program that is brand new to Baxter Memorial Library!  French Discussion Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at Baxter Memorial Library, and the fourth Thursday of the month at Scarborough Public Library from 5:30-6:30. 

For beginners and experts, and everyone in between!!!

Maine photojournalist, author Tim O’Brien coming to Gorham

GORHAM, ME — In The Maine Roadshow: A Roadside Tour of the State’s History, Culture, Food, Funk & Oddities, award-winning photojournalist Tim O’Brien ventured far off the beaten path to explore the lesser known aspects of the state’s historic and significant attractions, while keeping an eye out for interesting and often hidden roadside oddities and attractions. The results provide the reader a robust understanding of the diversity of what Vacationland has to offer.

For nearly six decades, Tim O’Brien has worked as a communications specialist in the entertainment industry chronicling theme parks, amusement parks and attractions, roadside attractions, circuses, carnivals and sideshows. Tim is an accomplished photographer and public speaker, having lectured extensively at industry seminars, schools, libraries, and various civic groups. He has appeared on the “Martha Stewart Show,” “Good Morning America,” and in more than a dozen theme park documentaries on the Travel Channel, The Discovery Channel and National Public Television.

Catch him at Gorham’s Baxter Memorial Library Wednesday, June 26th 6pm.

Four Seasons Walk at Black Brook with Wild Seed Project

WINDHAM, ME — The Land Trust is partnering with Wild Seed Project to offer a series of Four Seasons Walks at Black Brook Preserve in Windham. These walks showcase native plants and how they change throughout the year. Join Nell Houde, Wild Seed Project’s education lead, as we explore the preserve, participants will learn how to identify and form relationships with many of the native plants that grow in the places we live, work and play. These walks will be plant identification walks, and will move at a more leisurely pace, covering a little over one mile of trail during the walk.

Come walk and learn with the Wild Seed Project!

Walk Dates: June 6th, 4:00-5:30 (Spring), August 8th 4:00-5:30 (Summer), October 24, 3:30 -5:00pm (Fall), Winter TBD

Join Maine book club with North Gorham Public Library

GORHAM, ME — Have you heard of the Maine Public Book Club hosted by Bill Nemitz? It’s called All Books Considered. See the poster of the 2024 books they’re reading. Would you like to read them, too? You’re in luck because except for Soft Features, North Gorham Public Library has all of them. Stop by the library and start reading!


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