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Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Donates to VA, Seeks Donations

PORTLAND, ME (August 4, 2022) — The Westbrook-Gorham Rotary made our August delivery of items to the Veterans administration center in Portland this morning! Carlo Giraulo and the Ambassador team were extremely happy to receive it, and we are happy to help!!

You can be part of the next delivery by messaging us for item pickup or donating through our secure link which can be found on the Westbrook-Gorham Rotary Facebook page.

This VA Clinic serves veterans from all over southern Maine. Please consider making a donation today.

Nomination Papers Now Available for 2022 Municipal Election

GORHAM, ME (August 2, 2022) — A Municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 for the purpose of electing:

Three (3) persons for Town Council to serve a three-year term; Two (2) persons for School Committee to serve a three-year term; One (1) person for Portland Water District Trustee to serve a five-year term.

Nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk’s Office now. Completed nomination papers must be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office by 4pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. 

Any registered voter of the Town of Gorham, who is interested in running for any of these positions must submit nomination papers with no less than 35, and no more than 50 signatures of persons who are registered voters in the Town of Gorham.

Please reach out to the Town Clerk’s Office at 222-1670 with any questions.

Gorham Ice Hockey Association Holds 2022 Mums Sale Fundraiser

GORHAM, ME (August 4, 2022) — The 2022 MUMS sale is officially here: Gorham Ice Hockey Association High School and Middle School teams are holding their annual MUMS fundraiser now through August 25th!Our MUMS are supplied by Skillins Greenhouses and we’re selling them for $13 each (8″ pot) with your choice of color (Yellow, Orange, White and Purple/Maroon). These beautiful MUMS will be delivered in early September in time for your fall decorating!

Players, please keep an eye out for an email from your Team Coordinator with more information on how to collect orders. Thank you for your support! #supportgorhamicehockey

Get Involved in the Great Falls Balloon Festival

Fly your balloon with us!

Are you interested in flying your hot air balloon at The Great Falls Balloon Festival? We are always excited to speak with and welcome new pilots to the festival. Flying at the Great Falls Balloon Festival includes tons of benefits including lodging, food, gift packs, and more.

Want to fly at this year’s festival? Fill out this form at https://greatfallsballoonfestival.org/fly-with-us/ and we will reach out.

Participate in the photo contest!

First, second, and third place will receive a Souvenirs Swag Bag at the 2021 Great Falls Balloon Festival

Volunteer!

Are you interested in volunteering at The Great Falls Balloon Festival? The success of the festival is dependent upon the skills and time of our countless volunteers. We are looking for volunteers in these areas:

Balloon Crew

Crowd Support

Bridge/Gate Support

Souvenir Booth

Welcome/Greeter at Entrances

Pancake Breakfast

Parade Support

Family Fun Day

Committee Member

Runner/Festival Support

Logistics

Balloon Ride Assistant

And much more!

Volunteer Requirements: All volunteers must meet all these requirements:

Volunteer must be over the age of 16, 18 for balloon crew; Volunteer must not bring children, for their safety; Volunteers who are working one of the gates or crowd control must wear a safety vest which will be provided; Balloon crew members should report to Simard-Payne Memorial Park at 5:30 am for morning launches and 5 pm for evening launches; Potential balloon crew volunteers are asked to please take into consideration that some of the balloon equipment is heavy; All volunteers must be respectful to all guests

Want to get involved in this year’s festival?

Fill out this forum or email volunteer@greatfallsballoonfestival.org and we will reach out closer to the festival.

Join us at the parade!

Please join us on Saturday, August 20, 2022, at 11 a.m. for the festival parade!

The parade will line up on Elm Street, Auburn, proceeding down Elm Street. It will turn left onto Main Street, right onto Court Street and across the Longley Bridge. It will then turn right onto Lincoln Street, and then a right onto Chestnut Street and disperse on Oxford Street. The parade will last approximately 2 hours.

Sponsor us!

Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor of the 28th annual Great Falls Balloon Festival.

In 1992, a group of business people, civic leaders and friends began discussing new ways to celebrate our community, while at the same time providing fundraising opportunities to local non-profits and civic groups. With the help of local businesses, an army of volunteers and the cooperative efforts of the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, the Great Falls Balloon Festival has become more than anyone could have imagined.

The festival now reaches well beyond the great community of Lewiston/Auburn­—it enjoys a national reputation as a first-class event and is a destination for many visitors to the state of Maine.

The sight of dozens of hot air balloons in the skies over Lewiston/Auburn is a spectacular experience. With free admission, annual attendance above 100,000, financial impact in excess of $2,000,000 and hundreds of thousands of dollars raised by participating non-profit groups, it’s easy to see why our community eagerly anticipates the festival.

Like any business or event, cash flow is the most difficult task to manage. Support from local businesses enables continued growth and free attendance for festival visitors. If you are unable to make a cash donation, please consider a contribution of goods or services. In either case, your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Download our complete sponsorship guide at https://greatfallsballoonfestival.org/sponsor-us/ for more details about sponsoring the festival.

Thank you for your support! Questions? sponsorship@greatfallsballoonfestival.org

Bicycle Coalition Meets with Gov. Mills at Blaine House

PORTLAND, ME (July 29, 2022) — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, state legislators, and dozens of bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across the state met with Gov. Janet Mills for Tea at the Blaine House in Augusta on Thursday morning.

“We appreciate the opportunity to connect with the governor about the importance of active transportation,” said Bicycle Coalition of Maine Executive Director Jean Sideris. “The full house of attendees from across Maine and a wide variety of backgrounds demonstrates that there is broad support for making deep and long-term investments in biking and walking.”

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Bicycle Coalition of Maine to the Blaine House,” said Gov. Mills. “I look forward to continuing to engage with them and others to promote healthy, clean, and safe forms of transportation for Maine people.”

The attendees included state representatives and numerous bike shops, local businesses, local active transportation committees, public health proponents, trail organizations, non-profits, and other bicycle and pedestrian advocates.

The day began with a group bike ride that saw about 25 cyclists ride from the Maine State Library to the Blaine House. Bike racks set up on the lawn of the governor’s mansion ended up packed with bicycles prior to the event’s 9:30 a.m. start time.

After tea and refreshments in the Blaine House, the attendees returned to the Blaine House lawn for speeches by Sideris, Maine Public Health Association Executive Director Dr. Rebecca Boulos, and AARP Maine Volunteer State President Carl Bucciantini.

“MPHA was honored to join the event today, and grateful to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine for organizing and Gov. Mills’ administration for hosting,” Boulos said. “It was awesome to see so many people in support of investing in Maine’s bike/ped infrastructure, which we know improves public health, strengthens the economy, and helps Maine achieve its climate goals.”

“As the population ages and the popularity of e-bikes grows, we must make it safe to ride,” said Gorham Bike & Ski owner Jamie Wright, who provided e-bikes for demonstrations in the Blaine House driveway as part of the event. “We need more bike lanes, paths, trails, and a way to educate the general population about getting outside and being active.”

The Coalition aims to make the state safer and more welcoming for people walking, biking, and rolling, which is especially relevant given the record-high 20 pedestrians that were killed in Maine in 2021. Seven pedestrians and one cyclist have already died on Maine roads thus far in 2022.

Below: Gov. Mills includes (left to right) Nancy Grant, BCM Executive Director Jean Sideris, and BCM Assistant Director Jim Tassé.

Wildlife and Stories at Hawke’s Preserve Trail

GORHAM, ME (July 23, 2022) — Lots of wildlife and a new story this week at Hawke’s Preserve. A green heron was seen sitting on a post in the pond by the parking lot. Then a flash of brown fur went by and slid down to the Presumpscot River across the trail, evidence we think, of a river otter.

Also a wonderful new story, Over and Under the Pond by Kare Messner, has been installed on the Tow Path. The project is a collaboration between the land trust and United Way of Southern Maine. To find this trail and others in the area go to www.PRLT.org/preserves-trails

BML Prepares for Second Edition Print Run 5K

GORHAM, ME (July 20, 2022) — Calling all runners! The Second Edition Print Run 5K is open for registration!! We are absolutely overjoyed to be bringing this race back post-pandemic, and we hope you all have fun and enjoy celebrating Summer Reading at the library with a nice evening race! Register online at tinyurl/PrintRun5K

Gorham Schools Offers Educator Apprentice Program

GORHAM, ME (July 24, 2022) — Looking to get into education, but don’t have a degree? Check out our new Educator Apprentice Program! Start as a full time sub, end with an Associates degree in just two years while being paid full time with benefits and…COURSES ARE FREE!

See Flyer for more information!

Positions open NOW for fall, 2022 start!

Apply using information on the flyer or reach out directly to Rhonda Warren at 222-1012.

2022 8-9-10 Softball State of Maine CHAMPIONS!!

Mini Rams Win 1st Place at NCA Camp Competition

GORHAM, ME (July 20, 2022) — Today marked the end of 4 intense days at NCA (National Cheerleading Association) camp that took place at Husson University in Bangor and our Mini Rams ended their first ever camp experience with a FIRST PLACE win with their jam routine in the youth category!!!

We’ll post on Facebook some camp highlights over the next few days, but in the meantime help us congratulate our cheerleaders, who also received superior ribbons and a spirit stick for their fantastic efforts! We are so proud of you and you represented Gorham fiercely today!


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