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Nomination Papers Available for Municipal Election

GORHAM, ME (August 11, 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.

Support a Good Cause at the 2022 Q Memorial Golf Tournament

POLAND, ME (August 12, 2022) — Join us in remembering Dave “Q” Quintal and raising money for The Q Memorial Scholarship Fund at Fairlawn Golf Course on Friday, September, 30th. 9:00 am shotgun start.

Includes 18 holes with cart, lunch, entry into the putting, longest drive and closest to pin contests and prizes for 2 foursomes- best gross and worst gross.

For more information, check out the Q Memorial Scholarship’s Facebook Page.

About the Q Memorial Scholarship

In honor of David Michael Quintal, “Q”, a memorial scholarship fund has been created. Scholarships will be awarded annually to Gorham High School baseball and softball players. 

Updates from the Gorham Historical Society

GORHAM, ME (August 9, 2022) — We hope you are enjoying your summer! This is a letter to keep you informed about recent historical activities.  We awarded our annual GHS Scholarship this year to Josiah Irish who will be attending USM this fall.  We also had great success fundraising with calendar sales again this year! We will be brainstorming themes for our 2023 calendar.         

As you have probably heard or read in the newspapers, The Shaw Family Foundation has generously offered to lease space ($1 per year) in the Old Richarson/Mosher Barn they are reconstructing at the Cherry Hill property.  There is a large space upstairs with a locked room for our archives.  We have outgrown our space on School St. and parking is hard to come by there.  A big thank you to the Town of Gorham for the use of that building for several years.  The space at Cherry Hill will be climate controlled, has bathrooms, parking, and plenty of space for displays and storage.  It will be available later this fall.  Here is a photo of the space upstairs.

This letter is to inform you of the possible move that the executive board recommends. We have also been in touch with past officers to get their input.  If you have any questions, concerns or objections regarding this decision please contact President Suzie Phillips 207-892-9847 or suziephillips@gmail.com.  

In other exciting news, we have been contacted by the Boston Tea Party Association that they are planning to put grave markers for each member involved in the dumping of the tea into Boston Harbor in 1773. One of the men is buried here in Gorham.  We will be planning a ceremony this October.  We will get you more information as we put the event together.  

We will resume meetings this fall and hopefully have an open house at our new space! Just a reminder that we began collecting membership dues ($10 per person) again this year.  Thank you for your continued support of the Gorham Historical Society!

        The Gorham Historical Society Executive Board

Great Falls Balloon Festival Guest Guide

 The first impression that comes to mind when we see hot air balloons is the free spirit and grace of floating where ever the wind decides to take you. But there is much more to a hot air balloon launch and flight than just riding the wind.

Hot air balloons are considered aircraft and are regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) just as fixed-wing aircraft are. Hot air balloon pilots must pass a yearly in-flight certification to maintain his or her license as a commercial pilot. The Great Falls Balloon only invites pilots who have met these qualifications.

The balloons themselves must pass a yearly safety inspection which includes testing the fabric of the balloon, fuel system, integrity of the basket, burners, and all other related equipment before the balloon receives its annual airworthiness certificate to fly.

Unlike fixed-wing aircraft, a hot air balloon is dependent upon fair weather. Ideal conditions are calm winds below 8 mph and cool temperatures. Since wind and heat come with the sun, the ideal time for a balloon to fly is early in the morning before the sun gets too high in the sky and in the early evening as the sun begins to descend. The exception to this rule would be wintertime flying when the sun is less intense.

To inflate the balloon, pilots use inflation fans to fill the balloon with outside air. This process is called cold packing. When the balloon is inflated enough the pilot uses his burner to heat the inside air to approximately one hundred degrees warmer than the outside temperature. This is when the balloon takes shape and is ready to fly on a new adventure.

It is the heat inside the balloon that makes the balloon rise. If the outside air temperature is too high, the pilot would need to add more heat to the balloon to compensate. High heat can cause damage to the fabric of the balloon. This is why balloons rarely fly in the heat of the day.

Hot air balloon pilots are always aware of the weather and the function of their equipment. The safety of the people in the basket is a top priority for the pilots always have the final say in whether the conditions are right for them to fly.

The experience that our visitors get at the Great Falls Balloon Festival is rare in the ballooning world. At most festivals, spectators are not allowed in the area where balloons are launching.

However, this up-close-and-personal venue also poses some challenges. Our main launch site is small. Our visiting balloons are huge. Our visitors are smitten. But our pilots and crews need space. A lot of it. They also need to be able to see and hear each other to keep themselves and everyone else on the field safe.

Maintaining a safe environment is a top priority, and it is crucial to the future of the festival.

Below are some things to keep in mind when visiting the festival:

THE BIG 4:

Don’t Smoke. Our visiting balloons carry tanks full of propane gas. Due to the obvious fire hazard created by the use of propane gas, as well as the risk of damage to the balloon envelopes, smoking is prohibited.

Don’t bring your dog. Or your cat, or bird, or snake. With the exception of service animals, NO PETS of any kind are allowed on festival grounds.

Don’t bring your wheels. This includes bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller skates, and unicycles. The level of foot traffic on the walkway around the park is very high, especially at launch time.

Don’t drink. No alcohol is allowed on festival grounds.

LAUNCH TIMES AND SITES

Launches are scheduled for 6 am and 6 pm throughout the weekend and are always weather permitting. This includes wind and clouds as well as more obvious conditions like rain and lightning.

In the event of questionable conditions, Our Balloonmeister will wait as long as they can in hopes of a turn for the better. However, a launch decision may be delayed by up to an hour if weather conditions are changing. Ideally, the balloons will launch by 6:45 p.m. This time frame provides a fair ride for our passengers and gets everyone back on the ground before we run out of daylight.

Simard-Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston is our main launch site. Additional launch sites may be added if needed.

SPECIAL SHAPE BALLOONS

Specials fly only in the morning. At our evening launches, the special shape balloons will inflate and stay at the field to glow for the crowd. They are large, complex, and hard to pack up in the dark.

MOONGLOW

This ground-level light show is a crowd favorite! Following the Friday evening launch, some of our visiting balloons will return to the field, inflate and light their burners for a ground-level light show, weather permitting.

ATM

There is an ATM available at Simard-Payne Memorial Park, near the Information/Souvenir Booth.

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


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