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Gloria McCullough
American Journal’s McCullough dies
Gloria McCullough of South Portland, 87, a former office manager for the American Journal, died on May 1.
McCollough began duties with the newspaper in 1992 and retired several years ago. She had once worked as a leading clerk for Maine Central Railroad and was a well-known musician playing the trombone.
According to her obituary, in 1952 she became the first woman allowed in Chandler’s Military Band. In her storied career, she played with the Don Doane Big Band, several dance bands, S.D. Warren Community Band, Casco Bay Concert Band, Italian Heritage Band and the Portland Symphony.
She played in the backup band for several celebrities including Bob Hope, Tom Jones, John Davidson, Pat Boone, Al Hirt and Rudy Vallee.
Visiting hours were Monday at Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home in Portland.
Grange honors Barton
Highland Lake Grange on May 4 presented its 2017 community service award to Robert Barton.
“A Westbrook native, Bob has been a fixture of community activities for many decades,” said Grange Master David Gowen. “He is best known for his tireless work at Stephen Manchester American Legion Post 62, including holding the offices of commander, vice commander, Americanism officer and building committee chair.”
Barton has been involved with organizing the city’s Memorial Day parade for more than 20 years. He has also been active with the Military Order of World Wars, Sojourners/Masons and the JROTC/ROTC, Westbrook Public Safety Committee and the Westbrook Street Naming Committee. He has been a Ward 4 poll volunteer and a trustee of Woodlawn Cemetery. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel and teacher.
Senior citizens to dine
Westbrook Senior Citizens will be served a meal at noon on Monday, May 15, at the Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St., Westbrook.
The menu includes chicken pot pie, salad and brownies. A mother and son duo, Vickie Lee and Jimmy James, will entertain.
Next week’s meeting will wrap up the season and the seniors will resume meetings in September.
The group will travel to Cape May, New Jersey, Sept. 11-14. For more information about the trip, call 854-2705 or 883-5046.
Register for parade
Individuals and units planning to participate in Westbrook’s Memorial Day Parade should register with City Clerk Angela Holmes at 591-8131 or email
Poetry series
Lowry’s Lodge, a monthly poetry series, continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, at Continuum for Creativity, 863 Main St., Westbrook.
Dennis Camire and Helene McGlauflin are featured poets. Suggested donation is $4 and light refreshments will be served.

David Gowen, master of Highland Lake Grange, presents Robert Barton of Westbrook with its Community Service Award on May 4. ​