May 26, 2017

Student of the week: Noah Seavey


Noah Seavey, a senior at the Windham Christian Academy, is The Windham Eagle’s student of the week. The 18-year-old enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and playing soccer.


“Noah Seavey recently held a Seavey Soccer Camp for students in grades one through eight. With some guidance from his parents and faculty members, Noah developed a program that would teach and encourage young players to develop a love for soccer,” stated Pam Cleaves, Athletic Director. “I was impressed with the level of maturity, patience, and poise Noah consistently exhibited when working with both the younger campers and upper level camp coaches. He demonstrated maturity and grace beyond his years.”

Seavey’s favorite subject is physics and he states that all his teachers have left a lasting impression on his education.

Seavey lives at home with his Dad (Michael), Mom (Maureen), sisters (Renee and Anna), a brother (Elijah) and their dog (Willow).

Favorite Movie: “Act of Valor”
Favorite Music Group: Lee Brice
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving

Algae bloom in Highland by Rosie Hartzler


Many of you may have noticed that over the past three summers, for three to four weeks during July and August, Highland Lake has experienced a sudden change in water clarity. The culprit has been identified as a form of algae.  Although these algae are microscopic, they are growing in such large populations that they drastically reduce water clarity. When the algae “bloom” ends, water clarity returns to normal. 
In order to safeguard the lake and the emotional and financial investments we have in it, we must consider this situation as a serious warning sign of potential trouble ahead.  Since our annual blooms are not a natural occurrence, we must attempt to identify the reasons for this recurring algae bloom.  
Based on the increasing concern about what is going on in Highland Lake and its watershed, the Highland Lake Association applied for and was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Town of Windham. The Association has committed an additional $2,000 from its general fund to study this issue. Funds will be devoted to a project named, “Algae Discovery and Highland Lake Recovery” with two primary objectives:

·       To identify the specific type of algae that is causing the bloom and to learn why it is recurring. 
·       To engage Highland Lake residents in a cooperative effort to finance the study, share its findings, and take corrective action.
A group of Highland Lake Association (HLA) board members and watershed residents will oversee the Algae Discovery and Highland Lake Recovery Project. In addition, this phenomenon is being studied extensively by water quality monitors at Highland Lake. Highland Lake is one of the most studied lakes in Southern Maine.
As information is discovered regarding the algae bloom, it will be made available to the Highland Lake watershed community via various media outlets, including the Highland Lake Association website.   
The project will be the primary focus of the HLA Annual meeting scheduled for July 20, 2017.
We invite your participation in this ongoing project.  For more information, go to the Highland Lake Association web site:  www.highlandlakemaine.org/  Questions and comments? 
Contact Rosie Hartzler, co-chair of the ADHLR project:  rosie@rosieworks.com. Donate to the ADHLR project. Go to the “Donations” section of the Highland Lake Website to donate using PayPal. You may also write a check to: Highland Lake Association and mail to:
Highland Lake Association
P.O. Box 1684
Windham, ME 04062

Many enjoyable activities to experience here in the Windham and Raymond communities by Rep. Mark Bryant


Summer is just around the corner. The rainy spring is about to give way to warmer, sunny weather. We’re so lucky to live in such a great state for outdoor activities. There is so much to do without having to travel far.


Here in Windham, our Parks and Recreation Department maintain hundreds of acres of parks and preserves where we can fish, hike, swim, bike and play. We have several trails, including the Mountain Division Trail and Sebago to Sea Trail, where you can take your family for walks. 

This year, in honor of National Trails Day, on June 3, Windham is hosting a, “Find It Here” photo scavenger hunt from May 22 to June 5 at Donnabeth Lippman Park, Lowell Preserve and Mountain Division Trail. This free event is open to parties of two or more and you must register with the Recreation Department to participate. Three teams will win prizes, including the opportunity to win a Maine State Park pass.

Our Summer Concert Series at Dundee Park is back by popular demand and will start July 12. This fantastic four-week concert series is every Wednesday night. Seniors can get a ride to the concert for a $3 fee. Don’t miss a great event for the kids - Rick Charette will be performing the final concert on August 2. 

On June 24, we will have our Windham Summerfest. This year the event is “Disco” themed. There will be a parade, car show and activities for all ages. The day will end with a fireworks show!
If you’re looking for adventures outside of Windham, our state offers an abundance of outdoor activities. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands manages over 700,000 acres of land with a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities.

We have 48 state parks and historic sites to visit. Twelve of those sites are places where you can take your family camping. Right nearby, you can camp, swim, fish and boat at Sebago Lake State Park. Find more information on reservations at:  www.maine.gov/DACF/parks/camping/reservations/index.shtml

Maine has nearly 6,000 lakes and ponds over one acre in size and almost 32,000 miles of rivers and streams. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife keeps those bodies of water stocked with catchable fish. You can find an up-to-date report at: www.maine.gov/ifw/fishing/reports/stocking/stocking.htm

The weekend of June 3 and 4 is Free Fishing Weekend across the state. Any person may fish with or without a fishing license, except for those whose license has been suspended or revoked.
While out enjoying all that summer has to offer, please be mindful of ticks. Researchers at Maine Medical Center are warning that there is the possibility of a heavy tick population this summer. Ticks can carry several diseases including Lyme disease and the Powassan virus. 

To reduce the risk of a tick bite, tuck your pant legs into your socks and your shirt into your pants when walking in woods, brush, or tall grass, wear protective clothing, use an EPA-approved repellent and perform daily tick checks after any outdoor activity.

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer. As always, please feel free to send me a letter at 166 Albion Road in Windham, call me at 892-6591 or email anytime at mark.bryant@legislature.maine.gov.

Rep. Mark Bryant is serving his sixth non-consecutive term in the Maine House and represents part of Windham. He serves on the Committee on State and Local Government and the Committee on Transportation.

RSU14 Community Day highlights community resources by Elizabeth Richards


Ten local organizations that offer services and support for children and adults who have Autism and other developmental disabilities gathered at Windham High School on May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the first RSU14 Community Day. 
 
RSU14 behavior consultant Julie Packard, who organized the event with the district’s Maine Autism Leader Team, said that the district has been working for the past couple of years on implementing evidence based practices for students with autism and developmental disabilities into their programs across the district.

 “Our goal is to improve our communication with parents and the community about evidence based interventions and about resources that are available in the community,” Packard said.  One way to do that was through a Community Day, where community organizations could present information to parents and community members about local resources that are available.

Attendance was light at the event, but Packard wasn’t discouraged. The first year is a learning experience, she said. The goal is to have the Community Day become an annual event.  The Maine Autism Leader Team will come together after the event to determine what worked and what could be changed, including what time of year and time of day is best for the event. 

Provider participants said that despite the light attendance, they considered the event a success.  Molly Hardman, IEP Team Coordinator at Child Development Services, said, “It’s become a networking day where providers can network in order to connect families with resources.”
Pine Tree Society Marketing Coordinator, Lori Manson added, “The people who are here today are really interested. They stop to ask questions and gather resources. At larger events, they don’t always do that.”

The agencies provided information on a range of services available for individuals with autism, from early childhood through retirement. 

Agencies represented were: the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, PSL Services STRIVE, Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding Center, Pine Tree Society, Prudential, Child Development Services, Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research, Autism Society of Maine, Woodfords Family Services and Aqua-Theatre Aquarium Designs.

May 19, 2017

Know your route: 10 rules of the road for investing by Edward Jones Financial


Your investment goals are as unique as the route you take to reach them. But regardless of your course, we believe these 10 “rules of the road” can help you get where you want to be.
 
1. Develop your strategy.


Your financial advisor gets to know you – your long-term goals, investment time frame and comfort level with risk – before recommending a strategy. The more you can outline what you are trying to achieve, the more he or she can tailor your strategy to you.

2. Understand risk.

As a rule, the higher the return potential, the more risk you’ll have to accept. To determine what makes sense for you, your financial advisor will want to know:

What is your comfort level with risk? Understanding this can help him or her determine how you may react to market ups and downs over time.

How much risk are you able to take? The amount of time you have to invest plays an important role in determining how much risk you’re able to take.

How much risk do you need to take? Your financial advisor will want to determine the return, and therefore the risk, that may be necessary to reach your long-term goals.
3. Diversify for a solid foundation.

Your portfolio’s foundation is your asset allocation, or how your investments are diversified among stocks, bonds, cash, international and other investments. Your mix should align with your goals and comfort with risk.

4. Stick with quality.

Of all the factors to consider when investing, Edward Jones believes quality is one of the most important. It’s also one of the most overlooked. Although it may be tempting to buy a popular investment, it may not fit with the rest of your portfolio, and it may be riskier than you expect. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

5. Invest for the long term.

Despite stories of fortunes made on one or two trades, most successful individual investors make their money over time, not overnight. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is trying to “time” the markets.

6. Have realistic expectations.

First, you’ll need to determine the return you’re trying to achieve – which should be the return you need to reach your goals. Then you can base your expectations on your asset allocation, the market environment and your investment time frame.
7. Maintain your balance.

Your portfolio’s mix could drift from its initial objectives from time to time. You can rebalance to reduce areas where your investments are overweight or add to areas where they are underweight. By rebalancing on a regular basis, you can help ensure your portfolio remains aligned with your objectives and on track to reach your long-term goals.

8. Prepare for the unexpected.

Unforeseen events could derail what you’re working so hard to achieve. By preparing for the unexpected and building a strategy to address it, you’ll be better positioned to handle the inevitable bumps along the way.

9. Focus on what you can control.

You can’t control market fluctuations, the economy or the political environment. Instead, you should base your decisions on time-tested investment principles, which include:

Diversifying your portfolio
Owning quality investments
Maintaining a long-term perspective
10. Review your strategy regularly.

The one constant you can expect is change. That’s why it’s so important that you and your financial advisor review your strategy on a regular basis.

Think of your financial advisor as your navigator on this journey. By working together to regularly review your strategy and make the adjustments you need, you can have a clearer picture of where you stand and what you need to do to help reach your goals.

Norway Savings Bank contributes $10,000 to Riding To The Top



May 8, 2017 - Riding To The Top (RTT) announced today that on a recent visit to the farm, to observe a therapeutic riding lesson, Patricia Weigel, President of Norway Savings Bank (NSB) presented a $10,000 check in support of the organization’s 2017 programs. The bank’s donation kicks off RTT’s annual Corporate Giving Campaign and ensures that equine assisted activities and therapies are available and accessible to more Maine children and adults with disabilities. Each year, RTT provides innovative equine services to more than 250 children and adults. 


“Riding To The Top provides an incredibly unique service to people with disabilities, many of which are life altering for the entire family,” said Patricia Weigel, President and CEO of Norway Savings Bank. “As I watched today’s lesson, I could see the special connection these horses have with their riders, and the self-confidence this experience inspires. This therapeutic service is so important for Mainers. We are proud of our 15-year partnership with Riding To The Top and are grateful to its leaders and staff for their deep commitment and hard work to make these therapies available.” 

The bank’s donation officially launches RTT’s annual Corporate Giving Campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $30,000. In the coming months, Norway Savings Bank will play an important role in helping RTT meet its fundraising goal by encouraging area businesses to join the bank in supporting the organization and its mission. 

According to RTT Executive Director Sarah Bronson, “Our annual operating budget is approximately $550,000, with 70 percent contributed by individuals, foundations and businesses like Norway Savings Bank. Community support is vital to maintaining the farm, caring for our horses, and serving Maine families. Annual contributions from local businesses like Norway Savings Bank allow us to deliver equine assisted activities and therapies to those who need it most. We encourage small and large businesses to become part of the powerful transformation that takes place when horses and people come together.”

Since 2003, Norway Savings Bank has contributed $135,000 to Riding To The Top. These funds have helped to fund the construction of the indoor-riding arena, so that services could be provided year-round. Funds have also supported the horse fund (care, purchase and retirement of RTT horses), RTT Riderships for hundreds of children and adults with disabilities and new programs. In addition to financial support, Norway Savings Bank employees have volunteered hundreds of hours at RTT supporting projects and fundraising events as well as serving on the organization’s board of directors.

In the Stacks at the Windham Public Library By Jen Alvino, Library Director


By now, for most of us, the deadline of tax preparation has passed and our taxes have been filed. One of the many forms that you might have seen is Schedule CP for charitable contributions and the purchase of park passes. This form can be used to make donations to the Maine Public Library Fund. 

The money donated on this form is used to directly benefit libraries throughout Maine and support programs and services with grant funding. This year Windham Public Library is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from the Maine Public Library Fund. The money will be used to purchase two new iPads and accompanying technology equipment to expand and enhance technology tools in the Children’s Room. We are so pleased to be awarded this grant and excited to be able to share with the community new tools for learning. I encourage you to donate to the Maine Public Library Fund, using Schedule CP in future years. Windham Public Library has been awarded grants from this fund twice so far. The money donated is a huge help to libraries throughout the state and supports a variety of new programs. Visit the Maine State Library website for more information about the Maine Public Library Fund and the other libraries awarded funds www.maine.gov/msl/tax/. More information about the new equipment will be provided soon. Watch our newsletter, website, and Facebook!
 
We have many programs going on throughout the month. Check out our online calendar for information about our story times, author talks, book groups, library teas, knitting and coloring groups, movie showings, and much more. Join us! There’s something for everyone. All programs are free and open to the public. Be sure to visit our website at www.windham.lib.me.us and Facebook page for the most up to date news and information about all our programs or call 207-892-1908.

I hope to see you in the library soon!
Jen Alvino
Library Director