June 23, 2017

Gorham Savings Bank Announces Winner of $50,000 LaunchPad Grant

PORTLAND, Maine — Good To-Go, a Kittery, Maine-based company that makes dehydrated, gourmet meals pre-packaged, has won the 2017 Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad Competition and its corresponding $50,000 cash prize. The company was chosen from among five finalists, who pitched their small business concepts Tuesday night to a panel of independent judges in a packed USM Hannaford Hall.  

Good To-Go is the first line of all-natural, dehydrated, gourmet meals catering to active adventurers. Designed to vastly elevate the food-on-the-trail experience; each meal is handmade by nationally-recognized chef Jennifer Scism, who once defeated Mario Batali on Food Network’s Iron Chef. In the minds of judges Melissa Smith (President & CEO, WEX), Chris Claudio (CEO & founder, Winxnet), and Steve Campbell (CEO, Pro-voke), the company rose to the top for its standout scalability potential. 

The other four finalists, all of whom delivered impressive and well-received pitches, were Jellux, a Saco-based manufacturer of waterproof LED lightingNorth Spore, a Westbrook-based gourmet mushroom producer/mycological community hub; STARC Systems of Brunswick, which produces a modular soundproofing system for occupied buildings under partial renovation and UniteGPS of Portland, whose CrossWalk technology solves the problem of parents and students not knowing just when the bus will arrive each day.

Gorham Savings Bank also honored one business in a new category this year, the Emerging Idea Award. All LaunchPad applicants, not just the five live-pitch finalists, were in the running for this award. American Unagi, a company focused on taking Maine harvested, glass eels and raising them to market size, earned the distinction; plus a $10,000 cash prize and $10,000 worth of marketing, business development, and public relations services from iBec Creative, Creative Imaging Group, Grove Marketing, Chris Philbrook PR and Pro-voke Strategy and Culture.

In addition, thanks to Gorham Savings Bank’s long-term partnership with Junior Achievement of Maine, middle school students from Gorham, Lincoln and Mahoney participated in LaunchPad for the first time ever, through JA It’s my Business!™  Entrepreneurial Education Program. During intermission at the event, a video pitch from each class was shown and the student representatives from each school were invited on stage to answer several questions about their idea and what they learned through the program. The students’ hard work was rewarded with a $1,000 donation from Gorham Savings Bank to each school. 

Ways to have an energy efficiency home by Katie Kinney

The amount of energy we use in our homes mainly depends on the climate where we live and the types and number of energy consuming devices we use. The number and variety of ways we use energy in homes is changing rapidly. Energy use for air conditioning has doubled since 1980. 

U.S. households currently plug in more appliances and electronics at home than ever before. While refrigerators and cooking equipment have long been standard in homes, the ownership of appliances such as microwaves, dishwashers, clothes washers and dryers has increased over the past 30 years.
It is increasingly common for homes to use multiple televisions, computers and many other home electronics. As a result of these changes, appliances and electronics (including refrigerators) now account for nearly one-third of all energy used in homes.

Natural gas and electricity, the most-consumed energy sources in U.S. homes, is followed by heating oil and propane. Electricity, which is used for heating and cooling, also lights our homes and runs almost all of our appliances including refrigerators, toasters, computers and other electronic devices.
Energy efficiency means using less energy to provide the same level of energy services. Here are some great examples of way to reduce the use of energy.

Unplug your appliances when they're not in use.

 Replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs and purchasing energy-efficient appliances and electronic equipment is helpful.

Insulating your roof and/or ceiling will help keep your home a pleasant temperature in summer and winter. It saves you money on energy bills and pays for itself over a relatively short time.
During hot summer days shading your windows will help to keep the heat out, and on cold nights curtains or blinds help to keep the heat in.

If you have an air conditioner, try to use it only on really hot or humid days, and if you expect a hot day, pre-empt the heat rather than waiting until your home is already hot. Look for programmable timer and thermostat controls. Each 1°C increase of the thermostat setting will save about 10% on your energy usage.

Upgrade your shower head to a water-efficient shower head. These are great water-saving devices for daily use.

The average household emits around 14 tonnes of greenhouse gases every year, half of which is from electricity generation. This contributes to climate change and global warming. One simple and relatively cheap way that we can all start to make a difference is by switching our electricity to "green" power. This means using power generated from clean renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water and waste power, rather than coal. Green power is available to all households and generally costs are only slightly more than standard electricity.

Former Windham resident makes “30 Under 30” in Charlotte, North Carolina

Interview reprinted by permission from Townsquare Interactive

It’s not every day you get nominated and win a spot as a top influencer in your city, but that’s exactly what happened to Lesley Mitchell when she won a spot on Elevate Lifestyle’s Charlotte’s 30 Under 30. Townsquare Interactive caught up with her to find out what it takes to be on Charlotte’s 30 Under 30, and how you could get nominated and win.

Lesley Mitchell
Interviewer (I): Lesley, we know it’s tough for you to brag and talk about yourself, but how did you get nominated and chosen for Elevate Lifestyle’s Charlotte 30 Under 30?

Lesley (L): “One of my colleagues, Timmy, found it online and told the President, Tim Pirrone, that he should nominate me. Tim then did a write up on me saying why I was deserving of my nomination”

I: That’s awesome! Clearly you work hard at what you do, but you also set a great example for those around you. What does it mean to you to be listed as one of Charlotte’s 30 Under 30?

L: “It’s an honor to even be considered for the Charlotte 30 Under 30. It means that I will have the opportunity to network more with other like-minded professionals to see how much value I can add to them, and to see where those connections can take us.”

I: Of course, as a young professional it’s important to connect with people who are looking to do great things. What would be your advice to those who want to be nominated or chosen for the Elevate Lifestyle’s Charlotte 30 Under 30?

L: “My advice to those who want to be nominated would be to work on becoming the best you! I am high school educated, so this nomination has nothing to do with a college degree. It has everything to do with working hard, working smart, making connections, building relationships within your company and outside of your company or just out and about. Also, get involved in your local community.”

I: Great advice! Sometimes we think our circumstances need to change, but often times it’s us. That leads us into our next question for you! How can young people influence their communities?

L: “You can influence your community by being others focused. You can’t have entitlement mentality. You must ask yourself, ‘What can I give’ vs. ‘What can I get’.”

I: Your friends and co-workers have seen you embody that philosophy every day, and it’s something all young professionals should strive for. Finally, the question of all questions: What does success mean to you and how did you define it for yourself?

L: “Success to me means thriving in my current environment; being a leader and an example. It means giving it my all every day. Seeing how many people I can help every day.”

I: Thank you, Lesley for meeting with us! We look forward to seeing more of you as you continue to grow!

L: “Thank you! It’s been fun and I look forward to making a difference.”

A few fun facts about Lesley Mitchell:

Originally from Maine, Lesley moved to Charlotte five years ago and loved it so much she never looked back.

Lesley found that learning from mentors, reading books written by successful leaders that she aspires to be like, and choosing to listen to audio books, instead of repetitive music, have helped tailor her education in ways that school (college) could not.

Lesley started her career at Townsquare Interactive in February 2014. Since then she has proven she is worth her salt with 459 deals sold for a total of $160,935 in monthly revenue.

She was nominated for Townsquare’s Employee of the Month in July 2016.

Lesley loves community service and participates in Elevation Church’s Love Week every year. She is active in the community and has worked with organizations like One7 and Love Life Charlotte.
To learn more about opportunities at Townsquare Interactive or to apply, visit our Career listings.


Band director honored for her service by Michelle Libby

Band director for Windham High School, Betty McIntyre was honored last Wednesday for her years of dedication to the Veterans from The American Legion Post 148 in Windham. After 32 years in Windham, she is retiring from teaching. 
Dave Tanguay, Pam Whynot (president of American Legion Auxiliary), Betty McIntyre and Commander Mel Greenier.

“I am done quietly, but done,” McIntyre told the Veterans Wednesday morning. McIntyre has been volunteering for more than 40 years; first as a trumpet player in her home town, and then as the band director in South Dakota and finally in Windham. 

“I appreciate the recognition from you,” said McIntyre. “I wish you the very best as this post develops. This is very thoughtful.” She has been performing with her band in Memorial Day parades for the last 32 years, she said. 

The American Legion post honors both God and country. “That’s why we’re here and why we’re recognizing Betty,” said veteran Dave Tanguay.

Raymond Fire Rescue Department receives donation

The Raymond Fire Rescue Department recently received a donation of a new dock to use for their “Marine 1” boat that is kept on Sebago Lake. The new 8’x 12’ pressure treated dock was donated by Great Northern Docks, located on Roosevelt Trail in Naples and was arranged by its president, Sam Merriam.
“Marine 1” is a 28-foot Ambar 900 US Coast Guard boat that the Fire Rescue Department purchased through the State of Maine surplus in 2006 and it is used to respond to medical, boating and water rescue calls on Sebago Lake. The boat is in the water from May through October and is kept in one of the channels off Jordan Bay, by an arrangement with the Blanchard family. This allows for a more convenient and quicker response to Emergency 911 calls.

The Fire Department has personnel who are qualified as deck hands and captains for the boat and has a partnership with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. Some of the Sheriffs are trained on the boat and provide boat safety patrols on Sebago Lake throughout the summer.

The department sends its thanks to Great Northern Docks for their dock donation!

The focus of D.A.R.E. graduation: Making good decisions and being a positive role model by Lorraine Glowczak

Over 180 fifth-grade students at Manchester School donned orange t-shirts with the logo, “Be The Influence” as they marched into the Windham High School Auditorium on Tuesday, June 13 to celebrate their successful completion and graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) Program. This culmination event marks the point at which the students make a pledge to resist the use drugs, alcohol or participate in bullying and violent behavior.
As with most graduation ceremonies, the event began with a welcome and an introduction by Principal Danielle Donnini, who reminded the students of the benefits of positive decision making and, “to help yourself and others feel respected and safe.”

Donnini thanked and then introduced Windham Police Officer Matt Cyr. Cyr has been leading and teaching the D.A.R.E. Program for more than 17 years; working with both students and teachers in the classroom through a 10-week interactive education curriculum on the many drug, alcohol and bullying related issues that students face today.

Cyr introduced the Commencement Speaker, Chief Kevin Schofield of the Windham Police Department. Schofield, who has also taught in the D.A.R.E. Program, began his speech by thanking the families and teachers that are supportive and allow the police department to teach this program within the school.
To the students, he offered a few pieces of advice. “Don’t let this graduation be the end of your relationship with the police department,” Schofield began. “Help a friend in need, don’t bully others and consider joining a civic organization,” were words of wisdom he shared in regards to being a good citizen. 

The ceremony also included the readings of nine winning D.A.R.E essays written and read by the students themselves. The nine students whose essays were chosen are: Nicholas Marion of Paulina Angus’ classroom, Levi McDonald from Cindy Moore’s classroom, Abigail Coleman from Tracey Butler’s classroom, Alejandra Hidell from John Espejo’s classroom, Landon Grover from Jennifer Ocean’s classroom, Dylan Hartwell from Kate Berry’s classroom, Mallory Muse from Judy Taudvin’s classroom, Frankie Newton from Andrea Beaulieu’s classroom, and Cole Newman from Sabrina Nickerson’s classroom.

Cyr ended the commencement ceremonies with a few last words of wisdom. He reminded parents, “We have to be the influence to show the children how to make good choices.” To the rest of the audience members, he shared advice from some of the other students. The one piece of advice he shared from one fifth-grade student was, “Sometimes you have to decide between what is right and what is easy.”

The D.A.R.E. Program was founded in Los Angeles in 1983 and has been a part of the RSU14 educational program for approximately 20 years. The program works closely and in conjunction with the Windham/Raymond “Be The Influence” Coalition, a community based initiative that promotes healthy lifestyle choices. 

It also encourages both students and adults alike to “Be The Influence” in making positive decisions. For more information regarding D.A.R.E., check the website at www.dare.com. For more information regarding the Windham/Raymond “Be The Influence” Coalition, contact www.betheinfluencewrw.org/community_stakehold

June 16, 2017

Plant donations needed for Dundee Park by Marge Govoni

Dundee Park, at 79 Presumpscot Road in Windham, is in need of donations of flowering perennials and annuals. If anyone is willing to share their beautiful plants, they would be gratefully accepted.
Please drop the plants off at the park during weekend days or at the Windham Parks and Recs, 8 School Road in Windham, during the week. 

We are lucky to have this great place to spend our days and four concerts during the summer evenings, so adding to the landscaping benefits us all. 

Thank you in advance for any plants donated.

Windham Middle School student serves as Honorary Page in the Maine Senate

AUGUSTA —Windham Middle School student, Hayleigh Moody, served as an Honorary Page in the Maine Senate on June 5 as the guest of Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham. Hayleigh took a picture with Sen. Diamond after the Senate Session. Sen. Diamond extends invitations to honor roll students from the area’s middle and high schools, as a way to recognize their strong academic performance and foster an interest in civics.

to the left: Sen. Diamond with Hayleigh Moody

The Honorary Page Program gives students an opportunity to participate in the Senate and interact with legislators. Honorary Pages see what it is like to work on the floor of the Senate and to be part of a legislative session. Pages perform such duties as delivering messages to senators and distributing amendments and supplements in the chamber. Students from third grade through high school are invited to serve in the Senate Chamber as Honorary Pages when the Senate is in session. For more information or to schedule a visit, call Sen. Diamond at (207) 287-1515.