November 8, 2019

Saint Joseph’s College Student Chapter of Doctors Without Borders to host “Hope to Help” auction to fund volunteer trip to Uganda

The Saint Joseph’s College student chapter of Doctors Without Borders will hold the “Hope to Help” Auction on Friday, November 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Xavier Hall lounge. Charcuterie platters and complimentary beverages, as well as a cash bar for alcoholic drinks, will be available. Tickets are $20 per person.

This auction is part of the chapter’s fundraising effort to support a volunteer trip to Uganda through the Partners for World Health (PWH), a non-profit organization based in Portland that collects medical supplies and equipment and distributes them to those in need around the world. Since 2009, PWH has collected more than two million pounds of medical supplies that would have otherwise been destined for local landfills. Elizabeth McLellan, the founder of PWH, will be the guest speaker at the auction.

While in Uganda, Saint Joseph’s College students would work primarily at a hospital in the city of Kampala where they would deliver supplies. They would also assist at a clinic that specializes in ensuring women have the supplies necessary to have a sterile birth and keep their newborn safe.
The trip is scheduled for January 2020 and the chapter’s auction goal of $6,000 would cover all expenses for the trip. Any funds raised past that goal would be donated to PWH.

The event will feature both a live and silent auction. Items include a hand-carved, Westminster chime grandmother clock; weekend getaways; a variety of gift baskets; handmade items; and special opportunities like a guided bird tour and a scenic ride on a personal plane.

To RSVP for the auction, visit

If you can’t attend the auction but would like to support the cause, visit

Raymond Village Library host annual craft fair

Now that November has arrived, are you looking for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts? What about shopping for those gifts while also supporting your local community?

You can do both on November 16 as the Raymond Village Library hosts its annual Holiday Craft Fair. Local artists, crafters, and bakers will fill the library with their beautiful, useful and whimsical creations. You’ll be sure to find something that will appeal to everyone on your list!

In addition to the Holiday Craft Fair, the Raymond Village Library’s basket sale will also begin on November 16. These baskets, which are created by volunteers and stocked with a wide variety of generously donated items, make excellent holiday treats. They tend to be themed, with baskets for children, teenagers, pet lovers, book lovers, coffee and hot chocolate lovers, and more. This year, several of the baskets include gift cards from local businesses.

One of these holiday baskets, a large Italian-dinner themed basket, will only be available as a raffle item. Tickets for the raffle go on sale on November 16, and the winner will be chosen in December. These holiday gift baskets go quickly, so be sure to visit the library during the Craft Fair for the best selection.

The winter holidays will be here before you know it! Visit the Raymond Village Library on Saturday, November 16th between nine in the morning and four in the afternoon to support your community library while shopping for your friends, your family, and possibly even yourself.

WHS students explore local business as future job potential

By Lanet Hane

Students at Windham High School recently took advantage of an opportunity to visit Sabre Yachts and learn about future job opportunities right here in Raymond.

The experience included a tour of the facility, with conversations about how everything worked and
Tucker Thompson of Sabre Yachts showing
freshman, Garan Laszok and others the
many steps in yacht production 
how the boats are eventually put together. “I liked that the trip was informal, and Sabre could possibly be a future career path for me,” says Sophomore Dillon Foley after the trip.

Though informal in nature, the students were still exposed to a wide variety of career options. Because Sabre Yachts is a production company, positions include everything from woodworking to customer service and engineering.

The company also has a number of employees who will be retiring in the next handful of years, providing fantastic opportunities for young adults in the area.

“It’s those soft skills that we really look for,” Don Wentworth, the Production Manager, told the students, “If you are willing to show up and put in an honest day’s work, we have a place for you at Sabre Yachts.”

Don shared this insight when explaining what a great place Sabre Yachts can be to work. Don himself started out elsewhere in the company and over the years moved into his position, “The majority of management positions are hired from within.”

This field trip is one of many opportunities Windham High School is providing students as they explore careers of interest right here in Maine.

Thank you to Sabre Yachts for having our students!

Hawthorne Halloween was an entertaining and successful fundraiser

By John Manoush

The Hawthorne Community Association (HCA) wishes to thank everyone who attended the first Annual Halloween Costume Party this past Friday, November 1st, on Hawthorne Road in Raymond. The event was part of a fundraising effort for some much-needed structural repairs.

Long-time trustee, Abel Bates, l
ooking much like Hawthorne himself. 
Notable costumes included a deer, car with glowing headlights, plant pot, self portrait, brownie, Bob Ross, disco queen, rodeo clown, The Joker, a witch, sock hop sweetie, Hester Prynne, and even Nathaniel Hawthorne himself!  It was an exceptionally fun night and there are already some new ideas in the works to surprise folks for next year’s event.  After expenses, the event raised over $300 to kick-start the fundraising efforts ahead. More importantly, the HCA has gained some enthusiastic new members.

The association recently employed a structural engineer to take careful stock of the building and prepare a report explaining details of needed renovations. There are three major components to the work:

*Replacement of deteriorated wooden clapboards on at least one side due to recurrent mold and inability to hold paint. The cost estimates for this job are upwards of $8,000.

*Reinforcement or replacement of significant portions of the foundation. The structure of the floor has long been a concern for the association, greatly limiting the usefulness of the building for community sponsored events such as dances.  These repairs may cost $50,000 or more.

*Repair or replacement of sagging roof supports and the roof itself.  The approximate $10,000 dollars needed for this phase will be a priority due to the threat of a collapse during times of heavy snow loading.

Although the Town of Raymond generously provides a stipend of $1,000 per year and our members contribute regularly, the cost of repairs is far beyond HCA savings. The association intends to pursue both grants and community fundraising over the coming year. A GoFundME page has already been set up – search on Hawthorne Community Association.  

The Hawthorne House is on the National Register of Historic places and is one of the most important historic treasures in Raymond – please help us keep it standing!

The Hawthorne House will also be hosting its annual Christmas Party on the evening of Sunday, December 8th.  Please check our website ( for more information or call John Manoush at 207-655-7660.

Maine Attorney General visits members of Age Friendly Raymond

By Lorraine Glowczak

The new Attorney General, Aaron Frey was invited to be the guest speak at the Age Friendly Raymond’s monthly meeting, Community Connections, on Monday, November 4 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Frey was unanimously selected on December 6, 2018 to succeed now governor and former Attorney General, Janet Mills.

The meeting was a relaxed presentation about the mission and job of the Attorney General’s office
Aaron Frey and Rep. Jess Fay
and the services it offers for the people of Maine. There were opportunities for questions and answers.

Rep. Jess Fay introduced Frey. “Aaron was born in Bangor and he lived there until third gradee where he and his family moved to Dixmont. He is a graduate of Nokomis High School in Newport, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, and he earned a Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island.”

Fay continued by explaining that Frey has been a member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing parts of Bangor and parts of Orono for three terms, and while there was a a member of the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. She also shared with the group that he has worked in a private legal practice in Bangor, focusing on matters involving criminal defense and family law. Frey also worked in Washington D.C. for the National Court Reporters Association prior to attending law school.

Frey began by stating that Maine is unique in that it is the only state where the Attorney General (AG) is elected by the legislature. “The good thing about this is the focus is not about who you are getting money from,” he explained. “The Maine AG is not a political office and as a result, there are long-term dedicated staff since political party does not play a role, and thus resignations are not expected during a transition from one Attorney General to another.”

Frey explained that the job of the AG’s office includes a wide range of different activities. “We represent the State of Maine in both the State and Federal Courts,” He said.

The work of the office includes child protective efforts, criminal prosecution, child support enforcement and legal services for the elderly to name just a few. Frey also spoke about free consumer mediation services as it relates to “lemon laws” and scam victims.

He shared ways to avoid frauds, listing a few of the following:

1)     Talk to someone you know and trust before giving you money or personal information to someone over the phone.
2)     Be skeptical about free trail offers.
3)     Don’t deposit a check and wire money.
4)     If you didn’t initiate the call (i.e. from the bank, etc.) then you should be suspicious.
5)     Hang up on robo calls. If there is a recorded sales pitch, hang up immediately and report it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission)

Frey addressed the concern and highlighted the fact there are many construction and roofing contractors who are not required to be certified or insured, so he warned all present to do research and get references prior to hiring for home repairs.

For this or any other frauds or scams, Frey stated that one could also reach out to the AG’s office by calling 1-800-436-2131 or online at

“Please call us,” Frey reiterated. “If we can’t help you, then we will help you find the individual who or organization that can.” He reminded that everyone is susceptible to falling for scams and that age, profession or education level play no role in prevention. Everyone must be vigilant.”

November 1, 2019

Legislative Council accepts Sen. Diamond bill to clarify the language of Maine’s new “hands-free” distracted driving law

LR 2739 would make technical revisions to the language in Maine’s new “hands-free” distracted driving law.

AUGUSTA — The Legislative Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill from Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, to clarify the language in Maine’s new “hands-free” distracted driving law
The legislation — LR 2739, “An Act To Amend the Laws Prohibiting the Use of Handheld Phones and Devices While Driving” — would make technical revisions to Maine’s new “hands-free” distracted driving law, including clarifying the fine amount and the law’s applicability to parking lots, and exempting all two-way radios.

“Maine’s new ‘hands-free’ distracted driving law is a big change for drivers in the state, and it’s
already making our roads safer,” said Sen. Diamond. “But it’s important that everything in the law is consistent and clear, which is why these minor revisions are needed.”

The new “hands-free” distracted driving law, which took effect on September 19, prohibits the use of a handheld electronic device while driving. A discrepancy in the text of the law allowed the courts to charge violators more than was originally intended, but after a call between Sen. Diamond and Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Saufley, the courts decided to keep the fine at its original intended amount until the law could be revised.

Recent reporting from the Press Herald indicates that police officers in Maine wrote 232 tickets under the new law in its first month. 

Bills submitted for consideration during the Second Regular Session, which begins January 8, must be approved by a majority of the 10-member Legislative Council. The Council consists of the 10 elected members of legislative leadership.

The bill was approved by the Legislative Council on October 23 to be considered as an emergency measure, and will be introduced in the 2020 session of the legislature.

Student of the Week: Elyse Silvia

Elyse Silvia, a second-grade student at Raymond Elementary School, is The Windham Eagle’s Student of the Week. Silvia, who is seven years old, states that she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

“Elyse is a kind, caring student who always works hard and tries her best,” stated Mrs. Pennington, her teacher.

Silvia said that her greatest accomplishment is reading the most minutes in her first-grade class. The one person that has meant the most to her education is her mother and hat makes learning fun for her is learning in cool ways. As for her future, Silvia would like to become a teacher someday.

Favorite movie: “Daddy Daycare”
Favorite music group:  Beatles
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving  

Rep. Fay to hold local office hours

Rep. Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, will hold in-district “constituent office hours” in Casco, Poland and Raymond in November.

These meetings will be held at the following places and times:

Poland office hours: Monday, November 4 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ricker Memorial Library, 1211 Maine St.

Casco office hours: Tuesday, November 5 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Casco Town Office, 635 Meadow Rd.

Raymond office hours: Wednesday, November 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Rd.

The office hours will provide residents with an opportunity to hear updates from Augusta, ask questions about policy making and share opinions on state matters. Office hours also serve as an opportunity for residents navigating state agencies to voice their concerns.

Fay, who represents part of Casco, part of Poland and part of Raymond, is in her second term in the House.  She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee.

Community is invited to Veterans Day ceremony and open house

A Veterans Day ceremony and open house, hosted by the Windham VFW Post 10643, will be held at the Windham Veterans Center, 35 Veterans Memorial Drive on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m., announced VFW Commander, Willie Goodman.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Refreshments will be provided.

Mike Wisecup, retired Navy SEAL, will be the keynote speaker and patriotic songs will be performed by the Windham Chamber Singers.

Boy Scout Troup 805 will be in attendance assisting the VFW with the event and the winners of the year’s VFW sponsored essay competitions will be introduced and will read from their essays.

The theme for this year’s Patriot’s Pen essay, for grades sixth through eighth, and Voice of Democracy essays, for grades ninth through 12th, is “What makes America great.”

Following the program and ceremony, there will be a dedication in the Veterans Memorial Garden that sits on the Windham Veterans Center grounds.

Everyone is welcome to join the VFW in celebrating Veterans Day.

Community organizations collaborate to keep Lake Region residents warm: Applications being accepted for free custom window inserts

By Lorraine Glowczak

It’s happening again this year! The Raymond Village Library, Raymond Village Community Church, Age Friendly Raymond and the AmeriCorps volunteer based at Saint Joseph’s College will be combining efforts and organizing a Window Dressers event to help individuals who live in the greater Sebago Lakes region to stay warm this winter and save on energy costs. Eligible families are being provided with free custom window inserts.

“We are currently accepting applications from everyone who meets the income status for up to 10 free window inserts per 20 households in the lakes region area,” stated Elissa Kane, AmeriCorp Organizer from Saint Joseph’s College. “We are already measuring windows for individuals from Westbrook to Standish, Raymond and Windham. We will continue to measure windows until Tuesday, December 10th.”

Briefly, the above local organizations will work in collaboration with the organization. The mission of that organization brings volunteers together to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, lower heating costs, and reduce CO2 emissions by producing low-cost insulating window inserts that function as interior-mounted storm windows. Staff supplies, trains, and supports teams of community volunteers as they build affordable, insulating window inserts at local workshops.

State Representative Jessica Fay said in a previous interview, "Helping people save money on their heating bills, especially as we head into another cold winter, makes sense. We need to make sure that older people and everyone in our community stays warm.

“We all knew that our neighbors could use a helping hand staying warm and decided we could do something about it together” said Reverend Nancy Foran of the Raymond Village Community Church, United Church of Christ. “When the library and AmeriCorps approached us to partner on this project in previous years, we were excited to participate.” 

The group will build approximately 200 window inserts from Monday, January 27th to Friday, January 31st at the Raymond Village Community Church. “The inserts act like interior storm windows and save a gallon of heating oil for every square foot of insert. The Town of Raymond helped us spread the word and the Raymond Lions Club made sure that every family that came into our food pantry heard about the program” said Sheila Bourque. the coordinator of the event and President of the Raymond Village Library.

The effort needs volunteers to work in shifts to complete the window inserts and also has a need for volunteers to feed those working on the windows. Shifts are for three hours and all materials and training will be provided.

Kane also mentioned that individuals who would like window inserts, but don’t meet the qualifications to get them for free, the possibility to purchase is available. “We will also provide the inserts to paying customers who don't qualify for the free inserts,” explained Kane. “They are extremely low cost due to the nature of the program.”

To sign up as a volunteer, as an individual in need or to purchase window inserts you can contact Kane by emailing her at or reaching her by phone at 207-893-7783.
For more information on Window Dressers visit www./

October 25, 2019

Local Businesses advertise to raise money for Domestic Violence Awareness month

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, The Windham Eagle newspaper organized an advertising campaign in the October 11, 2019 edition to raise funds for the Through These Doors. For every ad sold $5 was donated to the organization. A total of $290 was raised.

Through These Doors has been working to end domestic violence in Cumberland County since 1977. Need help now? You can call thei free, confidential help line at 207-874-1973. Lean more and donate at

{Please check out these pages at and show support for the local advertisers that contributed to such a great cause.

October 18, 2019

Town Council receives update on Watershed Management Plan and Long-Range Planning Committee Report

Highland Lake residents are invited to a public meeting on
Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cornerstone Church
Image by Julia Ellsworth
By Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council held a workshop on Tuesday evening, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in the Council Chambers room. The agenda items included reports from the Highland Lake Leadership Team (HLLT) as well from the Long Range Planning Committee.

Gretchen Anderson and Heather True from HLLT updated the Council on the watershed management plan with the intention to reduce the pollutants at Highland Lake, which has experienced high levels of phosphorus causing the lake to be at-risk. They reported on various action items that include, but are not limited to the following:

*Provide technical assistance to homeowners with polluted runoff sites or inadequate buffers to prompt installation of conservation practices on their own.
*Install conservation practices to address polluted runoff sites identified on town roads and other town-owned property.*Seek local sponsorships for supplies and or grant funding to address low priority/small polluted runoff sites.
*Enhance/encourage ongoing private road maintenance.
*Contact homeowners with high-risk systems to encourage advanced inspections.
*Host septic system care workshops and other educational workshops.

There will be a public meeting for Highland Lake residents that will be held at the Cornerstone
Church, 48 Cottage Road on Wednesday, October 23 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Next on the agenda was a report from the Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC). Committee members, Amanda Lessard and Ben Smith spoke about town zoning ordinances with suggested ways to make them more in compliance with town policy, directing new residential growth away from rural areas.

As stated in the packet/letter provided to the Town Council, “LRPC took the public input [from the July from the community workshops along with the public input from the Comprehensive Planning process to develop an approach to rezoning the Farm and Farm Residential zoning districts that:• Considers that there are important rural areas in Windham where open space should be
preserved and ensures that large lots are available for those rural uses that obtain their
value from the land.
• Has other areas that will continue to allow for lower density residential development that
would be protected from some of the more incompatible rural uses like mineral
extraction, sawmills, piggeries, etc.
• Creates two new zoning districts that have greater differences in the types of allowed
uses and the number of homes that could be built, and
• Separates net density from minimum lot size and proposes a maximum lot size in order
to create large blocks land to remain undeveloped or be used for other non-residential
rural land uses.

Also discussed were issues surrounding conservation subdivisions (a design strategy that attempts to
preserve undivided, buildable tracts of land as communal open space for residents) and impact fees (a fee imposed on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development).

When Lessard and Smith completed their report, they asked for guidance on the LRPC should proceed. After discussion, it was decided that the Council and LRPC would need to meet within the next month or two to help expedite the issues of zoning, growth and development.

For full detail of this meeting, please visit the town website at

Charles Hawkins steps out of Town Council race

Charles Hawkins
By Lorraine Glowczak

Charles Hawkins announced at a press conference held on Tuesday, October 15th at 5:30 p.m. that he would be stepping down as a candidate for Town Council. The announcement was made in front of the Windham Town Hall.

“I ran for Town Council last year, pointing out the same issues, to which they’ve only gotten worse,
in my opinion,” began Hawkins, referring to his disappointment over town leadership.

“I feel so strongly about this that I’m dropping out of this year’s election and encouraging my supporters to vote for and put their trust behind Dave Douglass. Windham needs competent leaders to represent our future. I love this town and want to see it flourish and because of that, I want to put the town’s issues ahead of my own.” entered the race this fall and was running for the At-Large seat. Candidates also running for this position are current Town Councilor Donna Chapman and David Douglass.  Hawkins pointed out in his announcement that the current issues the town faces are not right or left and the solutions are not black or white.  As a result, he recommended that everyone work together to find solutions and accomplish goals. He asked everyone present to get out to vote on November 5th, encouraging his supporters to vote for David Douglass and Nick Kalogerakis.

“That is an amazing way to put the town ahead of yourself,” Town Councilor Jarrod Maxfield said after Hawkins’ announcement. “I am fully supporting David Douglass and Nick Kalogerakis. It is important that we have a unified council who can be prepared and professional. I have the utmost
confidence that those are the two candidates to get this done.”

Maxfield continued by stating some of the issues facing the town, which include investing in ourselves, redeveloping downtown areas, aging in place, and focus on the community center. “Whether you have been here for five days or 50 years, everyone deserves the same representation and these candidates will do that for you.” Maxfield is running unopposed for the North seat.“Windham is at a crossroads and we need a plan for the future,” Stated David Nadeau, who is also supporting Douglass and Kalogerakis. “We need to come up with creative ideas to move forward. Please come out to vote – that is all I’m asking you to do.”

Town Councilor, Tim Nangle also spoke for the two candidates, stating that this election is critical. “We need to move forward in a deliberate way, and I support David Douglass and Nicholas Kalogerakis – so we need you to come out to vote on November 5th”.

Douglass and Kalogerakis also responded to Hawkins’ announcement.  “Will, I am truly humbled by what you have done,” Douglass began. “I respect your position because we all feel the same way. This is about supporting the town of Windham and doing what’s best for the town. I’m not saying I’m the best candidate, but Charles has generously bowed out and is throwing his support behind Nick and I.” stated that he was deeply moved by Hawkins’ decision to step out of the race. “You did put the town before yourself today. We need more of that in this town,” he stated, and continued by thanking all those who support him “We have a big task ahead of us. It’s time for action. You must
find a way to get out and vote. We have to work together, even if we disagree. Be professional and
above all, put the town first. I can’t stress enough – we need votes, we need votes, we need votes.”

Donna Chapman and Robert Muir, current councilors and candidates were not present for this announcement to publicly make comments.

Voting will be open on Tuesday, November 5th, at the Windham High School Gym, 406 Gray Road from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available now. For more information on obtaining an absentee ballot call Town Clerk Linda Morrell at 207-892-1900 or go into the office Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

October 11, 2019

Katahdin Program chefs to prepare next RVCC free community dinner

As part of their Culinary Arts and Gardening Program, the students of The Katahdin Program, Windham High School’s alternative learning initiative, have volunteered to plan and prepare a delicious dinner for the next Raymond Village Community Church (RVCC) free community meal. Located at 27 Main Street in Raymond, the meal will be hosted by the church on Thursday, October 17 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“We are so excited to have this relationship with the staff and students of the Katahdin Program.”, said RVCC Pastor Rev. Nancy Foran.  “It is a win-win for both parties. The kids will have an interesting educational challenge and an opportunity to showcase their talents, their skills, and the program of which they are a part. 

Everyone in the local community has the chance to enjoy an excellent meal of beef stew, home-made bread, salad and dessert. In the process, people can demonstrate their support and appreciation for this unique and valuable educational initiative.”
RVCC hopes that everyone from Raymond, Windham, and beyond will come to be guests of these marvelous young people.

There have been many questions about whether the free community meals will continue after their successful introduction in the spring. RVCC intends to continue these free community meals indefinitely.

The Katahdin Program utilizes the classroom, the outdoors and the greater community to provide alternative education programming for students, grades nine through 12, in the RSU14 Windham/Raymond school district. The program recognizes that all learners have strengths, assets, and interests. Katahdin staff believe that every individual is an important part of the learning community, whose core values are integrity, safety, respect, responsibility, and kindness. further information about RVCC and Free Community Meals, email Rev. Foran at, or call the Church at 655-7749. 

To learn more about the Katahdin Program, go to their website at:

RVCC: Small Church, BIG Heart!

Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation.  It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, singing joyfully, and welcoming all people no matter who they are, or where they are on their faith journey.  For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or

Little Sebago Lake Association successfully keeps milfoil under control

LSLA President Pam Wilkinson and her daughter Megan
inspect the milfoil.
By Lorraine Glowczak

According to the Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) website, watermilfoils are rooted, submerged aquatic plants found naturally in lakes and streams. Five varieties of watermilfoils are native to Maine and are part of the natural lake ecosystem. Two non-native watermilfoils threaten the quality of Maine fresh waters; Variable leaf milfoil (myriophyllum heterophyllum) is already present in 27 Maine lakes systems, including streams. Eurasian watermilfoil (myriophyllum spicatum), the more aggressive colonizer of the two, has been found in several Maine water bodies.

The LEA website also states that many invasive aquatic plants were first transported as ornamental
aquarium plants. When aquaria were emptied into lakes or streams, the plants proliferated in their new environment. Variable leaf milfoil was first recorded in Maine in 1970 in Sebago Lake.

Perhaps from there and with the addition of a boat ramp, variable leaf milfoil found its way to Little Sebago Lake. It was in the late 1990s when the first reports came in that Little Sebago was in trouble."Areas of the lake were filled with milfoil and we knew we had to do something about it immediately,” stated the President of the Little Sebago Lake Association (LSLA) Pam Wilkinson. 

“After a couple of years of hand pulling with volunteers, we knew this was not the best approach.
Luckily, we had an engineer in our association who developed a pontoon boat in such a way that, with using the help of a professional diver, we are able to remove the milfoil without having to wait for an answer on what to do.”

The suction dredge has an innovative ‘vacuum’ type Venturi pump attached to a 50 foot hose that their professional diver, Jim MacNaught, uses to extract the milfoil as he dives down to pull the invasive plant roots from the lake floor. The milfoil then flows through the hose and into a trough on the boat. The trough has a set of four gates that allows the milfoil to drop into onion bags twice filtering the water before going back into the lake. The boat has become a model that LEA and other lake associations have re-developed to fit their needs in order to work on their own milfoil extraction.

“When we began removing the milfoil, we were removing up to 100 bags a day,” Wilkinson explained. “Now, 20 years later, we are down to maybe six or seven bags a day. At its peak in 2008-2010 we removed over 1,700 bags each year. In the last few years we have removed about 170 bags each year and it is declining.  It’s gone from being a plant that could be found almost everywhere in the lake to a search and retrieve method rotating periodically to each of the 30 locations on the lake. It has become that sparse.”
Once the milfoil is removed, it is taken to be used as compost. In recent years, co-milfoil director, Tim Greer, personally takes it to the town of Gray’s compost – where townspeople can use the nutrient rich compost in their gardens.

The Maine DEP recently visited Little Sebago and complimented on the work the association has put forth. Although very proud of their accomplishments, Wilkinson warns that if left unchecked, milfoil can return in an aggressive manner, choking the lake from its natural habitat.  Other invasive threats and algae occurrences are concerns on the horizon. Clearing of vegetation and adding sand threatens the nutrient balance of the lake. People should take measures to enhance their shorelines to decrease runoff into the lake.  “It can all flip around in just one summer.”  

Variable leaf and Eurasian milfoil can reproduce by fragmentation. LEA explains that when a
disturbance like a motorboat or fishing lure passes through a colony of plants, the chopped-up pieces are each capable of forming a new plant. Milfoil can move from lake to lake on a propeller, trailer, fishing gear or anchor. “It can even be transferred from lake to lake by a bird,” Wilkinson said.

The dense growth and rapid spread of milfoil along lake shores dramatically impedes swimming and fishing. This factor hinders the value of the lakes, both in terms of home property values and tourism dollars that the state depends upon every year. But perhaps more importantly are the ecological and environmental impacts these invasive plants have on the lake.
LEA website states, “Ecological impacts of invasive plants are difficult to enumerate. The most   Invasive plants like variable leaf milfoil are free from their natural competitors and can out compete native plants for space and sunlight.
obvious impact they have upon native communities is out competition. In an organism’s native habitat its growth and spread are balanced by other organisms that have evolved to compete with or eat it.

The implications of the loss of native plants are far reaching. Native plants act as both a food source and habitat. By changing the available habitat and food source, invasive plants can drastically alter delicate relationships in the food web.”

Wilkinson, who has been diligently leading the milfoil removal program with the aid of Tim Greer, reminds lake residents that the lake association can always use help in identifying milfoil around the lakefront areas. “We provide buoys for all residents,” began Wilkinson. “If a resident sees a milfoil plant – all they need to do is place a buoy near the area and let us know and we will come and remove it if it is not a native plant. We want to take the plant from the lake as quickly as possible and having residents help us identify where a new plant is will keep the lake clear of this invasive plant.”

Wilkinson’s dedication to this cause is not going unnoticed. “She has been a long-time leader and she is someone that people look up to,” stated Jim McBride, treasurer of the association. “She has been on the board for 30 years, over 10 years of which she has been president. Her leadership is one of the reasons why we have a beautiful lake for everyone to enjoy.”

To become more knowledgeable or to contact a plant patroller visit

Little Sebago Lake residents who wish to learn more about milfoil extraction, help with an adopt a shoreline program or to become an active member in the association, visit, contact Pam Wilkinson at or call 207.809.4706.

Survey results are in: Windham Age Friendly community forum to begin action planning from feedback

By Lorraine Glowczak

Windham’s Age Friendly Community Committee has completed their first major step in creating a community action plan. On September 13 – the deadline for the survey, the committee received feedback from over 320 individuals to express the types of human service needs experienced by Windham residents.

The results have been tabulated by Patricia Oh, AARP Maine's Age-Friendly Consultant with the help of her intern, Yacov Aviv. All Windham citizens, young and old, are encouraged to join and attend the Community Forum on Monday, October 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Windham High School’s Open Cafe to review these initial results. The forum will start the process for developing a community action plan to address needs for older members in the community. Refreshments will be served.

Topics to be discussed will include: Community support, housing, health services, transportation, employment, outdoor spaces and buildings, communication and information.

“We will be discussing what we have learned from the initial survey results and what the needs are for our community to be a successful one for all ages,” stated Deb McAfee, Chair of the Human Advisory Committee. “We will set priorities based upon the feedback received.”

cstlouis@spurwink.orgMcAfee explained that the first 15 minutes of the community forum will consist of sharing the initial results of the survey. “We will then break out into stations in each area that have been addressed from the survey to get a better understanding of the most important needs. From there we will be able be to better create a plan of action to execute those needs.”

Creating a communication hub will be one topic of discussion and will be a focus of the Advisory Committee. “We want to be able to bring all the services that are offered in the Windham area from
various organizations into one place,” McAfee began. “There are many amazing services already being offered in our community, from free Monday Meals offered by area churches to events and services offered by other small organizations and volunteer transportation options – we want to provide an easily accessible communication hub where an individual can easily find services.”

Briefly and according to AARP, to become age friendly “advances efforts to help people live easily and comfortably in their homes and communities as they age. AARP’s presence encourages older adults to take a more active role in their communities and have their voices heard. Initiatives focus on areas such as housing, caregiving, community engagement, volunteering, social inclusion and combating isolation among older citizens.”

https://www.schoolspring.comIn a recent Speak Out session with Rep. Patrick Corey, McAfee expressed the many benefits for becoming an official AARP Age Friendly Community and some of those benefits include:
Access to a global network of participating communities, as well as aging and civil society experts.
Access to key information about the program, such as the latest news and information about best
practices, events, results, challenges and new initiatives.

Opportunities for partnerships with other cities, both domestic and international.
Mentoring and peer-review evaluation by member cities.

Public recognition of the community’s commitment to become more age friendly.
Speaking engagements at conferences and events hosted by AARP and promotion through AARP’s media channels.

Let your voice be heard and be a part of developing a healthy and active age friendly community by attending the October 21st Age Friendly Community Forum.

October 4, 2019

Q & A with the Windham Town Council candidates

The Windham Eagle newspaper sent a questionnaire to all seven Windham Town Council candidates to give them an opportunity to share some of their thoughts, concerns, etc. regarding issues facing Windham. We also wanted to give our Windham readers the opportunity to become informed when they vote on Tuesday, November 5th, at the Windham High School Gym, 406 Gray Road from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Due to newspaper space constraints, each candidate was asked to stay within a certain word count, otherwise, they would have been able to expand upon their thoughts more completely. The answers are their own. The only edits that occurred were grammatical error including proper sentence structure but those are the only changes, if any, that have been made.

If you wish to learn more about the candidates and ask them questions of your own or to gain more information, a candidate forum will take place at the Microtel Inn and Suites at 965 Roosevelt Trail on Thursday, October 10. The candidates will be introduced at 7:45 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. The forum will be hosted by Move Windham Forward.

Donna Chapman
Donna M. Chapman (running for the South seat)
1)Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I am the mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother. I am a Volunteer 4-H Club Leader for 15 plus years. I volunteer annually for a fundraiser at Camp Sunshine for the True Fans of Elvis which all proceeds go to Camp Sunshine. I am also a Life Member of the Ossippee Valley Fair Association.
I have an associate degree in Behavioral Health and Human Services from SMCC and currently am an Office Assistant.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or improve those issues?

The two top challenges I see facing Windham are growth and protecting our natural resources. We have five watersheds on a DEP list that are most at risk from new development. We need to be mindful how we develop in order to protect and improve our resources that are in danger. Look at the town, what areas do we want the growth and offer incentives for those willing to develop in those areas. Try making it harder in developing areas that we want to stay open and rural. In North Windham we must have a sewer option to help with the denser population and development without overtaxing residents. We need to increase commercial development to offset our residential tax base. Residential taxes are going up, that becomes a burden to some.

3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham? If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?

https://www.schoolspring.comTransportation is not an issue; we have Uber options; we also have the Lakes Region Bus. For the
$9,000.00 fee yearly, I would advocate to change its route to go through South Windham and back into Portland to cover our Village District.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center? Is it important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do you propose it be built?

Community Center, yes, I support a center. The location is key, if it’s a multi-use facility it can be near the schools or in North Windham. People might disagree with that, but the purpose is supposed to be for everyone. I feel a lot more must be vetted; we may even have to consider a facility like the one in Waterville which is run privately as a non-profit and is extremely successful. The committee has more work ahead of it and I look forward in supporting the committee and its findings.

5) What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?

Best way to contact me is my home phone 207-893-8584. It is listed on the Town Website as well. 
David Douglass
David P. Douglass (running for At Large seat)
1)Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I have lived in Windham for 10 years; I chose Windham because it reminded me of where I grew up in NH, the feeling and character. I am a licensed Architect with my own consulting firm based out of my home. I have been a member of the Planning Board since 2012 and Chairman for four to five years now.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or improve those issues?

I feel that Windham is struggling with growth and leadership. There are a lot of factors with this. We have witnessed unprecedented growth recently and it is causing growing pains for the town and having real quality of life effects on some. While our planning staff is excellent - at the same time planning and directing of growth has not kept up for a number of reasons. We must direct growth to the areas of town that are best suited for it. Additionally, I feel we have long term leaders in town who aren’t rising to the tasks at hand and seem to focus on petty things which is why I am running for the at large seat. I want a cohesive, professional well-educated board that can work together towards common goals.

This is tricky. Transportation is costly and Maine’s rural character doesn’t help. Enhanced public transportation would certainly benefit our community and greater Portland at large. I am a big proponent of traffic improvement. Moving cars in a rural area is critical and I would like to work on how we get in and out of town better as well as around town during tourist season.

I love the idea of a community center, as a design professional I am very familiar with the process of creating community venues and weaving them into the community. The current location seems to be a good one though the lot may not be the best. I feel this is one of many large projects the town needs to undertake. We can’t grow as a town without growing our infrastructure and gathering spaces. I look forward to this developing into a place for all town residents to share.

5) What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?

Call me – 207-807-6661 or email me at

Charles Hawkins
Charles W. Hawkins (running for the At Large seat)

1)Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I own 3 businesses here in Windham with over 30 employees. I served on Windham’s Marijuana Task Force as vice chair but resigned when I chose to run for town council again. I try to donate to local organizations as much as possible and volunteer my time to the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce in not only events but also on the legislative committee as the Agricultural Business & Market Development Liaison. At home I have a wonderful wife, Melissa and two amazing daughters Kayja (8) and Hazel (3).

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important
challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or
improve those issues?

How to handle Windham’s growth properly and ethics amongst our town officials. I think it would be best to have a community discussion regarding our growth, come up with solutions together as a community, and revise our ordinances where agreed upon. Respectfully I believe the only way to restore ethics amongst our councilors is to change some of the leadership in place to individuals that do not resort to name calling, abuse of power and public insults.

https://www.schoolspring.com3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham?
If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?

I have not personally heard of any transportation complaints. I know we have a few options for getting back and forth to Portland but as for getting around Windham I’m not sure what type of improvements we need currently. I’d rather focus on bringing business to Windham in order to create more jobs. Perhaps look at transportation increases when there is a more pressing need.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center? Is it
important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do
you propose it be built?

I believe a community center is a great idea if and when we can realistically afford It. I’ve heard suggestions of using the middle school once it becomes vacant. If the middle school actually does become available, I think a community center there would be an excellent idea.

5) What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you? where I receive all comments posted on any issue or at 
Nick Kalogerakis
Nicholas Kalogerakis (running for South seat)

1) Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I have lived in Windham since 2005 to raise my two children, Luke and Sophia, in a rural town. In 2015, I started my company “Vision Coaching and Consulting” which is located right here in Windham. I volunteered with the Dream Factory and Camp Sunshine. Currently I serve on the Planning Board- since 2016, the Windham Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) since 2016 and the Long-Range Planning Committee since 2017.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important
challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or
improve those issues?

Windham is one of the fastest growing towns in Maine! As a town we have reacted slowly. We are in a reactive state. The growth has not been balanced, it’s primarily residential and commercial is almost nonexistent comparatively.  This has become stressful and a burden for town services, and school populations. While we wait for some reaction, I think that we could have implemented some fees. In addition to Parks and Recreation fees, a North Windham and Route 302 fees, I would suggest we have a fee for roads and for schools possibly.

Septic systems are also an issue. Septic systems work, but they don’t work when many are close together, as we continue to build at the rate we are, we are putting more and more contaminants in the ground and eventually our soils will not be able to filter them thoroughly, if they aren’t already overwhelmed. With what we see in our water bodies it seems to be happening already.
I am excited about the satellite sewers the WEDC is trying to get off the ground. Although it won’t service the whole town, it’s certainly a start.

3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham?
If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?

I think we can expand the Lakes Region Bus routes to have them add more stops. I believe GPCOG has done a lot of research with public transportation and I think working with them and researching the studies they have done might provide some answers. Our population in Maine is aging and we need to ensure we are caring for our elderly.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center? Is it
important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do
you propose it be built?

Our youth need this type of facility as well as the elderly. The Community Center Committee has done an outstanding job with all the time, effort and most import community meetings to get input from the residents. The next phase is to fundraise and get funding if any is available from grants. I feel the more money we can get the less burden on the taxpayer and that might be the deciding factor here.
I think the current site works well especially after listening to the engineers that have reviewed it and they gave their stamp of approval so far. I would try to add an egress on 302 that heads South to try to ease the traffic burdens that some are mentioning.

What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?

My email is best. I will get back to them within the day depending on what time it is. or 207-310-1476.

Jarrod Maxfield
Jarrod J. Maxfield (running for the North seat)

1) Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I am a husband, father and business owner who has lived in Windham since 2011. I have been on the Council one term, since 2016. I am the current Chair of the Appointments Committee. I also serve on the Economic Development Committee and represent Windham on the EcoMaine Board and on the GPCOG Regional Voice Committee.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important
challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or
improve those issues?

The most important challenge facing Windham is Unity. We are currently a Council and, in many ways, a town divided, but we need to remember that there is much more that unites us than divides us. For example, many residents have been here their entire lives, and some have just arrived and that often creates conflicts regarding change or lack thereof. Let’s find a common thread and start all conversations from there, such as we all love this town and choose to live here. If we can unite on that, then everything else can fall into place such as working on another large challenge, infrastructure. Windham has a history of deferring investment in infrastructure, which means we are not investing in ourselves. Windham of the past and the future is in desperate need of investments such as sewer, water line expansion, broadband expansion, road work and more. This is not a wise course to continue as this lack of investment, while saving us money in the short term, costs us all a lot more in the long run in lost opportunities, lost revenues and the loss of building places in Windham people want to go. We must invest in ourselves.

3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham?
If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?

Windham has scarce options for transportation in, around and out of town. This is a challenge we need to address. Our roads are becoming more congested and our Earth more polluted. This is an opportunity to work with surrounding towns on a regional solution. Portland is pushing further out; we need to become connected to services such as Metro. This is important, not just for moving commuters around, but also to help our Seniors age in place. They deserve the ability to have day to day lives and access to the transportation services that will help them achieve that.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center? Is it
important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do
you propose it be built?

I support the Community Center next to the rotary. It is important to our town to help foster a sense of community, create an accessible, safe place for our children and seniors to recreate and also capture the resident’s dollars currently being spent in other towns and private facilities. Windham is virtually the only town our size not to have a community center, but this is not an inexpensive venture. It must be done with a mix of private donors, town dollars and new revenues. The Council should continue the plan and eventually the voters will ultimately decide.

What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?

I can be emailed at or you can call me anytime at 207-805-7005.

Bob Muir
Robert H. Muir (running for the At Large position)

1)Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I have lived in Windham for 48 years and have been married to wife, Barbara, for 52 years. We have five cats and a greyhound. I am retired from an IT department and currently work as a range safety officer and pistol instructor. First served on town Council in 2003. I’ve been council chair twice, member of the finance committee, member of the appointments committee and parliamentarian.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important
challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or
improve those issues?

Growth is a big issue. Development will always occur, however, slowing development does ease the burden on town services and taxpayers so we don’t get hit with many things all at once. A lot has been said about rural Windham. I do not feel that cluster subdivisions or whatever term is used helps the rural character of Windham. We have guidelines for the size of lots in our various zones and I think we should stick to those guidelines. This in itself will slow growth. I think eliminating cluster subdivisions would go a long way toward easing growth.

Private roads are another big issue facing the town. I do not agree with some of the changes that have been proposed. We must find a way to help the person who only has a few acres and wishes to break off a lot or two. There are certain standards for private roads but requiring someone to improve an additional 200 feet or more could be the difference between developing those lots or not. One thing I heard loud and clear from people, it is your land and you want the right to decide how that land will be used.

3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham?
If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?

Transportation in Windham especially areas outside of North Windham are limited. Senior citizens and others who do not have access to their own transportation would probably like to visit North Windham. Parks and Recreation does provide transportation for shopping at scheduled times. Public transportation is usually subsidized in part or full by a community. I am certainly willing to discuss the issue keeping in mind that it would be a challenge.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center? Is it
important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do
you propose it be built?

A community center is a nice idea, however, as with any other project it’s in the funding. The committee working on this needs to come up with a complete financial plan listing how a center would be paid for. This includes cleaning and maintenance staff, lifeguards and other supervisory personnel. There needs to be space for senior citizens, and it must be easily accessible to them. The committee needs to explore all options for a site location. On-site parking would be a must-have to eliminate any congestion on existing roads. I am looking forward to reading their financial plan.

5) What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?

My phone number is 892-6096. Please leave a message and I will call you back.

Gartay Yekeh
Gartay A. Yekeh (running for South seat)

1)Background/personal information to include family, professional memberships, career, volunteer efforts, etc.

I am 47 and live in Windham with my four children and spouse. I am a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Maine Department of Labor. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Studies (2011) from USM and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (2015), from SNHU, Hooksett, NH. I am Founder/CEO, Gbokpasom Inc, a State of Maine Charted and IRS 501c3 nonprofit organization working to support street children and orphans in Liberia, West Africa.

2) Although there are many, what do you think are the top two most important challenges/issues facing Windham and what do you see as potential ways to rectify or improve those issues?

Important issues that I believe facing Windham are the kind of rapid growth that is moving stealthily in all parts of Windham and the Town’s ability to sustain such growth with environmental sustainability. I believe the Town will require new ideas, fast thinking and long-term strategic planning that would concentrate on sustainable financial and environmental support. Windham is growing; we need to approach such with firm commitment to sustainability. We need counselors who will always remember to embed good policies and environmental sustainability with this wave of rapid economic development. The Town will have to put in place some mechanisms for assessing the economic growth and development success and how it eventually leads to environmental sustainability.

3) Do you believe there are enough transportation options currently available in Windham? If not, do you have ideas or suggestions on how to increase those options?’s difficult to conclude if the transportation options are enough or not. I assumed the Town of Windham is in transition, from residents using personal vehicles for daily commute to the introduction of “Lakes Region Explorer Bus Service along 302 from Portland to Bridgton,” with stops in Windham. I strongly believed with the Metro Bus connection and Shuttle Bus-ZOOM transfer; hopefully many residents would take advantage of public transport.

4) What are your thoughts regarding the proposed Windham Community Center?

Is it important to our town? Why or why not? If you are for a community center, where do you propose it be built?
It is very important for Windham to build public facilities that residents can utilize. It will be a smart idea to build a community center that would be useful to serve many purposes in the town including community meetings, senior citizens activities and general community entertainment activities. As regarding location, that is up to the planning /zoning board. I will recommend it be at a position that is accessible to all Windham residents.

5) What is the best way for Windham residents to contact you?
Phone # 207-572-5046