September 20, 2019

Active Assailant Preparedness Training will be offered by Rotary and Windham Police

Incidents of active assailants attacking innocent people are hitting the news with disturbing frequency. How prepared is your business for such a catastrophic event?

With the intention to better inform and prepare for such a circumstance, The Sebago Lake Rotary Club is working in conjunction with The Windham Police Department to offer a two-hour Active Assailant Preparedness Training on Thursday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The lunch time event will be held at the Windham Veterans Center, 35 Veterans Memorial Drive.

All participants will receive this certificate
The Active Assailant Preparedness Training Program is designed to plan and make an individual ready for the unthinkable. 

Participants will be taught the Citizen Response to Active Assailant Training utilizing the Avoid Deny Defend TacticTM. Officer Matt Cyr will lead the workshop and is certified through the ALERRTTM Center at Texas State University. Those in attendance will learn the psychology behind what motives an active assailant as well as the range of emotions and physiological steps a victim goes through in these types of situations. Each individual will receive a certificate of completion for the training.

According to website “The campaign is designed to provide all civilians with knowledge that will empower and instill confidence to survive an active shooter attack whether at work, church, the movie theater or anywhere else they may be.  It is not intended to frighten, but to empower and strengthen the ability to survive. Avoid  Deny  Defend™  is designed as an awareness tool that will empower and instill confidence to civilians of all ages and abilities,  helping them understand that ‘What You Do Matters™’ in an active shooter event.”

“The Sebago Lake Rotary Club is best known for our local fund-raising efforts; however, we are committed to providing many other valuable resources to our community,” stated Rotary member, Tricia Zwirner. “We recognize that it’s our responsibility to begin some very tough conversations and create an open dialogue with our local citizens. The threat of an active shooter has become a reality in our society, so we are offering this valuable training to prepare community members with the skills and knowledge necessary to empower them to take action and save lives. It’s not where we want to be but it’s where we have to be.” 

“It’s important to provide practical training for situations that are unexpected and potentially tragic,” began Rotary member Mark Morrison. “The training will help prepare participants to avoid possible damage in pubic places and minimize worst case scenarios.”

Anyone who is interested in participating in this training is welcomed to join in, however seating is limited. Deadline to register is on Wednesday, September 25th. Although the training is free, there is a $10 lunch charge that must be ordered when registering. To register for the event, email at Payment for the lunch will be accepted at the door.

A special thanks to the sponsors of the event. They include Tricia Zwirner of State Farm, First Light Home Care, Gorham Savings Bank and the Town of Windham. <

Local businesses advertise to raise money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program

In honor of Children's Cancer Awareness month, The Windham Eagle newspaper organized an advertising campaign in last week's September 13, 2019 edition to raise funds for the Maine Children's Cancer Program. For every ad sold, $5 was donated to the organization. A record total of $425 was raised.

If you would like to support the Maine Children's Cancer Program pediatric oncology portion of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center, you can make a donation online at Making a gift today allows your donation to be put directly to use. Your tax-deductible donation will help the Maine Children's Cancer Program provide the best possible care to children fighting cancer by applying your generosity where the need is greatest.

A big thank you to our local businesses for making this contribution possible. Please remember to always support local first and tell them you saw their ad in The Windham Eagle Newspaper. You will find the special pages dedicated to these businesses in the center of the September 13th edition.

Food insecurity continues for displaced veterans: Windham Veterans Center still taking food donations

By Dave Tanguay

Food Insecurity among the homeless and displaced Veterans in the Portland area continues to be a concern of the American Legion Field-Allen Post in Windham.  For the Past two plus years the Legion Post has been collecting food items in support of the Portland Vet Center, Homeless Vet Food Pantry, a small, but crucial support system for many local homeless and food insecure veterans.

At the Windham Vet Center, as part of the collection effort, a member of the Eagle Riders #4131 out of New Gloucester, Greg Damon, stopped by and dropped food items collected by the Eagle Riders in Gray and New Gloucester in support of the program. The Legion Post appreciates this support from organizations like the riders.

Chuck Whynot and Greg Damon
The Portland Veterans Center provides an array of support for local veterans in need in addition to the food pantry.

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a female Marine Corps vet who told me about a bad time recently in her life. She agreed to tell her story to highlight the work at the Center and identify the help she received.

To keep the story short, she was in need of medical and housing help and was facing food insecurity due to her inability to work.  These issues were compounded by issues with PTSD. Her salvation was in seeking help from the Portland Veterans Center. She was assisted with, medical referrals, support for her rental and help with her food insecurity due to the presence of the Homeless Vet Food Pantry staffed by our own team of Legion Post 148 members.

Chuck Whynot and Bill Cassidy are two of these Post members who work tirelessly in collecting, sorting and the distributing the food items each week. Over the last two plus years, they have delivered almost two tons of food items to the Portland Veterans Center. Their work has been extraordinary! Post Service Officer, Chuck Whytnot, founded the program when he saw the need and has provided weekly support ever since. Staff at the Portland Veteran’s Center indicates that they fill 20 to 30 requests each week.

This time of year (and during the holidays) the needs are the greatest. We have some regular donors like WWII Vet, Bob Miele, who almost weekly, provides a bag of groceries. Recently, we had a local individual stop by and give two boxes of items even though he himself was not a veteran.

Despite this recent support, the cupboards are close to bare. The needs are great!

How can you help? Each Wednesday, Whynot collects non-perishable food items at the WVC from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Most useful food for the cause is small unit or single serving items of meats, spaghetti, soups, canned fruit, sauces etc. as well as a variety of crackers and juice/drink products. No donation will be rejected.  There are a variety of needs. Want to give a financial donation? Not a problem, Whynot keeps a ledger of donations. Checks should be made out to the Legion Post 148.

September 13, 2019

Celebrating local business success with Referral Network social

Most business owners and professionals would agree that the growth and success of their company is due, in large part, through their connections with others. Whether you’re working as an independent contractor, starting a new business, or trying to build an established company, building long-term, meaningful relationships with quality business professionals is the heart and soul to success.

Many local business owners and entrepreneurs have found professional – and personal – success through their long-term relationships with Referral Network – BNI, Windham. To share in their successes and the meaningful friendships they have developed, they invite the public for a social at Pat’s Pizza, 844 Roosevelt Trail on Wednesday, September 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Join in for a variety of food and conversation to learn more about how this group of professionals can help your business growth and continue to succeed.

Current President of Referral Network – BNI® - Windham Chapter, Darlene Pratt, has been a member for five years. “My membership with BNI® has consistently been 15 to 20 percent of my business yearly and has brought to me exceptional relationships.”

Briefly, Referral Network is one chapter of BNI® – Maine, which is part of a larger and supporting international organization, where people can quite literally gather and support each other all over the globe. According to the website, the mission of BNI® is to help members increase their business through a structured, positive and professional referral marketing program that enables companies to develop. This occurs through weekly meetings and exclusive resources.

There are many core values that members of BNI® promote and these include the commitment to life-long learning, having a positive attitude, attending weekly meetings and taking accountability. But one core value that builds long-term success was explained by BNI Founder, Dr. Ivan Misner in a recent interview.

“BNI®’s principle core value is ‘Givers Gain®’,” Misner began. “The idea is that if you help others by sending business their way, they’ll do the same for you. This is a concept that is predicated on building relationships, not focusing on transactions. One of the most important things I’ve discovered over the last 33 years is that networking is more about farming than it is about hunting.  It is about building long term meaningful relationships with other business professionals.”

Mark Morrison, Referral Network member growth coordinator stated that “BNI® allows you to broaden your professional resource network beyond your field of expertise. This allows you to connect your clients with quality professionals you know and trust which will ensure they will be taken care of properly. You become the go to person for your clients and your community. It is a win win for all concerned.”

With the ‘Givers Gain®” value by which BNI® members adhere, many professionals throughout Maine have also seen significant increase and growth in their businesses.

Get to know other like-minded business professionals in the Greater Windham business community and join Windham’s BNI Chapter – Referral Network – for a social event with food and conversation. <

Faith Lutheran Church offers a chance to win a “Dream Trip” for two anywhere in the continental U.S.

A small church in North Windham is hoping that a fundraiser can also help raise awareness and support for the work they do serving neighbors in need. Faith Lutheran Church sits on a hill in the woods at the edge of Sebago Lake at 988 Roosevelt Trail, but their compassion extends far beyond that idyllic setting. The motivating force behind a new non-profit, Fuller Center for Housing in the Sebago Lake Region (expected to become official in late October), the congregation has recruited other area churches as well as St. Joseph’s College to begin a program to renovate and repair houses of the elderly and disabled.

Faith Lutheran has also become an official partner with St. Ann’s Episcopal Church to operate a monthly Essentials Pantry providing items like soap, cleaning and paper products, diapers and personal hygiene items that can’t be purchased with SNAP (food stamp) benefits.  The church is a part of the Monday Meals program, and practices “tithing” by donating 10% of all money they raise to various organizations like the Village Fund, RSU14 Backpack Program, The Root Cellar, Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and the City of Portland fund to assist asylum seekers.

To continue with these efforts, they are now conducting a special “Dream Trip” raffle, selling tickets to those in the surrounding community who would like a chance to support the church’s work and want a chance to win dinner anywhere in the continental United States, with air or train fare and two nights in a hotel also included (total value of $2,500). 

Tickets are $20. Only 500 tickets will be sold, so there is a 1 in 500 chance of winning. But hurry! Deadline to purchase the raffle tickets will be Sunday, October 6. The drawing will be held at the church on Sunday, October 13, at 10:45 a.m. and ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Local travel agent Emery Travel in Raymond will handle arrangements for the winner.

“We know that a lot of our neighbors aren’t members of our church but would welcome the chance to support our small-but-mighty congregation because of all the ways we serve the larger community,” said Pastor Jane Field.  “And we’re finding that this “Dream Trip” raffle is a great way for us to get to know our neighbors better, too!  It’s been so much fun to talk with folks about where they would go if they win. We’ve heard beautiful stories about trips to see family, life-long dreams to see the Grand Canyon or return to a childhood hometown. We’ve also been touched by those who have bought tickets for others, hoping to give a friend or family member the chance to take a trip they could never afford on their own. It’s warmed our hearts and reminded us once again of why we love being part of this community.”

Tickets are on sale after 9:30 a.m. worship on Sunday mornings at the church or from any church member. For more information, email or call Steve at 207-221-0734. Raffle terms and conditions are available on the Faith Lutheran Church Facebook page (Faith Lutheran Church Windham Maine). 

Raymond Fire and Rescue and Age Friendly Raymond collaborate with Red Cross to give away free smoke alarms

Free smoke alarms are available to Raymond residents through an American Red Cross program that has saved at least 627 lives nationwide.

Raymond residents can request appointments for free smoke alarm installation by visiting or calling 874-1192 and choosing Option 3. The Red Cross, the Raymond Fire and Rescue Department and Age Friendly Raymond are teaming up and will perform the installations on Saturday, Sept. 28.

“We urge you to take advantage of these free lifesaving services. Home fires are a real threat to our community,” said Fire and Rescue Chief Bruce Tupper. “Smoke alarms can – and do – save lives. Smoke alarms are your first line of defense to provide you quick warning as you do not have much time to escape the toxic soup of chemicals that a fire creates.”

In addition to installing free battery-powered smoke alarms, teams will check existing alarms, help residents create escape plans and review home fire safety tips with them.

Working smoke alarms reduce the risk of death by half and an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. Many people do not realize that smoke alarms have a 10-year lifespan and need to be replaced after that time.

“Older adults are at the greatest risk of dying in a fire – more than twice that of the population as a whole,” said Sheila Bourque, who serves on Age Friendly Raymond’s Steering Committee. “Taking concrete steps like having working smoke alarms and creating an escape plan can make all the difference.”

On average, seven people die in a home fire every day in the United States. Sixty percent of those deaths take place in homes where the smoke alarms weren’t working properly or where there weren’t any smoke alarms at all. 

“We know this work is making a difference. At least 627 lives – including those of 11 Mainers – have been saved because of it,” said Melissa Condon, the Red Cross disaster program manager for Cumberland County. “Home by home, community by community, we are making Maine people safer.”

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at or on Facebook @MaineRedCross, Twitter @ARC_Maine or Instagram @maineredcross.

September 6, 2019

WIndham Town Council discusses Community Center

By Lorraine Glowczak

The Windham Town Council met on Tuesday evening, September 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in the Council Chambers room. evening Council Workshop began with an update from the Windham Community Center Advisory Committee. The committee gave a graphic 3D tour video presentation of the proposed building design. The design displayed considers space and activities for multigenerational use with the intention of becoming financially self-sustaining.

The Community Center layout consists of a reception area, four basketball courts, swimming pool, a kitchen area with a large room next door. The kitchen and the next room can be expanded to provide larger meeting space. Above the basketball courts on the second floor is an indoor track and administrative offices. Locker rooms and a child care space are also a part of the design.

Chair of the committee, Pat Moody stated that the committee is looking at whether or not the center will be a municipal or nonprofit and how to generate revenue through activities, all the while considering operational costs. “These are the pieces of the puzzle we need direction from the council,” he said. a few minor concerns about the building itself, The Council agreed regarding the use and concept design of the Windham Center as presented at the meeting. Disagreement was expressed among council members and public in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting regarding the suggested location/property for the building – the land behind Smith Cemetery at the Route 302/202 rotary.

“The next charge is to talk with Don [Gerrish, Interim Town Manager] to find out what it’s [next steps] going to include, how big the committee should be and identify where the money is coming from to continue – then we can move forward,” explained David Nadeau.

Mark Hampton of Mark Hampton Associates, Inc. spoke to the council regarding the Smith Cemetery parcel that is the proposed building site for the community center as well as expansion of the cemetery itself. Hampton is a certified soil scientist and site evaluator and he was hired to evaluate the land. A portion of the parcel contains wetlands, but no vernal pools were found. Although he does not see any red flags regarding both the construction of the center and expansion of the cemetery in regard to environmental impact, he does suspect that a fee might need to be paid to DEP in order to build there. He did share a few “yellow light” concerns in which design and layout would need to be analyzed in great detail.  

For more information about the community center plans, programs and designs, contact the Windham Parks and Recreation Department at (207) 892-1905 or Parks&
For full details of the meeting and other agenda items discussed, go to the town website at

GWBE Wing Challenge crowns first winner

Last Wednesday, Greater Windham Business Exchange hosted its first GWBE Wing Challenge at All About Kids in Windham. The event brought in stiff competition with The Beacon in Raymond winning the popular vote and taking home bragging rights and a plaque to be hung in their restaurant for the year.

The wing challenge partnered with area businesses to raise money for Hannah Warrior Princess’ mission of raising money to purchase fun play sheets to be giving to children at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Hannah was diagnosed with Leukemia and spent a lot of time at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She’s home now and wants to give back to other children staying at the hospital. The play sheets go home with the children after they use them at the hospital.

The event raised over $600 with admission and donations combined. This will purchase at least 60 sets of sheets for ill children.

GWBE is a 501(c)(3) networking group that raises money for local charities and non-profits. Save the date for the next event on September 18, a block party carnival at Commons Drive in Windham, to raise money for Marine Mammals of Maine. For more information, visit

August 30, 2019

Windham Public Library is rolling out two exciting changes

Beginning September 1st, the Windham Public Library (WPL) will be fine free. Becoming fine free allows the library to remove financial barriers and make books and materials accessible to all patrons. All items will still need to be returned in a timely manner and staff will continue to send overdue reminders as well as bills for lost or damaged items. If a WPL patron has fines (as opposed to a bill) on their library card, the patron’s account will be cleared and activated for use. Please see the circulation supervisor with any questions about your account.

So, why is the library go fine free?

It is WPL’s mission to ensure community access to the information and resources it needs. The library staff’s hope is that these changes will encourage prior users to return to the library and will also attract new users.

Research has shown small fines have no impact on return rates.

With a rise in use of digital resources which do not accrue late fees, fines are not a sustainable revenue. The overall amount of money collected is less than 1% of the library’s budget.

And there is more! WPL’s second piece of news is that a shared borrowing pilot program with the Maine State Library will begin September 16th. This means the WPL is expanding the number of libraries at which a patron can use their library card. Look for more information on the WPL website about specific locations and other policies as they begin the program. Shared borrowing will greatly enhance library cardholders’ ability to access resources from libraries throughout the state.

Registration deadline for fifth annual togue derby is quickly approaching

It is getting close to the Sebago Lake Anglers’ Associations Fifth Annual Sebago Lake Togue Derby and registration deadlines are quickly approaching. The annual Lake Trout Derby is scheduled for September 7 and 8, 2019 at beautiful Point Sebago Resort. Cash prizes will be paid to ten open categories. Top prize will be $500 for the biggest fish by weight with a special lottery for all legally caught togue.

New this year is a cash prize for the smallest togue legally caught via hook and line (no regurgitations). Biggest fish by Saturday night wins another special prize. Additional cash and merchandise will depend upon the prize committee’s success with local merchants. An awards ceremony with adult beverages available begins around 3 p.m. on Sunday at the weigh in station by the Point Sebago docks.

Point Sebago is offering a special Derby package which includes accommodations at $175 per person double occupancy that includes two night’s stay in a park home, boat launching privileges, dock space for overnight use, trailer and vehicle storage, evening meals for two nights including an Italian buffet Friday night and lobster/prime rib Saturday night, and two box lunches. Reserve your space separately using special code:” Togue”.

Fees for the derby are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 16 years old. Register for the derby at Naples Bait and Tackle on Route 35 in Naples, Jordan’s Store in Sebago, or Sebago Marina in Sebago. Forms are also available at the Hilltop Mini Mart on on Route 302, Raymond. Registration forms are also available at the SLAA website or call Bob Chapin 571-217-1700 or Dave Garcia 207 310-1435.

Late registration will be accepted at Pat’s Pizza, Route 302 Windham, Thursday, September 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. They will also be accepting registrations on Saturday at Point Sebago Welcome Center until 10 a.m.

Come join the run and help  raise funds for Maine’s Youth Lifetime Fishing License Program for kids!

Instrument donations needed to help Little Kids Rock

By Charles Oehrtmann

I teach music in RSU 14, grades Kindergarten through fifth at both Windham Primary School and Manchester School.  I’m here to announce an exciting addition to the music curriculum at Manchester School – it’s called “Little Kids Rock”.  Using guitars as a basic instrument, students will learn chords and strumming patterns so they can accompany popular songs. Students do not need to read traditional music notation, but the approach does include icons that guide performance.  This approach was developed by the organization Little Kids Rock and is known as the Modern Band program.

A workshop for the Modern Band Program was presented last May in Orono in conjunction with the Maine Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) All-State In-Service Conference on Saturday, May 18.  

Twelve music teachers from across the state gathered to play guitars, explore some of the aspects of teaching the Modern Band Method in music classes, and used some of the resources available online available when we returned this fall.  Having never touched a guitar, I felt a bit apprehensive about attending, but I soon learned that even a seasoned music teacher can do something new and succeed.  We laughed, improvised, watched some videos and absolutely loved what we did. I returned to work the next week, I took a survey.  One of the questions was “Would you like to have some instruments for your classroom from Little Kids Rock?”  Being the adventurous sort, I replied “yes”.   Much to my surprise, I received an instrument order form, based on my attendance at that workshop.  Manchester School is now the proud recipient of ten guitars and five guitar stands to get the ball rolling with the Little Kids Rock class.

While ten guitars is a good start, more instruments could be used.  If you have any spare instruments such as guitars, ukuleles, keyboards, drum sets or anything else that might work in a rock band ensemble, please contact me so we can make arrangements for drop-off at Manchester School.

You can reach me by phone at 892-1830 and leave a message, or you can contact me at my school e-mail:

I am excited and eager to incorporate this experience in the music classes at Manchester School.  I’ve had so many students through the years ask me “Do you teach guitar?”  My answer now will be “YES!!”

Annual car show allows Richards family to give back

By Elizabeth Richards

In February of 2018, the Make- A-Wish® Foundation granted Seth Richards, who has severe epilepsy, his wish to meet Mickey Mouse. The whole family – Seth, his father Dwaine, mother Susan, and sister Falon – was sent on a Disney cruise to the Bahamas. The experience inspired the family to help grant wishes for other children.

The Richards family while on their cruise
“This was a spectacular trip for the entire family,” said Susan. On the cruise, Seth met Mickey Mouse, who gave him a stuffed Mickey Mouse. “The trip was a chance to think of more than seizures,” Susan said. Seth has daily seizures, she said, and though those continued while on the cruise, being away from the typical environment allowed the family to focus on other things. 

The Richards wanted to give another child, and another family, the feelings of excitement and peace, and the benefit of getting the medical aspects of their situation off their minds for a while, Susan said. “This was such an amazing feeling and we wanted other families to get that same feeling,” she said. 

Seth loves cars and going to car shows, Susan said, so the family decided to raise money by putting on their own car show.  For the past two years, the Richards family has raised money with a car show at Seacoast Adventure in Windham. They plan to hold the event annually.

The first show, in July 2018, involved approximately 30 cars, raising $1215 for Make A Wish Maine. The 50/50 winner, Danny Douglass of Casco, even donated his winnings to the cause, Susan said. Trophies were given to the top three cars, voted on by those in attendance.

In July 2019, the second show featured nearly 80 cars, growing significantly with $1500 raised for Make A Wish Maine. “One hundred percent of all the car entry fees and donations go to Make A Wish Maine.  It all stays for Maine children,” Susan said. 

This year, local businesses donated items for door prizes.  As people entered the show, they received a ticket, and the band drew winners approximately every hour. “We had awesome giveaways,” Susan said. These included gift cards to Beacon Pizza in Raymond, Aubuchon Hardware, Mad Mike’s, and Applebee’s; a bird feeder from Tractor Supply, tools, hats and clothes from Napa Auto Parts; a wrench set from Auto Zone, a wash bucket and hats from O’Reilly’s, and a grill donated by Lowe’s.

Roy Moore, owner of Seacoast Adventure, set up live music and a beer tent, and the Deck House Tavern was open to provide food and drink. The activities at Seacoast were also open throughout the event. 

The 2019 trophy winners were: Third place, Janet Mathews of Raymond for her 1939 Cadillac Special; Second Place, Bill Bains of Dayton for 1965 VW Pickup; and first place, Tom Marsh of Limington for his 1969 Pontiac GTO. Trophies were purchased by Seth Richards and Mike Bolk Construction.

Moore has agreed to hold the Make A Wish car show at Seacoast Adventure on the second Saturday in July each year, Susan said. 

On August 8, 2019, Seth delivered the $1500 donation to Make A Wish Maine in Scarborough.  “He gets so much joy out of bringing this money to Make a Wish for other children,” Susan said. “the smile on his face pretty much says it all.”

\Seth was given the chance to ring the bell, which is rung anytime a wish is granted or a large donation received.  “Seth loved it and looks forward to hitting the buzzer every year,” Susan said.  “The Richards family wants to thank everyone that attended the car show. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.”

August 23, 2019

Schools supplies to be given away by Windham Assembly Rainbow girls this Saturday

Windham Assembly Rainbow Girls will conduct a school backpack giveaway complete with school supplies at the Windham Farmers Market located at Turning Leaf Drive in Windham from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019. School aged children are encouraged to stop by to take advantage of this opportunity which also helps the Rainbow Girls fulfill their community outreach requirement. The Rainbow Girls are sponsored by Presumpscot Lodge of Masons of Windham.

Music with a Mission receives recognition for donating to the RSU14 Backpack program

This year, North Windham Union Church’s Music with a Mission (MWAM) series supported the RSU14 Backpack program with proceeds from their April 27th concert that featured Travis James Humphrey (a singer-songwriter from Northern Maine). This was the fourth time in the past three years that performers chose to support the Backpack program, including once in 2017 and twice in 2018.  “They do great work for students and families in need -- and MWAM has been delighted to shine the light and share the proceeds as part of our mission with the music,” stated MWAM Board Member, Jim McBride. “The Backpack program is an amazing effort that helps so many kids and families year-round. I would like to think the Backpack program for their ongoing service to our schools and our community! 

In addition to and support of the Travis James Humphrey concert, Zack Conley and his colleague from Modern Woodmen also donated an additional $500 to support the RSU14 Backpack program efforts.

Evergreen Credit Union donates to local lake associations

Three local lake associations, whose mission is to protect and preserve water quality, received donations from Evergreen Credit Union. Recipients included Collins Pond Improvement Association, Lakes Environmental Association and Little Sebago Lake Association. “The work of these and other lake associations need to be supported so that Maine and our waterways remain healthy and continue to make Maine a place to live and thrive,” stated Evergreen Vice President of Marketing Howard Lowell.

Alyson Smith from Lakes Environmental Association receives check From Howard Lowell, Evergreen VP Marketing

Bill Burke from Collins Pond Improvement Association accepts check  from Allie Floyd, Evergreen Marketing Assistant

Pam Wilkinson and Tim Greer from Little Sebago Lake Association accept check  from Howard Lowell, Evergreen VP Marketing

O’Shea Builders has been named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2019 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

Owner, Warren O'Shea
O’Shea Builders of Windham has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful, growing companies of various sizes that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

Since the Big50 program began, REMODELING has selected about 1,600 firms for Big50
status, approximately less than 2 percent of all remodeling businesses in the country today.
“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Warren O’Shea, owner of O’Shea Builders
“The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this
select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and the companies themselves make the
nominations each year. Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select
the 50 individuals who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to
offer other remodelers in proven practices.

This year’s Big50 includes full-service remodelers, home improvement firms, and specialists in
specific parts of the homes, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Some have a history going back
decades, while others are just a few years old. “There’s no single strategy here and no lack of
competitors for their services,” REMODELING’s introduction to the list declares. “What Big50
firms share is a culture that celebrates employees and customer service above all.”

The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on
Wednesday, September 24, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. The 2019 Big50 winners are featured in the
July-August issue of REMODELING, a national trade publication read by more than 150,000
professional remodeling contractors. Longer profiles of the winners are posted on the

REMODELING, published by Hanley Wood, is the leading publication in the home
improvement industry. REMODELING has and continues to be an indispensable tool that
remodelers cannot do without—delivering the business know-how, product and technical
information that home improvement pros need to help make smart decisions that will shape their success.

It has been more than 20 years since a Maine based remodeler has received this award.
Congratulations O’Shea Builders!

Fay to chair group studying labor shortage among long-term care workers

AUGUSTA – Rep. Jessica Fay, D-Raymond, will serve as House chair of a new panel to study the shortage of workers for long-term care services. There is currently a shortage of direct care workers, and the shortfall of qualified workers to care for Maine’s growing senior population is expected to get worse in the coming years.

“There are not enough people who can provide long-term care services, and this is a very serious concern.” said Fay. “There are many cases of people going without the help they need because workers can’t be found to fill the jobs.”

The Commission to Study Long-term Care Workforce Issues, which was created as part of the state budget, is tasked with determining current demand for direct care workers, projecting future needs and developing strategies for meeting those needs. They are also tasked with developing strategies to improve the quality of long-term care jobs.

Fay is serving her second term in the Maine Legislature and represents parts of Casco, Poland and Raymond. She serves on the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee and is House co-chair of the Legislative Caucus on Aging.

Long standing challenges of Gore Road in Raymond coming to an end

By Craig Bailey

In the April 12th edition of The Windham Eagle an article was published providing background information and an update related to the progress being made towards addressing the long-standing issues of Gore Road in Raymond and Gray. (see online article:

In summary, the length of Gore Road included sections of ownership and maintenance by the Town of Raymond, residents of Raymond, residents of Gray and the Town of Gray. As stated by Nathan White, the Town of Raymond’s Public Works Director, “We have over 200 miles of private roads in Raymond and Gore Road was the only private road connecting Raymond to another town.”

Don Willard, Raymond’s Town Manager, reinforced, “Gore Road has long been a public safety issue as it was almost impassable. The privately-owned portion of the road (part of a through way between the two towns), known as “no man’s land, had long since deteriorated beyond the residents’ ability to implement the necessary improvements”.

In fact, White explained that last winter a plow truck fell through a culvert on Gore Road. resident Bob King, one of the driving forces behind getting the issues addressed stated, “This road has been a mess for over 40 years, so much so that I find a lot of car parts in my yard.”
White explained that securing the necessary funding to address the Gore Road issues, with ownership spanning the two towns and their residents, resulted from a cooperative (quid pro quo) arrangement with the Town of Gray.

As stated by Deborah Cabana, Gray’s Town Manager, “This has been a very unique, long-standing issue between the two communities. We were able to come up with a creative way for the communities and residents to resolve the issues, with no tax impact. It took a lot of people willing to come to the table and think outside the box, including: Public Works, Board of Selectmen, Town Council as well as residents. This has made numerous members of both communities extremely happy.”

Willard stated that another driving force to affect the long-awaited result was the Town of Raymond’s Selectmen Teresa Sadak.”“Improvements are now underway. This has included tree work, excavation, putting in place proper drainage and finally paving, all of which should be complete by the middle of September,” White stated.

Willard emphasized, “As a result of this work we now have a public road connecting the two towns: a win-win for residents of Raymond and Gray.”

King was compelled to offer a big thank you to Willard, White and the Public Works crew “for the great work being done!”

August 16, 2019

VFW supports the NAVY SEALs Swim for Camp Sunshine

Windham Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10643, was proud to again support the Navy SEALs Swim for Sunshine Challenge. Five Navy SEALs swam 16 miles from Bridgton to Casco to raise money for military families who have children with life threatening illnesses to attend Camp Sunshine. 

Mike Wisecup, a retired Navy SEAL, originated this challenge six years ago and the VFW has been honored to provide assistance to these SEALs events since its inception. The SEALs for Sunshine events are a highlight of the year for VFW members including having one of the VFW members in the lead boat each year, members placing flags at the finish of the challenges, and it's a proud moment for all when the VFW members line up to salute the SEALs as they enter the Gala, the culmination of the annual two day event. 

"Each year, we're in awe of, and inspired by, these men who perform incredible athletic feats to raise funds to enable military families to go to Camp Sunshine.  We are honored, and humbled, to be able to join with the SEALs each year," stated Willie Goodman, Commander of the Windham VFW.
In addition to joining the SEALs on the beach at the end of their challenge, the VFW members donated $1,000 and many members attended the Gala event, a memorable night for all.

Camp Sunshine, founded in 1984, is nestled on the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake. It’s mission is to provide a retreat - combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.

Camp Sunshine's program is offered year-round and has the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness.

Windham Parks and Recreation senior campers’ program: A big summer success

2019 senior campers and camp counselor
By Matt Pascarella

This summer, Windham Parks and Recreation’s Senior Campers Program celebrated its fourth year as part of the Adventure Camp for grades six through eight. The Senior Campers Program is a next step for rising high school freshman who are interested in working towards becoming a Windham Parks and Recreation camp counselor.

Recreation programmer, Sarah Davenport and counselor, Lauren Syphers oversaw the program.
“Our goal is for them to start to take that next step and transition from campers into more of a leadership role; to work on leadership skills, character development and still have a really fun time getting to be a part of the summer camp program,” explained Davenport.

During a regular day, they were given additional responsibilities such as activity set up, helping counselors/directors with special projects, and holding their fellow campers accountable for their words and actions.

“Throughout the summer, the staff of adventure camp witnessed all eight of the senior campers step up to tasks given, demonstrate their ability to plan and execute activities, and gain more and more maturity. Whenever a counselor needed additional help during camp, the senior campers were the first kids to be asked and continuously stepped up to the plate,” remarked Syphers. week, the senior campers chose a different character trait to focus on and what they, as a group wanted to accomplish. Syphers was the lead counselor and stated she was very fortunate to have such a great group of senior campers who were proactive and ready to take on any task given. There were days where the senior campers would beg her for more responsibility. Syphers stated that it was a big help to know these individuals could be relied on throughout the summer.

The senior campers worked really hard and did a lot of things that ended up serving other people. They volunteered at Black Brook Preserve and did some work to get their garden up and running. 

The senior campers also ran activities for the middle school campers as well as for those in the fourth and fifth grade. The activities included: a Slip n’ Slide, a water balloon relay, frozen t-shirt race and water gun games.

One of the purposes of having the senior camper program is to prepare them to be counselors in training for the next summer. These activities helped the senior campers understand what a counselor
has to go through and think about daily.

They will be invited to return next summer as counselors-in-training; once they are 16, they can apply as counselors.

“We’re really hopeful that we can see this current group of senior campers move forward in our program, knowing that they enjoy summer camp and love what they’re doing; that they’ll get to take the next step towards sharing that with the next generation. It was a great summer with them,” concluded Davenport.

Syphers added, “They are just such an enthusiastic group and I think their ambition to do better each time is what made them such amazing kids to have worked with this summer. I’m beyond grateful and proud of the eight senior campers and I’m so excited to see all of the amazing things they each accomplish in the coming years!” 

Raymond Select Board is ready for next step in main street sidewalk project

By Lorraine Glowczak

At their Tuesday evening meeting held on August 13, the Raymond Select Board received an update from Owens McCullough of Sebago Technics and Raymond Road Commissioner and Public Works Director, Nathan White regarding the status on the sidewalk to be placed on Main Street from Route 161 to Route 302.

Town Manager, Don Willard, began the discussion by explaining that the sidewalk project has be under review for a long time. “It is something we should do, and this project hasn’t moved as fast as I’d hoped,” he stated. “We are here tonight to find a way to proceed in a cost effective and time efficient manner.”

McCullough provided an updated cost estimate comparing the MDOT LAP project to a project that the Town would complete with town resources and supporting subcontractors, referred to MPI (Municipal Project Initiative).

“Option one is working in conjunction with the Maine Department of Transportation, LAP,” McCullough said. ““LAP, the ‘locally administered project’ would mean that all federal and state requirements are met, which means there would be very little local control.” continued by stating that this option would cost $802,652 of which the town’s share would be 25% of that cost –approximately $200,663.00. The state’s share would be 75% of that cost – in the amount to $601,989.00.

“I suspect the state probably wouldn’t go along with a mill and overlay so that would have to be removed from the project costs,” McCullough explained. “Also, given the cost escalations we have seen, the overall project cost is likely to be more than the State is willing to contribute too. Lastly, there will likely be other costs for ROW negotiations and easements.”

Option two would cost approximately $478.605. The town’s share - $239,302 with the state’s share also coming in at $239,302. This option provides local municipal control.

“While on the surface, Option one appears to have a slight advantage, there remains a number of unknowns and we will still have to be completed under the full review and administration of MDOT as part of the LPA process,” McCullough continued. “Option two is a much simpler (less onerous and complicated) process but my understanding is that MPI money won’t be available until 2020. 

Regardless, either option would have to wait until 2020 anyway. Given the escalations in costs we are seeing (even the MDOT has had to cut some of their projects due to cost escalation), the complexity of the LPA project and scope of work the town would like to undertake, it appears that option two would be preferable assuming you can get the MPI money.”

Willard and White both agreed with the recommendation McCullough put forth. “The sidewalk project is important as it promotes community, walkability and safety for the town,” Willard said. “And having local control without all the complexities will help to speed up the process.”

The Board directed Willard, McCullough and White to start working on the option two plans which will include a meeting with Sen. Bill Diamond, Chair of the Committee on Transportation. Sen. Diamond has already been working with the town to assist in the completion of the sidewalk project and they will continue to seek his assistance.