Thanks to the McGoldricks!
A great big thanks to Shawn and Pat McGoldrick (McGoldrick Brothers Blasting) who have made an extremely generous donation to Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors to help provide fuel for Windham people who are in desperate need. Since October, WNHN has used up more than a fourth of its reserve and will definitely need help for the coming cold months. The generosity of the McGoldricks is very much appreciated. You can make a donation of any amount to benefit your neighbors in need of fuel, to Windham Neighbors Helping Neighbors, c/o Norma Rogers, Treasurer, PO Box 1956, Windham, ME 04062.
Holiday hours: Closing on Dec. 24 and 31 at 5 p.m., closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Windham Public Library regularly opens at 9:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and is open until 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; until 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the winter. There is a monthly Book Group that usually meets on the last Tuesday each month. There is no meeting in December. Call Barbara Keef to verify date/time or for more information. The library takes materials to Ledgewood Manor, New Marblehead Manor and Unity Gardens. If you or someone you know is a resident at one of these facilities and would like specific items dropped off at the facility, please contact Sally Bannen at 892-1908 for more information.
Windham Food Pantry will be closed Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24-25. Clients should plan accordingly. Call Madeline at 892-1931 for information about the food pantry and clothes closet, both available to residents.
The public is invited to a performance of “The Shepherds,” at South Windham Community Church, Main Street (Route 202) in South Windham on Friday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23, at 10 a.m. Fellowship and refreshments follow.
Free Community Meal
Plan now to enjoy a meal out – and there is no charge! On Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4:30-6 p.m., a supper of baked stuffed shrimp, casseroles, salads and desserts will be served, buffet style at Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines Road (off Route 85 near Crescent Lake) in Raymond. Open to the surrounding communities and all ages are welcome.
American Legion Meets
American Legion Post 148 will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Windham Veterans Center. A 5 p.m. social will be followed by a 6 p.m. business meeting. New members are always welcome – is it time in your life to associate yourself with an organization that supports veterans? If the answer is “yes,” check out the local American Legion.
Recent marriage intentions filed with the Town Clerk’s office include: Stacy W. Sanders and Mary E. Ingersoll, both from Windham.
American Legion Scholarships
Saturday, Jan. 12, is the date for the annual Oratorical Contest sponsored by American Legion Field-Allen Post 148. Participating students will speak for 8-10 minutes on some facet of the U.S. Constitution, followed by a five-minute response to a more specific question. Local prize for the contest winner is a $200 scholarship with additional prizes at the district, state and national level, with winners receiving between $1,500 and $18,000 in scholarship funds. Information packages are available at the Windham High School guidance office or by contacting Post members Dave Tanguay (892-1306) or Barry Lombard (653-5349).
Lakes Region Senior Center, 40 Acorn St., Little Falls School, Gorham, is open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcomes all Lakes Region senior citizens. Regular activities for members include: Pickleball on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon; cribbage tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. on Monday; Tuesday is craft and game day; Wednesday, poker games and socializing; Bingo at 10 a.m. on Thursdays; Weight loss encouragement group at noon on Thursdays. Drop in from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday to Thursday for coffee. The Center will be closed Dec. 24 and 25.
On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) will offer a Medicare seminar and counseling for the Lakes Region at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at 919 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. A “Welcome to Medicare” seminar is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. In addition to the Medicare seminar, there will be one-on-one counseling with volunteer Medicare advocates available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar and counseling are intended to help you sort through your Medicare options, answer questions – and to help you enroll. In addition to Medicare assistance, counseling on tax and rent rebate, food stamps, and fuel assistance can be arranged. Please call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging to register for an upcoming seminar or to make a one-on-one appointment with a Medicare Advocate at 396-6500 or 1-800-427-7411. Walk-ins can usually be accommodated. Further opportunities for these services will occur monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at the same times and location. Visit the website at www.smaaa.org to learn more about the many other services that are available.
Update on book
My book, “The Days Gone By in Windham,” has been delayed – and I apologize to those who have emailed, called or just plain wondered! I’ll get it done just as soon as I can but realistically, the first of the year. If anyone would like his or her money back, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – or if you want to order ahead, let me know that also! Thanks for your patience!
Detective Ray Williams, on motorcycle, and members of the Windham Police Department’s Honor Guard lead Windham Engine 6 across Route 302 last Friday, Dec. 14. The fire engine was topped with the American flag-draped casket of long-serving Windham firefighter Rick Duncanson, who also served as deputy chief of the EMS department. Duncanson served on Engine 6 during his 26 years in the department. Dozens of Windham firefighters and police officers escorted the casket across Route 302 to Arlington Cemetery where Duncanson was buried.
Last week, Ron Eby, right, owner of Windham Automotive, delivered a trailer filled with toys that were donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals to Windham Food Pantry manager Madeline Roberts. The gifts were donated to the pantry’s program known as “The Toy Workshop,” which this year distributed presents to 243 children from 108 families on Saturday, Dec. 15.