Congratulations to Roger Timmons, recently elected commander of the VFW Post 10643 hereabouts. We know he’s going to do well! We hope that lots more join and get involved in continuing the community feeling that makes Windham unique. The next meeting is Wednesday, April 11 at the Windham Veterans Center. Supper is at 5 p.m. followed by the Post meeting. The Center is located in North Windham; take Veterans Memorial Drive by Friendly’s and follow it to the end.
Veterans Service Officer Phyllis D’Orsay will be at the Windham Veterans Center on Wednesday morning, April 11, 9 a.m. until noon, to assist veterans, widows of veterans and dependents with questions about benefits and other information. If you have questions of a military nature, stop in and get some answers. The Veterans Center is off Route 302, on Memorial Drive, to the back of Hannaford and right of Lowe’s. No appointment is needed.
Spring clothing needed
The Windham Clothes Closet is accepting gently used spring and summer clothing for children of all ages, as well as for adults. Due to lack of storage, winter clothing cannot be accepted at this time.
Tea for You
The popular Tea for You at the Library will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at Windham Public Library. Call 892-1908 if you have any questions.
Unity of Greater Portland, River Road, Windham will hold Holy Thursday services at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. Services on Easter Sunday will be at 10 a.m.
Civil War medicine at library
Windham Public Library will present a program called “Medicine in the Civil War,” on Saturday, April 7, from 10-11 a.m. at the library meeting room. The presentation will be by Penny Loura, a member of the Windham Historical Society. There is no charge for this public program.
Over 60? Meet some new friends and join in the fun at the Windham Community Café on the second Thursday of every month. The hearty lunch is catered by Al’s Catering and on April 12 will be a roast beef dinner. Suggested donation is $5. The Café is located at Unity Garden, 124 Tandberg Trail. Call Virginia Billings at 892-3891 to make a reservation at least 48 hours in advance. Billings advises she has As You Like It vouchers (donation $4). Call her for more information.
Free tax help
AARP provides free tax help to older citizens and those with low incomes. In Windham, these sessions are held at Unity Gardens, 124 Tandberg Trail on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 2-7 p.m. Appointments are required. Call 894-5110.
Benefits for seniors
A one-on-one counseling session with Owen O’Donnell, a volunteer Benefit Specialist is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. on Tuesdays at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Find out about tax and rent rebate, Medicare, food stamps, fuel assistance and other benefits you may qualify for. Call Southern Maine Agency on Aging at 1-800-427-7411 to make an appointment.
On Saturday, April 7, a pancake breakfast will be held from 8-10 a.m. at Windham Veterans Center. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee. Cost $5 per person. Sponsored by Global Harvest Outreach, the proceeds will help fund a youth mission trip to the Crow Indian Reservation in August. Students from area middle and high schools will participate.
A baked bean super will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 4:30-6 p.m. at White Rock Community Club, Wilson Road, off Route 237 in Gorham. On the menu are beans, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, biscuits, salads and homemade desserts. Adults $7, kids $3.
At North Windham Union Church Thrift Shop, in the basement of the church on Route 302, near the corner of Route 115 is open from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday or 10 a.m. until noon Saturdays. Check out the bargains!
Windham’s Free Clothes Closet is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. A great selection of clothing for all ages, including adults, is available including hats, jackets and coats, shoes and women’s handbags; other items include books for all ages, some games and linens. For emergencies, call 892-1931.
All about Medicare
On Tuesday, April 17, 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. Call 1-800-427-7411 to register.
Gunpowder mill program
A gunpowder mill in Windham’s “Gambo” area produced a fourth of all gunpowder used during the Civil War by the Union troops. On Saturday, April 21, a Power Point program on the Gambo Gunpowder Mill will be presented at Windham Historical Society, 234 Windham Center Road. The program begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by refreshments and a brief business meeting. Those who wish may also participate in a guided tour of the gunpowder mill site, at 1:30 p.m. Co-hosts will be Don Wescott of Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (which owns the site), and David Tanguay, vice president of Windham Historical Society. There is no charge for this public program; donations are gratefully received to further the educational work of the Society. For more information, call Tanguay at 892-1306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Clifford Trott, clinical psychologist and combat veteran, from the Portland Vet Center, will offer area veterans mental health services on the first and third Wednesday each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The next session is April 18 at Windham Veterans Center (behind Big Lots). Sessions with Dr. Trott are one-on-one and confidential. Drop-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended by calling 780-3584.