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The Windham Historical Society will be open to the public Saturdays, Nov. 22 and 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 234 Windham. It will be closed from December through February. Programs in January and February will be held at the public library and will be announced in this column.

The Society has 2009 history calendars for sale at $10 each, plus $2.50 if they are to be mailed. The topic this year is “Neighborhoods” and historic pictures show the many sections of town as they looked in days gone by. Order by contacting one of the Society members or call Kay Soldier at 892-5381 or e-mail [email protected]

‘Fantastic’ collection

A cool collection of Fantastic Four memorabilia, owned by Donald Harmon of Windham, will be on display at the Windham Public Library now through Jan. 5, 2009.

Harmon has been collecting comics for over 15 years. Although Marvel Comics heroes are often created in a series format now, the Fantastic Four was one of the first comic book series for Marvel. When asked what he found interesting about the Fantastic Four, Harmon mentioned their lack of “secret identities” which were so important to super heroes in other


While there are several comics on display in the case, the case is

also filled with toys, games, figurines, and other collectibles that honor the Fantastic Four heroes (and he could have brought far more items). Young and old alike will enjoy stopping by the library for a look at this interesting collection.

Call the library for more information or for directions (892-1908). The Windham Public Library is located at 217 Windham Center Road, and is open Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.- 8 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Happy Birthday

Carl Currie of Birch Lane celebrated his birthday Nov. 6. Currie and his wife, Carol, enjoyed dinner at Bug-A-Boo Creek Restaurant in South Portland.

Food Pantry fundraiser

The Food Pantry would like to thank the staff at the Recreation Department and the Library for their hard work putting together a great program for Halloween. We would like to thank the families that participated as well for all the much needed food donated from this event. The winning tickets for the raffle were: Thanksgiving Dinner from Shaw’s – #626631, $25 Dry Cleaning Busy Bee Cleaners – #626599, Distefanos gift certificate – #626644. The winner of the raffle was Ron Wain.

Gregarious grandchildren

Kathy Hawkes’ grandchildren are busy. Her 10 year old grandson, Aaron Sires, will be performing in the Christmas musical, “Angels We Have Heard” Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. at the South Portland Church of the Nazarene. He’s very excited to be playing one of the lead roles, Slim, the cowboy angel. His older brother, Cameron, is helping out with painting sets and doing whatever else is needed. His mom, Terri, is also participating by directing the music portion of the musical. Aaron’s dad, Leland, and little brother Austin will be attending the performance and cheering him on. As you can tell, Kathy is a very proud Grandma.

Silent (auction) night

The North Windham Union Church will be holding its Old Fashioned Christmas fair Saturday, Nov. 22. It will be held in the parish hall behind the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The big item at this year’s Silent Auction is an “Ivers and Pond” Baby Grand piano. It has a value of $2,500 to $3,000, and the minimum starting bid will be $1,500. Other silent auction items will be restaurant gift certificates and merchandise from area merchants. The Book Table will have a wide variety of interesting titles for all ages. Crafts, knitted items and pine cone wreaths and other seasonal items will also be featured.

The Kids Area will have a choice of special gifts for mom, dad, grandparents or teacher. Also some fun activities are planned. The Baked Goods table will have a special focus on candy and fudge and the Lunch Counter features the “Best Lobster Roll in Town” as well as other refreshments, baked goods and coffee.

The church uses the funds from this event to help people in the community and to keep the building warm and open to community groups and functions, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Weblos, AA, Thrift Shop, Tops, Live Good Feel Better (a cancer survival program), Blood Drives and The Make a Wish Foundation. For additional information, call 892-6142.

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