On Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., Sen. Bill Diamond will host “Speakout” on Windham’s local Channel 7. You can call with your questions during the show at 892-0546. You are also welcome to come to the Windham Town Office Council Chambers and be part of the audience. This month’s topics include a Neighbors Helping Neighbors fundraiser, Gov. Paul LePage and legislative happenings. Guests will include Reps. Mark Bryant and Gary Plummer.

Veterans help

Veteran’s Service Officer Phyllis D’Orsay was not able to hold office hours Jan. 12 because of the storm. She will be available to help veterans at the Windham Veterans Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. If any veteran needs to contact her before then, they may do so by calling her at 878-2683 or by e-mail at [email protected] She has office hours at the center the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. If you have questions of a military nature, stop in and get some answers. No appointment necessary. The Veterans Center is off Route 302, on Memorial Drive.

Barns – again!

On Saturday, Jan. 22, at 9 a.m. at Windham Public Library public meeting room, Windham Historical Society presents a free public program on barns.

Project Graduation fundraiser

Applebee’s will be the site of a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 29, from 8-9:30 a.m. to raise money for Project Graduation 2011. Students will be serving pancakes, orange juice and coffee with a cost of $6. If not paying in cash, checks should be made out to WHS Project Graduation 2011.

Bean supper

Saturday, Jan. 29, a baked bean supper will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with continuous seating at the Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, Cumberland. On the menu, beans, red hot dogs, chop suey, rolls, cole slaw, beverages and homemade pie. Adults $8, children under 12, $5. The church is handicapped accessible.

Cancer support group

Join others on Monday, Jan. 31, for the monthly meeting of the Windham Cancer Support Group. This month, Rev. Higgins of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church will speak about “Control of the Illness–who is ultimately in control–the illness or us?” The meetings are open to anyone who has been touched by cancer in any way. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road. For more information, call 892-7750.

Concert benefits arts program

On Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m., Windham Primary School presents Rick Charette in concert with Roy Clark on keyboards, at Windham Performing Arts Center. Reserved seating on the floor is $8; reserved raised, back seating, $5. Reservations may be made through Nancy Cash-Cobb (music teacher) at [email protected] or by calling 892-1840 and leaving a message. Seats will be reserved in the order that requests are received. Tickets will be sent as soon as payment is received. To make a reservation, please leave your name, number of seats and your phone number or e-mail address. Special seating requests must be included when making the reservation. Profits from the concert will benefit Cultural Arts Programs at WPS. Snow date is Feb. 6.

Chili cook-off

Mark your calendar for Feb. 5, when the Great Chili Challenge will be held to benefit Windham Community Garden located on Route 202. If your interest lies in cooking, especially chili, then please contact Rob Juergens at 807-5675 for more information or to get an application. For those of you who want to tempt your palate with these great recipes, the chili challenge will take place at the North Windham Union Church Parish Hall on Saturday, Feb. 5, from 2 to 7 p.m. Bring your family, bring your friends and have a great time for a minimal cost.

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