Chili Challenge

The winners of the Windham Community Garden’s first Chili Challenge were Windham-Raymond Wellness Council in first place and “It’s Chili Time,” second-place winner and winner of the People’s Choice award. Others who supported the event were The Good Life Market, Raymond; Buck’s Naked BBQ, Windham; Ron Eby of Windham Automotive and The Bread Shack in Lewiston. Eleven vendors provided lots of delicious chili for everyone to sample, and the competition was stiff! Windham Community Garden appreciates the participation of all who supported the event, which is planned to be held annually on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. Special thanks go to judges Malory Shaughnessy, Valerie Waters, Sen. Bill Diamond, Rep. Gary Plummer and Rep. Mark Bryant.

Historic tidbits

What’s a steel yard? Find out on Saturday, Feb. 26, when Windham Historical Society will present “Historic Tidbits,” an entertaining program highlighting some unique items and stories about Windham’s past. The program begins at 9 a.m. at Windham Public Library public meeting room. Following the program, refreshments will be available, followed by a business meeting. The public is welcome. There is no charge but donations are appreciated. Visit the website www.windhamhistorical.org for more information about the society, its expansion plans and how you can join.

‘Speakout’ ?on Feb. 24

On Thursday, Feb. 24, Sen. Bill Diamond will host “Speakout” on Windham’s local TV Channel 7 at 7 p.m. Viewers can call with questions during the show at 892-0546. Residents are also welcome to come to the Windham Town Office Council Chambers and be part of the audience. Diamond’s guest will be Rep. Rich Cebra and topics include transportation issues, River Road and state roads and bridges.

Bean supper

A public bean super will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Assembly of God on Cottage Road in Windham. The menu includes baked beans, casseroles, salads, bread, rolls and homemade desserts. Cost is adults, $6; children 6-12, $3; and under age 6, free. For more information, call 892-5980.

Senior citizens meet

A group of senior citizens is busy organizing and planning activities and resources for area seniors. Be part of this vital group. The next meeting is Thursday, March 3, at 10 a.m. at the Windham Veterans Center. Any senior citizen is welcome to attend.

Plant sale planned

Spring is on the horizon and many of us are thinking about which area of our property we’ll brighten up with flower gardens. If you’re cleaning out your garden supplies and don’t know what to do with extra plant pots and equipment, there is an easy solution! Windham Historical Society is planning an open house featuring a plant and garden sale. The exact date hasn’t been determined, but it will be late May or early June and will be at the society on Windham Center Road. Members are collecting old or unique containers, plant pots, birdhouses, garden decorations and most important, plant cuttings and re-potted cuttings, either house plants, annuals or perennials. Seedlings of veggies would be most welcome. Proceeds from this sale will support the society’s plans for handicap accessible expansion of its museum and development of a living history center. For more information, contact Linda Lunt at 655-3421 or Sue Simonson, 878-3417.

Community ?garden meeting

Regular meetings of Windham Community Garden will start on Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the Life Skills Room at the high school. Now’s the time to start thinking about a garden plot and find out how you can become a gardener this year! Come to the meeting and find out more.

Alumni group meets

This is the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Windham High School Alumni Association and this year’s banquet will be held on Saturday, May 14. Planning is under way for this special dinner and if you’re a WHS alum, your help is needed! The next meeting of the group is Wednesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Room at the high school. This is also the 50th anniversary year for the class of 1961 – get involved!

Schools ?receive grant

RSU 14, Windham Raymond School District, is the first recipient of a $5,000 grant from Maine Post & Beam’s Building Community charitable giving program. The grant will support the district’s Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 program. Stephanie Joyce is the school health coordinator and reports that Maine Post & Beam will build informational kiosks that will be placed on school campuses and used for storyboards, nutritional information, exercise prompts and environmental information for students and community members. “We are grateful to MP&B for making this happen,” Joyce said.

Food pantry ?hours for seniors

The Windham Food Pantry on Gray Road is open on the first Monday of each month for senior citizens from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Madeline Roberts changed the day this year so seniors can receive fresh fruit and produce which is available only on Mondays. If seniors cannot make it on Monday morning, they can continue to come in the evening. The pantry is currently collecting personal hygiene items, which cannot be purchased with food stamps, such as soap, toothpaste and brushes, body wash, shaving gear, deodorant, powder, shampoo, lotion, etc. Also needed are cleaning supplies, like detergent. If you have a few extras, consider donating them to the food pantry. For more information, call Roberts at 892-1931.

New to Medicare?

On Tuesday, March 15, the Southern Maine Agency on Aging 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, there will be one-on-one counseling with volunteer Medicare advocates available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar and counseling is intended to help you sort through your Medicare options – and to help you enroll. Please call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging to register for the seminar or to make an appointment to meet with an advocate at 396-6500 or 1-800-427-7411. Visit the website at www.smaaa.org to learn more about the services that are available.

Monday meals

Food & Fellowship Inc. began in 1999 with a mission to provide hot meals to people living in Windham and surrounding communities in the Lakes Region. On Monday nights, free “Monday Meals” are served to anyone who would like a hot, nutritious meal. On the first and second Mondays, the site is Windham Assembly of God Church, 1051 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302); on the third and fourth Mondays, meals are served at Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road and on the occasional fifth Monday, the table is set at Standish Congregational Church, 25 Oak Hill Road in Standish.

Thrift shop

Great bargains of all kinds can be found at North Windham Union Church Thrift Shop Wednesday and Thursday from 1-3 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Take a look!

Stephanie Joyce and Jim McBride of the Windham-Raymond Wellness Council took home the first place winner’s prize at the recent Chili Challenge, hosted last weekend by Windham Community Garden. (Courtesy photo)


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