Friday, August 18, 2017

Quote of the week


In the circle: Insight by Lorraine Glowczak


In my “Insights”, I write often about how the members in this community come together and give their time, money and effort to the many causes and individuals who are facing a particularly difficult time.

Relatively new to the Windham and Raymond areas, my role as editor in the past eight months has
exposed me to the incredible individuals who live here. I’m still amazed and in awe of the amount of giving and community collaboration that takes place in this small Maine community. 

Once again, there was a lot happening this weekend – The first annual Windham Trails Day and the Kelli’s 5k this past Saturday, as well as the news of Windham’s Rob Gomez selfless actions at the Beach to Beacon 10k (see sports page for interview).

I think it’s fair to say, we love to give because it makes us feel like we are contributing to something greater than our own needs and, quite honestly, it makes us feel pretty good – and there is nothing wrong about that.

But what about the individuals on the receiving end? Those whose needs we are trying to fulfill. I can’t speak for everyone, but when I am on the receiving end of things, it is not quite as easy – or fun. It puts me in a place of vulnerability and it makes me realize that there are times in life when I may not be as much in control as I believe myself to be.

Part of the reason I may feel this way, is that I buy into the belief that it is better to give than to receive. But if I want to feel good in giving to others, I need to feel good in receiving as well. In order to keep the circle going, it would behoove me to accept a simple and polite “thank you” as well as a fast and swift hand that grabs me by the jersey when I fall.

I’ll end my insight here with a portion of the lyrics from the Lion King’s “Circle of Life” that seems to say it best.

“More to do than can ever be done/There's far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found/But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky/Keeps great and small on the endless round
It's the circle of life/And it moves us all
Through despair and hope/Through faith and love
Till we find our place/On the path unwinding
In the circle/The circle of life.”





Letter to the Editor


Dear Editor,

The Windham High School Project Graduation 2018 Committee has been hard at work for several months, planning events and raising funds for a fun, safe and chemical-free celebration for our 2018 graduates next June. With a current class size of 248 students and an estimated event cost of $150 per graduate, our fundraising goal is a very lofty one and will continue throughout the school year.  

As a member of two previous committees, I very much appreciate the importance of parental involvement and the level of community support that a Project Grad endeavor entails. We are so fortunate to live in a community where the safety and well-being of our children is paramount, and where support for programs like Project Grad is offered from many factions. It’s only through the enthusiasm and commitment of dedicated community members that we can provide our graduates with one last night together, free of charge.

The Committee invites the entire Windham/Raymond community to help promote the purpose of Project Graduation by becoming involved and supporting our fundraisers. On Sunday, September 24, at beautiful Point Sebago, our annual Golf Tournament (and largest fundraiser) will be held. We welcome players of all levels to join the fun and register for this event, and encourage local businesses to show their support in the form of a tournament sponsorship or other donation. For more information on the tournament and how to register to play or provide some other form of support, please contact the committee at whsprojectgrad2018@gmail.com.

We thank all for their support of WHS Project Graduation 2018 and look forward to continuing to partner with the community to promote the well-being of and celebrate our upcoming graduates.

Sincerely,
Elaine Herzig
Project Grad 2018 Chair

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quote of the week


A radical embrace. An inisight by Lorraine Glowczak


Many who know me are not surprised when I tell them that I have been accused of being a tree hugger. It is true that I adore nature, respect the environment and everything in it, but I see myself as a middle of the road kind of gal. Yes, I have my passionate opinions about environmental issues but I have never been radical in my approach. Until, well - maybe now.


Being a small town Midwestern girl who moved to Maine in her early 30s, I was and still am in awe by the natural beauty of this state; and at times, I often still find that my breath can be easily taken away at the sight of an ocean wave or the forest landscape. 

I feel very lucky to call this unsoiled environment my home and I hope I never take it for granted.  

But, often, when we are exposed to such magnificence continuously, we can become complacent. Whether we love to ski, snowmobile, ride an ATV through the wooded trails, hike the mountains, enjoy a book at the beach, plant a garden or other outdoor adventures; it would serve us best if  we remained aware enough about our natural surroundings to sustain what we all love the most.

If we do fall into complacency we risk creating a situation that is destructive not only to the environment, but to ourselves as well.

As a reminder, to keep our way of life here in Maine a clean and sustainable one, I hope you take a moment and read “The Love Canal” by Michelle Libby (who is not a tree hugger, by the way) on page http://lifestyles.thewindhameagle.com/2017/08/the-love-canal-reminder-that-actions.html. Her insights and reflections on a spontaneous side trip to the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, NY help to remind us to thank our lucky Perseids Meteor Shower stars that we have what we do. (Be sure to see the article, Raymond Village Library assists in hosting an “Evening Star Party at Hacker’s Hill”http://lifestyles.thewindhameagle.com/2017/08/raymond-village-library-assists-in.html)

I admit it. My accusers are right. I have hugged a tree from time to time. However, this is about as radical as this girl from the Heartland gets . . . at least for now.


Letter to the Editor



Dear Windham Eagle Editor,

During a recent annual ladies weekend on Thomas Pond, our group was invited to take a free class at World Class Taekwondo, 795 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. 

Our host for the weekend is a student there. We first observed the class before ours and were impressed to see the cooperative way in which students at all levels learned together and demonstrated achievements for each other. 

Many of the adult students were kind enough to stay and assist with our class. The director, Master Park, was so generous with his encouragement and he made us feel comfortable trying something we had never done before. 

The studio is spacious, well-organized, and clean. All ten of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
I highly recommend World Class Taekwondo to anyone in your community who wants to learn a new form of physical activity in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

Thank you.
Susan Williams
Maynard, MA