Sunday, March 29, 2015

A system of moral principles: The ethics of a culture - By Michelle Libby

A system of moral principles: The ethics of a culture.
A branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

Back in college I was required to take a class on the ethics in journalism. The class talked about what we can print and what we should print. Sometimes things are printed for the shock factor, the naked picture of a woman being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, was shocking, but was it there to explain a story or was it there to sell papers? 

It’s these dilemmas we deal with daily in our every day lives. Maybe we don’t have to decide what to put on the front page of a newspaper, but we choose what to put up on our Facebook posts every day. In our jobs, we have to decide to work with a strong standard of conduct, developing relationships rather than just getting that one sale or one story. 

Everyone has some form of ethics, it could be a moral principal, not to lie to people. It could be a way they live their lives that go along with schooling (medical) or religious upbringing. 

How do we choose which ethics to adhere to? 

In my opinion, I believe that we should live our lives based on do no harm. Telling someone the shirt they are wearing isn’t flattering may be honest, but if it will hurt the person’s feelings, then I would most likely keep my mouth closed. 

Lying to get ahead in business is not cool and when the lie is uncovered, as it always is, it leads to nothing but trouble. 

We teach our children about ethics. We may not call it that, but when they post on Facebook or their blog, what they put up reflects the ethics they have learned over the years. 

In my fiction books, I torture my characters. I make sure they squirm and have a hard time, but in the end, no one in my books dies. It was a decision I made a handful of years ago. There’s a lot of death in the world, why should I add fictional death into the mix? As I said, I do make some of my characters suffer, but death…eh. Leave that to Tess Gerritsen. 

As far as ethics goes, watch yourself over the next week and see what decisions you make and see which ones are ethical and which ones don’t move you forward in a good direction.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Boy Scouts biathlon event at Camp Hinds in Raymond

Boys Scouts offer a fun biathlon event at Camp Hinds in Raymond
Last month a little over 40 Cub Scouts turned out for the Pine Tree Council first ever biathlon. The boys used snow shoes to walk a course and do BB shooting. The next biathlon is planned on March 21 with more winter fun and shooting.  

Photos by Rita Loft

WHS Science Bowl teams make big impact at annual compeition - By Lisa McLellan

On Saturday, February 28, the two WHS Science Bowl teams made a big impact among the 17 teams competing at the 15th annual Maine Science Bowl at USM in Gorham. Each team took on six teams in back-to-back 40-minute games. The round robin games were held in classrooms in front of five to six judges and a small audience of family, teachers, friends, and contenders scouting the competition. Both Windham teams won four of the six match-ups in their divisions.

The WHS Division Y team beat teams from Waynflete (30-20), Falmouth (36-22), Cape Elizabeth (36-34) and South Portland (54-26). Their loss to MSSM and then close loss to Mt. Ararat by only one question put them in third place for their division and brought their day to a close.

The WHS Division X team beat teams from Falmouth (46-32), Mt. Ararat (54-16), Casco Bay (42-34), and Cape Elizabeth (56-16). Losses to Bangor and Scarborough put the Division X team into a sudden death match versus Falmouth, which they won, 4-0, placing them second in their division. The Division X team went on to play against Bangor for seeding in the semifinal rounds. They lost by one question to Bangor, who went on to place first in the state and proceeds to Nationals. The Semifinal rounds were played in a larger venue in front of over a hundred people. Windham went up against MSSM and lost the match by only one question (44-34), placing fourth in the state.

Having started competing in the Science Bowl only two years ago as a single team of sophomores, the Windham High School teams were formidable and unexpected opponents at the Maine Science Bowl this year. Congratulations to this amazing group of seniors!

Thank you to the fabulous mathematics and science teachers who trained these students well over the last four years! And special thanks for Dan Wirtz for coaching at the competition!!

Division X Team: Captain Jackson Giampino, Terrance Shoemaker, Hawar Haddadi, Joseph Paluso, Emily Algeo.
Division Y Team: Captain Dexter Herald, Andrew Cropper, Owen Thompson, Daniel Hanson, Ian Donnelly.

Photo: This is both teams.
Back row left to right: Jackson Giampino, Hawar Haddadi, Joseph Paluso, Terrance Shoemaker, Emily Algeo
Front row left to right: Owen Thompson, Ian Donnelly, Daniel Hanson, Dexter Herald

Insight - Lobbying for young children - By Elizabeth Richards

One of the best things about the varied way I make a living is the constant opportunity to experience something new. Stretching my limits, taking on new challenges, and proving to myself that I can do things I never dreamed of doing, helps keep life fresh and interesting. 

This week, I had the chance to briefly enter an unfamiliar world - the world of national politics. As an early childhood educator, I have long been passionate about what our youngest learners need, and unafraid to voice those needs to people around me. Until this week, however, I have not used my voice to communicate this message to the people who sit in a position to make a difference in policy and funding issues.

A year ago, I joined the board of the Maine affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In this role, I was given the opportunity to attend NAEYC's Public Policy Forum in Washington DC. After a two day crash course in how to effectively lobby for early childhood issues, I set off for Capitol Hill to meet with staff in the offices of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Senator Angus King, as well as with Senator Susan Collins and her staff member.

I was nervous. I had never before considered myself qualified to have these conversations with policymakers and their staff. I was sure I would freeze, or say something ridiculous, or not have any answer at all to questions asked. But as we discussed the process I realized something - if I don't step up and speak out about the issues that matter, how can I expect others to? And if others don't, how will people in a position to influence policy know about these issues at all? So, I took a deep breath, and a great partner, and off we went. 

I did not freeze, or say anything foolish. With each meeting, I felt more comfortable, more confident that I could effectively deliver my message. It's a message that matters, and this week, policy makers from Maine heard it. And I gained another skill that I will put to great use in the future, growing ever more confident in my ability to make a difference.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Insight - Celebrating another milestone - By Publisher Kelly Mank

The Windham Eagle Newspaper is two years old. WOW! I am so excited and honored to be part of the team that publishes this newspaper. At a soccer game, in a hockey rink, at a school play, walking through Levinsky’s, having dinner at Disantos… random strangers come up to me and tell me how much they love this newspaper, how great it is to get it at their home, and how much they love to see the positive things going on around town. I am so humbled by the amount of feedback and comments that we get and the people who recognize the hard work that we put into creating this paper every week.
I want to personally thank Michelle Libby for being the amazing editor of this paper. She puts her heart and soul into making sure the content in this paper is positive and solutions based, can be read by all ages, and that the integrity of the paper is original and local. 

I want to personally thank Melissa Carter who not only designs this amazing paper and actually takes Michelle’s and my crazy thoughts and puts the puzzle together to create the paper every week, but she also has created relationships with most of our amazing supporters and advertisers. Melissa has a unique ability to get our supporters amazing exposure while not overspending their budget. 

I want to personally thank Dave deBree who has been an account manager with us since our first issue. He has great relationships in town and his heart and soul are truly with this newspaper.

Lastly, I want to thank our phenomenal supporters, everyone from the town and schools to each small business who has advertised even once. Supporting a community newspaper not only helps get your business information out to the community but also helps support our youth, non-profits, town, and community as a whole. Our paper brings smiles to families every week and the only way that is possible is by having our supporters, advertisers and clients. 

Our entire team is amazing and without these special people this fantastic paper would not exist.
Thank you so much for reading, advertising, and being part of The Windham Eagle Newspaper.