Friday, May 27, 2016

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Dear Editor - Powerserve - By Linda Griffin

Dear Editor, 

Saturday, May 14, 2016, I witnessed over 292 Windham High School students and adults make a huge difference in the lives of many Windham residents. 

We at Windham Historical Society had the “green” team named after our Village Gren and 15 students and 8 adults worked tirelessly for over 31/2 hours. They were organized into groups and they raked and weeded overgrown flower beds, they lugged and moved beams, wood was replied and hundreds of bricks were moved to a new home. 

I was stationed at the little South Windham yellow library and my wonderful crew lugged and moved boxes of donated tools, nails, treadle sewing machines, doors and lots of lots of architectural salvage! It was a huge job and the volunteers never stopped to take a break. We had to clean out the little library as it will be moved to a new foundation soon. All the items stored inside were lugged into attics sheds and ells of our nearby October house. It was a huge job and my amazing crew did not even stop to take a break! I told them stories about our historical societies’ plans for a future Village 
Green history neighborhood. I told them about our plans for the South Windham Library, as once it is moved to a foundation it will be used to store artifacts from the Oxford Canal, Oriental Hall, the South Windham Trolley, and the many mills and stores that used to be in South Windham. A new ell on the back will have displays of artifacts from the South Windham Railroad depot. 

I talked to my crew of volunteers and shared lots of stories about the artifacts we were moving and I thanked them over and over again for their help that day. I showed them our society building and the almost ready one room village school. One teen smiled and he said he felt like he was in an interactive history class!

Windham Historical Society members really appreciate all the help we got last Saturday thanks to Powerserve. If this becomes an annual tradition, I hope more T-shirts can be ordered as I heard they ran out.

Linda Griffin
President of Windham Historical Society

Dear Editor - Memorial Day tribute - By Fred Collins

Dear Editor,

Readers of The Eagle, with Memorial Day near upon us, we have thoughts of the past as well as the present. We may follow the brick path of freedom.

In Newington, Connecticut there lies a path undaunted by the sands of time. Each name inscribed is each sublime. A mother’s son, a brother dear indelibly marked with blood and tears. But as each step we softly put, we raise our eyes and there behold our flag doth wave as days of old. 

There’s Jimmy Berk, and Billy Finch and Tiny Tim, who gave their most, on Iwo Jima’s volcanic coast. We close our eyes in silent prayer:

But in our breast there is no rest, they gave their most – “Which was the best” lest we forget.

Ex “Grunt”
Fred Collins

Insight - 'Tis the season for awards - By Michelle Libby

It might not come with a red carpet, but awards season is here. Parents are spending night after night at Windham High School honoring those students who go above and beyond and have reached high levels in their education or sporting careers. 

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I was blessed to attend some of these this past week. Seniors are getting cords for their achievements and National Honor Society seniors received blue stoles to wear on graduation day. Underclassmen were inducted into NHS the same night, knowing that someday they will have the same honor.
Tuesday night was the underclassmen awards presentation, where students get awards for “grit and determination” as well as most improved, excellence in a subject and more. It was great to see the students rush the stage to get their certificates and Eagle Pride pins. Although not all of the students at WHS were recognized, there were many given props for doing the best they could in their classes. 

At the underclassmen awards, approximately 25 juniors were given book awards from different 
Emma Bennett - Photographer's daughter
colleges. The book awards in some cases were books wrapped up in paper, and others were certificates with promised scholarships should the student attend that college. USM presented two book awards and said that Windham High School sent the most students to USM last year. I love the ideas of a book award, but tell us what the book is. Don’t leave us in suspense. USM again stood out by telling us that it was a photography book written by one of their professors. There. That helped me. So are all the books written my professors at the college or university presenting the award, or are the books more literary and stuffy the more prestigious the college is? 

Soon there will be sports awards and a long ceremony where parents of athletes can “cord” their child in front of the fall sports athletes and their parents. It’s amazing to watch the athletes get three cords for participating in varsity sports all four years of high school. Parents log volunteer hours working for the booster club for the honor of cording their athlete. 

When it comes to awards, why don’t the parents get them? How do you think these kids get to school on time (mostly)? Who reminds them to study for their test? And who studies with them? 

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Maybe we should create parent superlatives and post them on Facebook. Mom most likely to show up to school in her pajamas. Dad most likely to get sunburned at a sporting event. Mom most likely…well you get the idea. 

I’m so proud of all of the students I’ve watched grow up to become successful, talented and smart high schoolers. Some of those students have even worked at The Windham Eagle. Kudos to you and thank you for all you do.

Friday, May 20, 2016

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Dear Editor - From Tya Hayman

Dear Editor,

Sometimes a group of volunteers can surprise you with what they’re capable of. I have recently watched the Windham Youth Soccer Association board and many dedicated volunteers spend countless hours coming together to work on the purchase of the Gambo fields. As I write this, the town council has not yet voted on a decision. Although I certainly hope they vote in favor of selling the fields to WYSA, you should all feel proud of the time and effort you have put in. It has been wonderful to witness this group come together towards a common goal and put aside any differences in opinions to accomplish what is most important. Please know that the WYSA parents are grateful for your time, energy and hard work. No matter what the outcome, you have my sincere gratitude and admiration.

Tya Hayman 

Dear Editor - From Genevieve Delano - Powerserve


Just wanted to share this with you. PowerServe went amazing on Saturday and had such a positive effect on the community, student body and the Donnelly family. We had 292 people serving on May 14th, and accomplished projects all over the Windham School campus, Windham library, Village Green, Veterans Center, a home of a veteran in Gorham, and a home of a Windham couple.

Genevieve Delano