Friday, March 24, 2017

Windham Veteran Center Memorial Pavers by Dave Tanguay

The Windham Veterans Association provides an opportunity to honor veterans, past or present, with a granite paver inscribed with your Veteran’s name and branch of service. 
The Windham Veterans Association will continue to sponsor the “Honor Your Veteran” program with approximately 24 additional granite pavers to be installed in the Windham Veterans Center, for Memorial Day 2017. Space is limited, so please order early.

Each Granite paver is 8 inches by 4 inches and will have up to three lines of the veteran’s information. Each line may have up to 16 characters and spaces and may include name, rank, branch of service, unit, dates of service, conflict etc.  

Each commemorative veteran’s paver, with up to three lines of information, may be purchased for $50.00 from a Veterans Association member listed below, with proceeds to benefit the Veterans Center and Service to Veterans.

For additional information or to request an order form, please contact one of the following: Mel Greenier (892 4779) or Dave Tanguay (892 1306)

Looking for a unique gift for your Veteran?   A Commemorative paver might just fit the bill. 

Book Review by Abigail Lougee

Abigail Lougee is a student at Windham High School

I recently read the book, “This Book is Gay” by James Dawson and I know what you’re thinking, this is a joke. But, I assure you it’s not a joke. No, I’m not making any jabs, and I’m certainly not making fun of anyone. When I first heard the title I laughed and thought that my friend who had recommended the novel was pulling my leg as she said the title. Then she went on to tell me that it was an excellent source of support as she came out to her family and friends, and that I should read it. 

Now that I have, I’m certainly not disappointed with the recommendation. 

James Dawson doesn’t make it uncomfortable and outlines his goal in the first few pages “… gay, straight, or bi; trans or cis - have oodles of questions about what it’s like to be LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender]”. This book has some of the answers. 

“Whether you think you might be LGBT or you think you’re straight but you have questions or you’re anywhere in between, this book is for you” (Page 4).

Dawson’s voice allows you to feel whatever you want to feel, without the author casting judgment, giving the book a conversational tone.

My favorite part about the book is the fact that throughout the duration, you are presented with facts. “In America 3.5 percent of adults identify as LGBT, which equates to about 9 million people - roughly the number of people who live in New Jersey!” (Page 7). 

You are presented with opinions. “…I was sad at how we still DEFAULT to heterosexual in the twenty-first century” (Page 7). 

You are also presented with questions that make you curious about how you view yourself and how you have been looking at the world. “Who said statistics had to be boring?”(Page 8). 

This book is a thought provoking, educational, supportive read, with the undyingly hilarious cartoons, adding a comedic examination.

Dawson has done the impossible of bringing forth education in a light, productive, non-judgmental way, allowing the book to be a guide through an unfamiliar journey. This novel can pose as a read to be a supportive friend, or even a read just because you’re a curious person. 

Student of the week goes to Austin Rice. Congratulations!

Austin Rice, an eighth-grade student at Windham Middle School, is The Windham Eagle’s student of the week. The 15year-old enjoys participating in and is on the RSU#14 Track & Field Special Olympics team.

Rice stated that his teacher, Mrs. Taylor, has played a significant role in his education.

“Austin is a very hard worker who always puts forth his best effort,” Taylor stated. “Austin is a true role model in the classroom, always helping his peers and cheering them on.”

Rice’s favorite subject is math and he states that getting good grades in school is one of his greatest accomplishments. He learns best when he is in the classroom with his friends.

Although Rice does not have a favorite music group, he enjoys listening to his mother sing.

During his free time, Rice plays basketball, draws and rides horses at Riding To The Top. His favorite holiday is the fourth of July.

Rice lives at home with his mom, dad and three sisters.

“The Friendship Garden” Series. Chapter 1 by Gayle Plummer

*For the next couple of months, look here for the weekly “Friendship Garden” series. It’s a tale for children that can be enjoyed by adults.
What was that? She could hear a loud buzzing noise. Where was it coming from?  

Ouch! It hurt when she tried to open her eyes. It was really bright . . . why? Where was she?  What is this place? Polly was trying to have a look around. She needed to figure out where that noise was coming from. After a few minutes, she was able to get her eyes open and she could see others! Some of them were still trying to open their eyes too. Others already had their eyes open and they were cheering loudly. Now that she had her eyes open, she liked the brightness. It was kind of warm and cheery - a very happy place really.

Where were they all? WHAT were they all? Polly learned that the noise she heard was coming from all the others, who were all talking at once. They were trying to figure out where they were and what they were.  

As Polly looked around, she could see that all the others were light green and very wispy and very delicate looking. She looked down at herself - she also was light green and very wispy. She continued to look around and . . .  oh wow! Some of the others were talking to her! They were shouting, “Hi, how are you? Isn’t this fun?” Polly realized she could speak to them. “Yes,” she shouted, “This is fun and sunny and warm!”

Polly decided this must be her house. She found out later that it is a house, but it is called a greenhouse. The greenhouse has lots and lots of windows that let in lots and lots of sun light.  That’s why it is so bright inside. It is where the baby flowers begin to grow from seeds into healthy plants. And she was one of them! She was a flower! 

Over in the corner - just sitting and soaking in the sunshine, was a very large, very full, and very colorful  . . . what? “What was that?” Polly said to herself. She looked at it and wondered some more. But she did not have to wonder for long, because it was looking right back at her and then it spoke to her! 

It said, “Hello Polly, how are you dear?” Polly could not speak. She was so shocked, so surprised and excited by all the wonderful, bright colors that were covering this beautiful thing - that she was speechless. The very large, beautiful thing in the corner spoke again, “Don’t be afraid dear, I am your Grandmother.”

So, Polly decided to be brave. She took a deep breath and she answered, “Grandmother, I don’t understand what’s going on.  I don’t know what you are or even what I am.” They talked all day and she peppered her Grandmother with lots of questions. Polly’s Grandmother’s name was Prudence. Polly learned that she and her Grandmother were flowers called Pansies. So her name was Polly Pansy. 

Grandmother explained that Polly came from a seed that was put into some soil, here in the warm greenhouse, and she was very much loved, fed and watered. Granny Prudence also told Polly that she would grow into a beautiful flower with many, many, colorful petals and that she would look the same as Granny looked!  “Would you like to look like I do, Polly?” Grandmother asked. Polly shouted, “Oh yes!”. . .  She almost jumped right out of her soil, she was so excited.  She found it hard to imagine that she could be almost as colorful as her Grandmother!

Quiz Question to spark a conversation with your child:  What is a “greenhouse” used for?
*Look for more things to happen to Polly & her friends coming up next in Chapter 2.

Windham Weaponry makes major gift to Maine Boy Scouts

Windham Weaponry, Maine based manufacturer of quality firearms, has made a major donation to the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America. Windham Weaponry’s gift raises the Scouts’ capital campaign to rebuild 4 Scout camps, well past 1.5 million dollars in funding and materials.  In recognition of Windham Weaponry’s gift, the shooting range complex at Camp William Hinds will be named the “Windham Weaponry Youth Shooting Sports Ranges.”

In 2013, the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America partnered with the Department of Defense Innovative Readiness Training Program (IRT) to train National Guard and Reserve troops from around the country. Since 2013, hundreds of troops from Guard and Reserve Air Force, Army and Marine Corps units, from as far away as Puerto Rico and Hawaii, partnered and built a 500 seat, 4-season dining hall, parking lot, roads, cabins, upgraded electric and sewer, climbing elements and more, as a part of their training.

The most visible and programmatically exciting IRT project is the new shooting sports range complex, which includes: 4 multi-use bays, 5 range pavilions, a shotgun range, and a 100 meter rifle range; the only Boy Scout-owned range of its type on the East Coast - all built to modern safety standards. Windham Weaponry’s gift provided materials for United States Marines and Airmen to build the state of the art ranges.   

“We believe in teaching youth and families the safe, responsible enjoyment of shooting sports, and the Boy Scouts of America does that extremely well” said Warren Dyke, President of Windham Weaponry. “We are pleased to provide an exciting and safe experience for all youth and families who visit Camp Hinds,” said Richard Dyke, owner of Windham Weaponry.  

“We are humbled by Windham Weaponry’s commitment to Maine youth and the thousands of Scouts who travel to Camp Hinds each year,” said Horace Horton, former Pine Tree Council board president and co-chair of the Pine Tree Council, BSA capital campaign. “Windham Weaponry’s gift will provide character development and education for generations of Scouts”.  

Serving more than 6,000 coed youth and 2,500 registered volunteers, the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s foremost youth programs promoting character development and values-based leadership training. For more information on Scouting, please contact Eric Tarbox at: 207-797-5252.