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Windham and Lakes Summer Calender

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Saturday, June 8: The Lumber River Quartet, a southern Gospel group from North Carolina, is returning to the Bible Believing Baptist Church, 92 Center Road in Gray, at 7 p.m. There is no charge, but a free-will offering will be received. They will also perform at the Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. on June 9. All welcome.
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June 8: Annual Plant and Bake Sale at the Raymond Village Library from 7-11 a.m. Come early for best selections. Many types of both annuals and perennials from which to choose, at amazingly low prices. For more information, call 655-5217.

Sunday, June 9: Hundreds of participants will compete in a triathlon race called the Pirate Tri beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Point Sebago Resort. Cyclists will follow a marked course in the surrounding community on Point Sebago Road, Route 302, Tenney Hill Road, Route 11, and Quaker Ridge Road. Drivers will experience delays on Route 302 between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Drivers should avoid Route 302 near Point Sebago Road and seeking an alternate route at that time. Please call 221-5420 for more information.

Monday, June 10: The Windham Democratic Town Committee will host the Lakes Regions Dems Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Windham Public Library. All Democrats welcome. Contact Mark Bryant, WDTC Chair, for more information at 892-6591.

Wednesday, June 12: The third annual WOMB Forum (Women’s Outlook on Maine Business) takes place 2-5 p.m. at Camp Takajo in Naples. Former Good Morning America host Joan Lunden will host the event. The event is sponsored by the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Signature sponsor is People’s United Bank. FMI, go to

June 14-16: The eighth annual Maine Blues Festival takes place in Naples. Dozens of blues bands and performers take the stage at various venues around downtown Naples. Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 during the event. For more information, check out

Friday, June 14: The newly established Lakes Region Community Chorus will perform “A Bouquet of Music” at the Bridgton Academy Chapel. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. and explores a variety of musical styles.

Saturday, June 15: A used book sale will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road in Windham. A huge selection of fiction and nonfiction books will be available. For more information, call 892-4217.

June 15: Casco Public Library is holding a Trash & Treasure sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

June 21-July 7: Schoolhouse Arts Center will present “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” June 21, 22, 28, 29 and July 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. and June 23 and 30 and July 7 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. Call 642-3743 for reservations or buy tickets online at

Saturday, June 29: Raymond Garden Tour. It will begin at the Raymond Village Library and include 12 private Raymond gardens. 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of tour. They may be purchased at the Raymond Village Florist on Route 302, at the Raymond Village Library on Route 121 and online at

June 29: The Windham High School girls volleyball team hosts a car wash at NAPA Auto Parts in North Windham from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

July 20: Windham High School Class of 1973 holds its 40th Reunion upstairs at Rustler’s Steak House in Windham from 6 p.m. on. There will be a menu to order food from that night, so no advance reservation or admission fee is required. Come celebrate! RSVP to Sue Witonis 655-4426/ or Donna Morton at 655-3581/

Naples Crash Victim Identified

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

NAPLES, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man killed in Tuesday afternoon’s fatal accident in Naples.

Forty-four-year-old Shannon Ronan was operating a UPS truck travelling westbound on Route 302 (Roosevelt Trail). Investigators say Ronan was stopped in traffic, waiting to make a left hand turn.

A Time Warner Cable bucket truck, driven by Michael Hanrahan, 42, apparently failed to stop and rear-ended the UPS truck, pushing it into the oncoming lane where it was struck head-on by a tractor-trailer carrying bulk propane.

The tractor-trailer, which was owned by Pickard Transportation was driven by Dewight Pickard, 55.

Ronan, who was from Gray, died in the crash.

Investigators say at this time, no charges will be filed in connection with the accident. The Sheriff’s Office says the Maine State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and an Accident Re-constructionist from the Windham Police Department continue to investigate the accident.

Sour economy isn’t stopping many local entrepreneurs

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Carolina Tanguay of Raymond this week celebrated the opening of Lasting Impressions of Maine & Mainely Primitives, a Maine-made art and crafts store she runs on Route 302 in Windham along with her friend, Shirley Smith of Gorham. Tanguay said opening a new shop in a tough time should not be an obstacle to success. “We’re positive,” she said. “We see the bright side.” (Ben Bragdon photo)

By Ben Bragdon | Posted: Thursday, July 30, 2009 10:25 am | 0 comments

To Carolina Tanguay of Raymond, there are always reasons not to do something.

But those thoughts and attitudes, of a poor economy, of people with less spending money, of a summer shortened by bad weather, did not divert Tanguay, who this week opened a store specializing in Maine-made art and crafts on Route 302 in Windham. Confident in her business model, and in her dedication to do what it takes – paint walls, work long hours, network – to make her store successful.

“We’re positive,” said Tanguay, who with her friend Shirley Smith opened Lasting Impressions of Maine & Mainely Primitives. “We don’t see the dark side. We see the bright side.”

Tanguay and Smith are just two of the people who have bucked the negative notions of a sour economy and opened shop during what many people have called the worst business climate in decades. Many of the new business owners say they’ve had to take the economy into consideration when setting prices or deciding how to spend money. But there are opportunities as well, with low interest rates and rents, and the entrepreneurs feel they can weather the storm, and come out stronger on the other side.

“I think they are realistically looking ahead,” said Barbara Clark, executive director of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. Ribbon cuttings, which the Chamber performs for new businesses, are up 25 percent over last year at this time, Clark said.

An established real estate agent and business owner who ran the Frye’s Leap General Store and Cafe on Frye Island for 17 years, Lois O’Connor had been running her real estate business, Sunset Lakes Real Estate, out of her home. But after adding a few new real estate agents to her company, she decided to branch out, poor economy or no. When opening her office last week, she felt she had to be prepared when the market returns to form.

“I had to have an office. With the economy down, I have to grow the business,” O’Connor said. “When the market comes back, I’ll be ready for it.”

When a spot opened up next to Chute’s Cafe, on Route 302 in Casco, the opportunity was too good to pass up. The popular eating establishment would be a draw, she figured.

“The key thing in business on Route 302 is to try to get the traffic to slow down,” O’Connor said.

This way of thinking, to grab opportunity when it comes, regardless of other circumstances, is common in a stagnant business climate, said Mark Delisle, director of the Maine Small Business Development Center, which provides assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“There are some folks that are really good at looking for opportunities, and every economy has some opportunities,” said Delisle. “A lot of these really big companies were started in down economies////ANY EXAMPLES?///.”

The key, he said, is for business owners to take into account the prevalent economic factors. Capital is likely to be more difficult to obtain. Only smaller loans may be available, and at less desirable terms. Cash flow may not be as high as expected.

“You do want to be really conservative in case your revenue is not as high over the next 16-24 months,” Delisle said.

In the end, what matters most to a fledging business does not change with the economy, he said.

“The fundamentals are the same,” he said. “You have a solid business plan. You have all the right things in your business plan.”

Tourists streaming up and down Route 302 this summer was part of the plan for Buddy Basso, who with his wife, Linda, opened Basso’s Italian Market on Route 302 in Windham six months ago.

But he didn’t envision a start to the summer season that included two weeks of rain, which kept people at home and hurt all tourism-based businesses.

Luckily, Basso’s, which offers a variety of imported Italian foods, plus prepared meals, pizza, sandwiches and wine, has steadily built a solid base of customers who live in the area.

In some ways, the state of the economy helped. The Bassos were able to buy new, rather than used, cooking equipment at low prices because other eateries had closed and needed to sell. They also took the economy into account when setting prices.

“We kept prices down,” said Basso. “We tried to keep things in line with what was going on.”

Basso’s also offers products that aren’t offered elsewhere in Windham. In fact, Basso said, he often spends his days explaining the various Italian meats and cheeses to customers.

“I think it’s the variety that helps,” he said.

It is close to the strategy employed by Tanguay and Smith, who will sell only Maine-made gifts, from small craft items to paintings and other works of art. Tanguay has now found the right spot, after being at two other locations in Windham, including next to C.N. Brown for the holiday season. And she thinks they have the right products.

“The thing is to find your niche,” said Tanguay, who before a hiatus ran a similar store in the Maine Mall. “We have all Maine products from all Maine people.”