Ball announces candidacy for Maine House

Steve Ball

Steve Ball, of Windsor, veteran and teacher, has announced his candidacy for Maine House of Representatives District #80, which includes Vassalboro, Windsor, Somerville and part of Augusta. Ball retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army following a 27 year career. Since coming home to central Maine, Ball has taught at Erskine Academy, in South China, and at Thomas College, in Waterville. He has also served on the Windsor Budget Committee and been actively involved with HealthReach Community Health Centers, as a member and chairman of the board of directors, and with the Mid-Maine Global Forum. Ball is interested in supporting local schools, working to make health care both accessible and affordable for working families, and doing everything possible to support economic development that increases jobs and wages. He will work to make sure the state of Maine pays its fair share and supports revenue sharing. But mostly, he’s interested in working to find solutions to the problems and challenges we face in Central Maine.

“I learned in the Army that there is no substitute for hard work and that everyone matters,” Ball said. A successful leader throughout his career, he was taught at every level in the Army to first, fully understand the problem ahead and then work with everyone to get the job done. Ball is concerned that entrenched partisan politics has taken over for sound, intelligent problem solving. “Maine know how to solve problems. Most Mainers know that while you may not get exactly what you want, with hard work, leadership, and respectful discussion things get done.”

Ball is planning to get out and meet as many voters in the district as possible. For more information, contact Steve Ball at 207-214-2805, or

Windsor Veterans’ Memorial Benefit Supper Planned for March 24

Efforts are underway to raise money for a new Windsor Veterans Memorial and to list the names of Windsor residents who have served our nation.

This is a very huge undertaking. There is much work that has to be done before they will have an actual amount of what the project will cost. There is a Veterans Memorial Committee and they are working on the details that are necessary to find what the costs will be for this project. A rough estimate of approximately $45,000 will be needed to erect the monument and landscaping, but as mentioned, there is still much to do before they will have an actual cost.

They are in the beginning stages of raising funds for this project. It is anticipated that there will be many fundraising opportunities in the future and they welcome any help and ideas. If you are interested in being on the Fundraising Committee, please contact Joyce Perry at 445-2998 or email

The new monument will be placed at the existing site at the corner of Ridge Road and Reed Road. The new Windsor Veterans Memorial will not do away with the existing memorial, but the existing memorials will be incorporated with a new and larger monument in order to honor all veterans that have served from Windsor.

The Fundraising Committee along with much help from many community members, are planning a benefit supper on March 24, at the Windsor School.

The supper will be from 5-7 p.m., and the meal will be: spaghetti, baked beans, hot dogs, brown bread, coleslaw, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Punch, coffee and also homemade desserts including a number of various pies and sheet cakes will be served.

Donations will be accepted at the door. Come and join to help with this honorable cause and enjoy and share time with community members and families.

Windsor school receives fast track grant


Windsor Elementary School has announced that their Title One program received a generous grant from the Perloff Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the grant is to support engagement of both students and parents/caregivers in the love of reading. The grant awarded 15 LeapPads and sufficient apps to provide a variety of resources. This project is especially important as it is encouraging adult role models to show them fun ways to read. Twice a month, children will receive a take-home bag containing the tablet, associated materials, and a parent contact form for the weekend. Parent involvement is an essential part of Windsor’s Parents as Partners program. The LeapPads were unveiled at a parent night and another is already scheduled. Linda Farwell and Mary Clark, the Title One educators, were instrumental in gaining this award.

Early reading and language skills build a critical foundation for learning. LeapPads include games, activities, videos and eBooks designed to build important early reading they need to become confident readers. New enhanced eBooks feature a vocabulary glossary and highlighted, clickable text that children can tap on to hear each word for more practice. Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted. We know that promoting family literacy is important to future reading and school success.

Erskine Academy announces calendar changes

Parents and students should be advised of a change to Erskine Academy’s school calendar. Due to excessive storm days, the teacher workshop day scheduled for Friday, March 17, is now a regular school day and will be a white day. Please contact the school with any questions.


Erskine Academy to hold 8th annual 5K run/walk

The class of 2017 at Erskine Academy, in South China, will host the 8th annual Fly Like an Eagle 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, April 29, at 9 a.m. The 5K race will begin at Erskine Academy and will proceed onto the Kidder Road and back to the Arnold Road. The race will feature free race T-shirts, snacks for all race participants, and awards for race winners. The non-refundable registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for Erskine students, and $15 for all other students if registered by April 21.

Registrations received after that date or on race day will be at the rate of $25 and race day T-shirts are not guaranteed. Race registration forms are available at,, or interested participants may contact Betsy Benner at The class of 2017 is also seeking business sponsorships to help defray costs associated with the race. All business sponsors will be featured on the official race T-shirt. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact Betsy Benner at 445- 2964 or prior to April 21.

Erskine Academy announces talent show

The Erskine Academy class of 2017 will host the annual talent show which will be held on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m., in the gym. The show will feature vocal, instrumental, and dance performances by current Erskine students. Admission to the show is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2017.

Erskine watercolors

Three students in the art program at Erskine Academy hold their watercolor paintings, which have been matted and framed with a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation. Students’ artwork will be on display at the China Dine-ah. From left to right, Ally Clark Bonsant ‘17, Michael Haoming Shi ‘18, and Katherine Keller, ‘17. Photo by Emily Foss

Erskine Academy schedules parent/teacher conferences

Erskine Academy has scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, January 18, from 3 to 7:30 p.m.,(snow date will be Thursday, January 19). Progress reports will be emailed to parents by January 17. For those parents who have not yet submitted a primary email address, please stop by the Guidance Office for a printed copy of your student’s progress report. No appointments are necessary as teachers will be available to speak with parents in their respective classrooms. Refreshments will be available in the library and the Sports Boosters will be selling Erskine apparel and other merchandise during the evening.

In addition, a representative from the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will be in attendance to present information about paying for college. Soup and salad will be served in the cafeteria from 5 – 5:30 p.m., for attendees. The FAME presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria and will end at approximately 6:20 p.m. In addition to financial aid information, the guidance department will provide information about course offerings, dual enrollment opportunities, PSAT, and SAT testing dates.

Please feel free to contact the Guidance Office at 445-2964 with any questions or concerns regarding this information.

Erskine Academy first trimester honor roll

Grade 12

High Honors: MicKayla Audet, Erica Basham, Jaime Boudreau, Beth Bowring, Andrew Browne, Heather Buckley, Hannah Burns, Ally Clark Bonsant, Emma Cote, Cody Elsemore, Katherine Grant, Madison Grass, Brianna Guilfoyle, Abigail Haskell, Aubrey Hendsbee, Hayley Hinds, Zachary Loubier, Mayann McGrath, Morgan Savage, Kelsey Stuart, Eleanor Rose Theriault, Rosalie Wilson, Leann Wright, Yang Xi, Ziman Yuan and Justin Zhang. Honors: Seth Allen, Veronica Black, Alexis Bonenfant, Michael Bourque, Joshua Breault, Kaitlyn Brundage, Makayla Busque, Joshua Buzzell, Julie Buzzell, Nicholle Clark, Tyler Condon, Shaun Cosgrove, Brandon Coulombe, Sydney Cummings, Michael Dorval, Samuel Dorval, Benjamin Eason, Danessia Ewen, Ashley Farrington, Ian Ferguson, Gabriel Gervais, Brianna Gosselin, Lucas Griffeth, McKenzie Haver, Broderick Hodsdon, Gavin Hoffman, Kaleb Howard, Katelyn Hustus, Jordan Jowett, Brandon Keezer, Katherine Keller, Miranda-Lee LaRose, Breanna Liebowitz, Adam Morrill, Caleb Patnaude, Alyssa Pelletier, Grayson Petty, Dylan Presby, MacKenzie Sawyer, Shirlynn Sears, Austin Shaw, William Sugg IV, Caitlyn Van Wickler, Ashley Viles, Marc Walther and Tyler Williams.

Grade 11

High Honors: Annemarie Allen, Maggie Anderson, Gabe Ashey, Courtney Austin, Mariah Blanchard, Lauren Boatright, Miranda Carey, Harald Christiansen, Alexander Cleaves, Noelle Cote, Stephen Csengery, Kalib Deschamps, Bryanna Emery, Hannah Farrington, Jadelynn Giroux, Angel Hall-Stuart, Luke Hodgkins, Billy Howell III, Kayla Hubbard, Carleigh Ireland, Samantha Jackson, Megan Lemieux, Nicholas Levesque, Rita McCausland, Kassandra Nadeau, Jakob Peavey, Christopher Pelletier, Kaylee Porter, Leanna Prime, Mercedes Richard, Chantelle Roddy, Haoming Michael Shi, Kaili Shorey, Michael Sprague, Emma Stone, Makayla Tobey, Taylah Trask, Caleb Tyler, Christopher Wight, Lauren Wood and Olivia Wyman. Honors: Cassidy Baldwin, Noah Bonsant, Jacob Burk, Victoria Chabot, Madison Choate, Kylie Clark, Ashlee Cooley, Grace Crouse, Corvus Crump, Caleb Daggett, Joshua Davis, Elijah Dos Santos, Chelsea Duplessis, Derrick Dyer, Morgan Emond, Shaylee Fisher, Brooke Fongemie, Hunter Gagnon, Melissa Gallagher, Melissa Garbacki-Hamm, Brock Glidden, Spenser Grasse, Elizabeth Green, Jonathan Hickey, Hunter Hoague, Nicholas Howes, Robin Jefferson, Isabella Johnson, Bjorn Jorgensen, Allyson Kiefer, Kyle Kirkpatrick, Jacob Lamoreau, Dalton Lee, Angela Letendre, Jordan Lewis, Alex Logan, Aaron Lohoff, Andrew Lyon, Brendan McGrail, Emma Meader, Hunter Merrill, Chandler Moore, Harrison Mosher, Cassidy Penney, Dustin Phillips, Daniel Pleau, Kali Porter, Chance Reed, Jered Reed, Michaela Roy, Catherine Silva, Adam Silvia, Emma Sullivan, Hunter Swift, Alexis Tenney, Rebecca Truman, Haylea Turner, Tyler Walker, Martie Young and Morgan Young.

Grade 10

High Honors: Molly Babson, Lydia Boucher, Jenna Butler, Marshall Dugal, Dominic Durant, Cameron Falla, Ashley Gillis, Sage Hapgood-Belanger, Samantha Heath, Eleanor Hodgkin, Kayla Hodgkins, Amber Rose Holmes, Peyton Houghton, Christopher Jamison, Kyli Julia, Robert King, Morgaine Kmen, Olivia Kunesh, Caitlin Labbe, Haeden Landry, Milo Lani-Caputo, Paige Leary, Rivers Malcolm, Tara Maltese, Noah Miller, Conner Paine, Jacob Praul, Hannah Reid, Christina Roy, Hunter Rushing, Caleb Sacks, Seth Savage, Conor Skehan, Braden Soule, Briana Strout, Elizabeth Sugg, Willow Throckmorton-Hansford, Megan To, Jack Tobey, Kassidy Wade, Hagen Wallace, Christopher Weymouth, Jacob Wright and Alana York. Honors: Samantha Allen, Brenna Audet, Mark Barney, Gavin Blanchard, Nina Boudreau,William Bourque, Madison Boynton, Justin Browne, Braydon Busque, Shannon Cornett, ArizonaLee Crooker, Mireya Dos Santos, Keara Doughty, Travis Dow, Tiffany Doyle, Austin Dunn, Dakota Estes, Samuel Falla, Ethan Furlong, Madeline Geidel, Aaron Gilbert, Regina Harmon, Alexis Haskell, Tristan Hawk, Kaleb Hopper, Alicia Hotham, Andrew Jackson, Antonio Jacobs, Jack Jowett, Garrett Keezer, Dylan Keller, Noah Labbe, Maverick Lowery, Alexander Mahon, Osiris Marable, Mya Maxim, Myles Nored, Isaiah Pacholski, Nicholas Rancourt, Seth Reed, Logan Reny, Andraya Roque, Dylan Rowe, Jessie Sepulvado, Krystina Shorey, Katherine Smith, Shayleigh Springer, Sophie Taylor, Mercedes Tibbetts, Caden Turcotte, Trent Wharton, Ashlyn Wing and Peilin Yu.

Grade 9

High Honors: Lucy Allen, Jay Austin II, Alec Baker, Julia Basham, Derek Beaulieu, Haley Breton, Cassidy Clement, Michael Dusoe Jr, Dominick Dyer, Vincent Emery, Chloe Fleck, Mitchell Gamage, Alyssha Gil, Annika Gil, Lydia Gilman, Boe Glidden, Summer Hotham, Nicholas Howard, Sarah Jarosz, Cameron Johnson, Colby Johnson, Luke Jordan, Parker King, Brandon LaChance, Cole Leclerc, Jordan Linscott, Jakob Mills, Adalaide Morris, Cambelle Nutting, Lyndsie Pelotte, Hunter Praul, Miina Raag-Schmidt, Benjamin Reed, Dominic Rodrigue, Lily Roy, Alyssa Savage, Taylor Shute, Ryan Sidelinger, Dominic Smith, Lily Solorzano, Courtney Tibbetts, Brandon Tibbs, Katelyn Tibbs, Ashleigh Treannie, Cameron Tyler, Matthew Veilleux and Richard Winn.

Honors: Lucas Anderson, James Berto, Adam Bonenfant, Faith Bonnell, Kole-Tai Carlezon, Bridget Connolly, Abigail Cordts, Shiela Corson, Summer Curran, Colby Cyr, Norah Davidson, Sean Decker, Dominic Denico, Nathan Evans, Cheyann Field, Gabrielle Forbes, Jada Fredette, Ella Giroux, Bryce Goff, Joshua Gower, Clara Grady, Tori Grasse, Alyssa Hale, Emma Harvey, Nicholas Hayden, Jesse Hayes, Gage Henderson, Ashley Huntley, Emily Jacques, Ricker Jean, Marisa Klemanski, Tristan Klemanski, Eleena Lee, Stephanie Libby, Brandon Loveland, William Mayberry, Reece McGlew, Grady Miller, Jamara Moore, Krysta Morris, Nathaniel Mosher, Alecia Paradis, Joseph Peaslee Jr, Isaak Peavey, Chloe Peebles, Matthew Picher, Hailei-Ann Reny, Jennifer Reny, Mitchel Reynolds, Andrew Robinson, Emily Rodriguez, Katelyn Rollins, Shawn Seigars, Serena Sepulvado, Santasia Sevigny, Nicholas Shelton, Danielle Shorey, Alissa Sleeper, Kayla Sleeper, Samuel Smith, Jacob Sutter, Nicole Taylor, Hailee Turner, Andrew Weymouth, Curtis Weymouth, Shirley Weymouth and Wesley Wood.


Lions announce winners



The Whitefield Lions Club, of Coopers Mills, sponsored area schools from Chelsea, Jefferson, Whitefield and Windsor in the 2016 Lions International Peace Poster contest with a theme of “A Celebration of Peace.” Winners include, front row, from left to right, Caleb Cyr, Windsor; Hannah Jackson, Whitefield; Abby St. Cyr, Jefferson; and Meagan Michaud, Chelsea. Back, Whitefield Lions President Cindy Lincoln, Barry Tibbetts, chairman of the Whitefield Lions poster contest.

Contributed photo