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Annual Sandcastle Contest

WINDHAM, NY – In celebration of the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Town of Windham and Windham Foundation will host the annual Stars & Stripes Sandcastle Contest at CD Lane Park on Saturday, July 2 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Check-in begins at 10:30.

“This event is all about families coming out to have fun,” said Windham Town Supervisor Thomas Hoyt adding that several new truck loads of sand were recently added to the beach.  Using tools of the trade— sand and water—plus whatever can be found in nature to decorate their creation, children in three age categories (3-6 yrs; 7-10 yrs; and 11-13 yrs) will have a chance to win prizes for the most creative or skillfully crafted sand structure. Extra points will be given for patriotic designs. 

Participants are encouraged to bring beach spades, shovels, and pails to facilitate their design. Beach chairs, blankets, towels, sun hats, sun block and bathing suits are also recommended. As a reminder, all participants must be accompanied by an adult. To top the day off, ice cream will be served, compliments of Hickory Hill Market. 

Registration forms can be found at: Email registration forms to or mail to Windham Town Hall, PO Box 96, Windham, NY 12496.

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2022 WAJ Scholarship Winners

2022  Scholarship Winners

Serena Beckman – WAJ Outstanding Student Award, George Mason University

Ariel Valencia– WAJ Goldman Gives Award, SUNY New Paltz

Cassandra Coe – BOCES Award, Culinary Institute of America

Kyle Donohue – WAJ Trade and Technical Award, SUNY Alfred

                     Serena Beckman                         Ariel Valencia                      Cassandra Coe                      Kyle Donohue

2021  Scholarship Winners

Erik Langdon Potts – WAJ Outstanding Student Award, Rochester Institute of Technology

Grace Moran – WAJ Goldman Gives Award, Columbia University

Faith Montie – WAJ Trade and Technical Award, SUNY Cobleskill

James Cofield – BOCES Award, Culinary Institute of America

                  Erik Langdon Potts                      Grace Moran                               Faith Montie                            James Cofield

2020  Scholarship Winners

Kimberly Gonzalez – WAJ Outstanding Senior Award, Siena College

Olivia Pedrick – WAJ Goldman Gives Award, Clark University

Jason Maeurer –  WAJ Trade and Technical Award, Culinary Institute of America

                                                  Kimberly Gonzalez                 Olivia Pedrick                   Jason Maeurer

2019  Scholarship Winners

Samantha Aplin – WAJ Outstanding Senior Award, SUNY Stonybrook

Caroline Sandleitner – WAJ Goldman Gives Award, SUNY Binghamton

Ryleigh Mele – WAJ Trade and Technical Award, SUNY Cobleskill

                                                          Samantha  Aplin                Ryleigh Mele            Caroline Sandleitner


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Windham Food Pantry

The Windham Foundation provided funds for the purchase of a new commercial refrigerator for the Windham Food Pantry when the old refrigerator ceased to work before the annual Thanksgiving food distribution to 100 local families.

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CD Lane Park Enhancement

CD Lane Fall Fest Success

Windham Foundation, in cooperation with the Town of Windham and the Windham Chamber of Commerce, sponsored the CD Lane Fall Fest on Saturday, October 10, 2020. It was a brilliant autumn day – rich with intense color.

“Nature out-performed herself and we couldn’t have been happier,” said Phyllis Parrish, Windham Foundation Board member.  “Most of all, the Fall Fest was a family day where families spent time together outdoors, having fun.”

The Fall Fest was a great success and attracted families of all ages and sizes.  People brought picnic lunches, played basketball, hiked the newly restored foot paths, and soaked up fresh air and sunshine while listening to “Steel” and “Four 26.”  Some attendees noted they had been watching the new developments to CD Lane Park over the summer. “It’s truly amazing what’s been done to preserve the park,” noted one enthusiast who frequently jogs to CD Lane Park.

We are grateful for everyone who donated to make this day possible!  “It’s just the beginning,” said Peter Shapiro, who helped spearhead the CD Lane enhancement project.  “While more donations will be needed to fund all of the initiatives, it was a remarkable day for our town and community.”

A special thank you to those who volunteered their time, resources and talents to help make this event a success!

A few volunteers who we could not have done this without: Rita Mary Vining who designed the CD Lane Park sign and trail markers, Smitty’s Nursery and Landscape for providing landscaping service for the park entrance and grounds, Charlie VanEtten for restoring sand to the beach area, and the Bentley’s for installing new mulch for the children’s’ playground.


Funding for CD Lane Park

Windham’s “Jewel,” C.D. Lane Park Sparks Improvements

Posted September 10, 2020 The Mountain Eagle, Windham Weekly

Clarence D. Lane Park, or “C.D. Lane Park,” as it is best known, is nestled in the Northern Catskill town of Windham, hamlet of Maplecrest. Its construction began in 1972 as part of a broader flood mitigation project. The park, as we now know it, was officially dedicated in 1982. It grew to include a softball diamond, soccer field, basketball court, playground, volleyball court, and picnic pavilion with BBQ grills, limited walking path, and a 26-acre lake and accompanied beach.

While this public space served the local community well for years, the earthen spillway was significantly damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, leaving this local gem in disrepair. Since then, the spillway was restored and the lake came back attracting birds, wildlife, and the occasional visitor. That was until the pandemic shutdown in March of this year as people searched for outdoor space for activities, fresh air, and the ability to socially distance, CD Lane was rediscovered. As usage increased, so did the realization the Park needed to be revitalized.

The Windham Foundation along with some area residents, teamed up with the Town of Windham to identify improvements that would enhance the park, with a mind toward attracting community families and preserving the park space for future generations.

With plans in place and initial funding from the Windham Foundation and a few residents, enhancements began late summer to update the basketball court, repair and paint the softball backstop, replace the volleyball net, replace and refurbish the grills and picnic benches, improve the existing walking path and create better access to another 1.5 mile walking path on the other side of the lake, re-landscape the front entrance, and expand the parking area. Additional work is slated for 2021 to expand the beach area and enhance the sand with an eye toward swimming, boating, and beach volleyball.

“Nothing could be better for families and kids,” said local resident and organizer Peter Shapiro. “With sports and activities cancelled, CD Lane Park is the place to go.”

The Windham Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance Windham and the mountaintop.

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