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Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
237 PM EST TUE NOV 25 2014

...A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL AFFECT THANKSGIVING TRAVEL...


All nonemergency municipal offices will be closed on the below schedule regarding observance of the following holidays:

Thanksgiving:

  • Closed on November 27th - 28th (Thursday & Friday)

Christmas:

  • Closing at Noon on Wednesday, December 24th
  • Closed December 25th - 26th (Thursday & Friday)

New Years:

  • Closing at Noon on Wednesday, December 31st
  • Closed on Thursday, January 1st

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Please take advantage of the online renewal services

Thank you,

 

Raymond Management and Staff

Town of Raymond

is seeking a member for the

RSU Withdrawal Committee

 

On November 4, 2014, the referendum question regarding whether to withdraw from the RSU #14 passed. Per Step 6 of Title 20-A MRSA §1466 the Board of Selectmen will be directed to appoint a Withdrawal Committee to develop a Withdrawal Agreement.

 

The four member Withdrawal Committee shall include:

One member from the municipal officers
One member from the general public.
One member from the group filing the petition.
One member of the
RSU#14 board who represents Raymond.

The Town of Raymond is seeking a Raymond citizen to serve as a the member from the “general public.” Applications for the Committee Appointment must be postmarked by Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to be considered by the Board of Selectmen for Appointment. Application can be found HERE or picked up at the Town Office during normal business hours.

 

Please return completed forms to:

Sue Look, Town Clerk

Town of Raymond

401 Webbs Mills Road

Raymond, Maine 04071


 

 

The Town of Raymond is also seeking a volunteer group of 9-15 concerned Raymond citizens to work on the RSU Withdrawal Study Subcommittee. This group will be the driving force in the investigation process and supporting the Withdrawal Committee as it proceeds forward with the RSU Withdrawal Process. Any and all are encouraged to to participate and background in accounting, school administration, and budgets are a plus.

 

Application can be found HERE or picked up at the Town Office during normal business hours.

 

Please return completed forms to:

Sue Look, Town Clerk

Town of Raymond

401 Webbs Mills Road

Raymond, Maine 04071

  • On September 2, 2014, the Board of Selectmen voted to include a referendum question on the November 4, 2014 ballot in response to a petition started this past January with 352 valid signatures (9/3/2014) in accordance with Title 20 MRSA §1466.
  • On November 4, 2014, the referundum question regarding whether to withdraw from the RSU passed (SEE RESULTS). The Board of Selectmen will reviewing the materials required for Step 5 (see below). 

The question would need to read:

Do you favor filing a petition for withdrawal with the board of directors of regional school unit RSU14 and with the Commissioner of Education, authorizing the withdrawal committee to expend $25,000 and authorizing the Raymond Board of Selectmen to issue notes in the name of the Town of Raymond or otherwise pledge the credit of the Town of Raymond in an amount not to exceed $25,000 for this purpose?”

Yes No

A Public Hearing was held on October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm.  To view the answers to the citizen questions Click Here.

Click to view INFORMATIONAL BROCHURE

For more information, please contact Town Manager Don Willard at 207-655-4742 x 131 or 207-650-9001.

News Articles:

October 12, 2014 Public Hearing:

For an outline of the process click HERE for a PDF (Updated 11/24/14)

 

 
 
 
 
 

Thank you to all who submitted responses to the 2014 Community Survey. Tentatively, results will be presented at the January Board of Selectmen's meeting. 

 

 

Click cover to explore all that Raymond has to offer!

 

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Citizens seeking to burn brush, wood debris or agricultural fields now have the option to obtain their open burning permits electronically. The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Forestry announced that it has expanded the online burn permit system statewide. Traditional hand-written burn permits are still available, but the online system allows permits to be acquired 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing that the fire danger is not high.
 

The Town of Raymond is seeking one member to serve on the Planning Board, which meets the second Wednesday of the month as needed.

As well as an alternate to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals, which meets on the last Monday of the month as needed.

Please contact Sue Look, Town Clerk, at 655-4742 x 121 for more information or to apply.

 

 

 

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Call for Photos

We’re seeking photos of local scenery and activities for this year's Town Report and also to create a slideshow for the town website. If you'd like attribution in the Report, please be sure to include your name; the locale or activity would be helpful, too. For the website slideshow, we'd prefer to run the photos without text, so please specify that both uses are either OK or not. The formats should be jpg, jpeg, png, tif, or gif. Send them as e-mail attachments to john.hanley@raymondmaine.org, or e-mail John to discuss other delivery methods. Thank you!

The bus service operates five days a week serving the Rte. 302 corridor from Naples to Portland.  The list of bus stops, a map and schedule are below.  Bus service will be provided in two shifts,  from 6:00 a.m. to 11:45 and 3:00 p.m. to 8:20 p.m.  RTP will be using a 22 passenger diesel-hybrid bus for the route.  The bus provides wheel chair accessibility and has a bike rack.  See RTP website for additional current information, including updated schedules, fares, and stops.

                
          

(Click to browse brochure for fares and route information)

(PDF Version Available HERE)

 

(Information as of 09-23-14)

Annual Tree Lighting

Each year the Raymond Village Library, in collaboration with the Raymond Lions Club sponsors the tree lighting on the library lawn. Everyone is invited, bring friends and relatives, join in the carol singing, enjoy the refreshments and the youngsters are invited to a special story time at 4:30 at the library. There will also be a special guest for the little ones. All this on Sunday, November 30 at 5:00pm.

Basket Sale

All types and sizes of decorated baskets with fun, interesting and unusual gifts inside, are on sale now through the holidays at the Raymond Village Library. Be sure to check them out when you come into the library, you can’t miss them. They can be that perfect present for teachers, hostesses or a special friend.

Annual Bake and Gift Basket Sale

On Sunday, December 14 from 10am to 4pm the library will have tables filled with decorative cookies, delicious pastries, yummy pies, breads, candies and all kinds of scrumptious sweets presented in festive wrappings. These goodies will help cut down on your holiday baking and make thoughtful gifts.

There will also be the unique and reasonably-priced Holiday Gift Baskets for sale at this time.

Those who are donating items to the bake sale are asked to bring them to the library on Saturday, December 13 between 4:00 and 6:00pm. This enables those working on the sale to get them arranged and priced for the next day.

Story Time December Hours

There will be no story times the weeks of December 25 and January 1. The children’s programs will resume on January 5 at 10:30. For more information, call the library at 655-4283.

At a Glance

  • Tuesday, November 4 – Election Day – Remember to vote
  • Monday, November 10 – Pajama Story Time, 6:00pm at the library
  • Thursday, November 13 – Knit and Crochet Party, 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the library
  • Thursday, November 20 – Book Group meets at the library at 7:00pm
  • Sunday, November 23 – Basket Sale begins at the library at 10:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday, November 30 – Annual Tree Lighting at the library at 5:00pm
  • Mondays – Baby/Toddler Story Times at 10:30am
  • Wednesdays – Preschool Story Times 10:30am

Election Day

We encourage all residents of Raymond to exercise their right and privilege to vote. As you leave, be sure to check out the library trifold to see what your Raymond Village Library can offer.

Pajama Story Time

We are so pleased to have, Maine Children’s author, Tamra Wight, at the Raymond Village Library’s Pajama Story Time at the library on Monday, November 10 at 6:00pm.
Tamra has written two books about the adventures of Cooper and Packrat, two friends who join together at a campground to solve mysteries. Her first book is Mystery on Pine Lake and book two in this series is Mystery of the Eagle’s Nest.

We invite kids of all ages and parents to come and enjoy the stories and refreshments. Be sure to come early and remember PJ’s are the recommended outfit for the evening. For more information call the library at 655-4283.

Knit and Crochet Party

We invite all knitters and those who crochet to the first Knit and Crochet Party held at the Raymond Village Library on Thursday, November 13 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Come and socialize with others and make a hat, scarf, mittens or any other item you wish. Bring ideas and have fun sharing! Bring your own patterns and needles, if you have them. Refreshments will be served.

The library is beginning a Needle and Hook Lending Library and already there is quite a collection of straight and circular needles, crochet hooks and a large stash of yarn, which can be crocheted or knitted by you. If you wish you can donate these items to the library to sell, in order to benefit the Knitting Needle/Crochet Hook Lending Library.

Book Group

November will be Readers Choice of your favorite Maine Writer, any genre: Humor, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction, Historical, Theater or Poetry. We will meet at the library on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm. All readers are invited. For more information call 655-4283.

Wish List for Gift Basket Fundraiser

Our gift baskets are sought after during the Holidays, and your donations of a few items will help make this holiday fundraiser a success.

Suggestions: Clean, small to medium sized baskets; Clean basket stuffing/decorative colored straw/shred; Cellophane basket bags – medium to large; Antique or new – tea cups, coffee mugs and soup mugs; Packets of individually packed cookies, chips, popcorn or other snacks; Individually wrapped hard candies, candy canes, and chocolates; Mini packs of tea, coffee, cider mix, hot chocolate or soup; Small holiday wooden, or plastic tree decorations; Holiday stems of silk flower; Small gift items or knickknacks or toys – for man, woman or child; Small gift books – for man, woman or child.

Any of these donated items may be brought to the library from October 20 until November 16 during regular library hours.

Volunteers will be needed to help put the baskets together on Saturday. November 22 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Please come and donate whatever amount of time you are able. A sign-up sheet will be available at the library. There will be a short “how-to session” given, then the fun begins! Refreshments will be served.

Basket Sale

Our popular gift baskets will be going on sale Sunday, November 23 in time for Thanksgiving. There will be all sizes and types of baskets filled with goodies and gifts for holiday gifting. These are perfect when you are looking for a present for a hostess, teacher, or special friend. They will be available at the library during regular library hours through December until they are all gone.

Annual Tree Lighting

The Annual Tree Lighting will take place on the library lawn Sunday, November 30 at 5:00pm. This community event is sponsored by the Raymond Lions Club in conjunction with the Raymond Village Library and begins the Holiday Season each year in Raymond. All are invited to attend: carolers will entertain and refreshments are available. There will be a special story time beginning in the library at 4:30pm, conducted by Lisa Davison, youth services assistant.

 

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Informational brochure HERE

 

The "Be the Influence" campaign's mission is to promote community collaboration and positive choices in an effort to reduce substance use and abuse. 

View the Resolution HERE

Their Vision is to:

  • Provide support and resources to all stakeholders
  • Communicate consistent messages given in and to our community
  • Support positive and healthy choices
  • Assure young adults that they live in a community that cares about them
  • Raise awareness that Decisions Matter... Be the Influence

For more information visit the website

 

 

Other partners:

  • Town of Windham
  • Windham Police Department
  • Maine Sheriff's Association
  • Lakes Region Weekly
  • RSU #14 
  • Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce
  • The Opportunity Alliance

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Raymond Village Church "Gathering Space",
Held Every Monday Morning at the Church

GATHERING JUST TO CHAT: (l-r) Bob Metz, Nate Rand, Frank Morrison, and Natalie McComb talk about everything under the sun at the weekly "Gathering Space" at Raymond Village Community Church (RVCC). Every Monday morning, 10:00am - noon, Gathering Space gives anyone who is interested a chance to drop by for coffee or tea, a chat, card games, crafts, catching up on Village news, etc. Raymond Village Church is at 27 Maine St., Raymond Center. For more information, contact the Church Office at 655-7749

RAYMOND VILLAGE COMMUNITY CHURCH (RVCC) OPENS COMMUNITY “GATHERING SPACE” FOR THIS SUMMER IN COOL CHURCH VESTRY

Starting June 16, the Vestry of the Raymond Village Community Church will be open every Monday from 10:00am to noon for anyone wanting to escape the summer heat, enjoy a glass of lemonade, iced tea, or cup of coffee, or share some time with friends and other community members.

Our Church sits right in the middle of Raymond Center and our Vestry stays cool on the hottest days”, says Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor. “We thought it would be great to give people a place to escape the heat, read or play a game, and maybe have a chat with their neighbors. This is simply one more way we can be of service to our community.”

There is no set program or agenda. People are encouraged to bring knitting, crafts, games, or just a good book. “Most of all, we just want people to bring themselves.” Says Rev. Foran. “We hope this will be an opportunity to make some new friends, have some quiet fun, and relax.”

Ironically, the idea for Gathering Space first developed last winter when, in the midst of one of our many snowstorms, Rev. Foran found herself reflecting on how isolating a rural Maine winter can be. “I asked myself whether our church could be a warm spot for people trying to keep their heating bills down or for people just wanting a bit of company to combat the blahs. And then I wondered: If such a place is needed in the winter, what about the summer as well?"

The Church’s mission coordinators and Council discussed and approved the idea. One day a week may well expand to two or more days a week if demand warrants.   Gathering Space will be staffed by Church volunteers.

RVCC: Small Church, BIG Heart!

Raymond Village Community Church is a United Church of Christ congregation. It is a diverse faith community embracing tolerance, committed to missions and outreach, singing joyfully, and welcoming all people no matter where they are on their faith journey. For more information about RVCC, contact Rev. Nancy Foran, Pastor, at 655-7749 or revnancy@rvccme.org

The Town of Raymond 2014-2015 Annual Budget/Town Warrant is now available online to be viewed and/or downloaded here. Published versions should be available at the town office by Thursday, May 29th. Call ahead.

Town staff is currently updating the www.raymondmaine.org business section of website. If you would like to remain on the website, have your information updated or be added, please complete and return this FORM

Contact Danielle Loring 207-655-4742 x 133 for more information. 

Position Available

Raymond Waterways Protective Association is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Part Time Program Manager. Qualified candidates will possess outstanding written and verbal communications skills, relevant management experience, and knowledge of the principles of watershed stewardship. The successful candidate will have primary supervisory authority over two RWPA internal programs: the Courtesy Boat Inspection program (CBI) and the Diver Assisted Suction Harvester (DASH) program. These programs are conducted at/on the lakes within the RWPA charter area: Panther Pond, Crescent Lake, Thomas Pond, and along the RT 302 corridor of Sebago Lake within the geographic boundary of the Town of Raymond. Tasks will include recruiting, vetting, presenting potential hires for both programs to the RWPA Board of Directors, and providing for the training of future hires in the safe operation of the DASH boat and the purpose and objectives of the CBI program. The PM will create and maintain an inventory of current and acquired RWPA equipment and maintain required documentation for the completion of monthly and year-end reporting. It is not envisioned that the Program Manager would actively participate in either program other than a short orientation period. The PM will report monthly to the BOD on the status of program operations, challenges, and future needs. This is seasonal work and is expected to begin in April 2014 with a reduced level of effort (40hrs/mo) and build through the summer months to approximately 80hrs/month. Additional duties may be added if the successful candidate has the skills and desire and funding is available.

Questions about this announcement should be directed to the RWPA President: Bob Chapin, 207 655-1028 or cell 571 217-1700.

Interested parties are encouraged to submit resumes by
28 February 2014 by mail to:

Robert Chapin
35 Pulpit Rock Road
Raymond, ME 04071

or by email (preferred):  Chapin780@aol.com.

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The 2013 Town of Raymond Annual Report is now available. Published versions can be picked up at the town office or it can be viewed and/or downloaded here.

STRATEGIC PLAN SURVEY 

The Raymond Village Library is seeking public input in
the development of its Strategic Plan.

Your input is very important for future planning at RVL.

After completing the survey, your name will be
put in a drawing for a $75 Amazon Card. 

Please share your opinions and a few minutes of your time by
completing the Strategic Plan Survey at Raymond Village Library Survey.

Thank you for helping to make our Library
an important part of the Raymond community.

Questions?
Call the library at (207) 655-4283 or e-mail Library Director Sally Holt.

The Town of Raymond and Raymond Public Safety Department have compiled a firework safety brochure (PDF Version). Hardcopies will be available at the Town Office, Public Safety Building and various real estate and shopping/dining locations around town!

Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of Iberdrola USA, will perform tree trimming work in 16 communities in Southern Maine over the coming weeks. The work along utility lines is part of a $25 million annual vegetation management program to improve the reliability of its transmission and distribution lines.

 

 

RVCC Youth Group members Collette Boure and Bryce Sullivan spent this a chilly weekend (Nov. 10-11) with 40 other Maine United Church of Christ youth volunteers and their adult leaders cutting, splitting, hauling, and stacking over ten cords of wood to help heat buildings at the H.O.M.E. Mission Cooperative in Orland, Maine.

The RVCC Youth Group offers Service, Social, and Spiritual opportunities for area youth, 5th Grade through High School. All are welcome to participate in monthly Pizza & Movie Nights, mission and service trips and projects, and “just for fun” activities throughout the year. For information, contact Rev. Nancy Foran at the Church Office: 655-7749.

For 42 years, H.O.M.E. has been feeding, clothing, educating, employing, and sheltering unemployed and under-employed people in the Mid-Coast region. H.O.M.E. is part of the world-wide Emmaus Communities (http://www.planet-emmaus.org/)

RVCC: Little Church, Big Heart

Learn the Basics about e-Books, e-Readers and Computers

New to e-books? Have you been given an e-reader but haven’t got it figured out yet, or do you just want to find out more about them? You are invited to join Patrick Therrien and Jared Leadbetter from the Maine State Library in this two-hour introduction to the digital world of e-reading. You can expect to see a few of the more popular devices demonstrated, and to learn about some of the available resources out there, including the state-wide Overdrive Digital Library and other free services. Join us on August 22nd from 10-12am at the Raymond Village Library.

Patrick Therrien from the Maine State Library is back on August 29th from 10-12am to teach a two-hour introductory class on Basic Computer Skills. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn basic computer terminology and operating computer tasks and also gain an understanding of the Windows interface and the World-Wide Web. Patrick will be bringing ten laptops for the class to use.

Since space is limited for these free programs, please call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 or come by to register.

Local news forecasters on 25th  August 2011, predict we will likely be on the east side of a tropical storm which will effect Maine on Sunday, 28 August  into Monday, 29 August 2011 meaning we would experience the wind side of the storm with sustained ground level winds of 40 and 73 MPH, and heavy amounts of rain are possible. Storms such as this effect power grid systems and travel, can cause flooding, blocked roads, and extensive power outages.

Some important  items for preparedness are but are not limited to:

  • Have at least 1 gallon of drinking water on hand for each person for 3 to 7 days.
  • Fill bath tubs so you can dip with a bucket and use for toilet flush water when needed.
  • Make sure flashlights work and you have extra batteries.
  • For parents with infants have extra baby formula and diapers on hand.
  • Make sure cell phones are fully charged.
  • Have canned goods with manual opener and or non perishable foods for up to 7 days.
  • Make sure medication prescriptions are filled so as not to run out if trees block a road or a road washes out.
  • Keep some cash on hand in  case computer systems are effected by the storm.
  • Make sure vehicle fuel tanks are full.
  • Have a battery operated radio on hand and stock up on extra batteries.
  • Fuel and test generators and generator circuits.

Other things to consider are:

  • This may be a good time to have dead trees or branches over or near your home removed.
  • Folks in flood prone areas should have a predetermined place to go if a flood occurs. Plan for pet care or sheltering as well. Take important papers such as insurance documents with you.
  • If you have had issues with flooded basements in the past make sure to move valuables to shelving above water levels or remove them from the basement.
  • Check sump pumps make sure they are in working order, and that the generator circuit runs the pump if the power does go out.
  • If needed, place generators safely away from  the building and away from openings which will allow Carbon monoxide in your home.
  • Secure lawn furniture and other loose items in the yard so they do not become wind blown projectiles.
  • Never leave candles or lanterns unattended, or in use when sleeping.
  • Do not place candles on combustible surfaces.
  • If cooking on a grill charcoal or propane do not use it inside a structure due to Carbon Monoxide risks.

As always, in an emergency call 911

This Week at a Glance...

November 25, 2014
Conservation Committee Meeting
7:00pm @ Raymond Broadcast Studio

November 27-28, 2014
THANKSGIVING
All municipal non-emergency office buildings closed

See Calendar for more event listings.
All meetings held at Raymond Studio are broadcast live and replayed on TWC channels 2 (government) or 3 (school) and available on under video archives for instant viewing as well as LIVE Streaming

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