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The Planning Board agenda item scheduled for the September 10, 2014:

3. New Business:

a) Town of Raymond
     Location: 0 Valley Road (Proposed Repeater Lane)
     Map/Lot: 016-Lot 092-100
     Rural Zone
Reason: Applicant is requesting approval for an access road and communications
tower for the Public Safety and Public Works departments.
 
Has been rescheduled for the October meeting because of a date error with the abutter notices.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

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).

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

There will be a Public Hearing held on October 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm at either the Raymond Broadcast Studio or Jordan-Small Middle School Gym (both located at 423 Webbs Mills Road). 

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

News Articles:

Below is a brief outline describing the process or click HERE for a PDF:

NOTICE:

Valley Road will be closed to through traffic starting Monday, September 29th through Friday, October 3rd from 7:30am to 3:30pm for culvert work. 

Pavement grinding and surface work will begin Monday, October 6th and will continue for about a week and a half (Monday-Friday, 7:30am to 3:30pm).

Please plan travel routes accordingly and use caution and patience when going through construction sites. Please contact Public Works Director Nathan White at 207-653-3641if you have any questions.

Thank you.

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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.

 

 

This is it, the Raymond Road Runner is now back as a online resource of municipal and community news, announcements and events. Articles and image content can be submitted via email for publication to roadrunner@raymondmaine.org or dropped off at the Town Office on CD. Submitted content must be from individuals authorized on behalf of the town office, board, committee or organization that it pertains to. Out of town submitted content will be judged suitable for publication by its relevance or benefit to the residents of Raymond.

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)

Raymond Village Church Brings
Unique Portable Meditation Labyrinth
to the Lakes Region

If you’ve ever been curious about what a labyrinth is or what it’s like to walk one, you can find out Saturday and Sunday, October 4th and 5th. That is when the Raymond Village Community Church (RVCC) will have the Bowdoin College portable labyrinth available to the public in the RVCC Vestry on Main St. in Raymond Center.

Says Rev. Nancy Foran, RVCC Pastor, “A labyrinth experience is a walking meditation, a path to quiet the mind, nourish the spirit, and become more closely attuned to yourself and to God. We are so grateful to Bowdoin College for agreeing to loan this portable labyrinth to us.”

There are many ways and reasons to walk a labyrinth - as a form of prayer, for centering, problem solving, reflection, or inspiration. Says Foran, “There is no "right" way to walk or experience a labyrinth. Each time is different. Each time is personal.”

Labyrinths are spiritual tools that have been used by many cultures and religious traditions. Labyrinths of many different designs have been found at ancient sites all over the world. A labyrinth is a geometric pattern that has a well-defined pathway winding its way to the center and back out again. Unlike a maze, there are no tricks, wrong turns, or dead ends - and you cannot get lost. During the Middle Ages, labyrinths were designed into the floors of many European Cathedrals - the most famous being Chartres Cathedral in France.

The labyrinth will be open to the public at the following times:

  • Saturday, October 4 – 2:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sunday, October 5 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

There will be information on labyrinths available, including suggestions for making the most of your walk.

For more information, contact Rev. Foran by email at revnancy@rvvcme.org or by phone at the Church Office: 655-7749.

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 warmly 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

  • Wednesday, October 1 – Alice Oldford, author, 6:30pm at the library
  • Monday, October 6 – Sock Knitting Classes begin, 6-8pm at the library
  • Wednesday, October 8 – Publicity Committee Meeting, 4:00pm
  • Thursday, October 9 – Speaker on Women’s Health, 6:00pm at the library
  • Monday, October 13 – Columbus Day, the library is closed
  • Wednesday, October 15 – Annual Board Meeting, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 22 – Josh Christie, Maine author, speaks on brewing beer, 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 30 – Book Group, 7:00pm at the library
  • Mondays – Baby/Toddler Storytimes, at 10:30 am at the library
  • Wednesdays – Preschoolers Storytimes 10:30am at the library

Is There a Book in You?

Alice Oldford, is the author of the book, Recipes and Life: Life is Too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen, a collection of practical and inspirational stories and kitchen tips. She adds a sprinkling of recipes and some creative ideas as well as old favorites. A special and surprising homemade recipe treat will be available for tasting. Alice will also discuss how to get “a book out of your head and to print”. Books will be available for signing.

This will be at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30. This is a free program open to the public. Please call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 to reserve your place.

Sock Knitting Classes

If you know the basics, knit, purl, increase and decrease – you definitely qualify for this class! These socks will make great Christmas gifts. An informational handout that explains what to expect each week will be sent to registered participants prior to October 6. This class will take place at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, beginning Monday, October 6 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. It will continue for 6 classes with Georgette Ouellette as instructor. Call the library at 655-4283 for more information.

Speaker on Women’s Health

On Thursday, October 9 the main library will close at 6:00pm, and the Raymond Village Library will host Deborah Cowens, An Adult Nurse Practitioner specializing in Gynecology, Nutrition, Native American Holistic Healing and author of A Gift for Healing.  She will speak on how the anatomy of a women’s menstrual cycle can hold the key to successful transition through peri-menopause and menopause. Join in a personal discussion on health topics such as cycle variations, importance of thyroid function, breast health, osteoporosis, liver health and prudent use of hormones. Biodentical and synthetic hormones will be detailed to understand the role of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women’s health. The program will begin at 6:00pm and go to 8:00pm. The fee for this course is $14. Call Adult Ed at 892-1819 to register.

Columbus Day

The Raymond Village Library will be closed on Monday, October 13 in celebration of Columbus Day.

Annual Board Meeting

The Annual Board Meeting will take place at the library on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00PM. There will be a review of the year and election of trustees and officers. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Maine Beer: Brewing in Vacationland

Maine author and beer blogger John Christie will share the history of brewing in the state, from post-Prohibition Maine to the unique and inventive beer culture that flourishes today. He’ll provide a variety of recommendations, including historically significant beer, his own personal favorites and local beers. Josh’s book will be available for purchase and signing and combines a history of early brewing in Maine and a guide to every brewery to open in the state since the resurgence of the Maine craft beer industry in the 1980’s. Josh will bring a variety of beers for tasting. He will be at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Rte 121, Raymond on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30PM. This is a free program and open to the public. Please pre-register by calling the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283.

Book Group

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak is the book chosen for October. The story, narrated by Death, is set during World War ll in Germany and is about Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out her existence by stealing, when she encounters something she can’t resist – books.  With the help of her accordion playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids and with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. This is a story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

Children’s Storytime

On Mondays at 10:30am – the Baby/Toddlers Storytimes.
On Wednesdays at 10:30am – Preschoolers Storytimes.
For more information, call the library at 655-4283.

Halloween Treats

Each year the residents in the Raymond Village Area receive up to 400 trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The Raymond Village Library helps out by collecting goodies, which will be distributed to the neighborhood. We ask our generous patrons to donate whatever treats they can, to placate the “little goblins”. Please bring your donations into the library, by Sunday, October 26, so they can be passed out in time. In this way we continue to be the wonderful community that we all appreciate and enjoy being part of.

Beautiful Blossoms

We have the Raymond Beautification Committee to thank for the planting and maintaining of the beautiful plants and colorful flowers in the front of the library. Many visitors have commented on the lovely landscaping around the library. Many thanks for this wonderful service you have provided.

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

Reach Out and Touch Some Sensational Maine Bluegrass: Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection are coming to the Raymond Village Community Church, Raymond Center, Maine, Saturday October 11 starting at 7:00pm (performer bios included, photo attached)

Maine’s own Erica Brown will be bringing her sensational fiddle playing, soulful voice, and wonderful band; the Bluegrass Connection, to the intimate 150-seat Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street in Raymond Center, Saturday, October 11, starting at 7:00pm – the latest in an ongoing series of Raymond Village Community Concerts.

Bluegrass fans in Maine know Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection for their musicianship, tight harmonies, and broad bluegrass repertoire. Brown’s extraordinary fiddling; the outcome of both classical violin training and over two decades of devotion to her French-Canadian musical heritage, provides a unique and powerful addition.

Noted for its excellent acoustics, unusual trompe l’oeil decoration, and intimate feeling, the Raymond Village Community Church is a great place to hear any music, especially music this good. It seems that most of the time, the better the music, the bigger the venue.  But thanks to contributions from parishioners and the community, RVCC is able to bring first-class music to a setting where the majority of seats are closer to the performers than the first row in most venues.

Tickets for the concert are $12.00 and may be reserved by calling 939-7947. They also will be available at the door the day of the show.  

For further information about the concert, contact Frank Morrison by phone at 627-3351 or by e-mail at marpo@maine.rr.com.  

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 warmly 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

Bios – Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection

Erica Brown is not yet 30 years old, but has been playing the violin and fiddle for 24 of those years, touring from Louisiana to Canada. The Maine Arts Commission has recognized her as a Master Artist. She teaches violin and fiddle at the Community Music Center, known as “317 Main Street” in Yarmouth.

Matt Shipman has been performing for over 10 years and has been teaching guitar and mandolin at Community Music Center for 5 years. He and Erica also perform as the duo; Darlin’ Corey. Matt currently resides in Portland.

Steve Roy is best known for his bass playing, but he also plays and teaches mandolin, guitar and fiddle. Like Matt, he lives in Portland and teaches at the Community Music Center. He also performs in a wide variety of jazz, rock, country, rockabilly and folk groups

Ken Taylor has been accompanying Erica for over 8 years, keeping the band tight with his solid upright bass. Originally a guitarist whose forte was folk music, he got bit by the bluegrass bug and has been at it ever since.

Read McNamara started playing banjo as a teenager. After he inherited his grandfather’s Gibson banjo, he graduated from high school and hit the road, moving to Virginia and touring full-time up and down the East Coast. Read now lives in Limerick.

To Welcome New School Year, Local Church Will
Bless Student Backpacks, Seeks School Supplies for Needy Communities in U.S. and Abroad

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Rev. Nancy Foran 650-7845, nancy1@maine.rr.com

All area parents and their children (pre-K through 6th Grade) are cordially invited to the annual Blessing of the Backpacks during the Sunday, September 14 service at the Raymond Village Community Church (UCC) in Raymond Center. The service begins at 10:00am and lasts about one hour.  

“Each year, we conduct this blessing to acknowledge and celebrate the children of the Lakes Region and to wish them Godspeed as they return to school.” said RVCC Pastor Nancy Foran. “They truly are our future, and we want to do everything we can to help them realize just how special they are.”

The service is also an opportunity for people to donate school supplies for the education kits the Church assembles to distribute to impoverished communities elsewhere in the United States and abroad. Families who attend the service are asked to buy a few extra school items and to bring them to the service, things like pencils, erasers, simple spiral-bound notebooks, rulers, and blunt-nosed scissors to be collected during the service.

Children bring their donations of school supplies forward in their backpacks during the service. “They get a graphic lesson in the power of community giving when they see all their contributions pile up.” Foran said.  

For more information about the service, please contact the Church Office at 655-7749 or by e-mail at office@rvccme.org.

RVCC sends its school kits to be distributed by Church World Service in needy American communities and in over 30 countries around the world. Last year, member churches assembled, and CWS distributed, over 40,000 school kits in the U.S. and overseas.

Church World Service is a global humanitarian mission of 35 Christian denominations. The CWS website may be found at: www.cwsglobal.org.  CWS is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and is listed with Charity Navigator.

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 warmly 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

Last Pot Roast Supper of the Year at
Raymond Village Community Church (RVCC),
Saturday, September 20, 2014

For More Information, Contact: Tom Wiley, twiley2@maine.rr.com   

The last Raymond Village Community Church pot roast supper for 2014 will take place Saturday, September 20, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at the Church. Tender, flavorful sliced pot roast with RVCC’s special gravy, carrots, mashed potatoes and green beans, rolls and beverages, and a “dessert of the month” (this month: a choice of Apple Crisp or Gingerbread!). Suppers are $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12.  Don't miss it!  

The Raymond Village Community Church is conveniently located at 27 Main St. in Raymond Village, ½ mile off Route 302, just north of the Raymond commercial area.
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 warmly 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

At a Glance

  • Wednesday, September 3 – Pre-school Story Time resumes at 10:30am
  • Wednesday, September 3 – Maine authors, John Ford, Sr. and Mark Nickerson program, 6:30pm
  • Monday, September 8 – Baby/Toddler Story Time resumes at 10:30am
  • Monday, September 8 – Beginner’s Sock Knitting Class from 6pm till 8pm
  • Tuesday, September 23 - Adult Ed Class, “Marriage and Money”, 6 – 7:30pm at the library
  • Wednesday, September 24 – Adult Ed Class, “Understanding Your Mobile Devices”’
  •  3:30 – 5:30pm at the library
  • Thursday, September 25 – Book Group, 7:00pm at the library
  • Wednesday, October 1 – Author Alice Oldford will speak at the library, 6:30pm

AUTHOR VISITS AT THE RAYMOND VILLAGE LIBRARY

In The Woods and On The Road

The Raymond Village Library is pleased to present John Ford, Sr., author of Suddenly the Cider didn’t Taste so Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine and This Cider Tastes Funny: Further Adventures of a Maine Game Warden and Mark Nickerson, author of Blue Lights in the Night: Real Live Stories of a Maine State Trooper.

Ford and Nickerson will be sharing their humorous and harrowing experiences on Wednesday, September 3 at 6:30pm. Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Route 121. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This program is free and open to the public. Please pre-register at the library or by calling the library at 655-4283.

Is There a Book in You?

On Wednesday, October 1, Alice Oldford, author of Recipes and Life: Life is too Short to be Stuck in the Kitchen, a collection of practical and inspirational stories and kitchen tips. She adds a sprinkling of recipes and creative ideas as well as old favorites.

A special and surprising homemade recipe treat will be available for tasting. Alice will also discuss how to get “a book out of your head and to print”. This is a free program, open to the public. We do ask people to pre-register by signing up at the library or calling 655-4283 to have their name added to the list.


ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES AT THE RAYMOND VILLAGE LIBRARY

The Raymond Village Library, in collaboration with the Windham-Raymond Adult Ed Program will be holding the following classes at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Route 121, telephone 655-4283.

Marriage and Money – Is your marriage struggling due to financial stress?
We guide couples getting married and those currently married to achieve a healthy financial relationship. We help relieve you of any financial burdens and stress so that you can have a successful marriage. Couples will learn how to: Create a household budget and stick to it; Pay down any debt accrued; Start saving for your future together; Plan for the unexpected; As a couple, create a total financial game plan. Instructor: Crystal Rogers, Primerica Financial Representative. Held on Tuesday, September 23, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, for one session. It is FREE (pre-registration is required by calling 892-1819).

High School Diploma and On-Line Learning

Take classes and earn credits toward completing your high school diploma. We have traditional classroom or small group instruction, self-study and even on-site computer based learning opportunities. Call Lisa Robertson at 892-1819 NOW to schedule an appointment to discuss these flexible, high-quality, interactive solutions. Rolling admission. Instructor: Sam Gifford, Monday 9/8 -12/15, 5:00pm – 8:00pm. New location for these Monday classes! Raymond Village Library.

HiSET/Math Lab

HiSet pre-testing, test taking strategies and skill building are offered to prepare students for successful completion of the new High School Equivalency Test (HiSet). Rolling Admission. Instructor: Sam Gifford. Monday, 9/8 – 12/15 5:00pm – 8:00pm. At the Raymond Village Library.

Understanding Your Mobile Device/Tablet

All the new technology out there can cause one’s head to spin! Just what can they do? What is the difference between Kindle, Android, iPad or what kind of SMART phone would be best for you? What if I only want to listen to music… or surf the “net”? What can each of these devices really do? Join us for a quick demonstration of different devices and a chance for you to ask your burning questions about the ever changing world of technology. Instructor, Adam Dawes. Wednesday, 9/24 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Fee: $9


Book Group

The book group will meet at the library on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00pm, to discuss Khalid Hosseini’s novel, And the Mountains Echoed. In this tale about parents and children – brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another. The story follows its characters and their lives, choices and loves – from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos, becoming more complex and powerful with each page.

All interested readers are invited to come and join in what should be a very interesting discussion. The book will be available upon request at the library. For more information call 655-4283.

Knitting Socks

Have you always wanted to knit something pretty as well as useful, but just didn’t even know how to knit? Then this is for you!! A perfect opportunity to learn how to knit and have fun at the same time. Georgette Ouellette will be starting a Beginner’s Knitting Course at the Raymond Village Library on Monday, September 8, at 6pm until 8pm. The class will meet four consecutive Mondays ending on September 29. The cost is $30. For more information or to register for the class, call the library at 655-4283

Children’s Story Times Resume

The weekly story times will resume beginning on Wednesday, September 3 at 10:30am for the pre-school children and on Monday, September 8 at 10:30am for the Babies and Toddlers. There will be a special treat this year on the second Wednesdays of each month. Wendy Pond from Classic Paws Inc., will attend the pre-school story time with a reading dog. For more information, please call the library at 655-4283.

Book Sale

The Annual Book Sale is now over and we wish to thank all the wonderful supporters who purchased one, two or more of the many books, puzzles, audio books, and DVD’s that were on sale.

Although the main book sale has ended, the library continues to have an ever-changing collection of books for sale throughout the year. Be sure to check each time you come in.

At a Glance

  • Tuesday, July 29 – Star gazing at Hacker Hill after dark
  • Wednesday, August 6 – Summer Reading Program presents Fire Safety, 10:30am outside at the library
  • Tuesday, August 12 – Star gazing at Hacker Hill after dark
  • Sunday, August 17 – Dog Safety, 10:30am outside at the library- the conclusion of the Summer Reading Program.
  • Sunday, August 24 – The end of the Annual Book Sale
  • Wednesday, August 27 – Book Group, 7:00pm at the library
  • Monday, September 1 – Labor Day, the library will be closed

Summer Reading Program Calendar

As part of the summer reading program the Raymond Fire Department will present a Fire Safety Program outside the Raymond Village Library at 10:30 on Wednesday, August 6.

On Tuesday, July 29 and August 12, Family Star Gazing Night will occur after dark on Hacker Hill, off Quaker Ridge Road in Casco. Join Ed Gleason from the University of Maine Planetarium and David Manchester, a member of Southern Maine Astronomers, who will be available for help and to answer questions. We are all wishing for beautiful clear skies to view the meteor showers and gaze at stars.  

This summer’s reading program will end on Sunday, August 17 with a Dog Safety Program at 10:30, outside the library, followed by a party with games and prizes.

We wish to thank the Gorham Savings Bank for sponsoring the Summer Reading Program and the Loon Echo Trust, which made the star gazing program possible.

Remember in case of inclement weather, the library programs will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building. For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283.

Annual Book Sale                   

The book sale which began in July will be ending on Sunday, August 24.  Until then the library is filled with books of all kinds. There are books for light beach reading, some recent fiction, great non-fiction and classics to add to your collections, as well as cookbooks, books on gardening, sewing, carpentry, as well as children’s books for all ages. Be sure to come in often because we receive new items throughout the sale.

Book Group

The book group will meet at the library on Wednesday, August 27 at 7:00pm to discuss the novel, The  Burgess Boys, by Maine author Elizabeth Strout.

This is a novel of family relationships and the effect of guilt and redemption. It is a novel of character rather than plot. It is also a novel whose beautiful prose is to be savored and enjoyed. So we invite all interested readers to join us in discussing this well-written, intriguing story.

The book is available upon request at the library. For more information, please call the library at 655-4283.

An Easy Way to Help your Library

One way to financially benefit your library, is to pick up the green Clynk bags available at the desk (ask for them if you don’t see them) and fill them with your recyclable cans and bottles. Once filled just bring them into the local Hannaford Supermarket. The library will receive the money from the deposit to benefit the library’s material and services.

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.

POT ROAST SUPPERS RETURN TO THE
RAYMOND VILLAGE COMMUNITY CHURCH (RVCC),
BEGINNING SATURDAY, MAY 17

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Tom Wiley, twiley2@maine.rr.com

Back by popular demand! RVCC will be serving its famous pot roast dinner at all public suppers this year. From May through September the menu will be tender, flavorful sliced pot roast, carrots, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, rolls and beverages, and a “dessert of the month”.

RVCC Pot Roast Suppers are scheduled for May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, and September 20. All suppers will run from 5:00pm to 6:30pm in the Church Vestry. The cost for the supper will be $9.00 per person for adults and $5.00 per person for children under 12. Pay at the door.

New this year will be a "Season Pass" allowing purchasers to attend all the suppers for a reduced price.

The Raymond Village Community Church is conveniently located at 27 Main St. in Raymond Village, just ½ mile off Route 302, just north of the Raymond commercial area.

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 warmly 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

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. 

Doing Some Spring Cleaning? We are looking for donations for our Yard Sale. We’ll take your unwanted stuff. What we can’t sell we’ll re-donate to the Salvation Army. NO HASSLE for you! Just give us a call! Rolf or Brenda 655-4670 for a pick up. Proceeds to benefit the Raymond Village Community Church.  Small church, Big heart.

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.

PDF Version

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.

This Week at a Glance...

September 30, 2014 
Conservation Commission Meeting
7:00pm @ Broadcast Studio

October 1, 2014
RSU#14 Board of Directors' Meeting
6:30pm @ Windham Town Council Chambers

October 14, 2014
Board of Selectmen Meeting & Public Hearing
7:00pm @ Broadcast Studio

October 15, 2014 
Special Board of Selectmen Meeting & Workshop w/ RSU#14 Board of Directors
6:00-6:30pm @ Broadcast Studio

RSU#14 Board of Directors' Meeting
6:30pm @ Broadcast Studio

Planning Board Meeting
7:00pm @ Town Office

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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