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Main Street will be closed to Eastbound vehicle traffic on Halloween (Friday, October 31st) from 4:30pm to 8:00pm for trick-or-treating and related festivities. Please plan accordingly.

The Fire Department will be hosting a haunted house at the former District #1 Fire Station on Main Street. All ages welcome!!!



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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.

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.


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:

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


The Municipal Non-emergency Offices will be closed Tuesday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. Regular office hours will resume Wednesday, November 12th at 8:30am. Please see online registration for a list of webbased tools. 

Thank you,


Town Management

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, or e-mail John to discuss other delivery methods. Thank you!

Please take notice that the Town of Raymond will conduct a public sale of the following properties in Raymond, subject to the prescribed procedures and conditions of sale:


Raymond Tax Map


Interests to be Sold

Assessed Value

Map 030, Lot 016

0 Haskell Avenue

Land – 1.75 Acres


Map 031, Lot 003

0 Bond Street

Land – 1.05 Acres


Map 041, Lot 050

0 Boulder Road

Land – 0.12 Acres


Map 053, Lot 032

0 Harmon Road

Land – 1.30 Acres


Map 063, Lot 011A

0 Musson Road

Land – 3.00 Acres


Bids and 10% deposit are due Friday, November 7, 2014 at 2:00pm. Bid opening will held shortly after the deadline at 2:30pm the same day.

*NOTE: The back municipal taxes for each property will be paid out of the proceeds from the sale. However, Transfer Tax to the State of Maine will be due at the time of closing. (10/30/14)

Related Documents:

For materials you can also visit Raymond Town Office (401 Webbs Mills Road, Raymond) during business hours or contact Danielle Loring, Executive Assistant ( 207-655-4742 x 133.

With Election Day around the corner, the Code Enforcement Office would like to remind you about regulations regarding temporary political signs.

Political signs:

  • May be placed in any district, except in a floodplain;
  • Are not subject to lot line setbacks; and,
  • May be placed in a public right of way or on public property; but,
  • May not be placed within 150 feet of an intersection or in such locations as will create a safety hazard.

In addition, political signs:

  • May not be placed within a right-of-way or elsewhere six (6) weeks before the election, primary or referendum to which they relate; and,
  • must be removed by the candidate or political committee not later than one week after Election Day.
  • The maximum size of temporary political signs shall be 4 feet by 4 feet.
  • State law requires that signs not be placed within 250 feet of a polling place (including Town Office).

The Code Enforcement Office does not require you to obtain a permit for temporary political signs.

November 4, 2014 - Gubernatorial and Town Elections

Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm at the Jordan-Small Middle School, 423 Webbs Mills Rd.

If you're not going to be able to attend the polls on November 4th, please fill out an absentee ballot application for ballots to be sent to you.

As of October 7th you can come into the Raymond Town Office and vote absentee in person during regular business hours (Tuesday 8:30am to 7pm, Wednesday-Friday 8:30am to 4pm).


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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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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 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.


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(Information as of 09-23-14)

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 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 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

  • 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  

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

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,

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

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:  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

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

For More Information, Contact: Tom Wiley,   

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

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


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.


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.


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

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.

This Week at a Glance...

November 3, 2014
Budget-Finance Committee Meeting
6:30pm @ Raymond Broadcast Studio

November 4, 2014
Gubernatorial Election/Referendum
7:00am-8:00pm @ JSMS Gym

November 5, 2014
Board of Directors' Meeting
6:30pm @ Windham Town Council Chambers

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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