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Please help us in welcoming new Town Clerk Sue Look to the Town Office Staff.

 

 

Sue has been married to her husband Al for 33 years and they have two married daughters and two grandchildren.  She was the Town Clerk in West Bath from 2004 to 2008 and managed the Central Voter Registration (CVR) for the Division of Elections for 5 years.  She enjoys sea kayaking, gardening, baking, and all sorts of old-fashioned hand crafts.  Her dad grew up in New Gloucester and she has an uncle in Raymond and another in Windham, so is familiar with this area and looks forward to getting to know the area and residents better as she settles into her new position.

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!

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.

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.

Great Weekend Weather Makes “Much More Than A Yard Sale” Event A Big Success For Raymond Village Community Church

This past Saturday, June 28, hundreds of people took advantage of the great Maine summer weather to come shop the Raymond Village Community Church’s annual Yard Sale and Flea Market.  “Each year, the sale gets just that much bigger”, said Rolf Olsen, event coordinator.  “Shoppers got some great bargains and the programs of our church got a big boost financially – a real win-win!” he added.  Buys of the day included some unusual and hard-to-find antique tools and a rare and desirable 1911 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica.  The Yard Sale and Flea Market will be back again next June – bigger and better than ever!

Lois Waldron with clowns “Hugs” and “Star” (aka Carl and Sue Hodge) at the Raymond Village Community Church Yard Sale & Flea Market silent auction table, Saturday, June 28.”
Lois Waldron with clowns “Hugs” and “Star” (aka Carl and
Sue Hodge) at the Raymond Village Community Church Yard
Sale & Flea Market silent auction table, Saturday, June 28.”

 

Grillmaster Andy Morrison serves 'em up during The Raymond Village Community Church Yard Sale and Flea Market, Saturday, June 28

Grillmaster Andy Morrison serves 'em up during
The Raymond Village Community Church Yard Sale
and Flea Market, Saturday, June 28

 

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.

At a Glance

  • Sunday, June 29 – Summer Reading Program begins, 1pm-3pm
  • Sunday, July 13 – Kick-off for the Annual Book Sale, 10am to 4pm
  • Tuesday, July 29 – Family Star Gazing Party at Hacker’s Hill, Casco.  After Dark
  • Thursday, July 31 – Book Group meets at the Hawthorne House, 7pm
  • Tuesday, August 12 – Family Star Gazing Party at Hacker’s Hill, Casco.  After Dark

Summer Reading Program

Fizz, Boom, Read is the theme of the Summer Reading Program at Raymond Village Library for children and teens. Mad Science of Maine will be performing during the kick-off on June 29 at 1:00pm, outside the Raymond Village Library. If raining, it will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building on Route 302. Goody Bags filled with a reading log, fun games and Sea Dog tickets will be available at the kick-off.  Weekly prizes will be awarded to participants. This program will conclude on August 17.

July and August programs include:  Wednesday, July 9 – Experiment:  Create your own goo.  Wednesday, July 16– Origami, create and race paper airplanes.  Wednesday, July 23 – Experiment: create a volcano and watch it explode. Wednesday, August 6 – Fire Safety: Raymond Fire Department. Sunday, August 17 – Dog Safety with Classic Paws. These all take place at 10:30am outside the Raymond Village Library. In case of rain, they will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building.  For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283.

The summer reading program is sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank.

A grant from Loon Echo Trust has made it possible to have two FAMILY STAR GAZING NIGHTS ON Hacker Hill off of Quaker Ridge Road in Casco in collaboration with the Casco Public Library. Join Ed Gleason from the University of Maine Planetarium and David Manchester a member of Southern Maine Astronomers, Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, August 12 after dark for meteor showers and star gazing. For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 and wish for clear skies.

Children’s Story Time

There will still be story times for children on most Mondays at 10:30am throughout the summer.  Please check with the library by calling 655-4283

Annual Book Sale

Sunday, July 13 from 10am to 4pm is the kick-off date and time for the Raymond Village Library’s Annual Book Sale. This is a great opportunity to pick up summer reading or that special book to add to your personal library. There are a variety of books from which to choose, all at low prices. This sale will continue through August, during regular library hours, with new books being added each week.

Book Group

The Orchardist, by Amanda Coplin is the book chosen for the July meeting. This is a story of a solitary man named Talmadge who tends his grove of fruit trees.  He is a gentle man who finds solace in  his life. One day, while in town to sell his fruit, two girls, barefoot and dirty, steal apples from him and later appear at his door. This is a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of a quiet life when he opens his heart to let the world in. The meeting will be held at the Hawthorne House on Raymond Cape Road on July 31st at 7pm. The book will be available upon request at the library. For more information, please call the library at 655-4283. This group welcomes all interested readers and we especially look forward to seeing our summertime members.

Many Thanks

The Plant Sale at the Raymond Village Library this year was amazing.  We wish to thank all those who worked in organizing, arranging, pricing and making it happen. The selection was wonderful thanks to all those who contributed. We especially wish to thank the Raymond Village Florist and Maple Springs Farm in Harrison for their generous donation of plants. Most of all we need to thank all those devoted gardeners who came and purchased flowers and plants. It takes all of these dedicated people to make this important fundraiser such a success.

Clynk –Recycle bottles and cans

In the warmer months we often use more beverages in cans and bottles, especially with summer time company. One of the easiest ways to contribute to your library is to utilize the green plastic bags available at the library to collect your recyclable cans and bottles. When filled, just bring it down to the local Hannafords Supermarket. The library will receive the money from the deposit to benefit the library’s material and services.  Ask for the recycle bags the next time you come into the library.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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

As of JULY 1st, 2011 the Pine Tree Waste routes will change on North Raymond Road and side roads and Webbs Mills Road from Plains Road to the Casco town line and side roads.

 

NORTH RAYMOND ROAD will now be THURSDAY

WEBBS MILLS ROAD from Plains Rd to the Casco town line will now be MONDAY.

This Week at a Glance...

Wed, July 23rd
Planning Board site walk
Frye Island Project
5:45pm @ Frye Island Storage Lot

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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