An Acoustic Sunset

Loon Echo Land Trust is offering another fun event on Thursday, July 12. The Swampdonkeys will perform a one-hour set of acoustic music on top of Hacker’s Hill while the sun sets beyond the White Mountains. Hailing from western Maine, “The Donks” incorporate styles of old-time, Canadian Maritime, Irish and original songs. From “John Henry” to “Charlie on the MTA,” the band appeals to a wide variety of audiences with its rich texture of instruments, three-part harmonies and plucky, playful songwriting. The Swampdonkeys comprises of Ted Tibbetts of Otisfield, Michael Hayashida of Auburn and John Gunn of Hebron who play the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, clawhammer banjo, and bodhran. There is a suggested donation of $10 per adult and $5 for children at the “door” to benefit the Hacker’s Hill campaign. Music will be played from 7:30 p.m. until sunset at 8:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. In the event of rain, this concert will be held the next evening, July 13.

Books and More

Summer is the perfect time for reading and here’s an excellent opportunity to add to your personal library at very low costs. The Raymond Village Library’s annual book sale will kick off on Sunday, July 8, at 9 a.m. and will continue throughout the summer. Readers can look forward to the wide variety of books in hardcover and paperback including some light beach reading, recent fiction, great non-fiction and classics, as well as cookbooks, books on gardening, sewing and carpentry. There are also children’s books, puzzles, audio books, music CD’s and videos for sale at incredibly low prices. There is something for everyone and new items are added daily, so stop by periodically to find your favorite books. The library is open Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Folk Art Rug Hooking

Are you looking for something crafty and unique to do this summer? The Raymond-Casco Historical Society will be hosting “Folk Art Rug Hooking,” a hands-on primitive rug hooking workshop for beginners on July 15 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Learn the sequence and procedure of rug hooking using wool fabric strips resulting in a rug rich with texture and color. This class will be taught by Janet Connor and is only $30 plus the cost of a kit. For more information, call Pam Grant at 655-2438 or Betty Glassford at 655-4854. Reservations are required and must be done by July 9.

Maine Wildlife Park

They, or rather you, did it. The community has responded to the Raymond Village Library’s plea for donations to purchase a community pass to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, and the pass is now available to the library patrons. Although visitors still pay a small fee, the pass provides substantial discounts and a typical family of four can now enjoy the park for only $10. The park features more than 30 species of Maine wildlife, a fish hatchery, tree trail, game trail, nature store and snack shack all which make for a fun wonderful place for families to visit for only $10. To reserve the pass for the day, call the library at 655-4283. A sincere thank-you goes out to all those who contributed.

Project Graduation 2013 Yard Sale

The Windham High School class of 2013 has begun its fundraising efforts to support Project Graduation, and will hold a yard sale on Saturday, July 21, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Little Meetinghouse on Route 302 across from the fire station in Windham. Stop by to check out all the wonderful treasures found only at these sales. If you have treasures you are no longer using and would like to donate, please drop them off on Friday, July 20, beginning at 4 p.m. at Little Meetinghouse. For more information, please call Laura Begley at 892-1327 or Jane Williams at 892-1164.

Refresh and Recycle

With its warm air and longer days, summer also brings more good times with friends and family. Boating, picnicking and poolside barbeques are a daily occurrence and with the increase in fun, also comes enjoying more beverages. While visiting Raymond, please do not forget that we recycle our empty bottles and cans. The Raymond Lions Club offers two bins in which you can donate your empties. One of these bins is located at the town office on Webbs Mills Road, and the other is located across from the Raymond Shopping Center on Route 302. The Lions use the proceeds from these bottles to help fund the many programs they offer including scholarships and assistance for the vision and hearing impaired. Please be sure to drop off your cans in these bins. By doing so, you will not only help the environment, but will also help the Lions make a difference with their worthwhile programs.

Making Honors

The Jordan-Small Middle School has announced its Honor Roll for the final quarter of the 2011-12 year. Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding work:

Grade 5 High Honors: Colby Dionne, Haley Froisland, Hannah Gagne, Sophie Sangster, and Devon Young.

Grade 5 Honors: Hannah Bernier, Magdalene Bradford, Blake Colby, Nicholas Doughty, Danielle Gaudin, Clara Mulvihill, Alexis Peet, and Alianah Timmons.

Grade 5 Honorable Effort: Courtney Brown, Stratos Demakis, Devon Griffeth, Elissibeth Jackson, Jake Jeffrey, Madison McCune, Caelen Pardue, Samantha Phinney, Richard Plummer, Grace Schmader, Michaela Wilhite, and Andrew Wing.

Grade 6 High Honors: Danielle Meader, Jessica Meyer, and Alex Wilkins.

Grade 6 Honors: Robert Murray, Maggie Nunn, Holly Rose, Nicholas Rose, Kieran Rowe, Hannah Stogsdill, Katelyn Troiano, and Natalie Walker.

Grade 6 Honorable Effort: Abigail Davis, Caitlyn Dyke, David Ferrante, Ben Folsom, Derek Foss, Corey Fowler, and Tabitha Newquist.

Grade 7 Honors: Hannah Brackett, John Gresh, Meagan Griffeth, Cameron Peavey, Connor Pittman, Maia Tangen, Danielle Tardiff, Taylor Tibbetts, Ellie Van Winkle, Holden Willard, and David Young.

Grade 7 Honorable Effort: Ethan Barczak, Wyatt Barczak, Sophia Latham, Paige Pandora, Derrike Richards, Taylor Rickett, Kayla Saunders, and Kristina Wunderlich.

Grade 8 High Honors: Isabella Davis

Grade 8 Honors: Cora Dykens, Nataley Jeffrey, Allison Kisel, Megan Knights, Dylan Koza, Anna Laprise, Ben Libby, Greg Meader, Maelah Nadeau, Bailey Nassa, Ryan Plummer, Jeffrey Pollard, and Alexis Walker.

Grade 8 Honorable Effort: Mary Brackett, Katie Hunter, Tayla Johnson, Lilly MacPherson, Evan Taylor, and Alison Wood.

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