Talented Tumblers

Five girls from CenterStage Performing Arts in Raymond are competing in Lake Region’s Got Talent. The tumbling performance to “It’s a Hard Knock Life” has made it through the quarterfinals. Semifinals will be held on 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at The Magic Lantern in Bridgton where eight acts will try to push through to the finals. Pam Collins Stahle, tumbling coach and dance teacher at CenterStage, choreographed the fun piece that includes dancing, backflips, partnering and acting. Finals will be held 1-3 p.m. March 9 at the Magic Lantern.

Tickets can be bought at the door ($10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 6 to 12, free for ages 5 and under). The contest has been filmed by Lake Region Television out of Bridgton and is running on their local cable station. The quarterfinals will be aired multiple times throughout the next few weeks.

Book Group

The theme for the Jordan-Small Middle School book group selection this year is dogs in honor of Zeus, a therapy dog that comes to every meeting with one of the students. The students decided to do a community service project and make valentine dog biscuits and donate them to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Participants in the book group are Mya Bolk, Seth Richards, Caitlyn Nassa, Kylie Rhoades, Lindsey MacDonald, Brooklyn Goodwin, Molly Cochrane and Aaron Rhoades.

Dean’s List

Congratulations to college freshman Marybeth Noonan of Raymond for making the dean’s list at Lyndon State College first semester. Marybeth, daughter of Jane Chipman and Tom Noonan, is majoring in communications.

Dr. Seuss Night

Each year, in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, the Raymond Village Library hosts a party at the gym of the Raymond Elementary School. It includes games, puzzles, crafts, storytelling, prizes and a lot of exciting fun for everyone. There is no age limit, the evening is planned as a family event including special toddler activities. It all begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, so plan a family night out and mark your calendars to join in the fun!

Game Day

The last game day was so much at Raymond Village Library there have been requests for another. The next game day is set for Sunday, March 9, beginning at 1 p.m. at the library. It is for students 8 years or older and there is no required registration. Just come and bring your friends. All kinds of games are available or bring your favorite game to share. Yummy refreshments will be available, including pizza. For more information, call the library at 655-4283.

Book Group

The chosen book for March is “An Invisible Thread,” by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. This true story tells of the lifelong friendship between a busy sales executive and a disadvantaged young boy, and how both of their lives were changed by what began as one small gesture of kindness.

All interested readers to join the book group on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the library to discuss and share ideas on this fascinating book.

Kilowatt Usage

Does your electric bill seem high? You can check to see which of your appliances uses the most electricity and which ones are the most efficient. The Raymond Village Library has a Kill-A-Watt electrical usage monitor, which can be checked out as easily as a book. Understandable directions come with it. Please ask at the desk if you’d like to borrow the monitor.

Maine Author

Raymond Village Library is having Carol Manchester of Windham as a guest speaker on Wednesday, March 12.

Several years ago, the letters of Joseph Manchester, an ancestor of Carol’s who died in the Civil War in 1863, were found in the attic of a family farmhouse. From these personal letters and her research, Carol has written an amazing book, “Joseph K. Manchester: Northern Son in the South, 1861-1863, His Letters, Family and Friends.”

Carol has taken Joseph’s letters and has allowed him to tell his own story. In this way she has brought dignity and life to this unknown soldier of our republic.

The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Due to an anticipated large attendance we ask all those who wish to attend to pre-register by signing up at the library, calling the library at 655-4283 or emailing the library director at [email protected].

Raymond CenterStage Tumblers are performing in “Lake Region’s Got Talent.” Pictured from left are Kendyl Ridlon, Liza Collins-Schrader, Kristen Farwell, Laura Taylor and Savana Bradford.Landon Cole arrived Feb. 6 weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long. His proud parents are Thaddeus and Becky Cole of Limington. His proud grandparents are Lin and Debbie Deering of Raymond, and Jeff and Robin Bacon of Gorham. He is loved by many aunts and uncles as well.   

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