Dr. Suess Night Draws Dozens

More than 100 students attended the Dr. Suess night at Raymond Elementary School on March 6. The annual event was again a success with games, crafts, reading and prizes. The Raymond Village Library would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and energy in coordinating and running the night.

Boosters Seeking New Members

Do you have a student starting at Windham High School next year? If so, please consider joining the WHS Boosters. The group meets monthly at the school. With officer elections (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, concessions chair and volunteer coordinator) slated for May, it is crucial that individuals be identified now to step into these leadership positions in June. Without an increase in parent participation, the Boosters will be very limited in its capacity to provide funding to our athletes and athletic programs.

Secondly, more parental involvement is essential in order to plan for and run the auto show on Sunday, Sept. 13. Volunteers are needed to act as point and/or assist with sponsorship, concessions, advertising, parking, raffles, and other necessary details. For more information, contact Windham High School at 892-1810.

PTO Needs Members

The Raymond PTO will meet Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Jordan-Small Middle School. All are welcome. Up for discussion will be the World Community Arts Day and the annual scholarship, as well as other items. The group is looking for anyone interested in being on the board next year. Three of the current members will be stepping down and replacements for all positions are needed. If interested please come to the meeting and ask any questions you may have. If you cannot make it but are interested on being on the board please send an email to [email protected]

Watch Your Garden

The Raymond Community Garden, located next to the Raymond Village Library on Meadow Road has available garden plots. If you are interested in growing organic vegetables for your family this group can help. The roughly 15-by-8-foot plots are only $15 for the growing season. The soil is fortified with nutrients, tilled and ready to go. The group works with a Master Gardener who can answer any questions you have. It is an organic garden so only organic practices can be used.

If you are not interested in caring for your own garden plot but have some time, come help the Raymond Food Pantry provide food for the families that are in need. They are also looking for volunteers for the part of the garden that provides food for the food pantry. We always need help with planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. No contribution of time is too small.

For more information on either area of the garden, please contact Leigh Walker at [email protected] Informational brochures will be available at the garden starting March 1.

Library Welcomes Author To Talk

Jim Baumer, author and second speaker in the Maine Author Series, will be at the Raymond Village Library on Wednesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. Baumer has written about baseball, Moxie, and now with his new book of essays, “The Perfect Number: Essays and Stories Vol. I,” utilizes his experiences and conveys aspects of Maine’s unique way of life. He will be reflecting on Maine’s changing economy and the death of small towns and discussing John Gould, one of Maine’s most notable writers. Please pre-register by calling the library at 655-4283 or email [email protected]villagelibrary.org to reserve your place.

Nomination Papers

Nomination Papers will be available at the town office beginning on Friday, March 13, for the following three-year term positions: One on the Board of Selectmen, three on the Budget/Finance Committee, and one on the RSU 14 School Board.

Nomination Papers must be returned to the Town Clerk by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

Volunteers Wanted

Calling all Raymond crafters, businesses and volunteers. The town of Raymond and Raymond Revitalization Committee needs your help for the first annual Raymond Fourth of July Celebration!

There will be a kickoff meeting on Friday, March 13, at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Public Safety Building at 1443 Roosevelt Trail to discuss ideas, activities and fundraising. If you can’t make it, feel free to contact RRC Chair Carrie Colby at 232-5497 or Danielle Loring at 655-4742, ext. 133, for more information or to join the distribution list.

Ayla Allen takes part in the recent Dr. Suess reading night at the Raymond Village Library.Photo courtesy of Lisa Davison

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