Raymond brochure

The Raymond Revitalization Committee announced recently that work on the 2016 Welcome to Raymond brochure is set to begin. Plans have been discussed for the 2016 edition, now in its fifth year. The committee is exploring ideas for both expanded distribution and also a new look. A new booklet format for the project is anticipated, depending on advertiser response and revenues.

The ongoing goal and purpose of the project is to promote Raymond and the businesses located in Raymond. The project has traditionally had a strong response and been well received. Work on this year’s project will be done during the next two months and will complete for distribution for Memorial Day to early June. The projected deadline for ad sales and new materials including photos is April 30.

During the next several weeks Raymond businesses will be contacted for ad and business listing renewals. All participants from 2015 will be contacted in addition to some previous advertisers and new businesses. Businesses must be based in Raymond to participate and all ads and listings require a payment.

The committee is again working with Custom Designed Graphics in Windham. Please contact Ellie Stengel at 207-892-5994 or [email protected] if you have questions, would like to be contacted or advertise, or have materials you would like to submit.

Talent winners

Congratulations to Liza Collins, Kristen Farwell and Laura Taylor for winning first place in the Lakes Region Got Talent 2016 competition. The girls progressed through three areas of the competition to win the title with their jazz/acro routine. They won more than $500 in prizes for their dance piece. Brianna Warren won third place for her contemporary piece, “Under the Mask.” All girls dance at CenterStage in Raymond and will be competing with these pieces at local dance competitions during the next couple of months.

Honored students

Emma Gresh has been named to the president’s list for Elon University 2015. The president’s list is composed of students that have no less than an A- with at least 12 semester hours. Emma is studying Communications at Elon. She is the daughter or Tim Gresh of Raymond and Margaret Gresh of Windham.

Emily Gagne has also been named to the dean’s list for University of Maine at Orono. Emily has a double major in biology and journalism and has also recently been nominated to National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Raymond Village Library news

• Lego Club

The Lego Club will meet at the library on Wednesday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. We invite all students, ages 6 and up, to come and have fun with their friends. We have the Legos and place, just be sure to bring your ideas and imaginations.

• The Art of Blogging

This is a free class that will begin on Thursday, March 3, and continue for three more classes on the following Thursdays, March 10, 17 and 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Participants will learn the art of blogging. Each person will choose a theme or main topic. Genres encouraged include creative nonfiction, including science and nature writing, first-person narrative/memoir, travel narrative, first-person narrative advice, e.g. personal finance, health and well-being, homeownership, or a DIY projects themed blog. The blogs created in the workshop will contain written content in addition to images. Bring a writing utensil, notebook and laptop computer and have intermediate computer skills.

The instructor is Leah Stetson, a professional writer, blogger, editor, poet and environmental journalist. Leah holds a master’s degree from College of the Atlantic and has worked as a writer for 15 years. Her publications include more than a dozen technical articles on wetland science and policy, a humor/parody creative nonfiction piece in Geek Monthly, a top-rated nature blog with more than 50,000 words of creative nonfiction published online. Her WordPress blog, “Strange Wetlands,” was mentioned on Maine Public Radio in 2013, and her blog, “Adventures of Fen Fatale” is a member of the Northeast Bloggers Network. Space is limited. Please call the library at 655-4283 to reserve your place or email sally.holt @raymondvillagelibrary.org.

Republican caucus

A Republican Presidential Nominating Caucus will be held Saturday, March 5, at Windham Middle School, 408 Gray Road, Windham (behind Windham High School). Doors open for voter registration at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.

Democrat caucus

A Democratic Presidential Nominating Caucus will be held on Sunday, March 6, at Raymond Elementary School, 424 Webbs Mills Road, Raymond. Doors open for voter registration at 1 p.m. and the meeting begins at 2 p.m.

Town scholarships

The deadline for applying for the Town of Raymond Scholarships is April 30. For more information visit www.raymondmaine.org.

Kristen Farwell, Brianna Warren, Liza Collins and Laura Taylor were winners at Lakes Region Got Talent contest, held recently in Bridgton.