Inside Raymond


Celebration of life

A celebration of life for Betty McDermott will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 2-4 p.m. with her family at 2 McDermott Road, Raymond. The family invites you to share memories, hear stories, and celebrate her life.

McDermott, who died in March, was a former chairman and member of the Select Board. She also served on the Board of Appeals and was a ballot clerk and election warden.  She was a longtime and active member of the Raymond Women’s Club, Raymond Lions Club, Raymond Casco Historical Society and the Hawthorne Garden Club. For several years, she was employed at Windham High School.

Planning Board spot

The town is seeking a volunteer to be a member of the Planning Board. If you have a background in municipal planning, development, real estate or related areas and are interested in guiding the orderly development of the town and ensuring the environmental protection of the town’s five ponds and two lakes, then this is the opportunity for you.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Raymond Broadcast Studio, 423 Webbs Mills Road. Call 655-4742 ext.161 for more information.

Fire rating update

The Raymond Fire Department has just undergone the Insurance Services Office rating review and has been reclassified to the improved rating of 4/4 Y.

Insurance Services Office ratings are used by insurance companies to calculate premiums for residential and commercial structures. The rating system is from 1-10 with 1 being the best.

Check with your insurance company to see if any rate changes may be applicable to your fire insurance because of this rating.

Special election reminder

Voters at a special town meeting Aug. 14 will determine whether the town should petition the state for withdrawal from RSU 14. 

Voting will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Jordan Small Middle School cafeteria, 423 Webbs Mills Road.

If you have any questions, please call Raymond Town Hall at 207-655-3024.

New Senior library hours

Raymond Village Library now has Senior library hours every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. This time is set aside just for seniors and provides a time for getting together, playing games and other activities. The Raymond Village Library is located at 3 Meadow Road.

Community connections meeting

Age Friendly-Community Connections will hold its monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Raymond Public Safety Building, 1443 Roosevelt Trail.

The meeting will start with 15 minutes of Qigong and then discuss the topic of the month, life safety. North Yarmouth Fire Chief Greg Payson will speak on efforts in his town.

For more information, contact

‘Prompt!’ writing workshop

Diana Altman will lead a writing workshop Saturday, Aug. 18, offering participants “prompts” to spur ideas and stories. There will be time for four to six  prompts during the 2-4 p.m. session, to be held at the Nathanial Hawthorne House, Hawthorne Road. No registration is necessary, and a $7 donation is suggested.

This event is sponsored by the Raymond Arts Alliance.

55-plus river cruise

Raymond Village Library is coordinating a Songo River Queen cruise for those 55 and older on Aug. 21.

The group will be depart from the library at 9 a.m. The cruise will leave the Naples dock at 9:45 a.m. for a two-hour cruise on Long Lake. Sights to be seen include the former site of the Bay of Naples Inn, Mt. Washington, Birch Point, Long Island, Arrowhead Point and Arrowhead Lodge, Camp Takajo, Pine Island, Pleasant Mountain, Drew’s Castle (the former waterfront home of author/writer Stephen King), the former summer home of Gov. Kenneth Curtis and Patriquin’s Lodge.

Drinks and snacks can be purchase on board. Tickets are $30 and include bus transportation from the library to the Songo River Queen dock and cruise admission. Any unsold seats will be made available to adults under 55 the week before the cruise.

For more information or to sign up, contact the library at 655-4283.

Ho, ho, ho

Four road associations on Thomas Pond pulled together a Christmas in July celebration on July 8, complete with skiing Santas. Residents collected and donated 440 pounds of non-perishable goods to the Raymond Food Pantry.

Santa tests his waterskiing skills last month during Thomas Pond’s Christmas in July.