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Raymond Lions Treasurer Jake Jacobsen, left, and King Lion Dale Gilman, right, presented annual Lion scholarships to Anna Laprise, Dalton Lorenz and Nataley Jeffery. Missing from the photo is recipient McKensie Larson.

Lions award scholarships
Each year, the Raymond Lions Club awards scholarships to local students. This year four of the 10 applicants were chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarships upon successful completion of the next semester. Winners are Dalton Lorenz, senior at Clarkson University; Nataley Jeffery, freshman at University of Southern Maine; Anna Laprise, freshman at Connecticut College; and McKensie Larson, sophomore at University of New Hampshire. An awards ceremony was held on June 16 at the Raymond Public Safety Building.

U Can race results
This year’s U CAN 5K raised a little over $2,000 and drew 140 runners. The overall male winner was Richard Flagg with a time of 19:07; overall female winner was Julia Rand with 21:39.

Top male and female winners per age group were: 13 and under, Zach Skyorak, Kylie Bedard; 14-19, Hunter Dionne, Hailey Applebee; 20-29, Andrew Sousa, Dana McNally; 30-39, Eric Stoddard, Heather Roderick; 40-49, Brian Bernier, Kristina Sabasteanski; 50-59, John Willard, Kristen Charette; 60-69, Allyn Genest, Maria Keefe; 70-79, Bob Payne, Faye Gagnon.

The team winner was Between a Walk and a Hard Pace.

Raymond Village Library news
• Summer reading program
Public Libraries all over the country, including Raymond Village Library, are welcoming children of all ages to participate in their summer reading programs. According to a study by The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, children who have participated in public library summer reading programs returned to school ready to learn, improved their reading achievement and skills, increased their enjoyment of reading, were more motivated to read, were more confident in their reading, read beyond what was required in their free time and perceived reading to be more important.

The Raymond Village Library kicked off its summer reading program, “Ready, Get Set …READ!” at the Raymond Public Safety Building on June 26, and it’s now in full swing. It’s sponsored by Engineered Construction Services. Here’s the schedule: Wednesday, July 6, at 10: 30 a.m., gardening and a walk through the garden after the story; Monday, July 11, at 11:30 a.m., Movie Time, meet at Smitty’s in Windham to watch “Finding Dory” with parents and friends from RVL; Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m. after we read Eric Carle’s, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” we’ll all attempt to feed one as part of our nutrition theme; Monday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m., Yoga with Miss Debbie and Paige at the Public Safety Building; Wednesday, July 20 at 10:30 a.m., more yoga and reading; Monday, July 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, Firefighter’s Obstacle Course, wear comfortable clothes; Wednesday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m., sports and activities; Monday, Aug. 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, Closing Program, join us as we read “Night Time Ninja,” by Barbara DaCosta, followed by the grand prize raffle and ice cream to celebrate.

• Book Group
The reading group will meet to discuss “The Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George. This best- selling novel is about Monsieur Perdu who calls himself a literary apothecary, and from his floating bookstore on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. “The Little Paris Bookshop” is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. All interested readers are invited to join us to discuss this beautifully written story. Call the library at 655-4283 for time and place.

• New Library Hours
The Raymond Village Library has new hours for patrons’ convenience. Sundays – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Middle school Students of the Month
At Jordan Small Middle School, the following students were honored as Students of the Month:

Fifth grade, Ryan Brown – Ryan is a diverse and active young man. He enjoys playing lacrosse and riding his dirt bike. He has a sister, Courtney and two dogs named Sadie and Sampson. Ryan’s favorite class is math. He loves numbers and finds them to be a challenge. He is looking forward to sixth grade and feels that his organization will help him. Currently he is reading “Quantum.” When asked, “If you could travel to any place on this planet, where would you go and with whom would you travel?” Ryan responded that he would love to go to Alaska with his sister. Ryan listens to most music but prefers country and hard rock. His birthday menu would include pizza topped with sausage followed up with a strawberry ice cream sundae.

Sixth grade, Sorcha Salom: Not only does Sorcha stands out as an individual – not an easy thing to do when you’re in middle school – she has a unique style and way of thinking; she also has a refreshing perspective. A perspective that is both reflective and inquisitive. A global thinker, Sorcha always considers the big picture and always looks to the world beyond when formulating her thoughts. She is open-minded in a way that allows her opinions to flex with new knowledge.

Seventh grade, Keegan Brooks: Keegan Brooks is a conscientious, self-motivated and responsible student who strives for excellence and leads by example. He always has a positive attitude and strikes the right balance of being athletic as well as studious. He is respected by his peers and is a great friend. His classmates and teachers agree, Keegan is an excellent role model!

Academic Enrichment, Oliver Backman: Mrs. Hackett had this to say about Oliver: Oliver is creative, talented, and focused in art. He is always challenging himself and works diligently until he is proud of his completed piece of art. Oliver is always willing and eager to help others in the art room. Mrs. Riley added that Ollie is always looking to do his very best in class. When presented with challenges, he rises to the occasion. Ollie is kind and respectful to his classmates and teachers.

Raymond Lions Treasurer Jake Jacobsen, left, and King Lion Dale Gilman, right, presented annual Lion scholarships to Anna Laprise, Dalton Lorenz and Nataley Jeffery. Missing from the photo is recipient McKensie Larson.