Inside Raymond – 4/25

Ms. Lyndon Crowned

Lyndon State College in Vermont held its annual pageant on April 17 to name Mr. and Ms. Lyndon State. Criteria included showing their spring sportswear, talent as well as answering three rounds of questions. Raymond resident Marybeth Noonan rocked the house with a tap number choreographed to upbeat Irish music. Marybeth, a freshman at Lyndon State, was crowned the winner for the Ms. Lyndon State. Marybeth has been participating in pageants for many years and her past wins include Maine’s Most Outstanding Teen. Congratulations once again, Marybeth!

Raymond Brochure in Production

The Raymond Revitalization Committee has again headed the “Welcome to Raymond” brochure project for its third year. The 2012 and 2013 editions were well received. The 2014 project is now in production and is expected to be completed and delivered to many Raymond businesses, town offices and area information centers by Memorial Day.

The brochure includes information on Raymond businesses, the town itself, and the many volunteer organizations that make Raymond a great place to live or visit. Last year, more than 14,000 brochures were distributed to visitors and residents, helping to stimulate Raymond business activity, as well as highlight the many benefits the town has to offer.

Every effort is being made to contact businesses which were listed or had paid ads in the 2013 edition in addition to numerous other businesses. It is the intent to give everyone an opportunity to be included. If you have not been contacted, or are a newer or home-based business in Raymond, please contact organizers to participate.

In order to have your business included you need to purchase a listing or an ad. The one-line complimentary listing is no longer offered; the cost for the one-line listing is now $20 this year. Upgraded expanded listings continue to be available for an additional cost. There are also various sizes of display ads available. Businesses must be based in Raymond to be included.

Please contact project coordinator Ellie Stengel of Custom Designed Graphics by May 6. Because there are a limited number of display ad spaces available, it is recommended that you respond early if you would like one of these. Call 892-5994 or e-mail

Summer Yard Sale

Donations are already being sought for the annual Raymond Village Community Church yard sale. The yard sale is being held June 28 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. RVCC is looking for individuals, business or organizations to participate and it can be products, services or yard sale type items. Pickup of items is available by contacting Brenda and Rolfe Olsen at 655-4670. If you are interested in donating or renting a table, please contact Polly Dyer at 892-4301.

New Library Hours

The Raymond Village Library will now be open four days a week for the convenience of our patrons. The new hours will begin Thursday, May 1, and are as follows:

Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Thursday 2-7 p.m. If you have any questions, call the library at 655-4283 or email

Petting Zoo

On Monday, May 12, Jared Leadbetter from the Maine State Library will be at the Raymond Village Library to demonstrate e-books. If you have recently purchased an e-reader or have had one for a while and would like to learn how to do more things with it, sign up at the library for “The Petting Zoo” training. It will be held at the library at 1 p.m. Several e-books will be available in the library through May 19 on loan from the state library for patrons to try out. You may also call the library to be added to the class or email

Game Day

Got Game? The Raymond Village Library has lots of games and will have them all out for the next Game Day on Sunday, May 18. All students age 8 and older are welcome. Bring your friends and plan for a fun afternoon. Learn new games or play a favorite one. If you need more information, call the library at 655-4283.

Annual Plant Sale

Spring has finally arrived and plans for the Raymond Village Library’s Plant Sale are under way. All gardeners, plant and flower lovers, now is the time for cleaning out those flowerbeds, dividing and replacing your favorite plants. The RVL’s Plant Sale, held June 7 from 7-11 a.m., can use all those extra plants you will be thinning out or removing to make room for new seedlings.

By putting aside those plants and bringing them to the library, on June 6, the day before the sale, from 4-6 p.m., you will be helping to make this fundraiser a success. Perennials are very popular, as are ground covers, flower shrubs, vines, bedding plants and annuals. For more information, call Marie at 221-0568, email, Elissa at 655-3399, email, or Jane at 655-5354, email

Wildlife Park Passes

Thanks to generous library patrons, the Raymond Village Library has purchased a Community Pass to the Maine Wildlife Park for all our patrons to use.

By using the Community Pass, each member of the group (no more than seven people) will just be charged $2.50 each, much less than regular rates. This is a large savings per family and you can visit the park perhaps several times during the season, saving each time. It is a wonderful place for families to visit and bring their summer company, as well as visiting grandchildren.

The pass is available by request at the library. It is recommended that you ask in advance of the day you wish to visit, as the pass can just be used by one party at a time.

Raymond Village Bazaar

This is advance notice to mark your calendar for the Raymond Village Bazaar to be held on Saturday, June 21, at the Raymond Village Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be artists and crafters, concessions, a white elephant sale of superior items, music, food and special fun for the kids. Look for more information in the June publication of the Raymond Village Library on the library’s website and Facebook page. This is a family event you won’t want to miss. There is still room for more artists and crafters. Reserve your space now by calling Emily Allen at 617-331-6311, or Paula Jondro at 508-725-6963.

On April 17 Marybeth Noonan was crowned Ms. Lyndon State.