Inside Raymond – 7/4

Historic Church Celebrates 180th

Raymond Hill Baptist Church, built in 1834, will be opening its doors for a Summer Sunday Series “They Met Jesus.” The series will run four Sundays, July 13-Aug. 3, 11 a.m.-noon. Guest speaker is Bible teacher Randy Reynolds. The church is located on the Raymond Hill Road in Raymond. Come early and come casual.

Gardening Opportunities

Raymond Community Garden has space available for this 2014 growing season.

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 they can help. The roughly 15-foot square plots are only $15 for the growing season. The soil is fortified with nutrients, tilled and ready to go. They work with a Master Gardener who can answer any questions you have. The community garden is an organic garden so only organic practices can be used.

Volunteers are also needed. If you are not interested in caring for your own garden plot but have some time and would like to help feed the Raymond Food Pantry provide quality food for the families that need it, they can use your help! Part of the garden provides food for the food pantry and help is always needed with planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. No contribution of time is too small.

For more information on either area of the garden, contact Leigh Walker at [email protected]. Brochures are also available at the garden.

Academic Success

Congratulations to the following Jordan Small Middle School students for their academic achievement the final trimester of school.

Grade 5

High Honors: Keegan Brooks, Elizabeth Petersen, Nathan Plummer.

Honors: Liliana Beaton, Alec Brooks, Dominick Campbell, Makenna Colby, Hayleigh Davis, Shyler Fielding, Brooklyn Goodwin, Louden Greene, Niall Gushue, Nicole Levine, Reese Merritt, Mia Mizner, Jayson Plummer, Boden Sabasteanski, Fritz Van Winkle, Kiana Webster, Ember Young.

Honorable Effort: Molly Cochrane, Mark Gedicks, Abigail Hanson, Kristen Lawler, Dominique Look, Jesula Murch, Vania Murch, Grace Peet.

Grade 6

High Honors: Liam Connor-Schaefer, Leah Walker.

Honors: Hailey Applebee, Savana Bradford, Kaleb Decker, Carlee Desrochers, Thomas DuPont, Ivan Kaffel, James Louko, Lindsey MacDonald, Calum Murray, Sophey Potter, Riley Silvia, Whitney Wilson.

Honorable effort: Caitlyn Nassa, Brooke Proctor, Chelsea Welch.

Grade 7

High Honors: Haley Froisland, Alexis Peet, Sophie Sangster, Alianah Timmons.

Honors: Hannah Bernier, Maggi Bradford, Deven Young.

Honorable Effort: Colby Dionne, Eliza Martin, Andrew Wing.

Grade 8

High Honors: Danielle Meader, Alexander Wilkins.

Honors: Walter Backman, Delaney Ennis, Derek Foss, , Jessica Meyer, Robert Murray, Maggie Nunn, Holly Rose, Nicholas Rose, Hannah Stogsdill, Katelyn Troiano.

Honorable Effort: Nora Laprise, Christian Lessard, Carleigh Steele.

Library News

July and August programs at Raymond Village Library are as follows. All programs take place at 10:30 a.m. outside the Raymond Village Library. In case of rain, they will be held at the Raymond Public Safety Building. For more information, call the library at 655-4283:

Wednesday, July 9 – Experiment: Create your own goo.

Wednesday, July 16 – Origami, create and race paper airplanes.

Wednesday, July 23 – Experiment: Create a volcano and watch it explode.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – Fire Safety: Raymond Fire Department.

Sunday, Aug. 17 – Dog Safety with Classic Paws.

A grant from Loon Echo Trust has made it possible to have two Family Star Gazing Nights on Hacker Hill off of Quaker Ridge Road in Casco in collaboration with the Casco Public Library. Join Ed Gleason from the University of Maine Planetarium and David Manchester, a member of Southern Maine Astronomers, Tuesday, July 29, and Tuesday, Aug. 12, after dark for meteor showers and star gazing. For more information, call the Raymond Village Library at 655-4283 and wish for clear skies.

Children’s Story Time

There will still be story times for children on most Mondays at 10:30 a.m. throughout the summer. Please check with the library by calling 655-4283.

Annual Book Sale

Sunday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is the kick-off date and time for the Raymond Village Library’s Annual Book Sale. This is a great opportunity to pick up summer reading or that special book to add to your personal library. There are a variety of books from which to choose, all at low prices. This sale will continue through August, during regular library hours, with new books being added each week.

Book Group

“The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin is the book chosen for the July meeting. This is a story of a solitary man named Talmadge, who tends his grove of fruit trees. He is a gentle man who finds solace in his life. One day, while in town to sell his fruit, two girls, barefoot and dirty, steal apples from him and later appear at his door. This is a man who disrupts the lonely harmony of a quiet life when he opens his heart to let the world in. The meeting will be held at the Hawthorne House on Raymond Cape Road on July 31 at 7 p.m. The book will be available upon request at the library. For more information, call the library at 655-4283. This group welcomes all interested readers and we especially look forward to seeing our summertime members.

Many Thanks

The Plant Sale at the Raymond Village Library this year was amazing. They wish to thank all those who worked in organizing, arranging, pricing and making it happen. The selection was wonderful thanks to all those who contributed. They especially wish to thank the Raymond Village Florist and Maple Springs Farm in Harrison for their generous donation of plants. Most of all, we need to thank all those devoted gardeners who came and purchased flowers and plants. It takes all of these dedicated people to make this important fundraiser such a success.

Clynk – Recycle bottles and cans

In the warmer months we often use more beverages in cans and bottles, especially with summertime company. One of the easiest ways to contribute to your library is to utilize the green plastic bags available at the library to collect your recyclable cans and bottles. When filled, just bring it down to the local Hannaford Supermarket. The library will receive the money from the deposit to benefit the library’s material and services. Ask for the recycle bags the next time you come into the library.

The community garden is located next to the Raymond Village Library on Meadow Road/Route 121. Volunteers sow, maintain and harvest the garden to benefit the local food pantry.