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Inside Raymond – 3/3

Dr. Seuss night

Do not forget that tonight, March 4, is the annual Dr. Seuss party,
a free event hosted by the Raymond Village Library to honor the
great wordsmith. The fun will kick off at 6:30 p.m. at the Raymond
Elementary School and children of all ages and their parents are
invited to celebrate his birthday and enjoy games, crafts,
storytelling, and prizes. There will be lots of fun for everyone,
so you will not want to miss it.

Go Solar

Would you like to learn how to improve your home, save money and
help the environment? Raymond’s John Rand will be teaching a course
on solar energy offered through Windham Adult Education on
Thursday, March 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This is an introduction to
solar thermal including an overview of the technology, the
economics of solar thermal at the residential and commercial scale,
reasons to invest including financial and environmental, resources
for further information and plenty of time for questions and
answers. Known for his tireless efforts chairing the Raymond
Conservation Commission, Rand is a consultant primarily involved
with planning, design and permitting solar energy. Space is limited
so register immediately by visiting windham.maineadulted.org or
calling the adult education office at 892-1819.

Calling all writers

I am excited to report that a new writing group has been formed for
those in the Sebago Lakes area who are interested in writing. The
Writers will meet at the Raymond Public Safety Station on the third
Monday of each month beginning March 21 from 6-8 p.m. The moderator
of this group will be T. Jewell Collins, and Betty Libby is the
founder and manager. Collins is a widely published writer and adult
education instructor in the Fryeburg and Lakes Region area. Libby
is an owner of the Sebago Lake Development Corporation of Casco and
Raymond. For more information, please call 655-9214.

Camp Sunshine 
hits the slopes

Each year during February school vacation, Shawnee Peak hosts Camp
Sunshine families for an afternoon of skiing and riding.
Approximately 100 students were excited and nervous as they got
their chance to learn to ski or snowboard while their parents
watched from the sidelines. Many of these kids have spent countless
hours in hospitals, and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to
experience a joyous new adventure. Providing a wonderful experience
for all requires a substantial group of caring, snow savvy
volunteers, and once again, many friendly, cheerful people from
Raymond stepped up to the plate and volunteered their time to
help.

A special thank-you goes out to Coleen Laprise for helping to
organize this event. She has been involved with this program for
several years and when recruiting volunteers she said, “it is a
very rewarding experience. It is nice to share something we love
with these students. You don’t have to be an expert skier, but
great attitude and positive spirit is required.”

Raymond 
Community Garden

Even though a look outside proves it is clearly still winter, those
who manage the Raymond Village Community Garden are getting their
seeds started for summer. The RVCG is a non-profit organization
established to help our community and promote a healthy lifestyle.
Located next to the Raymond Village Library, the garden provides
rows of crops especially grown for the Raymond Food Pantry, and
they need our help.

There are many ways to get involved in the garden including
weeding, watering and harvesting the Raymond Food Pantry rows. You
can also have your own garden rows for the seasonal stipend of $10
per row which includes some seed varieties or you can bring your
own organic seeds or seedlings. Only organic seeds are allowed in
the garden so your family will eat only the best of healthy and
flavorful foods.

Volunteers are also needed to promote healthy eating at the Raymond
Food pantry once a week. You will have samples to provide to the
pantry visitors as well as recipes which use ingredients found in
the garden. All watering and weeding tools are provided and you can
work around your schedule.

RVCG is a great opportunity to give back to the community while at
the same time learning and harvesting fresh organic vegetables of
your own. The RVCG is a non-profit organization with a goal to be
self-sustaining for future years. Tax deductible donations are
greatly appreciated and can be made payable to RVCG, c/o the
Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road, Raymond, ME 04071. If you
would like to help, please contact Leigh Walker at 655-2135 or
lwalker4@maine.rr.com.

Church supper

The Casco Village Church, located on Route 121 in the village of
Casco is hosting another Saturday night supper on Feb. 28 from 5-6
p.m. Come enjoy all the favorite traditional beans and casseroles
but with an Italian twist. The cost is only $7 for adults, $4 for
children under 10 with a maximum charge of $20 per family and
includes salads, rolls, beverages and desserts.

Play Ball!

Spring is just around the corner and soon America’s favorite
pastime will be in full swing. Those who run the Raymond baseball
and softball program are busy making plans for the 2011 season and
will hold registrations on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, March 8
and 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Jordan-Small Middle School. This
program is open to boys and girls ages 5-15 playing all levels of
ball from T-ball through the senior league.

Registration can also be done online at
www.raymondbaseballsoftball.com, so please be sure to register your
child as soon as possible so teams can be formed. Assessments and
try-outs will be held on March 26. For more information and a
schedule of tryouts, please contact Kevin MacDonald at
Kevin@raymondbaseballsoftball.com.

The Happy Prince

Despite, or perhaps because of my lack of acting abilities, I have
a deep appreciation for our local performers, particularly our
youth. I enjoy all of the schools’ musicals and am looking forward
to watching Windham High School’s upcoming performance at the Maine
Principals’ Association’s Maine Drama Festival.

Windham High’s One Act team is notorious for finishing in the top
three of this highly competitive annual event and will compete on
Saturday, March 12, at Morse High School in Bath. They are
performing “The Happy Prince” and will hopefully move on to the
state finals to be held at the end of the month.

To help fund these trips, they are hosting a preview performance of
the play on Sunday, March 6 and Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. at the
Windham Performing Arts Center. Tickets to these shows are only $5
for adults and $3 for students and available at the door.

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