Raymond News

What's great about living in Raymond?
By Cheryl Killam    7-24-18

Have you ever wondered what’s great about living in Raymond, NH? For a small community of just over 10,400, there really is a lot to offer. 

The town still has plenty of winding country roads shaded by canopies of trees, as well as a few horse farms. The Lamprey River flows from corner to corner, there are two large lakes and 1000 acres of conservation land available for the public’s enjoyment. 

Not only does Raymond hold its own 4th of July Parade and the Annual Town Fair/ Fireworks/Town Wide Yard Sale each summer; there is also the Om-a-can-canoe Triathlon and American Legion Car Show on the Common in September, and the Annual Festival of Trees held in December and hosted by the Collaborative Business Connection, a group of local businesses.

Raymond also provides a dedicated recreation department for outdoor summer playground and winter skiing activities along with a wide variety of indoor activities including Zumba, yoga, line dancing and trips and Summer Concerts on the Common. The Raymond Soccer Club runs the soccer program, Nor-rock Vikings runs the football program and the Lamprey River Babe Ruth league runs the baseball program.

If you are looking for places to stroll, hike or bike, head west down the rail trail to visit the Lamprey River Elementary School Eco Center behind the school, or visit Riverside Park with its dog park alongside the Lamprey River.  Go a bit further west down the rail trail and you can hike around one of four town-owned parcels of conservation land: the Dearborn Forest is beside Onway Lake; head northwest on route 107 to Robinson Hill Conservation Land near the Deerfield town line; head back east to the Cassier Memorial Forest beside Governors Lake; or go a little further east to the Flint Hill property, just off route 156, known for its mica mines.

Family camping and fireworks are available at Pine Acres Campground or go hiking, fishing and camping just over the town line into Nottingham at Pawtuckaway State Park.  Looking for more excitement, then head west on route 27 to Candia Springs Water Park and zip lines.

There are a number of organizations that serve the community, including the Raymond Coalition for Youth, which is available to empower youth and make the community a safer and healthier place, the Raymond Voter Information Project (VIP), which provides information for the local March voting session; the Greater Raymond Area Chamber of Commerce, a group for networking and business promotion; the Ray-Fre Senior Center, a place for seniors to gather and socialize; and the American Legion Post 90 for veterans and their families.

There are five churches to worship at: New Life Church, Raymond Baptist Church, Raymond Methodist Church, Raymond Congregational Church and Bethany Church.   There is also a Raymond Rotary Club, Raymond Lions Club, Raymond Historical Society and Friends of the Dudley-Tucker Library, always in need of more volunteers and members.

If you are looking for clubs for the kids, there are Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4-H clubs to join. For the adults and kids there is the Raymond Arts community theater group, which puts on two plays and a variety show each year, Raymond Community Band, or bowling leagues at Strikers East. For the girls there is the Miss/Jr. Miss/Little Miss Raymond Scholarship Program. 

When you are hungry, there are lots of restaurants with a variety of choices. You can begin your day with breakfast at the Longbranch restaurant  downtown or McDonald’s on route 102/107. You can grab lunch at Gordo’s Burrito Mexican at Riverbend Market Place, and if you are craving Italian food there is Pizza by George in the Raymond Shopping Plaza, Louie’s Pizza at Cozy Corner or Supreme House of Pizza downtown. If Chinese food is your preference, you can choose from Lucky Corner or China One.  Lastly, finish the day out with dinner at the Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery on route 27 or Cork N Keg on route 102/107, both offering traditional American fare. 

Need to go shopping?  Hannaford’s has all the basic groceries; visit the Raymond Shopping Plaza for pet supplies at Pawtuckaway Pet; get hardware, seasonal items and craft supplies at Ace Ben Franklin; and  farm feed at Radio Grove on route 27.  Hunting and fishing supplies are available at Pawtuckaway Trading Post in Cozy Corner as well as The Mountain Trading Post on Mountain Road on the way the Pawtuckaway State Park.

There are a couple medical care options including Lamprey Health Care center and Elliot Primary Care, physical therapists include Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Excel Physical Therapy, and there are multiple dentists and pharmacies to chose from.

For more information about organizations or contact information for some of the businesses, restaurants or retail stores go to the directories on the Raymond Area News website.



























RCTV Information
for Chnl 22 &13 program schedules.

Raymond VIP News
for information about their work.

Voter Information
the Raymond Warrant Articles and Voting Locations.

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