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Raymond Regatta Boat Race on the Lamprey River
By Cheryl Killam - 6-4-13

The Raymond Regatta Silly Boat Race, held on Saturday June 1, was sponsored by the Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA)  and Raymond Recreation Department to increase awareness of the Lamprey River and how it could be enjoyed more by the townspeople.

The Silly Boat race is an event that started back in the '70s, Recreation Director Michelle Weaver said, "when the board of selectmen at the time floated down river on a mattress." Unfortunately the event was discontinued for reasons unknown.

Fire Chief Kevin Pratt said, "this is really great to see people using the beach, hopefully we can keep doing this each year."

Fire Department volunteers Rusty Larrabee and Joe Gallant waiting for the race to begin.

The Cramer family entered a small antique row boat hoping it would hold one adult and two boys.

Boy Scout Troop 101 entered a pontoon-style boat they created by lashing two canoes together with a dog sled perched in the middle, for the captain of the ship.

The two boats entered in the race launched from the town’s Carroll Beach, located at the rear of the Lamprey River Elementary School.  Earlier in the week Boy Scout Troop 101 cleaned the beach of trash, branches and tree stumps that washed ashore during the past year’s floods, adding to their community service badges.

Both boats pushed off from the beach at 10:30 am,  taking about 30 minutes to row out to the buoy and back, escorted by the Raymond Fire Department safety boat manned by Larrabee and Gallant.

Everyone on the shore was cheering both boats because there was definitely a race to the finish in progress.

Cody Cramer and his sons Wyatt, 9, and Clayton, 6, all wearing the required life jackets to enter the race, moved steadily towards the finish line as Dad paddled and the two boys enjoyed the ride. Mom Dana and daughter Lydia cheered from the beach.

Boy scouts Luke Vadeboncoeur, Mike Antaya, Joe Berard and Damien Patterson paddled continuously while Captain of the ship Doug Vogel bellowed, "more on the left, ok now more on the right", trying to get the pontoon-style boat to float in a straight line towards the finish.

John Beauvilliers and Jan Kent kayaked the open water between the buoy and shore for additional safety. 

The Cramer family won 2 passes to the Liquid Planet Water Park Zip Line while the Boy Scouts won a $35 gift certificate to Sweatshirts Etc. and a $25 gift certificate to Ben Franklin.

The Lamprey River Watershed Association (LRWA) had a display tent with a map showing the 14 towns the Lamprey River flows through and educational material on the importance of the river to the communities. 

Joey Hsu, 9, of Raymond makes a donation to the Lamprey River Watershed Association.

Suzanne Peterson of Lamprey River Advisory Committee holding a ball python.

Rockin’ Reptiles of the New Hampshire Audubon Society in Auburn brought the ball python, eastern painted turtle and a young snapping turtle for the public to learn about.

For more information about the Lamprey River Watershed Association visit their website at www.lrwa-nh.org.

Photos by Cheryl Killam

Bike Safety Rodeo at Raymond Regatta Family Fun Day
By Paul Pindris - 6-4-13

Under a blazing sun, Saturday June 1, the parking lot of Lamprey River Elementary School was the site of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company’s Bike Safety Rodeo during the Raymond Regatta Family Fun Day hosted by the Lamprey River Watershed Association and Raymond Recreation Department.

Intended to teach youngsters the rules of the road and how to be as safe as possible while riding their bicycles, the course was set up by Liberty Mutual sales representatives Brandon Neudecker and Jamie Mallett, complete with replica traffic signs and simulated obstacles for riders to navigate. The course took only minutes for the cyclists to complete.

Brandon Neudecker of Liberty Mutual Insurance guides 5-year-old Elizabeth Post through the bicycle safety course, under the watchful eye of Raymond Police Explorers.

Assisting Liberty Mutual were members of the Raymond Police Explorers, under the guidance of Officer Sue Frotton of the Raymond Police Department. Before beginning the course, student cyclists could have an Explorer perform a safety check of their equipment and register the bike in the event it were ever lost or stolen.

Police Explorer Lieutenant Alex Lang, a senior at Raymond High School, explained that students are eligible to become an Explorer once they are 14 years old and have graduated the eighth grade. Further information can be obtained by contacting Officer Frotton at the Raymond Police Department at 895-4747.

Explorer Alex Lang registers the bicycle of Jonathan Lefave, 9 years old, as Jonathan’s mom looks on. Jonathan said that he has been riding bicycles for six years, and that he and his friends like to build jumps from logs and pieces of wood and he has never yet had a bad crash.


Photos by Paul Pindris























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