Scarecrows devote personalities to building community spirit
Raymond resident Peg Louis poses with a pair of married scarecrows on her front lawn on Friday afternoon. More than 30 scarecrows have popped up at town businesses and residents thanks to Louis, who suggested the initiative as a way to build community support and pride as the town prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary next year. (GRETYL MACALASTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
The effort was started by longtime Raymond resident Peg Louis, a member of the town's 250th anniversary committee, as a community-building event as the committee raises awareness for next year's big anniversary celebration.
Each scarecrow is a unique representation of the people and places in town. A scarecrow in front of the Phillips 66 gas station and Moe's Sub Shop is holding a replica Moe's sub and is wearing Patriots pajama pants. The Arsenault family, known for their epic Christmas displays, created a scarecrow replica of Ray Arsenault hanging Christmas lights on a tree. At the Hennessy family home, the scarecrow is dressed as a beekeeper, complete with a nearby hive and carrying tools of the trade. The Hennessys keep bees themselves.
She and several other women in town spent the last several months collecting recipes for a community cookbook that will soon be available for purchase, titled "Raymond Past and Present." It features more than 450 recipes along with historical anecdotes and photographs of the town's long history and should be available by Thanksgiving.
The 250th theme is "My Town, Your Town, Our Town" and Louis is planning other events to bring various community members together as well, including a gingerbread house event around the winter holidays, and a Peeps diorama event for April.
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