Friday, November 17, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor:

Clothes and more clothes!

Presently, there is a resource in town where you can get clothing from infancy to adulthood at NO COST. Where is it?

Well everyone - it is the Clothes Closet which resides downstairs from the Windham Food Pantry. The entrance is in the rear of the building which is on Route 202 next to the Public Safety building. 

I know it is hard to think “winter” with the weather we have had, but it changes in a minute. The Closet is open Monday and Tuesday mornings; but starting in January 2018 the Closet will also be open the second Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the fourth Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. of every month. The hope is that more families will be able to avail themselves of this facility with these additional days and times. These added times and days will only apply to the Clothes Closet.

There are plenty of winter clothing and accessories for children and adults so please consider checking it out now.

Marge Govoni

To the Editor:

If you do not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here.  

The Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s Open Enrollment Period is now underway and this is the only time of year when Mainers, who purchase their health insurance on the open market, can make changes to their coverage.  

Mainers from Madawaska to Kittery only have a few weeks to take advantage of this opportunity as ACA Open Enrollment ends on Friday, December 15.  

The cost of available health insurance plans depends on your income. During Open Enrollment, you can explore health plans that offer a variety of options to meet your health needs. After reviewing available plans, there are a few things to consider that can help you select the plan that is best for you.  

For example, most plans fall into four categories with a range of monthly premiums, out-of-pocket costs and deductibles. For those who qualify, the ACA also offers catastrophic care, generally reserved for people under 30, and often including high-deductibles but low monthly premiums. Some individuals may be eligible for federal financial assistance.

If you need help choosing health insurance coverage or if you have questions, free local assistance is available in communities across Maine. To find assistance in your area, contact Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC) or call CAHC’s Consumer Assistance Helpline at 1-800-965-7476 or go to for more information.  

The process can be confusing, but CAHC, along with Maine’s Community Action Centers, are ready to help you.

This is the only time you can make changes to your coverage and we urge Mainers to review their health care options right away so they can get the care they need in 2018.

Japhet Els
AARP Maine Outreach Director

Dear Editor,

The Raymond Beautification Committee and Raymond Vitalization Committee are collaborating to provide 70 Christmas wreaths to be hung on all of the decorative light poles along the 302 Raymond business corridor. Jessica Fay and Maine Lakes Wedding Event Florist, will purchase the wreaths for us at cost, and make the bows for them.

The Walk ‘n Weed Committee, a group from the Beautification Committee, will be making personal visits to 302 businesses beginning the third week of November, to raise money for the wreaths. Our entire community benefits from the visual appeal of the 302 corridor throughout the year. 

Everyone is invited to contribute to this seasonal project along with businesses. To do so, please send donations to the Town or Raymond, Attention, “For Wreaths”, 401 Webbs Mills Road in Raymond, 04071.

Thank you.
Raymond Vitalization Committee

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