March 11, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Strong taxes cut by $7,470

STRONG — In less than three hours on Saturday, about 50 town meeting voters reduced their taxation budget by more than $7,000. Instead of raising and appropriating the proposed $525,518, voters cut it to $518,048. More...

Plow contract triggers questions in Eustis

EUSTIS — The one article that drew a contentious line of questions at town meeting Saturday had to do with the winter roads account jumping from $90,000 last year to $150,000. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Dinner theater returns to Mt. Blue Middle School

FARMINGTON -- Shoveling out of the mid- March blahs can often be as great a challenge as clearing out the driveway. On Saturday, March 21, at 6 p.m., let the Mt. More...

Celtic harp masters to play

SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will host "Masters of the Celtic Harp" Gráinne Hambly and William Jackson at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 19 starting at 7 p.m. A pre-show jam will start at 6:15 p.m. More...

Family Winter Carnival planned for Orgonon

RANGELEY — The Family Winter Carnival at Orgonon, free of charge, will be held on Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Center at the Wilhelm Reich Museum on Dodge Pond Road. Beginning at 11 a.m. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Norene "Pat" May Rowe

1935-2009 — She very much enjoyed watching basketball, especially high school playoffs

AVON — Norene "Pat" May Rowe of Phillips passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2009 with her family by her side. Pat was born April 20, 1935 in Sandy River Plantation, the daughter of Dick and Ida Steward. She was educated in Rangeley Schools. More...

Christina (Swett) Smith

1931-2009 — She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother

CANTON — Christina (Swett) Smith, 77, a resident of Main Street, Jay, died Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, at the Victorian Villa Nursing Home in Canton where she had been a resident for one week. She was born Oct. More...

Sports & Outdoors

Youth indoor soccer exciting

SALEM - - In a fun and fundamental skill-building manner and in the spirit of the sport, the Western Maine Youth Soccer Association is alive and well through its winter indoor youth sessions. More...

Riding high

A snowboarder carves up the Supervisor trail on Saddleback Mountain over the weekend. (Steve Mitman photo) More...

Tuttle takes 4th for U.S.

NAGANO, Japan -- Coplin Plantation, Carrabassett Valley Academy, the State of Maine and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association have all been watching local athlete Alex Tuttle as he's been on a success path in the sport of snowboardcross. More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

Western Mountain Activities

THRU TUESDAY, MAR 31 EXHIBITION: STEVE ROTHERT — Mon-Fri 10 am-5:30 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am-4 pm, SugarWood Gallery, 248 Broadway, Farmington. Paintings. FMI: 778-9105. More...

Kingfield budget decrease approved

KINGFIELD -- The theme of this year's town meeting was holding the line on spending. "As most of you know, we are in an economic downturn," said resident James McClure. More...

Boston Cane moves on

KINGFIELD -- Last Thursday, the Boston Post Cane was presented to Tyyne Pillman in a tradition that is linked back to Kingfield as an original recipient community dating back to 1909. The cane is to be presented to the eldest resident of the town. More...

Voters question transfer station cost

NEW PORTLAND — About 60 residents gathered at the Central Elementary School at the North Village in New Portland on Saturday, March 7, for what could be the last town meeting to be held at that facility. More...

Titcomb Mountain closing for season March 15

But not without an "end-of-season-hurrah"!

WEST FARMINGTON -- Titcomb Mountain is finishing up its season and will close on Sunday, March 15. As of March 9, the resort received over 96 inches of snow this season and the alpine slopes and Nordic trails have good conditions. More...

Op-Ed

COMMENTARY

To the Citizens of School Union #37

As you are aware, all six towns in the Union rejected the plan to consolidate central office services with Maine School Administrative District #44. More...

Legislative Report

The IF&W budget, Part I

Budget, budget, budget —those are the words echoing through the state house halls. I am directly involved in the budget related to Inland Fisheries and Wildlife since I am a member of the IF&W committee. More...

Political Cartoon

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Community & Local News

RHLT exploring workforce housing in Rangeley Region

RANGELEY — For more than 17 years, RLHT has been working to improve the community and the quality of life in the Rangeley Region. More...

The workforce housing issue in Maine: Facts and Figures

Affordable Workforce Housing is defined as safe and clean housing that is affordable to moderate income households earning 80 percent to 120 percent of a community's median income These moderate income workforce members are some of the most import More...

Mountain Misbehavior: Law enforcement busy throughout area

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — The following are summaries of some of the local law enforcement agencies' and fire departments' activities last week. More...

News from our Schools

Rangeley wants 'island' status for school district

RANGELEY — SAU 37 Superintendent Phil Richardson wants the state to treat his rural district the same way it treats island districts. "We're unto ourselves. We're islands in the sky," he said Wednesday afternoon, March 4. More...

DAR to honor three local high school students

SKOWHEGAN — The members of Eunice Farnsworth-Ruth Heald Cragin Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution of Skowhegan are delighted to announce that this year their chapter has sponsored three local high school seniors who were chosen by More...

Job Fair at UMF

FARMINGTON -- University of Maine at Farmington Center for Human Development career services will host its annual Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

St. Patrick's Day is Tuesday

Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck. —Author Unknown If you have a positive thought you'd like us to print, please send or email it to us. More...

Recipes from the Ridge

Can't Get Enough Pasta Pasta has to be the easiest way to throw a meal on the table —just add anything and voilà, you have a pasta surprise. These recipes are easy, tasty and kids will usually eat them. More...