January 12, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Perry Ellsworth’s last day is Friday

RANGELEY — Perry Ellsworth looks forward to the challenge of taking what he’s accomplished as town manager in Rangeley over the past six years to a much bigger town –-South Berwick  More...

Clyde Barker, Franklin County’s newest commissioner

FARMINGTON — “I’ve always wanted to be a county commissioner,” said Clyde Barker, 70, of Strong, a few moments before being sworn into a three-year term on the Franklin County Board.  More...

Arts & Entertainment

Four top music acts planned for Sugarloaf

Pure Prairie League, Rusted Root, Marc Broussard and the Rustic Overtones are coming to Sugarloaf this winter.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Sugarloaf will welcome four top musical acts this winter, with Pure Prairie League, Rusted Root, Marc Broussard and the Rustic Overtones set to headline four different concerts during the 2010- 2011 winter season.  More...

Sculptor E.S. Finney to exhibit

FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery kicks off the new year with an exhibit of vast sculptural works by Boston artist E.S. Finney.  Dramatic in its subject and scale, this free and opento the-public exhibition runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. More...

Cabin Fever Reliever Quilt Camp offered

RANGELEY — The holiday week blizzard of 2010 dropped two feet of new snow in the Rangeley region officially announcing winter, that time of year to get out and enjoy cold-weather outdoor recreational activities. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Russell Regan Mathers II

1952-2011 — He enjoyed spending time with his family and family gatherings

CARTHAGE — Russell Regan Mathers II, 58, died Jan. 7, 2011 at the Hospice House in Auburn where he had been a patient since Jan. 3, 2011 following a long illness.  More...

James M. ‘Jim’ Boutilier

1939-2011 — He enjoyed traveling, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family

RANGELEY — James M. “Jim” Boutilier, 71, of Rangeley, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family after a long illness.  More...

Earland Kingsley Sleight

1922-2011 — He served in the Navy during World War II

Earland Kingsley Sleight, 88, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2011.  More...

Sports & Outdoors

Roadrunners trounce Cougars

MTA 62, Carrabec 29

SALEM — The Roadrunners got their first win on the season over the visiting Carrabec Cougars. In an impressive showing, MTA started off strong and didn’t look back. More...

Roadrunners lose steam

MTA, 37 — Carrabec, 41

SALEM — The Mt. Abram girls took on Carrabec Tuesday, Jan. 4 holding a lead for most of the game, but just couldn’t keep it up for the win.  More...

SAST is fast —wins season’s first meet

Sugarloaf Area Ski Team

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The Sugarloaf Area Ski Team competed in its first meet of the season with ski teams from Marranacook and Mountain Valley Dec. 6 at Sugarloaf. The Giant Slalom was held on Lower Narrow Gauge.  More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

Western Mountain Activities

SATURDAYS FARMINGTON FARMERS MARKET — 9 am-12 pm, Grange Hall, Bridge St., W. Farmington. 15+ members, veggies, plants, soaps, baked goods, crafts. Also online market pick-up day location, www.westernmainemarket.com. FMI: 778-6602.  More...

COMMUNITY THINGS TO DO

BINGO — Fri. 6:30 pm, Legion Hall, Depot St., Phillips. All paper games BINGO — Sat. 6:30 pm, Legion Hall, School St., Kingfield. All paper games BOOK CLUB MEETING — 2nd, Thurs., 6:30 pm, New Portland Com. Library. Open to public. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Martin Luther King Day is Monday  Racial superiority is a mere pigment of the imagination.  —Author Unknown  If you have a positive thought you’d like us to print, please send or email it to us. More...

OUT & ABOUT WITH LAURA

The chair lift that derailed at Sugarloaf Mountain last week was some 35 years old. More...

MSAD #58 School Board looks at options

SALEM — Moving Mt. More...

A work in progress - Free Access

  Lift mechanics work on the Spillway East chairlift at Sugarloaf. They began the process of replacing the damaged sheave train lastweek. Sugarloaf officials were unable to give a date when the lift would reopen. See story on page 5. More...

Townspeople split on abandoning town manager government

PHILLIPS — Whether Phillips will hold a special town meeting to determine whether or not to abandon the town manager form of government will be decided by selectmen within the next month.  More...

Op-Ed

Cartoon

Full Story

Carrabassett education funding issue

As many of you may be aware, in June of 2010 the Town of Carrabassett signed a contract with MSAD #58 for secondary school attendance changing the way secondary education funding has been traditionally apportioned.  More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Are you a football fan? If so, do you have a Super Bowl pick?

Kirk Ellis, Rangeley: "New England over anybody." More...

Letters

Thank you Poland Spring

As President of the Sugarloaf Mtn. Ski Club, I would like to publicly thank Poland Spring for its generous donation of water for our fundraising barbeques. Most of the money raised from the barbeques is used to support our scholarship program.  More...

Time again for ‘THE’ community supper

Casseroles are needed for the “Community Supper” to kickoff the annual Special Olympic Winter Games at Sugarloaf. This year’s supper will be held Sunday evening, Jan. More...

Where was he?

Something seemed to be missing from the Irregular last week. was looking forward to my weekly picture or pictures of Tom Saviello and lo and behold there was none.  What is going on? Bruce Miles Carrabassett Valley   More...

Community & Local News

Spillway repairs begin while investigation continues - Free Access

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — While wind has been deemed a contributing factor in the Spillway Chairlift accident at Sugarloaf Dec. 28, the investigation continues. More...

Wood pellet boiler online soon

Phillips Elementary School

PHILLIPS — MSAD #58’s efforts to convert to alternative energy is taking another step forward with a new wood pellet boiler which is expected to be online at the Phillips Elementary School in two weeks. More...

Stanley Museum Steam Team tunes up Locomobiles

KINGFIELD — The Stanley Museum’s Steam Team is 25 years old this year. More...

News from our Schools

Students attend Career Fair at UMF

FARMINGTON — Thursday, Jan. More...

‘Aida’ to be performed at Carrabec high

NORTH ANSON — Students at Carrabec High School will present four performances of the opera “Aida” at the high school.  The performances will be Thursday, Jan. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. More...

CVA honor roll

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Carrabassett Valley Academy recently released its first trimester honor roll for the 2010-2011 year.  To achieve High Honors students must earn a 90 GPA and above, and Honors requires an 85 and above.  More...