March 9, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Reichert chosen as New Portland selectman

NEW PORTLAND — Some said it was the largest turnout in many years at Saturday’s annual New Portland town meeting held at the fire station community room with standing room only.  More...

Eustis voters breeze through 25 articles

EUSTIS — There was little discussion as Eustis voters quickly determined the fate of 24 articles on the Town Meeting Warrant on Saturday, March 5 at the Community Building.  More...

Arts & Entertainment

‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ to be performed

FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington presents George Brant’s award winning drama “Elephant’s Graveyard,” as the spring 2011 Theatre UMF production.  More...

Flagstaff book authors to give reading

FARMINGTON — Authors Kenny Wing and Alan Burnell will be discussing their book “Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake” Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Farmington Public Library, 117 Academy Street.  More...

A fave returns

Maine Comedian Bob Marley was once again a hit among locals and non-locals alike in the Western Mountains. Marley performed two shows at the Sugarloaf Inn Feb. 24. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Jacqueline Paulette DeRaps Nerney

1950-2011 — She best known for her gift of compassion

WILTON — Jacqueline Paulette DeRaps Nerney lost her battle with cancer at the age of 60 March 2, 2011 surrounded by family at the home of her eldest daughter in Wilton.  Thanks to her dedicated Beacon Hospice nurse, Glenna Barden, and aide More...

Marion C. Everett

1929-2011 — She enjoyed her family, hosting holidays and being with friends

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Marion C. Everett, 81, of Manchester, N.H., died Feb. 27, 2011.  She was born Sept. 25, 1929 in Phillips, the daughter of Clarence and Gladys (Dolbier) Huntington. More...

Merlon R. Kingsley

1921-2011 — He enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife, and liked to hunt and fish

FARMINGTON — Merlon R. Kingsley, 89, of Strong, died Feb. 26, 2011 at Franklin Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient.  He was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Strong, the son of Algenon and Zena Toothaker Kingsley. More...

Sports & Outdoors

Top notch

Mt. Abram Ski Team members Sadie James, and Elise and Erin Luce (from left) recently returned from the High School Class B State Championships with some impressive individual finishes. More...

Elise Luce qualifies for Maine Alpine Ski Team

MT. ABRAM — Mt. Abram alpine skier Elise Luce qualified for the Maine Alpine Ski Team in the Eastern High School Alpine “Shootout” held at Mt. Abram ski area Sunday, Feb. 27. More...

Local racers shine at Shawnee

USSA J5 Championships

SHAWNEE PEAK — The USSA J5 Championships Giant Slalom was held at Shawnee Peak Sunday, March 6. The weather was rainy and overcast with spring-like conditions on the trail. More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

Western Mountain Activities

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COMMUNITY THINGS TO DO

BINGO — Fri. 6:30 pm, Legion Hall, Depot St.,Phillips. All paper gamesBINGO — Sat. 6:30 pm, Legion Hall, SchoolSt., Kingfield. All paper gamesBOOK CLUB MEETING — 2nd, Thurs., 6:30pm, New Portland Com. Library. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Sometimes I get the feeling the whole world is against me, but deep down I know that’s not true. Some smaller countries are neutral.  —Robert Orben   More...

OUT & ABOUT WITH LAURA

After a rough winter of chasing doctors, Howard and I have decided to take a break from those wonderful “white-coated” people and visit our family in Florida and Pennsylvania for about three weeks. More...

This Week's Cover

Full Story

Voters approve $608,402 budget

Town of Strong

STRONG — Voters met Saturday morning, welcoming two new members to the board of selectmen. James Burrill, with 142 votes, defeated incumbent Mary White, who received 101 votes. Joan Reed ran unopposed and received 195 votes. More...

Redesign of Depot, Main streets intersection may happen this year

Town of Kingfield

KINGFIELD — Eliminating the “Y” intersection at Depot and Main streets, and creating a perpendicular 90 degree turn may become a reality this year.  More...

Blinking light at access road to go before voters

Town of Carrabassett Valley

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Voters will be asked to appropriate up to $2,000 to pay for the replacement of the blinking light at the intersection of the Sugarloaf Access Road and Route 27 in Article 37 on the March 16 Town Meeting Warrant.  Suga More...

Op-Ed

K-12 community schools a 21st century solution

On Feb. 17, Supt. Quenten Clark shared yet another district reorganization option with the MSAD #58 school directors.  The K-12 option was presented in the usual 20th century bureaucratic manner. More...

Utilizing your public library

In these times of tight budgets I want to remind the people in our area just what our public libraries have to offer.  Not only do we have standard books, but most of our local libraries have a good assortment of current fiction and large print More...

This is no time to reduce Community Action programs

“For every human problem there is a solution,” wrote the journalist H.L. Mencken almost 100 years ago, “neat, plausible, and wrong.”  More...

Letters

Things have changed

I’d like to thank the Town of Avon for honoring me as an Avon Registrar (for only seven years as that was how long my term as Notary Public lasted). More...

Wake up taxpayers!

I have lived in the Town of Strong for 73 years and I am shocked at what is going on. In all of my years, I have never seen the town in such a mess.  As a taxpayer —and I do pay my taxes— I am very concerned. More...

Thank you Poland Spring for your donation

We at the Knights of Columbus Jay Council would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingfield Poland Spring Bottling Plant, and its people, for donating bottled water to be used at our free supper which is held the third Saturday of each month More...

Community & Local News

Maine Huts & Trails wins tourism award - Free Access

AUGUSTA — Maine Huts & Trails was recently presented with the award for Commitment to Innovation during the 2011 Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Portland. More...

UT residents want assurance TIF funds will benefit them

FARMINGTON — Residents of the unorganized territories impacted by the Kibby Wind Project want to make sure the $4 million from the Franklin County Development and Tax Increment Financing District is used to benefit that area.  More...

Musical celebration honoring Ian Parker planned - Free Access

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Ian W. Parker, 27, of Machias, known by many around the Sugarloaf area as lead singer of the Hallowell based band, “The Returnables,” passed from our world this past week. More...

News from our Schools

Exploring options

Tori Beane (left to right), Krystal Larkin, Annie Dexter, Jill Howard and Lilly Taylor listen to current CNA student, Anita Plog, talk about how to take a patient’s blood pressure at the Foster More...

Bikes for Books reading underway in Stratton

STRATTON — For the second year the Mt. Bigelow Masonic Lodge is sponsoring the Bikes for Books reading program at the Stratton Elementary School.  More...

Rebecca Ellis receives MPA Principal’s Award

NORTH ANSON — Rebecca Ellis of North Anson, a senior at Carrabec High School, has been selected to receive the 2011 Principal’s Award, Principal Dr. More...