December 28, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Yes Ashley, there is a Secret Santa Claus

KINGFIELD — Santa is spreading good will throughout the country, paying off layaway bills from Denver, to Pittsburg, to Farmington, Maine.   More...

Commissioners recommend over $1m UT budget

FARMINGTON — Following a public hearing on the Unorganized Territories that brought little discussion, Franklin County Commissioners unanimously endorsed a 2012-2013 proposed budget of over $1 million.  More...

Arts & Entertainment

Matthew Russ to exhibit

KINGFIELD — The Schoolhouse Gallery will present an exhibit of oil paintings by plein-air artist Matthew Russ. Opening on Jan. 6, during the Kingfield First Friday Artwalk, the work will be on display through Feb. 2.  More...

New Year’s Eve with WMC

NEW PORTLAND — Those looking for something to do for New Year’s Eve are urged to consider attending the Western Mountains Church for pizza, games and a bon fire with marshmallows. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. More...

Contra dance planned

WEST FARMINGTON — West Farmington Dance recently announced that the next contra dance is set for Saturday, Jan. 14, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. at the Farmington Grange on Bridge Street. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Ann E. Reid

1938-2011 — She instilled a sense of empathy & gratitude to everyone her life touched

FARMINGTON — Ann E. Reid, 73, a resident of Eustis, died Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Sandy River Rehabilitation Center in Farmington.  More...

Fred E. Whittemore

1923-2011 — He was a kind hearted and caring person

FARMINGTON — Fred E. Whittemore, 88, formerly of Dixfield, died at the Sandy River Rehabilitation Center where he had been a resident for 3 ½ years.  He was born in South Portland on May 11, 1923, the son of Frederick and Evelyn  More...

Edward S. Lull Jr.

1932-2011 — He was an avid hunter and fisherman with a passion for photography and cooking

AUBURN — Edward S. Lull Jr., 79, of Eustis, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 at the Androscoggin Hospice House in Auburn.  More...

Sports & Outdoors

CVA’s Max Richard wins slalom event in Attitash

ATTITASH, N.H. — Farmington native and Carrabassett Valley Academy Junior Max Richard found himself on his second podium of the season at Attitash’s Development FIS Slalom race Wednesday, Dec. 21.  More...

DiGravio: Top American at selections

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Col. More...

Mt. Abram Boys Basketball

Mt. Abram JV player Colin McCarthy-Edwards shoots and is fouled by Madison’s Jared Miller in a game at the Runnerdome on Tuesday night. (Heidi Murphy photo) More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

New Year’s Day is Sunday  Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.  —Dave Beard   More...

Happy New Year!

New Year celebrations usually include festive drinks and More...

THE ORIGINAL IRREGULAR’S Year in Review • 2010 - Free Access

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — The new year got off to a rocky start as Sugarloaf worked to recover from a chairlift derailment days before 2010 came to a close only to experience a death on its slopes a few weeks later. More...

Icing causes unprecedented route closure, many accidents

FRANKLIN COUNTY — In an unprecedented move, Route 4 from Strong to Farmington was shut down for over two hours Wednesday, Dec. 21 due to treacherous icing conditions.  More...

Stand-alone dispatch center to go to referendum

FARMINGTON — Voters will have the chance to decide whether or not they want to approve an up-to-$600,000 bond issue for a new Franklin County dispatch center at a referendum vote in either June or November.  More...

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Dear friends

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Christmas and Hanukah are upon us again. Each year I search for some way to extend my hope, faith, and love to all of you during this season and best wishes into the New Year. More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

What was the most memorable Christmas gift you ever received?

Jennifer Gilmore, Salem: "A sewing machine." More...

Letters

Thanks for the wonderful party

On Dec. 14, 14 of the Red Hatters of Kingfield went to the Woodsman for a Christmas party. What a good time we all had.  More...

Thanks for the gift

Many thanks to the Gifts of Love for the Christmas gift.  Yours truly, Fulton Ryan Kingfield   More...

Community & Local News

New Portland gears up for budget meeting

New official website unveiled

NEW PORTLAND — Selectmen met Monday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for their regularly scheduled meeting.  More...

CVA grads and friend start cidery

WATERVILLE — Ross Brockman, Tyler Mosher and Ben Manter are starting what they hope will become the first national craft cidery. More...

Hell is So Green is a great read

PHILLIPS — Lt. William Diebold’s “Hell is So Green, Search and Rescue over the Hump in World War II,” is more of an adventure story with a twist of humor than a war story.  More...

News from our Schools

Cap and gown money due January 6

SALEM — School officials recently announced that the class of 2012’s cap and gown money is by Jan. 6.  The $20 is payable to Mt. Abram High School and can be turned in at the main office with Ms. More...

Boosters volunteers wanted

SALEM — Mt. Abram Boosters Carrie Abbot and Kelly Norton are looking for a few good MTA parents to learn how to run the concessions at the Mt. Abram home basketball and soccer games.  More...

Foreign exchange students seek homes

Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families.  More...

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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, School St.,Kingfield. All paper gamesBOOK CLUB MEETING — 2nd, Thurs., 6:30pm, New Portland Com. Library. More...