January 18, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Local citizens weigh in on MDOT plans

NEW PORTLAND — Maine Department of Transportation held a Public Hearing Jan. 9, at the New Portland Community Center. More...

Franklin County’s livable wage slightly below state average

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Maine Department of Labor recently released updated average livable wages for 2010 that range from $11.02 per hour to $21.89 per hour.  More...

Arts & Entertainment

Bluegrass comes to Nordica Auditorium

FARMINGTON — Saturday evening, Jan. 28, the Maranacook String Band and the Back Porch Bluegrass band will be featured at a two-band Bluegrass Concert at Nordica Auditorium, in Merrill Hall. More...

Acclaimed one-woman show comes to The Rack

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Celebrated Maine author Elizabeth Peavey brings her hilarious and heartbreaking one-woman show, “My Mother’s Clothes Are Not My Mother,” to The Rack, 5016 Access Road, Friday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m.  More...

DÉCOR exhibit kicks off UMF Art Gallery year

FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery will present DÉCOR—an exhibit featuring an expansive 30-foot wall drawing by Clint Fulkerson, metal work by Ian Henderson, sculptural installations by Katrazyna Randall and fabric interventions and drawing More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Ernest ‘Ernie’ Gilbert

1946-2012 — He was an accomplished powerlifter and Olympic-style weightlifter

DALLAS PLANTATION — Ernest “Ernie” Gilbert, 65, died unexpectedly at his home Jan. 7, 2012. More...

Elmond E. Seavey

1930-2011 — He will be missed by all who knew him

SOUTH PARIS — Elmond E. Seavey, 81, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the Maine Veterans’ Home.  He was born in Rangeley, March 18, 1930, the son of the late Charles Seavey and Leona Haley Yeaton. More...

Sports & Outdoors

Snowmobile club prepares for Snodeo

RANGELEY — Snodeo, Rangeley’s annual winter festival, traditionally occurs on the third weekend in January. This year it will be Jan. 19, 20 and 21.  More...

Big Weekend for CVA Snowboarders and Skiers

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Recently, Sugarloaf Mountain hosted four USASA events for skiers and snowboarders: Slopestyle, Rail Jam, Slalom and Giant Slalom. More...

Fly-in returns to Mooselookmeguntic Lake

OQUOSSOC — Bald Mountain Camps Resort is hosting its second annual Winter Fly-In Friday to Sunday, Feb. 3 to 5 on Mooselookmeguntic Lake right in front of the resort. 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...

Winter thunderstorms force shutdown of Sugarloaf ski lifts

Weird weather continues

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Friday the 13th brought some weird weather to Sugarloaf, including thunder and lightning that forced the ski resort to shut down its lifts earlier than normal.  “Skiing was great until about 12:30,” spokes More...

Bringing county dispatch to Phillips discussed

PHILLIPS — A proposal to place the Franklin County Dispatch Center at the old Phillips Elementary School, now partially occupied by the Phillips Town Office has been floated to county officials.  More...

Narrow Gauge repairs go before public hearing

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Reconstructing the “S” turns in the Narrow Gauge pathway was aired at a public hearing in Carrabassett Valley last Thursday.  More...

Nova Scotia skier killed at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A Nova Scotia skier who died after striking a tree at Sugarloaf late Thursday afternoon, Jan. More...

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The ‘Bottle Bill’ law history

Legislative Report

In the 125th Legislature, Environment and Natural Resources Committee was faced with numerous legislative bills to change the “Bottle Bill” law, which allows for a deposit on recycled bottles. More...

Veterans’ Affairs & Benefits

Military Budget to Shrink in FY 2013 and Beyond More...

Letters

To the editor and fellow Americans

Just a note from “Aunty May Bachelder” today on downsizing, especially in health “aid.”  I’m writing from the bottom of the barrel (or scale) of “economic wealth.” In other words, “the poor.” More...

Please remember the ‘rules’ of owning a dog

I would like to kindly remind all Kingfield/Salem residents of the “rules” of owning a dog.  Your dog must be on a leash or under your control when it leaves your property.  You may not let your dog run loose in the neighborhood More...

Community & Local News

Lions make donation

Lori Berry, left, vice-president of the Phillips-Strong Lions Club and owner of 5-K Pizza, hands Carol Rogers a $100 check and a bag of toys for her dog. More...

Website, calls connect with seniors

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The Sugarloaf Area Christian Ministry in collaboration with the Carrabassett Valley Public Library “Valley Seniors” and municipal, business and community partners, welcome the public to the cvalleynetwork.org w More...

DRHS receives grant

STRATTON — The members of the Dead River Historical Society recently announced that they have received a grant of $1,000 from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, to help paint the front of the museum next summer. More...

News from our Schools

Honor society inductee

Bethany Ricker (right) of Phillips, was recently inducted into the 2011 Phi Theta Kappa (International) Honor Society for two-year colleges as a matriculating student from Franklin County attending C More...

John Ryan earns doctorate

CHICAGO, Ill. More...

Senator Tom Saviello announces FAME’s Annual College Goal Maine

AUGUSTA – Senator Tom Saviello (R-Wilton) announced today that the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) will offer the annual College Goal Maine around the state on various dates and locations during January and early February of 2012.  More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Belly Laugh Day is Tuesday Among those who I like andadmire, I can find no commondenominator, but among those Ilove, I can: they all make me laugh. —W. H. Auden More...

LAURA’S NOTEBOOK

This past week I got this nice e-mail from my dear friend and mentor Heidi Murphy who said that my new blonde hairdo made me look “Sassy” so I guess we can blame her for what I did next. More...