March 21, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Avon voters approve budget in two hours

AVON — Avon’s $300,000 plus surplus and giving Sen. Thomas Saviello a certificate of official Avon citizenship put voters in good spirits Saturday, as they breezed through 59 articles in less than two hours.  More...

Frustration with LURC aired at community forum

STRATTON — Frustration over years of over-regulation concerning over 10 million acres of unorganized territories in Maine was voiced at a recent community forum in Stratton.  More...

Arts & Entertainment

Richard Wood, Gordon Belsher to perform - Free Access

SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present legendary Canadian fiddler Richard Wood and guitarist vocalist Gordon Belsher at the Franco American Heritage Center in Lewiston, Tuesday, March 27, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in More...

Graffiti and graphic art exhibition slated

FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery presents a collaborative project by aerosol artist Tim Clorius and graphic artist Matt W. Moore. More...

Irregular columnist publishes second book

FLORENCE, S.C. — Lew-Ellyn “LE” Hughes of Stratton recently published her second book, “Diamonds from the Corner.”  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Wiekko V. Sillanpaa

1930-2012 — He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his nieces and nephews

KINGFIELD — Wiekko V. Sillanpaa, 82, of Kingfield passed away Friday March 16, 2012 at Togus Veterans Hospital, in Togus.  More...

Community & Local News

Sugarloaf 50 Gang to gather - Free Access

If you’ve skied Sugarloaf for 50 years, join the gang on April 7

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — There will be lots of stories to share when the Sugarloaf 50 Gang gets together at the Sugarloaf Inn Saturday, April 7. More...

Sixty turn out to hear sheriff candidate Nichols

STRONG — Over 60 concerned citizens turned out to meet Sheriff’s candidate Scott R. Nichols Sr. More...

Community breakfast set

RANGELEY — The next Community Breakfast, with everyone invited to attend, will be Wednesday, April 4 at Rangeley Lakes Bed & Breakfast on Main Street from 7 to 9:30 a.m.  Anyone who has a special dietary need is urged to call in advanc More...

News from our Schools

Strong public speakers

The Strong Elementary School Public Speaking Contest was held at the Strong school Thursday, March 8. More...

Librarian secures fine art for library

STRONG — Kathleen Kolb, an artist from Lincoln, Vt., recently donated a print of one of her watercolor paintings to the Strong Elementary School Library thanks to the efforts of Librarian Jami Badershall.  The $300 limited edition print is More...

KES kindergarten registration/screening set

KINGFIELD — Kingfield Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration/screenings Thursday, May 10.  Parents and/or guardians of children who have turned or will be age 5 prior to Oct. 15 are urged to contact Mrs. More...

Valley approves $1.7 million irrigation project

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Carrabassett Valley voters overwhelmingly approved a $1.7 million irrigation project for the Sugarloaf Golf Course at their town meeting Wednesday, March 14.  Resident and contractor Pat Mitchell requested the vote be More...

School budget likely to have hefty impact on taxpayers

SALEM — While the proposed 2012-13 MSAD #58 School Budget is only up by $258,000, the impact on the towns’ local share is over $1 million.  More...

Scenic byway plans future

Byway and community prepare for second decade of economic development and success

Contributed by Rebecca Kurtz  More...

Op-Ed

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Veterans’ Affairs & Benefits

VA expands list of ships exposed to Agent Orange  More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

If someone was thinking of moving to the area, why would you tell them to move to Avon?

Marie Bourgoin, Avon: "The taxes are cheaper and it’s quite beautiful. The battles at the state and federal level start here at the local level." More...

Letters

Thanks for helping replenish the HIIP Fund!

Once again the Sugarloaf and surrounding communities have come to the rescue for Gepetto’s H.I.I.P. Fund (Hospitality Industry Injured Persons). More...

Thanks for helping make our program successful

On behalf of the Western Mountain Youth Basketball Organization, I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Original Irregular for their coverage of our program. More...

You helped make the Penny Sale & Auction a success

I would like to thank all of the many people who helped make the 13th annual Penny Sale and Auction a success. More...

Sports & Outdoors

A Maine Huts & Trails adventure

Snowshoe 50+ miles in five days? Well, look at it another way: how does spending four nights in three beautiful lodges in virtual Maine wilderness sound? With delicious gourmet dinners and breakfasts from locally sourced food? More...

Winter sports awards bestowed

Mt. Abram athletics

SALEM — Monday night, March 12, Mt. Abram High School hosted the Winter Athlete’s Awards night. Following an ice cream social served by the Booster’s, awards were handed out by Athletic Director Jeff Pillsbury.  Richard E. More...

Alex Jenson wins bronze at Nationals

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Col. — The best young mogul skiers in the country converged onto the Steamboat’s aptly named Voodoo trail for the USSA Freestyle Junior National Championships in early March.  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, School St.,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

Never criticize a man until you’ve run a mile in his shoes.That way, if he doesn’t like whatyou have to say, it’ll be okaybecause you’ll be a mile awayand you’ll have his shoes. —Robin Evans More...

Lighten Up—Summer’s Coming!

It’s official—spring is here! And that means More...