December 25, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

The Original Irregular’s Year in Review • 2013

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WESTERN MOUNTAINS — The year got off to a somber start as the search continued for three snowmobilers thought to have gone through the ice on Rangeley Lake. Three skiers also went missing that winter but were found. More...

Arts & Entertainment

GAWLERS come to Skye - Free Access

SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present the Gawler Family at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center Saturday, Dec. 28. Curtain is 7 p.m. A pre-show jam session will be held one hour prior to curtain. More...

Fiddlin’ Jay Smith’s farewell concert

FARMINGTON — If you’ve never seen Fiddlin’ Jay Smith play — or if you have, and you’ve just got to hear him one more time — Saturday, Jan. 4 may be your last opportunity for a while. More...

North of Nashville comes to Moose Alley

RANGELEY — North of Nashville will perform at Moose Alley Friday, Dec. 27.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

John M. Sauschuck

1947-2013 — He will be remembered as an incredible person

MADRID — John M. Sauschuck, 67, of Madrid, passed away at his home Dec. 16, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.  More...

Community & Local News

Kingfield Christmas Show fun

For the 17th year, area youngsters delighted a large audience in the KES gym with dancing and singing in the Kingfield Christmas Show. Sue Cloutier Jones has directed the show for 15 years. More...

Reeds Mill Church reschedules candlelight service

MADRID — The annual Christmas Candlelight service at Reeds Mill Church has been rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 29 at 3 p.m. Call Ginni at 639-2713 with questions or for directions.   More...

Weight Watchers info meeting set

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A Weight Watchers informational meeting is set for Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Carrabassett Valley Town Office beginning at 5:30 p.m.  For more information, call Theresa Shanahan at 441- 4867   More...

News from our Schools

Lions Club hears calling for Stratton School’s need

STRATTON — Christmas came early for the Stratton School with the delivery of a new audiometer machine last week that was purchased through the efforts of the Stratton-Eustis Lions Club.  More...

Olivia Pye wins peace poster contest

STRATTON — Olivia Pye, a sixth grade student at Rangeley Lakes Regional School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Stratton- Eustis Lions Club.  More...

SCHOOL CORRECTION

Joey Warnock earned Honors   In the Dec. 11, 2013 issue of the Original Irregular, in the Strong Elementary School Honor Roll on Page 16, Joey Warnock earned Honors, not Honorable Mention.   More...

Weekend storm brings ice buildup

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — A week of snowy winter weather ended with an ice storm that left vehicles, roofs, walkways and streets covered with a thick layer of ice. More...

Valley sets special town meeting

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Selectmen met Dec. 16 to discuss hangar lease renewals and a proposed land acquisition. Town Manager Dave Cota presented the board five with automatic lease renewals and two new lease transfers. More...

Kingfield Selectman discuss budget additions, baseball field

KINGFIELD — A special town meeting was held prior to the regular selectman’s meeting April 15. More...

Coplin Plantation man thankful no one hurt in fire

COPLIN PLANTATION — Steve Clark is thankful no one was hurt late Monday night, Dec. 16, when a fire destroyed the home he and another couple and a baby were staying in at Hedgehog Village.  “Nobody got hurt. More...

Op-Ed

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Broadband important to Maine’s economic future

COMMENTARY

Improving the business climate in Maine and keeping more of our high school graduates from leaving the state are topics constantly on the minds of politicians, educators and business owners. More...

Legislative Update

Maine health insurance rates drop   More...

Letters

Thank you for your support

To all our family and friends a big thank-you for all your support during our difficult time. All of the hugs, kind words, food, etc were greatly appreciated.  A special thank-you to the person that dropped off the homemade dog bones. More...

Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program thanks contributors

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who contributed to Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program:  More...

LETTERS CORRECTION

‘Zach’ is from Kankakee, Ill.   In the Dec. More...

Sports & Outdoors

Snowshoe Shuffle kicks off Charity Summit

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Organizers for the Sugarloaf Charity Summit have announced that auction items have begun to arrive. A large part of the annual fundraiser is the silent and live auctions held Jan. 25 at Sugarloaf.  More...

Winter to take ownership of gym

“I really want people to get excited about health and fitness,” John Winter   More...

Sugarloaf unveils pink snow cat

Its color honors the Sugarloaf Charity Summit, which has raised more than $1.6 million for Maine charities

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Sugarloaf unveiled the newest member of its grooming fleet Friday, a shiny new 2014 Prinoth Bison-X snowcat, painted bright pink.  The resort ordered the cat last summer and had it painted pink in support of the Sugar More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

WESTERN MOUNTAINS ACTIVITIES

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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. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Christmas Day is Wednesday, Dec. 25  The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.  —Burton Hillis   More...

Merry Christmas!

Breakfast can be served at any time of More...