May 21, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Heavy rain causes washouts

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, up to three inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period beginning at 12 a.m. May 17. More...

Strong cemetery trust discussed

STRONG — Strong Board of Selectmen heard from Cemetery Trust Account Manager Aaron Knapp from Western Mountain Financial Services during its meeting May 13. According to Knapp, the account value is $377,072 in three mutual funds. More...

Arts & Entertainment

Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss to perform at Skye - Free Access

PORTLAND & SOUTH CARTHAGE — New England Celtic Arts will present Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss at Acoustic Artisans in Portland Tuesday, May 27; and at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage Wednesday, May 28. More...

Flash Tonic performs locally - Free Access

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Kingfield POPS will bring the vocal harmonies and a cappella improvisation of Maine trio Flash Tonic to Franklin County for performances in MSAD #58 schools and at the Emery Arts Center in Farmington. More...

‘Music on Main’ returns

FARMINGTON — The free summer concert series, “Music on Main,” a mix of country and oldies music from the 60s and 70s, will be held every Tuesday starting June 3 at the Farmington Meeting House Park Gazebo, from 11:30 a.m. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

John H. Shaw, M.D.

1929-2014 — He was member of the Sugarloaf Ski Club

MANCHESTER — Dr. John Hodgdon Shaw, 84, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Heritage Rehab & Living Center in Winthrop. John was born in Tilton, N.H. July 15, 1929, son of the late John Alfred and Mabel (Hodgdon) Shaw. More...

Reginald Benjamin ‘Buster’ Savage Sr.

1931-2014 — His most important work was serving the Lord

JAY — Reginald Benjamin “Buster” Savage Sr., 82, of Jay, went to be with the Lord early Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2014 at his home in Jay, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Oct. More...

Elizabeth Jean Chmielewski

1934-2014 — Family truly was the most important part of her life

FARMINGTON — Elizabeth Jean Chmielewski, 80, of Rangeley Plantation, died Sunday afternoon, May 11, 2014 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington.  She was born May 7, 1934, in Hyattsville, Md., the daughter of Harold and Cornelia (Hutt More...

Sports & Outdoors

Steven McCarthy and Jennifer Vandongen win Sugarloaf Marathon

Nicholas Wheeler and Christina Irish earn 15k titles

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — With cool temps and patchy cloud cover providing ideal conditions for runners Sunday morning, 27-year-old Steven McCarthy of Greene won the 32nd annual Sugarloaf Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes, and 10 seconds. More...

Season ends May 31

MTA Baseball and softball updates

SALEM — The Varsity Lady Roadrunners failed to bring home a win in any of their three away games this week. The ladies lost against Madison May 12 with a final score of 10–0. More...

Reich museum Hike-A-Thon rescheduled

RANGELEY — The Wilhelm Reich Museum had to postpone its “Hike-A-Thon” on the trails at Orgonon Saturday because of rain. It has been rescheduled to Wednesday, May 28 at 3 p.m. 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. More...

CV Selectmen call public hearing

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The Board of Selectmen for Carrabassett Valley met May 12 for a regular meeting. More...

State releases school report cards

WESTERN MAINE — Maine Department of Education released school grades for this year May 15. More...

School budget meeting set

SALEM — During their May 14 meeting, MSAD #58 School Board Directors signed warrants for the May 28 School Budget Meeting. More...

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Let the process work!

Last week the Department of Environmental Protection decided not to pursue formaldehyde as a priority chemical in accordance with the Children’s Safe Product Act.  More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

How many days, hours and minutes until the end of school?

As of May 16 at 3 p.m., when the question was asked, there were 31 days, 20 hours and 40 minutes until 11:40 a.m. on June 17.   More...

Letters

Thank you for helping replenish our depleted shelves

I would like to take the opportunity to say “THANK YOU!” to everyone that donated items for the Food Pantry during the Annual Letter Carrier’s Food Drive.  Your support helped to replenish our depleted shelves. More...

VA care should be there when needed

It is so troubling that the national VA has such a problem meeting the needs of the returning veterans.  My husband (a WWII vet) received the most exceptional care at the VA office in Rumford and the VA hospital and Hospice Care unit at Togus. More...

Community & Local News

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Saturday’s storm dumped up to three inches of rain in north Franklin County. Here, the tar was peeled back as a result of a washout on the Island in Kingfield. (Dee Menear photo) More...

NorthStar hosting open houses

Bases include Farmington, Livermore, Rangeley, Carrabassett Valley and Phillips

FARMINGTON — In conjunction with National EMS Week, NorthStar Ambulance is hosting five base open houses May 19-23, from 3-6 p.m. More...

Walk & Talk Club forming

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The public is invited to meet at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library Thursday mornings and enjoy a walk with friends.  More...

News from our Schools

CVA art show at CV library

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Thursday, May 22, Carrabassett Valley Academy art students will be showcasing their work at the annual CVA Art Show.  The show, which will feature work in multiple mediums, will be held at the Carrabassett Valley Publ More...

Mt. Abram students receive Plum Creek Scholarship

FAIRFIELD — Plum Creek recently announced it has awarded scholarships to two high school students at Mount Abram Regional High School.  More...

Locals graduate from UMF

FARMINGTON — In culmination of its year-long 150th anniversary celebration as the birthplace of public higher education in Maine, the University of Maine at Farmington held its annual Commencement Ceremony Saturday, May 17. Kathryn A. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Memorial Day is Monday, May 26  A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.  —Joseph Campbell   More...

LAURA’S NOTEBOOK

Whoever said that getting old wasn’t for the weak at heart sure knew what they were talking about. But according to my dear friend Nona Young of New Portland the alternative is worse. More...