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Year in Review  2014 ~ Part Two of Two ~

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — The Kingfield POPS ushered in the second half of the year followed by area towns’ summer celebrations. As summer turned to fall various sporting events took center stage. More...

Land protected for jobs and recreation

FRANKLIN COUNTY — A 5,774-acre forested property in Franklin County has been permanently protected, ensuring that it will continue to produce timber and logging jobs and will be available for recreation such as snowmobiling, fishing, hiking and More...

Arts & Entertainment

Cold Engines comes to Sugarloaf Jan. 17

Part of the Bud Light UnCovered Series that will feature five free performances in the Widowmaker Lounge beginning January 2015

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Sugarloaf’s annual Bud Light UnCovered Series, which brings nationally known New England bands to the mountains of Maine each winter, will kick off Jan. More...

Creative workshop set

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The first in a series of Sugarloaf Creative Discovery Workshops will be the creative writing workshop, The Power of the Sentence, led by UMF professor Jeffrey Thomson Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center. More...

Student-written, directed play on tap Jan. 16

SALEM — The Mt. Abram High School Drama class will present “Jolene,” a play written and directed by MTA Sophomore Brandon Haines, Friday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Mt. Abram High School  Donations accepted at the door.  More...

Community & Local News

Valley Gas recognized by Kingfield POPS - Free Access

KINGFIELD — Valley Gas and Oil was recently recognized for its generous contribution towards the 2014 Kingfield POPS. More...

Fundraising auction slated

KINGFIELD — Katherine Renshaw and Ashley LaGross is holding an auction at Webster Hall Jan. 31 to raise funds for Relay for Life and also for Boys and Girls Club.  The doors open at 9 a.m. with refreshments and baked goods for sale. More...

Fiber spinning, knitting meet set

WEST FARMINGTON — The Farmington Grange will host a fiber spinning and knitting meet at the grange hall Jan. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  More...

News from our Schools

JOYFUL SOUNDS

Kingfield students gathered at Tranten’s on the last day of school before Christmas break for their annual Christmas caroling concert. More...

Student Council inauguration ceremony

Senator Tom Saviello recently administered the Oaths of Office to elected and appointed members of Phillips Student Council and Class Governments. More...

Mt. Abram High School’s Student of the Month

October

The administration and teachers at Mt. Abram introduced this program in the fall to bring some well deserved recognition to the amazing students that work hard every day to achieve their goals both in and out of school. More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Everyone who got where he is has had to begin where he was.  —Robert Louis Stevenson  If you have a positive thought you’d like us to print, please send or email it to us. More...

One Pot Wonders

Someone recently asked if I had any recipes More...

Strong moves $20,900 from surplus

STRONG — Selectmen in the Town of Strong called a Special Town Meeting Dec. 29 to see if residents would vote to transfer $25,000 from the town’s surplus account to the winter roads account. More...

Fire destroys vacation home

DALLAS PLANTATION — Thirty firefighters from Rangeley, Eustis and Phillips responded to a fire involving a three-story vacation home in Dallas Plantation.  The New Year’s Day fire was called in about 2 p.m. More...

Weekend storm brings fresh snow

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — After a week of heavy rain and warmer than average temperatures, winter settled into the mountains with plummeting temperatures and fresh snowfall. More...

Op-Ed

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office End of Year Report 2014

2014 has been a remarkable year for the Sheriff’s Office as we continue to improve the services we provide to the county, while maintaining a flat budget. It is a difficult balancing act but, to date, we have been successful.  More...

Legislative Update

Inauguration of Governor Paul LePage   Governor Paul LePage will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 7, a date established by the Maine Constitution. More...

Letters

Thanks for joining us

Thanks to all who came to our Christmas open house for all the goodies, gifts and great fellowship.  Mary & Chick Hembrow Rangeley   More...

Back on the letter-writing circuit

I’ve been “home” for about one month and it’s about time I took the time to thank everyone for: 1, the prayers said for me; 2, the doctoring and nursing I received in hospital and Edgewood.  More...

Thank you for your generous support

On behalf of all of us at Maine Huts & Trails, I would like to thank our 2014 sponsors for their generous support. More...

Sports & Outdoors

MSAD #58 middle school Nordic team makes good showing in first race of 2015

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A middle school Nordic classical race was held at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center Saturday, Jan. 3. Temperatures were in the single digits as skiers from MSAD #58, Farmington (FAST), Maranacook, Mt. More...

Mustangs upset Roadrunners

MONMOUTH — The Roadrunners traveled to Monmouth Academy Dec. 30 for their first regular season game in 10 days. The Mustangs (5–3) proved to be too tough for the Mt. More...

New England Pond Hockey Festival returns to Rangeley

RANGELEY — Skate blades across New England are scraping and crunching the cold January ice, sticks are clacking together with increased intensity, and the expert pond hockey festival organizers are busy at what they do well…preparing for More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

WESTERN MOUNTAINS ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAYS VALLEY SENIORS — 10 am-12 pm, Carrabassett Valley Public Library. Open to area seniors. More...

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...

Local Church Services

LOCAL AA MEETINGS & CHURCH SERVICES

AA MEETINGS Kingfield: Wed, 7:30 pm, Webster Hall Madrid: Fri, 7 pm, Old Schoolhouse, Reed Mills Rd. Mem Day-Labor Day. Rangeley: Sat, 7-8 pm, closed step mtg., Mem. Day-Labor Day. Cong. More...