$27,000 raised for CVA scholarships

SUGARLOAF — As Kate Webber Punderson looked around the King Pine Room of the base lodge, she said it was the biggest turnout ever for CVA’s Big Prize Raffle and Silent Auction. Punderson, an organizer of the event, said they had 70 items donated for the silent auction, and it was the first time they ever sold all 350 raffle […]

Wind farm faces opposition

The Appalachian Mountain Club as well as some locals, oppose Endless Energy's proposed wind farm.

REDINGTON — “We view the proposed site as being too valuable from an ecological and conservation perspective, and thus industrial development is incompatible with the values of the site,” said Gabrielle Kissinger, Maine Conservation Project Director of the Appalachian Mountain Club.The site she speaks of is the Redington Pond Range and Black Nubble mountains. The industrial development is the Redington […]

Kingfield addition plans complete

KINGFIELD — With finalized plans from Bunker & Savage architects in hand, Kingfield Elementary School is ready to take bids on the new addition to the school. The addition will not only free up the parking lot by removing the portable out front, but will house four classrooms, an art room, and two multi-purpose rooms to be used when needed […]

Selectmen receive third petition

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The town received another petition recently, making the third within a month. This petition was put together by Larry Warren, President of Western Mountains Foundation, asking the town “to authorize the Selectmen to enter into a management or lease agreement with WMF for the Touring Center for a 25-year term with an option to renew for an […]

Stanley Museum experiences a first

KINGFIELD — A New Hampshire couple was married at the Stanley Museum on Saturday, a first for the museum. John Abizaid and Kimberly Mayer of Kingston said their vows in front of a small group of friends and family in the car room, where three Stanley Steamers are housed.It was a local affair with the flowers done by Daisy a […]

Snowmobile bridge becoming a reality

STRATTON — Sandra Isgro, Secretary of the Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club, reports that permission to erect a permanent bridge over the South Branch River has been granted by landowner, International Paper.The club has been seeking a bridge access location from IP and other landowners for several years in order to provide a safe crossing site that doesn’t necessitate crossing water.The […]

Work on comprehensive plan continues

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The town’s Comprehensive Plan Committee met with Erik Hellstedt of Planning Decisions, Inc. on Monday, Feb. 18 to review the completed vision for the town and discuss the next steps in the process. The committee had a few minor changes to make to the vision statement but was over all pleased with its message.Carrabassett Valley was chosen […]

Friends of Bigelow oppose trail plan

AUGUSTA — The grassroots organization that 25 years ago successfully petitioned to preserve 40,000 acres surrounding the Bigelow Range has voted unanimously to oppose Western Mountains Foundation’s proposal to build trails across the Bigelow Preserve.Seventeen members, made up of original and new members of the Friends of Bigelow, met recently and voted unanimously against allowing the proposed 12-foot wide trail […]

Trails, huts plan supported

FARMINGTON — Larry Warren pitched his proposed network of trails and huts to Franklin County commissioners Feb. 19, and after nearly an hour of discussion, the board agreed to write a letter of support for the project.It also agreed that if a Community Development Block Grant is awarded for the project, to serve as overseers of the grant. A good […]

Hearing set on Bigelow trails proposal

FARMINGTON — A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 4, on a proposal to build trails in Bigelow Preserve. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has set the hearing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Auditorium of the Roberts Learning Center at the University of Maine at Farmington.Western Mountains Foundation is proposing to build two parallel […]