Phillips celebrates 44th Old Home Days

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PHILLIPS — The town of Phillips held its 44th Old Home Days celebration from Aug. 10 to 18. This year’s celebration featured incredibly hot and humid weather and started with a cribbage tournament on Saturday, Aug. 10. Train rides were held throughout the week at the Railroad Park at Dill’s woods, and the Phillips Historical Society held an open house […]

Eustis planning board approves subdivision

EUSTIS — On Monday, Aug. 12, the Eustis Planning Board met to conduct a final review of the proposed Eustis Ridge Overlook Subdivision on the Eustis Ridge Road.Harry Sylvester proposed the subdivision. The Planning Board reviewed the maps and plan for the subdivision, and went over the list of requirements that Sylvester had to meet as conditions for approval. Among […]

Part-time residents benefit area’s economy

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — In a 2000 U.S. Census Bureau survey, the state of Maine ranked first in the nation in the percentage of vacation homes, while Franklin County ranked second among the state’s 16 counties, with 33.9 percent of the total number of homes considered part-time residences.However, the impact of part-time residents on the economy of several area towns is […]

Rangeley Park Commission discusses lot purchase

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Park Commission met on Thursday, Aug. 15 to discuss the possible purchase of a small lot on Main Street by the town, and also the development of written ordinances covering the town park.Rangeley Parks and Recreation Director Jim Quimby said that he had attended a selectmen’s meeting regarding the purchase of the Schofield lot by the […]

Dawn Bolduc, an icon passes

The Sugarloaf area lost an icon recently with the passing of Dawn Bolduc.Bolduc, a graduate of Mt. Ida College for Women in Boston, Mass., was also an art major from Boston University. Her art director told her that 98 percent of artists will never become well known, but pay attention to detail and you will never starve to death as […]

Strong selectmen discuss library

STRONG — On Aug. 13, the Strong Board of Selectmen met to discuss the operation of the library in the Forster Building and the town’s ambulance service.Board Chair Perry Ellsworth said at the meeting that the town does not have a town library per se. The library instead was operated by a Board of Trustees and located in the Forster […]

‘Two of Hearts’ settles in New Portland

NEW PORTLAND — Deborah Clague, soprano, and her husband Geoffrey Shovelton, tenor, both long-time opera performers have moved to New Portland from England to be near Clague’s mother Nona Young and her stepfather Gardiner Young, long-time residents of the area.Clague and Shovelton just recently returned from England where they fulfilled their contracts and now will be focusing on their work […]

Strong man charged with drug trafficking

STRONG — After a 10-month investigation, police arrested a 49-year-old man in Salem and seized a pound of processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and growing equipment and $1,050 during an early evening raid on a house in Strong two weeks ago.Officers with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department arrested and charged Nowell Hinkley of Strong with unlawful trafficking and cultivation of marijuana […]

Avon fire investigated

AVON — Like a clock’s tick-tock, the smoke detector beat a steady click deep within the blackened ruin of Shirley Allen’s house of 17 years Monday, Aug. 12.A yellow plastic banner stretched from the front porch to around the side, repeatedly warning not to cross. Soot-framed windows, shattered by firefighters the previous Saturday night as they tried to vent heavy […]

Mystery rash still unsolved

PHILLIPS — The cause of the mysterious, itchy rashes that more than 50 schoolchildren at the Middle School reported last spring remains a mystery. The Franklin County school was the only one in the state to report such an outbreak, linking Maine with 26 other states reporting mysterious rashes since the fall of 2001.The rashes in the 27 states occurred […]