Refuge for homeless teens on horizon

STRONG — Franklin County teenagers who are now homeless may soon have a place to call home.The Franklin County Refuge Center is a grassroots project, according to Pastor Stephen Bracy of the Living Waters Assembly of God in Strong, who is the President of the Board of Directors for the center. “It’s been in the works about a year,” he […]

Route 4 improvements outlined

PHILLIPS — The Maine Department of Transportation held an informational meeting at the Phillips Community House on Thursday, Nov. 21 to discuss with property owners living along the road an upcoming project on Route 4 north of the town.Project Manager Heath Cowen said of the meeting, “We’re here to notify the public of the department’s intent to build the project.” […]

Bluesfest comes to Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The 5th Annual Sugarloaf Blues Festival, presented by the Budweiser Concert Series, will be held on Dec. 6 and 7 at Sugarloaf/USA. According to organizers, this annual event has become a “can’t miss” tradition for Blues fans.The weekend boasts six different bands and performers with concerts starting on Friday, Dec. 6. Friday night performers include Maurice John […]

Stratton fair ushers in holidays

STRATTON — The Stratton Parent-Teacher Committee held its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Nov. 23 at the Stratton-Eustis Community Building. The event brought members of the school and community together to raise funds for Stratton students while ushering in the holidays.Martha Ryan, who coordinated the fair this year, said that the building was packed with vendors, items and visitors from […]

Sugarloaf is open

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — On Friday, Nov. 22, skiers and snowboarders took to the slopes as Sugarloaf/USA opened for the winter season. The foggy and rainy conditions did not deter a sizable group of adventurous types from taking advantage of the combination of manmade and natural snow on the slopes.Carrabassett Valley resident Paul Schipper, who has skied at the mountain every […]

A mountain of food rounded up

On Nov. 23 and 24, Sugarloaf/USA and the Sugarloaf Christian Ministry joined forces to host the 17th Annual Tin Mountain Roundup. All of those who brought three cans of food to the mountain on the two days had the opportunity to ski or ride for only $20. The event was held to help those in need as the holiday season […]

Stratton Lumber applies for TIF

STRATTON — The Eustis Board of Selectmen held a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 to discuss an application by the Stratton Lumber Company for Tax Increment Financing under a policy that was adopted by the board on Aug. 6, 2002.The policy is a state-sanctioned economic development incentive tool that allows municipalities to use all or a portion of the […]

Walk to Bethlehem celebrates 25th year

RANGELEY — One of the most significant community events of the year in Rangeley will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 p.m. when the 25th anniversary of the Walk to Bethlehem is held. According Barbara Dailey of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts, the event is more than a reenactment of a historically significant event.”It gets people into […]

Uses for wellhead protection zones discussed

KINGFIELD — The Kingfield Planning Board met on Monday, Nov. 18 to hear a presentation from Paula Thomson of Maine Rural Water regarding the town’s wellhead protection project.Recently, Stratex LLC of Portland mapped the boundaries of the aquifer that supplies water to the town’s well. The results of the mapping represented a significant change in the delineation of the boundaries […]

Madrid woman arrested for embezzlement

RANGELEY — On Tuesday, Nov. 19, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Madrid woman for embezzling nearly $73,000 from her employer over a three-year period.Lori Savage, 33, of Fish Hatchery Road, was employed by Rangeley Family Dentistry. Discrepancies in the practice’s accounts were first recognized roughly two weeks before the arrest when Dr. David McMillan, who owns the practice, […]