Cover Photo_ A Pumkin of His Own

Isaiah Simoneau, of Phillips, is delighted with the pumkin he picked at Country Bumpkins Far. Halfway down the Stairs Preschool has been making fall visits to local hot spots. Last week, they were found picking pumkins at Country Bumpkins Farm run by Kathy Abbott of Phillips. Abbott gave the children a tour of her farm and provided snacks and cider […]

Fat Tire Frolic set for the Valley

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Autumn leaves should be near peak color for the 6th Annual Fall Foliage Fat Tire Frolic on Sunday, Oct. 7. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, the ride will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carrabassett Valley town office on Route 27.Participants may choose between a 20-mile loop on the Huston Brook Trail, declared by Mountain […]

Witherspoon named President, CEO of Skowhegan Savings

SKOWHEGAN — The Board of Directors of Skowhegan Savings Bank recently announced that John C. Witherspoon has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Skowhegan Savings Bank. He will join the bank in early November, replacing Virginia F. Howard who is retiring after 32 years with the bank. She has served as President and Chief Executive Officer […]

TIF Committee News Update: Explaining the dynamics of the TIF

KINGFIELD –- After nearly a year of meetings, the Tax Increment Financing Committee has met 14 times for TIF education and design purposes, and is now ready for public presentation of the proposed TIF for the new Poland Spring bottling plant in Kingfield.Is it simple to explain? By any stretch of the imagination it is not, as this proposed deal […]

CVOA lists homecoming activities

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association has lined up a busy weekend of activities for Homecoming, Oct. 5, 6 and 7.On Friday (Oct. 5) the association is running a 10.5 mile, leisurely two-hour bike ride from Oquossoc to Grant’s Kennebago Camps for lunch. Contact Bonnie Stagers at 235-2348 or at, for information by Thursday Oct. 4. Participants […]

CVA dedicates new dorm and offers open house

CARRABASSETT VALLEY -— On Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2:15 p.m. Carrabassett Valley Academy will have a public dedication ceremony for the school’s new dormitory building, Murfey Hall. An open house will follow from 2:45 to 5:00 p.m.Built and supplied almost entirely by local contractors and vendors the 29,000 sq. ft. residence hall houses 84 student beds and six faculty apartments. […]

Artists, artisans flock to the ‘Loaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — On Oct. 6 and 7, the Base Lodge at Sugarloaf/USA will be filled with members of Up Country Artists as they hold their annual Art and Craft Show as part of Sugarloaf’s Homecoming weekend. Saturday the hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission […]

Uphill and Kids’ climbs planned for October 7

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — The Sugarloaf/USA Uphill Climb and the Kids’ Climb will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7 at Sugarloaf/USA.The Kids’ race begins at 9:15 a.m. at the Landing, which also serves as the finish. The entry fee is $5 and includes a commemorative tee shirt and gift bag.Pre-registration is suggested; tee shirts can be guaranteed only to the first […]

What’s new at WSKI 17 and

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — First and foremost, for the first time ever, WSKI will be broadcasting live this Homecoming Weekend on Saturday night from 5 to 7 p.m.This news came from Nadene McLeod, co-owner of Snowfields Productions, who informed us that we could see guests Peter Webber and John Christie, representatives from Maine Huts and Trails, Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Association and […]

$4 million in improvements at Sugarloaf

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Not withstanding the improvements made last year, like the brand new Jean Luce Competition and Training Facility at Sugarloaf/USA, new trails, added terrain and plenty more, there’s a “real buzz” of excitement building for the upcoming year and all it will have to offer. Maine’s tallest skiable peak has embarked upon its largest single-season capital expansion in […]