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Alliance proposes wildlife refuge

PHILLIPS — The High Peaks Alliance has unveiled a creative proposal to preserve large tracts of western Maine land for traditional recreational use. Last Wednesday evening, they held the first of several public forums, suggesting that privately-owned timberland around Mt. Abram, and between the Sugarloaf and Saddleback ski resorts, could be sold to developers and permanently closed for recreational use. […]

Public hearing held on proposed ‘Sugarbowl’

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — In a scheduled Public Hearing Feb. 11, the Board of Selectman provided the public an opportunity to hear explanations and public remarks on a request from Kerry Audet for the town to apply for up to $300,000 in funding via an Economic Development Block Grant as part of the Economic Development Program. This funding would assist in […]

February vacation week busy and snowy

WESTERN MOUNTAINS — “Snowfall totals from the 16th to the 24th totaled a whopping 26 inches!” reported Ethan Austin, Sugarloaf Marketing. “The Loaf had a record week reporting that numbers were up each day of February vacation and we beat daily ticket budget every day last week from 2012’s vacation week. Food and beverage totals were up from last year […]

Voters to consider several articles

STRONG — Voters will be asked to approve an annual municipal operating budget that reflects less than a one percent increase over 2012’s request. Last year’s final appropriation was $585,259, according to selectman Milt Baston, and if voters approve selectmen’s and budget committee recommendations, the total will be $590,856. Several warrant articles propose using tax dollars for equipment purchases. The […]

Sugarbowl a family endeavor

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Kerry Audet has had the idea of the Sugarbowl Family Entertainment Center & Sports Club on his mind since July 2010. What began as a conversation with his family while on vacation will now go before the Town of Carrabassett in order to apply for grant monies to make this transpire. While vacationing with his family on […]

Kingfield’s First Friday Artwalk returns

KINGFIELD — Friday, March 1, Kingfield galleries, shops and museums are hosting a First Friday Artwalk. Doors open at 5 p.m. and stay open until 8 p.m. at the venues in Kingfield. Featuring four galleries, two museums and several shops, each will display a red flag outside, local art and offer refreshments. Kenric Charles will have his horse and sleigh […]

Maine Crafts Association artists featured at SugarWood

FARMINGTON — A group of sixteen artists will be continuing an exhibit to benefit the Maine Craft Association as well as showcasing their work at SugarWood Gallery in Farmington during the month of March. This first of its kind exhibit is entering its third month with new artists and crafts people. The goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness […]

Spring steel drum concert at the Herbert

KINGFIELD — The Western Mountains Trash Can Band will perform a spring concert at the Herbert Hotel Tuesday, March 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The admission is $5; students are free. There will be a cash bar and light snacks. This event is a community celebration sponsored by the Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts in […]

Richard Wood concert rescheduled

SOUTH CARTHAGE — The Richard Wood concert at Skye Theatre originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27 will be held the following night, Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. PEI fiddle legend Richard Wood and guitarist/vocalist Gordon Belsher will be at Skye Theatre, Winter Hill Road, off Route 2 in Carthage; a pre-show jam session starts at 6 p.m. The cost […]