2020-04-08 E-Edition

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Coronavirus Update: information from Governor Mills and Doctor Shah


AUGUSTA — Maine is 34th in the nation for number of COVID-19 cases, lowest in New England at the moment; Maine is also 34th in the nation for the number of deaths, 7th highest in the nation for people who have recovered, and 14th for number of tests conducted for COVID19 per capita, according to Governor Janet Mills. Last week, […]

COVID-19 in Maine: Coronavirus Update

As of April 6, Franklin County has five individuals with confirmed cases; neighboring Somerset and Oxford counties have four and 11, respectively.

AUGUSTA — Last week two new executive orders were issued from the governor’s desk: a stay-at-home mandate effective April 2 and a 14-day quarantine mandate for people arriving in the State of Maine, effective April 3. As of 12 p.m. Monday, April 6, Maine had 499 individuals with confirmed cases; of those, 158 have recovered, 92 have been hospitalized at […]

MSAD 58 COVID-19 response update

SALEM — During MSAD 58’s budget meeting April 2, the board was updated on the district’s efforts to deal with COVID-19 and the changes it has brought about. Three buses broke down within 10 minutes of each other the first day of meal delivery runs, but otherwise things seem to be “so far so good,” according to Scott LeHay, the […]

A little needed cheer

While services are on hold for the time being, community members have planted little signs of cheer at the United Methodist Church in Strong. These cheery pinwheels are a welcome reminder that things will get better. Spring is here, and even though we are practicing being distant, there are a lot of ways to connect with and be a part […]

School Board continues to tackle budget

SALEM — MSAD 58 held two budget meetings, March 26 and April 2, and covered Cost Centers 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11. Cost Centers 1 and 4 were covered previously. There were contract increases and corresponding increases in benefits in almost every cost center. These increases were contractual and non-negotiable. Cost Center 6: System Administration There were […]

Call to artists & photographers in Rangeley

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Friends of the Arts announces a Call to Artists for two different juried shows with cash prizes: Art in August — an outdoor Art and Crafts Show and Sale and The Western Mountain Photography Show — a juried competition and exhibit. The RFA’s 40th annual “Art in August” will be held in the heart of Oquossoc […]

Annual poetry contest deadline extended

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties has extended the deadline for the annual Franklin County Poetry Contest, a free, all-ages contest, to May 15. All winners will be announced June 8. First, second and third place winners will be selected in each of six categories: Ages 0-7, 8-12, 13-17, 18-25, 26 and older, and Literacy Volunteers […]

Plein Air Workshop with Vermette in Rangeley

RANGELEY — The RFA is sponsoring a Plein Air Workshop Aug. 11 through 14 with established watercolor artist Michael Vermette. The workshop is two and a half days of instruction over a four-day period open to adult artists of all ability levels, utilizing the sites on The Artists Trail. The Artists Trail is a joint project of the Rangeley Lakes […]