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Rousseau appointed fire chief in Phillips

PHILLIPS — Selectmen appointed Mark Rousseau as Fire Chief following an Executive Session during their regular biweekly meeting Feb. 9. Rousseau served as Deputy Chief under former Chief James Gould. Gould resigned from the position effective Dec. 31, 2015 and Stephen Naas of Salem was appointed by Town Manager Elaine Hubbard to fill the vacancy. Naas resigned amid a mass […]

2.5 quake measured in Rangeley

RANGELEY — The U.S. Geological Survey registered a 2.5 magnitude earthquake Feb. 11 that centered near the base of Saddleback at 1:13 a.m. The earthquake measured 6.5 kilometers below the surface. People in Rangeley and the surrounding area woke up to confusion and loud rumbling. “It felt like very powerful thunder. The house didn’t shake, but the sound was very […]

CV Selectmen approve Town Meeting warrant

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Selectmen met for a brief meeting to go over final changes and additions to warrant articles for the March 9 Town Meeting. Of special note was Article 29 which asks voters if they will raise and appropriate $50,000 for the Recreational Endowment Fund and to also place revenues from the newly erected cell tower in the account. […]

Five run unopposed in Strong

STRONG — The warrant for the annual Town Meeting was signed by selectmen during their Feb. 9 meeting. Selectmen and Budget Committee members made unified recommendations for much of the 64-article budget including raising and appropriating $2,500 for dedicated Town Office technology and $3,800 for animal control. The board and the committee were not in agreement with recommendations for articles […]

VEC decides to pursue Village Green

KINGFIELD — After giving the public only two days’ notice, the Village Enhancement Committee met Feb. 10 to discuss the future of committee projects. Maine statute states that a notice must be given in ample time to allow public attendance and shall be disseminated in a manner reasonably calculated to notify the general public. The meeting was originally scheduled for […]

Sandy River Ramblers to play Phillips

PHILLIPS — The Sandy River Ramblers have been a crowd favorite at the Phillips Area Community Center for several years, and they’ll be bringing their unique blend of Bluegrass/Country/Folk music to Phillips again Saturday, Feb. 27. The Ramblers feature the fiery instrumental stylings of mandolinist Dan Simons and Madrid’s own Bud Godsoe on banjo, as well as wonderful three-part vocal […]

UMF discussion: ‘Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family’

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to present the insightful dialogue, “Transforming Perspectives: Two Generations on Gender.” In this conversation, UMF student Jonas Maines and his father Wayne will discuss their family’s New York Times Best Selling Book, “Becoming Nicole: the Transformation of an American Family.” This free and open to the public event takes place […]

Western Maine Storytellers at Farmington Grange

FARMINGTON — Five local story tellers from Western Maine Storytelling and the Western Order of Dedicated Storytellers will share folktales and personal stories Friday, Feb. 19, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Farmington Grange at 124 Bridge Street, Route 43 West. Curated by Peggy Yocom and titled “Around the World and Home Again,” the program is intended for adults […]

‘Buzz Kill’ author at CV library

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — William Goodspeed, author of “Buzz Kill,” will give a book talk & signing Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Begin Family Community Room at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library. “Buzz Kill” is an uproariously twisted tale of America’s baffling corporate culture that will appeal to anyone who’s worked in a large company. Witnessing many […]