February 15, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

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KINGFIELD — About three dozen people attended a public forum hosted by the Opportunity Center of Northern Franklin County Tuesday, Feb. 7 despite a snowstorm that cancelled most evening meetings and activities. More...

Arts & Entertainment

New Kingston and John Brown’s Body to headline Reggae Festival

Spring skiing festival to feature eight bands performing on three stages over four days

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Up-and-coming roots reggae sensations New Kingston will return to Sugarloaf’s annual Bud Light Reggae Festival April 6 to 9 as festival headliners, the resort announced this week. More...

Award-winning Maine columnist releases third book

STRATTON — Award-winning columnist Lew-Ellyn Hughes has released her latest book “Maine Stories,” a collection of award winning non-fiction short stories on the lifestyle, people and places of rural Maine. More...

An afternoon of music, food and underwear

PHILLIPS — The public is invited to an afternoon of music with potluck to follow, all in the pursuit of clean underwear.  More...

Community & Local News

Great Chili Challenge on tap

FARMINGTON — The Great Chili Challenge, hosted by Tuck’s Ale House, 160 Main Street, will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m. More...

Quilt raffle benefits Valley library

Joanne and Warren Noyes have generously donated this quilt for a raffle to benefit the Carrabassett Valley Public Library. More...

Bill of Rights display at the New Portland library

NEW PORTLAND — Stop in to see the Bill of Rights display the New Portland Community Library has received from the National Archives and distributed by the Maine Humanities Council.  More...

News from our Schools

‘Sled for Jed’ this Friday

SALEM — As a reminder, the snowmobile ride-in to benefit Jed Zelie, a ninth grade student at Mt. Abram Regional High School who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, is this Friday.  Breakfast will be served from 7 to 7:45 a.m. More...

MTA awarded bus grant to attend Engineering EXPO

16 schools in total across Maine awarded Bus Grants

The Maine Engineering Promotional Council is pleased to announce that 16 schools have been selected as recipients to receive a bus grant to help defer transportation costs to get students to the Maine Engineering Expo at the University of Southern Ma More...

Irregular Regulars

~ WHOZIT~

Find Whozit answer in the Classifieds. More...

Thought for the Week

Monday is Presidents Day & Washington’s Birthday  Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is More...

Recipes from the Ridge

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Storm dumps more than two feet of snow

WESTERN MAINE — Despite the “inconveniences associated with Maine winters, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather observer Betty Wing of Eustis admitted, “We’re lucky compared to other places with hurricanes a More...

Verizon customers heard, service restored

KINGFIELD — Last Thursday, Feb. 9, after 29 days without Verizon cellular service, customers in and immediately surrounding Kingfield reported their phones were once again working. More...

What is the Opportunity Center?

PHILLIPS — The Opportunity Center of Northern Franklin County was formed in 2005 after Lauri Toys closed the doors of its Avon factory, leaving 29 people without jobs. More...

Investigators say propane explosion blew Coplin Plantation man out of his house

COPLIN PLANTATION — A man was blasted out of a house at 113 Porcupine Trail on Monday night when he lit his tobacco pipe and set off an apparent propane explosion, officials said.  Timothy Henderson of Ellsworth suffered burns on his head More...

Op-Ed

STOP?

Mother Nature says, “No way.”
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Veterans’ Affairs & Benefits

Some VA positions exempt from Federal civilian hiring freeze More...

QUESTION OF THE WEEK

How much snow is too much snow?

Julia Wells of Stratton: “There is no limit. You can never get too much snow.” More...

Letters

The Maine Community Spirit prevails at the 2017 Special Olympics Maine State Winter Games

The 2017 Maine Special Olympics Games were again hosted by Sugarloaf, Jan. 29 through 31. These Special Olympic Games create a community of spirit and volunteerism that has no boundaries.  More...

Thank you for the incredible support

We can’t begin to express our tremendous appreciation of support during our time of loss.  Once again, the advantage of living in a “small town” has come to light. More...

Sports & Outdoors

Having a blast at Polar Blast

EUSTIS — Snowmobilers attracted to Polar Blast 2017 were treated to epic trail conditions and fun events tailored specifically to riders and their families. The annual event, held Feb. More...

‘Luce cannon’ scores big

Mt. Abram Senior Roadrunner Dan Luce and his parents, Melissa and Scott, were among senior athletes and their parents recognized at the Roadrunner vs. Cobra game Feb. 10. More...

High School Basketball Results

BOYS Monday, Feb. 6: Rangeley (53) vs. Temple (50)  Wednesday, Feb. 8: Rangeley (44) vs. Islesboro (52)  Friday, Feb. 10: Carrabec (50) vs. Mt. Abram (46)   More...

Western Mountain Activities - Free Access

WESTERN MOUNTAINS ACTIVITIES

WEDNESDAYS & MONDAYS LADIES’ WALKING GROUP — 5:30- 6:30 pm, Western Mountains Baptist Church, Rt. 27, New Portland. All ages, fitness levels. More...

COMMUNITY THINGS TO DO

BINGO — Sat. 6:30 pm, Legion Hall, School St., Kingfield.All paper games BOOK CLUB MEETING — 2nd,Thurs., 6:30 pm, New Portland Com. Library. Open to public. More...

Local Church Services

LOCAL AA MEETINGS & CHURCH SERVICES

AA MEETINGS Kingfield: Wed, 7:30 pm, open, Webster Hall Madrid: Fri, 7 pm, Old Schoolhouse, Reed Mills Rd., open, BB, Mem Day-Labor Day. Rangeley: Sat, 7-8 pm, closed step mtg., Mem. Day-Labor Day. Cong. More...