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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture discusses opioid crisis in Farmington 0

September 19, 2018 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Access to healthcare, the opioid crisis and telemedicine were the focus of discussions Wednesday afternoon as professionals from across the state gathered to meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Congressman Bruce Poliquin. The secretary arranged the visit to Farmington at the request of Poliquin, who has been paying attention […]

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Literary series offers four books and four beginnings (0)

With the Labyrinth of the Spirits, Carlos Ruiz Zafon has completed his four-book Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. The author, along with providing the fourth book, has also supplied a narrative edict. “Each individual installment in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series can be read in any order, enabling the reader to explore the labyrinth […]


UMF partners with UMaine School of Law to give students more affordable path to law degree (1)

FARMINGTON –  In order to help students interested in the legal field get into professional practice more quickly and with less debt, the University of Maine at Farmington is partnering with the University of Maine School of Law in Portland to give students the opportunity to earn both their Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor law […]


“The Long Sixties” Exhibition at Mantor Library (0)

FARMINGTON – The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their Fall exhibition, “The Long Sixties, 1957-1974,” running from Oct. 7 through Jan. 11, in the Shiretown Bookers’ Hall in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. The opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be held at the Library at 6:30 p.m. […]


Youth Mental Health First Aid course at FMH on Sept. 19 (0)

FARMINGTON – On Wednesday, Sept. 19, NAMI Western Mountains Maine is offering Youth Mental Health First Aid at the Franklin Memorial Hospital in the Bass Room from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is for anyone who works, lives or interacts with youth ages 12-18 to learn about mental health and substance abuse issues, to […]


Francis Leo Haley (1927-2018) (1)

FARMINGTON – Francis “Frank” Leo Haley, 90, passed away at his home surrounded by his wife and children on Sept. 17, 2018. He was born on Dec. 8, 1927 in Elliot, Maine to the parents of Harold Haley and Marguerite Jane. Frank was the third of four children- his older sister Barbara Phillips of Augusta, […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: LePage’s *%+# up (3)

I thought I was reasonably familiar with most of the dirty words in the English language. Apparently not, because I never knew “socialization” and “socializing” were among them. Now, thanks to the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Gov. Paul LePage, my trove of swear words has been expanded to include these swell new additions. […]


2018 Rangeley Regatta to be held on Sept. 28 (0)

RANGELEY -The 2018 Rangeley Regatta will be held at the Outdoor Heritage Museum and Oquossoc Cove on Friday Sept. 28. This is the 4th consecutive year that the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society has invited teams of middle-school children from surrounding communities to come to Rangeley to participate in a fun day of competition and learning. […]


UMF wins convincing victory against UNH (0)

By Matt Bigelow

DURHAM, N.H. – On Saturday, Sept. 15, the men from University of Maine at Farmington traveled down to Durham, N.H. to face the ruggers from University of New Hampshire. The UMF men are coming off of a supremely successful 2017-2018 campaign: going 17-1, winning the NERFU Championship, Beast of The East and another Maine Cup.