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Harvest Festival remembers Sam Wright 1

September 23, 2019 • Category: Features

KINGFIELD – Next weekend will mark the sixth year of Harvest Festival, held at Mountain Village Farm Bed and Breakfast. Last year the event drew roughly 300 people to the picturesque field for dancing, food and fun. “It really started with wanting more opportunities to dance,” Maine Mountain Children’s House Director Bethany Mahar said. Along […]

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UMF features talk by photographer Allen Morris on Sept. 25 (0)

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine Farmington invites the public to an artist talk with Allen Morris, photographer, whose work work explores the relationship between humans and their environments. The talk takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in room C23, UMF Roberts Learning Center. The event is free and open to the […]


Poland Spring celebrates Kingfield with Community Appreciation Day (0)

KINGFIELD – The community is invited to attend an open house at the Poland Spring Kingfield bottling plant on Saturday, Sept. 21 as part of Poland Spring’s Kingfield Community Appreciation Day. Poland Spring has operated a bottling plant in Kingfield since 2008 and employs more than 90 associates in this location. The open house gives […]


Rail Fest this weekend (0)

PHILLIPS – The annual Rail Fest will take place this Saturday at the Phillips Area Community Center drawing train enthusiasts from all over the country. The hobby and model show will be held in the old Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Rail Road machine shop, housed at PACC on Depot Street. The festival runs from […]


Maine reports a case of lung illness related to e-cigarette use (0)

AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today reported a case of acute lung illness related to the use of e-cigarettes. The case involves an adult who reported symptoms similar to those identified in other states. Symptoms have included cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, fever, and abdominal […]


Michael Alan Bell (1950-2019) (0)

FARMINGTON – Michael Alan Bell, 68, of Farmington, a 30 year veteran of the Farmington Fire Department, died in the line of duty on the morning of Sept. 16, 2019. Michael was born on Sept. 30, 1950 in Farmington, the son of John O. Bell “Jack” and Marcelle (Tardy) Bell. He received his education in […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Getting squashed (2)

Republicans in the Maine Legislature are about to get flattened. The Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate are planning to steamroll the minority GOP. And Republicans have no one to blame for their impending irrelevance but themselves. Prior to the August special legislative session on bond issues, Dem leaders offered a couple of […]


World travelers make pit stop in Rangeley (0)

RANGELEY – On Tuesday evening, Sept. 17 world travelers Zoe Agasi and Olivier Van Herck will share their world-wide adventure at the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. Starting in northern Europe in Sept. 2016 they have spent the last 950 days traveling by bike, foot, sailboat and are now canoeing on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. […]