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People Lifter helps welcome those from all walks of life 0

October 22, 2018 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Eleven years after the initial idea for a People Lifter came to fruition, Henderson Memorial Baptist Church joined by members of the co-inhabiting Summit Faith Church, opened its new door to the device on Sunday, Oct. 21. The new, street-level addition to the side of the church includes a stairwell down to the […]

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Poet’s Corner: The Flakes (0)

The Flakes by Greg Zemlansky Dark clouds make their sneaky appearance. The sun makes a sudden quick disappearance. The flakes are waiting for their chance to descend. Waiting quietly for their whiteness to transcend. The cold north breeze is kissing my skin. The flakes blown by the wind are distorted within. The flakes have wings […]


LEAP begins office expansion (1)

FARMINGTON – Life Enrichment Advancing People begins Central Office Expansion Project on Farmington Falls Road in October. LEAP employs nearly 200 people in west-central Maine and provides services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most of LEAP’s residential programs are in small, homelike settings located throughout Franklin County. All of LEAP’s programs, including case […]


Foster Tech students recognized (0)

FARMINGTON – Foster Career and Technical Education Center recognized students who attend on Blue Days. Each program chose a students who has leadership skills, strives for excellence in safety, and goes above and beyond in their program. Foster Career and Technical Education Center will be recognizing the gold day students on Nov. 2. Following the […]


Fred L. Barker, Jr. (1931-2018) (5)

WILTON – Fred L. Barker, Jr. 87, of Wilton, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2018 in a tragic accident at home. He was born in Farmington, April 25, 1931 the son of F. Leavitt, Sr. and Margaret (Chandler) Barker and attended Wilton schools. He served as a military policeman in the United States Army during […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: She’s not taking sides (1)

It’s nearly impossible to disagree with Terry Hayes – because it’s tough to disagree with somebody who hardly ever takes a stand on anything. It’s true that Hayes, the state treasurer and an independent candidate for governor (and a person whose lawn signs identify her as “Terry! Hayes” because maybe she needed a more secure […]


The fall show (7)

With fall here, Franklin County’s many talented photographers are here to bring readers the best shots of nature and those who live in it. The basis for the Sunday collections goes back to March 2011, when author and photographer Jane Naliboff of Chesterville began sending a few pictures each week. Other photographers have since joined […]


Wilton rec. department basketball try outs (0)

WILTON – Signups will be held for co-ed 2nd and 3rd grade “in house” basketball program on Oct. 22 and 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Once rosters have been made up, practices will start up in early Nov. with games played on Mondays and Thursdays. Tryouts for our boys 3rd and 4th grade […]