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Commissioners pass on utility deputy proposal 1

April 17, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Commissioners voted against the creation of a utility deputy position at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday, citing concerns about the proposed system and possible additional costs. The idea had been presented as an alternative to the department’s longtime system of handling civil process paperwork. Currently, two civil deputies travel to Farmington, pick […]

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Kingfield POPS announces line up for 12th annual program (0)

KINGFIELD – There may still be snow in western Maine but it is never too early to think about Kingfield’s major music event of the summer. In its 12th season, the 2014 Kingfield POPS guarantees to be a magical celebration of what makes the western mountains of Maine so unique. Ticket holders are sure to […]


Mt. Blue Middle School students raise funds for animal shelter (3)

FARMINGTON – Mt. Blue Middle School’s IMPACT group (a middle school branch of Rotary) recently participated in a Read-a-Thon in order to support our local Franklin County Animal Shelter. IMPACT’s motto is “service before self,” and the intention is for the group to think and act altruistically. This year members chose the animal shelter as […]


Spring activity afterschool programs available for area youth (0)

FARMINGTON – The Healthy Community Coalition is collaborating with area organizations to offer afterschool programs to get kids physically active. The programs provide a structured opportunity for kids to learn a new skill and get healthy at the same time. Many programs are also working with the 5210 Let’s Go! program to promote healthy messages […]


Earl A. Bilodeau (1937 – 2014) (0)

SKOWHEGAN – Earl A. Bilodeau, 76, passed away on April 13, 2014 at his home in Skowhegan surrounded by his family. He was born May 18, 1937 in Waterville the son of Ernest L. and Pauline (Finnemore) Bilodeau. He was educated in local area schools and graduated from MCI High School in 1956. Earl was […]


On Crimea (0)

Orlando Figes, a well-regarded British specialist in modern Russian history, published The Crimean War: A History in 2010. It contains information relevant to the current crisis which has been neglected. Having seen no reference to this information in the essays and columns by sages and prophets infinitely more qualified than myself, I feel an urge […]


Sugarloaf to host pond skimming event Saturday (0)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – Pond Skimming in the east has become a spring time tradition for resorts big and small. It stands to reason that Sugarloaf, the King of Spring, would host the East Coast Pond Skimming Championships. Following a successful debut last spring, Sugarloaf will host the second annual East Coast Pond Skimming Championships on […]