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Charges pending after car crashes into Rangeley store 0

May 6, 2015 • Category: Features

RANGELEY – With several criminal charges pending against him, a Dixfield man remains in stable condition at a Portland hospital after police say he stole a car, led them on a chase through two counties and crashed into a Main Street gift shop early Saturday morning. Christopher Labbe, 43, “is very lucky to be alive,” […]

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Violin, piano duo at Nordica on May 16 (0)

FARMINGTON – The Arts Institute of Western Maine is fortunate to welcome to Nordica Auditorium the accomplished violin/piano duo of Dean Stein and Chiharu Naruse on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. Dean Stein and Chiharu Naruse are presently teaching at Bates College where they have succeeded in mastering and performing all ten of Beethoven’s Violin […]


Third annual Rangeley Home, Garden & Sports Show is May 23 (0)

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the third annual Rangeley Home, Garden & Sports Show on Saturday, May 23 at The Rangeley Inn on Main Street. Hours are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Admission is only $1 and free for children under 18 years old. The event will promote area builders, […]


Maine State Math Meet honors Kingfield teacher (0)

BANGOR – Teacher Brian Twitchell of Kingfield was honored during the awards ceremony at the Maine State Math Meet on Tuesday, April 14, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. The Maine Association of Math Leagues voted to honor Twitchell by re-naming the “Crystal Trophy,” the top award of the meet, the “Brian Twitchell Award.” […]


Charles “Chuck” Arthur Bessey (1938 – 2015) (3)

KINGFIELD – Charles “Chuck” Arthur Bessey, 76, died Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at home in the loving arms of his family. He was born on October 18, 1938 in Willimantic, ME, the 4th child of Arthur E. And Thelma I. (Davis) Bessey. He attended Monson schools and at the age of 12 got hired “sticking” […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Making things worse (0)

Here’s the annoying question I ask supporters of publicly funded political campaigns and term limits for legislators: Can you show me any way in which the current Legislature is better than the ones we had before those alleged reforms were instituted? Here are some actual answers I’ve received. “I wasn’t really around back then.” “That’s […]


Wilson Lake’s ice-out contest winner announced (2)

WILTON – Eleanor Welch of Livermore Falls is this year’s Wilson Lake ice-out contest winner. Welch is the 126th winner in a contest held each year since 1889. She had the closest guess of when the ice would officially be declared as no longer existent in the lake at 5:43 p.m. on Monday, April 27. […]


Boys Tennis: Mt. Blue 5-0 Skowhegan (0)

Mt. Blue 5-0 Skowhegan 1st singles- Sullivan Abbott (MB) def Kyle Davis 6-1, 6-1 2nd singles- Evan Backus (MB) def Lyric Daigle 6-4, 6-0 3rd singles- Alex Bunnell (MB) def Luke Swett 6-1, 6-1 1st doubles- Roberts/Marshall (MB) def Patten/Hooper 6-0, 6-2 2nd doubles- Parsons/Leopold (MB) def Gordon/Munster 6-0, 6-1 Exhibition Joe Crandall (MB) def […]