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Mt. Blue High School Cheer team to compete virtually Comments Off

January 20, 2021 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – As the only high school sport getting a State Championship this winter, cheerleading is in a simultaneously challenging and fortunate position in the midst of a pandemic. Other winter sports have been denied many games and competitions, including the larger events that draw more than two schools together, but cheerleading has found a […]

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Poet’s Corner: Night (Comments Off)

A shawl of night wraps around me in which I sleep until the day star nudges darkness away. First comes pink, gold, then the sudden brilliant thrust of greens and blues over the morning landscape Of our planet, Earth. Forests, meadows and lakes sing one to the other ‘til shadow quiets their song. The shawl […]


Rangeley’s Little Mountain School: A foundation for the future (Comments Off)

RANGELEY – Nestled on the corner of High and Pleasant Streets, Rangeley’s Little Mountain School has continued to provide childcare through the pandemic. The LMS has been a staple in the community, which is known to have a childcare shortage. Open Monday through Thursday, it hosts children between the ages of 2 and 5. “Mornings […]


VFW Post 3335 Friday night take-out suppers continue (Comments Off)

By Janice Sweeney JAY – Last Friday, the Frank L. Mitchell Veterans of Foreign Wars post’s rib dinner was an unbelievable success. The community always comes through for us. We have not been open since last March so these suppers enable us to keep our bills paid but, more importantly, we are able to help […]


MaineHealth begins COVID-19 vaccine for Mainers over 70 (Comments Off)

PORTLAND – MaineHealth, the region’s largest integrated health system, will start to offer limited supplies of COVID-19 vaccines to people 70 and older beginning today. Franklin Community Health Network in Farmington and Mid Coast-Parkview Health in Brunswick plan to begin a regular schedule of vaccinations for Maine residents 70 and older starting today. Other local […]


Valerie A. Taylor (1942-2021) (0)

FARMINGTON – Valerie “Val” A. Taylor, 78, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on March 28, 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family and friends will remember her most as a loyal friend, a generous crafter, and a “hostest-with-the-mostest”. She recently made hundreds of COVID-19 masks, […]


Letter to the Editor: This is why we fight (Comments Off)

I have been involved in the effort to stop the NECEC as a volunteer for over 2 years. Why? Because there is nothing about this project that is good for Maine. It’s time for Maine people to have a say in what happens with this beautiful part of our State. We should not be bullied […]


Which is which? (12)

It’s ice fishing season on Crowell Pond in New Sharon and Mr. and Mrs. Eagle are keeping watch for free lunch. Mrs. Eagle, on the left, is easily identified by her larger size, (reverse sexual dimorphism) larger hooked beak, and a back hallux (talon) that can grow to 3 inches. Unless they are side by side, gender is difficult to determine due to their identical plumage. Females often have a lower pitched call than males as well. (Photo by Jane Naliboff)