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UMEM celebrates 50 years with new logo, new website 0

November 18, 2018 • Category: Features

SALEM – The United Methodist Economic Ministry, located in northwestern Maine, has launched a yearlong celebration during 2019 – its 50th anniversary year. Now and through December 2019, UMEM will “Celebrate Connections & Compassion Coins” and host ongoing “Every 50 Days” events about its outreach and services, as well as fundraising for its mission. As […]

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SRP holiday show tickets on sale beginning Nov. 24 (0)

FARMINGTON – “God Bless Us Everyone!” so says Sandy River Players with their production of “A Christmas Carol-the Musical”. The second production of SRP’s 2018-2019 season, “A Christmas Carol-the Musical” tells the story of Dicken’s Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Cratchit and the rest of the tale’s beloved characters in this Broadway adaptation of the classic. Sandy […]


Holiday update from WMCA (0)

WILTON – Operation Santa Clause is off to a fast and furious start this year, with 796 children counting on us this Christmas. WMCA is getting tags ready, setting up giving trees and organizing the inventory we have received so far from our toy runs. The elves are working hard to fill frequently requested items, […]


Pets of the Week: Cal & Ash (0)

Pets of the Week features animals that are ready for adoption at the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Cal, 2 years, Male, Hound Mix Hullo there, the name’s Cal! I’m your typical hound, always looking for the source of new smells. I’d like to find a home without cats, but I don’t seem bothered by other […]


Hospital rating group issues safety grade for Franklin Memorial Hospital (0)

FARMINGTON – The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that tracks hospital quality, gave Franklin Memorial Hospital a “B” ranking in its fall safety ratings for hospital organization’s nationally. The grade for the fall follows a spring rating period when Franklin Memorial and many other smaller hospitals nationally did not receive a rating because of changes […]


Henry McCrillis, Jr. (1942-2018) (1)

NORTH JAY – Henry McCrillis, Jr., 75, of Walker Hill Road, North Jay, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his home. He was born Dec. 8, 1942, a son of Henry and Laura (Storer) McCrillis, Sr. and was a 1961 graduate of Wilton Academy. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was […]


Letter to the Editor: NECEC will lower electric costs (0)

The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) will lower whole sale electric costs $40 million a year for 20 years. Do the math, that is a lot of savings, which is why the companies selling electricity into the wholesale market are fighting the project. Retirees like myself pay close attention to electric costs. Maine has […]


Titcomb Holiday Auction Nov. 30 (0)

FARMINGTON – This year Titcomb Mountain will be hosting their 23rd Annual Holiday Auction at Calzolaios Restaurant on Friday, Nov. 30. The Holiday Auction is arguably the mountain’s most important fundraiser each season. Last year the auction had over 150 items ranging from ski, golf, and rafting tickets, paintings, pottery, and photographs, handmade furniture, homemade […]


Final UMF rugby game (0)

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Due to Mother Natures unpredictable weather twist, one seemingly only our beloved state could carry out, the University of Maine at Farmington Rugby Club were unable to host their playoff match on Sunday Nov. 11. Instead they had to make the 4.5-hour drive to Middletown, RI to play Salve Regina RFC on […]