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Franklin County’s students head back to school 0

August 30, 2016 • Category: Features

Franklin County’s students and teachers alike are gearing up for the start of school. Some districts have big adjustments ahead while others are anticipating a relaxed year. Administrators in the Mt. Blue Regional School District, headquartered in Farmington, are busy trying to fill all of the openings, while MSAD 58, based in Phillips, has all […]

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Blacksmithing classes offered at fairgrounds on Sept. 10 & Oct. 8 (0)

FARMINGTON – The Western Maine Blacksmith Association has two blacksmithing classes coming up soon. On Saturday, Sept. 10, The Basics: A Beginners Class is being held with Dick Tessier as instructor. An Ornamental Work: Scrolls, Leaves & Advanced Work class with instructor Pat Roy is being held on Saturday, Oct. 8. The basics class is […]


Stairway to Freedom Park in Strong awarded realtors’ grant (2)

STRONG – The Stairway to Freedom Park in Strong recently received a donation from Mountains Council of Realtors. The park memorializes Sgt. Richard Parker, who was killed during his second tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. The 160 stairs leads to the playground and the Lance Corporal Scott Paul Park which memorializing a local […]


Strong Public Library awards readers two Kindle Fire tablets (0)

STRONG – As encouragement for young people to read over the summer, Strong Public Library held a summer reading program for youths ages 12 – 18. Fifteen young people registered for the program. Each week the participants turned in a brief summary of the pages they had read, and their name went into a drawing […]


Michael W. Bennoch (1996-2016) (2)

AUGUSTA – Michael Wesley Bennoch, “Big Mike,” 19, of Chesterville, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, with his family at his side. He battled cancer for 16 months and was always more concerned about everyone else. In the words of his parents, Mark and Kathleen (Fera) Bennoch, who welcomed him into this world on […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Stake out (5)

I was keeping an eye out for terrorists. And what better place to do so than the tap room of a brewery on Lewiston’s Lisbon Street. Also, I was watching for welfare cheats, since, according to Gov. Paul LePage, they’re much the same thing. After recent news reports revealed that an Iranian refugee who once […]


Summer photos have Gone Fishin’ (8)

Some pictures from Franklin County’s finest photographers as birds, insects and other animals seek to take advantage of these last few weeks of summer.


UMF men’s soccer welcomes Blake Hart to coaching staff (2)

FARMINGTON – University of Maine at Farmington Director of Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness Julie Davis is pleased to welcome Blake Hart as the next assistant men’s soccer coach. Hart, a Farmington native, joins head coach Tommy DiNuzzo and the UMF coaching staff as the Beavers are coming off a North Atlantic Conference semifinal appearance last season. Hart […]