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RSU 9 superintendent announces retirement 5

December 15, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – The superintendent of Regional School Unit 9, Thomas Ward, announced his retirement this week after 41 years in the field of education. Ward graduated from Mt. Blue himself in 1972, pursuing a career in the realm of education after drawing inspiration from the teachers and administration around him. “I always loved my principals. […]

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Wilton library to host fiction workshop on Jan. 6 (0)

WILTON – Calling all writers! The Wilton Free Public Library will host a fiction writing workshop with local author and English professor, Pat O’Donnell. The workshop will take place at the library on Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a $20 registration fee payable to the Wilton Free Public Library. […]


Service of compassion and hope on Dec. 20 (0)

FARMINGTON – The annual Service of Compassion and Hope at Christmas will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Fairbanks Union Church. The service is sponsored by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry and is offered for persons who may find the Christmas Season to be a difficult time because of a […]


John G. Hagerstrom (1925-2017) (3)

STRONG – John G. Hagerstrom, 92 of Strong, slipped away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Dec. 12 on his 70th wedding anniversary. He was born in Strong on May 21, 1925, son of Jack and Pearl (Von Scotta) Hagerstrom. He attended local schools and graduated from Farmington High School in 1943. After high school he […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: ‘Tis the season (5)

Ho, ho, yech, it’s time to come up with some snarky Christmas gifts to give to Maine’s most annoying politicians. I admit this whole idea is clichéd to the extreme, but according to the Big Book of Insipid Rules for Journalists, it’s mandatory. I apologize with all the sincerity of a Hollywood mogul accused of […]


Mount Abram boys basketball teams host Winthrop (0)

SALEM – The Mount Abram boys basketball teams hosted Winthrop Monday, for their second game of the season. Mount Abram Boys Junior varsity, coached by John Chase, lost to Winthrop by a score of 36 to 67. High scorers for MTA included Hunter Warren, No. 3, Kenyon Pillsbury, No. 5, and Tyler Jensen, No. 24: […]