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Jay board sets new tax rate 0

August 17, 2017 • Category: Features

JAY – The Board of Selectpersons approved a new tax rate at Tuesday’s meeting, resulting in an increase of $1.40 per $1,000 of property valuation as compared to the previous fiscal year. In addition to the RSU 73 local share and Jay’s percentage of the Franklin County budget, the $22.50 rate per $1,000 of valuation […]

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UMF raises curtain on fall art scene with BORDERLAND exhibit by Alia Ali, beginning Sept. 1 (0)

FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington Emery Community Arts Center raises the curtain on the fall art scene on campus with an exhibit by multi-media artist Alia Ali. A stunning photography and textile-based installation, BORDERLAND will run from Sept. 1–Nov. 13, in the ECAC Flex Gallery, with an opening reception 5-7 p.m., Friday, […]


Accomplished Franklin Savings branch manager retires; assistant manager named replacement (0)

FARMINGTON – Franklin Savings Bank has announced the retirement of Skowhegan Branch Manager Sally Dwyer and named Assistant Branch Manager Patrick Dore as her successor. “We are very confident in Patrick’s abilities to step up and assume Sally’s responsibilities. They have been working together for three years and our customers will find the transition seamless,” […]


Teal Ribbon Run to combat sexual violence (0)

FARMINGTON – Franklin County’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services invites you to help run (or walk) sexual violence out of the community with their 4th annual “Teal Ribbon Run/Walk 5K” on Saturday, Sept. 9. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at The Holman House on 227 Main Street, and the 5K will start at 10 […]


Marlene F. Austin (1953-2017) (0)

SKOWHEGAN – Marlene F. Austin, 63, passed away unexpectedly at her home at 26 Beauford Street, on Saturday, Aug. 12. She was born Nov. 21, 1953 in Skowhegan, the daughter of Wallace and Barbara (Collins) Dewitt. Her childhood life was spent in Mercer, where she lived with her mom and treasured stepdad, Harris Farrand on […]


Letter to the Editor: Fire and fury (0)

There have been five major extinctions charted through the geological record. That the sixth extinction awaits somewhere in the future is not a question but fact. Whether that event results from an asteroid impacting the earth or the moon; or the sun boiling away our atmosphere leaving the earth like its sister planet Mars; or […]


Cooperative Extension announces upcoming events (0)

FARMINGTON – Three different events are being offered by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, all taking place next week. Details on the events below.