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FAEM honors MLK with slam poet, activist 0

January 21, 2019 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – An intimate crowd gathered at Old South Congregational Church Monday afternoon to honor the day’s remembered civil right’s activist, Martin Luther King Jr., with prayers, song and inspiring words. “It’s always a rewarding experience to take a break from day-to-day demands and appreciate life,” speaker Craig Hickman said. Hickman serves in the Maine […]

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New UMF Emery exhibit features artist John Umphlet (0)

FARMINGTON – The spectacle of the sculptural and performance art of American artist John Umphlett will be on display as the inaugural spring semester exhibit at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Emery Community Arts Center. Umphlett’s latest exhibit “elements of degradation,” will be showcased at the Emery Flex Space Gallery from Jan. 31–March 8, […]


UWTVA Partner Spotlight: Catholic Charities (0)

FARMINGTON – Catholic Charities Maine is one of the state’s largest non-profit social service agencies. Founded in 1966, its mission is to empower and strengthen individuals and families of all faiths by providing innovative community-based social services throughout Maine. Programs range from serving children and persons struggling with mental health and substance use disorder, to […]


Art for the FUN of it at Old South (0)

FARMINGTON – At the Warming Center at Old South Church, Farmington, on Jan. 17, Paula Widmer, artist, led an activity “Art for the FUN of it!” Participants created “shoe polish” prints. Creative projects will be offered each Thursday in Jan. and Feb. at the Old South Warming Center, free of charge. The public is invited […]


Molly Mitchell earns two nursing certifications (9)

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Molly Mitchell, RN, CLC, recently earned two nursing certifications: one in chemotherapy/biotherapy administration from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and the Certified Lactation Counselor credential from the Healthy Children Project. The purpose of the credentials is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice […]


Willard Blanchard Douglas (1932-2019) (3)

WILTON – Willard Blanchard Douglas, 86 of Wilton, passed into glory on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. He was born on July 31, 1932 on the family farm in Wilton, the son of Charles and Muriel (Hamlin) Douglas. Willard resided on the farm for most of his life with his loving wife of 67 years. He […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: We need a new drug (3)

Ranked-choice voting is the methamphetamine of politics. Once you start using it, you can’t stop, even though your teeth fall out, your internal organs fail, and you develop skin conditions so gross they’d cause Dr. Pimple Popper to run screaming from the room. But like meth addicts, fans of ranked-choice are resolute in their belief […]


Full moon snowshoe hike at French Falls (0)

JAY – Join us on Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. for a full moon snow shoe hike! The riverside French Falls trail will give a great opportunity to see the moonlight on the river and beaming through the trees. There will be a fire near the trail entrance to enjoy. There is a parking lot […]