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Arbor Day celebration is this Thursday 0

May 20, 2019 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – An event on Thursday will honor Farmington’s longstanding history as a TreeCity USA town with an evening of presentations and discussion. Monday marks the official start to the annual Arbor Week- a celebration particularly notable for the twenty towns of Maine who are certified TreeCity USA towns. Farmington, Kennebunkport and Westbrook come in […]

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Traditional Irish trio at Old South Church Concert Series (0)

FARMINGTON – Old South Church Concert Series is excited to present traditional Irish band, HighTime, on Thursday, June 6, for their debut performance from the musical heart of Connemara, Ireland. This fresh new trio combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences to produce a rich sound and exciting experience to delight […]


Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce now accepting photos for 2020 calendar (0)

RANGELEY – The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to submit photos of the Rangeley region to be considered for inclusion in The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce 2020 calendar. The Chamber is seeking photos that represent the best of the Rangeley region throughout the four seasons. All photos should be submitted […]


Smart Fun Engineers Lego Robotics Team compete at worldwide tournament (1)

FARMINGTON – Smart Fun Engineers Lego Robotics Team- with students grades five through eight from Smart Fun Learning Adventures- went to Detroit, Michigan for First Lego League Robotics World Festival. The theme was space: Into Orbit. They competed with teams from around the world. They got to meet and interact with children from these teams. […]


April Paradis earns oncology credential (13)

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that April Paradis, RN, OCN, has earned the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) credential from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. The purpose of the credential is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing. To receive the credential, Paradis […]


Michael George McManus (1937-2019) (3)

STRONG – Michael George McManus died on May 15, 2019 at 10:38 p.m. in his residence in Strong. Born May 10, 1937, Mike had just celebrated his 82nd birthday with friends and family. After surviving his first wife, Peggy Ann (formerly Carlisle), Mike lived for many years on Miles Square Road in Avon with his […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Primary objections (1)

I don’t eat yogurt. I’m not a soccer fan. I’ve never seen an episode of “Game of Thrones.” I don’t feel excluded from the cabals that revel in these fads, because I’m comfortable with my decisions not to eat disgusting slop, waste hours on a sport where no one scores, or engage with weirdos obsessed […]


Robert Hollis wins 37th annual Sugarloaf Marathon (0)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – With cool temperatures and steady rain showers providing challenging conditions for runners, 25-year-old Robert Hollis of Farmington won the 37th annual Sugarloaf Marathon today in two hours, thirty four minutes, and twenty-three seconds. Thirty three year-old Sacha Hourihan of Southfield, New Brunswick claimed the women’s title with a time of 2:50:33. In […]