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‘Play It Safe’ brings hundreds to Spruce Mountain High School gym 0

November 28, 2014 • Category: Features

JAY – A steady stream of local area residents lined up in front of Jenna Lord’s table with well-wishes and donations for the Play It Safe Foundation Friday evening, interrupted only by the referee’s whistle or occasional loose basketball. The Jake Lord Play It Safe Foundation held its largest annual fundraiser on Nov. 28, with […]

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Rangeley Community Chorus Concert is Dec. 3 at Church of the Good Shepherd (0)

RANGELEY – To get yourself into the spirit of the season, come on over to hear the Rangeley Community Chorus as they present their holiday concert, Follow That Star. The concert takes place Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd and tickets may be purchased at the door for $12. […]


Saddleback surprises Maine Teachers of the Year (0)

RANGELEY – Saddleback, Maine, a mountain known for its relaxed vibe, hand-cut glades, and affordable skiing, announced today that it will recognize Maine’s 16 Teachers of the Year with a season-long commemoration, which starts with free 2014-2015 Season Passes, valued at $13,200, and is followed by a “Wall of Fame” placed in the Saddleback Base […]


Wish List seeks to put books into school libraries (0)

Libraries are the hearts of our schools. All paths lead there. All young students return from the library enriched with knowledge and inspiration. As students find themselves adrift in a world of unfiltered digital information our dedicated librarians are more essential than ever. By grounding and directing students, as well as supporting teachers, Mt. Blue […]


Robert E. Whidden (1934 – 2014) (1)

BELFAST – Robert E. Whidden, 80, of Belfast, passed away at Waldo County General Hospital on Sunday, Nov. 23, following a brief illness. He was born on Feb. 18, 1934, in Dorchester, Mass., a son of William E. and Clara (Gabriel) Whidden. When in high school, he moved with his parents to Belfast, Maine where […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Taxed to the max (3)

Let’s hear it for Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s new tax-reform plan. It’s “another government bailout for the wealthy.” “It’s terrible public policy that gives liberals another way to take money from the working class.” “[T]his dangerous bill … expand[s] the sales tax to scores of new categories and thousands of small businesses.” Uh oh, it […]


Christmas tree tips from a Maine forester (2)

By Patty Cormier When I was just a mite, my father had this romantic image of having a sleigh for our horse, Deagon, to carry the family out on a snowy white night with the ringing bells and all to find a Christmas tree. We would all be singing of course. You know–the whole “one […]


Four Spruce Mountain High School students honored at Campbell Conference Football Banquet (1)

PORTLAND – The 31st annual Campbell Conference Football Banquet was recently held at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. The Campbell Conference takes great pride in a rich tradition of honoring outstanding football student-athletes. The banquet consisted of over 400 people comprised of players, coaches, athletic administrators, parents and other family members. The coaches within […]