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Heat pump use expands across state 0

September 22, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – For Jim LaBrecque, it’s a matter of efficiency. A former resident of Jay and graduate of Mt. Blue High School, LeBrecque previously operated Jim’s Refrigeration, installing cooling, heating and ventilation systems in grocery stores such as Don’s AG and Giguere’s. Now he works with retired professor Richard Hill of Orono to create custom-designed refrigeration and heating systems for businesses ranging […]

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Bruce Spang poetry reading, book talk & signing Tuesday (0)

CARRABASSSETT VALLEY – Bruce Spang, former poet laureate of Portland and English teacher at Scarborough High School and author of two new books, will read from his work beginning 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library. He has a recently published the novel, The Deception of the Thrush and a […]


Riverview Plumbing & Heating, Inc. joins with Joe’s Plumbing and Heating (0)

LIVERMORE FALLS – Riverview Plumbing & Heating, Inc., recently announced the acquisition of Joe’s Plumbing & Heating of Farmington, “as our latest commitment to expand and improve plumbing and heating services to our customers,” said owner/president, Charles L. Darling, Jr. Joseph LaBelle, Jr., former owner of Joe’s Plumbing and Heating, “brings to our company 19 […]


Farmington Rec Dept’s fishing derby Saturday (0)

FARMINGTON – The Recreation Department has rescheduled its annual fishing derby for children to Saturday, Sept. 27 at Rollo Pond in Abbott Park on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. The Recreation Department’s Farewell to the 2014 Fishing Season Derby for children ages 3 to 10 starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday and lasts […]


Public memorial services for Richard L. Pratt Sept. 26 & 27 (0)

FARMINGTON – Public memorial visitation for Richard L. “Dick” Pratt, who passed away on Sept. 5, 2014, will be held Friday Sept 26, from 4-6 p.m. at the Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Rd., Farmington. Public memorial services will be held the following day, Saturday, Sept. 27. At 1:30 p.m. from the Henderson Memorial […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Not an idiot (1)

There are some really stupid people in Maine politics. But Mike Michaud isn’t one of them. Michaud, the Democratic U.S. representative from the 2nd Congressional District and his party’s candidate for governor, is never going to be invited to join Mensa. But the myth that he’s a dope stems from misinterpretations of a couple of […]


Fall and our friends begin to leave (15)

By Jane Naliboff
Little Loon called for his parents while floating around watching the far end of the pond for them, but there was no call back. Past parents haven’t left this early in the season, so there’s hope that they’re still there for their chick. Loons eat under water, so unless I drop a waterproof camera into the pond, I have no way of knowing if he’s catching his own food.


UMF women ruggers open season with big win (0)

JOHNSON, VERMONT – A mostly inexperienced University of Maine at Farmington  women’s rugby team traveled to Vermont on Saturday and came away with a convincing 29-5 win against their hard-tackling hosts from Johnson State University. UMF’s starting 15-player squad featured nine players who were new to the sport, but as the game wore on many […]