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Good weather boosts Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby 0

February 21, 2019 • Category: Features

WILTON – Scores of ice-fishing fans took advantage a clear and sunny day Saturday, Feb. 16, to participate in the 5th annual Michael J. Rowe Memorial Ice Fishing Derby on Wilson Lake. The event is presented by the Wilton Fish & Game Association, attracting anglers of all ages. Named for Michael J. Rowe, who died […]

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Award-winning poet Oliver de la Paz will be next reader in UMF Visiting Writers Series (0)

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington’s celebrated Visiting Writers Series presents award-winning poet, Oliver de la Paz, as the popular program’s next reader. De la Paz will read from his work at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019 in the UMF Emery Community Arts Center. The reading is free and open to the […]


Western Maine Play Museum revamping spring fundraiser (0)

WILTON – Western Maine Play Museum is excited to announce that they’ll be hosting a revamped version (with a new event name to be announced) of their Spring Gala on June 18. Western Maine Play Museum board members are excited to host the event at the museum and provide a sneak peek of the interior. […]


UMF announces Dean’s List for fall 2018 semester (0)

FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington has announced its Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester. UMF maintains a Dean’s List each semester for those students completing a minimum of 12 credits in courses producing quality points. Students whose grade point average for the semester is equal to or greater than 3.8 are […]


Cafeteria pizza gets an upgrade (3)

FARMINGTON – Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals have a lot on their plates. School districts all over Maine, while operating within very tight budgets, are working hard to include as much locally grown foods as possible into their […]


Donna Patricia Sommer Barker (1932-2019) (6)

FARMINGTON – On Feb. 19, 2019, Donna slipped away peacefully at home to join her sweetheart and life partner of 67 years, Louie; a beloved son, Rodney Aaron; her mother, Anne; her sister, Dorothy; and other cherished loved ones that were waiting for her at their eternal heavenly home. She was one of two children […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Vermin Supreme and his pals (9)

Every four years, Maine engages in a bumbling effort to influence the major parties’ choices of presidential candidates. It’s the state’s biggest exercise in futility (except for celebrating Moxie, which tastes like a flatulent moose and ExxonMobil had a baby). Our inability to shape the campaign for the White House isn’t simply a matter of […]


Farmington Recreation Department wraps up this year’s basketball programs (0)

FARMINGTON – The Farmington Recreation Department recently wrapped up its 2019 Junior Pro and Prep Basketball programs with 103 students in grades 1 through 6 participating. The Junior Pro program had great numbers this year with 85 players divided among eight teams in both Division One and Two. There were also 18 first graders registered […]