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School budget discussed at forum 0

May 27, 2020 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Participants of a public forum dedicated to the proposed $38.2 million budget for Regional School Unit 9 questioned the addition of an assistant superintendent position and advocated for more funding in other areas Tuesday evening. Conducted via teleconferencing, the forum was scheduled to take place before a board vote on the budget, tentatively […]

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Poet’s Corner: Memorial Day (0)

Memorial Day by Greg Zemlansky Memorial day is celebrated on the last Monday in May. A remembrance of those who gave their lives for us to be free today. We take a moment in time to pause for a prayer and say, “thank You:” With aching hearts and tears that drown the eyes for the […]


Western Maine Transportation Services to resume services with masks, social distancing (0)

Western Maine Transportation Services is pleased to announce resumption of previous services and new pilot services. WMTS will be maintaining precautions to keep riders and drivers safe from COVID-19. The organization is requesting use of face coverings and will be working to maintain social distancing as well as regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces. Please watch the […]


USDA financial assistance for Maine farmers now available (0)

BANGOR – Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The […]


Relay For Life offers virtual relay (0)

FARMINGTON – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the previously scheduled Relay For Life live events across Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire through June have suspended their live events, and many now are participating on Sunday, June 7, in a virtual online experience called Hope From Home. Participants should register for their local event at […]


Graveyard services for Benjamin Mitchell to be rescheduled (0)

PHILLIPS – Graveside services for Benjamin F. Mitchell Jr. will not be held on May 30, 2020, at the Evergreen Cemetery in Phillips as previously published. Due to the current pandemic, the family will reschedule the service at a later date.


Letter to the Editor: NECEC won’t repair economy (1)

CMP is trying to take advantage of Mainers’ vulnerability during a global health crisis by asserting the corridor is the solution to repair Maine’s economy. This is simply not true. CMP recently hired out-of-state workers for highly specialized jobs (Irby Construction of MS, Northern Clearing of WI and Sargent Electric of PA) and the report […]