Franklin Countys First News

Plenty of pickerel at Cape Cod Hill School’s fishing derby 0

March 1, 2015 • Category: Features

NEW SHARON – On a crisp, clear blue Saturday, families gathered on Crowell Pond for a little ice fishing and to show support for their school. A delighted Katee Lord, 5, of Chesterville, lit up when her dad, Rod Lord pulled a pickerel from the hole in the ice. “It’s pretty small, should we put […]

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TAKE HEART: A Conversation in Poetry (0)

Edited and Introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate

Today’s reader request from the past of this column comes from Shari Robinson of Steep Falls, who writes: “Longfellow’s ‘Snow-Flakes’ immediately and completely swept me into the magical stillness of a falling snow. I sent the gift to my busy, adult children to give them and my grandchildren a few moments of peace and beauty.”


Reiki: A must try for everyone (0)

NEW SHARON – Healthy Vibes treats people with reiki, a holistic way to improve one’s health. This is an innovative way of healing using hands and it originated in India. The newly opened Healthy Vibes center encourages reiki as a healing treatment. The institute is run by Angela Godbout who specializes in spiritual healing and […]


Strong United Methodist Church youths donate to ministry (0)

STRONG – The Youth Group of the Strong United Methodist Church recently delivered personal care items to the United Methodist Economic Ministry in Salem, after a month of friendly competitions designed to encourage their teams to make donations. Families facing difficult financial times find it especially hard to purchase these types of items because they […]


Benjamin Franklin Howatt, III (1936-2015) (0)

SARANAC LAKE, NY – Benjamin Franklin Howatt, III, 78, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at the AMC-Uihlein Mercy Nursing Center. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936, in Farmington,  a son of Benjamin and Ellen (Everett) Howatt, II. Benjamin joined the Navy Reserve at the age of 18 and later […]


Letter to the Editor: Bills designed to protect 2nd Amendment rights (19)

Growing up in Central Maine, I understand the importance and tradition of fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling and exercising our Second Amendment rights. For example, I still use my .22 long lever action Marlin rifle that I bought when I was 14 years old. Our hard-working and law-abiding families, especially in Franklin County, have a long […]


Mt Blue boys alpine ski teams repeats as Class A state champs (2)

GREENWOOD – After two days of competition, the Mt. Blue High School boys alpine ski team won the overall title of Maine State Class A alpine champions in races held last week. Mt Blue took a commanding lead on the first day of racing held at Mt Abram ski area. The championship races consisted of […]