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Need to raise $115K: Western Maine Play Museum’s ‘heroes’ 0

February 13, 2016 • Category: Features

WILTON – Supporters of plans to open a new Western Maine Play Museum are making steady progress towards the goal of closing the $115,000 funding gap so building renovations can get started. The museum’s capital campaign goal is to raise a total of $750,000. Of that total, $500,000 will go towards completely renovating the former […]

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‘Tumbledown’ opens Friday at Narrow Gauge Cinema (1)

FARMINGTON – The writer and director of ‘Tumbledown,’ a movie set in western Maine, will be on hand for Saturday showing at Narrow Gauge Cinema. The movie opens Friday. Portland-based filmmakers Desi Van Til, a Mt. Blue High School graduate, and Sean Mewshaw debuted their film at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2015 and […]


Bank Foundation offers $33,000 in local scholarships (0)

FARMINGTON – Students planning to pursue a business-related field in college are invited to apply for the Franklin Scholar program. Franklin Savings Bank’s Community Development Foundation has announced it will once again offer 11 scholarships for a total $33,000. “We know these scholarships are appreciated by families as college expenses continue to skyrocket,” said Peter […]


Pet of the Week: Lola (0)

Pet of the Week is a special feature to highlight those who are ready for adoption from the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Lola is a really sweet cat who is not doing well at the shelter. She would love a calm home where she can be independent and loved. She is 1-3 years old.   […]


Carlton R. Allen (1922-2016) (0)

NASHUA, New Hampshire – Carlton Richner Allen, 93, a resident of Milford, N.H., formerly of Livermore, Maine, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua. He was born on Dec. 24, 1922, in Jay, Maine, the son of Raymond W. and Ruth (Richner) Allen. He was a 1942 graduate of Jay […]


The Countryman: Still ogling after all these years (0)

By Bob Neal Hugh Hefner built a career and a Playboy fortune on men looking at women’s bodies. Among even those of us who think of ourselves as evolved, it still goes on. But, the ground has shifted. I became aware of the shift about 17 years ago while leaning on a rail in the […]


New nationwide target shooting competition coming to Rangeley (0)

RANGELEY – Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association has been approved as an officially recognized Local Qualifying Location for American Marksman – a new concept shooting competition TV show by Outdoor Sportsman Group. Amateur target shooters from the Rangeley area will have the chance to qualify to earn bids to the Northeast Regional Championship and, […]


Class A North Quarterfinal: Gardiner edges Mt. Blue, 43-35 (0)

AUGUSTA – Despite a 20-20 tie at the half, Gardiner managed to edge past the Mt. Blue girls team in Class A North quarterfinal game at the Augusta Civic Center on Friday, winning by a score of 43-35. The No. 3 ranked Gardiner team was surprised to find an even score at the half with […]