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MSAD 58 budget passes validation vote 0

June 29, 2015 • Category: Features

SALEM – The proposed $9.4 million budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year sailed through Monday’s budget validation referendum, winning approval from three quarters of the voters in MSAD 58. The unofficial, combined results for the towns of Avon, Strong, Kingfield and Phillips was 143 votes in favor of the budget and 48 votes opposed. Only […]

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Vienna Union Hall hosts Village Harmony Youth World Music Ensemble July 7 (0)

VIENNA – Village Harmony, the acclaimed teen world music singing ensemble, led by Suzannah Park, Will Rowan and Nadia Tarnawsky, will be performing for the third year at the Vienna Union Hall on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. The group includes 25 teen singers ages 12-18, from nine states. The program includes traditional songs and […]


Chesterville’s historic Meeting House: A community center success (1)

CHESTERVILLE – A June 12 fund-raiser concert at the Chesterville Center Union Meeting House was a spectacular success, according to organizers, with a full house and a total income of over $500. The event featured local musicians Ellie Buckland, Mali Obamsawin, and Southern Maine native Isa Burke performing as The Wiles on guitar, fiddle and […]


Mt. Blue Middle School announces fourth quarter Honor Roll (0)

Honor Roll for Mt. Blue Middle School, Quarter 4, 2014-15: Grade 6 High Honors: Scott Barber, Abriel Bordeau, Megan Brown, Korinne Coolidge, Isabelle Decker, Kelsey Dorman, Daphne Giampietro, Lucien Hammond, Sylvie Haslam, Taegan Heath, Tyreiq Johnson, Jackson Joyce, Jack Kearing, Megan O’Donnell, Mackenzie Osgood, Ella Stone, Haley Walsh; Honors: Samara Anderson, Keegan Andrews, Ian Barker, […]


Gerald Cayer named Franklin Memorial Hospital’s Caregiver of the Year (7)

FARMINGTON – Gerald Cayer, executive vice president, has been named Caregiver of the Year for Franklin Memorial Hospital. Rebecca Arsenault, the hospital’s president/CEO, made the surprise announcement during a recent manager’s meeting, praising his leadership in addressing domestic violence and his operational support of the medical staff, clinical teams, and line staff in driving safety […]


Annie Norton (1922-2015) (0)

FARMINGTON – Annie (Boies) Norton, 92, of Farmington, passed peacefully in her home on the evening of June 27, 2015. Annie was born on Aug. 28, 1922 in Parkers Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada, one of 11 children of James and Mary (Taylor) Boies. She was educated in the schools of Fredericton and Boiestown, New Brunswick, […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Addicted to bad ideas (2)

I’m not opposed to bold concepts and fresh thinking. Without creative types stretching their imaginations in new directions, we wouldn’t have fine craft beers, dozens of channels of satellite radio and venison cheeseburgers cooked over a wood fire. These advancements in civilization have made life more pleasant. But not all innovation produces such positive results. […]


Loon yodels, kingfisher plays and the damselflies get creative (11)

By Donovan Buck
Damselfly art on the water.

This week we feature the fine work of photographers Deelight Zitzelberger, Jane Naliboff, Kelly Smith, Tom Oliver, Jane Knox and Donovan Buck.


Cougar Classic Girls Basketball Tournament results (0)

FARMINGTON – The results of the Franklin Savings Bank Cougar Classic Girls Basketball Tournament hosted at Mt. Blue High School on Saturday are as follows: Oxford Hills 43 vs. Leavitt 37 OH – Erin Morton 14 points and Julia Colby 11 points Leavitt – Liz Goulette 12 points and Allie Belaire 12 points Fryeburg 35 […]