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This year’s Rangeley Blueberry Festival was hopping 0

August 28, 2015 • Category: Features

By Liz Pimentel RANGELEY – It doesn’t take a leap of faith to know that Rangeley’s Blueberry Festival on Aug. 20 was once again host to the annual Frog and Toad Jumping Contest. As always, everyone had a hopping good time. There was a crowd of kids, parents, onlookers, anxiously awaiting frogs, and one tiny […]

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UMF announces new musical ensemble conductor Eric Thomas with public reception, Sept. 2 (0)

FARMINGTON – In its continuing commitment to community-based musical partnerships, the University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce a new chapter in university-community music making. Beginning in fall 2015, UMF will introduce its new Collegium Instrumental Ensemble, a musical model that includes performance band, orchestral works and other ensemble works under a single […]


Robin’s Flower Pot hosts charitable event for LEAP (0)

FARMINGTON – On Aug. 19, Robin’s Flower Pot hosted a fundraiser for the local non-profit Life Enrichment Advancing People. LEAP provides direct support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. According to LEAP’s Executive Director Darryl Wood, Robin’s Flower Pot owner Robin Jordan reached out to him in July with an idea for a […]


Alice D. Rumley (1931 – 2015) (3)

FARMINGTON — Alice D. Rumley, 83, of Dixfield, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Alice was born, the youngest of 9, to George and Delia (Rutherford) Donahue on Sept. 2, 1931. She received her education from Peru schools. She was married to Robert Rumley on December 8, 1951 and together they […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Money laundering (3)

A referendum question on the November ballot promises to get the big money out of politics by … uh … spending more money on campaigns. Put politely, this seems counterintuitive. Put bluntly, it’s stupid. The language for Question One reads like this: “Do you want to change Maine law to allow publicly financed political candidates […]


Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum draws record crowd on Oquossoc Day (0)

OQUOSSOC – In celebration of Oquossoc Day the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum hosted the local game warden stars of Animal Planet’s No. 1 Hit TV show Northwoods Law, which drew a record crowd to the museum.