Franklin Countys First News

Future of Literacy Volunteers in doubt; may close in 6 months 3

September 29, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – A stalwart of the community that has helped thousands of people learn to read for nearly 40 years may be closing its doors due to a lack of funding. The Literacy Volunteers of Franklin and Somerset Counties has been helping local adults learn to read since it was established in a partnership with […]

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Farmington selectman appointed to MMA board (0)

AUGUSTA – Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal will become the next president of Maine Municipal Association and Stephan Bunker, a Farmington selectman, is MMA’s incoming vice president. Beal, who began her municipal career as Ellsworth’s treasurer in 1995, will assume the presidency following MMA’s Annual Convention, to be held on Oct. 1 & 2. Bunker […]


Jay girl receives guitar gift from noted singer (1)

AUGUSTA – On Sunday, Sara Barker, 11, of Jay, joined singer Debbie Myers and a host of other accomplished entertainers at the Maine State Armory for the 5th annual benefit to raise money for Maine’s homeless veterans. Barker helped open the show, waving American flags from the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by […]


Health Network staff presented with EPIC awards (3)

FARMINGTON – September’s recipients of the EPIC awards established by the Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) Spirit Committee and announced quarterly include: TJ Lambert, maintenance; Jamie Medrano, Franklin Health Women’s Care; Kellie Donahue, Franklin Health Pediatrics; and Marian Hastings, Franklin Health Women’s Care. Joseph Bujold, board chair, and Joline Hart, vice president human resources, presented […]


Walter Blaisdell Murch Jr. (1947-2014) (0)

NEW SHARON – Walter Blaisdell Murch Jr., 67, of New Sharon passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014 at his home. He was born in Augusta on Sept. 13, 1947, the son of Walter and Phyllis Murch, Sr. He attended school in Monmouth and then in the early 1970s went to work on a dairy […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Prodigal son (0)

I guess Maine should feel flattered. I mean, it’s not as if this politically insignificant state is an important battleground in deciding the nation’s future. What happens here is about as likely to affect the course of federal policy as it is to impact the incidence of solar flares. On the other hand, I care […]


Maine, in full color (6)

By Cynthia Brackett-Vincent
A loon on Clearwater Lake in Industry yesterday, with the fall colors reflecting off the water.


UMF Field Hockey beats Rivier, 5-0 (0)

NASHUA, N.H. – The University of Maine at Farmington (5-3) field hockey team shutout its second opponent of the year and have won three of the past five games on Saturday as the Beavers silenced Rivier, 5-0. UMF took an early 1-0 advantage just two minutes into the contest when Chelsea Morley was able to […]