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Trask Jewelers closing after 159 years downtown 13

December 19, 2014 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – Trask Jewelers is closing its doors forever. For 159 years downtown, the jewelry store has long been considered a permanent fixture with its elaborate window displays and friendly service at good prices. Although he will miss his many customers, now is the time to retire, said the store’s proprietor, John Anderson. After 40 […]

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Free photography workshop Dec. 28 (0)

CARRABASSETT VALLEY – On Sunday, Dec. 28 from 6-7 p.m., at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library, local photographer Waylon Wolfe will present a free one-hour workshop on the basics of photography and camera operation. Participants will learn how to take control of their manual camera settings by understanding aperture, ISO, and shutter speed. The workshop […]


CMCC offering 3 Microsoft certification ‘Boot Camps’ (0)

Auburn – Information technology professionals can “brush up” their knowledge with one of the 10-hour review classes being offered at Central Maine Community College (CMCC) in Auburn. These training courses are a condensed version of the regularly scheduled Microsoft IT Academy 32-hour classes. Designed for professionals who need a short, test-prep review before sitting for […]


Philip Paul Hayes (1942-2014) (0)

Philip Paul Hayes, of Manchester and Mount Vernon, died on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 18, 2014,  of complications from dementia. He was 72. Born in Portland, Maine, in 1942, to the late Yvette Charette and the late Philip Edward Hayes, he grew up on Dresden Avenue in Gardiner. His mother was a homemaker and seamstress, and […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Nothing was delivered (3)

There are plenty of ideas for reforming the electoral process in Maine, nearly all of them confusing, expensive or stupid. Also, none of them produces a fairer result. Ranked-choice voting? It’s complicated (lots of people mark their ballots in ways they didn’t intend), costly (it requires new voting machines) and – in spite of proponents’ […]


2015 Maine birder bands now available (0)

AUGUSTA – The 2015 Maine birder band is now available. Maine’s Birder band is instrumental in helping protect birds, conserve habitat and provide access for birders throughout the state. Get yours at the IFW Online Store here. For just $20, you get an authentic bird band similar to ones that biologists use to band wild […]


Girls Basketball: Madison 48, Mt. Abram 24 (0)

SALEM – The Mt. Abram girls basketball team were defeated by Madison by a score of 48-24 on Friday night. Madison’s Kayla Bess was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points, with her teammate, Madeline Wood, adding another 11. The Roadrunners’ Marya Beedy and Olivia Ryan contributed 6 points each and Sally Stevens added 4. […]