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Home to family of seven lost to fire 5

February 28, 2015 • Category: Features

NEW SHARON – A family returned home Friday night to a shocking discovery: their farmhouse at 660 Weeks Mill Road was completely engulfed in flames. Thomas Bailey, his wife and five children lost their two-story home of eight years to a fire that started sometime after they left to go out to dinner. Arriving home […]

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Donor offers to match $10,000 of local donations for RFA theater (0)

  RANGELEY – The Rangeley Friends of the Arts recently received an anonymous challenge donation for improvements to its newly-acquired Lakeside Theater in the heart of downtown. An anonymous donor has offered to match the first $10,000 in local donations for building improvements. Built as a downtown cinema over 25 years ago, much of the […]


Deb Conrad’s 25 years with Western Maine Transportation Services celebrated (0)

AUBURN – More than 40 co-workers, volunteers and family members gathered at Western Maine Transportation Services in Auburn recently for a surprise celebration of WMTS customer service representative, Debbie Conrad’s 25th anniversary with the organization.   Conrad had worked previously as a waitress and in an insurance office, but had taken time away from work to […]


Pet of the Week: Emmy (0)

Pet of the Week is for those who are ready for adoption from the Franklin County Animal Shelter. Hello, my name is Emmy. I’m a little bit nervous here at the shelter! There is a just a lot of commotion. I’d love to find a nice, quiet home where I can relax and be pampered! […]


Franklin Memorial Hospital adds Cardiac Device Clinic in partnership with MaineHealth Cardiology (0)

FARMINGTON – The electrophysiology coordinator team from Maine Medical Partners MaineHealth Cardiology will be offering bimonthly cardiac device clinics at Franklin Memorial Hospital, beginning April 1 in the hospital’s second floor cardiology clinic. Services will continue to be offered on the first Wednesday of every other month for 2015: June 3, Aug. 5, Oct. 7, […]


Benjamin Franklin Howatt, III (1936-2015) (0)

SARANAC LAKE, NY – Benjamin Franklin Howatt, III, 78, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., died on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at the AMC-Uihlein Mercy Nursing Center. He was born on Aug. 23, 1936, in Farmington,  a son of Benjamin and Ellen (Everett) Howatt, II. Benjamin joined the Navy Reserve at the age of 18 and later […]


Letter to the Editor: Bills designed to protect 2nd Amendment rights (18)

Growing up in Central Maine, I understand the importance and tradition of fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling and exercising our Second Amendment rights. For example, I still use my .22 long lever action Marlin rifle that I bought when I was 14 years old. Our hard-working and law-abiding families, especially in Franklin County, have a long […]


Mt Blue boys alpine ski teams repeats as Class A state champs (1)

GREENWOOD – After two days of competition, the Mt. Blue High School boys alpine ski team won the overall title of Maine State Class A alpine champions in races held last week. Mt Blue took a commanding lead on the first day of racing held at Mt Abram ski area. The championship races consisted of […]