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Poetry collection published by Alice James Books receives national award 0

March 27, 2017 • Category: Features

FARMINGTON – A collection published by a local poetry press has received a prestigious national award. Alice James Books published Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams early in 2016. A debut collection by Williams, the book has been awarded the 2017 Whiting Award for Poetry. Established by the Whiting Foundation in 1985, the […]

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Off the Hill to play at Phillips Area Community Center April 1 (0)

PHILLIPS – On Saturday, April 1, the Phillips Area Community Center will fill up with what program co-ordinator Pam Matthews calls “a little bit of country, a little bit of pop, a touch of bluegrass, and a little bit of rock.” The popular area band Off the Hill features Paula Kaiser, an award winning singer […]


Get Your Word Buzz On: Adventure and Beer Expert Josh Christie at Rolling Fatties (0)

KINGFIELD – Rolling Fattie’s “Word Buzz” series continues Thursday, April 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Maine author, entrepreneur, and beer expert Josh Christie. Josh takes all the best things about living the Maine life and puts them into Print. Print: A Bookstore, Josh’s recent endeavor with Emily Russo, opened at 273 Congress […]


Bridging Community Project kicks off (4)

FARMINGTON – An event last week brought representatives from a wide variety of community sectors together in one room to address concerns of extreme poverty within the region. The G.H. Bass Room at Franklin Memorial Hospital was packed with health care providers, lawyers, educators, social service providers and religious affiliates, all hoping to gain some […]


Jeanette H. Demo (1923-2017) (0)

SKOWHEGAN – Jeanette H. Demo, 93, passed away March 24 at Cedar Ridge Nursing Home in Skowhegan. She was born June 7, 1923 in Skowhegan, the daughter of Howard Franklin and Ruth (Coleman) Hainer. She was educated in the schools of Skowhegan, graduated from Skowhegan High School in 1941, then continued her education at Beal’s […]


Politics and Other Mistakes: Faking it (3)

Maine has many serious problems, so it’s only natural the Legislature would devote all its efforts to finding solutions. Except there’s nothing natural about the Legislature (warning: contains androids, invasive species and random bits of plastic), so it’s no wonder legislators dither away their time on insignificant matters. As everyone in this state knows, actual […]


Franklin County Women’s Softball League prepares for third season (0)

The Franklin County Women’s Softball League is seeking women softball players of all skill level to join the league in its upcoming season. The season begins June 25 and goes through the beginning of August, with games played on Sundays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The Franklin County Women’s Softball League began in 2015 as […]