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Jay residents discuss serious town budget cuts 0

January 17, 2017 • Category: Features

JAY – There seemed to be general agreement at a town budget workshop attended by many residents held Tuesday night that the next budget needs to see some serious cuts in the wake of Verso mill’s ongoing shut downs with hundreds laid off, but the central question remained as to where the cuts in services should […]

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True Stories & Tall Tales Set for Jan. 28 (0)

PHILLIPS – The second annual gathering of local story tellers will entertain folks at the Phillips Area Community Center (PACC) on Saturday, Jan. 28. The event includes a potluck supper beginning at 5 p.m. with the stories and tall tales beginning shortly after. Last year saw the first event of this kind at the PACC, […]


Get your tickets now: Heat Dance 6 set for Feb. 3 (0)

FARMINGTON – Heat Dance is back! Now in its sixth year, the dance will take place on Friday, Feb. 3 at the North Dining Hall on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. It will include all the events that have made it one of the best attended and more successful fundraisers in the region: […]


Jean A. Bean (1934-2017) (3)

SCARBOROUGH – Jean Annie (Amburg) Bean, 82 of South Portland and Farmington, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct. 7, 1934, in Wilton, a daughter of Edward and Thelma (Williams) Amburg. She was married on Dec. 23, 1950 to Merwin D. Bean Jr., the […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Me and Paul (1)

I like Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s new budget. Really. No, I haven’t lost my mind, although that remains a possible excuse for future columns. And my newfound respect for LePage’s fiscal prowess isn’t the result of bad drugs, because the doctor assured me any side effects wouldn’t alter my political philosophy. I’m as clear-headed as […]


Snow, rain, snow, thaw: The cold returns (8)

By Jane Naliboff
Someone wasn’t expecting an up and down, wet and dry, January thaw on Minnehonk Lake.


UMF ski and snowboard athletes of the week (0)

FARMINGTON – Three University of Maine at Farmington athletes gained skier and snowboarder of the week after this weekend’s events at Sugarloaf and Titcomb. In apline, Kyle Farrington finished in fourth overall and first for the division with times of 36.46 and 35.61 on Saturday, Jan. 14 at Titcomb. Farrington also finished in first place […]