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Founder and president of Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust retires after 25 years 0

July 30, 2015 • Category: Features

RANGELEY – The co-founder and president of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, a regional land conservation organization focusing on the Western Maine lakes and mountains region, has announced his retirement after 25 years with the RLHT. Ed Kfoury  helped found the RLHT in 1990. Paul Reynolds has been elected to succeed Kfoury as president. During […]

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Wesley McNair to read at New Vineyard Public Library (0)

NEW VINEYARD – On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the New Vineyard Public Library, Wesley McNair, the Poet Laureate of Maine, will combine commentary with a reading of poems to tell the story of how he became a poet, from past to present. “People might be surprised that I didn’t have a literary […]


Doctor joins Franklin Memorial Hospital medical staff (0)

FARMINGTON – Rebecca Arsenault, president/CEO of Franklin Community Health Network is pleased to announce that Jay Neil, Jr., MD, will become a member of the medical staff at Franklin Memorial Hospital on July 27, joining Dr. James Lancaster and Dr. Heather DeCarolis in staffing anesthesiology services. Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the […]


The Great Outdoors: Narrated nature photography slide show (0)

RANGELEY – Nature Photographer Gary Westerhoff will present an hour-long narrated slide show: The Great Outdoors, on the big movie screen at the Lakeside Theater on Main Street, Rangeley, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7. Westerhoff is a professional environmental engineer, a nature photographer and a long time summer visitor to the Rangeley area. This event […]


Franklin Health Stress Reduction Program starting Sept. 3 (0)

FARMINGTON – Franklin Memorial Hospital is once again offering its intensive nine-session stress reduction program that is designed to teach participants scientifically proven practical skills to reduce stress and improve overall health and happiness. This fall’s program instructor is Dr. Kathleen Hickey. “The course is designed for adults and the skills gained will help participants […]


Christal Ann Crockett Ericksen (1948 – 2015) (1)

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. – Christal Ann Crockett Ericksen, 67, died July 24 at her home in Port Townsend, Wash. She was born Jan. 3, 1948, in Skowhegan, to Leroy and Agnes (Fitzmaurice) Crockett. She attended schools in Wilton, graduating Valedictorian from Wilton Academy in 1967. Christal had a lifelong wanderlust and desire to experience other […]


Politics & Other Mistakes: Popular opinion (1)

During the recently concluded legislative session, I kept hearing a lot of talk about some guy named Will O. DePeople. According to Democrats, Republican Gov. Paul LePage was trying to thwart Mr. DePeople by failing to authorize the sale of public-land bonds that had been approved by the voters. According to the GOP, Democratic legislators […]


Boys summer soccer play ends with Mt. Blue-Erskine 2-2 tie in OT (0)

FARMINGTON – In their final soccer game of the summer, the Mt. Blue High School boys soccer team held Erskine to a 2-2 tie in overtime. Mt. Blue’s goals were scored by Sam Smith and Andrew Haszko.