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About Us

Not too long ago, when nearly all of our news came from newspapers, a special, early edition known in the trades as a bulldog would sometimes be published when an important event occurred. Here at we want to give readers the same chance to get the absolute freshest news about what’s happening all over Franklin County, Maine. If the news happens today, we want readers to read about it today.

Besides taking an informative look at all this local news, we provide extensive coverage of the rich body of work being produced by our county’s talented writers, poets and craftspeople, to cover all of the outdoor recreational possibilities around as well as to run the most current ads for available jobs, vacant apartments, and other things our readers need.

The Daily Bulldog is the only countywide news source in Franklin County that is locally owned. It is published by Daily Bulldog LLC, a corporation formed by Bobbie and Woody Hanstein, residents of Farmington since 1985. The Bulldog is edited by Bobbie Hanstein, who over the past 16 years both at the Lewiston Sun Journal and then, as the editor of the Franklin Journal, won numerous awards from both state and regional journalism organizations. The Bulldog features stories and columns by some of the best writers Franklin County has to offer, and includes a variety of features we believe aren't available in any other publication.

Specifically, at the Daily Bulldog we do three things:

1. We want to get you the news first. If it happens today, we want you to read about it today.

2. We want our news to go far. Your kids may be out of state at college or serving in the military far from Franklin County or perhaps your parents or neighbors are wintering down south, but all of them will have up-to-the-minute local news available to them at just the click of their mouse.

3. We want to make the Daily Bulldog a bulletin board for people throughout Franklin County and beyond. We want to publish readers' letters and comments as soon as we receive them, and to make the Bulldog the first place readers go to learn about and debate the issues that concern us most.

Please contact Editor Bobbie Hanstein at or call (207) 778-6905 or mail 127 Smiling Goat Lane, Farmington, Maine 04938 with your events, questions and comments.

Comments Policy
The Daily Bulldog allows the posting of "comments" which are short replies displayed at the bottom of articles. Our system requires that you submit some sort of name (obviously) as well as an email address. That email will not be displayed with your comment, although you (and only you) may be able to view the address when using your computer, as you're effectively "signed in" on that machine.

We welcome readers to make their opinions known, but we ask they do so in a respectful manner. All comments must be approved by a moderator prior to being viewed (again, this is a mandatory part of our system). Comments that moderators believe are too disrespectful, too off-point or too poorly written (i.e. cannot be read due to a lack of spaces/language/font choices) may not be approved.

Additionally, comments that attempt to present new accusations or other, contentious elements without sufficient evidence to support them may not be approved.

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  1. I like your new format but I want to see some opinion stuff going on......................state and local. I have missed you while you were off-line and gearing-up for the New Look. Am only local for 3-4 months in the summer and depend on you tand the people who post in regard to your articles to keep me up to speed on the Farmington environs. Grew up there; my heart will always live there. You can take the girl out the county, but you can never...........................etc., etc.

    My best to all who are dealing with all that snow that I DO NOT MISS!! ;-)