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Get inspired by life in 19th-century rural Maine! The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center (Norlands) in Livermore is open for tours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in July and August. Stop by between 11am to 4pm and journey back to 1870. (Arrive by 3pm to enjoy the full site). Tour the Washburn family mansion and farmer's cottage and attend school in the one-room schoolhouse. Take a walk on a historic carriage trail. Bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful grounds. $10 per person/$6 ages 12 and under. The Norlands is located at 290 Norlands Road in Livermore. FMI:

Join the Strong Public Library this summer for our summer reading program! The theme this year is Build A Better World, and will run from June 20 to August 3. Children from ages 0 to 17 are welcome to join. There's something for every child, with story times, activities, and prizes. It really doesn't matter the age of the child, or what their reading level is, we have plenty to pick from. Any questions, please call us at 684-4003, or stop in while we're open, Tuesdays 1:00 to 7:00, Thursdays 1:00 to 5:00 and Saturdays 10:00 to 2:00. We will have some additional hours for story time and activities this summer as well. Stop in, we'd love to see you!

Please Join Us For Lunch. Old South Church and RSU9 will be serving free lunches to all children and accompanying adults Mondays - Thursdays from June 26 through July 27. Join us at our new location at 156 Maple Ave. (O’Neil’s backyard) at the intersection of High Street and Maple Street from 12:00 - 12:20 p.m. or at Mallet School. All lunches must be eaten on the premises and please, no drop offs.

Tractor Supply in Wilton will be hosting the Maine Mobile Vet Vaccination Clinic on Sunday, July 30 from 12pm to 2pm.

Volunteers (Age 18+) Needed! The Good Shepherd Food Mobile is coming to Rangeley Family Medicine (42 Dallas Hill Road, Rangeley) on June 28, August 30, and October 25 from 10:30am – noon. We are looking for volunteers to assist with distributing the free food for families in need. If you would like to help out, or if you would like more information about the event, please contact Josh at or 207-660-9914

Mad Science of Maine will be at the Rangeley Public Library on Wednesday, July 26, at 10:00 AM to present the program “Engineering a Better World” as part of the 2017 summer reading program “Build a Better World”. Kids of all ages are invited to come enjoy this free program which is always one of our most popular programs of the year. Call the library at 864-5529 to sign up.

Mad Science Show here at the Carrabassett Valley Public Library on Wed., July 26 at 1:30. this event is to celebrate the Summer Reading Program at the library. Outdoor Adventure Camp co-sponsors the event so all campers attend the program, AND the event is free and open to the public.

33rd Annual Little Mr. & Miss Woodchip Competition The Maine Forestry Museum is holding its annual Little Mr. & Miss Woodchip Competition at the Museum, located at 221 Stratton Rd. in Rangeley, on Friday night July 28th at 7 pm. We offer a special invitation to all 6 to 8 year old boys and girls to take part in the competition. They may sing a song or recite a poem. The winners ride in the Logging Festival Parade the next day. Come enjoy the competition along with entertainment by The Pulled Together Band and the amazing clogging by the Triple C Dance Team. To register and get more information contact Liz at 917-836-1632.

The Maine Forestry Museum 37th Annual Logging Festival will be held in Rangeley on Friday and Saturday, July 28th & 29th on our fairgrounds at 221 Stratton Rd. The Festival runs from 10-4 on Friday and 11-4 on Saturday. The Festival includes artists and crafters, chainsaw demo’s,free children’s activities, bean-hole dinner, Lumber Jack and Lumber Jill competitions sponsored by STIHL and more! Free Admission on Friday, Saturday Admission $5, children 6-12 $3, under 6 free. For a schedule of events and more information please visit our website at, visit us on Facebook or call 207-864-3939.

Maine Forestry Museum 37th Annual Logging Parade will be held Saturday July 29th at 10 am on Main St. in Rangeley. This years parade theme is “From the Mountains to the Mills”. Prizes for “Best Loaded Truck”, “Most Appropriate to Logging” and “Best Parade Theme” If you or your group would like to participate in the parade please contact Linda Sikes at 207-491-6566.

30 Mile River Watershed Association Paddle Trek - July 29, 2017. It’s time to register for our 9th Annual Paddle Trek and experience first-hand the connected lakes and streams of our watershed! The Trek will take place on Saturday, July 29. Join us for the whole 15-miles from Mt. Vernon Village to Wayne Village, or just a portion. Shuttles will be available at various locations to bring you back to your starting point. To sign up and learn more, go to

The Strong United Methodist Church would like to invite you to join us for our Vacation Bible School July 31st - August 4th from 3:00 - 6:00. Children PreK to 6th grade will take part in Maker Fun Factory where they will explore how everyone is created by God and built for a purpose. Teen and adult volunteers are encouraged to come along and help find God Sightings along this faith journey. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, please call or text Liz at 491-1834.

The 37th Annual Andover Olde Home Days will be held on August 4, 5, & 6: live music, parade, craft and food vendors, car show and so much more! A full event schedule is on facebook @andoveroldehomedays or FMI contact Leo Camire (207) 783-1992.

The MBHS class of 1972 will hold it's 45 reunion on Saturday, August 5th at 6 p.m. at Titcomb Ski Slope (180 Ski Slope Road, Farmington). Please bring something to share and beverage of choice. Cost is $7.00 per person to help cover expenses. We will also be taking donations toward our 50th! Please come and spread the word to other classmates! Questions? Contact Cheryl Pike at

The 12th Annual Carrabassett Summer Festival will be held Saturday August 5, 2017 from Noon til 6. This family oriented festival is a Music festival, Art Show, Fly-in in and around KC's Kreativity Center and the Carrabassett Valley Airport in "downtown Carrabassett Valley. The radio control club with have their demonstrations early in the day. There will be three bands, 25 artist selling their crafts, food and beverages, a fairy house village, draft horse wagon rides mid day, and plane rides weather permitting. This festival has free admission and raises money for area youth. FMI contact Karen @ 235-3000.

Pick-Your-Own Apples! Heirloom and Extraordinary Varieties, 5 pound bags for only $5! Come enjoy the weather and have fun picking apples in a beautiful orchard. When: August 26 from 10 am to 4 pm. Where: Lane Road Orchard, 258 Lane Road, New Sharon. Directions:Take Lane Road off of route 2, next to Douin's Store in New Sharon. Lane Road Orchard is 1 mile in on the left. Contact Richard (774-265-0614) or Rebecca Murphy (508-272-7684) for any questions and check us out on Facebook!

Please share. Get your products and services out there! Central Maine small-home based-entrepreneur Business Connection and Network Fair. Sept. 2, 2017 in Lewiston/Auburn area. 8am - 4pm. Call Lois for more information and to signed up at 207-520-9888. Avon to Scentsy to Thirty-One to Usborne Books and MORE! Clothing, handbags, lotions, metalworking, woodworking, and the businesses go on.

30 Mile River Watershed Cleanup - August 5, 2017. The 30 Mile River Watershed Association and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like you to join us for our 30 Mile River Watershed Cleanup Day! On Saturday, August 5th, we will be gathering at multiple locations throughout our watershed to clean up trash from lakes, ponds, streams, roadsides and public lands. Whether you have only one hour or all day, we would love to have you join our watershed-wide effort. To learn more about this fun way to give back to your community and to sign up, please visit

34th Annual Trek Across Maine. We are looking for volunteers to help us support the Trek Across Maine. From the Mountains to the Sea we have many volunteer opportunities available from June 15th, 2018 through June 17th, 2018. Please contact Kim at (207)-624-0313 or for more information.


Carrabassett Valley Public Library & Community Center has its annual Summer Local Artist Exhibit through the month of August. The following artists are displaying their talents here in our Lobby gallery. The gallery is open for viewing Monday - Friday 8-5 and Saturdays 10-3. Please join us on Friday, August 4, from 5-7pm for a Wine & Cheese Reception to celebrate the artists. Those currently on display include: Betsy Bass, Peggy Bishop, Joe Gambino, Danielle London, Katie Maloney, Joanne Noyes, John Orcutt, John Pease, Marguerite Robichaux, Lucia Swallow, Carol Tanner, Greg Thomas, Patty Thomas, Barry White, Waylon Wolfe. This evening will be dedicated to Jamie Corriveau. A former Carrabassett Valley resident who was a talented photographer and friend of the library. He also offered a photography workshop to share his talent with our community. A warm and adventurous soul, he will be missed by many. At 6pm there will be an opportunity to share memories of Jamie.

Community Poetry Reading sponsored by the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library to be held at Mt. Vernon Community Center. 7:00pm, Thursday, August 3. Join us for an evening of readings of favorite poems and poets, given by community members of all ages. You might hear Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Jane Kenyon, Shel Silverstein, or brief readings from local poets. Bring your favorite book of poetry (& we'll have some books there), read a poem to us, or just listen. We'll have some refreshments, too.

"How do you like to go up in a swing?
Up in the sky so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do"
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Wilderness Edge,” an exhibition of paintings by Weld resident, Shelah Horvitz, will be displayed at the Upfront Gallery in Farmington during the month of August. Horvitz’s paintings of animals, landscapes and plants explore the shifting balance between the wild and the domestic where wilderness meets civilization. The opening reception will be Friday, August 4, from 4–7pm. Shelah will conduct workshops and demonstrations at the gallery the next two Saturdays, August 12 and 19, from 2–4pm. The exhibition will be up from August 4–31, and gallery hours will be 11am –6pm Wed–Fri, 11am–4pm Sat–Sun. Admission is free, and anyone can attend. Upfront Gallery, a new gallery connected with Upfront and Pleasant Gourmet, is located at 155 Front Street, Farmington, Maine. Parking is plentiful nearby. For more information, contact Shelah Horvitz at 207-585-2241.

Narrated Nature Photography Slide Show. Nature Photographer Gary Westerhoff will present an hour long narrated slide show: “Grizzlies and Friends,” on the big movie screen at the Lakeside Theater on Main Street, Rangeley, at 7 PM on Friday, August 4, 2017. Gary is a professional environmental engineer, a nature photographer and a long time summer visitor to the Rangeley area. The show is presented by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts and the Westerhoff Family Foundation. Admission to the show is free, however, the Rangeley Friends of the Arts will graciously accept donations to support their local programs. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a door prize with the winner receiving an autographed copy of one of Gary’s nature books.

"New! Clay Monoprints" by Jan Webber at Minnehonk Gallery, Main Street, Mount Vernon, 10 am-4pm Thurs-Fri-Sat, July 1 through Sept. 2nd.

Did you know that Giantess Sylvia Hardy was born in Wilton, Maine and was exhibited in P.T. Barnum's American Museum in the 1850s as a nearly eight-foot-tall curiosity? If you'd like to learn more about her interesting story, an exhibit about her can be found on the top floor of the Wilton Farm and Home Museum open every Saturday of July & August from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Please feel free to contact us for more information or to arrange a tour of the museum. Contact Pam Brown @ 645-2091

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) proudly to hosts Comedian Bob Marley in two shows, 7 & 9 PM, on August 12, 2017, at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. General Admission tickets are now on sale at The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation “Bringing the Arts to Life” in the Rangeley Lakes Region. For their complete schedule of events, visit

The Shiretown Bookers are proud to announce their summer exhibition, “Cockamamie! Odd and Unusual Books from Members’ Collections”, running through September 28, in the Bookers’ display area in Mantor Library at 116 South Street in Farmington. Some remarkable books will be on display, each of them unusual in some way. Some are books in strange forms, such as Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge, two novels that intersect in their stories and in their bindings, or Migrant, a graphic novel that takes place on one huge page. There are books on strange subjects, such as The Practical Book of Tapestries, or The Romance and Tragedy of Banking, and books that have problems, including a children’s book that accidentally switches from English to German half way through. And there are particularly beautiful books, such as a Victorian woman’s fishing diary, complete with water colored sketches of her catches. As always, the exhibition will illustrate the Bookers’ tenet that all readers are book collectors in one way or another. The Shiretown Bookers are a group of book lovers and collectors representing both the university and the local community. They provide lectures and roundtables during the academic year, and exhibitions open all year round.

High Peaks Artisan Guild. The Guild members would like to welcome you to come usher in the fall season with them. Paintings, photography, wood turnings, crazy quilts and bags, fiber art, homemade soap, felted soap, knitting and crochet, child size fleece hoodies, homemade pillows, found art, jewelry, warm glass and stained glass, and antiques and collectibles. Regular hours, Friday thru Sunday 11am-5pm, or by appointment or chance.

New Sharon Historical Museum regular hours are Wednesday nights, 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment 207-578-4068.

Award winning columnist and local author Lew-Ellyn Hughes will be attending the Rangeley Farmers Market on July 11, 2017 with copies of her latest book "Maine Stories". Hughes is the author of the very popular bimonthly newspaper column "Away with Words" that appears in Kingfield's "Original Irregular".
"Maine Stories", Hughes' third book, is a collection of her nonfiction essays on Maine rural life. Her stories have won the Maine Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest six times. The Rangeley area Farmers Market is held on South Shore Drive in Sandy River Plantation, just off RT 4, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The deadline to submit your photos to the Western Mountain Photography Show is July 23, 2017. The Western Mountain Photography Show is an open photography competition with cash prizes, awards reception and public exhibit on September 15-16 at the Rangeley Inn and Tavern and presented by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts. The theme for 2017 is SHAPES…. any way you choose to interpret this word/concept, and there will be a cash prize for Best Overall as well as for First, Second and Third in TWO Categories: Color and Black and White. There will be an additional ribbon awarded for People’s Choice, which will be based on a popular vote of the exhibit’s attendees. For complete guidelines for submission, visit and click on the “Photo Show” tab at the top of the page.

Rangeley. Sunday, August 6, 6:00pm. 11th annual Hugh Ogden Memorial Evening of Poetry. A reading by local poet Sidney Wade follows a brief community reading. Free. Refreshments. Ecopelagicon (Nature Store), 7 Pond St. FMI: Peggy Yocom 864-3421,; Linda Dexter 864-2771


Saturday July 29, 7 PM – Farmington, Me. Doug Walrath’s South Strong Road Crew and Friends will give a summer concert at the North Church Arts Center at 118 High Street in Farmington. The concert will offer a great evening of New Orleans style traditional jazz. Refreshments will be available before the concert and at intermission by donation. Jam session at 6:00 Tickets $15.00 Info: 207-778-2006

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts presents the Westerhoff Family Foundation Concert on Thursday, Aug 3, 2017, at 7:00 PM at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main St, in Rangeley. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted. Since 2005, Helga and Gary Westerhoff have brought free classical concerts to Rangeley featuring the talented faculty members of their Westerhoff School of Music & Art in Metuchen, NJ. ( The evening of classical music is sponsored by the Rangeley Friends of the Arts and the Westerhoff Family Foundation, Inc. A reception to meet the performers will follow the concert in the Church Undercroft. For the RFA’s complete schedule of events, visit

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts is offering a discount on the first night of each of their three live theater productions this summer. This opening night discount of $5 off the regular ticket price showcases the performers and rewards the supportive community that enjoys RFA’s live shows. The energy of an opening night cast is vibrant and each show is unique. The RFA is offering this discount to encourage people to attend opening night and to support our dedicated and talented volunteer performers. The three live shows this summer are Guys and Dolls: First-Night is June 30 - $15; Diva, A Night at the Tonys: First-Night is July 20 - $20; and Wedding Belles: First-Night is August 18 - $15. For more information on the RFA and their programs, visit

Come to the Rangeley Public Library on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:00 PM for a free folk music concert by Farmington musician Bill Berlinghoff. A folksinger in the Pete Seeger tradition, Bill has more than half a century of performing experience. He has appeared in almost every east-coast state from Maine to Virginia and as far west as Colorado and Oregon. In his rich, flexible baritone accompanied by banjo or guitar, Bill sings a wide range of songs, spanning the traditional mountain music of Tennessee, popular folk music of the ’60s, topical songs of quiet coffeehouses, rowdy pub sing-alongs, and a few originals. His album, A Time for Getting Wiser, got regional and national airplay, and he has appeared on cable TV in both Connecticut and Maine. Come and listen to or sing along with the timeless folk music of three generations! Please stop by or call the Rangeley Public Library at 864-5529 to sign up.

The Rangeley Friends of the Arts (RFA) presents MIFF in the Mountains, the BEST films of the Maine International Film Festival - eight films over four nights, Sunday through Wednesday, July 30 through August 2, at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley. Film lovers rejoice! A different film at 5 & 8 PM each evening. Admission is $7 per film, $50. for an ALL Festival PASS. MIFF is Sponsored by Juliet J. Goodfriend. For the complete film schedule and tickets, visit and click on the “MIFF” tab at the top of the page. Enjoy an opening night reception with William Wegman at 4:30 PM on July 30, and discussions after each film. Two of the films on the schedule are Abundant Acreage Available, Directed by Angus MacLachlan: Oscar nominee, Amy Ryan (GONE GIRL) stars in this film set on a North Carolina farm. Martin Scorcese. Executive Producer, and Angus MacLachlan, lead the outstanding crew who bring this haunting story to life. Some would say it is all about the land and what that teaches, or fails to teach, those who toil on it; and Henry David Thoreau, Surveyor of the Soul, Directed by Huey: Award-winning-Maine filmmaker, Huey, paints a portrait of Thoreau and his influence on thought and environmentalism. Join the director for a Q and A after the screening.

Stratton, Maine . . . Square Dance Party at The Stratton Community Building, Stratton, August 5 at 7 p.m. No experience square dancing or reservations necessary. National Caller and Rangeley resident, Red Bates, will teach all the moves. Families and singles welcome. Casual dress. Come join the fun. Contribution: $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call or e-mail 207-246-2271 or Sponsored by Dead River Area Historical Society and Flagstaff Chapel Association.

Sultans of String who are set to raise the rafters with their 10th Anniversary Celebration Tour in Maine. They include a stop at the Phillips Area Community Center on August 3 (7:00pm)

City Lights North will host its annual summer performance camp August 7-20 at 231 Broadway. Audition Classes are Aug. 5th and 6th, from 8 am until 11 am. Classes start August 7th and run through until August 20th, which is the date of the final performance at the Emery Theatre, Farmington. Each day will begin at 8 am and run until 4:30 pm. Children 6 and under finish at lunchtime. Call 617 695 2856 to reserve spots. All classes are free and any child serious and willing to work hard has never been refused. We will not have evening adult classes this year.

The Mallett Brother Band will be performing at the Vienna Union Hall on Friday, August 11 at 7:00PM. Tickets are $20.00. For advance tickets call 293-2674 or email: Limited seating.

Sparrows Nest Theater is pleased to announce auditions for "Greetings" by Tom Dudzick. Auditions are being held for 10am to 1pm on both August 5 and 6. The production is October 19-22. The characters are listed by the publisher as follows.

ANDY - 30-ish male
RANDI - Andy's Jewish fiance. 30-ish
EMILY - Andy's Mom, 60-ish
PHIL - Andy's Dad, 60-ish
MICKEY - Andy's intellectually disabled younger brother.

These ages are suggestions and may be open to interpretation and Mickey does not necessarily need to be male. Those auditioning should be prepared to read from the script and participate in improvisation exercises and can arrive anytime within the audition period. Those unable to attend can be accommodated by contacting the director at or (207)696-4323. Directions to the theater:

From Farmington- Take Rt. 43 into Industry, go past Clearwater lake, in about a mile, turn left onto Rt. 148 (West Mills Rd). Take this road into West Mills. The theater is on the left, shortly after a 4 way intersection. Yellow with a blue door.

From Madison- Take Rt. 148 out of Madison and through Anson. Over the river and through the woods and in about 10 minutes you'll be there! It's on the right! Yellow with a blue door.

Rangeley, 29 August, 6-7:30pm. Storytelling Workshop by Peggy Yocom of Western Maine Storytelling for adults who want to mine their memories for stories to tell or write. Free. Rangeley Library, 7 Lake Street. FMI: 864-5529 or 864-3421,

Rangeley, 9 September, 10-11:30am. Storytelling Swap. Share stories informally with neighbors, or come just to listen. Hosted by Western Maine Storytellers. Free. Rangeley Library, 7 Lake Street. FMI: 864-5529 or 864-3421,


Mt. Blue Field Hockey Alumni Game on Friday, July 28th @ Mt. Blue High School @ 6:00pm. All former Mt. Blue Field Hockey Alumni are invited to come. We had a great turnout last year with lots of laughs!! Hope to see many players again this year. Alumni players please wear yellow -- we will have yellow alumni t-shirts for sale as well for $7.00.

On Friday, July 28, 2017, Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center, located at 221 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, will host the fundraiser. There will be a car wash, dunk tank, and bake sale. Also available for sale will be hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and a drink. Every dollar made by the facilities will be matched by North Country Associates, which means your dollar becomes two dollars donated to the Good Shepard Food Bank. Since The Good Shepard Food Bank buys in bulk, your dollar turns into four dollars in goods. Come join the fun and help support a great cause.

Come support two local state finalists for Miss Maine Teen USA. Car wash at Farmington Sears on Saturday JULY 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations accepted.

A Benefit Bake Sale will be on Thursday, August 3, at noon when the polls open at the Chesterville Town Office at 409 Dutch Gap Road in Chesterville. The bake sale is sponsored by the North Chesterville Extension Homemakers and will benefit the Chesterville Town Kitchen. FMI 778-3156

The Wilton Day Homemakers will be having a bake sale on Aug 4th at the Main Street Garage in Wilton at the corner of Main Street and the Weld Rd from 9-4. We will be raising money for the Flags on Main Street fund. Come by and see us. We will have lots of goodies.

Sat. - August 5 - Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10. Rt. 4 - 17 North Jay. Beans, casseroles, salads, breads, desserts, beverages. Adults - $8.00, child $4.00 age 10/under.Music with Terry Moore. FMI-645-4211, 645-9353.

Annual Yard Sale. Pinewood Terrace. 136 Rosewood Drive; Farmington, Me. Saturday, Aug. 26. 8am-2pm. Rain or shine. Call 779-0511 FMI


The United Methodist Parish Thrift Shop, at North Jay, is opened for the summer on ​Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with $1 a bag days, ​for lightly used clothes, books, toys, household items, ​crafts & sewing, shoes, dishes, some sports & video items. Good parking and handicap entry at side door.

Come to the Saturday Farmington Farmers' Market every Saturday May thru Oct at the 
Farmington District Courthouse parking lot. 9-noon Our Blog: Check out Farmington Farmers Market on Facebook. For more information email: Lots of fresh, Maine, local food.

Phillips First Saturday of the Month Flea and Craft Market, from 9-1 at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street. New vendors welcome! To reserve a large table for $10, call Pam at 639-2630. Snacks for sale at the Farmers’ Market next door in the old depot. Lots of interesting bargains, crafts, antiques, collectibles – always something new.

Sat. - July 29 - Indoor and Outdoor Yard Sale at the North Jay Grange #10, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. FMI- 645-9353, 645-2910, 645-4211.

Book Sale to benefit the Wilton Public Library -- During Wilton's Blueberry Festival: Friday, August 4 from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday, August 5 from 11 am to 4 pm at Western Maine Development, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (next to the Town Office). This is a large sale with books for all readers on a variety of subjects. Books are in good condition and well sorted. This sale includes a special collection of books on Alaska and a large and varied collection of music CDs. Pricing is by donation.

Bean Supper Saturday August 5, 2017. The Porter Lake Association will hold its annual public bean supper on Saturday, August 5 at Strong Beach on Porter Lake from 5:00 until 6:30 p.m. (Forster Building in Strong in case of rain). Ticket prices are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children 5 to 11. The menu includes bean-hole baked beans, franks, rolls and beverages, and a wide variety of salads and desserts. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. The dinner supports activities beneficial to the lake, its users, and the lake environment. Strong Beach can be reached from Route 234 (connecting New Vineyard and Strong) turning onto Pond Road and then right again onto Beanies Beach Road. For more information contact 491-5033.

Tractor Supply will be hosting its first Farmer's Market. If you grow, raise, or craft things like flowers, produce, candles, art, bees, and more...We'd love to help you sell it! Come sell at our Farmer's Market Event. There is no fee to set up. Sign up at, or contact Sarah at the Wilton Tractor Supply, 778-5900.


SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, the first Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Mt. Blue Class of 1987 is having their 30th Class Reunion on Saturday, August 5 at UMF in Farmington. The reunion will start with dinner at 7 pm and there will be entertainment after that until approximately midnight. There will be a cash bar. The cost is $20 per person ahead of event, $25 each at the door. Checks can be made out to Franklin Savings Class of 1987 and mailed to Flint Christie at PO Box 896, Farmington ME 04938. There is a Facebook Page if anyone is interested in checking it out:

Several churches in the Wilton area will be holding a joint worship service on Aug. 6 to conclude the festivities of the Blueberry Festival. The Service will be held 11 a.m. that Sunday at the 1st Congregational Church in Wilton. The church has a long history with the town and the festival. Many years ago, the church and its congregation started the Blueberry Bazaar, which has since turned into a festival. The service will feature special music and clergy from many local churches. From a historic standpoint, 1st Congregational will celebrate its 200th anniversary next year.

Strong High School Reunion. The annual Strong High School Alumni Reunion will be held Saturday, August 12 at the Strong Elementary School. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. for registration, social time and 50/50 and raffle ticket sales of donated items. A turkey dinner will be served at 1:00p.m. at a cost of $13.00. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. The Fifty Year Class will be honored. Anyone who has ever attended the Strong School is eligible for alumni status.

Old Fashioned Tent Meeting. First Apostolic Church at Route 2, Wilton. Saturday, August 12, Sunday, August 13. Free Hotdog lunch 12n-1:30p Saturday and Sunday. Revival Service with Special Singing 2pm each day. Come and have a good time with us! Fun for the Whole Family!

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library the 1st Thursday of every month from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

Caregiver Support Group at SeniorPlus, 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. The first meeting will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3. Each subsequent meeting will take place on the first Monday of the month, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. FMI: 1-800-427-1241.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, James A. McKechnie Post 10881, has changed the monthly meeting to the 1st Thursday of each month. 7 pm at the Farmington Municipal Bldg., downstairs in back of building.

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at its new office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington, the first Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

ATV Meetings. If you have an ATV and would like to make a difference and help out we would like to see you at our meetings. The meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month in Mt.Vernon. For more information please contact Chris Currier at 441-5090 and/or Paul LeBlond at 491-6738.

Ongoing support group for people who have a loved one with a mental illness. It meets every third Wednesday at the Farmington hospital. Any questions you can call Louise at 592-9933 or Tami at 778-2792.

The Wilton Historical Society will be holding its monthly meeting every second Thursday from now until November. Each month we will have a guest speaker. The meeting are held at the Farm and Home Museum on Canal St. (behind Key Bank). The business meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. with the guest starting around 7 P.M. All are invited as we are open to the public. For more information please call Pam Brown at 645-2091.

Satellite Office Hours for SeniorsPlus at 218 Fairbanks Road, Farmington. SeniorsPlus announces office hours for its satellite office location at 218 Fairbanks Road in Farmington. Office hours for scheduled appointments will be every Wednesday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Visitors will need to call 1-800-427-1241 to schedule an appointment. “Walk-in” hours from 12:30pm to 4:30pm will be held on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. These services are free and open to the public. For further information call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.


MNAP Invasive Plants Website. The Wilton Conservation Commission would like to give the link to a wonderful new website on invasive terrestrial plants from the Maine Natural Areas Program, a branch of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This website contains a picture and information gallery for Maine’s most common invasives, and numerous other links such as one to aquatic invasives and one to the new state list of the 33 invasive species prohibited from horticultural sale beginning in 2018. This website is a great resource for gardeners, landscapers, and others who would like to promote native rather than invasive species.

New Vineyard Public Library is a bustling place! Join us for our weekly events. Wednesday Mornings 10:30 Storytime and Craft for preschoolers. Wednesdays afternoons at 12:30 Infant/ Toddler songs and Fingerplay. Friday mornings 10:30 Stitchers gather to work on handwork. FMI 652-2250 or join us on Facebook!

T.O.P.S Weight Loss. Meeting every Monday night, 6 to 8 p.m. Meetings are at the Wilton Methodist Church. (weigh in starts at 6, till 6:45, meeting starts at 7. Take off pounds sensibly.

A free workshop for foresters will be held on July 27 from 8:30-12:30 at the Farmington Municipal Building in Farmington. Come learn about how to expand your client base by working with already-identified landowners to prepare NRCS-funded management plans focused on bird and wildlife habitat. The program is part of a larger Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program grant focused on improving wildlife habitat throughout western Maine. NRCS is providing technical and financial assistance for management plans and other activities to landowners who meet specific eligibility requirements. The training, hosted by Maine Audubon in partnership with the American Forest Foundation (AFF), the Maine Forest Service (MFS), and NRCS will outline in more detail the specific management plan requirements and steps for participating in this program. Consulting foresters and/or NRCS Technical Service Providers will benefit from attending. The workshop is free but pre-registration is required. For more information, to pre-register, or if you need special accommodations, please contact Annica McGuirk, Maine Audubon Program Support Specialist, by calling (207) 781-2330, extension 219 or by emailing

Ridgewood Farm Summer Horse Riding Camp Each day of camp will include at least one riding lesson, crafts, swimming, caring for horses, unmounted lessons, and games! Each camp ends with a mini horse show! Camps include: Middle School Overnight (July 23-25) $400 - Three full days and two overnights filled with regular camp activities. During the camp, the students will have a great deal of responsibility taking care of horses and working together to manage the farm. No horse experience required. *Option to attend overnight camps for days ONLY (9-3:30) $175. Elementary School Day Camps (July 10-14) and (July 17-21) $275 - Five days that run from 9 to 3:30. This camp will contain regular camp activities. No horse experience required. Elementary School Day Camp WITH OVERNIGHT (August 1-4) $375 - Four full days filled with regular camp activities. Students will get the experience of taking care of the horses and life on the farm. The final night (THURSDAY) is an overnight. No horse experience required. For more information on camps or to reserve a spot, please contact Ali Perkins at

Rangeley, 29 August, 6-7:30pm. Storytelling Workshop by Peggy Yocom of Western Maine Storytelling for adults who want to mine their memories for stories to tell or write. Free. Rangeley Library, 7 Lake Street. FMI: 864-5529 or 864-3421,

July 30, 2:00 - 4:00: Wilhelm Reich Museum Sunday Nature Program. Thought you knew everything there was to know about moose? Come hear what Matt Tinker, known as Tinker, a registered Maine Guide, has to offer. He not only does incredible moose calls but he's got a wealth of information about where they live, what they eat, and a host of other facts. He will offer the best times of day to sight a moose and ways you may be more successful. Bring your questions and curiosity. Join us at the outdoor shelter, FREE of charge Sunday, July 30. The Wilhelm Reich Museum is located at 17 Dodge Pond Road, off Route 4 between Rangeley village and Oquossoc.

New Professional Development Opportunity Sponsored by the Franklin County Children's Task Force! We are so excited to bring Certified NVC Trainer, Leah Boyd to Farmington on September 16 & 17, 2017 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for 2 full days of learning & experiencing through instruction as well as large and small group activities at Speaking Peace: A 2-Day Level 1 Training in Nonviolent Communication. The training will take place in the Franklin Memorial Hospital Bass Room located at 111 Franklin Health Commons. Farmington, ME 04938. The regular fee for registering is $135, but if you register before August 15th the early bird special is only $120!

Would you like improved relationships with friends & family, more open communication with your children, easier collaboration with workmates, more acceptance of yourself & others, and to stay true to yourself and in healthy connection with others... even when you disagree? If so... This training is for you! To register or FMI, visit:

The following sessions will be held at the Wilton Career Center 865 Us Route 2E Wilton, ME. Telephone 207-645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. – Registration Required­­­


“Employer Expectations”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:00 – 3:00
The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning

Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:00 - 1:00
This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:00 – 10:30
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

Small Business Trainings
Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops “Starting Your Own Small Business” Access to Capital” and “ Federal and State Resources for Small Business” Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card @ 1-207-622-8555

Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Region 9 Mexico 2:00 – 4:00
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required

CareerCenter partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.