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Event listing items can be submitted to us at They should be short and to the point, including dates, times and contact information. Please submit event listings in paragraph format (as opposed to a list format or sending a poster) and please refrain from typing them in all uppercase. All items are listed chronologically, organized by category. Our seven categories are: [Special Events], [Exhibits, Readings & Shows], [Music, Dance & Drama], [Benefit Feasts, Sales & Events], [Craft Fairs, Yard Sales & Farmers' Markets], [Meetings & Gatherings][Classes & Workshops]. Click on these seven categories for easy navigation.


Saturday, May 2, 4th Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Emery Arts Center plaza, Academy St., Farmington. Celebration of local food. Live music, demonstration talks, farm animal petting zoo, farmers market, exhibitors, local food lunch vendors, fiddlehead cooking demonstrations, and more. Free admission. For more info and schedule visit or contact Luke Kellett at 778-7096.

Barclays Information Sessions. On Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 1 pm-3 pm and Monday, May 4, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm, Barclays in Wilton will be hosting an Information Session about employment opportunities at the Wilton Career Center. The Wilton Career Center is located at: 865 US Route 2E, Wilton, ME 04294. Please bring a current copy of your resume with you. For more information about Barclays and to view job openings you can visit:

4th Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at the Emery Community Arts Center Plaza. Admission is free. Many activities, entertainments, vendors, and tent talks. More information about the festival can be seen at the website The Emery Community Arts Center plaza is on Academy Street in Farmington. For more information contact Luke Kellett at 778-7096.

Work First Inc. Offers Albert Anderson Jr. Scholarship. Applications for the Work First Inc. Anderson Scholarship is now available. This year a $1,000 scholarship is available to encourage education in the Human Services with preference given to students and professionals working with or wanting to work with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Albert Anderson Jr. donated the start-up funds to encourage this scholarship program. For more information, go to the Work First Inc. website at

Wilton Scholarship Applications. Applications for the 2015 Wilton Scholarship Foundation scholarships are now available online through the School Counseling Office link on the Mt. Blue High School website or in person at the Wilton Town Office. All current and former graduates from Wilton, East Wilton, East Dixfield, Dryden, and Weld are eligible. For further information call Robin Bragg at 645-3213 or Ken Sawyer at 645-3894. Deadline to mail or return applications is May 14.

Saturday, May 16 - Chesterville War Memorial Honor Day - Ceremony 10 a.m. at the Chesterville Honor Roll monument, corner of the Borough and Zion's Hill roads. Reception, exhibit, open mike across the road at the Center Meeting House following ceremony. Open invitation to those wishing to recognize any Chesterville veteran, past or present. Bring memorabilia for display. For information call Greg Soule, 879-4907, Caroline Tibbetts at 778-6216 or Cindy Whittier at 778-3078.

Sawmill Tour, Open House & BBQ at Stratton Lumber Co. Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 66 Fontaine Road in Stratton. Community open house, so please join us and see how spruce/fir saw-milling is done today. Manufacturing construction grade lumber for use in home building and industrial markets in eastern US & Canada from spruce/fir logs from our valued suppliers. Contact us to reserve a time for the tour at (207) 246-2667 or Please bring a hardhat & safety glasses if you have them. Thank you from Stratton Lumber, Timber Resource Group, Fontaine Inc.

Care And Share Food Closet hours extended. Along with our regular hours of operation, Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m., the pantry has added Monday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in order to better serve the community needs. We are located at 508 Fairbanks Road in Farmington and any inquires will be answered promptly if you leave a message at 207-778-2331 or email us at

Summer Horseback Riding Camps: Ridgewood Farm in Wilton will have Summer Riding Camps! 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! Only a few spots are left! For more information including dates and contact information, go to: Ridgewood Equestrian Center here.


Open Studio & Art Gallery featuring oils, pastels, and prints by Tracy Medling. Friday, May 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 114 Perham Street, Farmington. (Four houses up on the left from blinking yellow light) We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please email Tracy at

SugarWood Gallery welcomes the students of Joyce Dubay as May's Artists of the Month with an Open House Reception on Friday, May 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students work will remain on exhibit and available for sale during the month of May. The gallery is located at 248 Broadway in Farmington and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc opens for the season on Friday, May 1. OSHM, named New England's Best Sporting Museum by Yankee Magazine, will open for its 5th year of operation on Friday. The 2015 season promises to be our most exciting year yet with more than 20 events! The lineup at OSHM features wonderful guest speakers, artists, fly casting lessons and some very highly regarded authors. Museum hours in May are 10-4 p.m. Thursday - Sunday and in June the hours expand to 10-4 pm Weds.- Sunday. It's open 7 days a week in July and August. FMI:

Open House. The Hathaway Art Studio, 32 Maple Street, Wilton, has scheduled an Open House for Saturday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Four Adult & Community Education art students will exhibit acrylic and watercolor paintings. Barbara Hathaway, Painter of Sunsets will have several painting, in different mediums, on exhibit through out the house and studio. The art work, creative jewelry and art leather masks, designer greeting card and floral painted boxes will be on sale just in time for Mother’s Day. Attend and enjoy the art and meet the artists: Alexis Burbank, Beth Ann Delory, Barbara Hathaway Painter of Sunsets, Jeannette Whitman and Pauline Roy. Local Artists interested in participating may call or email Hathaway: 645-3449 or

Film Screenings in Rangeley: Sat, May 2,Apollo 13, 4 & 7 p.m.; Sat, May 9, Sleeper, 4 & 7 p.m.; Sat, May 16, The Mummy, 4 & 7 p.m.; Sat, May 30, Godzilla, (2014) 4 & 7 p.m. At the Lakeside Theater on Main Street in Rangeley. Tickets for all shows are $5 and support instrumental music lessons in the region. Sponsored by Rangeley Friends of the Arts.

Schoolhouse Gallery is located at 266 Main Street in Kingfield Village. On display currently are other photographs by nature photographers John Orcutt and Cam Held, paintings by Valerie Aponik, as well as other art and crafts from the High Peaks region of Maine. We look forward to seeing you! For more information, please call Cynthia Orcutt at 207 939 6518, email or visit

On Exhibit. Photographer Betsy Bass's work is on exhibit at the Carrabassett Valley Library & Community Center. For those interested in finding out more about her work, she can be emailed at


Benefit Concert. The Racket Factory will be performing a benefit concert for the Farmington Grange on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall on Bridge Street in West Farmington. The program will be an eclectic mix of songs from a variety of genres interspersed with instrumental fiddle tunes from the New England, French Canadian, Scandinavian, Celtic and Old Time traditions. A long established band with members Cynthia Phinney, Margaret Cox, Mark Raines, Eric Johnson and Hank Washburn. The musical evening will begin with a set by Ragged Robin-Ruth Hill, local singer-writer, joined by Wendy Oakley and Hank Washburn. Tickets are $8 in advance call 778-2932, $10 at the door.Refreshments will be served by the Grange. Proceeds to go toward hall improvements including refinishing the main floor.

Clefnotes is having their final concert of the year on May 2 at 7 p.m. in Nordica Auditorium on the University of Maine at Farmington's campus.

An Evening of A cappella at the Vienna Union Hall - Saturday, May 2,  at 7 p.m. Featuring the extraordinary Mt Blue High School group - The Flipsides and returning by popular demand Good Time Sound. Advance tickets $8, or $10 at the door. For tickets or more information call Libby at 293-2362 or Marianne at 293-2674 or email

On Sunday May 3, the Wilton Friendship Squares will host a Square and Round Dance from 2:00-5:00 pm at the Cushing School in Wilton. The dance will be Mainstream/Mainstream plus. The caller will be Matt McGovern. Carol Arsenault will be the cuer. Admission is $6 per person. All square dancers are welcome. For more information call 509-6187.

Musical Performance. Zemya, a Maine based a cappella group of four women will perform on Sunday, May 3 at 1 p.m. at the Mercer Community Center. Zemya is known for singing a wide range of world folk music – from the Balkans, Russia and Republic of Georgia to South Africa, the Americas and the British Isles. Zemya recognizes the need to reach out to the world around them through the unifying power of song. They interweave melodies which can be haunting and lush. The group takes its name from “zemya,” the Bulgarian word for earth and soil. The quartet is directed by Deborah Gordon and includes Barbara Beckelman, Ida Dyment an Ann Swardlick. Admission is $7 and free for children. Refreshments will be available. The Community Center is located in Mercer on Rt.2, 4 miles east of New Sharon or 8 miles west from Norridgewock at the intersection with an orange flashing light. For information call Dorothy at 587-2361 or email: This is the 3rd in a series of 4 performances made possible by the Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.

Irish Pub Night - with the Talisker band. Emery performance space is transformed into an Irish pub. Friday, May 8. Doors open at 6:30 with the band starting at 7pm. Irish appetizer menu created for this event/cash bar. Come celebrate spring in Emery event is free

Saturday, May 9. Contradance, Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. There is a family dance this month, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $2/$1. Potluck snacks, 7:30 to 8. Regular Contra with the Racket Factory playing, with multiple callers. 8-10:30 p.m. $6 adults, $5 students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. FMI: 491-9928 or

Sign up for Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp! This year’s production is “Peter Pan, Jr.,” a Music Theatre International Broadway Junior production. Three-week theater camp for children ages 8 – 14. The camp runs Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to noon beginning Monday, June 22 through Friday, July 10 with performances on July 10th, 11th and 12th. Cost of the camp is $165. Camp size is limited to 28 children and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications are available at Devaney Doak & Garrett Booksellers at 193 Broadway in downtown Farmington. They can be received via email upon request. Completed applications should be mailed to: Sandy River Players, PO Box 709, Farmington, ME 04938. Only mailed, hard copy applications will be accepted – electronic applications will not be considered. For more information or to request an application please contact Also, check out Sandy River Players’ Summer Youth Music Camp on Facebook— The SRP Summer Youth Music Camp is a fun and exciting experience for all involved!

The 13th annual Kingfield POPS will present The Bangor Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lucas Richman on June 27. Maine's own Rustic Overtones will perform both as a group and with the Orchestra; bringing a new sound to the western mountains. These acts will be complemented by other musical artists. Picnics welcome, blanket or lawn chair encouraged. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Until May 15, tickets are $20. From May 15 to gate opening, tickets are $25. Tickets for the 2015 Kingfield POPS will be $30 at the gate. Kennedy Farm, Route 142 in Kingfield. The Kingfield Art Walk, a road race, Kingfield POPS Festival of the Arts, an introductory guided mountain bike ride hosted by the Carrabassett Valley chapter of NEMBA and other family-friendly activities round out the celebration of music and art. See for tickets and for more information.


A benefit for Beonka Kessinger on Friday, May 1 at AMVETS Post 33 Main Street, Jay. Beonka, 34, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. She is a mother of two boys ages 2 and 10 and needs help with medical, transportation, and caring for her young boys. The dinner starts at 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and the band starts at 7 pm which is going to be the Sharon (Buck) Hood and Dixon Road Band. Please come show your support. There will also be a lottery board, chances for a picnic table, quilt, also a silent auction and some baskets.

The Annual Phillips Public Library Ticket and Silent Auction is underway. Tickets sell at 25 for $1 and are placed in a corresponding numbered bag. One ticket is drawn and that person is the winner of the item. Fun for all. Hundreds of Items. In addition, there are items to place silent bids on such as an Eastlake-style Victorian couch and two chairs, prints by Sawyer, local artist Jeff Seaberg, Saskia Reinholt and more. Auction is open for viewings and bids on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10 a.m. - 5:00 and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Drawing will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. Please call 639-2665 with any questions. All proceeds benefit the Phillips Public Library.

A yard sale to benefit the New Sharon Community Improvement Team will be held Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. at the New Sharon Town Office. Money raised will be used for CIT's projects, which include a vegetable garden,flower gardens, American flags, Christmas tree lighting, walking trail benches, and scarecrow contest. Donated items are still welcome. They may be left off at the town office or arrangements for pickup may be made by calling Jeannette Adams at 778-4015 or Sally Locke at 779-7282.

Public Supper at the North Jay Grange #10, Rt. 17, North Jay. May 2. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Baked beans, casseroles, salads, cole slaw, meats, rolls, beverages and desserts. Dinner Music with Craig Hutchinson and Friends. Adults: $7.00, 10/under $3. FMI: 645-4628, 645-2910, 645-4211.

Used Book Sale. Literacy Volunteers of Franklin & Somerset Counties Huge Annual Used Book Sale with the lowest prices around will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 9-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9-3 p.m. at the Farmington Elks Lodge, 120 School Street in West Farmington. (Sunday only, reduced prices with special giveaways!)

The Kingfield United Methodist Church, 51 High Street, Kingfield, will be hosting a public breakfast on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Menu to include: Scrambled Eggs, Homefries, Bacon, Sausage, Pancakes, French Toast, Sauasage Gravy/ Biscuit, Assorted Juices, Assorted Beverages. Adults: $5.00, Children: $3.00, Family Rate is available. Serving from 7:30a.m. to 10:00a.m. All proceeds to benefit church programs.

Benefit Car Wash will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Sears parking lot at the Mt. Blue Shopping Center in Farmington. Ashley Bouchard and Emily Walsh were selected to represent Mt. Blue cheerleaders at the Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl game. They are raising money that goes to the Shrine Hospital for Children.

The Chesterville Grange will be holding a public "souper" supper on Friday, May 8th, serving between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. Homemade soups, chowders, and dessert. Adults, $5.00; Child, $2.50. FMI 778-2282 or 778-5845

The Dead River Area Historical Society will sponsor a Walk-A-Thon on Saturday May 9 at 10 a.m. Starting line up at the Stratton Elementary School parking lot going along School Street and turning around at the site of the Old Dump 2 miles away and returning to the school parking lot. This will be a fun and fit activity for all ages from kindergartners through senior citizens. Drinks and snacks will be provided at each mile marker along the way.

Mother's Day Dinner at Franklin Masonic Lodge of New Sharon on Sunday, May 10 from 11:30 to 1:00. Free meal for Mothers! Roast Pork and Turkey Pie,will be served with mashed potato, gravy, peas, cranberry sauce, stuffing, rolls and homemade pie. Take out available. Adults-$8, age 6-12 is $6 and under 6 free. To benefit the Building Fund

Come join the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser Bowl For Kids’ Sake on May 2 at Moose Alley in Rangeley and May 9 at Meadow Lanes in Wilton. Enjoy bowling? Want to start a team? Visit to start a team and fundraising today!

Paint Nite. May 2, 1 pm at the Mercer Community Center 1015 Beech Hill Road, Mercer. Paint Nite fundraiser to benefit Mercer Community Club programs $45 (no alcohol at this event). For more information about the painting and the artist and to purchase tickets by April 18 registration deadline, please link to

The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has set the dates for its largest fundraising event of the year: The Hospice House 5K & Remembrance Walk. The events will take place on May 3 starting at the Franklin County Courthouse on Main Street in Farmington, and on May 17 starting at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The Hospice House Planning Committee hopes to make the 2015 event bigger and better than ever and is already well underway in preparations for the event. For details on the event, start times, location information and to register visit or call 207-795-9469.

Benefit Supper: Saturday, May 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chesterville Town Office. Proceeds will benefit Lee Nile Sr as he was recently diagnosed with Young/Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Enjoy a delicious home cooked meal. FMI please contact 779-1787.

Public Supper. May 9, public supper at Trinity United Methodist Church
4:30 to 6 p.m. Baked beans and casserole supper. $7 adults and $3.50 for youths, 12 and under are free. For more information call Trinity United Methodist Church at 778-3921.

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, there will be a public supper at the Harland M. Harnden Masonic Hall, 70 Bryant Road, East Wilton, Maine, from 5:00 to 6:30 pm to benefit the building fund. The menu will be Baked Chicken, Mashed Potato, Vegetables, Rolls, Homemade Pies and Beverages. $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for those under the age of 12. For more information please call 778-2354.

Book Sale to benefit the Wilton Public Library. Saturday, May 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Western Maine Development, 128 Weld Street, Wilton (use driveway and parking lot near the Town Office). Many books have been added since the last sale, including current fiction, classics, gardening, cookbooks, and large print. Pricing is by donation. For more information, call the Wilton Free Public Library, 645-4831.

2nd Annual Tainter/Simoneau’s Fight for Cure. Golf Scramble, five-man team. at 830 Shotgun start $50/person, cart not included. Please call Rick at 897-3770 or Leslie 897-6808 to register. 5k Run/Walk @830 - $20/person. Registration begins @700. Please email Jessie with any questions for the 5K @ All events at Maple Lane Golf Course, Livermore on May 30.


Farmington's Sandy River Farmers' Market will open outside on Friday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Front Street. The location is moving slightly to be right on Front Street, across from the Better Living Center. On Saturday, May 2, the Saturday Farmers’ Market vendors will be found at the "Fiddlehead Market" at UMF's Emery Community Arts Center as part of the 4th Annual Maine Fiddlehead Festival. Next Saturday, May 10, Farmington's Saturday market will move to its summer location, in the courthouse parking lot on Main Street, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Flea Market, Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Phillips Area Community Center on Depot Street in Phillips. Multiple vendors will showcase a range of items from hand-knitted and hand-carved crafts to toys, books, tools, antiques, household items and kitchenware. The markets will be held the first Saturday of the month through September. For more information contact Pam Matthews at 639-2630.

Yard Sale Items Needed. The New Sharon Community Improvement Team is seeking donations of items for its annual yard sale. Any pieces that are still useful and not broken are welcome. CIT members are available for pickup at homes and other locations if wanted. Funds raised from the sale are used to support the organization's community projects, including a vegetable garden, flower gardens, and Christmas tree lighting. The sale will be held May 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the town office. For information, call Jeannette Adams at 778-4015 or Sally Locke at 779-7282.

Join us May 9th at 148 Stanwood Circle, Farmington for our "Life In A Whole New Lite" Relay team yard sale/bottle drive! This is rain or shine and will be from 8-4. Don't forget to bring your bottles! For more info contact team captains: Terrie Haley @ 778-3844 or Donna Eaton @ 778-4343

Food and Rummage Sale on Saturday May 9 at the North Jay Grange 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., corner of Rt. 4 and 17 in No. Jay. Lots of good repurposed items. FMI: 645-4628, 645- 2910, 645-9353.

Yard Sale. The Hinkley Family Scholarship Committee will be holding it annual Yard Sale on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ranor, Inc. in North Jay. All proceeds go to provide scholarships for area students to attend a college, trade school or university. For more information contact Ken Hinkley at 562-7470.

Plant and Food Sale, May 23, 9 am to 2 pm at Shorey Chapel, Industry Rd, Industry, Rte 43. For the Shorey Chapel Building Preservation Fund. For more information call 778-2157.

Annual Yard Sale. Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 23, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Big Indoor/Outdoor Sale, Annual Plant Sale, Annual Bake Sale for Special Olympics, Trinity Crafters, Pony Rides, Hot Dogs and cold drinks. Questions or items to donate – Call Wally Backus 778-1115.

Musical salute to America and our troops. May 24th, at 2:00pm at the Fairbank's Union Church, 583 Fairbank's Road, Farmington, Maine. Elaine and Austin Marden with Louise and Joel Bunker performing. All donations go to the church

Vendors sought. The Franklin County Animal Shelter is organizing the first ever ‘Maine’s Mega Yard Sale’ to take place at the Farmington fairgrounds on June 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be Central Maine’s largest yard sale! The animal shelter is looking for vendors from anywhere wanting to sell their yard sale items. The fee to reserve a 12’ x 12’ space is $25 if the space is reserved before May 15. Between May 15th and May 31st the price to reserve a space will be $35. Reservations will close at midnight on May 31st. To reserve a space, visit our website at or drop into the shelter at 550 Industry Rd. Farmington, Maine 04938. Food vendors should call the shelter at (207) 778-2638.

The Wilton Fish & Game Youth Shooting League members are collecting articles for a three day Memorial Weekend Yard Sale. When doing your spring cleaning, the Youth League would be happy to collect unwanted items. Funds earned will be used for Summer Programs and Outdoor shooting. For pick up please call Greg @ 931-8724

Wilton Fish & Game Youth League will be having a Memorial Weekend Yard Sale. May 23 & 24 from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Monday, May 25 from 9AM - Noon. WF&G Clubhouse on #2 -- Wilton. Youth League will collect unwanted items! Greg at 931-8724

Maine's Mega Yard Sale, June 27 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Farmington Fairgrounds. We're expecting over 100 vendors, and 500 + shoppers! Register today to sell your items at the event by visiting Admission for shoppers on the day of the event will be only $1 per adult! Email Erin at with any questions, or call the Franklin County Animal Shelter at (207) 778-2638.

Western Maine Market, Franklin County’s online Farmers’ Market, runs year-round and offers free delivery in downtown Farmington and Strong. Other WMM pick-up locations for Friday and/or Saturday include Avon, Kingfield, Rangeley, Rumford, Stratton, and East Wilton. Check the website for additional new locations. The website for Friday and Saturday is Contact Deborah Chadbourne, 1-(857)-225-1199,


Western Maine Women’s Business Owners Networking Event on Friday, May 1, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Homestead Restaurant, Farmington. FMI, contact Betty Gensel, Director & Business Counselor at 778-6529,

SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month (May 4), from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This is a wonderful chance to connect with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is free and open to the public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241.

SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on May 6, 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.

Western Maine Audubon Monthly Program will discuss What's new with Maine's Canada lynx? 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at Room C 23, Roberts Learning Center on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. After decades of being on the biological ropes in Maine, the Canada lynx has made a comeback in Maine. Although 1,000 animals may not sound like much, this is a historic high for Maine’s cat of the north woods. What is the current status of this animal and why the comeback? Mark McCollough is the lead biologist for the Canada lynx for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Northeast. He will discuss the ecology and habitats of the Canada lynx in Maine, the latest research, and policy concerning the recovery of this big cat. McCollough is also a wildlife artist. You may own some of his work and not know it - the chickadee and loon automobile license plates are his work. This program is free and open to the public.

The Franklin County Extension Homemaker programs for the month of May follow: Weld, May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Town Office Meeting Room for Mystery Ride. FMI call 585-2545; Kingfield, May 13 at 11 a.m. at Webster Hall for Spring meeting. FMI call 684-5579; North Chesterville-- May 13 Time TBA at Chesterville Town Office for Hosting Franklin County Extension Homemaker Spring Meeting. FMI contact call 778-3156; Neighborhood, May 14 at noon at Trinity Methodist Church for Italy. FMI call 778-4517; Wilton Day, May 14 at 10 a.m. at St Luke‘s Church for Soup and cookie mixes. Craft Day May 21 Veterans afghans. FMI call 645-2423; Clearwater, May 14 at 7 p.m. at Shorey Chapel for Italy. FMI call 778-9089; Strong Learning and Sharing, May 26 at 10 a.m. at the Methodist Parish House for Stack and wack quilts. FMI call 684-4538. The public is more than welcome to join us at any of our meetings or community service projects. In partnership with the University of Maine cooperative Extension.

Mt. Blue HS Class of 1975 will be having their 40 year class reunion on July 11, 2015 at Scott Hall on the UMF campus. Please visit our Facebook page or our website for further info. Hope to see everyone there.

Livermore Falls High School, Class of 1985 30th reunion planning is underway! We are seeking contact information for all classmates. Please forward your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to

Farmington Area Veterans. The Veterans’ Advocate is at the Municipal Building in Farmington the first Tuesday of every month, 9 a.m. until noon.


CRMA Class. If you might be interested in becoming a CRMA, please call Mt. Blue Adult Ed at 778-3460. If there is enough interest, there will be a course this summer (dates to be announced). It will be a 40-hour course designed to teach Residential Care Workers to administer selected non-injectable medications in a Licensed Residential Care or Group Home setting. The course provides the basic understanding needed to administer medications and to document safely and accurately. The course covers State of Maine regulations, standard residential facility policies, basic anatomy and physiology, common medications in the majority of drug classes, and the practice of safe medication administration procedures. Once enrolled, participants must complete all classroom and clinical components, without exception. Mock med passes are completed as part of the classroom experience. In addition, participants are required to perform 3 med passes supervised by an RN in a clinical setting. Documentation of these med passes is due within 45 days of the completion of the course. Instructor Laurie Hiscock, fee $500.

MSAD 58 (Avon, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong) Kindergarten Registration. For students turning 5 on or before October 15, 2015 will be held at the following locations: Phillips Elementary School – Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Contact Person: Joan Haggan (207) 639-2909; Strong Elementary School – Wednesday, May 6, 2015 Contact Person: Mary Stinchfield (207) 684-3521;Kingfield Elementary School – Thursday, May 7, Contact Person: Paula Coburn (207) 265-4132. Please make an appointment for your child by calling the appropriate contact person listed above. The registration/screening will take approximately one hour. Please bring your child, your child’s birth certificate and your child’s immunization record with you to the appointment.

Maine Savvy Caregiver 1 Training. Rangeley Town Office, Rangeley – SeniorsPlus announces Savvy Caregiver 1 training scheduled in Franklin county. If you are caring for a family member with dementia, this training will help you learn how to take care of yourself and reduce stress and also communicate more easily with your loved one. This is a 6-week workshop, with each session lasting two hours. This class is free but pre-registration is required. Call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-427-1241 to reserve a seat. Rangeley Town Office, Rangeley. 1 to 3 pm, Tuesdays May 5 to June 9.

Windows 8.1 Workshop. - Are you uncomfortable with the many changes in Windows 8? If so, join us in a discussion about the new features and learn some new tips and tricks. This course will allow the user to get started with the new Windows 8 software, allow the user to identify which version of Windows 8 they are using, Navigate the Start Screen, access Charm Bar and organize your Apps. Also designed to assist with changing the desktop, browse PC files and work with Flash Drives and using Microsoft Skydrive. Integrate your online social media accounts and set up Family Safety Customizing and Modifying Windows 8 for accessibility. Instructor Jodi Cordes, Mondays, May 11 and May 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Adult Learning Center $30.

Invasive Upland Plant Identification and Control workshop on May 12, from 8:30 -12:30 at the USDA Service Center on Park St, Farmington. The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring the class. This training will help participants: identify common upland invasive plants common to Maine’s forests, and discuss mechanical and chemical control strategies for these plants. Anyone with an interest in invasive plants is encouraged to attend. 3 Maine Pesticide Applicator or 2.5 Category 1 SFE’s for Maine Licensed Foresters (SAF) are available. FMI: Call 778-4279.

Mallett School Kindergarten Registration, Thursday, May 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., please call the 778-3529 for an appointment. Pre-K, Thursday, May 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or Friday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., please call 778-3529 for an appointment. Your child must be five years old on or before October 15, 2015 in order to register for kindergarten. For Pre-K, your child must be four years old, on or before October 15, 2015. At registration, you will need your child’s original birth certificate, up to date immunization records, a recent photo of your child, and filled out parental questionnaire and medical history forms. Registration Packets should be picked up at your child’s school and completed prior to your child’s appointment. Students who are currently enrolled in Mallett School’s Pre K program, do not need to re-register for kindergarten.

Invasive Forest Pest Workshop. Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project, Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District will be holding a Invasive Forest Pest Workshop on May 19 at the Farmington Municipal Building. 10 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Fee $20 before May 12th or $25 after May 11. FMI: Call 778-4279.

Wilton CareerCenter. The following sessions are to be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TYY 888-697-2895 to set up an appointment. These workshops are at no charge to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times; registration required­­­.

Gateways to Employment on Wednesday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Maine CareerCenters help bring job seekers and employers together. It is the place to start your job search or find out about education and training opportunities so you can continue to be competitive in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer. You will also learn about some of the newest tools that can assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market”; identifying the skills you have to offer employers and tips on successfully completing applications, resumes, and cover letters a well how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Resume & Interviewing Skills on Wednesday, May 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation on Thursday, May 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning on Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.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.

O*net Ability Profiler. Call for further information as this workshop requires five or more people for attendance. This is a career exploration tool that helps clients plan work lives using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed, and to identify occupations that fit their strengths.

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. Call the Wilton CareerCenter to sign up for these workshops.

If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at 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.